John Rzeznik to Participate in National Concert Day Press in New York City~May 1st

Live Nation Announces National Concert Day With 1M Tickets for 20 Bucks

Americans take heed, Live Nation has declared May 1 (next Monday) to be National Concert Day, launching its Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion by putting one million summer tour tickets on sale for $20 a piece with no extra service charges — “that’s all-in, no additional fees,” company officials say.

The announcement will coincide with a concert at Irving Plaza in New York featuring Jason Aldean, Foreigner, The Roots, Daughtry, Prince Royce, and Nickelback and appearances from OneRepublic, Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty), Joan Jett, Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Mike Einziger and Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Straight No Chaser, Scott Bradlee (Postmodern Jukebox), Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham, The KIDZ Bop Kids, and more. The National Concert Day event will be hosted by NBC’s Lilliana Vazquez.

“Presented by State Farm and produced by Live Nation, National Concert Day is a time for artists and fans to unite around their love of live music,” a press release from the concert promotion giant reads. “With most tours and festivals already announced, it’s also a great time for fans to plan out their summer concert schedule throughout May, June, July and August.”

The “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” begins Tuesday, May 2 at 8am local time, and continues for one week through Tuesday,
May 9. AT&T is sponsoring presale ticket access beginning Monday, May 1 at 10am local time through the AT&T THANKS program. For complete presale details visit

Below is a list of artists included in Live Nation’s $20 “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion.” For a full list of artists, visit

Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell

Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Chris Brown

Dead & Company

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band

Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla

Deftones & Rise Against

Depeche Mode

Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull

Florida Georgia Line with Nelly and Chris Lane

Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience


Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Phillip Phillips

Hank Williams Jr and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Incubus with special guest Jimmy Eat World

Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Kane Brown

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ featuring Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour

John Mayer


Kings of Leon

Korn with Stone Sour

Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young

Lifehouse and Switchfoot

Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey

Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars

New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

Nickelback with special guest Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest

OneRepublic/The Honda Civic Tour featuring OneRepublic with special guests Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur

Prince Royce

Queen + Adam Lambert

Retra Futura

Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper

Sam Hunt with Maren Morris and Chris Janson

Straight No Chaser / Postmodern Jukebox

Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder

Sublime with Rome and The Offspring

Third Eye Blind with special guests Silversun Pickups

Train with special guests O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids & Joywave

Zac Brown Band

Record Store Day 2017 | Robby Takac | Goo Goo Dolls

By: Erin Macgregor

Goo Goo Dolls bassist and longtime BB player Robby Takac spills on which records have always stuck with him and dishes out some recommendations on this Record Store Day…

Robby! Tell us, what are your favorite albums of all time?

Todd Rundgren – A Wizard A True Star
The Rolling Stones – Through The Past Darkly
Bad Brains – I Against I
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Deep Purple – Made In Japan
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell / Sabatoge

Do you have a cool story about any of these albums that gives them a special meaning to you?

“Through The Past Darkly” was stuck in the cassette player of my Grandmother’s used car when I was a kid, it was the only thing we listened to when we drove, left an incredibly positive and undeniably indelible mark on me musically. In fact, these are all albums that have made it through my personal emotional strainer, they are still in rotation, and have never really left my world.

Could you tell us what goes into coming up with a special record day release?

In our case, this Record Store Day gave us an opportunity to revisit 6 of our early, some of them nearly forgotten, releases and put together a great box set called “Pickpockets, Petty Thieves and Tiny Victories”. It was designed by Brian Grunert who did the artwork for the Boxes album (2016). Some of these albums have never been released on vinyl, some haven’t been on vinyl in many years.

And lastly, have you got any recommendations that readers should add to their record wish list right now?

I’d say check out our new EP “You Should be Happy” which is due out in May!
Then if you still have a second, check out Pinky Doodle Poodle – “Get It On” (Tokyo, Japan), MOLICE – “5” (Tokyo, Japan), and the legendary Shonen Knife – “Adventure” (Osaka, Japan)!

#YamahaGuitars #RecordStoreDay2017

Record Store Day – Robby Takac

Goo Goo Dolls, Joan Jett, UB40 , and Daughtry Headline This Year’s Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival has announced its full 2017 season lineup coming to the outdoor amphitheater in scenic Jacksonville this summer — and it’s a doozy!

The 2017 season includes pop favorite Huey Lewis & The News, reggae favorite UB40, legendary rock band The Goo Goo Dolls, American Idol finalist Daughtry and Prince’s former band The Revolution.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg as Britt this year also features The Temptations & The Four Tops, The Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Band, Pink Martini, Rick Springfield, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and Stephen Stills & Judy Collins.

Britt’s Classical Music Season also takes place at the vast hillside estate of Gold Rush-area pioneer Peter Britt, where internationally-renowned artists perform every summer.

Tickets for the annual festival’s 2017 season are now on sale to Britt members and they go on sale May 12th to the general public. For more information, call (541)-773-6077 or visit

Goo Goo Dolls Headline This Year’s Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Fest Performances

Win a Meet & Greet to Shows on the Goo Goo Dolls’ Long Way Home Summer Tour from Absolute Goo!

Going to a show on the Goo Goo Dolls’ Long Way Home summer tour? We have your chance to win a Meet & Greet with the band! Absolute Goo will be giving away 5 Meet & Greets for every show on the summer tour. This does NOT include a ticket to the show, you must already have a ticket to enter. One entry per person, per show you are attending. The M & G is non-transferable and good for one person only, no guests. Good luck!  Click here to enter –> Meet & Greet the Goo Goo Dolls with Absolute Goo


By: Shawn S. Lealos

The Goo Goo Dolls started playing together 30 years ago and they are not finished yet. The band is out on tour starting this summer and have a new EP coming out called You Should Be Happy. The brand new Pavilion at Irving Music Factory sent out a tweet that said Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips will play in Dallas on Sept. 6.

You Should Be Happy is an EP that has six songs, mixed with new music, unreleased songs and at least one cover. This new tour is titled the Long Way Home Summer Tour.

The Dallas tour stop is at the brand new Pavilion at Irving Music Plaza, which opens this year as one of the biggest music venues in the DFW area. This is a new date that gives the Goo Goo Dolls 2017 tour two different Texas stops with a concert lined up for the night after Dallas in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Tickets for the Goo Goo Dolls Dallas concert are on sale here. Tickets for the concert at the Pavilion at Irving Music Factory on Sept. 6 run from $19 up to $375. Phillip Phillips will serve as the opening act for the concert.

Goo Goo Dolls Hitting Dallas for Brand New Summer Tour

Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls Serenades Pez®

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2017

Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls Serenades Pez®

It has long been known that Robby Takac of Buffalo, NY, one of the founding members of the Goo Goo Dolls is an avid collector of Pez dispensers. At one point, Takac announced proudly he owned over 2,000 dispensers and he needed to build a separate house to hold them.

Now his love for Pez is taking on a new twist with a song that will be released on the Goo Goo Dolls upcoming EP. The song, Watashi ​W​a ​Pettsu O ​A​ishi!!!!!! (I Love Pez), will be performed in Japanese at all shows during their upcoming tour.

“This just seemed like a natural progression in my career and once those creative juices start flowing you cannot stop them.” Takac stated. “This is truly a crowning moment in my career as a musician and song writer.”

Takac is also working on a video for the song. The ​treatment includes at least ​50 backup dancers dressed as Pez collectables. The video is scheduled for release in July.

Goo Goo Dolls Release 5 Vinyl Disc Box Set – ‘Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, & Tiny Victories (1987-1995)’

‘Pick Pockets, Petty Thieves, and Tiny Victories (1987-1995)’

Goo Goo Dolls will release a five vinyl disc box set for Record Store Day, April 22nd, featuring the first five studio albums, including their first album, ‘Goo Goo Dolls’, on vinyl for the first time since 1987. ‘Jed’ the first time ever on vinyl, ‘Hold Me Up’ first time on vinyl domestically, ‘Superstar Car Wash’ first time ever on vinyl, and ‘A Boy Named Goo.’ Limited Box Set of 1,000.

John Rzeznik will perform a special acoustic set for Record Store Day at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, CA.

For more information visit


Robby Takac’s Latest Blog for InRock; Goo Goo Dolls in Asia

Hey hey In rockers and welcome to The Lobby, I begin writing this month’s column for you today at 730am in a long, long line with an army of excited little kids at Kidzania in Tokyo. For those of you unfamiliar with Kidzania it’s an educational amusement park for kids here in Japan that lets young people try all sorts of occupations in a play setting while parents uncomfortably stand by and tap away on their smartphones… one of my daughters favorite things to do while we’re in Japan. Oh … I guess I should go back to the beginning of the month and explain how we ended up back here again for a visit this time around!

Goo Goo Dolls played a show during The Super Bowl (America’s National football league’s final championship game) in Houston Texas doing a set of “greatest hits” opening for Sting at a small 300 capacity club for a group of enthusiastic VIPs. It really was amazing seeing Sting playing with a small band, doing mostly Police songs actually, pretty inspiring to see him up there kicking so much ass at 65 years old.

After a few days home in Buffalo, I spent a few afternoons in my studio working on some demos for a new Goo Goo Dolls project that we’ll be announcing soon and then we headed off with the band to do a couple of shows in Asia for the first time ever!

We performed first in Manila, Philippines at a Araneta Arena, (where the infamous Thriller in Manila Muhammad Ali boxing match occurred back in the 70s). Aside from a fire in the dressing room before the show which was swiftly extinguished by the local fire department, the show went off like a dream. The Filipino people re so kind and genuine no they showed up ready to sing and celebrate our first ever visit to their country. We did a ton of press and met over 200 fans before we took the stage and had a great time together with the over 7000 fans that came out for the show.

After leaving Manila we made our way to Bangkok, Thailand, (another first for my band) for a show at The BCC in front of another enthusiastic crowd ready to hear our songs after a 30 year absence from their country. The morning of the show we got a huge surprise when our keyboard player Korel felt sick and was admitted to the hospital to have his appendix removed!

But, as they say, the show must go on, so we got him to the hospital, made a few quick changes to the set, threw together a quick rehearsal at the venue and had a great show in his absence. It was a pretty special show because of the situation at hand and a very unique moment for the fans in Bangkok and our band as well!

I got a chance to do a bit of sightseeing in Thailand

with our drummer Craig, visited the Golden Buddha and fulfilled my dream of having Thai Curry in Thailand! The rest of the band boarded a plane home and Korel is now safely back in the US (minus his appendix) …. and I made my way to Japan to meet my wife and daughter for a little vacation as well as some meet ups with a couple of the bands on our Good Charamel record label here in Tokyo!

Every visit to Japan is very special for us as we get to visit our family with Hana and catch up with our friends here again. But we also do our best to see some things we haven’t experienced in my 15 years of visiting, and this trip we had a great time visiting the hot springs at Ito (private of course due to an excessive amount of tattoos I’ve gotten over the years) and enjoyed a meal of Chunko at Chunko Kirishima in Ryogoku.

I also appeared on the What The Fun Radio show on InterFM radio in Tokyo with Good Charamel artists MOLICE for an interview with George Williams and Mike Rogers about working with Japanese artists at my studio in the US and working with bands from Japan on an international stage. We had a great time chatting and I was invited back when I make my next trip to Japan to continue our conversation!

And this trip ended with a very special visit to the National Museum of Art in Rippongi to see a life spanning exhibit from one of my favorite Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama. Her crazy world of color, shapes and emotions was an amazing way to close out this trip to Japan (and Hana loved it too!).

Ok … Narita tomorrow, dinner with our family tonight and it’s time to pick up some omiage for our friends back home!

Have a great month, and we’ll talk soon once the jet lag is gone and we’re back in full swing with Goo Goo Dolls as we gear up for another 60 shows across the USA and much more …. stay tuned!

Talk soon and Peace!