GOO GOO DOLLS – BUFFALO TOM Live at The Newport (Columbus, OH)
This was a show I had been anticipating for weeks. Gail and I headed up since she loves the Goo Goo Dolls as much as me. We arrived late due to traffic and parking since the next day was a football game. So we only saw the last song of Buffalo Tom=s set. I really liked it, but since it was only one song I can’t say much about them.
Gail and I scanned the crowd and realized (or assumed) that most of the crowd has probably only heard their three big hits: “Name”, “Iris” and “Slide”. If they hit Cincy on the next leg of the tour maybe we’ll interview people about their knowledge of GGD. Yes, we are so cool since we=ve known about the Goo Goo Dolls for years…
After a couple of pictures, the Goo Goo Dolls hit the stage. They started the set with “Dizzy” and by the next song we were both about 30 feet from the stage finishing up our beer. When they played “Slide” the crowd went crazy as we expected. After “Slide” Gail maneuvered her way up from and I followed along. They played a good variety of songs from: Jed, Hold Me Up, Superstar Car Wash, A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl. They never did play “We are the Normal” which bummed Gail out since that is “her” GGD song. But nonetheless it was a great mix from most of their albums.
At one point I started throwing Mutant Renegade Zine buttons on the stage near Johnny. He finally picked one up and read it into the mic. Pretty cool, at least he didn’t whip it into the crowd. However, he was being a “rockstar” and encouraging girls to lift their shirts. Several threw their bras onstage, which is one thing I’ve never really understood. But Johnny seemed to enjoy his powertrip. They played around a bit onstage and mockingly introduced “Name” as the song they thought would end their careers. Overall the showed that they are still one of the best rock bands around. They have fun, play songs they like and don=t take themselves too seriously.
A great show that I’m glad I went to. But I still don’t understand that girl who was humping my leg from behind while her boyfriend’s arm was around her waist…
- Grog Mutant (1998)