For me, the appeal of going to a rock show is just to forget about life and have a really good time. Sometimes you just want it simple – no big, elaborate stage shows, no fancy productions, just a room full of people, a band, entertaining banter and a bunch of great, fun songs and that is exactly what The Goo Goo Dolls delivered to a busy, excited audience in Leeds.

Touring in support of their new album Boxes, the band pulled out a set that, like their audience, spanned all ages. Opening with “Over & Over” from Boxes, the energy dial was set to max with Robby Takac, complete with massive grin plastered across his face, refusing to stand still for the duration of their set.

It’s a value-for-money set as well, clocking in at twenty-two songs long and with the band throwing in a surprise or two along the way, including their stunning cover of Prince’s “I could Never Take The Place Of Your Man”, there are very few fans in here left disappointed. Old and new, from “So Alive” to “Better Days”, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, along with a thousand or so fans are in fine voice with, unsurprisingly, the biggest reaction of the night held back for hit single “Iris”.

Their twenty-two song set brings the night to a conclusion with “Long Way Home”, a perfect end to an evening that proved, even thirty years into their career, the Goo Goo Dolls are masters of giving their audience exactly what they want.

Check out the song “Over & Over”


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.