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Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004
     

Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004

4.7 8
by Goo Goo Dolls
 
Although this trio have come a long way since the days when they thrashed their way across the stages of Upstate New York, the Goos haven't forgotten those roots -- and judging by the overwhelming response the hometown crowd offers on this live set, the feeling is mutual. The band don't skimp on their hits, turning out suitably soaring versions of "Name" and "Iris"

Overview

Although this trio have come a long way since the days when they thrashed their way across the stages of Upstate New York, the Goos haven't forgotten those roots -- and judging by the overwhelming response the hometown crowd offers on this live set, the feeling is mutual. The band don't skimp on their hits, turning out suitably soaring versions of "Name" and "Iris" (the latter buoyed by a hearty audience sing-along), but there's also a goodly bit of archive raiding, best represented by a ringing "Two Days in February," which also gets plenty of crowd participation. And while most of the set is given over to the more mellow mid-tempo material that catapulted the band into the mainstream, a handful of rockers -- like the Robby Takac–sung "What a Scene" -- impart the energy needed to keep the set a-movin'. The fact that the show came off at all will be something of a surprise to anyone viewing the accompanying DVD component, which reveals band and crowd alike being pelted with torrential rain from start to finish. A studio version of Supertramp's "Give a Little Bit" rounds out the package.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Live in Buffalo July 4th 2004 is a double-disc set chronicling the Goo Goo Dolls' hometown concert on Independence Day 2004. One disc has the CD audio version of the show, the other the DVD video. About after two-thirds of the show was over, a torrential downpour descended upon Buffalo, and the group played the final third of the concert -- which featured the big hit "Iris," among other Goo Goo anthems -- totally drenched. This is about the most notable thing about the concert, which is otherwise a very professional show, capturing a band running through its repertoire cleanly and efficiently. Even when the rain comes down, the group manages to hold it together and sound like pros; if you're listening to the CD, it doesn't seem like the weather much effected them at all. On the other hand, the DVD illustrates just what a major storm the band weathered, and it makes for some impressive footage. Nevertheless, this is one strictly for the hardcore fans. [The DVD does contain band and engineer commentary for the show, and it's loose, silly, and a little rowdy -- but not too rowdy, since the label has bleeped out any profanity that's uttered during the course of the commentary.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624886723
catalogNumber:
48867

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Primary Artist
Johnny Rzeznik   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Pastor Ronald Williams   Tambourine,Guest Appearance
Robby Takac   Vocals,Group Member
Greg Suran   Guitar,Mandolin
Mike Malinin   Drums,Group Member
Jason Freese   Percussion,Keyboards,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Roger Hodgson   Composer
Anthony Bongiovi   Director
Rick Davies   Composer
Doug McKean   Engineer
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Rob Cavallo   Producer,Audio Production
Überzone   Programming
Robby Takac   Composer
Brett Allen   Guitar Techician
Karen Kovar Lee   Producer
John Dehais   Executive Producer
Garner Krutson   Drum Technician
Joe Zock   Engineer

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Live in Buffalo: July 4, 2004 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The concert definitely rocked! Best Fourth of July I ever had while I was spending time at College! I highly recommend this to everybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, people. You may wonder why I gave this 5 stars when the CD/DVD isn't avaliable till November 23rd... I have already seen the concert. I was there, 2nd row. It's amazing and I can't wait for it to come out so I can watch it over and over again. I recommend this for anyone who loves the Goo Goo Dolls. It's going to be perfect. Tracy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was also at this concert. I traveled from PA to Buffalo for this show and it will be something I will always remember. They band put on one hell of a show for the fans. I have been to buffalo twice my first trip was for a football game and it snowed about 24 inches a few years ago, I made my 2nd trip for this show to watch a concert that had the harderst rain I have ever been in. I was standing in about 12 inches of rain as the GOO's were playing. They gave it their all and the fans stuck it out for a memoriable show. The Goo's played all their hits and even played a little of there older stuff "Two Days in February and Cuze your gone". A big Firework display was set off after the show and the Goo's gave back a little something to the fans and the city of buffalo. The were really appreciative of the fans sticking it out in such herandous conditions. The Goo's and the Fans/City of Buffalo get thumbs up on my end. The Goo Goo Dolls next album is due out in spring 05 and Im making sure I make another trip to their hometown as there is nothing like seeing them at home. The Dvd/Cd will be a great add for anyones collection. Thanks GGD'S
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd. Not only does it have cool bonus features and a dvd, but this band is amazing live, i mean REALLY amazing! Their live performances are one of the first things that got me obsessed with these guys after i saw them live at the M1 (In Australia) festival in 2002. Unfortunately, this cd only came out last month here, but it has not left my cd player since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stop robbing your fellow man of their own experience. Here's a band of highly talented musicians who are as "real" as your next-door neighbor. For the last 20 years, they have stayed true to their music and who they are. In spite of the negative comments, one must admire a band that would much rather tell their own story and show true appreciation for their fans than write pre-designed music for the sake of record and ticket sales. Before judging a music man's work, try and pick up a guitar, write your own lyrics and then go out and perform in front of millions of people and see how many lives you can touch. To the people who appreciate the gift of music, I recommend that you not only buy their CDs, but that you also see them LIVE. It is an experience you shouldn't miss.
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