Gig Review and photography by Hollie Turner.

They formed this band back in 1986 but it’s hard to believe watching John Rzeznik and Robby Takac who still have the crowd in the palm of their hands like their careers are just beginning.  For tonight we’re at the O2 Institute in Birmingham to see the Goo Goo Dolls.

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A few songs into the set and somebody throws a stuffed ‘Elmo’ toy up onto the stage to John, who thanks the audience member with gratitude which is always nice to see.

I’m not going to lie that whilst photographing these guys who happen to be one of my favourite bands, I was caught by John singing along behind my lens at one point, and yet he just beamed down at me like a proud dad in response and gave me a ‘nod of approval’ wink.

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Robby tells the crowd a couple of songs later that he previously tried to impress his 4 year old with the story of how they’d been on the kids T.V show ‘Sesame Street’ singing ‘Slide’ years ago but how his attempts to impress his 4 year old daughter were dismayed ‘that’s what you get for trying to impress a 4 year old folks.’

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These guys really know how to work a crowd and perform.

Robbie is constantly jumping around like a small child with his bright red, colourful sticker adorned bass guitar and long black hair falling across his face, raising his arms to get the crowd cheering and screaming and it works every time.

They play a full 23 song set of all of their classics as well as some new tracks from their latest record ‘Boxes’ which made for an exciting and pleasant night with a fantastic band that have been going since the 80’s and yet, still have it all on stage.

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John tells the story of how he penned their first major hit ‘Name’ back in the 90’s, after he’d decided he’d go back to school but ended up sat on a sofa writing their first song to be played on radio.

These guys went on to being a hugely successful band from there onwards with one fan favourite song in particular, ‘Iris’.

As soon as the opening chords begin to play, the crowd scream and get to their feet. A beautiful acoustic ballad that has everybody chanting “…and I don’t want the world to see me, cus I don’t think that they’d understand…”

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There were saxophone, keyboard and guitar solos that were absolutely insane! The saxophone was fantastic and a real delight to watch when took centre stage rightly so. The guitar solos were near perfect, shredding it up like any great rock band you could name, these guys owned it.

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All in all, this was a great night full of heart wrenching and relatable lyrics and melodies to encourage you to sing and sway along to.

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Set List:
Over and Over
Long Way Down
Slide
Big Machine
Rebel Beat
Here Is Gone
Black Balloon
Smash
Bringing Light
Name
So Alive
Naked
Souls in The Machine
Better Days
Already There
Never Take The Place
Come To Me
The Pin
Stay With You
Iris

Encore:
Broadway
Long Way Home

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