Admit it, someone says Goo Goo Dolls – you say…. Iris?! You may also think back to your teen years hearing their tracks in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, She’s All That. The old school American teen rom-com dramas, the classics. Many life lessons were learnt through the lyrics of bands like Goo Goo Dolls, and many an evening was spent air guitaring in one’s bedroom.
Tonight they were performing at Albert Hall in Manchester, an entirely stunning venue. It’s a Grad 2 listed chapel in Manchester City, which had been closed and hidden for over 40 years. It was restored into a stunning purpose built music hall and is becoming one of the most beautiful and atmospheric music venues in the country.
The audience were a huge mix of ages, all from mid-twenties and upwards. All the past teens who queued for hours to be front row, now all grown up with a beer in their hands. As a total surprise, more songs were performed by Goo Goo Dolls than expected. A great mix of mellow and slower tunes such as Name and Better Days, to the ramped up rocking pop classics like Slide, Rebel Beat, Over & Over and Stay With You. They do have their own distinctive sound which was loved by everyone who either had or hadn’t heard it before, leaving not a still body in the house as everyone jived and danced along.
And of course they played their most well known track, Iris. It is an absolute classic of all bands around at the time and, to most in attendance, the one song they wait to hear played live. They do it very well but things are a lot different to when they first performed it. Now instead of faces, phones were seen taking cheeky snapchats and Facebook lives. Though, no matter how many times they have surely played that track, and no matter how many only know that one song, it must be awesome as an artist to hear a whole gigs worth of people sing your song back to you lyric by lyric in perfect sync. That’s something pretty special.
Goo Goo Dolls, took everyone back to their teen years full of the teenage angst, hormones, heartbreaks and all. What a nostalgic evening had by all in Manchester’s Albert Hall. Needless to say, if you catch them on this tour or any tour, you won’t be disappointed and you will find it hard to listen to anything else afterward.