Aug. 8, 2002

Go Goo Goo For A Good Cause

By Randy J. Klodz

Supporting the current Gutterflower Tour, the Goo Goo Dolls will make a stop on Aug. 22 at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park. Not only will the Goo Goo Dolls be supported by the high-rank acts Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton, they will be helping the needy.

"We're pretty lucky, right...so why not?," said Goo Goo Dolls bassist and vocalist Robby Takac, of their non-perishable food drive cooperation with USA Harvest. Takac said that when the Goo Goo Dolls toured theatres during this past spring, they helped raise nearly a million meals.

How can you contribute? Takac said that all concertgoers have to do is bring non-perishable food items (canned goods, etc) and write their name on the item in magic marker. One item will be chosen each night and the winner will get to meet the band. "Naturally, if you bring 700 cans your chances are better," said Takac.

Not only will the Goo Goo Dolls play a long set full of soft ballads like "Iris" and "Name," they are sure to play many of their other harder songs. The Goo Goo Dolls sound will be "probably a lot noisier that a lot of people expect," said Takac. "We spent an awful long time being a consistently heavy rock band."

The Gutterflower Tour kicked off in Phoenix on July 29, with a few glitches. "Johnny nearly got killed by a curtain and got all wound up in it," said Takac. "We worked on that bit a little bit. You are bound to have a few Spinal Tap moments on the first night." To see if the Goo Goo Dolls have any "Spinal Tap moments," and to help a great cause, purchase your tickets and bring your canned goods on Aug. 22, to the Tweeter Center.

The Goo Goo Dolls Photo: Olaf Heine