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Main Street is bright tonight, a little less bleaker than it used to be. The marquee outside Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, long ago left for dead and since brought back to brilliance, shines this weekend with a welcome home for the Goo Goo Dolls, who on Friday night played the first of three sold-out shows on a nationwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their quadru…

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As the Goo Goo Dolls prepare for the 20th anniversary tour of "Dizzy Up the Girl," look back through the band's chain of events - the highs and the lows of 33 years in the music industry. 1985: The Goo Goo Dolls form in Buffalo when punk-rocker Robby Takac meets "hippie metal guy" John Rzeznik, and the two strike up an instant bond. George Tutuska is added on drums, the…

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The late '90s were a strange time for rock music. Grunge had morphed into mostly horrible rap-metal. The mainstream was littered with over-singing divas like Celine Dion. Hip-hop was healthy, thanks to the likes of the Wu Tang Clan, though it was still reeling from the death of Tupac. Brit-pop was big, and some of it was pretty great, though much of it was far from inve…

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West Herr Auto Group gave its employees a holiday party they'll never forget Wednesday night with a surprise performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. Employees and their families were only told the holiday party would be at Shea's Performing Arts Center and that they "didn't want to miss the last 90 minutes" of the party, said Cory Thie, 25, of Buffalo. When the Goos took the st…

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This week, Warner Bros. Records and the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of “A Boy Named Goo” with a deluxe edition. It was the Buffalo band’s fifth album and its first to break through into the upper echelons of the pop mainstream .In 1995, the group still felt like a local concern, although one that most members of the area music scene viewed …

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“This is a celebration, because that’s what Lance would want it to be,” singer Joyce Nixon said in her role as mistress of ceremonies for Friday’s “Celebrating the Life of Lance Diamond” service at Kleinhans Music Hall. And though an air of solemnity hung over the event, it was, in the end, exactly that – a celebration of the life of the hardest working man in Buffalo sho…

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On Wednesday evening, the Buffalo Bills announced that Goo Goo Dolls singer, guitarist and principal songwriter John Rzeznik will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday’s game pitting the Bills against the New England Patriots, the first game the team will play under the new ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula. This is certainly an honor for hometown hero Rzeznik, and kudo…