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Buffalo Born Band

In 1986, an ordinary Buffalo garage was the starting ground of a rock band called The Goo Goo Dolls. Robby Takac and Johnny Rzeznik were the founding band members and still rock together to this day. In 1995, the group experienced their first major hit with the release of “Name”, off the album A Boy Named Goo. Soon to follow in 1998, the band produced Dizzy Up the Girl. This album holds the song that will forever hold the hearts of its listeners, “Iris”.

As a born and raised Buffalonian, I have grown up listening to The Goo’s. From Hold Me Up to Chaos in Bloom, their albums are always in my music rotation. My favorite song is “Acoustic #3” off the album Dizzy Up the Girl. I have always been drawn to this song for its simplicity and heart felt lyrics. Therefore, hearing it live for the album’s 20th anniversary tour was a dream come true. Superstar Car Wash, Let Love In, and Something For The Rest of Us are my go to albums of theirs even though you cannot go wrong with any one of their albums. These three albums hold special memories for me, and they are always amplified when I get to hear the songs in person.

I saw The Goo Goo Dolls live in concert for the first time at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in 2014. Ever since that year, I have seen them yearly at Darien Lake, Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, CMAC for their tour with Train, and KeyBank Center. This band for me, a die-hard concert goer, is a band that I never miss the chance to see live. Regardless of if it is nostalgia, Buffalo pride, or just really good music, I highly recommend you give their music a chance if you have not already. If you happen to like their rock sound, they have a tour coming up this summer! If you don’t, at least now you can say ‘Hey they’re from Buffalo!’.

Want to catch The Goo Goo Dolls in concert ASAP? Stop by Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino at STIR feature bar (located on the gaming floor, on the west side of the resort) on December 31st at 11pm for a FREE concert!!

Written by Sara Dembski

All photographs were taken by Dan Vasta

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