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“It’s stronger this time than it’s been in a long time.”

This past Saturday the local rock duo of Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac brought their band, Goo Goo Dolls to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

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With over 12,000 in attendance, the band played songs from their latest album, Boxes, along with various other songs from albums spanning their 30 year career as a band. Prior to playing their hit “Name” from the album A Boy Named Goo, Reznik explained, “I do remember Robby and my lives changing incredibly the day that I wrote this song.” He added, “We keep coming home and you keep coming back. And it’s stronger this time than it’s been in a long time… that’s why it’s always important because you guys helped us pay our rent when nobody else gave a shit. So this song is for you.”

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Takac also added lead vocals to a number of songs including paying homage to the late Lance Diamond by singing “Never Take the Place of Your Man,” a Prince cover that Lance sang vocals for on the 1990 album, Hold Me Up.

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On an evening that featured a crowd full of family, friends and long-term fans, Goo Goo Dolls measured up because sometimes you just have to come home.

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Written by A Ellis Cairns

A Ellis Cairns

A Ellis Cairns has been living in Buffalo since 2006. Hailing from Pittsburgh, A also lived in Maryland and New Jersey. Graduating from Duquesne University with a BA in Communications, he got an internship with Live Nation the summer before his senior year. Upon graduating, A accepted a full-time position with Live Nation at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. Working in the music industry for over 15 years, A has seen and worked with a variety of artists and performers. In his spare time, A is a concert photographer and board member for the Elmwood Village Association.

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