Goo Goo Dolls at the National 

April 20.

It's hard to imagine that the Goo Goo Dolls would have been as successful as they were in the late '90s if they'd continued to present themselves as a trio of Replacements wannabes, delivering sloppy punk numbers that hardly hinted at the band's true potential. Luckily enough for Johnny Rzeznik and his band, the Goo Goo Dolls landed themselves a hit with the sad, acoustic ballad “Name,” giving the group a far more radio-friendly identity. Taking the alternative pop-rock acoustics and running, the band released a number of successful tunes, including “Slide,” “Black Balloon” and its biggest song, “Iris,” which spent almost a year on Billboard's airplay charts, including 18 weeks at No. 1. A staple of clean, catchy music from the days of Matchbox Twenty and Soul Asylum, the Goo Goo Dolls are scheduled to play the National on Tuesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. $36-$40.


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