Robby Takac’s Latest Blog for InRock; Goo Goo Dolls in Asia

Hey hey In rockers and welcome to The Lobby, I begin writing this month’s column for you today at 730am in a long, long line with an army of excited little kids at Kidzania in Tokyo. For those of you unfamiliar with Kidzania it’s an educational amusement park for kids here in Japan that lets young people try all sorts of occupations in a play setting while parents uncomfortably stand by and tap away on their smartphones… one of my daughters favorite things to do while we’re in Japan. Oh … I guess I should go back to the beginning of the month and explain how we ended up back here again for a visit this time around!

Goo Goo Dolls played a show during The Super Bowl (America’s National football league’s final championship game) in Houston Texas doing a set of “greatest hits” opening for Sting at a small 300 capacity club for a group of enthusiastic VIPs. It really was amazing seeing Sting playing with a small band, doing mostly Police songs actually, pretty inspiring to see him up there kicking so much ass at 65 years old.

After a few days home in Buffalo, I spent a few afternoons in my studio working on some demos for a new Goo Goo Dolls project that we’ll be announcing soon and then we headed off with the band to do a couple of shows in Asia for the first time ever!

We performed first in Manila, Philippines at a Araneta Arena, (where the infamous Thriller in Manila Muhammad Ali boxing match occurred back in the 70s). Aside from a fire in the dressing room before the show which was swiftly extinguished by the local fire department, the show went off like a dream. The Filipino people re so kind and genuine no they showed up ready to sing and celebrate our first ever visit to their country. We did a ton of press and met over 200 fans before we took the stage and had a great time together with the over 7000 fans that came out for the show.

After leaving Manila we made our way to Bangkok, Thailand, (another first for my band) for a show at The BCC in front of another enthusiastic crowd ready to hear our songs after a 30 year absence from their country. The morning of the show we got a huge surprise when our keyboard player Korel felt sick and was admitted to the hospital to have his appendix removed!

But, as they say, the show must go on, so we got him to the hospital, made a few quick changes to the set, threw together a quick rehearsal at the venue and had a great show in his absence. It was a pretty special show because of the situation at hand and a very unique moment for the fans in Bangkok and our band as well!

I got a chance to do a bit of sightseeing in Thailand

with our drummer Craig, visited the Golden Buddha and fulfilled my dream of having Thai Curry in Thailand! The rest of the band boarded a plane home and Korel is now safely back in the US (minus his appendix) …. and I made my way to Japan to meet my wife and daughter for a little vacation as well as some meet ups with a couple of the bands on our Good Charamel record label here in Tokyo!

Every visit to Japan is very special for us as we get to visit our family with Hana and catch up with our friends here again. But we also do our best to see some things we haven’t experienced in my 15 years of visiting, and this trip we had a great time visiting the hot springs at Ito (private of course due to an excessive amount of tattoos I’ve gotten over the years) and enjoyed a meal of Chunko at Chunko Kirishima in Ryogoku.

I also appeared on the What The Fun Radio show on InterFM radio in Tokyo with Good Charamel artists MOLICE for an interview with George Williams and Mike Rogers about working with Japanese artists at my studio in the US and working with bands from Japan on an international stage. We had a great time chatting and I was invited back when I make my next trip to Japan to continue our conversation!

And this trip ended with a very special visit to the National Museum of Art in Rippongi to see a life spanning exhibit from one of my favorite Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama. Her crazy world of color, shapes and emotions was an amazing way to close out this trip to Japan (and Hana loved it too!).

Ok … Narita tomorrow, dinner with our family tonight and it’s time to pick up some omiage for our friends back home!

Have a great month, and we’ll talk soon once the jet lag is gone and we’re back in full swing with Goo Goo Dolls as we gear up for another 60 shows across the USA and much more …. stay tuned!

Talk soon and Peace!

Robby

http://www.inrock.co.jp/inrock/new/robby.html

WBFO.org: Music is Art Festival relocating to Buffalo waterfront

The Music is Art Festival is moving to a new location this year. Buffalo Riverworks will host the 15-year-old festival on September 9.

The festival began in 2002 at Franklin and Allen streets. It then moved to the Erie Country Fairgrounds and was last held at Delaware Park.

Robby Takac, founder of the Music is Art festival and bassist for The Goo Goo Dolls, says it was time the festival had a new location.
“After about nine years and about four straight years of some pretty inclement weather that really kind of put a damper on our party, we found a place that we think is really pretty unbelievable. And Riverworks allows us to have some covered areas and some outside areas; that festival atmosphere at the same time,” said Takac.

Attendees will enjoy blues, jazz, rock, performances from singers and songwriters, displayed art and dance troops. The event is free and open to the public.

**Click link for audio**

http://news.wbfo.org/post/music-art-festival-relocating-buffalo-waterfront

Buffalo News-Gusto: Music is Art at RiverWorks? Yes, please!

After a while, it just started to feel personal. Not a random natural coincidence, but the act of a deity with a particularly nasty attitude and a disdain for the arts, music, festivals, and all of the people who produce and patronize them.

For the past nine years, Robby Takac’s annual Music is Art Festival took place on the grounds of Delaware Park surrounding Marcy Casino, the Rose Garden and the portion of Lincoln Parkway that slices between the park and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Stages would be erected. Sound technicians would be hired and sound production installed. More than 100 bands and artists would have submitted their wares, made the cut, and prepped for the big day. Press conferences would be held. Vendors would have signed up and been ready to go. Fans loyal to the festival would have made their plans, cleared the decks for the 12-hour party, laid out the Music is Art T-shirt – the now-iconic black musical note in a yellow circle – they’d purchased the year before.

Yes. We’d be ready for this particularly Buffalo-centric celebration.

And then we’d wake up on the anointed Saturday during the first week of September, rub the previous night’s activities from our eyes, look out the window, and curse, mightily and bitterly.

Rain. Black sheets of rain. Often urged along by an aggressively unseasonable wind. We’d sigh, pound down our coffee and shake our tiny fists at the vast indifference of distant heaven. Again? Really?!?!?

So no one would be seeing our uber-cool MiA T-shirt. We’d be sporting a garbage bag with a hole cut out for our head to poke through, instead.

Being true Buffalonians, Takac and his MiA team stuck it out, accentuated the positive and kept the show running with smiles on their faces, which can be tough to do when your multiplatinum band the Goo Goo Dolls is set to headline the Fest on a stage that, by this point, has several inches of water on it and a whole bunch of incredibly soggy customers out in front of it. I mean, what could go wrong, right? (Well, electrocution, for starters.)

In the 15 years that Music is Art has been throwing its annual soiree – first in Allentown, followed by a brief and in retrospect ill-advised stop at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and finally, in its proper ideological and geographical home outside the A.K. – I’ve been absent only once, and that single absence was not by choice. It’s a fantastic homegrown event. But of the nine years MiA took over the Albright-Knox/Delaware Park area, it rained heavily five times and was unseasonably cool at least one of the remaining four. That’s not a good average.

When I arrived at Buffalo RiverWorks for the news conference announcing this year’s MiA Fest, I had no idea what was going to happen, though perhaps the locale of the presser should’ve been a red flag. I figured Takac would be announcing a special performance, perhaps from a national act – maybe even another slot for the Goos. But no, the specifics concerning who will be playing this year remained under wraps. Instead, Takac announced that RiverWorks – the entertainment and sports complex on the site of the old grain silos along the banks of the Buffalo River – would be the site for the 2017 festival, which will take place on Sept. 9.
Once I got over feeling kind of dumb for missing the signs, my first reaction was: This is a smart move. The two-tier 60,000-square-foot space in the main building – which houses, according to buffaloriverworks.com, “the first permanent, purpose-built, flat-track roller derby track in the world; a martial arts dojo; four bars; a restaurant and a concession food area; locker rooms for sports leagues; restrooms and a kitchen” – will host the majority of the MiA action this year. It’s a beautiful, open-plotted space, and it can accommodate 5,000 people. The surrounding spaces also offer cover in case of inclement weather, but are “outside,” technically speaking.

“I think there are only two of the 15 stages that we’ll need to tent, because the rest are under existing cover – rinks, silos, balconies, etc.,” Music is Art Executive Director Tracy Shattuck said. So you can leave the garbage bag/rain poncho at home, folks.

It makes sense for Music is Art – our longest-running free, independent, grassroots music and art festival – to be part of the Buffalo waterfront renaissance. It’s not difficult to imagine the festival growing – perhaps not to the point one of my Facebook friends was dreaming of when he said, “I hope this becomes Buffalo’s version of (the Austin, Texas, mega-music industry fest) SXSW,” but growing, nonetheless. Will there be more national artists intermingled with the strong local element? Anything seems possible with a venue that kicks the notion of being dependent on good weather to the curb.

The nine years in Delaware Park certainly offered their share of indelible memories. But this does feel like what Takac called it – “a rebirth.”

“Well, waddya think?” Takac asked me following Saturday’s news conference. “Good move?”

Yeah, man. Good move.”

http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/07/mia-at-riverworks-yes-please/

Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Long Way Home’ Summer Tour Dates List

JULY:
14 July Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amph.
15 July Las Vegas, NV Downtown Events Center
16 July Phoenix, AZ Commerica
18 July Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amph
20 July South Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
21 July Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Stir Cove
24 July Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
25 July Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Farm Bureau
27 July Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront
28 July Appleton, WI Fox Cities Stadium
29 July Plymouth, MN Hilde Performance Center
31 July Nashville, TN Ascend Amph

AUGUST:
2 August Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center
3 August Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook Amphitheater
5 August Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
6 August Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
8 August Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
9 August Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
11 August Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amph
12 August Darien Lakes, NY Darien PAC
13 August Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amph
15 August Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank
16 August Portland, ME Maine State Pier
18 August Holmdel, NJ PNC
19 August Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
20 August Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
22 August Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
23 August Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amph
25 August Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amph
26 August Ashville, NC Biltmore Estate
27 August Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Union
30 August Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

SEPTEMBER:
1 Sept Miami, FL Klipsch Amph at Bayfront
2 Sept Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
4 Sept Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amph
7 Sept Houston, TX CWM Pavilion
10 Sept Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort/Casino
12 Sept San Diego, CA Open Air Theater
13 Sept Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

**More dates may be added**

Goo Goo Dolls Announce ‘Long Way Home’ Summer Tour & New EP Release!

From googoodolls.com:
“We’re excited to announce our summer tour with special guest Phillip Phillips! Check out http://googoodolls.com for dates!
Members of our fan club, Inner Machine, will gain access to a special ticket and VIP pre-sale for the tour. This pre-sale begins TODAY – Monday, February 27th at 12pm local venue time and is available to Inner Machine members only. Visit http://www.googoodolls.com/become-member to join Inner Machine and access this pre-sale.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the public on March 3rd at 10am local time. VIP ticket upgrades will also be available for purchase.

Lastly, we’ll be releasing a new EP entitled You Should Be Happy on May 12th! More info on that coming soon.”

asialive365.com: Live in Pictures: Goo Goo Dolls make their long-overdue Bangkok debut

We’re not sure why it had taken this long for Goo Goo Dolls to play in Bangkok, but last Monday (Feb 13) wasn’t a bad time to watch the band’s founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac bring some timeless rock to a city so steeped in rave parties. Not at all.

It’s not so much about an audience’s frustration as it is about the band’s three decades’ worth of experience that culminates in stellar showmanship and a seamless technical delivery, especially during some of the more layered tracks that may not necessarily be mastered live.

Goo Goo Dolls took on a setlist of 22 songs that featured all their hits, deep cuts and new singles from eleventh and latest album Boxes, including “Slide”, “Naked”, “Broadway”, “Iris”, “Sympathy”, “Rebel Beat” and “Over and Over”.

The BCC Hall wasn’t filled to the brim and it may have been uncomfortably chilly if it hadn’t been for the zeal of long-time fans and jokesters, who took turns crying out witty and side-splitting comments that only frontman Rzeznik, a tongue-in-cheek entertainer himself, was quick enough shut down (“We can have a Q&A period later. Trying to play a fucking show here.”)

Here’s a look at what went down at Goo Goo Dolls’ first ever show in Bangkok. (Click link for some great photos)

http://asialive365.com/live-pictures-goo-goo-dolls-bangkok/

mnl-online.com: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Robby Takac Deliver Greatest Hits Show in Manila

Goo Goo Dolls unlock their hits

“Manila, it’s good to be here, with you,” drawled Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, who offered, on February 11 at the Araneta Coliseum, a “Greatest Hits” concert, alongside his band.

Opening with “Over and Over,” the first track off their latest effort Boxes, helped set the tone for the evening. Presented by Random Minds, the Goo Goo Dolls Live in Manila was a dynamic and well-paced blend of old and newer material. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac provided memorable performances, giving many fans enough great memories to last a very long time. They performed a bevy of hits, including “Slide,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Balloon,” “Better Days” and “Before It’s Too Late.”

The hit-making band also played their arguably three of their biggest songs in “Sympathy,” “Broadway” and the No. 1 megahit “Iris,” from the 1998 City of Angels soundtrack.
Electrifying and impressive

Goo Goo Dolls closed their main set with a rousing “Broadway” before returning to the stage for the obligatory encore.

“(Of course) You knew we were coming back,” exclaimed Rzeznik with a knowing smirk before performing the anthemic “Long Way Home.” “You knew we forgot to play (this) one.”

At the end, Rzeznik and Takac bid their goodbyes, thanked everyone present, walked off stage, accompanied by bursts of applause and standing ovations by the thousands of spectators delighted by their solid performances.

Enjoying a remarkable career, which includes a host of successful albums with an impressive series of hits which have sold million records worldwide, Goo Goo Dolls after 30 years, played for the first time in Manila, on February 11, 2017.

February 20, 2017 Jayson Paor

**Check out the Goo Goo Dolls gallery captured by Jude Ng by clicking the link below**:

http://mnl-online.com/goo-goo-dolls-john-rzeznik-and-robby-takac-deliver-greatest-hits-show-in-manila/

Rappler.com~Goo Goo Dolls thrill PH fans in first ever Manila concert

This may sound a bit odd, I’ve noticed from being in the photo pit so often, that there is an energy you can feel from over your shoulder. And not just in the form of screaming fans, but there’s an invisible force and it varies greatly from show to show. You can’t see it but you know it’s there. You don’t look back, because mostly you’re focused on your camera settings and the activity on the stage, where the energy is also reflected in the performers. And the force was palpable when the Goo Goo Dolls, hailing from Buffalo, New York, brought their rock style to the other side of the globe to Manila for the first time.

Bass player, Robby Takac, jokingly explained to the crowd why it took them so long to make it here, “We just wanted to make sure we were very well-practiced, so we took 30 years and were all practiced up for you guys.”

Exuberance was in the air as the near-capacity crowd waited in eager anticipation for the event to kick off last Saturday night, February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. And the dynamic duo of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the two remaining original members, did not disappoint with a string of chart-topping tracks. Impressively, the technical consistency of an often complex layered sound was fantastic, which can be tricky to pull off live. John’s voice, you could argue, has improved with age, there were no hiccups or hesitations, all sung with a rich, unmistakable quality that you don’t come across too often.

They’ve been around for over 3 decades, forming in 1986, a long period of time in the music business, or in any business for that matter, and at this concert they showed us why. This tour is in support of their 11th studio album, Boxes, and remarkably none of the songs came off as stale or pretentious, still a fresh out of the box (pun intended) atmosphere. One of the pillars to their secret of longevity, is a no-nonsense approach. There was no over-the-top lighting schematic, highly polished video presentations or elaborate stage props, other than some confetti cannons and oversized balloons to finish up the concert, they let the music do the talking. It was just a bunch of folks sharing their music, really what a concert should be. Yes, it was an inspired and passionate show that delighted everyone in attendance, lasting for almost two hours, but it was the dynamic stage presence of John and Robby combined that caught your attention.

As John so eloquently introduced Robby, “and my partner for the last ten million years…”

Obviously feeding off each other’s energy, they often seemed to be functioning as one. John for the most part was stationary, front and center at the mic stand on lead vocals, with gentle flowing movements, often swapping between electric and acoustic guitar. Robby on the other hand, frantically moved about the stage, darting from left to right. He handled the bass guitar as though it were an extension of his body, all the while remarkably never missing a beat. John may be the epitome of cool, with his ageless handsome looks, flowing locks and dimpled chin while Robbie sports the disheveled, just-rolled-out-of-bed look, even performing the entire night in his socks. They are just at opposite ends of the spectrum which complement each other extremely well.

Usually, a bass guitarist doesn’t move much at all, a rhythmic sway or a melodic pattern, keeping the beat along with the drummer, Craig Macintyre. But Robby didn’t stay still for a nano second; he performed with a unique high energy style and passion like you’ve never seen before. Singing background vocals on most tracks, but he’s really the second lead vocalists and took the spotlight position on a few songs from their early catalog and “Free of Me” on the latest record. Also interacting with the fans, he fired up the crowd when called for, which didn’t take much encouragement, and touching base with the other members of the band, clowning around with the guitarist, Brad Fernquist or scruffing up the hair of the keyboardist, Korel Tunador .

Before the show began, I went backstage to get a drink of water, and noticed some commotion near the dressing rooms, with a slight burning smell in the air. There were some emergency personnel there, but no one was panicking and everything seemed under control so I just went on about my business.

Later during the show, John addressed the crowd with a story that seemed told just for a punch line, “We had a little fire backstage, all my pants were burned. This is a true story.” he said, not sure if anyone was believing him at this point, “I walked out of the dressing room, when we came back, all of my pants were on fire. So if anybody wants to donate a pair of pants to a guy,” as he cleared his throat as someone in the crowd offered their pants, “I’m not taking your pants, so please keep your pants on, as they say.” the arena erupted with laughter.

John spoke to the crowd on a handful of occasions, at times with a self deprecating manner and relatable banter with a genuine presence that made everyone feel right at home. As he introduced the song “Name”, he said, “This song was really the song we were going to, I was going to quit playing music because we couldn’t make any money doing it. And my wife wanted to have a real life, which to me sounded f–king horrible” as the crowd responded in laughter, he continued, “So I had the ultimatum put to me so I immediately sat down on the sofa and I was like, I’ve gotta write a f–king song, I’ve gotta write a f-cking song, I’ve gotta write a song and this is what came out.” And he humorously finished up with, “She’s gone, the song’s still here.”

The set list had an easy flow to it with a mixture of their incredible mega hits, also songs off the new record, an acoustic solo of “Sympathy” and even a cover song originally by Supertramp, “Give a Little Bit.” This was one of those concerts you really got your money’s worth, most bands today don’t play over 20 songs at a show, never mind 24 tracks. And it’s twenty-something songs of quality material, hit after hit, which speaks volumes about the the level of talent here. “Slide” was a fan favorite which incited a sing-along that echoed loudly throughout the venue, “Iris” may be one of those songs you need to experience performed live before you die.

Goo Goo Dolls created a well-executed, captivating performance with the combination of these two artists possessing juxtaposing styles that really draws your attention. With the admiration of their longtime fans being a testament to the quality of their work, they provided everything the audience came to see. John’s vocals became a catalyst for something special, along with animated antics of Robby, and a passion that was self-evident from all the band members. It’s one of the more memorable concert performances you’ll experience, well worth checking out. Incredible and inspiring music, it would be my pleasure to cover them again, well done from start to finish. – Rappler.com

http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/music/155932-goo-goo-dolls-john-rzeznik-quitting-songwriting-inspiring-young-musicians

Goo Goo Dolls rocks Manila concert stage

A legion of revelers proved that three decades of waiting for American rock band Goo Goo Dolls is all worth it.

Since it was formed in 1986, this was the first time that the New York-based group—composed of Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Korel Tunador, and Craig Macintyre—performed in Manila.

Their Filipino fans gathered at the Smart Araneta Colliseum last Saturday night, February 11, 2017, to jam and dance the night away while listening to some of the biggest and chart-topping singles from the ‘90s.

Check out the highlights of this one-night-only event:

Goo Goo Dolls treated Pinoy fans to a two-hour concert that offered their original and hit songs. Their performance started at around 8:30 p.m. and ended at around 10:30 p.m.

Filipino fans shouted their hearts out when their musical heroes started heating up the stage with “Turn It Up,” “Long Way Down,” and “Slide.”

Frontman/main songwriter/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik greeted concertgoers, “Hi, Manila! How are you?

“This is our first time here and in my very short time here, it has been awesome.”

He joked, “It’s just so strange that we could’ve come here twenty years ago, we never did, and but here we are in this beautiful place tonight with everybody here.”

Johnny sang his self-written song “Big Machine.”

The band was not as chatty but they did manage to express their gratitude to their Filipino fans for their unwavering support.

Their set list included “Rebel Beat,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Ballroom,” “Smash,” and “Bringing On The Light.”

Before Johnny began singing “Name,” he introduced it by saying, “This next song was the first song that played out in America. If you do, you could sing with me.

He quipped, “Your English is better than me now…”

While introducing the song, the 51-year-old musician mentioned that his wife originally “wanted me to have a real life.”

The Goo Goo Dolls also played “So Alive,” “Naked,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Better Days,” “Stay With You,” “Already There,” and “Free of Me.”

Johnny admitted, “I’m a little overwhelmed right now… because I got no pants and I’m in a foreign country.”

Prior to their concert, he joked about the fact that all his pants were on fire.

He dedicated the song “Come To Me” to his wife “who’s on the other side of the world.”

The lead vocalist even requested their fans, “Can you say hi for me?”

Meanwhile, their song “Sympathy” is about doing a lot of drugs and “not in a fun way.”

He told the audience, “I never wished anyone that drug experience.”

Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without hearing the iconic song “Iris” from the 1998 movie City of Angels.

Goo Goo Dolls rounded things off with “Broadway,” “Give A Little Bit,” and “Long Way Home”

Hit link for photos:

http://www.pep.ph/guide/music/25531/goo-goo-dolls-rocks-manila-concert-stage-liza-and-enrique-get-fanpic?ref=latest

Billboard.ph ~ The Goo Goo Dolls in Manila: 30 Years in the Making

The bright and sunny disposition the weather displayed all day served as a premonition of sorts for what was to happen later on that evening; after all, boys and girls of all ages waited all their lives to be able to see the venerable John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, more popularly known as the Goo Goo Dolls, take the stage in Manila.

And that’s exactly what happened on the evening of February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, thanks to Random Minds Productions.

Rzeznik and Takac set foot onstage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in front of a jam-packed crowd: all fans of the music that has, at one point, become the soundtrack of their lives. The crowd was given a nostalgia trip as early as the show began; classic hits such as “Slide,” “Big Machine,” “Here is Gone,” and “Black Balloon” were included in the setlist, much to the delight of every ‘90s kid in the audience.

Rzeznik, the band’s chief songwriter, shared bits and pieces of his life, narrating along the way how some of the band’s songs were written during trying times. “Sympathy” was about drug use, “and I mean not the good kind!” says the enigmatic guitarist/vocalist, and how some were written for loved ones (“Come to Me” was written for wife Melina Gallo in time for 2003’s Magnetic).

Everyone shared a few laughs when Rzeznik shared how “Name” (from 1995’s A Boy Named Goo) came to be because of ex-wife Laurie Farinacci and retorted, “She’s long gone, but the song’s still here.”

Takac wasn’t going to be just the sideman, being the bassist that he is; he also displayed his own vocal chops, singing songs from previous records that featured him as the lead vocalist, including “Already There” from 1993’s Superstar Car Wash, “Smash” from 2002’s Gutterflower, and “Free of Me” off the new record, 2016’s Boxes.

He also engaged the crowd in banter, saying that their visit to Manila was 30 years in the making, and made a promise that they won’t wait as long ‘til their next stop in the country.

The highlight of the long-time-coming show was when drummer Craig McIntyre set the tone with a somber beat, followed by a few measures on a mandolin played by guitarist Brad Fernquest, leading into “Iris,” to the thunderous applause of every single soul in the venue. Every word and every note was sung passionately, as if it served as the song of two generations – the older being the ones who were growing up while the City of Angels was making its rounds in cinemas worldwide, and the younger generation, old enough to be their children.

For the people who came to see the Goo Goo Dolls that evening, their coming meant a lot of things that ultimately lead to one truth: it was a dream come true.

To check out more photos – click the link

http://billboard.ph/goo-goo-dolls-manila-30-years-making/