Goo Goo Dolls performs in Prague

American band Goo Goo Dolls, best known for the song Iris from the film City of Angels and which belonged in the 1990s. In the 1980s, the most popular alternative to rock formations, it will perform for the first time in the Czech Republic – 12. August at Lucerna Music Bar in Prague.

Goo Goo Dolls was founded in Buffalo in 1985 by guitarist and singer Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer George Tutusk. The trio originally started playing under the name the Sex Maggots various cover versions, but soon began to compose their own songs. Punk's melodic sound resembled the band The Replacements. Two years later, they released their eponymous debut album on metal blade, followed by Jed in 1989, Hold Me Up and 1993 Superstar Car Wash.

The great commercial success came with the 1995 album A Boy Named Goo and the 1995 single Name, which made it to the Top 5 of the American charts. Three years later, Iris was created for the film City of Angels with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. The song shot as a huge hit, becoming number 1 in the Top 100 Pop Songs chart from 1992-2012, plus winning three Grammy nominations. The band's sound at the time was more inclined to pop and pop-rock. The trio, in which the original drummer Totusk was replaced by Mike Malinin, recorded another series of records after 2000. So far, the last, the eleventh, called Boxes, which Rzeznik and Takac recorded as pairs, came out in 2016.

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