WHO ARE THEY: This Buffalo, N.Y.-based trio began their career as a punk band in the vein of The Replacements, but found commercial success in the mid nineties with their album “A Boy Named Goo.” The album featured the hit single “Name,” which cracked the Top 5 and propelled the album to platinum sales status. The single “Iris” from the “City of Angels” soundtrack was a smash hit in 1998 and paved the way for their next album “Dizzy up the Girl” which featured the hits “Slide,” “Dizzy” and “Black Balloon.” The Goo Goo Dolls continued releasing albums in the 21st century with “Gutterflower” in 2002, “Let Love In” in 2006 and “Something For The Rest of Us” in 2010. In June 2013 the band released “Magnetic,” which included the single “Rebel Beat.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Goo Goo Dolls are masters at playing in front of audiences both large and small as headliners and as a supporting act. Fans will get an opportunity to be up close and personal with the band as they perform at the friendly confines of the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino-Hotel Saturday night. The band is nothing if not adaptive, and they have shown this by transforming their style dramatically over the years to become radio favorites. The majority of the band’s current fans will most likely be clamoring to hear the hits that first began in the mid 1990s and they won’t be disappointed. The Goo Goo Dolls are also known to play the occasional cover including Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” Concert-goers on Saturday can also look forward to hearing songs from the new album “Magnetic.”
WHAT’S NEW: The Goo Goo Dolls’ latest album “Magnetic” reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200. It was the fourth consecutive album by the band to debut in the Top 10.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39 and $69, and the show begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the House of Blues.