Written by Sam Lambeth

After initially entering the world of earnest acoustics sheepishly, Buffalo punk stalwarts Goo Goo Dolls embraced their sentimentalities with the globe-gobbling Dizzy Up the Girl. They may not have wanted the world to see them, but the latter was only too happy to listen. Sam Lambeth reinvestigates.

Aside from possessing a Scrabble-winning surname, Johnny Rzeznik didn’t feel he had much to contribute musically. After years of ploughing a punk-infused furrow with little success, the Goo Goo Dolls’ chief songwriter was struggling to find his own niche. Feeling lost, he absent-mindedly twiddled the tuning pegs of his acoustic guitar. The rest became history.

The band then made a name for themselves with, well, Name, a big-hearted ballad that belied their brand of Boston-style bullishness. A significant shed of their core fanbase followed, but Name finally gave the Goo Goo Dolls the recognition that had eluded them. When it came to sourcing a further smash, Rzeznik turned – or tuned – to his trusty acoustic once more. The resulting songs made up Dizzy Up the Girl, a global smash that saw the Goo Goo Dolls firmly cross the border from scrappy underdogs to post-grunge juggernauts.

Twenty years on, Dizzy Up the Girl’s big-hearted sentiments, widescreen longing and arms-aloft ascensions feel more than just the soundtrack to a million sad Scrubs scenes. Similar to his heroes Paul Westerberg and Bob Mould, Rzeznik proved he was just as handy playing haunting acoustic melodies as he was with more choppy fuzz. A prime example is the aching, string-drenched Black Balloon, a suitably soaring slice of lingering melancholia allegedly written about the deceased ex-wife of bassist Robby Takac. Buoyed by Rzeznik’s rasp and a sweeping finale, Black Balloon combines murky introspection with radio-friendly gloss.

If in the past Takac and Rzeznik were coy about their newfound acoustic adoration (Name, after all, was buried deep down in the tracklisting of 1995’s A Boy Named Goo), here they revelled in it. Slide, another radio rock staple, is introduced with an inimitable arpeggio and glides along gracefully. Another standout comes in the surprising form of Acoustic #3. At just under two minutes, its length and title make it deceptively throwaway, but its heart-warming tale of a girl’s lost dreams are more devastating with such subtle brevity.

In truth, the Goo Goo Dolls’ transition had been more granular than fans would admit – 1993’s Superstar Car Wash was the beginning of a smoother ride, while A Boy Named Goo possessed a sharper focus. However, bassist Takac stuck loyal to their tried and tested formula. On Dizzy Up the Girl, he contributes a series of solid, if inessential, slabs of breakneck fuzz. The standout, January Friend, rollicks along on shards of melody and a sun-tinged outro. It’s Rzeznik’s growth that gives the record its emotional heft, however, and even when he turns the distortion up – such as the throbbing floor-filler Dizzy and the ode to his hometown drunks, Broadway – there’s a newfound melodic muscularity.

Of course, Dizzy Up the Girl’s everlasting currency is down to the behemoth that is Iris. It eclipsed Name by some distance, taking the torch ballad motif and bathing it in an irresistible chorus and rich orchestration. Originally featured on the soundtrack to City of Angels, it’s a goosebump-inducing moment that may have lost some appeal due to constant airplay, but still packs a heavy punch.

Dizzy Up the Girl gave Goo Goo Dolls global recognition, but it wasn’t quite the end of their commercial heyday. If in the UK the band’s top 40 fame stalled with the release of Iris, around the world they’ve continued to produce a commendable set of hits, from the anthemic Here Is Gone and disco-tinged Big Machine to the wistful Rebel Beat and Stay With You. This year, the band will tour Dizzy Up the Girl in its entirety, announcing the release with a slightly bizarre but tongue-in-cheek film trailer. While Name gave them their big break, Iris has given them their staying power.

Goo Goo Dolls are on Facebook and Twitter. They tour the UK throughout July.


Heyheyhey and Welcome to The Lobby, Springtime is in the air here in Buffalo, NY …. well, little bursts of Springtime and then more snow and cold. Buffalo is a lot like Hokkaido, we’re very proud of our ability to deal with harsh weather, but right around the end of February we’ve all had just about enough! Luckily, my travels with Goo Goo Dolls get me to some warmer climates to thaw out a bit, and this month offered me a few great opportunities for some personal “climate change” and made things a little nicer in the last few weeks of another harsh Buffalo Winter.

The first gig we played was a private party in Minneapolis Minnesota, that certainly did not help with the cold (maybe made us a little colder), but it was a lot of fun and it’s always fascinating to be in a city when a humongous event like the SuperBowl is taking place. GGDS were also invited to play an amazing event in Miami, Florida through the NFL Football team The Miami Dolphins as they hosted a Running / Biking Marathon with thousands of attendees making their way through the streets of Miami to benefit Breast Cancer Research. The show was at Joe Robbie Stadium after the run where the Dolphins play and we were lucky enough to have the band Big Head Todd and The Monsters as openers for the day. 85 degrees Fahrenheit and Sunny in Miami …. thaw completed.

There’s an old saying in the US when you want someone to know you’ve experienced something before, it goes like this ….. “This aint my first rodeo you know ….”, well let me fill you in. A Rodeo for the uninformed is (for lack of a better explanation) a “Cowboy” show, livestock show, horse riding expo, roping competition accompanying a whole bunch of pageantry surrounding a week long series of events for the attendees including concerts! GGDS made our way down to San Antonio, Texas to perform at this event for a second time, as I mentioned, this was not our first rodeo! We played 9 years ago at the same event, in the round on a spinning stage in a basketball arena usually full of well dressed sports fans. That week it was full of cows, bulls, horses and some pretty brave Cowboys atop thousands and thousands of pounds of dirt brought in to cover the floor for this annual event. In no time at all once the Rodeo ended they wheeled out a huge circular stage and the show began, it really was a great time and after we got over the motion sickness of a spinning stage the night was amazing …. and it was still warm …. I was still thawed.

In other news, I’ve been practicing my Japanese Shamisen as I’m about to perform 2 shows with Tokyo’s DJ Sashimi at The Sakura Matsuri Festival in Brooklyn in April as well as the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival in May. It will be my first time playing Shamisen anywhere (aside from my living room and the safety of my recording studio), so I’m excited to be asked to be part of the event. Tokyo Rockers and Good Charamel labelmates The Molice will be returning to The US as well to play both of these festivals too as well as The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia to begin their 2018 US tour which begins in mid April. Both acts will have new music out soon, check our to hear them and some of the other great Japanese bands on the Good Charamel Records label!

Tonight I head out to do a DJ set at a club in Buffalo, NY I used to work at as a DJ sporadically all through the 90s, The bar is called The Pink Flamingo, just a simple, dirty little place to have a sandwich and a drink and listen to some great music. I’ll be joining the alumni DJs from the decades of personalities that shared music with the clientele over the years. But tonight, 20 years later I’ll be playing sonic jewels like The MC5, Flaming Groovies, Shonen Knife and The Bad Brains on a computer instead of turntables …. time moves forward and so must we !

Ok, That’s it for me this month, I’ll be in the studio most of March and also headed to Jakarta for our first appearance in Indonesia with Goo Goo Dolls for a headine slot at The Jakarta Jazz Fest and more…. busy, busy, busy and loving it ……stop by next month and I’ll fill you in on the rest !

All the best

Robby – Goo Goo Dolls Announce ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ 20th Anniversary Tour

By Morgan Enos

Buffalo veteran alt-rockers Goo Goo Dolls just announced a North American run of dates celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “career album,” Dizzy Up the Girl. The band will perform the album in its entirety every night, followed by a second set of further hits, deep cuts and, according to a press release, “surprises.”

Back in 1998, Dizzy was a commercial behemoth upon its release. The record was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA, largely due to its signature smash “Iris,” which rocketed to the top 10 the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. And coming off the heels of similar tour announcements from Counting Crows and Live and a triple-threat package from 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul and Soul Asylum, ‘90s kids are bound to have a banner year in 2018.

For more info on tickets and various package deals being offered, head over to Goo Goo Dolls’ website and check out the tour dates and a promotional video from the band below.


Sun., September 30 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Tues., October 2 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Wed., October 3 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Fri., October 5 — Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Sat., October 6 — Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
Sun., October 7 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Tues., October 9 — Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Wed., October 10 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Fri., October 12 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Sat., October 13 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Mon., October 15 — New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Tues., October 16 — Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Wed., October 17 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Fri., October 19 — Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sat., October 20 — Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sun., October 21 — Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex
Tues., October 23 — Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Wed., October 24 — Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Fri., October 26 — Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
Sat., October 27 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
Sun., October 28 — Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Tues., October 30 — Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
Thurs., November 1 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Sat., November 3 — Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theater
Thurs., November 8 — San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Fri., November 9 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sat., November 18 — Las Vegas, NV @The Joint

Goo Goo Dolls Announce ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ 20th Anniversary Tour

Gusto – Goo Goo Dolls return to Buffalo for two shows

By Toni Ruberto

It feels like yesterday, but it’s been 20 years since the Goo Goo Dolls released “Dizzy Up the Girl,” launching the band into world-wide renown with such hits as “Iris” and “Slide.”

In celebration of the disc’s 20th anniversary, the band is embarking on a special tour that brings it home for shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The band will perform the album in its entirety, followed by an additional set of music.

“I am incredibly excited to share this album in its entirety with our fans,” said singer John Rzeznik.

The band posted a video to social media announcing the tour, which can be seen here.

Tickets are $45 to $95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 13  through the Shea’s box office, and 800-745-3000. Fan Club and VIP Package pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. April 10. Special packages include meet-and greets-with the band, backstage tours and exclusive offerings. Visit

The Citi pre-sale also starts at 10 a.m. April 10 and continues to 10 p.m. April 12. For pre-sale details, visit

Goo Goo Dolls Return to Buffalo for Two Shows

Edmonton Journal – Soundtrack Music Festival features Goo Goo Dolls at Kinsmen Park

By Fish Griwkowsky

Pop the champagne — Edmonton has a new, nostalgia-driven music festival!

On Saturday, June 23, the decidedly ’90s-vibed Soundtrack Music Festival Vol. 1 will bring TLC, Goo Goo Dolls, Blind Melon, MA$E and Eve 6 to Kinsman Park. The one-day show will also feature Wannabe (A Spice Girls Tribute), Notorious YEG and former MuchMusic VJ Master T as the event’s MC.

TLC sold more than 65 million records worldwide on the back of such hits as Waterfalls and No Scrubs — you probably have your own Purple Onion dance floor favourite — while Goo Goo Dolls’ lighter-to-the-sky hit Iris has a nine-figure YouTube presence.

Gates will open at 1 p.m. on the day of the event, and all tickets are general admission, starting at $89 plus bonus charges, bumping up to $99 after the first wave of 2,000 tickets are sold. The total head count will be 7,500 party animals.

Stage facing east, the event will live on the field between the Walterdale and High Level bridges — don’t go chasing waterfalls, indeed — and will also have TBA art and performance aspects.

A fundraiser put on by Kinsmen Club of Edmonton — which also unleashed the excellent I Love The ’90s show last March — tickets go on sale online at 10 a.m. Friday.


Goo Goo Dolls Play Soundtrack Music Festival


By Dan Taylor

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, for the Johnson’s Beach Feel-Good Beach Party, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Guerneville venue June 9, and the annual Russian River Blues Festival on June 10, also at Johnson’s Beach.

The beach party will star the Goo Goo Dolls, who have scored 19 top-10 singles and 12 million album sales, and Jamaican music star Shaggy. Bay Area and Sonoma County acts, including the California Honeydrops, Royal Jelly Jive, David Luning and Kingsborough, also will perform.

The blues festival will feature the Robert Cray Band, the Taj Mahal Trio and Eric Burdon and The Animals.

Tickets cost $60-$125 for June 9, $60-$110 for June 10 and $100-$210 for two-day passes, and can be purchased at

The Russian River Jazz Festival, which has been paired with the blues festival on a single weekend in recent years, will be expanded to two days, Sept. 8-9, at Johnson’s Beach. Ticket information and the festival lineup will be released this summer.

Founded in 1918 by Frank and Gertie Johnson, Johnson’s Beach became a Russian River icon over the next 50 years, followed by 47 years under the management of the Harris family. In 2015, Dan Poirier and Nick Moore acquired the property.

You can reach staff writer Dan Taylor at 707-521-5243 or On Twitter at danarts.

Music News.Com – Goo Goo Dolls Confirm Summer European Tour

Goo Goo Dolls have confirmed a number of summer tour dates which includes 3 dates in the UK. Tickets.

UK dates are:
Tuesday, July 24 O2 Academy Bristol Bristol
Wednesday, July 25 O2 Ritz Manchester Manchester
Thursday, July 26 O2 Academy Brixton London

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Goo Goo Dolls – featuring singer/guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist/singer Robby Takac – have been on the road constantly since the release of their 11th studio album ‘Boxes’, which includes the hit “So Alive,”, and was lauded by the likes of People, Huffington Post, Metro who called the album a “step forward in the band’s extensive repertoire” and Classic Rock who judged it an “expertly judged slice of plaintive pop music”. The bands’ most recent release is the You Should Be Happy EP which includes the tracks ‘Use Me’ and the Alex Aldi mix of ‘Boxes’. Recorded at East West studios in LA it was produced by Drew Pearson (OneRepublic, Katy Perry).

The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music, selling more than 12 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy nominations), and recorded and released eleven studio albums. Rzeznik has also been honoured with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

The full European Tour is: 

20 July 2018 Mares Vivas Festival Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal
21 July 2018 La Riviera Madrid Spain
22 July 2018 Apolo Barcelona Spain
24 July 2018 O2 Academy Bristol Bristol UK
25 July 2018 Ritz Manchester UK
26 July 2018 Brixton London UK
28 July 2018 Suikerrock Festival Tienen Belgium
29 July 2018 Melkweg (The Max) Amsterdam The Netherlands
31 July 2018 Gruenspan Hamburg Germany
01 August 2018 Columbia Theatre Berlin Germany
02 August 2018 Pol’and’Rock Kostrzyn nad Orda Poland
04 August 2018 Summer Sound Festival Liepaja Latvia
07 August 2018 Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo Norway
08 August 2018 Grona Lund Stockholm Sweden
10 August 2018 Furuviksparken Gävle Sweden
12 August 2018 Lucerna Music Bar Prague Czech Republic
13 August 2018 Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary
14 August 2018 Arena Vienna Vienna Austria

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Goo Goo Dolls Confirm European Tour

The List – Goo Goo Dolls announce three UK shows for July 2018, get presale tickets

By Craig Angus

American pop rockers to play shows in Bristol, Manchester and London
Goo Goo Dolls have announced three UK shows for July 2018, with presale tickets on sale at 9am on Tue 27 Mar, and tickets on general sale at 9am on Thu 29 Mar.

The group, whose permanent members are John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, kick off the run of shows at Bristol’s O2 Academy on Tue 24 Jul. After that, the following night they head to Manchester’s O2 Ritz, finishing up in England with a show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Thu 26 Jul.

They’ve released 11 studio albums, the last of which was 2016’s Dive. The group’s best known songs, ‘Iris’, ‘Slide’, ‘Dizzy’ and ‘Black Balloon’ featured on the band’s 1998 album Dizzy Up The Girl.

Goo Goo Dolls UK tour dates 2018:
Tue 24 Jul – O2 Academy, Bristol
Wed 25 Jul – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Thu 26 Jul – O2 Academy Brixton, London

Presale tickets go on sale through O2 priority at 9am on Tue 27 Mar. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Thu 29 Mar.