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Informuji.cz – GOO GOO DOLLS WITH THEIR IRIS HIT THE LUCERNA MUSIC BAR

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While rock music still makes the most money, it’s no longer trending in popular music like in the 1990s. Of what bands such as U2 – who are dominating the ranks of gains – etc – are making nostalgia. Someone calls it nostalgia and somebody’s warming up yesterday’s dinner. Many Czech fans, Goo Goo Dolls, have so far only been able to win the dinner, as the American duo, for its thirty-two-year career, has performed historically for the first time on Sunday (August 12th).

It seems that Goo Goo Dolls has reached the top of their career a long time since receiving three Grammy Awards in 1999 for their Iris movie . It may sound like a generalization of the entire action, but in almost all cases on the Internet as the most outstanding attribute Goo Goo Dolls occurs mainly their “role” in the film City of Angels (City of Angels). The main dilemma before the concert was whether it really is a band with success based on one major hit.

Goo Goo Dolls burst onto the podium half an hour after the last tune of Czech rock hopper  Nano. Pair of Johnny Rzeznik (vocals, guitar) and Robby Tukac (vocals, bass) shared a podium with a three-person guideline (guitar, keyboards, drums). The modest podium supplemented the projected static Goo Goo Dolls logo , no unnecessary stitches. 

The set was stacked in a way that did not hurt – the pop songs alternated with the rockers. Casually dressed Rzeznik among the songs entertained the audience with funny notes and Tukac, besides accompanying his game with remarkable dance creations, Rzeznik had several times moved to the microphone. Of both the musicians , she played a clear joy of gambling , which was still dazzling when the club played their biggest hit with them.  Goo Goo Dolls, with their modest yet honest show, returned Lucerne to ninety ; but who was waiting for yesterday’s remnants, he got it pretty nicely. 

https://www.informuji.cz/clanky/5190-goo-goo-dolls-se-svym-hitem-iris-rozezpivali-lucerna-music-bar/

 

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We’re celebrating the kickoff of the #Dizzy20 tour in the best way possible – by giving out an incredible prize package to one lucky fan!  How would you like to win a PAIR of tickets to the opening night show on September 30 at the Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ?  How about we add a PAIR of Meet & Greets with the band?  If that’s not enough, we’ve got a Goo Goo Dolls tote bag stuffed with merchandise for the lucky winner!  Entries for this very special package are due on August 26 at noon ET.   You can submit your entry here.

 

LIVENEWS.SE: THE GOO GOO DOLLS ON GRONA LUND

Posted by Liselott Lindberg 

American The Goo Goo Dolls from Buffalo visited a sun-warmed Green Lund on Wednesday. 
The Goo Goo Dolls hit the songs “Name” and “Iris” in the early 90’s. In 2016, they released their latest full-length boxes. 
Luckily it became a little cloudy in the heat so it will be a perfect evening. On the spot there were about 5-6,000 people and we get the super hit “Slide” already as the second song. A bit into the concert, the audience starts to get started and it feels cool and fun. The bassist Robby Takacs takes over the tabloid of singer John Rzeznik and sings on some songs.
When we read the most songs and phones in the air, we get to “Iris” and finish they do with “Broadway”. 
Artist: Goo Goo Dolls 
Date: August 8, 2018 
Location: Gröna Lund 
Location: Stockholm 

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http://www.livenews.se/2018/08/the-goo-goo-dolls-pa-grona-lund /

ROBBY TAKAC’S AUGUST BLOG FOR INROCK!

Hey hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby, a chance for us to catch up, and this month I’m truly catching up as I just returned from a quick 6 days in Japan with my wife and daughter and a trip to Canada, now I am now sitting in my house after a whole lot of travel over the past few weeks. Lots and lots of flying and more to come as GGDS are about to embark on a European Tour, well, once we do a string of Canadian shows in the meantime. Keeping track? I’m finding it a little tough myself, but I’ll get into some more details in a bit.

Our trip to Japan was amazing as always, we go to visit the new Yayoi Kusama museum in Tokyo, there is nearly a 2 month wait for tickets so we were very glad when the available tickets coincided with our trip. We love Kusama and I’ve seen her shows on numerous continents, but there was something very special about being in her museum in Japan. Id you’re not familiar, she is a Japanese artist in her 80s who came up through he Avante Garde art scene in NYC in the 50s and 60s who continues to make her art in her very identifiable style. She claims that she is driven to do these paintings to control her hearing “voices” in her head, because of this dynamic there are now many, many of these large vibrant pieces shown around the world. The museum looked at her early career in the 1950s as well as her current work on canvas, sculptures as well as one of her infamous mirrored “infinity” rooms.

Also on this trip, I got to experience my first Obake Yashiki ghost house at Tokyo Dome City called “ONRYOU ZASHIKI” . The ghost house was designed by Gomi Hirofumi, who is responsible for some of the scariest attractions in Japan and he has been doing installations at Tokyo Dome City for over 20 years. My wife and 6-year-old daughter refused to go through the ghost house, so I had to make the decision between not seeing it at all and going through by myself! After some careful consideration I decided to go for it …

After taking off my shoes and being led into a dark hallway waiting for the first door to open I realized the Obake Yashiki was much different and much more suspenseful and scary than the “haunts” I grew up with as a child. All alone I carefully and cautiously made my way through the darkness and came out the other side a seemingly changed person! Wow, I realize now the Japanese designers take these things pretty seriously and I’m so glad I got to experience it, although maybe next time I would prefer not to do it alone.

We had many great meals as we do every visit, w, visited our favorite places to shop and explore and as always it was over way too fast as I had to leave our trip to Japan early as Miyoko and Hana stayed behind to spend some more time as I head to a rock show with TLC, Blind Melon, Eve 6 and a bunch of other bands in Edmonton. The event was called The Soundtrack Festival, it was the first year of the event and considering the event sold out of tickets I have a feeling they’ll be doing it again! We’ve 2 more shows in Canada and another in the US before we head to Europe, I’m glad I have a tour manager keeping track of this all …

GGDS have just finished up mixing a second live album to be released later this year on WB records, the first offering is called “The Audience is this Way” and will be out soon! We’ve headed back to Buffalo with the entire touring band to do some photos for our upcoming European Tour as well as this Fall’s “Dizzy Up The Girl” 20th Anniversary tour of the US. We’re shooting with a photographer named Mark Dellas who we have known since we were just starting out. He’s a super moody high fashion style photographer and we’ve never done a session with the entire touring group, so this should be fun and different for us!

So much going on right now that I haven’t even mentioned, here’s the short list, the MiA team in Buffalo are furiously gearing up for the annual Music is Art Festival in September. Good Charamel Records artists “The Molice” from Tokyo are still here based in Buffalo touring the US, Pinky Doodle Poodle also from Tokyo are also here based in Athens OH doing shows around the US as well. We’re about to make an announcement regarding another visit from Osaka’s Shonen Knife to the US this fall to promote their latest “ALIVE! In Osaka” CD/DVD set, which was released earlier this year.

OK, off to take care of some things at home and then back to making it all happen, as always thanks for checking in, we’ll be talking again soon here in the pages of the mighty InRock …

Peace!
Robby

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ALTCORNER.COM: GOO GOO DOLLS WITH THE XCERTS @ O2 ACADEMY, BRISTOL

By Brad Biddlecombe

When I was first getting into music my brother was a pivotal figure in dictating what route my musical journey undertook. One of the earliest crop of bands included everything from Incubus to System of a Down but, one band that really stood out were Goo Goo Dolls. Perhaps it was their name that first drew me in as a seven-year-old but the scratched Dizzy Up The Girl disc was one that didn’t leave my stereo for months and months. As I have grown up and Dizzy Up The Girl approaches its twenty fifth anniversary, the band have become a staple in my music pallet, being used as a comforter for several milestones and obstacles in my life, firmly placing themselves as one of my all time favourites.

When the opportunity arose to see them in Bristol with the very same person who first introduced me to them, I could not turn it down. Fresh off releasing 2017’s ‘You Should Be Happy’, the Bufallo rock band decided it was time to once again grace British shores with their presence. Joining them for the ride were Scottish sweethearts, The Xcerts.

Being a self-professed lover of all things by The Xcerts, it was a surprise to me upon entering the O2 Academy that they were in fact supporting. Needless to say, the Scottish rockers were at the peak of their powers, exercising the finest cuts from their latest release ‘Hold On To Your Heart’. The three-piece commanded a new crowd and lent on their sing-along anthems to entice the crowd to join in with lead singer, Murray’s Springsteen-esque performance. As the set reached its crescendo, the crowning moment came in the form of an acapella performed both by the band and the crowd in tandem to the words of The Xcerts’ very own rally cry ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’.

As the murmurs began amongst the crowd and the music quietened, an almighty bang unleashed from the stage and the instantly recognisable start of ‘Dizzy’ began as the Buffalo natives took to the stage. It was time for the Goo Goo Dolls! Drifting straight from ‘Dizzy’ to another classic from the same album, ‘Slide’ woke up any despondents within the crowd and the entire O2 Academy broke out into full delirium to the 90s hit.

Showing the depth of their discography, The Goo’s navigated their way through their extensive library showcasing not only something for everyone but just how consistent they have been throughout their thirty year career. Newer cuts such as ‘Rebel Beat’, ‘So Alive’ and the emotional encore of ‘Boxes’ show that Johnny Rzeznik and Bobby Takac have certainly not lost their enthusiasm or endearing knack to write tracks that are worthy of selling out Academy venues. A rare performance of fan favourite ‘Sympathy’ upon a crowd request was a complete an utter treat as the track is without doubt one of the band’s finest acoustic tearjerkers.

‘Name’ is without doubt one of my favourite songs of all time and seeing it live was a completely surreal and personally, it was a real emotional moment as the song’s meaning to me is one that is held very close to my heart. The setlist was sublime and much like the entire performance, you would not think this is a band with members who are into their fifties as there was no let-up in energy, quality of performance or willingness to perform tracks they have played for the last twenty something years. A lesson to all bands was clear, that writing songs that mean something to you is the key to longevity.

So that was that, Goo Goo Dolls in the flesh and showing why they are one of the most respected and adored bands to still be kicking it from their early 90s emergence. Of course, ‘Broadway’ and ‘Iris’ served as a perfect plateau for the end of the bands twenty song deep set, and the latter despite its ‘Wonderwall’ mantra of being one of the most played songs of the last two decades, still managed to enchant an entire audience and felt like an emotional rollercoaster throughout as the performance of the smash hit was nothing short of beautiful.

So well done Goo Goo Dolls, despite it being fifteen years in the waiting, you were everything I wanted and more in that performance and it was an experience that I for one, will never forget.

For now though, I won’t say anything at all so why don’t you slide?

http://altcorner.com/reviews/goo-goo-dolls-with-the-xcerts-o2-academy-bristol/

The Digital Fix – Goo Goo Dolls, Bristol O2 Academy

By Craig Huntley

For some bands the nostalgia circuit is where they make their bread and butter. Take for example, Limp Bizkit. They tour every year but haven’t released any new material in nearly a decade. They solely rely on the hits of old. New York’s Goo Goo Dolls have been around since the mid 80’s and had a massive crossover hit in the form of song ‘Iris’ from 1998 album Dizzy Up The Girl but have hits across nearly 30 years to cover a well presented set.

Before the band take to the stage we get Scottish band The Xcerts who released, quite frankly, one of this year’s best albums in the form of Hold On To Your Heart. The band rattle through a number of its including a brittle ‘Show Me Beautiful’. This band are going far and have the melodies to boot.

On a whistle-stop tour of the UK in this tours three dates, Goo Goo Dolls are here to celebrate 20 years of Dizzy Up The Girl. What’s immediately evident from the start as the band take to the stage, is that the band aren’t bored with their material from 20 years ago. Beginning with the one-two punch of ‘Dizzy’ and ‘Slide’ from the album the band are confident in their material. Bass player Robby Takac has a smile a mile wide as he gets centre stage on ‘January Friend’ as lead singer Johnny Rzeznik takes a well earned rest.

Not known for their overtly political stance Rzeznik has a chat with the crowd about Trump and apologises for him half way through their set. It’s an odd moment in an environment full of songs about hope and love but as the years go on, artists have a platform to view their concerns about the current president, whether you agree or not, but it is odd.

As the plucked strings of ‘Iris’ ring out over the O2 tonight, everybody from front to back, side to side and on the balconies is singing every last word back at the band. This is what most people are waiting for and the band deliver the song like the consummate professionals they are. Ending on newer song ‘Boxes’ and a cover of a Supertramp song ends the night on a high. A fantastic song from a band that have the craft of song writing perfected in a three minute US radio rock style.

Goo Goo Dolls, Bristol O2 Academy

 

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HAMBURGER MOPO: GOO GOO DOLLS IN THE GRUENSPAN SWEAT WITH BALLOONS IN THE STEAM BATH

By Janina Heinemann 

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The Goo Goo Dolls had their main time in the 90s and early 2000s – and so the crowd that sweats in the Gruenspan on Tuesday evening consists almost entirely of mid-thirties. Even though John Rzeznik (52) and Robby Takac (53) are getting old and looking a bit rocked with their full bodies and shaggy hair, they can still do one thing: to fuel their fans.
And so they fire for nearly two hours at a felt 50 degree hit after hit. The fans sing along loudly to every song, let black balloons dance on their hands and clap until the sweat flows. Rzeznik shouts and tilts a bottle of water over her head, splashing the rest into the audience. The club is like a steam room, so it’s a miracle that the musicians do not get their fingers off the strings. 
At the end of the evening, there is the giga hit “Iris” with a wonderful guitar solo by John Rzeznik, before everyone leaves the room soaked in wet, but satisfied. 

https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/ausgehen/musik—partys/goo-goo-dolls-im-gruenspan-mit-luftballons-im-dampfbad-schwitzen-31047986