Goo Goo Dolls: Romancing the Main Stage

2018-08-03 12:34:52

Love. Emotions. Power. The first Polish concert of American pop rock legends Goo Goo Dolls was the perfect way to round off the first day of this year’s Pol’and’Rock Festival.

Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer, Johnny Rzeznik. Photo credit: Damian Mękal


The Goo Goo Dolls are a legend of the American alternative/pop rock scene—and they know it. The concert started with Mike Malinin kicking off the strong drum beat of “Dizzy” as John Rzeznik and Robby Takac leapt onto the stage. 

The audience went wild, giving an incredible welcome to the band, who visited Poland for the first time. The cheers were deafening and the strobe lights from the stage had no chances of reaching the whole crowd—the sea of people stretched well beyond the Main Stage field, past the bungee jump and up the hill to the AFA. 

Goo Goo Dolls bass guitarist, Robby Takac. Photo credit: Damian Mękal


The Goo Goo Dolls’ style is something you recognise instantly. We all felt as if we had moved back in time to the 90s, when everything was simpler and when you looked up at a concert, you’d always catch the eye of your soulmate-to-be.

And rightfully so—the band has been around since the late 80s and their greatest hit, “Iris” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks back in 1998.

Even though the song was written for the romantic drama “City of Angels”, it has since turned into one of the most recognizable works of the decade. It’s hard not to think about your high school sweetheart when you hear that one.



The less aggressive, more melodramatic vibes let the audience slow down a bit after a full day of pogo in the sweltering heat. The whole crowd rocked foot to foot. People hugged, kissed, waved their hands to the rhythm.

It was a beautiful end to a fantastic day. May we have more like these! 

Goo Goo Dolls and Jurek Owsiak on the Pol'and'Rock Main Stage. Photo credit: Damian Mekal


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