Laughs and Lyrics

NewsNovember 2, 2011Alligator

Originally called the Sex Maggots (promoters refused to book them until they changed their name), the Goo Goo Dolls are here to help you "Slide" into the Homecoming game to the sound of some of their most popular songs.


"Let Love In" as you watch John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin perform as the first musical act for Gator Growl since 2009.

"I'm really excited that they decided to have a band come play," said occupational therapy sophomore Anna Fuhrer, 19. "I wasn't very impressed by Growl last year."

The musicians might not know your "Name," but that doesn't mean they're not here specifically for you. The band was selected after beating Maroon 5, Kings of Leon and Bruno Mars in a top-five student survey and a top-three alumni survey.

"I'm basically listening to Goo Goo Dolls like crazy," Fuhrer said. "I bought my ticket the second I found out they would be performing."

Heger wants to "Give a Little Bit" back to the students who voted to bring the band to UF.

"Every year, we do a survey to see what people thought of Gator Growl and what they'd like to see next year," he said. "Ninety percent of people on the survey said they wanted a musical act this year, so it was a no-brainer."

Seating is first-come, first-serve, so make sure you're at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium "Before It's Too Late" to get a good spot.

The Gators may have seen "Better Days," but we're ready to feel "Sympathy" for the Vanderbilt football team.

Don't miss this opportunity to be close enough to see the "Iris" in the Goo Goo Dolls' eyes.