• Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

One of the most iconic love songs of all time, “Iris” turned 20 this year, which means that the album itself Dizzy Up the Girl, also turned 20! Congratulations, now you feel old too!

In all seriousness though, the Goo Goo Dolls has had hit after hit since their 1995 record A Boy Named Goo, which basically put them on the mainstream map. Although, I do suggest you go backwards in their catalog and check out their other stuff because it is amazing. This is a band that has been going strong for over 30 years now, and deserves recognition for doing so.

The follow up to A Boy Named Goo is 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl, which I’m pretty sure everyone had a copy of at one point or another. It’s an album where I feel like the hits aren’t even the strongest songs. Yes, “Iris” is great. “Black Balloon” is always a good one, and everyone and their mother loves “Slide”, but come on… “January Friend”, “Amigone”, and “Acoustic #3” take the cake on the album! So, naturally, I was stoked to see them ALL done live!

Goo Goo Dolls delivered as electrifying of a set as you can imagine, also performing hits from other albums such as “Name”. 12 years to see them again may have been worth the wait, but it’s not one I want to do again for sure.

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos by Stephy Hayward for ©ZRockR Magazine, All Rights Reserved.

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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