Sydsvenskan – The Goo Goo Dolls Are Coming to Sweden!

The Goo Goo Dolls are coming to Sweden for two gigs next year. On August 8, American rock band playing at Gröna Lund in Stockholm and on August 10 in Furuvik outside Gavle amusement park, according to a press release.
The Goo Goo Dolls album released 1987 but got his big breakthrough in 1995 with the album “A boy named Goo”. They also wrote the single “iris”, the theme from the movie “city of angels” in 1998.

8/8 Grona Lund site: https://www.gronalund.com/en/

8/10 Stockholm: http: // furuvik.se/scenochshow/goo-goo-dolls/

(This post is translated to English.)

https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2017-12-12/the-goo-goo-doll-to-swedish

Telegram – Goo Goo Dolls rock ‘XLO’s Acoustic Xmas’ at Mechanics Hall

By Craig S. Semon
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER — The “XLO’s Acoustic Xmas” crowd went gaga over this year’s headliners, the Goo Goo Dolls, and no wonder: The band’s foul-mouthed and very funny front-man John Rzeznik delivered as many F-bombs as hits. The band’s blistering bassist Robby Takac consistently rocked out and took over the mic for two scruffy rockers. And, on top of that, the evening was an unofficial homecoming of sorts for Goo Goo Dolls’ drummer Craig Macintyre, a Worcester native who hasn’t played in the city since the late ’90s.

One of the founding members of Wilbur and the Dukes and the Noisy Boyz, Macintyre moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2001. Growing up in the Indian Lake area of Worcester (and now living in Portland, Oregon), Macintyre landed the full-time Goo Goo Dolls gig four years ago.

“When they found out I was from Worcester, it was like a badge of honor,” Macintyre said after the show. “They were like, ‘Oh, you’re from Worcester. You’re like us. You would be working in a factory if you haven’t become a musician.’”

Hailing from Buffalo, Rzeznik and Takac formed the Goo Goo Dolls in 1985. However, it took ten years and five albums, 1995′s multi-platinum “A Boy Named Goo,” before they found mainstream success with the breakthrough single, “Name,” which was played midway in the main set on Thursday at Mechanics Hall.

Often showing their punk roots in their crowd-pleasing, power-pop forays, the Goo Dolls opened big with their second biggest hit, “Slide” and ended even bigger with “Iris,” the biggest hit on Billboard’s Top 100 of 1992-2012. And, for a solid hour and 15 minutes, the hits kept coming.

While the show might have been considered “acoustic,” it certainly was far from being subdued.

Rzeznik played “plugged” acoustic all night, while Takac’s bass was certainly buzzing with electricity and Macintyre’s drum-kit was noticeably smaller than usual but got the job done. Rzeznik’s crystalline voice resonated with meaning and purpose and the chimy arrangements sounded spectacular in the lavish Mechanics Hall.

Goo Goo Dolls opened strong with a trio of crowd-pleasers, including “Slide,” “Rebel Beat” and “Black Balloon.”

Early in the set, Rzeznik proved he has the gift of gab, pontificating how he loves Christmas but all guys (especially him) ”(expletive) hate” their birthdays after they hit 30, heckling a rowdy partygoer by accusing him of inhaling too many black balloons and making fun of Buffalo and New England accents, first by saying, “I’m from Buffalo. So I sound as alien to you as you do to me” and, later, by giving a profanity laced tirade with a thick Buffalo accent.

Even funnier was Rzeznik’s commentary of Mechanics Hall and its presidential portraits.

Rzeznik introduced “So Alive” as a song from a car commercial (specifically for the BMW 320i) but insisted it was originally just a song off the band’s last full-length album, “Boxes.” During the song’s “Hey, Hey, Hey” refrain, Rzeznik playfully scolded the audience by saying, “So much for this audience participation (expletive)!”

On “Smash,” in which Takac sang lead, the Goo Goo Dolls sounded like a Replacements cover band (in a good way).

Realizing that they were in Macintyre’s home town, Rzeznik — prior to a punchy and spirited “Name” — said it was a perfect time to dig up some dirt (the singer used a harsher word) on the Goo Goo Dolls’ drummer and solicited anyone in the audience that knew him to come forward. Rzeznik ending up finding a woman named “Societe (Caponette),” whose name intrigued the singer more than his initial smear campaign.

Rzenik praised the audience for being really good to them over the years before admitting that he was merely kissing their collective (expletives) because he was about to play a newer song, “Boxes”. He had no need to kiss up. Goo Goo Dolls fans adore him dearly and they have already taken “Boxes,” which started subtle but ended strong, as another beloved song in the band’s repertoire.

Insisting that it was a melancholy Christmas song, the Goo Goo Dolls closed out the main set with “Better Days” Seeing that the refrain of “Tonight the world begins again,” struck a chord with the audience, Rzeznik said, “I see you’re with me.” Heck, the audience has been with them for 22 years.

The single-song encore, “Iris” turned into a massive singalong (as expected) and was accentuated by an instrumental break (which was totally unexpected).

Before his final bow, Rzeznik wished the crowd nothing but the best, after the band certainly delivered their best (and arguably best ”’XLO Acoustic Xmas” headlining gig yet). Time will tell if WXLO 104.5 FM can top it next year with their 10th anniversary holiday show.

Hailing from Windsor, England, the sibling trio and second-time ”’XLO Acoustic Xmas” performers The Rua (aka singer Roseanna, keyboardist Alanna and violinist Jonathan Brown) charmed the audience with their perky stage banter and pristine power-pop that made them sound like the offsprings of The Cranberries and The Corrs.

Review and photos

Backstage 360 – Goo Goo Dolls – You Should be Happy

The September night began with American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips opening up the show. Phillips show went over well with all of the energized crowd.  It was a very relaxing set that had you tapping your feet and singing along, especially with a few of the more well-known songs such as “Gone Gone Gone.” Phillips also introduced the crowd to one of his newest songs, “Magnetic,” which had more of a bluesy soulful vibe and had the crowd singing along by the second chorus.  When Phillips started the song “Home” it made you realize how popular this brilliant young man has become.  Everyone in the audience sang along and the song had the added ability to make you smile and feel good inside.  It was a moment I will never forget.

As the crew setup for the Goo Goo Dolls I noticed that the majority of the audience was college students or returning alumni.  I talked to a few students who came back just to see the Goo Goo Dolls perform, they said “they grew up with the Goo Goo Dolls and were looking forward to tonight’s show.”  It was nice to see the band headlining the show where you get the full visual effect mixed with the great tunes.  I overheard students saying things like “is that their song? I forgot that they did that.”  The Goo Goo Dolls have so many hit songs and I believe tonight they played most, if not all of them. They opened with a song from their new EP ‘You Should Be Happy’ which was released May 12th 2017.  While the band performed the 1st song on the EP “Tattered Edge – You Should Be Happy,” red and white lights flashed across the crowd signaling the start of the night.  By the second song almost everyone in the crowd was on their feet except for a few people who were glued to their cell phones; which was something that might have been attributed to the age of the crowd.  Johnny Rzeznik (Lead singer and founding band member) told a brief story about the first hit song they had titled “Name” from their 1995 album “A Boy Named Goo.” He said “Name” was the first song the band had ever heard of theirs on the radio.  He went on and talked about how he wanted the band to play a variety of their songs on this tour. With more than 13 albums a few Greatest Hits compilations and EPS the task of song selection would be daunting;  bottom line is, the ‘Goo Goo Dolls’ had a lot a large pool of songs to choose from for this tour.  The night was magical, the weather was perfect and the venue is great for concerts; not a bad seat in the Theatre.  The Staff was friendly and willing to genuinely help.  People dancing and singing along with the band throughout the night was a common occurrence.  The show ended with a two-song encore, a blast of confetti and a standing ovation from the crowd.  Tonight Goo Goo Dolls found their Home in San Diego.

Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips

Venue: SDSU Open Air Theatre

Reviewed: Storm@backstage360.com

Click the link for pics from the show – http://www.backstage360.com/goo-goo-dolls-happy/

GOO GOO DOLLS TO PLAY THE MEO MARES VIVAS MUSIC FESTIVAL, PORTUGAL, 7/20/18

The MEO Mares Vivas Vila Nova De Gaia has announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will play the music festival on July 20, 2018!

http://maresvivas.meo.pt

There are daily tickets, and VIP passes available. Here’s more information: http://radiocomercial.iol.pt/noticias/74217/kodaline-no-meo-mares-vivas

English translation:

“The Kodaline (in the picture) and the Goo Goo Dolls are the first advanced names for MEO live tides, which runs in Vila Nova de Gaia between 20 and 22 July.

The Goo Goo Dolls play on the 20th of July on the stage MEO, while the Kodaline Act a day later on the same stage.

The Irish Kodaline return to the live tides, where they had acted in 2016. The pop-rocker band is on the basis for their third album coming out next year.

It’s the first time the Goo Goo Dolls give a concert in Portugal. The American band with more than 30 years of career is the greatest success of the song ‘ Iris ‘.

The daily tickets cost 35 euros, the prices of the three-day general passes and VIP passes are, respectively, of EUR 60 and 150 euros.”

Telegram -GOO GOO DOLLS SET FOR ‘XLO’S ACOUSTIC XMAS’ AT MECHANICS HALL

To badly paraphrase Shakespeare, What’s in a name? That which we call the Goo Goo Dolls by any other name would still score “Iris,” a hit that stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks?

Pretty good for a band that was originally named the “Sex Maggots.”

“I think if we had 10 more minutes, we probably wouldn’t be called Goo Goo Dolls either,” the band’s bassist and singer Robby Takac said. “But I think it might be part of the reason people remember the band is because of the name.”

Yeah, plus the 14 top 10 singles on various Billboard charts, no doubt.

Breaking their songs down to its purest form, the Goo Goo Dolls (aka Takac, singer, guitarist and chief songwriter John Rzeznik, and drummer Craig Macintyre) will be delivering an intimate, stripped-down performance Thursday as part of this year’s sold-out “XLO’s Acoustic Xmas” at Mechanics Hall.

And, Takac, speaking Friday morning from his Buffalo home via the phone, said he and Rzeznik can’t wait to get back to Worcester.

“We’ve known you guys since the Blue Parrot (that used to be at 286 Main St.),” Takac said. “It’s been a long time. We played up on that tiny little stage, probably in ’88-’89.”

For many, the beginning of the holiday season officially starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and, this year, the Goo Goo Dolls were an active participant, perched on top a float shaped like a active volcano and parading down 34th Street.

“It was actually the second time we did it. The first time, it was mind-blowing, quite honestly, just looking up and seeing all the faces in the windows,” Takac said. “We’re in a rock band. We’re not used to standing on floats, waving to people for an hour-and-a-half … It’s just one of those things you never expect to do once and you certainly don’t expect to do twice.”

And, on Thanksgiving Day, the papier-mache and wired constructed volcano wasn’t the only thing that erupted behind the Goo Goo Dolls. The twitter-verse did as soon as the TV announcer referred to the Goo Goo Dolls as a “classic rock” band on the air.

“I’m not sure what the legal constraints of “classic rock” is or the moral constraints for that matter,” the good-natured Takac said with a laugh. “I guess, I’ll take that as a compliment. We’ve been at this for a while, longer than most. It’s just nice to be in the public consciousness.”

Formed in 1985, the Goo Goo Dolls started out in Buffalo’s music underground (opening for punk bands of the day that included SNFU, Dag Nasty, Gang Green and The Dead Milkmen) and didn’t taste mainstream success until its fifth album, 1995′s multi-platinum “A Boy Named Goo,” with the breakthrough single “Name.”

“It’s way different now. We’re certainly not a bunch of dudes sitting in their sweat pants, drinking beer, trying to figure out how to pick up girls later that night. That is what it was like back in the ’80s,” Takac said. “The Goo Goo Dolls, and largely due to John’s steadfastness and creativity and willingness to move forward and do different things, we’ve been able to move along, with varying degrees of commercial success throughout it but we’ve always maintained and stayed on the radar. I think that’s what makes us different than most of the band of our era.”

After the hit “Name” came bigger hits, including “Iris,” the band’s contribution to the “City of Angels” soundtrack which spent nearly 12 straight months on the charts and, since then, there has been no looking back.

“How does that happen? How do you get a song to be 18 weeks at No. 1?” Takac rhetorically asked. “Give me a break, man! You don’t! That’s the answer! That’s a freak. That’s like the one kid in school that sprouted wings. Nobody can explain it.”

Not only does “Iris” rank at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 of 1992-2012, the Goo Goo Dolls are the only act that has three songs on the coveted list, with the other two being “Slide” and “Name,” ranking at No. 9 and 24, respectively.

“John came in with the demo for “Iris” and played it and we thought it was a great song, obviously. And we went in and recorded it just as the band. But, it was still, sort of, just a song,” Takac recalled. “But, I remember sitting there and having the full orchestra set up in the room and they’re playing along with us and (celebrated arranger, composer and conductor) David Campbell (who has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums) is up there conducting them and these heavy hitters are in the room…I just remember sitting there, watching, all of this swirl of stuff going on around us. And, at that point, I felt something special was happening.”

On Thursday, expect something else special to happen. The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing unplugged, acoustic versions of their most beloved songs and greatest hits, and, who knows maybe they’ll entertain the Worcester audience by roasting a Christmas chestnut or two on the fire.

“I just learned ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, get this, in Japanese,” Takac said. “My daughter goes to Japanese school here in Buffalo and I’m Santa Claus in their kindergarten class. I have to play and sing ‘Rudolph’ in Japanese. How’s that?”

That’s pretty cool. Even cooler would be Robby singing “Rudolph” in Japanese, dressed as jolly Ol’ St. Nick Thursday night at Mechanics Hall. Hopefully some urging from the crowd (and, possibly, WXLO 104.5 FM) will make this musical Christmas miracle happen.

Takac, who said his best Christmas gift was his first electric guitar, will be spending Christmas in Japan with his wife of 15-years Miyoko, their five-year-old daughter Hana and his Japanese mother-in-law who still lives back in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” only to come back to the States to perform with the Goo Goo Dolls at the NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabers and New York Rangers New Year’s Day at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.

http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20171205/goo-goo-dolls-set-for-xlos-acoustic-xmas-at-mechanics-hall

Telegram – Goo Goo Dolls headline Mechanics Hall concert

By Craig S. Semon
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Still smoking after performing “So Alive” at the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on top of a motorized volcano float, lava-hot hit-makers the Goo Goo Dolls are giving Central Mass. fans an early Christmas gift on Thursday, with a rare opportunity to see the band up close and personal in an intimate acoustic performance at 8 p.m. in Mechanics Hall. 321 Main St.

As headliners of this year’s sold-out “XLO’s Acoustic Xmas,” the Goo Goo Dolls will be unplugged in a classic concert hall when they could easily amp up and fill a venue 10 times its size. Founded by singer, guitarist and chief songwriter John Rzeznik and bassist and singer Robby Takac in 1985 (with drummer Mike Malinin joining a decade later), the Goo Goo Dolls have 14 Top 10 singles on various Billboard charts and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Pretty impressive for a band that started out in Buffalo’s music underground (opening for punk bands of the day that included SNFU, Dag Nasty, Gang Green and the Dead Milkmen) and not getting a taste of mainstream success until its fifth album, 1995′s multiplatinum “A Boy Named Goo,” broke with the single “Name.”

Not only does “Iris” (the band’s contribution to the “City of Angels” soundtrack) rank at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 of 1992-2012, the Goo Goo Dolls is the only act that has three songs on the lists, with the other two being “Slide” and “Name,” ranking at No. 9 and 24, respectively. “Iris” stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks and spent nearly 12 straight months on the charts.

Not surprisingly, Rzeznik fondly refers to the band’s signature chart-topper as “a gift.” Central Mass. fans are saying the same thing about this holiday concert. Also on the bill are special guest Rua and introducing Jack Vandervelde.

http://www.telegram.com/news/20171203/goo-goo-dolls-headline-mechanics-hall-concert

The Press Enterprise – Goo Goo Dolls weigh in on the state of things with new EP ‘You Should Be Happy’

By George Paul | britpopgeo@sbcglobal.net | Orange County Register
December 1, 2017

During polarizing times, musicians find they often need to walk a fine line.

While the Goo Goo Dolls aren’t known for socially conscious songs, front man John Rzeznik felt compelled to weigh in on the state of things. The rocking title track to the recent EP, “You Should Be Happy,” finds him singing about saving “what’s left of the American dream.”

“An opinion has become poison in this country,” affirmed bassist Robby Takac, who co-founded the Buffalo pop/rock band with Rzeznik in 1985. “You’re going to lose half your support if you [take] one side or the other. Personally, I just think you live your life the way you want. You don’t have to tell people which side you’re rooting for. It’ll just be obvious.”

Initially drawing national attention via the Nineties tunes “We are the Normal” and “Name,” the Goo Goo Dolls really blew up later that decade with “Iris.” That big hit was followed by four more and helped propel 1998’s “Dizzy Up the Girl” to triple platinum status. Since then, the group has charted a dozen more prominent adult pop radio singles.

Lately, Goo Goo Dolls followers have had plenty of material to savor, including 2016 studio album “Boxes,” the superb limited-edition vinyl box set “Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves and Tiny Victories: 1987-1995” and the latest EP sporting four new tracks and a remix.

“Boxes” featured some surprises, notably the orchestrated “Flood,” a duet with Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota and an EDM-leaning “Reverse.” The latter was created around the same time as Rzeznik’s guest appearance on “Lightning,” by New Jersey electronic music group Cash Cash.

“I’m sure it opened his eyes to some things,” said Takac. “If you listen to the first records we put out in the ‘80s, you’d have no idea it could’ve been this band. Somewhere in the context of ‘Boxes,’ it all makes sense.”

Additionally, regular TV viewers should recognize the hip-hop leaning “So Alive,” the band’s most recent top 20 adult pop chart hit, which is heard in a ubiquitous car commercial for BMW.

When the Goo Goo Dolls headline Dec. 10 at the Fox, the performance will be a rare treat.

Having completed a summer amphitheater tour, where everything was nondescript, Takac can’t wait for a change of scenery. “It’s that part of the year where we do interesting venues again and it’s awesome to play theaters.

“This is an all-acoustic trio show. We don’t do a lot of these — maybe four or five a year,” he admitted. “The show itself is pretty special and unique for us, quite honestly.”

Takac didn’t know whether any holiday-themed selections would make it onto the set list in Riverside, but did cite a favorite among past songs they’ve done live.

“We covered ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’ at Rockefeller Center [for NBC’s tree-lighting ceremony special in 2013] and got a chance to share the holiday experience with everyone in New York. That one stands out.”

Besides his bassist and songwriting duties for Goo Goo Dolls (Takac typically sings lead on a pair of tracks for each album), the musician has also run independent Buffalo, N.Y.-based Good Charamel Records since 2003. The label specializes in Japanese rock acts — the most prominent being the highly popular female punk/pop group Shonen Knife, which toured with Nirvana and played Lollapalooza in the 1990s.

“All these bands are like family to us,” said Takac. “They hang out with my kid. My wife is from Tokyo. So, we go over there and visit a lot. We make records here and there. I’m not an aficionado on the Japanese music industry or anything, though I probably know much more than the average American.”

In 2011, Takac co-produced the tribute album “Osaka Ramones” for Shonen Knife and once drove a tour bus for them.

“They’re the real deal. I love them. To me, it’s really fun. After working so long with John, it’s amazing to get in and do this kind of stuff.”

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the winter 2017 issue of Riverside Magazine.

Goo Goo Dolls
Where: Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10
Tickets: $35-$45
Information: 951-779-9800, www.livenation.comwww.riversidelive.com

Headline Planet – Songs By Pink, Fall Out Boy, The Script, Goo Goo Dolls Join Top 50 At Hot AC Radio

by Brian Cantor

Based on airplay attained during the November 19-25 tracking period, P!nk’s “Beautiful Trauma,” Fall Out Boy’s “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t,” The Script’s “Arms Open,” and Goo Goo Dolls’ “Boxes” earn Top 50 positions at hot adult contemporary radio.

Played 256 times during the tracking week (+222), “Beautiful Trauma” ranks as the Mediabase Hot AC panel’s #41 song. It was #70 last week.

Up twenty-nine places, “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” grabs #44. It received 158 tracking period plays (+128).

A nine-place rise brings “Arms Open” to #45. It posted a tracking period play count of 139 (+65).

Credited with 104 spins (+26), “Boxes” climbs three places to #50.

http://headlineplanet.com/home/2017/11/26/songs-pink-fall-boy-script-goo-goo-dolls-join-top-50-hot-ac-radio/