The Almighty Goo!

Ahhhh, the Goo Goo Dolls, another band I first got into during the early-mid 1990s which I had yet to see live. Since the 1993 days of A Boy Named Goo featuring my favorite Goo song “Long Way Down” (also featured in the 1996 blockbuster drama disaster film Twister – so good btw), I’ve been listening to this rock band but somehow never made the effort to see them live. Alas, the time finally came for me to cross this four-time Grammy-nominated rock act off my bucket list. Sure, their sound and persona over the years shifted a little towards the pop side, but they still know how to put on a good rock show.

Unlike the previous show I went to a few days before, tonight I was graced with a +1 in my press approval. After two failed attempts to drag a friend with me to the show, I got lucky on friend #3. My buddy and fellow Shows I Go To staff partner, Garrett, meets up at my place and we set sail for Universal Studios.

We park on the top of the parking garage and enjoy an awesome glowing sunset as we make the long trek to City Walk. We stop in the NBC Sports Grill & Brew restaurant for a break and enjoy a strong beer inside bar, taking advantage of the air-conditioning. We then wind our way through more tourist pedestrian traffic and eventually arrive at the Hard Rock Live.

We walk in and the opener, Phillip Phillips, had already hit the stage to open up the show. I’ve never heard of them but I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard.  Garret goes on to inform me during their set that Phillip Phillips is a singer, songwriter and musician who won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. I would have never known. His coronation song, “Home,” became a huge staple hit. His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 19, 2012. His second album, Behind the Light, was released on May 19, 2014. With a full band, they had put on a fun performance that gets the crowd nice and ready for the main act.

By the time their set is over, Garrett and I start going beer for beer, and we make solid progress during set break. I abandon him when the lights dim and I make way to the left side of the stage toward the photo pit entrance.

Here is where the bullshit starts.

In the press confirmation email I received, it clearly says photographers are allowed in the stage pit for the first three songs, per usual. Well, the security guard on the left side of the stage looks at me like I’m crazy when I approach. After some inaudible yelling, he lets me through the gate but says photographers are not allowed in the front pit and says I can shoot from the right side where we’re standing. I’m dumbfounded but go on to shoot from the left side of the pit for a song, since I’m already here.

I migrate all the way to the other side only to get even more confused looks from the security guards over there. A lady tells me the same thing, that photographers not allowed in the pit tonight and must shoot from the back middle bar area. No one had told me this. I get my shots from the back middle bar, then get two beers and head towards Garrett. I settle into the back middle of the floor, right in front of the soundboard, the sweet spot.

John Rzeznik (guitar, lead vocals) really knows how to frontman the stage like a boss. He went on a political rant at one point, but he was perfectly validated in times like these, and he kept it short and sweet. Also, I was half hypnotized throughout the set. I wasn’t expecting a huge lighting rig, but they had a nice light show.

This tour is called the “Long Way Home – Summer Tour 2017.” The Boxes album was released on May 6, 2016, and the last track is “Long Way Home.”

So, may I remind you and direct your attention to the first paragraph… I was here to hear one song: “Long Way Down.” I’m not currently up to speed on Goo Goo Dolls info, so when I looked at prior setlists and saw “Long Way Home” at the end, I got excited because I mistakenly read “Long Way Down.” Needless to say, when the time came, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t get my song. I felt bamboozled, hoodwinked even.

But, it was my mistake. Hey, how about we play it now?!

They did play a track from the A Boy Named Goo album, the soft and lonely “Name.” Everyone else in the crowd got their “Slide” or “Iris” or whatever else. Oh well.

Anyone want to watch Twister and chill?

Click the link for a photo gallery. Goo Goo Dolls Live in Orlando


Ready to Party for Pink with 105.1 The Buzz? Join us on Tuesday, October 17th at McMenamins Mission Theatre for live music, food, beverages and silent auctions all helping to benefit Breast Friends of Oregon!

This year’s event will feature an intimate performance by The Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik (Iris/Slide).

105.1 The Buzz Presents: PARTY FOR PINK, ftg. John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls, w/ Special Guest, Minors permitted w/guardian

McMenamins Mission Theater

October 17, 2017 7:30 PM
Doors Open: 7:00 PM

VIP: $90.00
ADVANCED: $45.00
DAY OF: $45.00
PREMIUM VIP: $100.00

VIP / ADVANCED / PREMIUM VIP Public Onsale: September 21, 2017 10:00 AM to October 16, 2017 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 17, 2017 12:00 AM to October 17, 2017 7:30 PM

Premium VIP includes:
– Floor seating
– Early access to the venue at 6pm for Meet & Greet with John Rzeznik
– One (1) professional downloadable digital photo
– One (1) pre-signed item, determined by artist
– Custom VIP lanyard
– Free hors d’oeuvres and past signature cocktail during VIP hour

Reserved VIP includes:
– Front Row Balcony seating
– Early access to the venue at 6pm for Meet & Greet with John Rzeznik
– One (1) professional downloadable digital photo
– One (1) pre-signed item, determined by artist
– Custom VIP lanyard
– Free hors d’oeuvres and past signature cocktail during VIP hour

Pink Party is more intimate than ever this year with a live performance by John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls! Only a few hundred people will have access to this exclusive party! Enjoy live music, great company, and a silent auction in which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Breast Friends of Oregon, helping women survive the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time. So get your PINK ON and let’s Party for Pink! Made possible by COUNTRY Financial, Snapple, The Nautilus Shop and Polar Seltzer.

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On Oct. 6, the University of Virginia will mark the official start of its bicentennial events with a Bicentennial Launch Celebration, expected to draw more than 20,000 people to UVA’s historic Lawn.

The evening’s celebrations will be as varied and colorful as the University itself, with more than 800 student and faculty members performing on the Lawn alongside special guests from the music and entertainment world. All of them will tell the story of UVA as it has never been told before.

There will be musical performances, speeches, videos, a spectacular projection mapping show and more, all delivered on the kind of stage that only UVA can provide – the historic Academical Village, designed by Thomas Jefferson to promote a uniquely dynamic and vibrant living and learning environment.

Here are 10 things to know about this exciting celebration.

Why Oct. 6?

Three U.S. presidents – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison – attended the ceremonial placing of the University’s first cornerstone on Oct. 6, 1817. The University chose the 200th anniversary of that date as an appropriate time to kick off its bicentennial celebrations, which will continue through Final Exercises in May 2019, marking 200 years from UVA’s official charter in 1819.

What time does the show start?

The Bicentennial Launch Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 on the Lawn. Ticketed guests may begin entering the Lawn at 6 p.m.

Do I need a ticket?

All attendees will need a ticket and will pass through a security checkpoint to enter the event. Tickets are free. Ticket information is available at

Who will be performing?

Hundreds of students and faculty members will perform throughout the course of the evening, including music ensembles and a cappella groups; the color guards from UVA’s Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC programs; the Cavalier Marching Band; and more.

They will be joined by special guests Leslie Odom Jr., known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton;” R&B powerhouse Andra Day, a Grammy Award-nominated singer known for her empowerment anthem, “Rise Up”; and the rock group the Goo Goo Dolls, who will close out the evening with a concert. Additional guests include the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Ingramettes, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of Charlottesville and the electronic music ensemble M.I.C.E.

The Charlottesville Symphony will also perform, directed by UVA Director of Choral Music and Associate Professor Michael Slon. They will perform a specially commissioned piece, “We Hold These Truths” by Jefferson Todd Frazier, that follows Thomas Jefferson as he composes the Declaration of Independence.

Who will be speaking?

Officials from UVA and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as many alumni, will offer remarks.

Scheduled speakers include Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan. Famous alumni like Katie Couric and Jason George will make appearances, and acclaimed English professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove will debut her new poem about Henry Martin, the University’s bell ringer from 1847 to 1909.

In addition, a special “Voices of the Descendants” series will feature descendants of enslaved laborers sharing their ancestors’ stories throughout the evening.

What will the projection mapping show look like?

State-of-the-art projection mapping technology will transform the Lawn before guests’ eyes and use UVA’s most iconic buildings as a stage for telling the University’s 200-year story and bringing some of its most significant moments to life.

Philippe Bergeron, president of Paintscaping Inc., called the UVA production one of “the most visible and complex jobs” his company has ever undertaken.

Where will the stages be?

There will be two main stages on the Lawn. The largest will be directly in front of the Rotunda, providing a spectacular backdrop for performances and speakers. A second stage will be in the center of the Lawn, at the southern end of the Lawn’s third tier.

How long will the show last?

Performances are expected to last about three hours, followed by a 45-minute after-concert by the Goo Goo Dolls. Guests will be free to roam the Lawn, and limited seating will be available. Concessions will be available throughout.

Are there other events that weekend?

There are several additional events planned to celebrate the launch of UVA’s bicentennial celebrations throughout the weekend of Oct. 6-8. These include several talks on the history of the University and a ceremony marking the laying of the cornerstone near Pavilion VII that will include placing a new bicentennial marker there.

More information about these events and a full schedule can be found at

Are other bicentennial celebrations planned?

The University will continue to commemorate this unique moment in UVA’s history with other talks, exhibitions and events related to UVA’s past, present and future. These celebrations will span the University’s 11 schools and departments and will continue through 2019, which marks the 200th anniversary of UVA’s charter.

Updates about these events will be posted on

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August Edition of Robby’s Lobby for InRock Magazine is Up

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby! I’m here with my band, Goo Goo Dolls on a rare day off spent here in Virginia Beach, Virginia as we make our way through the US on the 2017 Long Way Home Summer Tour with opener Philip Phillips. We’ve been doing 5-6 shows a week to awesome crowds up and down the East Coast of America, we head west to play through Texas and then do the West Coast where we began this tour in Early July!

The GGDS shows have been in arenas, amphitheaters and dusty fields, but always fun and always exciting. John and I have been traveling around for the past 30 some years together, but with both of us having children on the road with us it’s been a much different experience than ever before. John’s daughter Lili is 9 months old and laughing and playing with everyone backstage, and my daughter Hana and my wife Miyoko have been out on the tour for the past 3 weeks traveling on the bus and living the life of a touring rock band. My daughter spent a month in Japan with our family before joining the tour so she was pretty jetlagged for most of the visit, but being on tour is a good place to be jetlagged as we have a tour bus with beds in it sitting right offstage at all times! She did manage to stay awake for a bunch of show, I’m always so glad when she gets to share this experience with us, and she seems to love it too! We have another 20 shows to go and then we move on to recording some new music and some spotty touring over the next year!

Our friends from Tokyo, Pinky Doodle Poodle, are continuing their tour around the US; they have been out for a few weeks including a few shows with Goo Goo Dolls in New York and New Jersey, as they are touring in support of their upcoming release “Poodle Boogie” on our Good Charamel Records label. PDP is now opening shows for a band from Nashville called The Winter Sounds that continues through mid September with a shoe at The Music is Art Festival in Buffalo.

The Music is Art Festival will see numerous artists from Japan joining us in Buffalo for my foundation’s 15th annual music/art/dance festival in my hometown of Buffalo. This year with 15 stages of featuring over 100 bands, dancers, DJs, performance artists, poets and visual artists of all kinds this year we have electronic dance artist Qrion from Hokkaido as well as another Good Charamel artist The Molice from Tokyo who will be here in the US through November doing a short tour in support of their new EP called Signs available this month world wide.

The MiA Festival, my studio, the record label, spreading Japanese music to the ears of people in the states, my daughter’s starting kindergarten, nightly rock shows …. This is my day, I try to get in a swim and such every once in a while and I couldn’t be happier… thanks so much for checking in on me as I continue the journey, it’s been a long time that we’ve been sharing a little time together and I’m glad we’re able to stay in touch here in the pages of the Mighty In Rock …..

All the best …… Peace,


by Sofia Bert

The famous 90s alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls performed at San Diego State’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater last Tuesday.

Among the crowd included many SDSU alumni who returned to campus to watch the band that got them through their college years.

The Goo Goo Dolls first gained popularity in the mid 1990s, and it was during this time that SDSU alumna Lisa Tideman began listening.

She said she has been a fan for more than 20 years and has seen the Goo Goo Dolls in concert three times prior to its Cal Coast performance.

“I’m just really excited to see the band again, I haven’t seen them in a while,” Tideman said.

The night began with American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips as the opening act. Phillips played some of his top hits including “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone.”

He also introduced the crowd to one of his newest songs, “Magnetic,” that was full of bluesy soul and had the audience singing the “na na na na na’s” along with him by the second chorus.

Around 9 p.m., the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage.

They opened with a song from their new album “You Should Be Happy” released in May.

While the band performed the song “Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy,” a light show of reds and whites flashed across the audience as the night kicked off.

By the second song almost everyone in the crowd was on their feet and off their cell phones—something that might have been attributed to the age of the crowd.

Lead singer and founding band member Johnny Rzeznik expressed a brief anecdote before performing their first hit song “Name.”

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 while on tour. With more than 10 albums and 20 years in the spotlight to prove it, the Goo Goo Dolls had a lot of songs to choose from.

SDSU alumna Debra Boehringer, who graduated in 1987 with a degree in graphic design, attended the show and said she has known most of the band’s songs since they were first released.

“When I started listening to their songs (in preparation for the concert) I kept going ‘oh I know that song, I know that song,’ ” Boehringer said.

The concert continued to have people dancing and singing along with the band throughout the night.

The show ended with a two-song encore, a blast of confetti and a standing ovation from the crowd.

“We have great seats, it’s a perfect night and a perfect venue,” Boehringer said. “All students are lucky to be going here.”

San Diego was just one of the band’s stops for their Long Way Home tour.

For more information on concerts at Cal Coast, visit their events calendar at .


By Mike Baltierra

The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band that formed in Buffalo, NY by vocalist / guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, and are currently accompanied by touring guitarist Brad Fernquist, keyboardist / guitarist Korel Tunador and drummer Craig Macintyre. The band is on the road for their Long Way Home Summer Tour. They performed to a near capacity crowd at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville as a part of the winery’s Summer Concert Series on a perfect late summer evening.

With a good mixture of their set coming from their latest release Boxes as well as Dizzy Up the Girl, the band also touched upon Gutterflower, Magnetic, A Boy Named Goo and Superstar Car Wash. The twenty plus song set list was great selection of classic hits, and the crowd, ranging from younger newer fans to older fans who have been following the band for decades, could not have been happier.

As the lights went down the band launched into “Tattered Edge/You Should be Happy,” which had members of the audience making their way as close to the stage as possible. Without missing a beat, the band jumped right into “Home,” followed by “Slide”. Rzeznik’s voice sounds incredible live. He also had an incredible stage presence, and interacted with the audience with every opportunity given. Rzeznik played acoustic guitar most of the evening as the band played a large selection of their hit singles. Takac was a ball of energy, running around and rocking on stage. He also provided lead vocals on a hand full of songs, giving the sound of those songs a more of a punkish feel. This allowed Rzeznik the opportunity to move about more freely and to work the crowd on each side of the stage.

It was pretty amazing how great the band sounds live. They sounded just as polished and precise as they do on their recordings. Throughout the evening, the band showered the audience with balloons, much to the delight of those in the crowd. The highlight of the evening came with the powerful and emotional performance of the Goo’s massive huge hit of the 90’s “Iris.” The crowd sang along very loudly with Rzeznik. The band finished their evening by performing “Boxes.”

Opening the evening was Phillip Phillips who recently released a new single, “Miles,” which follows his 2014 debut album Behind the Light. The former American Idol season eleven winner and his band performed many of popular hits such as “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.”

Goo Goo Dolls’ Set List
Tattered Edge / You Should be Happy
Big Machine
Over and Over
So Alive
Black Balloon
Free of Me
Here is Gone
Use Me
Come To Me
Already There
Bringing On the Light
Flat Top
Acoustic #3
Better Days
Long Way Home


Click link for a great photo set


By Ariel Lutnesky

The Goo Goo Dolls performed a concert at the Sandia Resort and Casino on Sunday, Sept. 10, and it was a wonderful time.

The show’s opener, Phillip Phillips, also had quite enjoyable music and high energy, and his band was certainly talented. His performance was not particularly notable other than that. Perhaps this is a good attribute for an opener, as it calls attention to Philips’s music but does not steal the show from the main band.

Still, the Goo Goo Dolls’ performance lived up to and went beyond all expectations for what a large, well-known rock band concert should be. It attended to almost all of the senses, with blinking, colorful lights, odd-smelling smoke and of course, music.

Being an older band, the audience included many older members with a few college-aged individuals scattered amongst them. Some audience members came because of their immense love of the Goo Goo Dolls, while others were there because of their love for concerts, like Cody Smith-Candelaria.

“I’m a concert junkie; I live and breathe live music,” Smith-Candelaria said. “There’s something about live music that makes me feel one with the universe. There’s that sensation when your heart beats with the drum, and everybody that’s there — it’s for the same reason — and everybody’s happy.”

The music selection was considerate of the audience, in that it included a mix of newer songs and old hits from the 1990s that the older members of the audience especially seemed to enjoy.

John Rzeznik, the lead singer and guitarist, and Robby Takac, the bassist, interacted a little bit with the audience, commenting on a couple signs and occasionally touching the hands of those near the edge of the stage.

“It was good crowd interaction,” Smith-Candelaria said. “It seemed like they were paying attention to their fans and really acknowledging that the crowd was there, not just in the center, but the sides too, and trying to keep everybody involved in the show.”

Takac especially made the concert good entertainment with his immense energy. The man tumbled around the stage in his rolled up jeans and bare feet and almost always had a mysterious grin on his face. He certainly looked as if he were having fun, and his energy was contagious.

“It’s been my first time (seeing) the Goo Goo Dolls, and it was just alive,” said Kathleen Rasmussen, another audience member.

Many square-shaped lights on the stage backdrop changed color themes for every song. For the most part, these lights were aesthetically pleasing and contributed much to the mood of each song; they blinked in oranges, reds and blues on the upbeat songs and transformed into more glowy, soft lights that resembled stars for the slower songs.

Strobe lights were sparsely used throughout the show. When used, the strobe lights were extremely bright and made it hard to look at the stage, let alone the band. Nonetheless, the strobes accompanied only the rockiest of songs and thus still agreeably promoted the songs’ moods.

As a group dedicated to entertaining music-loving fans, the Goo Goo Dolls met their goal, despite a lack of social messaging and political involvement, Alfred Candelaria, one of the concert-goers, said.

“They don’t do the whole politics thing,” he said. “This isn’t politics, this is a concert. It’s a tough time right now, people have their own opinions, their own views, their own ways, but when you’re a concert venue and you’re kicking back with your family and you want to relax, you don’t want any of that stuff.”

Ariel Lutnesky is a freelance reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at or on Twitter @ArielLutnesky.