This week we announce the winner of our trivia contest, answer your questions on VIP merch and reveal our upcoming guest!
Where we discuss the Goo Goo Dolls Power Ball Power Cruise with Jazmin and Derick from Alchemy3!
Check out their contest to win a Festival Pack and fantastic Goo Goo Dolls merch;
Goo Goo Dolls Release 5 Vinyl Disc Box Set – ‘Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, & Tiny Victories (1987-1995)’
‘Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, and Tiny Victories (1987-1995)’
Goo Goo Dolls will release a five vinyl disc box set for Record Store Day, April 22nd, featuring the first five studio albums, including their first album, ‘Goo Goo Dolls’, on vinyl for the first time since 1987. ‘Jed’ the first time ever on vinyl, ‘Hold Me Up’ first time on vinyl domestically, ‘Superstar Car Wash’ first time ever on vinyl, and ‘A Boy Named Goo.’ Limited Box Set of 1,000.
John Rzeznik will perform a special acoustic set for Record Store Day at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, CA.
For more information visit recordstoreday.com
Where we discuss contest winners, the new EP, Meet and Greets and upcoming guests!
by Vicky Sulllivan
On Saturday at Busch Gardens, music for the Food and Wine festival was the Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the boys from Buffalo, New York, have been part of the American music scene for over 30 years! Their setlist included all the hits from “Iris” to “Slide” and songs from their new studio album “Boxes”. A striking new song was called “The Pin”. Check it out on the Goo Goo Dolls official YouTube channel.
Diehard GGD fans were in the front at the VIP seating, throwing “black balloons” during the song’s performance. The band was stellar and crowd was having a great time. The park was packed with spring breakers, the festival crowd and annual pass holders.
From now until April 30th, you can catch the festival on Saturdays & Sundays in the Gwazi section of the park. Live music concerts with national acts appear at 7:00 p.m. each night. You can purchase VIP seating to get up close and personal with your favorite acts or just hang out on the lawn with your friends to nosh, drink and be casual. There is also a handicapped area for seating and general seating.
In addition to theme park admission, you can purchase wine, beer and food tasting sample passes in various amounts of a 5, 8 or 12 sampler ranging from $29 – $54. There are 27 wineries represented and 21 featured breweries. From the Comfort Kitchen with Lobster Ravioli or Bacon Mac & Cheese to the Gourmet Lodge with Mango Shrimp Ceviche, there is literally something for everyone. The coconut shrimp cigars at the Savory Tavern are yummy.
Next weekend in addition to the Food & Wine Fest, on March 18th & 19th, famous artist Guy Harvey will be appearing. You can bring your fav Guy Harvey shirt for him to sign! There will be more concerts coming up including Lynyrd Skynryd, DNCE and The Band Perry. Lots of fun for everyone! Buy an annual pass and the concerts are included as well as parking!
March 18th – Young the Giant
March 19th – Jason Isbell & John Hyatt
March 25th – Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield
March 26th – El Gran Combo
April 1st – DNCE
April 2nd – Walk off the Earth
April 8th – Hunter Hayes
April 9th – Daya & Matt Nathanson
April 15th – The Band Perry
April 16th – Newboys
April 22nd- Gilberto Santa Rosa
April 23rd – Lynyrd Skynryd
April 29th – Bachata Heights, Justin Quiles, Molly Quezada
April 30th – Tribute Bands – Jimmy Buffet, Prince, Bon Jovi & Queen
By: Kat Quijano
To say that Goo Goo Dolls in Manila is a much-anticipated concert is an understatement. In fact, this writer has been waiting her whole life for that to happen. That probably also holds true to the thousands of fans who gathered in Araneta Coliseum last Feb 11, 2017. It may have taken the band 30 years before they got to perform here, but it was definitely worth the wait.
The mere presence of lead vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac on stage took us back in the 90s as if the movie City of Angels was just released yesterday. That night, they made sure that majority of the hits that became a soundtrack to the good ‘ole days were included in their set list. The crowd was in high spirits and full-on rock mode when they performed their chart-topping hits like “Slide”, “Big Machine”, “Black Balloon”, and “Broadway”. People were cheering, shouting, even head banging!
But one of the highlights of the night was when they played “Iris”. It wouldnt be a complete Goo Goo Dolls concert without that iconic song, best known for it being part of the hit movie “City Of Angels.” For the 90s kids and 90s kids at heart, it brought back a bunch of old memories, and for everyone at the show, hearing it live for the first time was such a treat. And when it came to the instrumental part, I was in awe with how they worked their magic with those guitar strings. Hands down, everything was perfectly-executed, from the first song to the finale.
When the band performed their classic hit “Name”, everyone was ecstatic. John even shared to the fans the story behind it. According to the front man, he was so close to quitting because he had to make money and support his family, but fortunately he didnt give up. “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”, he recalled. Hence the birth of their first hit single that introduced them to the world. For sure, tons of people in the audience were inspired by the success story that he shared. John also fondly revealed back stories about their other singles. He mentioned that “Come to Me” was a sweet song he wrote for his wife and “Sympathy” was (surprisingly) about drug use.
Ever since they started making music, it has been evident that the lyrics to their songs have always been meaningful and even inspirational, which is probably the reason why their songs resonated to the lives of millions of people. The messages from their songs serve as a reminder for their fans to always persevere and hold on to their dreams. Even until now, they continue to make good music with the release of their latest record, Boxes. Some songs that they played off that album were “Long Way Home” and “Free of Me.” For the latter’s vocals, John’s long-time music partner, Robby stepped into the limelight.
He didn’t just show his sick bass guitar skills but also his vocal chops when he performed a couple of songs from their previous albums. He was full of energy on stage. He engaged with the audience and displayed animated antics throughout the show. His lively demeanour and the crowd’s energy made the night even more fun.
With the very warm welcome that the band got from their Pinoy fans, he promised that they wouldn’t wait more decades to come back to the country. And the fans cheered and laughed with delight.
Towards the end of the show, a burst of white confetti and giant balloons fell from the ceiling, and everyone was all smiles. It was joyous. It was momentous. It was like a dream, but this time, a dream that came to life. And everyone at the show couldn’t be any happier.
Click the link for photos from the show: Goo Goo Dolls Worth the Decades-Long Wait
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the folks at Live Nation and Nederlander Concerts, we have 1 PAIR of tickets to give away to the Goo Goo Dolls show on September 13, 2017, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles – and we’re throwing in a meet & greet for you and your plus one! To enter, send an email to email@example.com with GREEK 2017 in the subject line, the answers to the questions found at the link, and your name and address for identification when picking up tickets if you win! Entries must be received by midnight PST on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Good luck!
For the first time in nine years, Robby Takac’s annual Music is Art Festival won’t be depending on the kindness of Mother Nature for its success. Music is Art will make its debut at the Buffalo RiverWorks Entertainment Complex on Sept. 9, the Goo Goo Dolls bassist announced at a news conference held at the venue Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve had an amazing run in Delaware Park behind the Albright Knox over the past nine years,” Takac said. “But we were always at the mercy of the weather, and often, the weather was not kind to us.”
As patrons of past festivals know, MiA’s batting average, weather-wise, was not too impressive. More often than not, heavy rains permeated the grounds from morning until midnight, when the festival wrapped. While the weather never shut down the proceedings, organizers believe that attendance would increase greatly in a controlled environment.
“The change of venue gives us an opportunity to reimagine our approach,” Takac said. “We’ll still have more than 15 stages, 100 bands, artists, DJs, live art – all the things we’re known for. But this year, most of the stages will be protected from the elements.”
Mayor Byron Brown was in attendance at Saturday’s news conference, and made some impromptu remarks when beckoned by Takac.
“The Music is Art Festival is one of the premier cultural events in Buffalo each year,” Brown said. “We have a vibrant arts and culture scene here. And art equals economic development. I’m thankful to Robby and Music is Art for having their festival in the city of Buffalo.”
As has been the case for the past 15 years, the MiA Festival is free and open to all ages. This year’s event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Submissions from musicians and artists are now being accepted through musicisart.org/festival.
Two of Buffalo’s longest-running success stories unite on April 2, when the Goo Goo Dolls team with the Annual Variety Kids Telethon in support of Women & Children’s Hospital and a slew of other regional children’s charities.
This year’s “Variety is WNY”-themed Telethon will be broadcast live from the Seneca Niagara Events Center on WKBW-TV Channel 7, beginning at 7 p.m.. Following the band’s performance, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac will man the phones for a bit, so you might be able to chat with the guys while making your donation to the worthiest of worthy causes.
“The Goo Goo Dolls’ donation of their time to the Variety Kids Telethon is a continuation of the band’s dedication to giving back to the Western New York community and to Variety,” said a news release from the Variety Club announcing the event, while simultaneously reminding us that the band has long been involved in philanthropic efforts regionally, from the scholarship fund set up at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in honor of Rzeznik’s nephew, to Takac’s continued efforts to “enrich the community with access to music,” via his Music Is Art Foundation.
By Brian Ives
“We started thirty years ago in a van playing punk rock bars and colleges, so this is sort of a milestone for us.”
John Rzeznik is talking to Radio.com about the band’s upcoming tour, which they’ve just announced today (see the dates below). “We’re goin’ big this summer,” he says, noting that they’re taking out Phillip Phillips as their opening act. “I like his voice and his feel. He’s legit.”
He enthusiastically discussed his long relationship with Robby Takac, who he co-founded the Goo Goo Dolls with, way back when: “As we get older, Robby and I sort of understand each other a little bit better. We used to understand each other’s buttons and push them like crazy, and now we understand each other’s buttons and don’t push them as often.”
Back when they were a garage punk band, they toured like crazy; when they started scoring radio hits in the mid-’90s, they toured like crazy, and they still are frequently on the road today. And whether they’re headlining amphitheaters, doing smaller venues, or opening in football stadiums, they have always retained the enthusiasm that they had when they toured the country in a small van.
“I think that has something to do with coming up in Buffalo,” Rzeznik says. “Robby and I always knew: ‘You can go work in a factory or a supermarket if you want to.’”
And that working class ethic has never left them: “I believe that if somebody is paying to come see you play, you’ve got to give it to them, you’ve got to give them what they want while satisfying yourself!
There are days where you’re like, ‘Holy s—, I’m really lucky that I get to pay my bills by playing music!’ It’s been really amazing. Our fans have been great, and so loyal. Our summer tours are becoming a semi-tradition.”
But Rzeznik is also looking forward, revealing that the band has a new release on the way: “We have an EP coming out, You Should Be Happy. I don’t know when the release date is, it’s like a six-song EP with some new material and a couple of unreleased songs.”
And, he says, there will be a cover on the EP: “I’m working on two different covers, I don’t know which one I want to do yet. I was listening to that Ellie Goulding song, ‘Lights,’ and playing along with it on an acoustic guitar. And I thought ‘That might be kind of cool to just play guitar and sing this, the lyrics are kind of good!’ So, I was messing around with that, and I was messing around with a bunch of old Depeche Mode songs that I really love, like “Somebody.” I don’t know if I can pull it off. Dave Gahan is bigger than life. I’m going to keep working on it. If I can pull it off, if I can take that song and put my own spin on it, and make it cool, that would be amazing! It’s like trying to cover a U2 song, it’s not something you can do very easily.”
He realizes that a Depeche Mode song is somewhat unexpected from him, but he says that he’s a longtime fan: “In our early days, everyone always drew these comparisons between us and the Replacements, which I absolutely understand, but I was always listening to other stuff. I was listening to Elvis Costello and Depeche Mode and the Ramones, I grew up with that stuff as well.”
One cover that has made it back into their sets over the past year is their take on Prince’s “I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man,” (which they released on their 1990 album Hold Me Up). It wasn’t just a tribute to Prince, though: “Our friend who sang it on the record, Lance Diamond, died [in 2015]. Robby wanted to do it to remember Lance. When we first recorded it for Hold Me Up, we were still in the phase where we had to double the speed of every song! If it ain’t fast, don’t play it. I listen to it now, and even the ballads on that album are too fast. So we’d slowed down our version of ‘I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man’ a bit when we played it [last year].”
As for the follow-up to last year’s Boxes? “I’m still questioning the relevance of a full-length release, you know? When I was growing up, you’d go out and buy the vinyl or the CD and you’d read the liner notes, and there was the whole experience of an album. And a lot of kids are picking that up and that’s amazing. But I’m like, today, do you just put out a song a month? Like, New Order would always have a single coming out. Well, maybe we just release a few singles in between the albums. But I’m always working on music.”
Check out the Goo Goo Dolls tour dates below:
7/14-17 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/15-16 Las Vegas, NV Downtown @ Las Vegas Events Center
7/16-17 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
7/18-17 Greenwood Village, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
7/20-17 South Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena
7/21-17 Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Stir Cove
7/24-17 Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank
7/25-17 Indianapolis, IN @ Indianapolis Farm Bureau
7/27-17 Peoria, IL @ Peoria Riverfront
7/28-17 Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Stadium
7/29-17 Plymouth, MN @ Hilde Performance Center
7/31-17 Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
8/02-17 Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
8/03-17 Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook
8/05-17 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/06-17 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
8/08-17 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
8/09-17 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
8/11-17 Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
8/12-17 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/13-17 Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/15-17 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/16-17 Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
8/18-17 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/19-17 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/20-17 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/22-17 Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
8/23-17 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
8/25-17 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans Amphitheater
8/26-17 Asheville, NC @ Biltmore Estate – South Terrace Stage
8/27-17 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/30-17 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
9/01-17 Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
9/02-17 Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
9/04-17 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
9/07-17 Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/10-17 Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Resort Casino
9/12-17 San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
9/13-17 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre