February 20, 2014

Goo Goo Dolls: Magnetic

{Photos by me}

On Tuesday Pranav and I left Ottawa after work to see the Goo Goo Dolls' Magnetic concert in Kingston.

We had floor seats on the 4th row to the stage. I lucked out with those seats as I bought the tickets pretty late. My seatmate on the other side was a Hispanic guy, as Pranav pointed out, "that dude came by himself!" he said a few times to me. I was going to go solo if Pranav didn't want to come. The Goo Goo Dolls have been favorite band since I was 14 and it's not like you talk in a concert anyway. "Going to a concert by yourself, it doesn't get worst than that!" Pranav said, and I turned to him and replied, "Going to the Nazi concentration gas chamber might be worst."

The people in the two rows in front of us were older and they sat through the entire concert. Sometimes I suspect that everyone is as disingenuous as I am. Especially those in front rows who sit the entire time. It is obvious that they won their tickets through some outlet but don't really care. They were just there for the sake of going out. I don't blame them. Downtown Kingston is only 4 blocks and the town is essentially only known for its University and the prison. But I still couldn't help but resent those people that they should have given those seats to the real fans. The crazy screamers. The ones who know all the lyrics to the songs. The ones who act like they're on drugs but completely sober.

I was one of the crazy ones. It's nostalgic seeing your favorite band live, whose music was there to help you through adolescence. Through the teenage drama. Through coping with the high school crush who you were invisible to. Through friends who turned to friendemines who turned to strangers. Through broken relationships. Through the first time you discovered drinking, drugs and smoking in University. And through times you felt like nothing more than a damaged good. Hearing Johnny Rzeznik sing Slide, Black Balloon, Big Machine, Iris and Here Is Gone brought all those memories back, both good and bad.

It was a feeling that money can't buy, and definitely worth the 2 hour drive.


  1. Iris is such a gorgeous song.. I feel like it's one of those songs that's applicable to so many people's lives; our urge to try harder, yet our desire to be loved for who we are. I feel so jealous that you got to go to the concert; I hope you had an amazing time! x

  2. OMG!! I love the Goo Goo Dolls too! Honestly, though, as much of a fan as I am, I don't think I could ever manage to go to a concert. The whole idea of thousands of screaming people singing lyrics to songs that I actually like is something of a turn-off to me (I know, I'm a little strange), but glad you had a great time!

  3. I went to see David Myles by myself, and had a fantastic time. So going to a concert alone is not so bad! Glad you had such an awesome time!

  4. I started listening to the GGD when I was 10 or 11 when Dizzy Up The Girl came out and "Iris" was being played non-stop on the radio. I saw them in concert for the first time during their Gutterflower tour when I was 14 (one of the best nights of my life!), and then again when I was 19. They were definitely my favourite band growing up, and now every time I hear their music, a part of me goes back to 15 years ago when I first heard John Rzeznik's voice on the radio while riding in the car with my parents. And yeah, I can totally relate; GGD got me through heartbreaks, rocky friendships, and helped me get through the school day as the new girl.

    P.S. You took some great photos at the show!

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  6. Oh I am envious. The atmosphere is unbelievable when the crowd around you exert their passion for the band. Once cocacola decided to give out hundreds of free concert tickets for a gig we went to, it was a mood killer.

  7. Awe... that sounds like you had sooo much fun... you know what? I have never been to a concert... it's on my bucket list to do in the next 12 months... that and zip lining :)

  8. Thanks goodness for better days...I'm glad you had such a nice time (despite the sitters).

    Now I'm wondering about why we blog. Could it be we want people to know who we are???

  9. That's amazing that you got fourth row seats! Also, your photos came out really clear.

    It was really nostalgic for me to go see the All American Rejects, which was the first rock band that I listened to. It was still a lot of fun though.

  10. OMG I'm totally filled with envy right now. Iris and Here is Gone are my absolute favorite songs!

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  11. Wish I could attend Goo Goo Dolls concert. Love the band! Iris is one my fave tracks! :)

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