The Digital Fix – Goo Goo Dolls, Bristol O2 Academy

By Craig Huntley

For some bands the nostalgia circuit is where they make their bread and butter. Take for example, Limp Bizkit. They tour every year but haven’t released any new material in nearly a decade. They solely rely on the hits of old. New York’s Goo Goo Dolls have been around since the mid 80’s and had a massive crossover hit in the form of song ‘Iris’ from 1998 album Dizzy Up The Girl but have hits across nearly 30 years to cover a well presented set.

Before the band take to the stage we get Scottish band The Xcerts who released, quite frankly, one of this year’s best albums in the form of Hold On To Your Heart. The band rattle through a number of its including a brittle ‘Show Me Beautiful’. This band are going far and have the melodies to boot.

On a whistle-stop tour of the UK in this tours three dates, Goo Goo Dolls are here to celebrate 20 years of Dizzy Up The Girl. What’s immediately evident from the start as the band take to the stage, is that the band aren’t bored with their material from 20 years ago. Beginning with the one-two punch of ‘Dizzy’ and ‘Slide’ from the album the band are confident in their material. Bass player Robby Takac has a smile a mile wide as he gets centre stage on ‘January Friend’ as lead singer Johnny Rzeznik takes a well earned rest.

Not known for their overtly political stance Rzeznik has a chat with the crowd about Trump and apologises for him half way through their set. It’s an odd moment in an environment full of songs about hope and love but as the years go on, artists have a platform to view their concerns about the current president, whether you agree or not, but it is odd.

As the plucked strings of ‘Iris’ ring out over the O2 tonight, everybody from front to back, side to side and on the balconies is singing every last word back at the band. This is what most people are waiting for and the band deliver the song like the consummate professionals they are. Ending on newer song ‘Boxes’ and a cover of a Supertramp song ends the night on a high. A fantastic song from a band that have the craft of song writing perfected in a three minute US radio rock style.

Goo Goo Dolls, Bristol O2 Academy


John Rzeznik to Participate in National Concert Day Press in New York City~May 1st

Live Nation Announces National Concert Day With 1M Tickets for 20 Bucks

Americans take heed, Live Nation has declared May 1 (next Monday) to be National Concert Day, launching its Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion by putting one million summer tour tickets on sale for $20 a piece with no extra service charges — “that’s all-in, no additional fees,” company officials say.

The announcement will coincide with a concert at Irving Plaza in New York featuring Jason Aldean, Foreigner, The Roots, Daughtry, Prince Royce, and Nickelback and appearances from OneRepublic, Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty), Joan Jett, Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Mike Einziger and Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Straight No Chaser, Scott Bradlee (Postmodern Jukebox), Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham, The KIDZ Bop Kids, and more. The National Concert Day event will be hosted by NBC’s Lilliana Vazquez.

“Presented by State Farm and produced by Live Nation, National Concert Day is a time for artists and fans to unite around their love of live music,” a press release from the concert promotion giant reads. “With most tours and festivals already announced, it’s also a great time for fans to plan out their summer concert schedule throughout May, June, July and August.”

The “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” begins Tuesday, May 2 at 8am local time, and continues for one week through Tuesday,
May 9. AT&T is sponsoring presale ticket access beginning Monday, May 1 at 10am local time through the AT&T THANKS program. For complete presale details visit

Below is a list of artists included in Live Nation’s $20 “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion.” For a full list of artists, visit

Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell

Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Chris Brown

Dead & Company

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band

Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla

Deftones & Rise Against

Depeche Mode

Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull

Florida Georgia Line with Nelly and Chris Lane

Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience


Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Phillip Phillips

Hank Williams Jr and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Incubus with special guest Jimmy Eat World

Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Kane Brown

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ featuring Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour

John Mayer


Kings of Leon

Korn with Stone Sour

Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young

Lifehouse and Switchfoot

Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey

Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars

New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

Nickelback with special guest Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest

OneRepublic/The Honda Civic Tour featuring OneRepublic with special guests Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur

Prince Royce

Queen + Adam Lambert

Retra Futura

Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper

Sam Hunt with Maren Morris and Chris Janson

Straight No Chaser / Postmodern Jukebox

Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder

Sublime with Rome and The Offspring

Third Eye Blind with special guests Silversun Pickups

Train with special guests O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids & Joywave

Zac Brown Band

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 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.

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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, “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.”

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

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

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

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!

“We’re excited to announce our summer tour with special guest Phillip Phillips! Check out 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 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.” 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) 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**: