It’s been a wild and highly productive 18 months for the Goo Goo Dolls. Last year, while marking its 28th anniversary, the band released a new album, “Magnetic.” It was the first to find guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik working with a host of collaborative songwriters, and the collection was marked by lush, ornate production.
The album was a hit, but the Goos surprised fans by almost immediately taking a sharp left turn and hitting the road in an acoustic format, alongside new friends, the string-laden ensemble Run River North. In April, that tour came to our area for two intimate shows: the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino and, two weeks later, the North Park Theatre.
Clearly on a creative roll, the band then announced a summer, full-on rock spectacle tour alongside Daughtry, a double-bill that already has earned significant critical plaudits. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the band’s “victory lap,” when the Goos/Daughtry pairing takes over the Darien Lake PAC at 6:45 p.m. Friday, with guests the Plain White T’s. Tickets are $20 to $99 (www.livenation.com).
– Jeff Miers