Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling band Train announces their 2019 summer amphitheater tour with co-headliners, the Goo Goo Dolls, in addition to the release of their Greatest Hits album out today.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also feature Allen Stone and reach over 39 cities across North America. The American rock bands begin their tour on June 7 in Auburn, Wash. and conclude in Mansfield, Mass. on Aug. 17.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting Nov. 12. To receive a pre-sale code, sign up to Train’s mailing list here. General tickets go on sale starting Nov. 16 at LiveNation.com.

Greatest Hits celebrates 25 years of Train music and hits, including “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister,” and a special cover of one of Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”. The band’s version features esteemed American saxophonist Kenny G.

According to a Pollstar Boxoffice Report for the past 36 months, Train has been averaging $260,873 (gross) and approximately selling 6,772 tickets per show. Further, Goo Goo Dolls has been averaging $160,000 (gross) and selling approximately 4,063 tickets per show.


June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort (no Allen Stone)*

June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion

June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater

June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove

June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place

July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park

July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater

July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater

July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam

July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion

July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion

August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain

August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest

August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center



By Brandon Thrift

On October 30, American rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, brought their 20th anniversary tour of “Dizzy Up The Girl” to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

Outside the venue was a cold and snowy night but that was hardly the case inside. Johnny Rzeznik (vocals and guitar) and Robby Takac (bass) heated up the theatre and had fans screaming lyrics from their 1998 break through album.

They played the album in its entirety with fans demanding more after every song. The songs Dizzy, Black Balloon,” and “Iris” were among some of the crowd favorites.

Rzeznik was engaged with the audience as he let everyone know that he couldn’t breath because of the altitude. There was a fan in the front row who had taken her boots off, Rzeznik said “well hey you look comfortable, you even took your boots off”. He let the crowd know “you don’t want to see me when I’m drunk because bad shit happens”.

After finishing the album, from front to back, they continued the night with some deep cuts. Rzeznik got fans excited when he said that they were going to bring one of their celebrity friends on stage to perform with them. Then Rzeznik said “most celebrities are assholes” and proceeded to bring a tv display on stage. A video came on and it was a pre-recorded video of himself. After some banter back and forth, with himself, he asked his video self to play guitar while he sang the song “Better Days”.

This was the first time the Goo Goo Dolls played at the iconic Paramount Theatre in Denver. Their excitement was contagious, and the fans fed off their energy. The sound was crisp and clean, every song was executed to perfection. The theatre was brought back to 1998 with style and grace.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Goo Goo Dolls’ sound is is so affiliated with ’90s alt-rock that it might surprise the uninitiated that the Upstate New York band’s 1998 breakthrough album, Dizzy Up The Girl, was their fifth LP. Frontman John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and their bandmates at the time released their first record in 1987. The band had hits prior to Dizzy Up the Girl, yet it was that album that pulled the Goo Goo Dolls into the national consciousness, selling 6 million copies and going four-times-platinum, with five top 10 singles including “Iris” and “Slide.”

Rzeznik and Takac, the only members left from the 1998 version of the band (Mike Malinin, who played drums with the band at the time, left in 2013), brought the Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour to the Fillmore Tuesday for a sold-out show at which they played the record in its entirety and dug up some much older tunes, B-sides and other hits. The Goo Goo Dolls played for more than two hours and showcased a catalog that spanned much more than 20 years.

Dizzy Up The Girl composed the first part of the performance, with Rzeznik and Takac and their three touring musicians kicking off with the propulsive, woozy “Dizzy,” seminal hit “Slide” and “Broadway,” with its well-worn grooves. On all but the first 60 seconds of the show opener, when the band seemed to be either out of tune or not in-sync with each other, the songs retained their studio quality. They, along with “January Friend,” “Black Balloon” and others were a bridge to the past, with Goo Goo Dolls not deviating from the versions that fans fell for in the beginning. The band played in front of a floor-to-ceiling, gold-framed album cover.

Rzeznik didn’t talk much at first, making a few stabbing attempts at the evening’s news—”Looks like the Democrats are gonna take the House!” which drew mostly cheers but a few scattered boos as well. “Someone booing that here is like finding a unicorn,” he quipped, adding how he doesn’t mess with politics anymore because both parties lie.

The fans sang the first verse on “Broadway,” and Takac sang lead on “January Friend,” the first of several. During hit “Black Balloon,” a handful of fans released black balloons, which would remain aloft for the remainder of the set. The frontman and bassist have a similar type of gravelly voice perfectly suited for ’90s alt rock, with the bassist’s a bit heavier. Not all of the album’s songs were hits, of course, and there was a bit of a lull between “Black Balloon” and the slowed acoustic pace of the appropriately titled “Acoustic #3.” That stretch of lesser-known songs, all upbeat rockers, could have passed for Soul Asylum tracks, especially when Takac handled vocal duties.

Rzeznik introduced the layered, intricate “Acoustic #3” as a really depressing song. The folky tune, awash in a sea of ’90s reverb, got the packed crowd moving again.

“You guys are cheering depressing music,” the frontman said.

That led into the theatrically dramatic “Iris,” on which the guitarist played a mandolin intro. The musicians perfectly recreated the song’s guitar solo, and fans belted away to the chorus. The set ended two songs later with album closer “Hate This Place,” after which the band cleared the stage, and a crew unceremoniously ripped the album cover from its frame, which was disassembled and carried away in pieces while Muzak played over the speakers.

Rzeznik then emerged by himself with an acoustic guitar for three songs: “Better Days,” off 2016’s Let Love In; “Sympathy,” from 2002’s Gutterflower; and “Come to Me,” from 2013’s Magnetic. He first talked about how a tour like this reminded him why he hasn’t played some songs in 20 years, implying that he’s botched a few performances along the way. Though he stumbled a bit on “Better Days,” he laughed it off and kept going. This stripped-back arrangement worked really well and was one of the highlights of the concert, along with the hits. Every note rang our clearly, alongside his gravelly voice, creating a nice change of pace from the first portion of the performance.
The rest of the band then returned for another eight or so fully electric songs, including “Fallin’ Down,” “Lucky Star” and “Stop the World,” which had  a soulful organ breakdown midway through. Rzeznik then introduced the next song as “the first song that I ever got played in the radio.” He spoke about how the band wrote its first hit, “Name,” off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, in a stuffy attic in Buffalo.

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Pure Grain Audio – Goo Goo Dolls @ House of Blues (Boston, MA) on October 17, 2018 [Photos & Show Review]

By Nathan Katsiaficas

The Goo Goo Dolls have been mainstays of American alternative rock for two decades now. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of their ground-breaking album, Dizzy Up The Girl, the band has been touring across North America playing the record in full as part of two sets performed for their diehard fans. We caught up with the run as it made its way to a sold out House of Blues in Boston, MA on Wednesday, October 17th.

The queue to get into the venue that night stretched all the way down the street and wrapped around to the next one. As such, the band delayed their start a bit to allow every fan lined up to get in. And it showed–the venue was completely packed. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the venue so full! The crowd was a mix of lifelong fans and those who were familiar with the big hits. At last the Goo Goo Dolls emerged, with the cover of Dizzy Up the Girl hanging as a backdrop. The Goo Goo Dolls took stage and opened with the track “Dizzy.” Frontman John Rzeznik took some time to address the momentous record being celebrated on the tour, exclaiming, “This tour is both exciting and sad. It’s exciting because it means the music has held up, but also I’m really old!”

The rest of the first set was comprised of the remainder of the record, from start to finish, but tracks “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Black Balloon,” and “Iris,” elicited the biggest responses from the crowd. Rzeznik didn’t shy away from interacting with the exuberant fans, applauding a woman in the front row at one point for knowing all of lyrics to the songs, which he joked proved helpful for when he inevitably forgot the words. He also wasn’t afraid to call out bad behavior, saying to one concert-goer who had been on his phone since the start of the performance, “I applaud you sir for coming out to a concert that you clearly don’t want to be at and probably paid for.”

Following this with an anecdote, “My wife, who is Latina, dragged me to see Enrique Iglesias. I absolutely didn’t want to go, but by the end of the night I was a fan boy! I found myself yelling ‘el guapo!‘ The point I’m trying to make, sir, is it’s a learning experience. You need to open your heart because I’m about to play a song that I know you probably won’t like.” The crowd erupted with laughter at this, cheering Rzeznik on as he proceeded to strum the opening notes to “Black Balloon.”

The second set began in a slightly cringeworthy, yet hilarious way, with only Rzeznik and a wheeled video screen on stage. Rzeznik began by talking about how bands often bring famous guests on stage, but quickly stated how he “hates famous people because they are all obnoxious and annoying.” He then turned on the video screen to introduce the crowd to their only famous friend, which in a strange plot twist was just a pre-recording of Rzeznik himself.

The two Rzezniks’ bickered for a short while in scripted banter, with each one upping the other until finally (the real, not recorded) Rzeznik yelled at his recorded self, “If you really want to go there I can tell everyone how you pissed the bed until you were 15!” The video screen Rzeznik quickly said, “Let’s just play the song!” The two Rzeznik’s then played acoustic duets of the songs “Better Days,” and “Can’t Let It Go.” After the two songs bassist Robby Takac came onto stage and began to hassle Rzeznik (real) saying “I see how it is, you send all the other band members off stage to just play with yourself!”

The second set would go on to contain fan-favorites from the albums, Let Love In, Hold Me Up, Superstar Car Wash, A Boy named Goo, Something For the Rest of Us, Boxes, and Gutterflower. It was a perfect representation of the Goo Goo Dolls past and present. They closed out their set with their first big hit, “There You Are.” The Goo Goo Dolls closed with an encore of “Big Machine” and “Flat Top.” You can catch them on their special tour celebrating 20 years of Dizzy Up The Girl through November 10th. The remaining tour dates are below!

Remaining Tour Dates:

11/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/03 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theater
11/08 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @The Joint


Twin Cities Media.Net – The Goo Goo Dolls Thrill Fans At The State Theatre

By Markus Akre

Show biz and real life share one common question that Janet Jackson asked in a song: “What have you done for me lately?” With many bands touring to celebrate albums that were released years ago, it raises another question. Are fans in the mood relive their past glory days?

It has been 20 years since the Goo Goo Dolls’  album “Dizzy Up The Girl” was playing non stop on many radio stations. The State Theatre was sold out and the crowd reflected the wide appeal the Goo Goo Dolls still hold.  The majority of the audience were couples who might have had their first date at one of their shows, but the next generation was well represented as well (so were fellows in brewery shirts and baseball caps).

As the lights dimmed, everyone in the crowd go to their feet even before the first note rang out. The intro was interesting – a deep drone with flashing lights – not what I expected. “Dizzy” the first song of the set made it seem like no time had passed since the band’s heyday. Everyone in the crowd was singing along – even the techs at the sound board who see this show every night. John Rzeznik paused after the first couple of  songs thanking fans and said that the 20 year anniversary of the album left him both proud and at the same time amazed at how old he had gotten.  He also mentioned being quite high on cold meds. There was an easy in his interaction with fans that I don’t recall from past shows. It added a good vibe on top of the nostalgia.

He jokingly mentioned that they had not played many of the songs in a long time. After the first set the Goo Goo Dolls returned for a second set featuring their hits. It started slow with Rzeznik performing the first two songs acoustic. In the end fans were treated to 24 songs. The audience certainly had a good time. Other than a couple of all ages shows, this was by far the most energetic crowd have seen at the State Theatre.

So are fans in the mood for some nostalgia? Well, in case of the Goo Goo Dolls, that question was answered with a resounding “Yes” last night.

Set List:

Set 1 – Dizzy Up The Girl: Dizzy \ Slide \ Broadway \ January Friend \ Black Balloon \ Bullet Proof \ Amigone \ All Eyes on Me \ Full Forever \ Acoustic #3 \ Iris \ Extra Pale \ Hate This Place

Set 2 – Hits and Deep Cuts: Better Days (solo) \ Sympathy (solo) \ Fallin’ Down \ Lucky Star \  Stop the World \ Name \ So Alive \ Notbroken \ Another Second Time Around \ There You Are

Encore: Big Machine

The Georgetown Voice – The Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Anthem With Their 20th Anniversary Tour

By: Mary Shannon Tompson 

Dizzy Up the Girl may have been released in 1998, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the look of the crowd that filled the venue. Standing in the middle of The Anthem, I was in front of a middle aged couple, next to a group of twenty-somethings on a girls’ night out, and behind a man that looked to be in his sixties, each of them equally eager for the show to start. I could sense the timelessness of the music before the band even took the stage. The crowd’s anticipation was infectious, as everyone waited to hear live music they had been hearing through headphones for 20 years.

The stage set up was simple: a huge framed copy of the Dizzy album art that features a girl lying on a bed, her piercing stare turned towards the viewer and her iconic pink boots up in the air. During the first set, different patterns of light, corresponding to the song, were projected onto the photograph, combining the classic image with a new, high-tech twist.

The concert was split up into two sets. The first half consisted entirety of the album Dizzy Up the Girl, in order of the its tracklist. There were no strategically placed #1 hits to draw the audience back in, no planned slow songs to calm the crowd. The band relied on their album planning from 1998, letting the music speak for itself. And it worked.

The opening song of the album, “Dizzy,” sparked energy in the room, preparing the crowd for “Slide,” one of the Goo Goo Dolls’ most popular songs. The crowd sang and danced  along with abandon, almost drowning out the band itself,

As the first chords of “Black Balloon” rang out, black balloons descended onto the audience from the stage, and floated above the crowd for the remainder of the show. Fans put their hands in the air to show their absolute awe. People around me closed their eyes as they sang, trying to absorb the emotions radiating from the song, which tells the story of a man trying to save his lover from her heroin addiction.

“Acoustic #3,” one of the Goo Goo Dolls’ less well-known songs on the album, captivated the audience. A hush fell over the crowd. This was one of the few songs from the album to which few people danced or sang. The stage lights went down, and the only sounds in the venue were the haunting strum of an acoustic guitar and Johnny Rzeznik’s voice.

Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for arrived. With the very first notes of “Iris”—a song written for the soundtrack of ‘90s romance movie City of Angels, but has since taken on a remarkable life of its own—thousands of individual voices became one.“And I don’t want the world see me/ ‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand/ When everything’s made to be broken/ I just want you to know who I am.” The lyrics speak of a deeply personal struggle, but one that perfectly captures a universal human experience. Everyone from the married couples, to the 18-year-old girls, to the people who were actually old enough to be rock fans at the time of the song’s release sang the lyrics freely. The chorus was repeated many times, and each time the room became more invested in the song.

After a brief intermission, the band played a second set that began with a part-music, part-comedy bit, during which frontman John Rzeznik joked and sang with a life-sized video recording of himself. The music quality was consistent with the first set—Rzeznik is undeniably talented—but the bit felt gimmicky. He opened with “Better Days,” one of my personal favorites outside of Dizzy Up the Girl. The performances that followed, including “Can’t Let It Go,” and “Two Days in February,” were musically flawless, and when the rest of the group eventually joined Rzeznik on stage to complete the set, the crowd’s attention returned after the initial confusion caused by the video bit. Although the second set was somewhat unnecessary, it did not invalidate the spectacular first set, which truly showcased the band’s unbelievable talent.

The Goo Goo Dolls’ Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary tour represents the incredible power of music to unite people. Music like Dizzy brings us together, even 20 years later, to laugh and jump and sing and dance. It has no specific demographic. It only has an undeniable energy that makes people listen, and a timeless honesty that makes them stick around. The genuine, universal emotion imbued in every performance makes Dizzy relevant to all. It’s music that never goes out of style.


Billboard – Goo Goo Dolls on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ & Plans for 2018 Album

by Gary Graff

“We’re doing all these old, old songs on this tour, and it’s been fun,” Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik told the crowd at the Fillmore Detroit at a recent stop on the group’s trek celebrating the 20th anniversary of its multi-platinum Dizzy Up the Girl album. “But,” he continued, “I’ve gotta be honest — I really want to go home and write some fucking new songs.”

Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac are doing just that, in fact, with plans to release a follow-up to 2016’s Boxes next year.

“We’re working on it right now,” Rzeznik tells Billboard. “We’re both working on stuff; We probably have half of the album written. We’re going to start putting it together soon, maybe early next year — January or February.” Rzeznik does have a few conditions for the Goos’ next project, however.

One is finding “one producer who can kind of mastermind the whole thing with me,” according to Rzeznik. That will be a change from the multi-collaborator approach of the group’s last few albums, but while he’ll continue to write with others Rzeznik doesn’t want a committee to be in the room this time. “I love the collaborators I work with, but this time I just want something to tie it all together,” he explains. Rzeznik adds that this time he’ll also “put a time limit on how long it’s gonna take me to do it. When we go in the studio, it’ll be, like, eight weeks from downbeat to the final mix. I want the band to play live, all together, which a lot of people don’t do anymore. But I want that feel with a live band again.”

Right now Rzeznik and Takac are still working out who that producer might be — as well as where the 12th Goos studio album will be recorded. “I’m trying to find a weird studio,” says Rzeznik, who lives in New Jersey these days. “There’s one in Asbury Park and one in Long Branch that are awesome, so hopefully we can get into one of those and bash this out.”

Before that, however, the Goos will continue their Dizzy tour, which runs through Nov. 10. The quintet is playing the album in its entirety, with a second set that includes a three-song Rzeznik solo acoustic set and a selection of deeper cuts over the course of two hours. “Somebody brought it up to us, and it was like, ‘Let’s do a show in Buffalo, one in New York, one in Chicago and leave it at that,'” Rzeznik recalls. “But then, of course, the booking agent and the manager were like, ‘Why don’t we do a whole tour?’ and, y’know, I can’t resist a tour, so it was like, ‘Let’s do it’ and I sat down with my laptop trying to learn a few of the songs I literally haven’t played since we were in the studio trying to get ’em down.”

Rzeznik says the 20 years since Dizzy “feels like, ‘Wow, that went by so quick.’ I mean, we were working. We were all working really hard and keeping going and everything. I’m really proud of that and record; Listening back to it there’s a few spots I wish I could change, but whatever. All in all I’m pretty proud of it. And that was an important record for a lot of people, not just us. For a lot of people, that was THEIR album, for whatever reason.”

Dizzy, of course, followed the Goos’ first big hit, “Name,” and cemented the group’s transition into the pop mainstream. Rzeznik recalls a bit of apprehension about how it would be perceived but feels the results were worth it. “Any time you do something different you’re running the risk of, ‘Am I gonna lose what I have?'” he says. “But you’ve got to take that risk. When we recorded ‘Iris’ for City of Angels, that orchestra came in and started playing and Robby and I looked at each other like, ‘I dunno, man…We’ve turned a corner and there’s no going back. Are you cool with that?’ ‘Yeah, let’s go…’ I really sort of developed this attitude of, ‘OK, I can’t think about the outside world at all.’ It scared me, but it didn’t stop me. You can be afraid if you want, but you’ve got to keep going. That’s just the way it is.”



There’s something innately familiar about a Goo Goo Dolls show.

It might be that their songs are bred into the DNA of anyone with a radio in the late 90s and early 2000s.

But, it might also simply be front man Johnny Rzeznik’s voice.

From one of the best first lyrics, “and I’d give up forever to touch you,” to even the quick “yeahs” he’d yell into the microphone between verses, his voice is its own instrument in the band’s beloved sound.

That familiarity only further lent itself to this tour, which was in honor of the 20th anniversary of their 1998 album, “Dizzy Up the Girl.”

“I’m f**king old,” Rzeznik said with a laugh, going on to say that people ask why they don’t just play some new shit.

But first – like anniversary tours that have come before – they played that album in its entirety for the first half on the sold-out show at the State Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis Saturday.

The tribute to the staple alt-rock album was not lost on the audience from the first song in, as the driving rock and response-worthy, back-up vocals within “Dizzy” kicked off the night.

But almost too quickly, the first “hit” of the night arrived, and the nostalgic triplet-esque opening riffs of “Slide” started. While he sang out about sliding into rooms, running away and getting married, the sounds of every instrument on stage were also married perfectly: the drums behind a sound wall weren’t overbearing; the two guitars complimented each other well; the keys provided wonderfully glittering backing riffs to the rock bops.

Bassist Robby Takac then took over lead vocals for “January Friend,” keeping everything aligned with the original recordings. While his voice is admittedly more punk and less crooning, he was no less a lead man with the sheer energy he had when bounding around stage or triumphantly throwing his fist in the air after each song.

Now back to the main front man, it would be a good time to mention that Rzeznik, himself, said he was “very, very high on cough medicine” onstage. But between occasional coughs, his vocals were seemingly flawless, so no one would’ve known.

Well, that is, apart from his monologue rants.

“I feel like one of those mumble rappers,” he said, wiggling all 10 fingers in the air. “Do you know what those are, you old people?”

He even went on to explain, PSA style, what “purple drank” is and why jolly ranchers are involved…

But despite any of these tangents, they just kept on playing through the 13 tracks of the album, and “Acoustic #3” was one of the highlights of the latter half, as Rzeznik said he wrote it with his mother in mind.

Then, it happened. A collective sigh could be felt when the beginning notes of the mandolin in “Iris” rang out. From the belting chorus and the heart-tearing verses, every word was sung along by everyone in the theater. During the solo breakdown, the band was even backlit with white lights, which gave the small theater a stadium feel.

It was a moment that, at its very essence, was pure nostalgia. At this point in their careers, the band must know it’s a moment concert goers look forward to, and the song did not disappoint.

A few songs later, Rzeznik was onstage alone with his guitar as he told the room that “this was one of the cities that opened up its arms to us before the rest of the world.”

After briefly chatting about how he thinks the world has changed, every opinion will always upset someone and that times were simpler, he then broke into (aptly timed) 2006’s “Better Days” and “Sympathy,” which is four years its senior.

His strong voice again shined as he played through his cold, as he has no problem playing with just his guitar. His incredible songwriting could just even more clearly be seen.

After playing so many hits, however, there was a bit of an energy lull for the next few tracks before “Name” brought it back again, and the show ended a handful of songs later.

But all in all, the tour stop was primarily a nod to “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which brought the Goo Goo Dolls into the musical forefront of the time; The night was evidence that the band perfected the art of the driving, heartfelt rock of the 90s and 2000s.

Their music has continued on since then, but the nostalgia trip was much appreciated at the State Theatre Saturday night.



October 26, 2018
GGD-2 Steph Wetzel
Assistant Features Editor

The Goo Goo Dolls performed last weekend at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Their album “Dizzy Up The Girl” was the focal point of their show and of the entire tour. They played the album from top to bottom to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The Goo Goo Dolls attract a very specific crowd. The majority of the people there were middle-aged with a very specific style including leather jackets, ripped t-shirts, gaudy jewelry and dark makeup. Coming to The Goo Goo Dolls’ show brought out the older crowd’s younger side and they were able to act like millennials for a night. They were taking selfies before the show started, and when the band entered the stage for the first time, nearly every person whipped out their phone to take pictures and record the band.

After singing a couple songs off the album, lead singer Johnny Rzeznik said a few words to the crowd. “Nice to be home again,” he said. They never fail to mention that they’re from Buffalo whenever they perform here, whether it’s at Darien Lake or another venue.

Rzeznik also pointed out that he recognized some members of the crowd. “I seen some faces that were here last night,” he said. “Thanks for coming again.”

The band again acknowledged that this was the 20th anniversary of their album “Dizzy Up The Girl.” They explained that it’s something they’re proud of because of how popular the album was and even still is. However, they said they’re sad it’s been twenty years because that just means they’re getting old.

They performed the song “Acoustic #3,” a song that Rzeznik claimed he never finished. This song reminds him of his mother and the unhealthy relationship she was in. They had violinists performing for this song. Rzeznik messed up the beginning of this song and had to start over, yet the audience cheered even louder.

They also performed a song they wrote during the recession of 2008, “NotBroken.” Whenever the band would play an older song not from the album “Dizzy Up The Girl,” they would hear the audience singing along and would thank them for remembering that song. When they performed “Iris,” Rzeznik held his microphone towards the crowd, and the crowd shouted the words perfectly.

Later into the performance, Rzeznik pointed out that he doesn’t have a lot of famous friends, particularly because he doesn’t find them to be kind people. However, he wanted to have a special guest perform with him. This “special guest” was a pre-recorded video of himself displayed on a screen. One would play the guitar while the other would sing and vice versa for a couple songs. The whole bit was ironic and meant to make fun of himself. The crowd was all about it, laughing along with Rzeznik.

They also performed some of their other hits including “So Alive” and the band’s version of a Christmas song “Better Days.” When performing “So Alive,” Rzeznik again aimed his microphone at the audience claiming he was told he’s not good at engaging with his audience. He was trying to get the audience into the song while being sarcastic about the whole situation. The audience didn’t fail to sing along, just as they didn’t fail to enjoy the entire concert.



By Gary Graff ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com

DETROIT — Johnny Rzeznik was, by his own admission, a bit dizzy as the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of its multi-platinum “Dizzy Up the Girl” album Thursday night, Oct. 25, at the Fillmore Detroit.

“I’m so (expletive) high…I think I’m hallucinating,” the singer and guitarist told the crowd early in the show — not from rock star indulgence but from medications Rzeznik was taking to overcome a respiratory infection that postponed the Fillmore show from its original Tuesday, Oct. 23, date and caused the cancellation of Wednesday’s concert in Grand Rapids. “Do I sound like I’ve got a cold — ’cause my hair hurts.” he asked later.

The leather-jacketed Rzeznik was, in fact, feeling limited pain throughout the two-hour show. His between-song patter that rambled a bit more loosely than usual as he waxed about divorce, couples therapy, the state of the world and the recent political bombing scare — even tossing a lyrical reference to the latter into “Better Days” — and good-naturedly rejecting fan requests for particular songs. He also shouted out Detroit’s longtime support of the band and remembered an early show at the now-defunct Blondie’s — and the rough neighborhood around the club.  Rzeznik struggled at times and even cut two songs from the planned set list, but his declaration that “my voice sounds like s*** tonight” was a bit overstated.

The good news was that in presenting the Goos’ “Dizzy…” album in its entirety, Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and company had plenty of singalong help from the Fillmore crowd, which bolstered performances of hits such as “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Black Balloon” and “Iris.” The presentation — in front of a large, framed version of the album’s cover that hovered behind the band — also gave the quintet a chance to haul out less-celebrated album tracks such as “January Friend,” “Bullet Proof,” “Amigone,” “Extra Pale” and “Hate This Place,” all exuberantly performed and enthusiastically received.

The Goos, currently between albums, used the rest of the show to continue the dive into its past, including a welcome four tracks from 1993’s “Superstar Car Wash.” Rzeznik — who stopped the show during “Lucky Star” while Fillmore security tended to a young woman who passed out near the front of the stage — also played a three-song solo acoustic set that included “Better Days,” “Can’t Let It Go” and “Sympathy,” while a ringing rendition of 1995’s “Name,” the Goos’ first bit hit, offered a totem of the group’s transition from bratty punk to polish pop.

The latter was particularly showcased with a late-show rendition of “So Alive,” an anonymous contemporary pop track from 2016’s “Boxes” that stood out — not favorably — against its more substantial setlist neighbors. A rushed encore of “Big Machine” notwithstanding, it was a special kind of show, something Takac noted “we may not do…again” and that was well worth waiting a couple of extra days to see.


A photo set from the show can be found here: