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101.3 The Mix’s “Merry Mixmas” w/ Goo Goo Dolls at Fox PAC Riverside, CA Dec 10th!

JUST ANNOUNCED — 101.3 The Mix’s “Merry Mixmas” w/ Goo Goo Dolls at Fox PAC Dec 10th! Tickets on sale Friday at 10AM: http://cncrt.ly/ma7

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August Edition of Robby’s Lobby for InRock Magazine is Up

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby! I’m here with my band, Goo Goo Dolls on a rare day off spent here in Virginia Beach, Virginia as we make our way through the US on the 2017 Long Way Home Summer Tour with opener Philip Phillips. We’ve been doing 5-6 shows a week to awesome crowds up and down the East Coast of America, we head west to play through Texas and then do the West Coast where we began this tour in Early July!

The GGDS shows have been in arenas, amphitheaters and dusty fields, but always fun and always exciting. John and I have been traveling around for the past 30 some years together, but with both of us having children on the road with us it’s been a much different experience than ever before. John’s daughter Lili is 9 months old and laughing and playing with everyone backstage, and my daughter Hana and my wife Miyoko have been out on the tour for the past 3 weeks traveling on the bus and living the life of a touring rock band. My daughter spent a month in Japan with our family before joining the tour so she was pretty jetlagged for most of the visit, but being on tour is a good place to be jetlagged as we have a tour bus with beds in it sitting right offstage at all times! She did manage to stay awake for a bunch of show, I’m always so glad when she gets to share this experience with us, and she seems to love it too! We have another 20 shows to go and then we move on to recording some new music and some spotty touring over the next year!

Our friends from Tokyo, Pinky Doodle Poodle, are continuing their tour around the US; they have been out for a few weeks including a few shows with Goo Goo Dolls in New York and New Jersey, as they are touring in support of their upcoming release “Poodle Boogie” on our Good Charamel Records label. PDP is now opening shows for a band from Nashville called The Winter Sounds that continues through mid September with a shoe at The Music is Art Festival in Buffalo.

The Music is Art Festival will see numerous artists from Japan joining us in Buffalo for my foundation’s 15th annual music/art/dance festival in my hometown of Buffalo. This year with 15 stages of featuring over 100 bands, dancers, DJs, performance artists, poets and visual artists of all kinds this year we have electronic dance artist Qrion from Hokkaido as well as another Good Charamel artist The Molice from Tokyo who will be here in the US through November doing a short tour in support of their new EP called Signs available this month world wide.

The MiA Festival, my studio, the record label, spreading Japanese music to the ears of people in the states, my daughter’s starting kindergarten, nightly rock shows …. This is my day, I try to get in a swim and such every once in a while and I couldn’t be happier… thanks so much for checking in on me as I continue the journey, it’s been a long time that we’ve been sharing a little time together and I’m glad we’re able to stay in touch here in the pages of the Mighty In Rock …..

All the best …… Peace,
Robby

http://www.inrock.co.jp/inrock/new/robby.html

THE DAILY AZTEC – SDSU ALUMNI REMINISCE AT GOO GOO DOLLS CONCERT

by Sofia Bert

The famous 90s alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls performed at San Diego State’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater last Tuesday.

Among the crowd included many SDSU alumni who returned to campus to watch the band that got them through their college years.

The Goo Goo Dolls first gained popularity in the mid 1990s, and it was during this time that SDSU alumna Lisa Tideman began listening.

She said she has been a fan for more than 20 years and has seen the Goo Goo Dolls in concert three times prior to its Cal Coast performance.

“I’m just really excited to see the band again, I haven’t seen them in a while,” Tideman said.

The night began with American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips as the opening act. Phillips played some of his top hits including “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone.”

He also introduced the crowd to one of his newest songs, “Magnetic,” that was full of bluesy soul and had the audience singing the “na na na na na’s” along with him by the second chorus.

Around 9 p.m., the Goo Goo Dolls took the stage.

They opened with a song from their new album “You Should Be Happy” released in May.

While the band performed the song “Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy,” a light show of reds and whites flashed across the audience as the night kicked off.

By the second song almost everyone in the crowd was on their feet and off their cell phones—something that might have been attributed to the age of the crowd.

Lead singer and founding band member Johnny Rzeznik expressed a brief anecdote before performing their first hit song “Name.”

He said “Name” was the first song the band had ever heard of theirs on the radio.

He went on and talked about how he wanted the band to play a variety of their songs while on tour. With more than 10 albums and 20 years in the spotlight to prove it, the Goo Goo Dolls had a lot of songs to choose from.

SDSU alumna Debra Boehringer, who graduated in 1987 with a degree in graphic design, attended the show and said she has known most of the band’s songs since they were first released.

“When I started listening to their songs (in preparation for the concert) I kept going ‘oh I know that song, I know that song,’ ” Boehringer said.

The concert continued to have people dancing and singing along with the band throughout the night.

The show ended with a two-song encore, a blast of confetti and a standing ovation from the crowd.

“We have great seats, it’s a perfect night and a perfect venue,” Boehringer said. “All students are lucky to be going here.”

San Diego was just one of the band’s stops for their Long Way Home tour.

For more information on concerts at Cal Coast, visit their events calendar at www.as.sdsu.edu/calcoast .

Seattle Music Insider – ABSOLUTE GOO AT CHATEAU STE MICHELLE WINERY

By Mike Baltierra

The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band that formed in Buffalo, NY by vocalist / guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, and are currently accompanied by touring guitarist Brad Fernquist, keyboardist / guitarist Korel Tunador and drummer Craig Macintyre. The band is on the road for their Long Way Home Summer Tour. They performed to a near capacity crowd at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville as a part of the winery’s Summer Concert Series on a perfect late summer evening.

With a good mixture of their set coming from their latest release Boxes as well as Dizzy Up the Girl, the band also touched upon Gutterflower, Magnetic, A Boy Named Goo and Superstar Car Wash. The twenty plus song set list was great selection of classic hits, and the crowd, ranging from younger newer fans to older fans who have been following the band for decades, could not have been happier.

As the lights went down the band launched into “Tattered Edge/You Should be Happy,” which had members of the audience making their way as close to the stage as possible. Without missing a beat, the band jumped right into “Home,” followed by “Slide”. Rzeznik’s voice sounds incredible live. He also had an incredible stage presence, and interacted with the audience with every opportunity given. Rzeznik played acoustic guitar most of the evening as the band played a large selection of their hit singles. Takac was a ball of energy, running around and rocking on stage. He also provided lead vocals on a hand full of songs, giving the sound of those songs a more of a punkish feel. This allowed Rzeznik the opportunity to move about more freely and to work the crowd on each side of the stage.

It was pretty amazing how great the band sounds live. They sounded just as polished and precise as they do on their recordings. Throughout the evening, the band showered the audience with balloons, much to the delight of those in the crowd. The highlight of the evening came with the powerful and emotional performance of the Goo’s massive huge hit of the 90’s “Iris.” The crowd sang along very loudly with Rzeznik. The band finished their evening by performing “Boxes.”

Opening the evening was Phillip Phillips who recently released a new single, “Miles,” which follows his 2014 debut album Behind the Light. The former American Idol season eleven winner and his band performed many of popular hits such as “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.”

Goo Goo Dolls’ Set List
Tattered Edge / You Should be Happy
Home
Slide
Big Machine
Over and Over
So Alive
Black Balloon
Lucky
Free of Me
Here is Gone
Use Me
Come To Me
Name
Already There
Bringing On the Light
Flat Top
Acoustic #3
Better Days
Broadway
Long Way Home
Iris

Encore
Boxes

Click link for a great photo sethttps://seattlemusicinsider.com/2017/09/18/absolute-goo-at-chateau-ste-michelle-winery/

Daily Lobo – REVIEW: GOO GOO DOLLS GIVES STRONG PERFORMANCE

By Ariel Lutnesky

The Goo Goo Dolls performed a concert at the Sandia Resort and Casino on Sunday, Sept. 10, and it was a wonderful time.

The show’s opener, Phillip Phillips, also had quite enjoyable music and high energy, and his band was certainly talented. His performance was not particularly notable other than that. Perhaps this is a good attribute for an opener, as it calls attention to Philips’s music but does not steal the show from the main band.

Still, the Goo Goo Dolls’ performance lived up to and went beyond all expectations for what a large, well-known rock band concert should be. It attended to almost all of the senses, with blinking, colorful lights, odd-smelling smoke and of course, music.

Being an older band, the audience included many older members with a few college-aged individuals scattered amongst them. Some audience members came because of their immense love of the Goo Goo Dolls, while others were there because of their love for concerts, like Cody Smith-Candelaria.

“I’m a concert junkie; I live and breathe live music,” Smith-Candelaria said. “There’s something about live music that makes me feel one with the universe. There’s that sensation when your heart beats with the drum, and everybody that’s there — it’s for the same reason — and everybody’s happy.”

The music selection was considerate of the audience, in that it included a mix of newer songs and old hits from the 1990s that the older members of the audience especially seemed to enjoy.

John Rzeznik, the lead singer and guitarist, and Robby Takac, the bassist, interacted a little bit with the audience, commenting on a couple signs and occasionally touching the hands of those near the edge of the stage.

“It was good crowd interaction,” Smith-Candelaria said. “It seemed like they were paying attention to their fans and really acknowledging that the crowd was there, not just in the center, but the sides too, and trying to keep everybody involved in the show.”

Takac especially made the concert good entertainment with his immense energy. The man tumbled around the stage in his rolled up jeans and bare feet and almost always had a mysterious grin on his face. He certainly looked as if he were having fun, and his energy was contagious.

“It’s been my first time (seeing) the Goo Goo Dolls, and it was just alive,” said Kathleen Rasmussen, another audience member.

Many square-shaped lights on the stage backdrop changed color themes for every song. For the most part, these lights were aesthetically pleasing and contributed much to the mood of each song; they blinked in oranges, reds and blues on the upbeat songs and transformed into more glowy, soft lights that resembled stars for the slower songs.

Strobe lights were sparsely used throughout the show. When used, the strobe lights were extremely bright and made it hard to look at the stage, let alone the band. Nonetheless, the strobes accompanied only the rockiest of songs and thus still agreeably promoted the songs’ moods.

As a group dedicated to entertaining music-loving fans, the Goo Goo Dolls met their goal, despite a lack of social messaging and political involvement, Alfred Candelaria, one of the concert-goers, said.

“They don’t do the whole politics thing,” he said. “This isn’t politics, this is a concert. It’s a tough time right now, people have their own opinions, their own views, their own ways, but when you’re a concert venue and you’re kicking back with your family and you want to relax, you don’t want any of that stuff.”

Ariel Lutnesky is a freelance reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at culture@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @ArielLutnesky.

http://www.dailylobo.com/article/2017/09/goo-goo-dolls

Telegram – GOO GOO DOLLS TO HEADLINE ‘XLO’S ACOUSTIC XMAS’

By Craig S. Semon

WORCESTER — Multiplatinum hit-makers the Goo Goo Dolls are headlining this year’s “XLO’s Acoustic Xmas” at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mechanics Hall.

Touted by WXLO 104.5 FM execs as a “rare opportunity” to see the Goo Goo Dolls’ “up-close and personal” in an “intimate acoustic performance” at Mechanics Hall, other “special guests” (yet to be announced) will round out the “XLO’s Acoustic Xmas” bill.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at www.mechanicshall.org, the Mechanics Hall Box Office or charge by phone at (508) 752-0888. Tickets are $65, $55 and $45 (plus applicable service charges and facility fees).

Founded by singer, guitarist and chief songwriter John Rzeznik and bassist and singer Robby Takac in 1985 (with drummer Mike Malinin joining a decade later), the Goo Goo Dolls have 14 top 10 singles on various Billboard charts and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

This is pretty impressive for a band that started out in Buffalo’s music underground (opening for punk bands of the day that included SNFU, Dag Nasty, Gang Green and The Dead Milkmen) and not getting a taste of mainstream success until its fifth album, 1995′s multi-platinum “A Boy Named Goo,” broke with the single “Name.”

Not only does “Iris” (the band’s contribution to the “City of Angels” soundtrack) rank at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 of 1992-2012, the Goo Goo Dolls are the only act that has three songs on the coveted lists, with the other two being “Slide” and “Name,” ranking at No. 9 and 24, respectively.

“Iris” stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks and spent nearly 12 straight months on the charts. Not surprisingly, Rzeznik fondly refers to the band’s signature chart-topper as “a gift.” (From heaven? Perhaps.)

http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20170911/goo-dolls-to-headline-xlos-acoustic-xmas

I’m Music Magazine – Goo Goo Dolls ~ Red Hat Amphitheater ~ August 23, 2017 ~ Raleigh, North Carolina

By jpdeuce73

The Goo Goo Dolls made a stop in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 23 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in front of a huge crowd and a sky full of rain clouds. Fans experienced a few minutes of rain during opener Phillip Phillips’ opening song, but then Mother Nature changed her mind and kept everyone dry during the rest of the show.

This had to be the best show that I have ever seen from the Goo Goo Dolls and I have been to and covered many of them. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac were in great spirits the entire evening and very energetic. That especially held true for Robby who covered nearly every inch of the stage running back and forth bare footed! The guys took a few minutes between some of the songs to introduce them with a short story or to trade banter with the enthusiastic crowd. It’s a simple pleasure, but it never gets old seeing those balloons bouncing all around the audience during “Black Balloon.” Is it just me, but do these guys just seem to be getting better with age? The only other thing that many were left questioning was what was up with that hat that John keeps wearing?

Setlist: Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy, Home, Slide, Big Machine, Over and Over, So Alive, Black Balloon, Lucky Star, Free of Me, Here Is Gone, Use Me, Come to Me, Name, Already There, Bringing on the Light, Flat Top, Sympathy, Better Days, Broadway, (Encore) Iris, Boxes.

Click the link for a photo gallery of the show.

Goo Goo Dolls at Red Hat Amphitheater

 

WGRZ – Goo Goo Dolls Help Harvey Victims

Erica Brecher, WGRZ

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Since July, the Goo Goo Dolls have been on their “Long Way Home” summer tour, and Houston was one of the stops — until Hurricane Harvey caused uncertainty and eventually a canceled the Thursday night show.

But shortly after the cancellation, bassist and singer Robby Takac says Houston’s mayor had other ideas.

“He said, you know, we really need to get the city back in business again. Like, we need to get commerce going, we need to get people coming through, and we’d really love it if you guys could do your show,” Takac, who is already back in Buffalo, said on Friday.

The Goo’s said yes, and by working with the venue, they also hosted a food drive before the concert, where Takac and Johnny Rzeznik met with fans still recovering from Harvey.

“A lot of the people who were coming and donating food were people who were affected by it,” Takac said. “There were lines much longer for volunteers than there were for relief in some places, and that’s pretty great.”

Takac compared the willing volunteers in Texas to the neighborly support to Buffalo, where people help one another in big snow storms.

“When you’re buried under seven feet of snow, your neighbor comes over and helps you dig out of your driveway,” Takac said. That’s just the way it is…they have different circumstances down there, but eventually the better side of human nature takes over.”

After the food drive, the show went on. The Goo Goo Dolls invited 2,000 first responders to enjoy the show for free.

“Kind of put all that craziness outside of the walls that we were playing in for a few hours and have some fun,” he said.

Takac believes growing up in Buffalo has helped him keep his nose to the ground, and he’s thankful for the life he’s had here that has molded him into a person that cares about others.

Even after 30 years of superstar success, he says he and Rzeznik always remember what really matters.
“When you grow up somewhere, that’s what makes you who you are,” Takac said.

On top of all that, the band also donated a portion of the concert proceeds to relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Takac’s local initiative, Music is Art, happens this weekend for free at its new location, Riverworks. This is the 15th year of the art and music festival.

© 2017 WGRZ-TV

Click the link to watch an interview with Robby.

http://www.wgrz.com/life/goo-goo-dolls-help-harvey-victims/472580275

Albuquerque Journal – Ready to roll: Goo Goo Dolls head out on tour behind new 5-song EP

By Adrian Gomez / Journal Arts and Entertainment Editor

The majority of the kinks are out.

The light show is ready – and so is the music.

Robby Takac couldn’t be happier.

“I don’t know if anyone really notices those changes in our show,” he says with a laugh. “But once we get the live show set, we feel a lot better. We can then relax and put every effort into an amazing rock show.”

Takac is half of the Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls. Over the course of 30 years, Takac and John Reznik’s band has become one of the heavy hitters on mainstream radio.

With hits such as “Iris,” “Black Balloon,” “Slide,” “Long Way Down,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Here is Gone” and “Name,” the band has gone platinum numerous times.

After releasing “Boxes” in 2016, Takac says, the band wanted more music.

It was also the impetus behind the five-song EP “You Should Be Happy.”

“John started to kind of pull songs,” he says. “He was working on one song with a producer with ‘Boxes,’ and they sort of had a nugget of for an idea. We’ve been toying with the idea of doing EPs, but never done it with any significance. An EP is a good choice for this climate – to hit people with something quickly and keep the momentum going.”

Takac and Reznik wrote three new songs for the EP.

“Then one of the songs was a B-side that we only released in Japan,” he says. “Then there’s a remix of the title track. It’s a pretty cool interpretation.”

With the Goo Goo Dolls an established act, Takac says there are times that he and Reznik get to look back at their 30-year career.

In the beginning of the band, the pair didn’t know what to expect.

“We wanted to play rock music, get loaded and meet girls,” he says. “After five or six years, we started to take things seriously. In the 1990s, bands like us were getting signed, and it was just our time.”

And after nearly a dozen full-length albums, Takac doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to music.

“You know it’s crazy to be able to still be doing it,” he says. “One day you turn around and realize that you’re not a kid anymore. We kind of have been progressing since we were kids. It feels great to get out on stage and leave our heart on the stage.”

https://www.abqjournal.com/1059550/ready-to-roll-2.html

NBCSD Sounddiego – Goo Goo Dolls Give Back

By Matthew Burke

I recently asked a friend of mine what he knew about the Goo Goo Dolls.

“They’re hot!” he said. “They have that one song with Snoop Dogg.”

As he’d apparently confused them with the Pussycat Dolls, I started singing the chorus to the band’s huge 1998 hit “Iris” and he immediately knew who I was talking about.

Ahead of Goo Goo Dolls’ show at SDSU’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Sept. 12, I spoke with band frontman John Rzeznik over the phone. Currently nearing the end of a summer-long tour, he understandably sounded a bit tired — but remained upbeat and seemed excited for the last leg of the tour.

“It’s been a long summer,” he said, “but we have a great band and I think the shows are getting better and better. Once you hit that stage, that’s what it’s about.”

With 30 years of touring and recording under his belt, I asked if there was ever a point that the 51-year-old Rzeznik wanted to throw in the towel?

“There was a point early on, about eight years into my career, where we weren’t making any money and it felt like we were getting nowhere,” the singer/guitarist told me. “It wasn’t until we released our fourth album [‘Superstar Car Wash’] that we started making a lot of progress.”

Goo Goo Dolls are known for taking over pop-rock radio stations throughout the years, but they’re also known for their charitable endeavors that have benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Blessings in a Backpack, and USA Harvest (to name a few). So it’s no surprise that they’re turning their Sept. 7 show at Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion into a charity event.

“When [Hurricane Harvey] came along, they were saying, ‘The show in Houston is canceled,’ but then it was put back on and we turned it into a benefit concert — we had to help out the people, you know? It’s a free show for the first responders and 100 percent of merch sales goes toward the victims of Houston.”

After a long tour is over with, Rzeznik says he feels unemployed. What does a highly successful “unemployed” musician do with his off time?

“You know, I have two years of live recordings on a hard drive. I’m going to go through all the files and compile a live record, then I’ll get to writing some more music.”

Goo Goo Dolls headline SDSU’s Open Air Theatre on Sept. 12, with Phillip Phillips opening.

Goo Goo Dolls Give Back