The Nation – Goo Goo Dolls Make it Worth the Wait



    American alt-rock band the Goo Goo Dolls were finally on a Bangkok stage on Tuesday and it wasn’t long before frontman John Rzeznik took a mild snipe at his homeland’s new alt-right president.

    “Everyone looks beautiful tonight,” the 51-year-old singer-guitarist said. “It’s great to see a lot of happy people here tonight, because we’re so miserable back home – at least half of us!”

    One of the most popular rock bands of the ’90s added an extra half-hour to their tardiness before finally arriving onstage at Central Plaza Lat Phrao’s BCC Hall for their long-overdue Thailand debut.

    It wasn’t quite a full house, but the fans, both foreign and local, knew enough to get there early to be close to the stage when the Dolls launched into a string of folk-laced rock hits and new music from “Boxes”, their latest album.

Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, the remaining original members, had at their backs guitarist Brad Fernquist, drummer Craig Macintyre and Korel Tunador on keyboards and sax.

They kicked off the show with “Over and Over”, the lead-off single from “Boxes” before Rzeznik greeted the crowd with “Hello! How are you doing Bangkok?”

    More upbeat tracks followed – “Long Way Down”, “Slide”, “Big Machine” and “Rebel Heart” – and then a battery of hits, including “Here is Gone” and “Black Balloon”.

    Rzeznik handed the microphone over to Takac, who delivered “Smash” and “Bringing on the Light” with tremendous enthusiasm and energy.

    Next was the acoustic ballad “Name”, their breakthrough hit from the 1995 double-platinum album “A Boy Named Goo”.

“It’s been more than 20 years since this song came out,” Rzeznik said. “It was our first song that got played on the radio. Robby and I were still boys, touring around in a van. And now when I hang out I get young girls coming up to me saying, ‘My mom loves your band!’ So here it is, and tell your mom I said Hi!”

    Rzeznik sang it with his famously raspy voice, yet it felt as soft as memory’s pillows.

That was followed by an extended series of Goo Goo Dolls landmarks – the piano-clad pop rock of “So Alive”, the grungy “Naked”, an acoustic version of “Sympathy”, “Dizzy” done with punk flair, and the pop-rock ballad “Better Days”.

Takac took the mic once again to sing the rocking “Already There” from 1993’s “Superstar Car Wash”, another commercially and critically successful album.

    Rzeznik swung back for “Come to Me”, “The Pin” and “Stay With You”, before the band cracked into their biggest hit of all, “Iris”, which had the fans singing along at the top of their lungs.

    “Broadway” from the same album – “Dizzy Up the Girl” in 1998 – concluded the show, Rzeznik bowing off with “Thank you and good night! We hope to be back and see your beautiful faces here again very soon.”

    “Very soon” proved to be a couple of minutes. The encore was a powerful rendition of “Long Way Home” from their latest album, the final chords hammered out in a shower of white confetti and big balloons.

    Like most bands with large repertoires of tunes to choose from, the Goo Good Dolls made good use of diverse sounds to reflect 11 studio albums across a 30-year career. The set list riveted the attention and felt like a musical journey.

Takac doesn’t get credit as frontman, but his showmanship and musicianship more than justified his starring role onstage. Without his energetic delivery, the show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as much fun.

    Rzeznik, with his high spirits and playfulness, kept the proceedings both intimate and casual, constantly engaging the fans and pulling them in closer. His voice was as fresh and powerful as ever, and there’s nothing more thrilling than seeing a musician who enjoys playing his music and giving his all in a show, especially after three decades.

Dolls Make it Worth the Wait

Philippine Primer – The Goo Goo Dolls wows Filipino fans during concert in Manila

90s music has been undoubtedly the best thing that ever happened to everyone. With the emergence of rap music, RnB, boy bands and teen pop, and alternative rock bands – it’s just filled with musical perfection.

To put it simply, music of the 90s was the age of everything, including the discovery of American alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls, who staged a one-night concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February 11, Saturday.

Months ago, Filipinos went frenzy as concert promoter Random Minds Production announced the much-awaited concert of the band. As expected, thousands of the band’s patrons have flocked at the venue to watch their musical heroes relieved the music that hits them on multiple levels.

As the lights dimmed, rollicking audience went screaming as the band went so strong on stage and guitar riffs penetrated the venue. Crowd went wild as they perform “Over and Over”, “Long Way Down”, and “Slide”.

One of the amazing things that made this concert one for the records was because of how precise and polish they performed LIVE, especially the punchy and warm drum beats they’re known for.

Rzeznik also performed “Come To Me” which was originally dedicated for his wife. He said he felt really overwhelmed with how the Filipino have welcomed and appreciated their music up to now.

In their newest album Boxes, the band did a new approach to their music and enlisted some songwriters who’ve helped them craft their new album. Few of those they performed that night were “So Alive” ,“Over and Over” and “The Pin”.

The band also did some slew of hits such as “Rebel Beat”, “Here is Gone” ,“Naked” ,“Name” , “Broadway” and more.

And there goes the part of the long pause as John Rzeznik gives hint of the twangy sound, and from that very moment – on his “B” string, he played “Iris” – the soundtrack for the 1988 film, “The City of Angels” and an acoustic ballad that stayed on the top spot of Billboard Airplay chart in 1998 for 18 (non-consecutive) weeks.

The concert has ended with shower confetti and balloons, along Rzeznik’s promise of coming back very soon.

People would’ve probably experienced post-concert depression after this stellar performance from the group whose music have brought back so many memories and whose heartfelt and feel-good lyrics have created an impact tobeveryone in the world.

This concert is presented by Random Minds Productions.


Over & Over

Long Way Down


Big Machine

Rebel Beat

Here is Gone

Black Balloon


Bringing Light


So alive


Before it’s too late

Better Days

Stay With You

Already There

Free of Me

Come to Me

The Pin




Give a little bit

Long Way Home

Goo Goo Dolls wows Filipino fans with concert in Manila

One Man Anthem – Concert Review: Goo Goo Dolls’ Boxes Tour

Here are five reasons why attending the concert of the Goo Goo Dolls was worth every cent

1 – The band released new material in 2016 but was not arrogant to admit that’s not enough to make a great show.

Many artists tend to focus on recent albums for reasons that can be justified – they have outgrown the songs they once recorded, mileage for the latest output determines longevity and secures their label deals, or simple reluctance to admit that they cannot replicate the quality music they used to generate.

No matter the reason, the Goo Goo Dolls concert felt like a greatest hits tour, bringing in the all-time favorites across albums, from their breakout track Name, to the most popular song ever heard in the history of US radio Iris, to new sentimental favorite Come to Me. It could’ve been a memorable show solely for the group but they made sure it was for everyone else.

2 – The 90s was a golden decade for music and they continue to represent why it was.

Twenty years back, the music landscape was strikingly different. There were no autotunes, technology played a minimal role in the creative process and collaborations were the exception, not the rule.

None of these have creeped in to the music of the band. It was about the vocals, the lyrics and the instrumentation. Changes are not necessarily bad. But watching a beautiful thing remain constant is reaffirming and satisfying.

3 – Unlike artists who capitalize on their public persona to drive music, the group never played that game. However, it did not prevent them from establishing personal connections with the audience.

No gimmicks, just songs. It almost bars appreciation when the connection is simply music. (I want to shoot myself for saying simply music as there can be no greater foundation of a relationship).

Having said that, John Rzeznik delivered great stories, and at times, funny ones. Most memorable was the tale of how Name came about. His wife was nagging him about getting a real life and he felt the pressure to deliver. It generated their first airplay hit. Years passed, the track is around but his wife isn’t anymore.

4 – Now that they are less popular and trendy, not a lot of individuals intent on simply riding the bandwagon showed up

The biggest injustice is having people who attend concerts solely to have stories put on their social media accounts and see what mileage it can bring their status. These sets of individuals deprive those who genuinely want to witness the inspiration of their lives belt it out and get mesmerized and hypnotized in the moment. Not to mention, their photo and video moments tend to block the view of people behind. In other words, posers and fakers ruin the experience.

I’m not saying the Goo Goo Dolls concert had none. But now that Slide and Here is Gone are radio hits of the past and Boxes and Magnetic have not been on the radar of the cool kids, you could see people beside you who were just as thrilled that they are seeing one of the 90s legends rock it out and sing the story of their lives.

5 – John Rzeznik might be the most popular but he’s not one to hoard the spotlight

One of my favorite moments during concerts is when the lead vocalist introduces the rest of his band to the audience. Not only because they deserve credit, but some don’t actually prefer the lead. (Although in this specific case, I still prefer John.)

Robby, the bassist and co-founding member of Rzeznik, was allowed to sing tracks, even though less mainstream, from past albums where he sang lead on. In no way did John intervene to make the moment his own.

Concert Review: Boxes Tour

Pop Inquirer – A Goo Goo Dolls Kind of Valentine’s

The upcoming Random Minds production of Goo Goo Dolls: Live In Manila slated this February 11 at the Araneta Coliseum is definitely the one-of-a-kind Valentine event of the year as Filipino fans who have been waiting decades for the show to happen can count on experiencing the songs that have been soundtracks to both our heartaches, and vehicles to our heart-mending process through the years. In fact, it’s not surprising that a lot of relationships have been built on the masterful songwriting and music-crafting duo of vocalist/singer/songwriter John Rzeznik and bassist/longtime-collaborator Robby Takac.

Who could doubt or even deny the fact on-the-spot early hits like the painfully-shy “Name” (off the band’s 1995 major label debut A Boy Named Goo), the emotionally grandiose anthem of unrequited love “Iris” which originally appeared on the City of Angels Movie Soundtrack and was nominated for three Grammy Awards (for Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance and Song of The Year…), and features one of the most gut-wrenching lyrical lines ever written: “Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive…” and other tunes and tales of love-lost such as “Black Balloon” and “Slide” (off of 1998’s four-time platinum Dizzy Up The Girl) and the most recent lover’s hymn “Before It’s Too Late,” which was featured on the first blockbuster live action film The Transformers.

Audiences would be well to prepare to go on a rollercoaster ride of emotions during the show, as the band promises to make good on their first-ever Philippine performance. Aside from their biggest hits to date, the Goo Goo Dolls also plan to get up close and personal with songs from their most recent album from Warner Music, 2016’s Boxes, which finds them at their most introspective, personal and creatively-peaking best, as Rzeznik claims that the songs were born out of the group’s vision of audiences “claiming the songs as their own.”

Tickets to this rare Valentine treat from the Goo GooDolls are now available in all Ticketnet outlets with the following tiers: VIP – Php7,000, PATRON – Php6,000, LOWER BOX – Php5,000, UPPER BOX – P3,000 and General Admission seating at Php1,200. Interested parties can also call 911-5555. For more information check out and follow the Random Minds Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or type in #GooGooDollsMNL.

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WINN FM: Jah Cure, Mavado, Goo Goo Dolls for SK Music Festival 2017

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Kitts Music Festival Committee has announced the first wave of artistes for the 21st Anniversary of the three-day festival.

Artiste Selection Committee Chairman Jonel Powel, made the announcement Wednesday at the official launch of the 2017 Music Festival.

“The first artist to be announced, no stranger by any means to St Kitts, Jah Cure, second artist Mavado, the third artist during his heyday was arguably one of the most popular dancehall toasters in the world, Shabba Ranks, and finally this group was considered by Billboard to have the most influential pop song in the last 20 years, The Goo Goo Dolls.”

Powell also revealed some innovations being considered to make the opening night of the festival, dubbed Soca night, even more hyped and entertaining for patrons.

“We really want to put some energy into Thursday night, we will have regional and international acts coming in but we want to involve the local public more. Some of the things that we have been considering and plan to put out for you include bringing international deejays to participate with the atmosphere, we’ve actually had suggestions of having a foam pit in the Thursday night Music Festival. One of the new things we would like to present to you is a band clash between local bands which the participants will be selected by you the public. We hope to have your involvement through social media and other means to vote and determine which two local bands you want to see clash.”

The Committee said more acts and other details of the festival will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

The St. Kitts Music Festival will take place June 22 to 24 at the Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre.
Lineup and ticket details coming soon

WINN FM: Jah Cure, Mavado, Goo Goo Dolls for SK Music Festival 2017

St. Kitts Music Festival


Chicago, Dave Matthews and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the acts coming to the Daily’s Place Amphitheatre during its inaugural season.

Construction on the 5,500 seat amphitheater and 94,000 square foot covered flex field is phase two of the $90  million investment in EverBank Field.

Officials announced on Friday the lineup for upcoming performances at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater.

The first concert at the downtown Jacksonville venue will be held May 27.

For more information about shows and tickets, visit

Full list of performers:
Date                             Artist
May 27                         Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest TBA
May 28                         Train with O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield
May 30                         Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
June 11                        Third Eye Blind with the Silversun Pickups
July 1                            Chicago and The Doobie Brothers
July 13                          Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi
Aug. 3                           Foreigner with Cheap Trick & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Sept. 21                        Zac Brown Band
Date TBD                      Bryan Adams
Date TBD                     Goo Goo Dolls with special guest TBA
Date TBD                      311 with special guest TBA
Date TBD                      Kidz Bop

Daily’s Place is a partnership between the Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville.

Mark Lamping, president of Bold Events, the company paying for the acts, said building the event venue will secure the future of NFL football in Jacksonville.

“It’s also going to support us in our No. 1 goal and that’s to make sure that we have a stable NFL franchise here in Jacksonville forever,” Lamping said.

The city is hoping the amphitheater will bring more than music to downtown.

“We want to do as much as we can to have more people work downtown, to have more people visit down town, more people live downtown,” Lamping said.

With the variety of scheduled acts ranging from Kidz Bop to 311, the city said the venue won’t just bring business, it’ll create jobs.

In addition to Daily’s, Lamping introduced four new corporate sponsors on Friday.

All are headquartered in Jacksonville — FIS, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Swisher International have each signed on as Founding Partners.

Rimrock was also announced as the “Official Backstage Partner” of Daily’s Place.

Goo Goo Dolls Included in Daily’s Place Concert Lineup

The Philippine Star – What Goo Goo Dolls Want to Discover in Phl

By Ricky Lo


There’s something that John Rzeznik, frontman and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls, wants to find out when the band comes for its first concert in Manila on Feb. 11 at the Araneta Coliseum. Want to find out what it is? Read on.

The Goo Goo Dolls created some of most memorable musical moments of the ’90s with such chart-topping hits as Name, Slide and acoustic ballad Iris which spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay chart and remains one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music.

According to the production notes, having formed the Goo Goo Dolls in Buffalo, NY, in 1986, Rzeznik and Robby Takac spent their first decade traversing North America in a van and bringing their raucous brand of melodic punk rock to college kids and winning over small but enthusiastic crowds of fans. They released a series of albums before breaking through commercially with their fifth, 1995’s A Boy Named Goo (featuring Name), followed by 1998’s 4x-platinum Dizzy Up The Girl which produced five Top 10 singles and sold nearly six million copies worldwide.

The four-time Grammy Award-nominated band, which has sold more than 10 million albums, continued touring and released a string of Top 10 albums through the early 2000s: Gutterflower (2002), Let Love In (2006), Something for the Rest of Us (2010) and Magnetic (2013). Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

Their latest album is called Boxes, about which Rzeznik said in an interview, “I want people to listen to it hard. I want them to read the lyrics. I want them to be ecstatic, and then I want them to cry. I want them, at the end of it, to feel satisfied. I want them to take a little piece of it for themselves and own it. Make it theirs.”

Here’s more about Rzeznik in a phone interview with Funfare:

I’m wondering why you called yourselves Goo Goo Dolls.

“You know, it was one of the things that you do when you are 19 years old, hahahaha!!! Now it doesn’t really mean anything.”

You are celebrating your 30th anniversary this year. What comes to your mind when you look back?

“Yes, 30 years from the time we did our first record. Well, looking back, we’ve had the opportunity to do so many amazing things. We’re living pretty interesting lives, we are traveling the world, we are going everywhere…it has been pretty cool! I’m so lucky to have been able to do all of that.”

Any regrets?

“I shouldn’t have done those things. But it’s all over now.”

Did “those things” help you write better music?

“I’m gonna tell you this…In the beginning, I must admit that alcohol did help me a lot in overcoming my inhibition and shyness. But as time went on, the alcohol started to consume my creativity instead of making it better.”

Good thing that you have completely overcome your shyness.

“Yeah, hahahaha!!! And I have also overcome my drinking.”

So you are more open now?

“Yes, I am. Everything is past…except the music.”

How do you look at the next 30 years, considering the advances in technology?

“Performing with hologram in a three-dimensional world feels somewhat strange. But you know, the experience of playing live in a room full of people is most exciting, it’s something that the social media has not been able to recreate. There’s some kind of intensity about it, something that the social media doesn’t capture.”

It’s your first time to perform in the Philippines. What do you know about the country?

“Oh, interesting! What I’ve read about the Philippines is quite interesting…about the Spaniards coming in, followed by the Americans and then by the Japanese and then by the Americans again. How were the Filipinos able to deal with it? That’s what I am interested in finding out. Maybe I will get the answers when I go there.”

On that note, how was your early years like? What kind of family did you grow up in?

“I was brought up by four older sisters, so there’s trouble right there. We are Catholic, very religious, and that sort of colors my world and my music. I was dominated by my four sisters and I kind of feel like an outsider, like I was not like the rest of the people in the house. Yes, I love my family but it’s kind of strange when I look at it, that’s why Rob and I have kept the band for so long because we are like brothers…we are brothers? Neither of us has a real brother. Like me, Rob also grew up with sisters.”

Any other things that you have in common?

“We have brought a lot of influences into our music. We both like different kinds of music. We get along very well from the very start. We still have fun performing together. We look up to the same American bands such as the Rolling Stones.”

Have you tried digital platforms like the YouTube, iTunes, etc., to promote your music?

“Well, we try to go for it. Rob and I are lucky because we get the opportunity to play live, we are lucky to continue performing before a big audience. You know, it’s a bit harder to be successful now.”

Really, why?

“Because today, music is given away free.”

By the way, why did you call your latest album Boxes?

“Why? Because people keep themselves in boxes. Everything and everybody is classified, categorized and organized. There’s a box for everything!”

And do you really expect people to cry when they listen to Boxes?

“I didn’t know that, man! It’s a crazy world! It’s more fun to laugh but sometimes the music that I write seems to have that kind of effect on people even I don’t intend it that way.”

(Goo Goo Dolls Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum is produced by Random Minds, Inc., the same company that has brought over top-caliber acts such as the Jets, Wilson Phillips, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and many others. Ticket prices: VIP P7,000; Patron P6,000; Lower Box P5,000; Upper Box P3,000; and General Admission Seating P1,200. Call 911-5555.)

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Tampa Bay Times: Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE, Jason Isbell and more

Start planning your weekends to visit Busch Gardens this spring.


The Tampa theme park has unveiled the initial concert lineup for its annual Food and Wine Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 to April 30.

Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant, Jason Isbell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE and Newsboys are among some of the big names on the bill. They’ll be joined by Andy Grammer, Kool and the Gang, John Hiatt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, Walk Off the Earth, Matt Nathanson, Daya, El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more.

All concerts are free with park admission, and take place on Gwazi Field. Food samples are extra; items on the menu this year include duck tacos, gator bites, bacon mac and cheese, cabernet-filled chocolates and bananas foster panna cotta.

Don’t forget, too: For a limited time, if you buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card, you can get an Adventure Island pass for free. Click here for details on that deal.

Here’s the initial Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup:

March 4: Daughtry

March 5: Andy Grammer

March 11: Goo Goo Dolls

March 12: Kool and the Gang

March 18: Young the Giant

March 19: Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio

March 25: Craig Wayne Boyd and Adam Wakefield

March 26: El Gran Combo

April 1: DNCE

April 2: Walk Off the Earth

April 8: TBA

April 9: Daya and Matt Nathanson

April 15: TBA

April 16: Newsboys

April 22: Gilberto Santa Rosa

April 23: Lynyrds Skynyrd

April 29: TBA

April 30: TBA

Click here for all the details on the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.

— Jay Cridlin

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The Slate Online – Goo Goo Dolls Unwrap Boxes

By Marissa Merkt

Christmas lights sparkled along the busy road as “Over and Over” by The Goo Goo Dolls roared from the radio.

“Over and Over” is from The Goo Goo Dolls’ latest album, “Boxes,” which came out in May. The band’s 11th album is a hidden gem that first sparked interest with the radio’s showcase of “So Alive.”

“Boxes” has a powerful thrust to it. The album’s buoyant tune uplifts broken spirits and creates a sense of hope for a new beginning, just in time for the new year. After listening to The Goo Goo Dolls’ new songs one cannot help but feel they can conquer the world and give their fears a slap in the face.

“Over and Over” in particular talks about moving on from the past. The chorus says, “And we go over and over and over again/ Are ya lost in the past thinking what might have been/ You’re here and you’re now started over and then/ Take it over and over and over again.” Artist Natalia Biegaj created a visual depiction of the song in her music video for the song.

The album continues with “Souls in the Machine,” a song about honesty in a world full of lies. The next song, “Flood,” features Ecosmith singer Sydney Sierota. “Flood” talks about what it is like to find comfort in a loved one.

The album includes 11 songs and goes through a roller coaster of emotions with slower and upbeat songs intertwined. Toward the end, “Boxes” picks up again with its hit “So Alive” which talks about rising above inner demons and challenges.

The Goo Goo Dolls is an iconic band from our back pockets that has not moved from its slumber since 2013. Though the band took a break from its album production, its songs have been continuously played and the group still tours.

Goo Goo Dolls Unwrap Boxes