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The Goo Goo Dolls come to Portland

Get Ready For The Goo Goo Dolls in Portland Oregon

If you have any romance in your soul, you have seen the film, City of Angels. The story centers on Seth, an angel played by Nicholas Cage who decides he wants to be a real boy and accomplishes this by falling backwards, off a skyscraper and landing on the streets of Los Angeles. He then hitchhikes in the rain to Reno to be with the woman he fell for, a cute, but doomed doctor played by Meg Ryan. The music accompanying Seth on his soggy journey is, Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls. The song spent a year on the Billboard charts and catapulted the band to superstardom.

On Friday, July 8 The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at Edgefield Manor in Troutdale, along with Collective Soul and Tribe Society. The concert is one of several that will be held at the scenic outdoor venue this summer.

The Goo Goo Dolls are loved in Portland, they were formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986 by high school buddies, bassist Robby Takac and drummer George Tutuska. They were soon introduced to vocalist John Rzeznik. The band named themselves at random after they saw an ad for a doll in a magazine. Although they have had no shortage of pop hits, the band began its career by opening for punk bands in the underground circuit.

The band released its first big single, Name off their fifth album entitled, A Boy Named Goo. Shortly after the album was released Mr. Tutuska left the band over a dispute about payment and was replaced by Mike Malinin. After Name was such a big hit, they were approached to write a song for the City of Angeles soundtrack. Mr. Malinin eventually left over a money dispute as well.

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Their latest album, Boxes is the first album they have released since Mr. Malinin’s departure. The critical reception has been lukewarm. The album received two and a half out of five possible stars on the website Renowned for Sound, with the reviewer saying that some of the lyrics were. ”pretty bad.”

But, no matter what the critics might say Goo Goo Dolls fans love Mr. Rzeznik’s deep growl and   and the bands catchy and drawn out refrains. Edgefield is certain to be packed for one of the most popular groups they have ever hosted.

Collective Soul is the Georgia based band that rose to popularity with their song Shine in 1993. Since then, the band has gone through several line ups and label changes. However, singer Ed Roland has been with the band since the very beginning.

One of the bands biggest hits was Perfect Day off the album Blender which Mr. Roland performed with Sir Elton John as a duet in 2000. The collaboration helped get the album to number two on the pop charts.

Tribe Society is a band whose songs veer largely to socially conscious themes. The video for the song Kings features identical businessmen racing each other to get to the top of a pyramid and a character who resembles Dick Cheney giving a speech to a roomful of Dick Cheneys. A group of people in hoods are shown having a ceremony around a fire and a faceless person in a hood is shown lobbing rocks at various establishment and corporate institutions.

The bands front men, Gavin McDevitt and Seth Hachen were originally in the band Gentleman Hall, whose song, Sail into The Sun was used in a Target commercial which advertised spring clothing.

Don’t Miss Seeing The Goo Goo Dolls Live!

The gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday the 8th and the show starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are technically sold out, but they can be obtained through Vividseats starting at $127.

Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor

Eliza Gale - PortlandMetroLive.com ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.