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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.



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.”


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.


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.






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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