March 1, 2007

Goo Goo Dolls Plans Chicagoland Return

By Randy J. Klodz

Although visiting the Chicago area has been a constant for alternative-rock band Goo Goo Dolls, the band’s fans never shy away from selling out venues across the region. Goo Goo Dolls will this time perform March 9 at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

The Goo Goo Dolls—which includes Johnny Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (bass, vocals) and Mike Malinin (drums)—is on tour in support of its recent album “Let Love In” which hit stores last April.

The album, with its hit title track and “Give a Little Bit,” as its driving singles, has sold more than 500,000 in just less than a year. Many fans fell in love with the rock, yet often pop-friendly sounds of tracks like “Iris” and “Name” to name a few.

The band’s constant touring and the ability to hit the charts on a regular basis, has kept the Goo Goo Dolls one of the most played--and popular--bands in the business.

The hard working group, originally from Buffalo, New York, also hit it big with songs like “Black Balloon,” “Here is Gone,” “Long Way Down,” “Slide” and many others.

With its collection of hits, each Goo Goo Dolls show is filled with fan sing-alongs and plenty of thrills. As with previous tours, the band has partnered with USA Harvest and will be accepting canned goods at most tour stops.

Rialto Square Theatre is at 102 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $32-$52 each with showtime slated for 8 p.m.. Rock band Augustana is also scheduled to perform. For more info on the Goo Goo Dolls log on to

Goo Goo Dolls Photo: Melanie Nissen