Goo Goo Dolls
BMHOF Class of 1995
Formed in 1986 and consisting of Johnny
Rzeznik (guitarist formerly of the Beaumonts), Robbie Takac and George
Tutuska (bass and drums respectively, both of the Beat Mongers), the Goo's
originally called themselves "Sex Maggot." An ad for "Goo Goo Dolls" in
True Detective magazine inspired them to try a new moniker, and it stuck.
At the '86 Buffalo Music Awards, after capturing the year's top new band
honors, they sprayed a local DJ with beer for failing to play enough original,
local music. A year later, the returned to bring the house down with an
awards-show performance featuring Lance Diamond.
Early Metal Blade releases brought
the Goo's national acclaim, but their tours were long on dates and short
on monetary compensation. "A Boy Named Goo" changed all of that, but, apart
from George's departure to join Hula, it has not changed the band. They'll
be playing a sold-out audience half a continent away one night and listening
to a local band in some Buffalo club the next. They believe in Buffalo
music, and their perseverance has put Buffalo music on the map.
Today The Goo Goo Dolls are one of
the most successful recording acts in the country and they are selling
out venues around the world. Their albums top the charts and they have
been nominated for several Grammy Awards. Still they have not forgot their
hometown of Buffalo. In December 1999 they sold out three shows at Shea's
Buffalo - a 3,000 seat concert hall - and had a different local opening
act for each show. These shows also raised money for local charities and
they took some donated toys to an overseas USO show.
To keep up to date on The Goo Goo Dolls,
check their web page, which is continually updated by the band, their friends
and family members at boyleworks.com/fabfay
Web Link: www.boyleworks.com/fabfay