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TBKMAGAZINE: GOO GOO DOLLS’ DUTG 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IS A GIFT

By “MADD” Manda Walsh

This year the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Dizzy Up the Girl with a 27-date tour to commemorate the occasion. The 4x platinum certified album, featuring five top-charting hits, which includes its massive City of Angels soundtrack single (“Iris”), was performed in its entirety for the first time since its debut in September of 1998, an experience that proved to be truly unforgettable for both fans and original members, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. Although prior to its kickoff the tour was described as a celebration of Dizzy Up the Girl, it was also more than implied that the second set of the show would feature a mix of the band’s various hits as well. However, as the tour kicked off in Arizona and Texas and the reviews started to roll in, it became clear based on the set lists shared from each city that the second set was in fact not what it was originally marketed as. After seeing the show for myself, it was quite obvious that this very special tour commemorating the acclaimed album was meant for genuine fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and not the casual listener whose only familiarity with them are their radio hits.

Fortunate enough to catch the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour when it came through Chicago on Friday, October 26th, I can tell you firsthand how memorable a night it was. Choosing The Chicago Theater as the backdrop to celebrate this particular stop on the tour couldn’t have been more fitting considering the venue’s history, not only as a landmark in the Windy City, but also a staple in the entertainment world. I imagine as an artist, having your name featured on the marquee outside a venue like The Chicago Theater is comparable to seeing your face on a billboard in Times Square – there’s an indescribable magic in that moment that signifies leaving one’s mark. And to say the Goo Goo Dolls have left their mark would most certainly be an understatement.

There’s something special about hearing an album live from beginning to end by a band whose music has not only spanned decades, but has also had a seriously significant impact on such an excessive number of people. There’s a level of comfort that’s similar to the comfort felt when reuniting with an old friend. You know there’s going to be anecdotes shared, but not so many that they get in the way of the songs themselves. This is exactly what it felt like walking into this tour. The anticipation and excitement in the air were undeniable as the sold-out crowd ranging from twenty something year olds to those in their mid to late forties shuffled into their seats after having bought their souvenir t-shirts and special edition vinyl of Dizzy Up the Girl to remember the special event.

With an oversize frame holding the Dizzy Up the Girl album artwork centered in the middle of the stage, as the house lights finally dimmed at 8:30pm and the stage lights illuminated the beautifully detailed theater, the audience very loudly welcomed the Goo Goo Dolls to Chicago as they kicked off the first of their two sets of the night. Beginning with “Dizzy,” and followed by two of the album’s biggest hits – “Slide” and “Broadway” – Rzeznik and Takac proceeded to take fans on a journey back in time when backpack purses were all the rage and you weren’t cool unless wore plaid. As promised, the Dolls played every song on Dizzy, including those featuring Takac on lead vocals. Fans watched with glee as black balloons were appropriately released in the air during one of many fan favorites, “Black Balloon,” and sang their loudest when it was time for “Iris.” Rzeznik and Takac’s performance was flawless, as they never skipped a beat.

Before we knew it, the 13-song set was over and the band was exiting the stage for what fans assumed would be a short intermission in between sets. Much to their surprise and pleasure, though, Rzeznik immediately returned with an acoustic guitar in hand for a solo performance of “Better Days” and “Sympathy.” The talented singer-songwriter took the time to explain before beginning “Better Days” that although the song started out as a holiday song, over time it developed a much deeper meaning. Filled with hope and words of encouragement about pushing through life’s toughest moments and remembering second chances exist for a reason, the emotionally charged song was even more haunting when stripped down to only Rezeznik’s vocals and the acoustic guitar.

As Takac and the rest of the band returned to the stage, they picked things up and took everyone back to the Dolls’ early days with “Falling Down,” “Lucky Star,” and “Stop the World,” from their 1993 album, Superstar Car Wash. This is where I noticed the two very different types of fans in attendance. While one of the guys in front of me had a look of confusion on his face as he subtlety tried to search the Goo Goo Dolls catalog on Spotify to try and figure out what songs they were now playing, the group of guys behind me happily sang along to most if not all of the second set which included (to the casual Dolls listener) less familiar songs, like “Notbroken,” “Another Second Time Around,” and “There You Are.” I realized then that as incredible as this 20th anniversary tour was, it was definitely meant for those who are actual, diehard fans of the band, as opposed to those who are just fans of their bigger, more well-known hits.

Rzeznik and Takac concluded the second half of the show with a one song encore that left everyone satisfied, but wishing their evening with one of their favorite bands could last longer. As the audience sang along to “Big Machine,” their applause and cheering booming, it was clear how undeniable the influence the Goo Goo Dolls has had on my generation (those born in the mid-80s but grew up in the 90s) is. Yes, it was Dizzy Up the Girl that launched them into mainstream success, but the veteran alt-rockers are also responsible for a hefty number of other majorly successful hits that music fans immediately know the moment they hear them. The outstanding catalog of albums this band has gifted us with is nothing short of impressive. And whether you live and breathe for the Goo Goo Dolls or you casually enjoy their radio songs, Rzeznik and Takac’s music legacy is firmly planted, and they are in no hurry to slow down any time soon.

Set List – Chicago Theater – 10/26

Set One:

Dizzy

Slide

Broadway

January Friend

Black Balloon

Bullet Proof

Amigone

All Eyes On Me

Full Forever

Acoustic #3

Iris

Extra Pale

Hatethisplace

Set Two:

Better Days

Sympathy

Falling Down

Lucky Star

Stop the World

Name

So Alive

Notbroken

Another Second Time Around

There You Are

Encore:

Big Machine
https://tbkmagazine.com/2018/12/goo-goo-dolls-dizzy-up-the-girl-20th-anniversary-tour-is-a-gift-for-diehard-fans/

THE AG SECRET SANTA CONTEST STARTS DECEMBER 4TH!

Who’s ready for a chance to win some Goo Goo Dolls swag during this Holiday Season? Read on…

Here’s the scoop: Starting tomorrow – WE are going to post a ‘Word of the Day’ and YOU are going to reply with the Goo Goo Dolls song line it belongs in. (Yes – there will probably be several answers, but that’s cool. Simply choose one.) Easy, right? In your reply, you MUST include these: #agsecretsanta, #googoodolls and #absolutegoopics

One winner daily, but not announced. This contest will go on for 12 days, and because it is a SECRET SANTA contest – we will ALSO need you to DM us with your shipping details, as Santa will secretly be putting the prizes in the mail! So whichever platform you reply on, DM us your mailing details there too.

Okay. Recap; We post a Word of the Day, You reply, include the hashtags, and make sure you DM your postal address. WHEN the winners receive their holiday treat – we hope they will let us all know! Won’t it be fun to look forward to a surprise from the mailman? We think so! Good luck to all!

HS INSIDER, LOS ANGELES TIMES – CONCERT REVIEW: GOO GOO DOLLS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF DUTG

By Ashley Ramynke

Radio station KROQ seemingly defined the alternative sound in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and boosted the careers of bands now prevalent in the modern alternative scene.

Alternative rock band the Goo Goo Dolls — formed in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik (lead vocals/guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals/bass guitar) — had their 1995 single “Name” off their fifth studio LP “A Boy Name Goo” broadcasted on the station’s airwaves, transcending them to mainstream success.

Three years following the release of “A Boy Named Goo,” the band released their sixth studio LP “Dizzy Up The Girl” in 1998. Singles from the LP “Iris” and “Slide” both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, and are some the band’s most commonly acclaimed work.

To mark the 20th anniversary of their seminal album, the band now composed of founding members John Rzeznik (lead vocals/guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals/bass guitar), and newer additions Brad Fernquist (guitar), Jim McGorman (keyboard), and Craig Macintyre (drums), toured 27 cities across the U.S. from late Sept. to early Nov.

On the second to last stop of tour, the Goo Goo Dolls played the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Nov. 9. Entering the stage fitted in variation of black, the band prepared their gear before the lights illuminated the stage and the backdrop of the album’s artwork hung in an eccentric gold frame.

The band’s performance morphed two setlist, the first being “Dizzy Up the Girl” in its entirety, and the second as a compilation of “a bunch of old songs and stuff we don’t usually play,” Rzeznik said.

Taking brief moments between the lengthy setlist of 25 songs, Rzeznik with a sense of nostalgia, expressed gratitude to play a show in the town that gave the band their stardom over 20 years ago. Then proceeding to  chastising the crowd, saying how other artist say it is hard to play a show in Los Angeles because everyone is always on their phones. With a semi-valid point, not many attendees gazed at their phones, but instead phones could be constantly seen overhead in attempt to record the concert.

Continuing through the first set, vocalist, bassist, and fellow founding member Robby Takac had an undeniable smile of glee plastered on his face the whole set. The theme of awe for being able to draw such a large crowd 20 years after the album’s release was prevalent to both the founding members and the newer additions.

As the setlist dwindled to the final three songs, the crowd peaked in anticipation for “Iris.” The song is most commonly known as part of the soundtrack on the Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan film “City of Angels” released in 1998, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the year of the film’s release.

The crowd feeding off the band’s passion sang along as the song transitioned between cascading vocals and an intense instrumental ending.

To mark the conclusion of the first set, the band left the stage and the lights dimmed as a voicemail message echoed across the crowd. A group of stagehands then brought out a large rectangular object covered with a dark sheet. A mere moment later, Rzeznik entered the stage alone, joking about his hatred for being placed on hold.

“I wanted to do something special for you guys ‘cause this is L.A. and this is always a really cool place to do a show, and you’ve got to do something spectacular. So I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Why don’t we get a special celebrity guest to come play with us, right? How f**king awesome would that be?’ So then we got our phones out and we were looking through all our contacts, and like, I don’t have an famous friends … and times being what they are, and my lack of famous friends, everything that I have going on, I decided on an alternative that I hope you enjoy. And I would like to introduce to you to my friend … me,” said Rzeznik.

The sheet was then removed to show a video of Rzeznik on the large rectangular screen. Proceeding to play “Better Days,” “Can’t Let It Go,” and “Two Days in February,” bantering between himself and his digital version, he also transitioned to let his digital version sing or play guitar for him between songs before bringing out Takac to play alongside them for “Two Days in February.”

Replacing the digital Rzeznik with the rest of the band, they prepared their gear as the backdrop now void of the album’s original artwork was replaced with a large banner with the band’s logo. Then playing a mix of their hits over the decades to more obscure songs, they ended the set with the song “Big Machine” off their seventh studio LP “Gutterflower” released in 2002.

As the array of colorful stage lights ferociously cascaded over the stage and audience, the band throwing picks into the crowd exited the stage in the city that began their stardom over two decades ago.

https://highschool.latimes.com/santiago-canyon-college/concert-review-goo-goo-dolls-20th-anniversary-of-dizzy-up-the-girl/

Radio Facts – Al Gore 24 Hours of Reality Global Broadcast: Celebrities, Musicians – including the Goo Goo Dolls & Thought Leaders to Participate

By Michael Mitchell

On December 3-4, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s eighth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast — 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves — a 24-hour live event exploring how the climate crisis is threatening human health worldwide.
This year’s program will be carried by broadcast partners globally and streamed live online at 24HoursofReality.org.

Celebrities, musicians, elected officials, and thought leaders will join the broadcast to highlight the climate-health connection around the world, with features including:

Special appearances and exclusive performances: Sting & Shaggy; The Lumineers; 5 Seconds of Summer; Moby; Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; Portugal. The Man; Bob Weir and Wolf Bros; Robyn; Courtney Barnett; Arlissa; Kate Nash; Goo Goo Dolls; Clare Bowen; David Crosby; Nahko; Michael Franti; We Three; Marcin Patrzalek; Nyah Grace; Khalil Fong; LiCong; Raja Kumari; and Ben&Ben, including:
Exclusive world premieres of Portugal. The Man’s new single, “Easy Tiger,” and Kate Nash’s new single, “Trash.”

Celebrity appearances: Jaden Smith; Calum Worthy; Bill Nye; Téa Leoni; Jonathan Scott; Claire Danes; Mandy Patinkin; Thomas Middleditch; Van Ness Wu; Hans Zimmer; Cody Simpson; and more.

Elected officials and thought leaders: President Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland; President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of the Republic of Costa Rica; First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland; George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, British Columbia; Dr. Eckart Würzner, mayor of Heidelberg, Germany; Gina McCarthy, former US EPA administrator and director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Dr. Maria Neira, director, Department of Public Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization; Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, deputy director of climate and environment division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University; Catherine Flowers, rural development manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE), The Climate Reality Project Board Member; and more.

“Our health depends on the health of the planet,” said Al Gore. “The climate crisis is not an abstract issue; it has direct impacts on us and the people we love the most. I’m looking forward to exploring the climate and health connection on this year’s 24 Hours broadcast and to discussing how we can take bold and ambitious action to ensure that future generations can live long, healthy lives full of opportunity and promise.”

Produced by Peter Green, Danielle Addair, and Steve Addair of ShoulderHill Entertainment, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality will air live from Los Angeles beginning on Monday, December 3 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. The show will travel around the globe, highlighting unique regional health impacts and celebrating local, national, and international efforts to implement meaningful climate solutions. The program will also broadcast two hours live from locations in China and India.

24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves will be carried on television globally by broadcast partners in 125 plus countries, including ABS-CBN, Discovery Poland Group, France 24, KAN, NDTV, People°s Weather (DSTV), Phoenix TV, RTP, SBS Viceland, SKY Mexico, TLN, Yle and more. The full list of television broadcast partners will be available at 24HoursofReality.org. The show will also be available live via online streaming at 24HoursofReality.org, ifeng.com in China, and through a network of social distribution partners. Global transmission feed is being provided by Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalized network and leader in integrated satellite communications.

https://radiofacts.com/al-gore-24-hours-of-reality-global-broadcast-celebrities-musicians-thought-leaders-set-to-join/

GOO GOO DOLLS RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM “THE AUDIENCE IS THAT WAY (THE REST OF THE SHOW) VOL. 2”

Music News- Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls have released The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol. 2 via Warner Bros. Records, a brand new 10 track live album recorded across the band’s recent tours. The record marks the second volume of a two-part compilation series and was preceded by the companion live album The Audience is This Way , which arrived on July 21, 2018. Each release contains 10 different never-before-heard recordings of some of their most iconic hits. The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol. 2 arrives just in time for Black Friday and is also available on all digital streaming platforms and via the band’s website HERE . The band is currently in the studio working on their 12th studio album.

The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol.2 was recorded by John Schimke, and was produced and mixed by lead singer John Rzeznik, Chris Szczech and Brad Fernquist. Boasting transcendent songs such as “Black Balloon”, “Name” and “Here Is Gone”, the album visits territory from the band’s full discography and captures their dynamic live presence that continues to stun sold-out audiences worldwide.

Earlier this month, the band announced that they will be embarking on a massive 2019 summer co-headlining tour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling band Train. The tour will feature special guest Allen Stone and hit over 39 stops across North America, kicking off on June 7th, 2019 at White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA. View their full tour itinerary below.

Goo Goo Dolls recently wrapped a successful tour in celebration of the 20 th Anniversary of their acclaimed album, Dizzy Up the Girl. At each show, the band performed the record in it’s entirety along with an additional set of surprises and other hits from their repertoire.

The Audience is That Way (The Rest of the Show) Vol. 2 Tracklisting-

Side One:

  1. Stay With You (Live)
  2. Here Is Gone (Live)
  3. Naked (Live)
  4. Name (Live)
  5. Black Balloon (Live)

Side Two:

  1. Over And Over (Live)
  2. Bringing On The Light (Live)
  3. Come To Me (Live)
  4. Let Love In (Live)
  5. Boxes (Live)

 

Goo Goo Dolls 2019 TOUR ITINERARY*

June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort
June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion
June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion
July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion
August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

* Co-headline with Train

https://www.musicnewsnet.com/2018/11/music-news-multi-platinum-four-time-grammy-nominated-band-goo-goo-dollshave-releasedthe-audience-is-that-way-the-rest-of-t.html

LONG ISLAND WEEKLY: GOO GOO DOLLS JOURNEY FROM COLLEGE RADIO TO THE POP CHARTS

By Dave Gil de Rubio

It’s been 20 years since the release of Dizzy Up the Girl, the Goo Goo Dolls’ multi-platinum sixth studio album, that yielded five Top 10 singles and signaled the commercial arrival of this Western New York outfit. Arguably one of the most successful post-grunge bands to emerge out of the ’90s, the Goos did not arrive fully formed. The early days of the band found them tagged as Replacements Lite (that group’s Paul Westerberg cowrote the 1993 single “We Are the Normal” off that year’s Superstar Car Wash) and they were actually college radio staples up through the early 1990s.

While the band’s latest road stint found them helming the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour, founding member Robby Takac is quick to point out that his band hasn’t forgotten its hardscrabble roots.

“The tour has been going great and we’ve been going out doing our best to play everything that everybody wants to hear every night. That’s sort of been our goal for the past few decades. With this new format of this show—going out and playing this whole Dizzy Up the Girl record—we got five of our pretty big songs out of the way really early in the set, so it really structured a really different kind of experience for us,” he said. “We would sort of put things together and there were two ways to go. We could play Dizzy and then nail everybody with a mini-set of super-hits and say goodbye. Or, we could go the opposite way and go a little deeper, which is what we decided to do. So we were a little skeptical as to how that was going to work. First off, we made sure to keep it in a little bit smaller places than we normally play. But it’s turned out great. People have been into the whole idea and it’s been a pleasant surprise for us for sure.”

While the release of Dizzy turned the Goo Goo Dolls into household names, the skids were greased by the release of “Iris,” a chart-topping power ballad released on the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. For Takac, he knew big changes were on the horizon for his group.

“We had already recorded ‘Iris’ and it was already sort of bubbling up as we were recording this album. I can remember sitting in the lounge of the studio and the Stanley Cup Finals were going on,” he recalled. “Somebody was skating around with a Stanley Cup over their head—I’m not a big sports fan, so I can’t really tell you who it was. But ‘Iris’ was playing on the background and as this was going on during the broadcast, I remember we were all looking at each other thinking how crazy that was. So we already knew that something was starting to happen a little bit. People were treating us differently.”

It was quite a change for the then-trio that got its start in Buffalo and took its name from an ad for a toy they saw in True Detective magazine. Too soft to be considered a hardcore punk band and too aggressive to be lumped into the alternative music camp, the threesome signed up with Metal Blade Records and worked hard on their craft, touring with everyone from Gang Green and Cannibal Corpse to cow-punk outfit The Gun Club. And while the band started out with the bass playing Takac as the lead singer, the vocal duties gradually shifted over to guitar player Johnny Rzeznik. It was all part of the learning curve and progression as a band that Takac acknowledges was needed.

“I just think [having John become the singer] was more of the journey of becoming a real band. We just had the unique or unfortunate opportunity of making that growth that most people do in private, on record. At the time, there was a scene that embraced what we were doing. I don’t know what kind of records we were trying to make back then. Even on our first record, I think we fancied ourselves a little bit more like The Cure than we really came off as. But it was what our tendencies took us to. But I think from that, John and I learned to stand in front of a room full of people in any situation and make this thing come down. I think that 10 or 12 years of knowledge contributed when it became crunch time and we really had to make it happen,” he said.

With 2019 looming, the Goo Goo Dolls are working on a follow-up to 2016’s Boxes and are set to make a major announcement for next summer. When asked about his band’s longevity, Takac pauses before acknowledging that the school of hard knocks he and Rzeznik attended helped forge their determination and hone their creative vision. “I think [our being an album band was] one of the things that sets us apart from a lot of the bands that were happening at that time. People sort of popped into that scene, when it became popular and I think we sort of rose into it as part of the journey here,” he said. “We love The Replacements, Bad Brains and The Clash and everybody that formed what we were doing early on. Especially John’s desire to move beyond what we were doing at the time, but at a reasonable pace, has led to this sort of growth over the past 30 years. And a lot of bands never get to realize that, so we’re pretty lucky in that way.”
https://longislandweekly.com/news/goo-goo-dolls-journey-from-college-radio-to-the-pop-charts/

‘ROCK THE HOUSE 2018’ AUCTION TO BENEFIT COMPASS HOUSE IS NOW LIVE!

Compass House is a shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Buffalo, NY. Your bid helps pay for food, shelter and counseling that are so urgently needed.

For the past 15 years AbsoluteGoo.com, with the generosity of the Goo Goo Dolls, Goo fans and other artists and businesses, has held an online auction to benefit the teens of Compass House. Through your winning bids over $150,000 has been raised to date! On behalf of Compass House, thank you!

100% of your winning bid goes directly to Compass House!

As always, huge thanks to the band for all the cool Goo Goo Dolls items they so willingly donate, and a BIG thank you to all you fans for supporting this cause. Every donation, great or small, helps disadvantaged youth that are going through rough, uncertain times. 

Head over, register, and BID! https://www.32auctions.com/rockthehouse18

LATEST EDITION OF ROBBYSLOBBY FOR INROCK MAG IS UP!

HEY HEY In Rockers and Welcome t the Lobby, coming to you again today from way up high in the sky as I make my way to Los Angeles for a second set of band rehearsals for our upcoming Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary US tour which starts on my birthday (Sept 30th) in Phoenix, AZ. But it has been a whirlwind of activity for the last month as my wife Miyoko makes her way around America with Osaka’s Shonen Knife tour managing and selling merch for 5 weeks. I have been between rehearsals in NY and LA and on a single Dad adventure with some help from my parents in back home who are kind enough to help out when I need to be away.

If the aforementioned set of circumstances didn’t make it chaotic enough, in the midst of all this on September 9th was the 16th Annual Music is Art Festival in Buffalo. For those of you who have been taking this literary journey with me here in the pages on In Rock may know of the festival, for those of you who don’t know it’s a music/art/dance festival, which I have put on with a group of dedicated volunteers, which grows a little bigger and more exciting every year. This year we had 20 stages of music of all types including Jazz, Country, Metal Alternative and EDM , multiple performance art areas, dozens of live artists, poets and dance groups who come together for this yearly celebration of talent in my hometown. I’ve been seeing some of the attendees since they were kids coming with their parents, I end up taking tons of pictures with the attendees and have been for 16 years, feels a little bit like families coming for their annual picture with Santa Claus at the mall! Now that the festival is over it’s time to get the planners together for a review of the event and gather our ideas for 2019’s celebration!

For the last decade we’ve been doing our best to share some Japanese culture with our city at The Music is Art Festival, this year was no exception! We featured the rock band Peelander Z from Japan, they bare currently living in Austin and their lead singer Peelander Yellow also painted a mural live for the attendees. Harumo Sato an artist from Sapporo also came to paint a live mural in her “pop” Japanese style along the river. The Buffalo Niagara Shibuki Taiko group performed as well on the festival main stage; Shibuki Taiko also performed a song with the rock band The Molice from Tokyo who have been doing an artistic residence in Buffalo since April. The Molice just released a new album called “GATE” on my record label, Good Charamel Records, two other bands from the label are now in the US touring as well, Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle and Osaka’s Shonen Knife as I mentioned earlier in the column!

I spent a weekend producing some music in the studio with one of my favorite new bands “Beach Slang” from Philadelphia working on a single with them alongside producer/engineer Jay Zubricky at my GCR Audio studios. We did a set of cover songs with vocalist/frontman James Alex and his crew, we look forward to that single being released soon!

Rehearsals have been going very well for the upcoming “DIZZY” tour, you see, we’ve never performed an entire album before, so this is a new experience for us. We have a pretty standard set of about 14 popular songs we like to perform every night full of “fan favorites” and it leaves little room to be play too may B-sides or deep cuts during the show, but as we are playing the full DIZZY album for the first half of the show this unique situation has allowed us to leave that usual format and go deep into the catalog. We’re spending our days re-visiting some songs we haven’t played in nearly 20 years so it’s really become a very special set of music for us. It’s going to be a great trip for us.

I think that’s it for today, we’ll be in the thick of it next time we talk, and I’ll be bringing Hana out on tour with us to do a little daddy/daughter time on the road, living large in our tour bus, hotels and theaters of the GGDS Fall Dizzy Adventure …. pretty cool kid ….. OK, I’ve gotta run, be cool, stay happy, enjoy the Fall and we’ll talk again soon!

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Robby

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Goo Goo Dolls get sentimental on ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ show at Palladium

Some albums can take you back to a very specific time and place in your life. For me, one of those albums is 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl from the Goo Goo Dolls. That album turned 20 years old this year. Naturally, when they announced a tour to celebrate it, I had to be there.

I remember going to the mall with my grandma and buying that CD when it came out. I had two older brothers, and my grandma’s house had only two TVs. So I basically never got to choose what to watch. Usually, in cases I didn’t wanna watch what my brothers picked, I would go to my room and listen to music. I must have listened to Dizzy Up the Girl at least 1,000 times in that bedroom.

It’s an album I hadn’t really revisited much in recent years. I haven’t really followed the Goo Goo Dolls much the last decade or so. The last album of theirs I really connected with was 2002’s Gutterflower. Find me a song that brings a smile to your face the way “Big Machine” does for me.

Showing up at the Hollywood Palladium, it was awesome to see it packed. It was definitely an older crowd, probably a mid-thirties average age. It was great to see the excitement on people’s faces. One guy in particular was wigging out over hearing “All Eyes On Me”. He said he had never seen the band play it in the half-dozen times or so he’d seen them.

When they took the stage to the guitar riff for the album-opening song “Dizzy”, the eight-year-old version of myself squealed with joy. A few of the people in music I was at the show with waited around for the hits “Black Balloon” and “Iris” — obviously, they overlooked how strong an album it is. “Slide” was a mega hit when it dropped as one of the singles. Its guitar melody is reminiscent of sentimental ’90s rock like Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra and the like — the kind of music that doesn’t get its just due on alt-rock radio these days. John Rzeznik and Co. sure know how to write a fucking hook.

Considering I hadn’t really listened to the album in years, I still knew all the words. The song “Broadway” was always a favorite. These guys might be 20 years older, but the band sounds as tight as they did in 1998. Rzeznik’s voice has held up wonderfully.

“Black Balloon” was a clear crowd favorite. It’s crazy to think this song about heroin was such a pop radio favorite but I realize this was around the time Third Eye Blind had songs about crystal meth in commercials for The Tigger Movie.

One thing to note about this 20th anniversary — only Rzeznik and bassist and fellow songwriter Robby Takac remain from the lineup that put out the record. The rest of this band at this point are just touring members. They were able to play the songs up to the expectations of the crowd. Takac sang lead vocals on four songs on Dizzy Up The Girl. I mostly skipped those songs when I listened to them as a kid, but they grew on me.

“All Eyes On Me” was a deep cut that didn’t get its due respect when the album dropped because it had so many successful singles. Rzeznik’s voice as he slides into the chorus is powerful.

As expected, “Iris” was a massive sing-along, with couples slow-dancing to the tune that shook Rzeznik out of a bad case of writer’s block. I remember it being on the City of Angels soundtrack (one of the greatest ’90s soundtracks ever), paving the way to Dizzy Up the Girl selling more than four million copies.

My favorite deep cut was always the album-closing “Hate This Place”. It has a brilliant chorus, with Rzeznik shouting “Hold on, dream away / You’re my sweet charade”. I used to play that song over and over again listening to it.

It was a whirlwind of emotions listening to that album play front-to-back. It helped me time travel to a simpler time, for sure. The band left the stage, and Rzeznik returned for a gimmicky set of three songs where he had a video screen of himself. The video screen version played “Better Days” on guitar with the real-life version singing vocals. Then the video version sang on “Can’t Let It Go”.

The rest of the band returned to the stage with “Name” being a highlight. That was the song that broke them big off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo (also what first made me aware of them). They closed with an encore of “Big Machine” — only fitting that they ended things with another massive singalong.

If you ever get a chance to see a band perform an album in its entirety that played a big part in your youth, do it. As was the case with the Goo Goo Dolls, most bands only take these kinds of victory laps if they’re going to put the effort into doing it right. I ended up walking out with a vinyl copy of the record — one of few albums I’ve bought at a show this year.

Words by Mark Ortega
Photos by Betsy Martinez

 

Goo Goo Dolls get sentimental on ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ show at Palladium