“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Goes Goo Goo

April 21st, 2015, 9:00 am by Greg

Sawyer Fredericks – the Local 518 youngster from Fultonville – still hasn’t lost his ever-present bowler hat, but he hasn’t lost his mojo, either. On Monday night’s (April 20) episode of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition, “The Voice,” the teenage farmboy tackled the Goo Goo Dolls’ big ballad “Iris” backed by a string section.

Not exactly what we’d describe as his strong suit – considering that he entered the whole competition with his simple, unadorned audition rendition of the folk song “A Man of Constant Sorrow.” But he nailed “Iris.” And the last lines of the song – the repeated lyrics, “I just want you to know who I am” – resonated deeply. Sawyer, everyone knows who you are now. A bang-up job.

Fan voting for “The Voice” contestants continues til the deadline of 12noon today (Tuesday, April 21), and we’re betting that Fredericks had the right stuff to advance from the Top 10 to the next Top 8 round without a problem. Tune in at 8pm tonight to find out…

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LIVE: Goo Goo Dolls @ SPAC, 6/15/14

July 8th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Natives of the Queen City of the Great Lakes (that would be Buffalo, of course), Johnny Rzeznik and Goo Goo Dolls made one of the fastest big-stage turn-arounds of the year, headlining at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs just two months after packing The Egg for an acoustic show.

This time around, they also brought with them the hard-rockin’ Daughtry and Plain White T’s, who served up their own acoustic opening set.

No matter how you slice it, that’s a long way from the days when the more punk-oriented, garage-sloppy Goo Goo Dolls were bashing it out at 288 Lark…

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LIVE: Goo Goo Dolls @ SPAC, 7/31/11

August 12th, 2011, 2:04 pm by Greg
Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls

Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls

In the darkness of the SPAC amphitheater stage, the first spotlights started to slowly flicker and rotate building momentum in sync with a loud, ominous, organ-like drone heralding the impending appearance of Buffalo’s favorite musical sons, the Goo Goo Dolls.

Bounding on to the stage in silhouette, the bandmembers took their positions and to the count of the pounding drum beat the stage exploded in a frenzy of lights and pulsing sound as bassist Robby Takac and guitar-wielding frontman-vocalist Johnny Rzeznik launched into the oh-so-befitting-for-the-evening, “Last Hot Night.”

What a difference from their early punk-rock days playing at 288 Lark…

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Live: Goo Goo Dolls @ SPAC, 7/22/10

July 28th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Goo Goo Dolls: Johnny Rzeznik

Goo Goo Dolls: Johnny Rzeznik

Headlining a triple bill at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last Thursday night, the Goo Goo Dolls seemed surprisingly youthful and dynamic for a group that has been playing together consistently for more than a quarter century.

Back in their early years, the critics often took shots at the Dolls for being little more than ersatz clones of the Replacements. However, with the release of their brilliant third album “Superstar Car Wash” in 1993, the comparison was a moot point.

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