I’ve gotta admit i’ve never been the biggest fan of the Goo Goo Dolls. During my high school years during the late 90’s these guys were getting popular and back then I kinda thought their songs were simply playing for the masses. I didn’t feel the soul in it. And i never paid attention as they released records over the years.
Irrespective, these guys were (and are) a huge band which I always figured meant that millions of people can’t be wrong about their music. I can’t say that this recent show at the Troubadour converted me to a true fan, but I was certainly a lot more impressed than I thought I would be. The Goo Goo Dolls are a real good band and I got mad respect for them.
When I was offered the chance to photograph The Goo Goo Dolls at the Troubadour on December 15th, 2014, i jumped on the chance primarily because I know these guys play huge venues. Just this summer they performed at the 6000+ person Greek Theatre (in comparison the Troubadour holds no more than 500 people). This show was called Embrace the World and was a benefit concert for Good Shepard Shelter, a non-profit which the band has supported at past benefit concerts.
I didn’t realize the history of The Goo Goo Dolls prior to the show, but before they were a pop-rock band they were more of a punk rock band with leanings toward the sound of The Replacements. I can dig that and the ethos shows in the bands live performance, which finds the two main members – singer John Rzeznik and Robby Takac – bouncing all over the stage and performing with real soul.
The Goo Goo Dolls performed a massive set with well over 20 songs spanning their entire career. Fans got treated to a stadium show in a tiny venue. The audience consisted primarily of 40 something year old women and they went ape shit the entire show. These guys are real rock stars and they know how to deliver a real good show.
A complete setlist is below, thanks to a fellow Getty photographer who snapped a picture of a setlist (thus allowing me to publish below):
When the World
Come to Me
Stay with You
Here is Gone
Can’t Let It Go
Caught in the Storm
Bringing on the Light
Slow it Down
Let Love In