DETROIT — The Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik seemed taken aback when a fan handed him a poster depicting the band members as “Sesame Street” characters early on in the group’s concert Tuesday night(March 6) at the State Theatre.
“Why am I the Cookie Monster?” Rzeznik asked. “I better stop eating.”
But the poster was an apt depiction of where the Goos stand these days.
Two decades on from its punk rock beginnings, the Buffalo-formed band has become an all-ages concern.
The sold-out crowd at Tuesday’s show — the fi rst of a two-night stand at the State — ranged from popcorn-eating grade-schoolers at their fi rst concert to the 80-year-old grandmother of one of the crew members — who was at her first concert, too.
There were plenty of cellphone waving teens and twentysomethings, and, of course, lots of Rzeznik-lusting women swooning over the lovelorn likes of “Feel the Silence,” “Stay With You,” “Without You Here” and “Iris.”
The 85-minute show focused on the last 12 years of the group’s history, since “Name” began a parade of hits that kept the State crowd singing and swaying — “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway, “Let Love In” — as well as a generous allotment of material from the band’s latest album, “Let Love In.”
Bassist Robby Takac, Rzeznik’s cheerful foil, rekindled some of the Goos’ harder rocking roots on songs such as “January Friend,” “Tucked Away” and “Smash,” while Rzeznik, pushing his way through a noticeably road-wearied voice, offered a bit of social commentary prior to “We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone),” pointing out parallels between the economic fortunes of his home town and the city where he was playing.
The frontman also made sure to drop a few F-bombs into the evening — just in case anyone thought he was getting too “Sesame Street” on them.
Some tickets, priced $55 and $36.50, remain for tonight’s Goo Goo Dolls show at the State, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call (313)961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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