Concert Review: Goo Goo Dolls, Howlin’ Maggie and The Gufs @ the Ohio State Fair, 8/15/96

Although I was from Buffalo, I didn’t know the Goo Goo Dolls any better than your average music fan. It wasn’t until A Boy Named Goo made a huge splash nationally thanks to the single Name that they appeared on my radar. Of course, being a music junkie, that meant discovering the numerous albums from their punk rock past, and hearing a subtle yet consistent growth in the band from album to album.

While the Goos were enjoying recognition, apparently they were not enjoying success as well, due to a bad record contract. Years later, the band would confess that they played the county fair circuit around the country as a means to support themselves out of necessity, not choice. Not only where the band not making money off of A Boy Named Goo, they actually owed the label quite a bit. But I didn’t know that at the time, I was just interested in seeing my hometown boys done well.

I drove down from college, having stayed the summer to take classes with someone but I can’t recall who. It was my first (and only) trip to a state fair. Livestock and low quality food just don’t interest me, although I’ve heard the food has gotten better.

Now, this is one of the few times I don’t need to write a review, because I already have, it’s posted here. It should be noted that this review was submitted in response to another review on a Goo Goo Dolls listserv in 1996. No idea what a listserv is/was? Google it, and have a good laugh.

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