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Concert preview: Goo Goo Dolls add new chapter to long history

Music » They took a fresh approach to recording their 10th album.

By Sheena McFarland

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 10 2014 10:13 am • Last Updated Sep 10 2014 02:05 pm

Even after nearly three decades together and 10 albums, Goo Goo Dolls bassist and songwriter Robby Takac can’t believe his luck.

"It’s pretty amazing for a band to hang on this long," said Robby Takac, a founding member of Goo Goo Dolls, who co-headline a concert with Daughtry on Wednesday at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City. "I wake up every morning and pinch myself."

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Goo Goo Dolls in Utah

When » Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Where » Usana Amphitheatre, 5125 S. 6400 West, West Valley City

Openers » Plain White T’s and Daughtry

Tickets » $20 to $60; www.smithstix.com

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The band’s first decade together didn’t provide much commercial success, and then in early 1995, just as that 10 year-mark — "the shelf life of any band" — was nearing, Goo Goo Dolls’ first hit single, "Name," skyrocketed on the charts.

Three years later, "Iris" did the same, and the band hasn’t looked back since.

But that doesn’t mean the band has stopped evolving and growing.

The process of making last year’s "Magnetic," Goo Goo Dolls’ 10th album, was significantly different from the past.

"Usually, we’d write a bunch of songs and try to crawl out from a pile of 15 half-finished songs, and at the end of the process, I think you started to hear a little bit of that darkness," Takac said. "This record, John [Rzeznik] attacked it song by song instead of 15 songs at a time. It made for less general tension and we were able to go into a few different directions."

The approach appears to be working. The love ballad "Come to Me" and the upbeat anthem "Rebel Beat" have gotten consistent radio play and have made the Billboard charts, both peaking at 16 on the Adult Top 40.

The band recently completed a tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions, which was played in small 400-seat theaters and was heavy on the violins.

"It was very, very different. It was a departure for us," Takac said. "But nothing beats a big summer rock show, man. You get to bring out the big guns, the lights and nothing beats thousands of people singing along to your songs."

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Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will be joined by Plain White T’s, which means "that’s three bands that are on the radio, so you’re going to hear a lot of songs you know that night."

Takac said he is looking forward to another visit to Utah. In the past, band members have ridden the Alpine Slide in Park City and eaten at "some great restaurants." But there’s one thing they don’t miss about the Beehive State.

"I used to have a club membership card," he said. "I’m glad I can take that out of my wallet."


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