CONCERT REVIEW : Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023

CONCERT REVIEW: The Goo Goo Dolls

 rock up in Glasgow to start their UK Tour

Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023

The band from New York don’t enjoy the mainstream success they perhaps are due but tonight in Glasgow they demonstrated that they are match for any band in the cut throat business they call rock n’ roll.

The crowd started to assemble relatively early outside the venue but dead on door opening time the grey Glasgow skies decided to try and ruin everyone’s night; rain of biblical proportions poured down for the next 30 minutes leaving everyone drenched and soaked through to the skin!

Now, bearing in mind that this was some of the heaviest rain ever witnessed in one of the greyist of cities, it would have surprised no-one if the crowd had decided to give in and go home… it really was THAT wet!

However, one of the traits of Glaswegians is stoicism with a touch of “bring it on” and that stubborn habit paid off as they would witness the magnificent Goo Goo’s put on a masterclass.

  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023
  • Goo Goo Dolls, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 20th June 2023

John Rzeznik and the ever smiling Robby Takac started the set with ‘Yeah, I Like You’ and the mass of shivering, soaking fans waiting to be entertained replied in kind and then some.

From this point onward the quality and delivery of the set didn’t drop for a second as they poured their way through a veritable smorgasbord of old and new material.

Unexpected, but welcome, during ‘Black Balloon’ was a load of black balloons falling from the ceiling …I’m not sure of the collective noun for balloons so ‘load’ will need to suffice.

 ‘Iris’ drew the obvious ovation from the crowd, not only because it was the culmination of fantastic show, but because it was a stand out moment amongst a treasure trove of a glittering back catalogue delivered by musicians at the top of their game. All that was left for the now dry fans was to go back out into the streets of tinseltown in the rain… but did they care?

 

Not one bit!

Review and Photographs by John Brown

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