Gusto – Goo Goo Dolls to perform at Sabres vs. Rangers Winter Classic

By Jeff Miers 

Buffalo’s Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic New Year’s Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the NHL announced today.

The band will take the stage during the first intermission of the game, which will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 1.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Winter Classic, the historic, snowy battle between the Sabres and the Boston Bruins at what was then known as Ralph Wilson Stadium.

A limited number of tickets are available via

Win Goo Goo Dolls Merch from the Absolute Goo Secret Santa Contest!

Happy Holidays!
We are launching our 2017 Secret Santa Swag contest — where you can win a huge bag of Goo Goo Dolls swag!
The ‘secret’ part? All we are going to tell you is that ONE of the items in the bag is this fantastic new GGD Holiday ‘Ugly’ sweatshirt!

There will be five more items of Goo merch in Santa’s bag, but we’re keeping what they are secret!

How do you enter?
Simply head on over to:, and fill in the form!
Enter only once! Multiple entries will all be discarded. You must be 16 and over to enter. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm EST on December 31, 2017.

We hope you’re all on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!
Good luck everyone, and have a wonderful holiday season!


Looking for some cool Christmas music from one of your favorite bands?

If so, don’t miss listening to the newly released Goo Goo Dolls sweet version of the classic Christmas song ‘Silver Bells‘.

The song even comes with a video of a roaring fire — perfect to fire up on the computer and pretend you’re warming yourself around it. (And yep, I could do with one of these here in Vienna — it’s freezing!)

And here’s a little bit of trivia for you. ‘Silver Bells‘ was first recorded by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1950, and then performed on film by the legendary Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the 1951 movie The Lemon Drop Kid. Both versions are beautiful.

Goo Goo Dolls version of ‘Silver Bells‘ is pretty too, as lead vocalist John Rzeznik has that gorgeous husky sound to his voice that, to me, makes this song sound even richer than normal.

Listen in the video below.

Tofugu – The Challenge of Bringing Japanese Rock to America feat. Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls

Running a record label that brings Japanese rock music to the US is not easy. But if anyone can do it, it’s Robby Takac, the bassist for the Goo Goo Dolls. He knows the ins-and-outs of the music industry pretty well; his band has double and triple platinum records and a globetrotting tour schedule.

We talked to Robby about his record label, Good Charamel, which produces albums for Japanese bands like Pinky Doodle Poodle, the MOLICE, and Osaka-based punk rock institution Shonen Knife.

He reveals why it’s super difficult to get Japanese music acts to perform in the US (and why you should ABSOLUTELY go see a Japanese band if it’s playing in your area).

We had a lot of fun talking with Robby, so listen to the full episode for more.

InRock – December Edition of Robby’s Lobby

Hello In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby, a chance for us to catch up here in the pages on the mighty In Rock as we have for over 10 years, and as always, thanks for stopping in and checking up on us! I’m back home in Buffalo, NY after a busy month of touring and recording during what we mistakenly call the “quiet time” after the Sumer Tour cycle. I’ll fill you in on a bit of the action as well as some of the unique situations surrounding the various cities we visited on this run as well.

Goo Goo Dolls performed a handful of shows around the US, flying from coast to coast a few times to perform for a variety of audiences around the country. The first show was in Charlottesville, VA and a set to conclude The University of Virginia’s 200th Anniversary celebration, we performed along with a full orchestra and multi media presentation in front of the famed “Rotunda” one of the most historically recognized structures in the US. Charlottesville has a great tradition of education at UV, but they are also embroiled in a controversy over removing US Civil War Statues because of their historically “racist” overtones. Supporters of both sides of the issue have met this with some unrest and there were political rallies outside the event with people being removed earlier in the day for protesting inside the event. It was a pretty intense moment, but once the dust settled it was a great show despite the controversies and after speaking with students and faculty it was obvious to us all that the attendees and organizers were aware of the unrest and eager to see it brought to a peaceful and amicable solution if there is one.

We then flew to Napa Valley in California for a show the next day at The US Safeway Golf Open at The Silverado Resort. This was an amazing dusk/nigh time show amongst the vineyards and palm trees after a full week of PGA golf tournaments and the corresponding events that make these tournaments so special for the golfers and attendees. We finished the show and the crew packed up our gear to head to Fresno, CA for the next show and when we woke up the next morning we saw that hours after we left the show the resort we just performed at hours earlier was evacuated as well as hundreds of miles surrounding the venue due to forest fires that eventually spread throughout Napa causing over 50 deaths and over 30,000 people to evacuated from the area. We sat in the next town as we watched the venue we just performed in become engulfed in flames. Another narrow escape from a natural disaster for The Goo Goo Dolls, we’re getting pretty good at this ……

The show in Fresno, CA was great, we played The Big Fresno Fair, I got to pet some cows and pigs, never a bad day when it involves hanging with farm animals, eating carnival food and playing rock. One more long flight brought us to he House of Blues in Chicago for a private event and days later we were off to Las Vegas for another private event that was scheduled at the Las Vegas Village, that was where the horrible mass shooting happened last month during the Rout 91 Country Western Festival, the gig was moved to another venue and went on despite the tragedy. Las Vegas is a very powerful city and they are moving on with their lives, but this is a tragic moment that will be felt by our industry for a very long time. A truly senseless act that will be followed by harsh consequences for the future of live music gatherings here in the states I’m afraid.

On a lighter (and much more fun) note, I’ve also been spending time in Buffalo working with the Tokyo based band Molice on a new album as well as producing/shooting/editing a Music Video at an abandoned Grain Silo on the Buffalo River for promotion. Molice finished up a successful trip to the US and did 7 shows in support of their latest “Signs” EP released on my Good Charamel Records label. Their label mates and fellow Tokyo residents Pinky Doodle Poodle also have a new EP out this month called “Poodle Boogie” available November 17th,, the band has also just returned to Tokyo after finishing up a 40+ city tour of the US.

BUT, lo and behold, I’m home now,it’s 5:45am and it’s Daddy time soon! Wakey wakey, Breakfast, Hamigaki, Homework, Ponytail, Backpack and then drop off at Kindergarten ….. That’s the plan for the next few hours!

All the best to you and please enjoy yourself this month, see you soon!


Robby’s Lobby

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:

8/10 Stockholm: http: //

(This post is translated to English.)

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


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

There are daily tickets, and VIP passes available. Here’s more information:

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.”


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.