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 The Goo Goo Dolls
Events Center-Seneca-Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY 12-29-06
Concert Review
By Bob Silvestri

With a room that was filled to capacity (over 2200 tickets were sold) and with anticipation The Goo Goo Dolls closed out 2006 with a well received set at The Events Center at The Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on December 29th.  Out on the road since the spring of 2006 supporting their latest release Let Love In the band turned in a tight fast paced seventeen song set clocking in at around seventy five minutes. From the opening notes of “Stay” until the encore of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” the band had the crowd on their feet for the entire show. 
   For over twenty years The Goo’s have been performing on stages all over the world yet it always seems special when they return home to perform. With references ranging from family to The Chippewa Strip to old friends in the crowd and with the somewhat intimate setting of the Events Center it felt like Old Home Days at The Continental, one of the band’s earliest venues. While the sound is more polished than the early days the band still professes a certain sloppy sound at times reminiscent of their idols and mentors The Replacements and Paul Westerberg. 
   This evening found Robby prowling and prancing from one end of the stage to the other, Johnny preening to the crowd and Mike pounding away on the drums. They played the hits of course including “Naked”, “Slide”, “Iris”, “Broadway” and “Black Balloon”. “Smash”, “Tucked Away” and a frenzied “January Friend” stood out as well. Cuts from the new disc featured “Better Days” the title cut “Let Love In’ and “Become”. A great way to ring out 2006 and to rock forward to 2007 and another Goo year. (Bad pun I know) For more info on The Goo Goo Dolls go to www.googoodolls.com  For information about upcoming events at Seneca-Niagara Casino go to www.senecaniagaracasino.com

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