After three years away, US rock band Goo Goo Dolls are returning to UK stages this week on the tail of their latest album, Magnetic, and will be found playing up a storm at the 02 Academy Newcastle at the weekend.
Following its release in June this year, Magnetic is the band’s 10th studio album and offers a return to form after 2010’s Something for the Rest of Us.
With a legacy firmly rooted in place thanks to their 1998 hits, Slide and Iris - the latter of which launched them into international superstar territory - they have added fresh appeal with each new release and tour.
Debuting on the fringes of the East Coast punk scene in the late 1980s, the group experimented with the styles of grunge and college rock before releasing their fifth album, A Boy Named Goo in 1995. A thrashing collection of alternative and punk, it was the album that finally drew the Goo Goo Dolls national acclaim, but few would dispute the volume of radio airtime the acoustic Name received being paramount to their breakthrough in the US and Canada.
Now, Magnetic has added a fresh selection of songs to the group’s finely matured quiver.
Standouts include the album’s first single Come to Me, the anthemic rock-ballad Caught In the Storm and the foot-stomping More of You.
Most noteworthy however is the melodiously ardent closing track, Keep the Car Running, which calls on the band’s blue-collared roots back in Buffalo, New York, where founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac hail from.
Last year, Billboard set three of the band’s songs in their Top 100 songs of the past twenty years, with Iris in place at number one, furthering the song as a guaranteed show-maker and a must-see-live for any rock fan.
If that definition includes you, you’ll be delighted to hear the band play the 02 Academy Newcastle on Saturday. Tickets are available from www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing Newcastle Academy on Saturday, October 19, at 6.30pm. Tickets are available at www.gigsandtours.com/tour/GOO-GOO-DOLLS