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Goo Goo Dolls - O2 Academy 20th June 2023

21 Jun 2023
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Goo Goo Dolls - O2 Academy 20th June 2023

The veteran act delivered a successful show to a soggy audience.

Goo Goo Dolls, the veteran outfit hailing from Buffalo, New York, were about to take center stage at Glasgows O2 Academy, their first time in Scotlands largest city since the pandemic started in 2020, where they performed in the same venue.

The buzz around the area was all to see, however the attendees got into a rut on the way to the venue, as a massive flash flood occurred and some people arrived at O2 Academy soaking wet, the sudden torrential rain caused a football match not so far away at Hampden Park to stop play for 90 minutes as workers tried to get the water off the football pitch.

But as the crowd got into the venue, being soaking meant nothing as everyone was looking forward to a great night.

Welsh outfit Those Damn Crowes got the night started and warmed the crowd up after that surprise storm, before frontman Johnny Rzeznik lead his legendary band to the stage, his presence commanded attention and set the tone for what was to follow.


Goo Goo Dolls at O2 Academy, photo by Stewart Fullerton

The crowd erupted in cheers as the band launched into their opening song, "Yeah, I Like You" and instantly the atmosphere was transformed into an intimate and immersive experience, the setlist was followed by "Home", "Slide" and "Dizzy" as the audience took everything in like a Tango Ice Blast on a hot day.

Rzezniks vocals and masterful guitar playing were met with an outpouring of appreciation from the crowd, demonstrating the lasting impact of their music. "Its great to be back in Glasgow after 3 years" he said as the band went on to play the likes of "Black Balloon", "Smash", "Miracle Pill" and "Let Love In", Johnny Rzeznik had the Glasgow crowd in the palm of his hands.

Goo Goo Dolls kept the focus on the music on the night, with limited chit chatter from the band during the 22 song set, each song was performed with a level of passion and precision, as you would expect from a band that has been in the scene for almost 4 decades.


Goo Goo Dolls at O2 Academy, photo by Stewart Fullerton

Not all was perfect however, it was during the performance of "Sympathy" however when Johnny suffered from a mishap which caused play to be stopped briefly, "shit, motherfucker!" he shouted as the crowd booed sarcastically, "You can all have your money back" he joked as he attempted to play the song again, leading to another error, "Im not even high" he explained as the crowd laughed.

"Lucky Star", "Bringing On The Light" and "Better Days" soon followed afterwards, with Rzeznik thanking the crowd for coming out on such a wet day as the concert drew to a close, "say hi to your aunt for me" shouted Johnny.

After Broadway was performed, Goo Goo Dolls left the audience as the encore began, HWFG chants were heard throughout, the band then returned to play the 1996 song "Naked" and of course the iconic "Iris.", the audience sang every word with passion, creating an unforgettable moment of collective happiness.


Goo Goo Dolls at O2 Academy, photo by Stewart Fullerton

The people who attended weathered the storm before the gig started, but they were swept away by Goo Goo Dolls timeless melodies and enduring charm. Johnnys reaction when they "fucked up" says it all about their dedication to delivering a show to remember.

The bands next stop in their UK tour is Sheffield, followed by Manchester and finishing with 2 nights in London.

You can view a complete photo gallery of the gig by clicking on the link below, all photographs courtesy of Stewart Fullerton.

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