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Goo Goo Dolls So Special Viewer at Java Jazz Festival 2018

Article translated from the original.

Cecylia Rura • January 18, 2018 

Jakarta: Java Jazz Festival (JJF) 2018 again present entertaining music lovers in the country. The annual music concert held on March 2, 3 and 4, 2018 at JIExpo Kemayoran Jakarta will feature three special shows from Lauv, Goo Goo Dolls and Daniel Caesar.

“Lauv Saturday, Daniel Caesar and Goo Goo Dolls on Sunday, so we are already ploting for their stage,” said Elfa Zulham from JJF 2018 Program Team in Kemang area, South Jakarta, Thursday (18/1/2018).

The selection of the three musicians as a special show one of them based on quality research and the number of fans. Last year, Java Jazz Festival was able to eliminate the special stage.

“Because of their fans, so much for Daniel Caesar’s Grammy nomination for R & B this year, so lucky we can get him, and Lauv itself if we research from YouTube actually there are many fans from Asia, Australia, and even America, “said Zulham.

Especially for special show stage, JJF provide special price. Tickets for Daniel Caesar who appeared on Saturday, March 3, 2018 charged Rp149 thousand. As for Lauv and Goo Goo Dolls that appear on Sunday, March 4, 2018 tickets priced Rp 199 thousand for each show.

The tickets are available for Rp 630 thousand for the price per day and Rp 1.465.000 for the three-day package. Special users of BNI credit and debit cards will get a special Promo Buy One Get Two.

Viewers can purchase tickets through the official website at

In addition to special performers, a number of local and international musicians will mingle to entertain the audience. Among them are Nonaria, Adhitya Sofyan, Teddy Adhitya, Yura Yunita, Andien, Dira Sugandhi, Avery * Sunshine, Matthew Whitaker, Big Band, and a host of other musicians.

At this year’s JJF, the composition of jazz will be merged with other types of music such as pop and R & B with a 60:40 ratio that is still dominated by jazz.


Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to back The Lobby this month! This weekend was Thanksgiving weekend here in the US, a time to give thanks for all of the people and things you are fortunate enough to have in your life. It’s also a day of feasting and drinking with roasted turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy shared around a table with loved ones and friends. It’s the start of a holiday season that extends through Christmas with many, many events and generation old traditions that make this time of year so magical.

One of these traditions during this time is The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, which happens every year on Thanksgiving morning drawing 2.5 million people into the streets of Manhattan as well as nearly 35 million from around the globe watching on television to see the parade wind it’s way through one of the busiest cities on earth. The parade is a long trail of marching bands, large inflated balloons of popular characters throughout the years and brightly decorated floats carrying actors, politicians, and dancers and yes, pops stars and musicians (that’s where we enter this story) through the skyscrapers and bustle of Manhattan.

Gwen Stefani, Wyclef Jean, Flo Rida, 98 Degrees, Patti Labelle and Smokey Robinson were among the artists riding the legendary themed parade floats, ours was a Hawaii themed float with John and I perched atop a confetti spewing Volcano complete w/ a waterfall cascading down from the top of the float and the rest of the band below us joined by little kids dressed as frogs while stilt walkers dressed as flowers greeted parade goers. Sit looked like some kind of surreal dream and believe me if felt like a surreal dream as well as we spent 1.5 hours waving to the millions of attendees and finishing the parade with a television broadcast of our single “So Alive”.
The parade fishes up with a visit from Santa Clause in his sleigh pulled by reindeers and the holiday season officially begins here in the US. Right after the parade my family met me at our car and we drove through the millions of people to the airport and made the 1-hour flight back home for Thanksgiving Dinner with our family in Buffalo, NY… what a great way to start the holidays ….

Goo Goo Dolls also did a gig at The Rock and Roll Marathon in Las Vegas this month, the first outdoor show since the craziness of the mass shootings that occurred there in October and under some pretty intense security conditions the gig went perfectly. It was great to see the people of Las Vegas standing strong together and enjoying the music in the night air despite the senseless tragedy that occurred there just a month before. Las Vegas is one of the most unique and extraordinary places in the country and it’s back on it’s feet and ready for action, still wild, but perhaps a little wiser.

Oh, here’s something pretty cool …. I may have mentioned my daughter attends a Japanese language school here in the US. Well, I have been recruited to be Santa Clause for the school’s pageant and have been invited to sing 2 Christmas songs with the kids ? IN JAPANESE!!!!!! So, we will be sharing a recording the songs with you the readers of In Rock for The Holiday season online, so stay tuned to for details on how to hear the songs and my attempt to be festive with Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Japanese! Have a great Holiday and I’ll be in Japan for Christmas this year visiting friends and Family, maybe we’ll see you in a Curry Shop or the train in Tokyo!

All The Best and Peace to You All!
Robby – Goo Goo Dolls hope Sabres sharp in Winter Classic

Buffalo-based band to perform at Citi Field, root for hometown team against Rangers

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer


One thing Grammy-nominated rock band The Goo Goo Dolls are used to is playing in front of packed arenas across the globe. Another is the cold.

They’ll be the featured act during the first intermission of the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), and the expected forecast of 20 degrees Fahrenheit will feel like a heat wave to the Buffalo natives.

“I was just up in Buffalo for the last 30 days and it was 7 degrees, 10 degrees, so I’m acclimated. I’m ready,” vocalist and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik told “It’ll be fine, it’s a short set.”

Formed by Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million records and produced 10 studio albums.

They’ve had 19 top-10 singles, including “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Dizzy,” “Name,” “Broadway” and “Iris,” which spent nearly 12 months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

They have performed at Madison Square Garden, home of the Rangers, and were the first concert at what is now KeyBank Center, home of the Sabres, when the arena opened in 1996.

“It’s such a cool event,” Rzeznik said of the Winter Classic. “A hockey game outside with a massive audience. Being in front of that many people on television, it’s exciting and has become a real tradition now, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, especially since the Sabres are there.

Growing up in Buffalo, Rzeznik said he and his family were big Sabres fans.

“I remember being a small kid and everyone watched hockey in my house,” he said. “My sisters loved [former Buffalo defenseman] Jim Schoenfeld. He put out an album called ‘Schony’ and it was unbelievably bad, but we had to listen to that record. And then when the ‘French Connection’ was playing (Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert), that was the classic era of the Sabres. We grew up with that and it became iconic in our minds.”

The band also created a video for the Sabres to use during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, set to their hit “Better Days.” Buffalo won the Presidents’ Trophy that season and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, where they lost to the Ottawa Senators in five games.

“Buffalo has been through a lot of ups and downs and is on a big upswing right now, but when Buffalo was down and out, the Sabres were the saving grace of the area,” Rzeznik said. “They were always exciting and it was always something that the people of Buffalo could relate to. It was something that really felt like it belonged to the city, even more than the Buffalo Bills, I think.

“Even more than football, I think hockey is really the heart of the city as far as sports and that goes.”

The Goo Goo Dolls put out the album “Boxes” last year and recorded an EP, “You Should Be Happy,” which came out in May. They spent the summer on tour.

“We had a few new songs and a bunch of new material we wanted to get out,” Rzeznik said. “We had just put the album out, and then we went on tour, but we had this extra material and right now, in this world, you have to keep putting stuff out, so we wrote some songs and put together that EP really quick. It turned out really good.

“I wanted it to be more rock and roll. I wanted to hear some loud guitars again. It’s been fun experimenting and pushing the boundaries of the sound of the band.”

For those wondering what the set list will be on Monday, you’ll have to tune in to find out.

“We’re sort of halfway there,” Rzeznik said. “We’re excited about it. You want to do the new songs, but we’re going to do a couple of classics and a couple of new songs. That’s kind of the right way to do it, I think.”

Goo Goo Dolls Rooting for Sabres at Winter Classic

Broadway World – Goo Goo Dolls Release ‘So Alive (Acoustic)’ Today

Today, multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls release their single, “So Alive (Acoustic)”. On Thursday, the band announced a special free download of the song for their fans ahead of the official release saying, “We’re so happy to have a little gift to give the people who keep the life in this band. Thank you for keeping us going. Hoping your holidays are amazing!”. The single is now available to purchase or stream on all digital retailers HERE.

About Goo Goo Dolls 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 11 studio albums, including 2016’s Boxes. Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award. – Goo Goo Dolls to rock Winter Classic between Sabres, Rangers

NEW YORK – Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® New Year’s Day outdoor game between the New York Rangers® and Buffalo Sabres® at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League announced today. The game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.

A portion of the first intermission presented by Ticketmaster featuring Goo Goo Dolls will be televised.
 Formed in Buffalo and longtime Sabres fans, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million albums since the band’s inception in 1986. The band has had an unprecedented string of 14 number one songs and top ten multi-format hit singles including “Name,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway,” “Here Is Gone,” “Big Machine,” “Sympathy,” “Stay With You,” “Let Love In,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Jim’s Theme” (Treasure Planet),” and “Better Days.” The single, “Iris,” spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the number one position for 17 consecutive weeks. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Iris” at number 39 on its list of 100 greatest pop songs.

The band has toured the globe countless times; performed in front of millions of fans; received numerous awards, including four Grammy Award nominations; recorded and released 10 studio albums, a compilation, a live DVD and two volumes of their greatest hits; and has appeared and performed on nearly every influential late-night talk show over the course of their career.

Additional performers for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced in the coming days.

A limited number of tickets are available to the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® via, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can purchase tickets safely and securely on Ticketmaster and the NHL Ticket Exchange.

The Rangers will face the Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Citi Field, continuing the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. This year’s edition marks the 10-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. Fans can join the conversation on social media by including the hashtag NHL #WinterClassic at @NHL, @NYRangers and @BuffaloSabres.

Gusto – Goo Goo Dolls to perform at Sabres vs. Rangers Winter Classic

By Jeff Miers 

Buffalo’s Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic New Year’s Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the NHL announced today.

The band will take the stage during the first intermission of the game, which will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 1.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Winter Classic, the historic, snowy battle between the Sabres and the Boston Bruins at what was then known as Ralph Wilson Stadium.

A limited number of tickets are available via

Win Goo Goo Dolls Merch from the Absolute Goo Secret Santa Contest!

Happy Holidays!
We are launching our 2017 Secret Santa Swag contest — where you can win a huge bag of Goo Goo Dolls swag!
The ‘secret’ part? All we are going to tell you is that ONE of the items in the bag is this fantastic new GGD Holiday ‘Ugly’ sweatshirt!

There will be five more items of Goo merch in Santa’s bag, but we’re keeping what they are secret!

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Enter only once! Multiple entries will all be discarded. You must be 16 and over to enter. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm EST on December 31, 2017.

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