John Rzeznik will headline “From Classical to Rock” on April 28th!

John Rzeznik will headline “From Classical to Rock” on April 28th! Tickets are on sale NOW! A VIP option is available too, so head to the ticket site after getting details below.

“From Classical to Rock (FC2R) was founded by the famous Chinese violinist Yutong, Rock musician Marten Andersson (Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob) and acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp to help benefit music education. FC2R has joined forces with Orange County Music & Dance, the area’s first and only community performing arts school, to present a star-studded evening benefiting music education for Orange County communities.

Hosted by Randy Jackson and headlined by Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, the concert features original music scored by Nathan Wang, one of the biggest Hollywood composers, and more than 20 high profile musicians from classical music to Rock and Roll. It’s a magical performance of musical poetry, where platinum-selling rock musicians meet acclaimed classical music musicians and classically trained music students.

Want to meet some of the performers after the show? Purchase any $250 VIP ticket and receive free admission to after party.

Performers include:

Hosted by Randy Jackson – Producer, bassist, American Idol judge
John Rzeznik – lead singer, The Goo Goo Dolls
Alex Boye – Pop & YouTube Sensation
Lynn Harrell – Renowned Cellist
Miljenko Matijevic – Steelheart and The Doors
Roger Kalia – Assistant Conductor Pacific Symphony
Monte Pittmann – Madonna
Yutong – P.S., LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Chas West – Foreigner
Nathan T. Wang – International Music Composer
Stan Sharp – Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Marten Andersson – Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob
Cameron Wright – Pop Sensation
Chris Broderick – Ex-Megadeth
John Tu – Jazz band leader
Christopher Lennertz – Famous Music Composer
Emma Lee – Principal Cellist
Jane Lee – Accomplished Pianist
Stephen Chesney
Ben Zelico

For full bios of the performers, click here. For more information about OC Music & Dance, click here.

Return Policy:  All sales are final, no refunds no exchanges.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

From Classical to Rock


By Ian Charles

Over 4,000 attendees came together to sing, celebrate and punch cancer right in the face at the eighth annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge at Hard Rock Stadium.

Goo Goo Dolls and Big Head Todd and the Monsters perform. This remarkable event gave all of its proceeds to the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. To help raise money for this ongoing fight against cancer, they had five different bike routes including a 100 mile loop that ended in the stadium floor. As bicyclists came through, they were surrounded by cheering fans, family members and fellow contestants. Each rider received a commemorative Dolphins medal upon completion. Also, to raise money was a 5k run, a garage sale with Dolphins jerseys and admission to the event. To see and hear the stories of cancer survivors, who after surgeries and grueling recovery were now completing this 100 mile bike route with all smiles, stole your heart. There were many Miami Dolphins players in attendance too cheering them on like CB Bobby McCain, S T.J. McDonald, LB Raekwon McMillan, CB Tony Lippett, DE Andre Branch, WR Francis Owusu and RB Senorise Perry. Taking part in the festivities was legendary WR Mark Duper, team president Tom Garfinkel and owner Stephen Ross. The Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders were there too, along with the University of Miami Marching Band and football players. Together they created a celebratory partisan for the cancer survivors to walk through. The beautiful Miss Florida Sara Zeng was also there cheering them on.

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge was truly a great family event. One side of the stadium had the stage, the concert and was pretty packed, but the other side was filled with fun activities for the kids. There was games all themed with pink and cancer awareness, a huge inflatable slide and inflatable jumping apparatus, an animal tent where you could touch snakes, gators, Macaws and feed turtles. There was face painting and a number of booths giving away free samples of food and drinks like Fresh Meals.

This event also had a concert with two amazing bands. Opening up the day was the Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Lead singer and guitarist Todd Mohr tore it up in a blending of soul, blues and acoustic rock that only they could bring. This hybrid of sounds was really showcased on their track It’s All Right, which he also sampled Let’s Get It On into the song. Their biggest and best hit Bittersweet they played to a cheering and applauding crowd.

The front of the stage really started filling up as the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage. They went right into Tattered and played many hit songs like Slide, Black Balloon, Naked, So Alive, Something For the Rest of Us, while trading the vocals from front man John Rzeznik to bassist Robby Takac. Midway through their set John told us how blown away he was when he heard about the event’s cause. He asked the audience what they got as a reward and they said a medal and we get to see you. Humbly John responded, “Us, we’re not that good.” But, then the band went into one of their biggest hits, Name, which everyone sang together and they couldn’t argue if they were good or not.

This event, the Eighth Annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge was so much better than one could imagine and what it supported and continues to support in the fight for life itself. There isn’t a single person alive who hasn’t been affected by cancer or knows someone that has, but the wonderful people at Sylvester are making a difference and great strides for a cancer free future.

Concert with a Cause


Goo Goo Dolls on Large Stage 24. Przystanek Woodstock

 During the weekly program “Zaraz Jest Ciemno” we met another star who will perform during this year’s edition of Przystanek Woodstock. Jerzy Owsiak, President of the Board of the WOŚP Foundation, announced that the band that will play on the Big Stage on the first day of the festival will be the American alternative rock band Go Go Dolls. A line-up and all information about this year’s edition of the festival can be found on the official website Founded in 1986 in the United States, the band will play for the first time before the Polish audience.
The legendary band has achieved the status of one of the most respected and influential groups on the pop-rock market, selling over 12 million albums and releasing 11 studio albums. In May 2017, they released their first EP in their career and traveled across the United States during their summer tour.

Goo Goo Dolls are absolute leaders when it comes to radio charts – over the 31-year career in the music industry, they climbed to the top of the charts 14 times, thus establishing the best result in the history of the Hot AC format (Hot AC is the name of the radio a musical format that presents entertainment music from the 1990s, selected for specific criteria, and contemporary pieces). The most-known hit Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris”, remained on the hit list of the opinion-making magazine “Billboard” for a year, ranking first in the ranking for 17 consecutive weeks.

This hit, written for the soundtrack of the classic film “City of Angels” is one of the most recognizable musical works of the last decade of the twentieth century. The song achieved not only commercial success but also received critical acclaim: it was nominated for several Grammy Awards in 2008 – among others, it received a prestigious nomination for the recording of the year. The song is unique not only because of the popularity you enjoy. In 2012, the recording reached the platinum status, and was recognized as the best single from 1992 to 2012 by the Billboard magazine. Other songs of Goo Goo Dolls, which were on the list of the 100 best songs, were “Slide”, which ranked 9th and “Name”, which took 24th position.

The author of the text and the vocalist, Rzeznik, describes the inspiration for creating the text for “Iris” in the following way:

I was thinking about the situation where the protagonist is played by Nicolas Cage. This guy was ready to give up immortality just to be able to feel human emotions. And I thought to myself: wow! It must be wonderful, love someone so much that you can give up everything and give up everything to be together.

Musicians creating Goo Goo Dolls: Rzeznik and Takac are also known for their commitment to charity. Musicians promote the activity of banks food , encouraging their fans to bring products, engage in charity concerts for charities, fund scholarships for promising young musicians and pay generous sums for initiatives related to helping the needy.

Przystanek Woodstock is the largest music festival in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. Its next year’s edition will take place on 2-4 August 2018 in Kostrzyn nad Odrą (Lubuskie Voivodeship). On the 4 stages, dozens of performers from Poland and the world will be presented. As part of the Academy of Fine Arts, there will be meetings with eminent figures of the world of culture, politics andsport . Festival participants will also be able to take part in various forms of artistic workshops and engage in a number of social and civic initiatives. During the Przystanek Woodstock there will be many public benefit organizations and a whole range of educational and sporting projects will be implemented.

The organizer of the event is the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation, which in this way would like to thank the Polish youth for her involvement in the WOŚP winter finale. The concert is non-commercial, not premedified, and funds for its organization are provided by numerous sponsors. The festival can not be and is not financed from funds collected during the WOŚP Finale.

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The Tienen city festival Suikerrock has won the first top name for the edition of this year with the Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. Morissette is the headliner on the main stage on Saturday 28 July. The Goo Goo Dolls, known from the hit “Iris”, Stan Van Samang and Gers Pardoel will also make their appearance during the coming festival.

Alanis Morissette broke through worldwide in 1995 with her third album “Jagged Little Pill”, with a few hits like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “You Learn” and “Hand in My Pocket”. Afterwards, “Thank U” was also a hit. The Canadian has sold a sloppy 60 million records so far and has won 7 Grammy Awards.

Suikerrock takes place from 27 to 29 July. Get tickets here.

Goo Goo Dolls to Play Suikerrock Festival

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The Goo Goo Dolls Will Play the Alaska State Fair in August!

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 16th at 10 a.m. Fair admission additional. Convenience fees apply. Please note there is no seating at this concert.

2018 AT&T Concert Series
Goo Goo Dolls
Friday, August 24
ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre

Lawn Area $40 concert only
– $50 including Fair admission
Reserved Area $55 concert only
– $65 including Fair admission

**Tickets for ASF members available now!**

With more than 12 million albums sold since 1986, this multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band is one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music. “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris” are among the band’s impressive 14 Top 10 hits – more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. Adding to the accolades, “Iris” spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

The band has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, and received numerous awards, including four Grammy nominations. The band has 11 full-length studio albums to their name, including First Release, Jed, Hold Me Up, Superstar Car Wash, A Boy Named Goo, Dizzy Up the Girl, Gutterflower, Let Love In, Something for the Rest of Us, Magnetic, and Boxes. They released their first five-song EP, You Should Be Happy, in 2017.



Hey Hey In Rockers, and Welcome to the first edition of The Lobby for the new year 2018, The year of The Dog …. woof woof …..I’m here in my snowy home town of Buffalo, NY for a few days working with a young band called Mom Said No at my GCR Studios for an indie album due out in the new year. I’ve also been spending time in the studio as working over the past week working on tracks for a live release for Goo Goo Dolls expected out next year, it’s been a busy time for us lately despite being technically off of the road between album cycles.

We just finished up a couple of goo goo dolls show last weekend in fact, one of them in Worcester, Massachusetts at a historic old venue called Mechanics Hall for one of a few rare acoustic trio shows that Johnny and I have been doing lately. The acoustic trio shows are a more stripped down version of the band (we usually travel as a 5 piece w/ an extra guitar and a keyboardist), so we re-work the songs to be performed in a more intimate, but no less energetic manner. The venue is currently noted for being the room that world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma records all of his pieces in. The performance room is adorned with an enormous pipe organ, all sorts of historic oil paintings and ornate decorations that made it feel less like a rock concert and more like a classical music recital. But, that being said the sold out room was ready to have fun and quickly sprung to their feet to watch the trio make our way through 20 of our songs in a truly unique band performance in an equally unique venue.

We flew out to to the west coast of the US to do one more trio show in Riverside, CA and then I flew home to work on some music here in Buffalo and get ready for our upcoming holiday in Tokyo over Christmas. My wife Miyoko and I were discussing how we have spent nearly half of our holiday seasons in Japan since we were married and I really am starting to associate certain Christmas Holiday songs and traditions with being in Japan. I’m excited to spend this holiday visiting family and friends in Japan, my daughter Hana get to have multi continental Santa visits and multi continental grandparent celebrations over the next few weeks, i think it must be pretty fun for her to be able to experience the holidays in so many different ways. I’ll fill u in next month on our visit as always.

So this holiday also brings a pretty new experience for me as I get to be Santa Clause for my daughters Japanese language school here in Buffalo! This is a big responsibility for me, you see, the Japanese Moms at Nihongo Club (The name of the school) know I’m in a band so they not only asked me to dress like Santa and have the “Santa” task of distributing holiday presents to the kids, but they also asked me to lead them in a Christmas sing a long song while playing my guitar …. and I’m singing in JAPANESE!!!!! SO …. I will be singing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells in Japanese for the kindergarten and preschool classes and their parents. This should be a blast and I’m really looking forward to it, if you’re at all interested I’ll probably be posting the song on YouTube after the holidays…. stay tuned ….
Ok, that’s it for this month, We have a big year planned for Goo Goo Dolls with lots of overseas touring and recordings in the cards, more releases and touring with my friends from Japan and I look forward to bringing you all along with us through the pages of In Rock. May your New Year be prosperous and more importantly happy, thanks for stopping in to check in on us …
Talk soon …. peace

Inside the Magic – Goo Goo Dolls, TLC, and more announced to perform at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2018

by Cristina Sanza

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival returns to Tampa Bay this spring with exciting new cuisine and beverages, and today the park revealed the event’s concert headliners.

On Saturdays and Sundays from March 3 – April 29, guests can sample foods from 13 culinary cabins, including dishes like mango shrimp ceviche and beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle. The Savory Tavern features bold new eats such as fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, while Artisan Eats offers the fan-favorite duck fat truffle fries. Pair the delectable dishes with 65+ wines, 50+ craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

In addition to the delicious food & wine offerings, the festival has a fun lineup of live entertainment. This year’s lineup includes the following:

Edwin McCain & Sister Hazel – March 3
Grupo Niche – March 4
The Fray – March 10
Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws – March 11
Olga Tanon – March 17
Goo Goo Dolls – March 18
Better Than Ezra & Tonic – March 24
Michael Bolton – March 25
Boyz II Men – March 31
Natalie Grant – April 1
Hank Williams, Jr. – April 7
TLC – April 8
Bret Michaels – April 14
TBD – April 15
The All-American Rejects – April 21
Cole Swindell – April 22
Flo Rida – April 28
Kaleo & Bleachers – April 29
Guests can choose from two VIP concert upgrades, which include priority seating and a 5-item sampler lanyard. Festival guests can also purchase 5-, 10-, and 12-item sample lanyards.

Inside the Magic


The band Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Gavin DeGraw will stage a benefit concert in Oswego July 14.

All proceeds from the show will support Cal’s Angels and its mission of granting wishes, raising awareness and funding research to help children fighting cancer, event organizers said.

The concert is set for Arranmore Farm & Polo Club at 34 Rance Road in Oswego. Doors will open for early entry at 5:30 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. for general admission. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $70 for general admission, with VIP tickets costing $200.

Fans can bring in their own alcohol to the show, which will feature open lawn seating. There will be food and drink available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, go to For more information, go to

New Episode of Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik’s “Chorus and Verse” ft. Jason Mraz Debuts on 2/5

Sirius XM just announced John’s newest “Chorus and Verse” episode! John interviews Jason Mraz in this new show which airs on 2/5 at 7pm ET.

Don’t have a Sirius XM subscription? No problem! You can download the app and stream it for FREE through 2/7!
(This offer is only open to residents in the US & Canada.)

Click to listen to a clip: “Chorus and Verse”


Cal’s Angels, a St. Charles-based pediatric cancer foundation, announced its summer benefit concert will be held July 14.

The event will feature Grammy-nominated alternative rock group Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Gavin DeGraw, a news release stated. The concert will take place at Arranmore Farm and Polo Club, 34 Rance Road, Oswego, a news release stated.

The event will benefit the charity’s mission to grant wishes, raise awareness and fund research for kids fighting cancer, the release stated.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for general admission with Gavin DeGraw taking the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Goo Goo Dolls at 9 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase; the cost is $70 for general admission and $200 for VIP, which includes early entry at 5:30 p.m., access to the front row VIP area, plus select food and beverage.

“All proceeds from this show will go toward helping children at local hospitals who are battling cancer,” Stacey Sutter, co-founder of Cal’s Angels, said in the release. “We’ve organized many benefit events in the Chicago area, but this is our first concert. We are excited for everyone to come together for a cause that’s close to the hearts of so many – I’ve seen firsthand how events like this can greatly impact these kids.”

Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and alcohol and kick back on the open lawn seating, the release stated. Outside food and beverages are welcome, or guests can enjoy a wide variety of food and beverage items for purchase.

Sponsors include Vein and Laser Center of Elgin and Haribo.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call 847-960-5317 or email