95.5 PLJ – Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik On Writing New Music And Charity Show [Exclusive Video]

By Ralphie Aversa

In addition to a new live album that’s currently in production and slated for release later this year, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik revealed to me that the band is also currently writing new music.

“You got to keep it going,” he told me inside Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17. “You’ve got to move a lot quicker these days.”

In some sense, that’s why the Goo’s most recent body of original work was last year’s “You Should Be Happy,” an extended play rather than a full-length album.

“I had a couple new songs that I really liked, and we found some other stuff that we didn’t release and I was like, ’Well, let’s just put it out,’” he explained. “Then we went out and toured again and we had a great time.

“I’m still debating, ‘Do I do an EP? Do I do an album?’ What do you think?”

That wasn’t a rhetorical question by the way; my response somewhat echoed Rzeznik’s reasoning behind the EP, noting that amount of content and timing would ultimately be the factors. That certainly seems to have influenced the undertaking of the live album, a project that will eventually be served as a double-vinyl filled with various performances over “a couple-hundred shows.”

“It goes from places that are a thousand people up to like, 15,000 people,” he said. “It’s kind of interesting how the songs change around a little bit.”

Speaking of live performances, Rzeznik’s main reason for stopping by was to promote Friday night’s “Concert For Dreams” at Beacon Theatre, benefiting the Garden of Dreams Foundation. O.A.R. front man Marc Roberge, who received the charity’s 2018 Hero Award, personally asked him to participate.

“They’re like monsters; they’re crazy-talented musicians,” Rzeznik noted of O.A.R. “Yunno, (Goo Goo Dolls are) just a bunch of guys that learned how to play guitar in a garage.”

But hey, there’s something to be said for a couple of kids from Western New York with big dreams (ed note: I’m from Niagara Falls, New York so yes, I’m biased). And it’s pretty cool that four GRAMMY nominations and 12 million albums sold later, Rzeznik still values the importance of paying it forward.

“It’s a good thing; anything for kids is worth doing,” he said of working with Garden of Dreams, which helps kids throughout the tri-state area overcome obstacles.

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Democrat Herald – Goo Goo Dolls coming to Art & Air in Albany, OR on 8/25

Albany will welcome Goo Goo Dolls to its main stage for the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival, set for Aug. 24-26 at Timber-Linn Memorial Park.

With more than 12 million albums sold since 1986, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated alternative rock band is best known for top 10 hits such as “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name.”

“Iris,” originally written for the soundtrack of the 1998 film “City of Angels,” spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.

The three-day Northwest Art & Air Festival features the concert on Saturday, Aug. 25, along with other daily live entertainment. Hot air balloon launches, Young Eagles plane flights, a car show, food vendors and a variety of booths featuring works by local and regional artists are all a part of the weekend.

All events, including the concerts, are free to attend. Parking is $5 and donations are encouraged.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday to enter the amphitheater.

Goo Goo Dolls Coming to Art and Air


Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik stopped by our FOX News Radio studios to speak about the ‘Garden of Dreams’ concert that he is going to be apart of with special guests OAR.

FOX’s Tonya J. Powers speaks with Rzeznik about his baby girl, his influences, the advice he’d give to young bands coming up and what he is listening to these days.

Click the link to listen to the interview below:

Goo Goo Dolls To Play Summer Sound Festival in Latvia, 8/3 & 8/4!

Summer Sound Festival Announces the First Festival Artists

*Stage times to be announced*

On 3 and 4 August at Liepāja beach the eighth Summer Sound Festival will take place, at which Goo Goo Dolls, Alle Farben, Coasts, Musiqq, Aija Andrejeva, Labvēlīgais Tips, Dzelzs Vilks, Rīgas Modes, Singapūras Satīns and many others will perform.

In the festival this year the legendary American rock bank Goo Goo Dolls will perform their first concert in the Baltics, whose most popular hit Iris this year will mark its 20th anniversary since it was released. The line-up of the main artists is also supplemented by British rock band Coasts and one of the currently most popular German DJs in Europe – Alle Farben.   For the first time the representative of Latvia in Eurovision – American-Latvian Laura Rizzotto – will perform on the Summer Sound Festival stage.

Local and Baltic music fans will be delighted by a wide line-up of artists from Latvia and Lithuania. Among them, the band Musiqq favoured by many, the fascinating Aija Andrejeva, the always energetic Labvēlīgais Tips, as well as Dzelzs Vilks, Pienvedēja Piedzīvojumi, Rīgas Modes, Igo, Justs, Sudden Lights, Marta Ritova, Astra The 22’s, Riga Reggae, a musician living in Lithuania Andis Grīva with the band Andis Grīva ir WWMM and the Lithuanian bands – Garbanotas Bosistas, Colours of Bubbles and Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantys.

This year Summer Sound Festival will offer a vast line-up of hip-hop music – local rap culture band Singapūras Satīns and rappers Ansis, Edavārdi and Fakts.

As usual, during both nights the festival dance floor will be taken care off by DJ Toms Grēviņš and the dance stage will be supplemented by the promising DJ Markee, who has just signed a contract with the prestigious Sony Music.

The artist line-up will be further supplemented as the Festival approaches.

“It is exciting to see how our festival gets more popular among visitors every year, growing by its quality and also its volume. At the same time, we manage to retain its financial affordability and interest to wide audiences. This year we are also working hard to create the content and are planning to expand the festival both beyond its space and time, delighting the citizens of Liepāja and its guests not only from all over Latvia, but also from neighbouring countries,” Festival Director Uldis Pabērzis, about the plans for Summer Sound 2018.

In 2018 the eighth Summer Sound Festival will take place and it has certainly become one of the most important summer music events in the Baltics. Thousands of visitors prove it, because each year they travel to the wonderful Liepaja beach to enjoy two days of musical fun and relaxation right on the seaside. Every year the festival features more than 50 artists, providing a diverse entertainment and activity programme.

Summer Sound 2018 ticket prices:

Ticket prices till 25 March:

2-day ticket – € 29

2 day ticket with camping – € 36

Camping ticket – € 7

VIP ticket – € 90

VIP ticket + parking – € 105

Ticket prices from 26 March:

2-day ticket – € 37

2 day ticket with camping – € 44

Camping ticket – € 7

VIP ticket –  € 90

VIP ticket + parking – € 105

Summer Sound Festival is supported by Liepaja City, AS Aldaris invites you to enjoy, and it is recommended by the official radio station of the festival – Radio SWH.

Goo Goo Dolls Play Summer Sound Festival

Mondo Sonoro – Goo Goo Dolls will visit Barcelona and Madrid for the first time in July!

Internationally known for their hymn “Iris”, the Americans  Goo Goo Doll s  confirm their first concerts in their 30-year career in Madrid and Barcelona next July: on the  21st they will be in the La Riviera hall in Madrid and on the 22nd in the Apolo room in Barcelona.

In 1998, with the album “Dizzy Up The Girl” , they  were a world reference of American pop-rock; but after that they continued an extensive career where songs like “Slide”, “Black Balloon”, “Stay With You”, “Better Days” or “Before It Is Too Late” had considerable success. They have a whopping 14 numbers # 1 and its greatest success, “Iris”, with more than 10 million copies worldwide, remained for 17 consecutive weeks  at # 1 on the Billboard, a medium that has also been listed as the greatest single pop of the last 20 years. More than ten studio albums, the last titled ” Boxes “  published last year, make it clear that  Goo Goo Dolls  is still one of the liveliest American bands of the 90s.

John Rzeznik  and  Robby Takac , both founding members of the group, will visit Madrid and Barcelona for the first time, thirty years later but still in good shape. Tickets can be purchased from March 20 at 10 am on and .


By sjoertb

With the song ‘ Iris ‘ the American rock band Goo Goo Dolls from New York broke through the late nineties. The number is still high in several top 100 lists of that period.

On Sunday, July 29, the band will come to the Netherlands. The company will give a concert that day in Amsterdam in the pop venue Melkweg at the Leidseplein.

Tickets for the show have already gone into the presale. You can buy a ticket for € 34.05. Via this link you can order a ticket.



Translated to English from the original.

The appearance of the main line-up as well as the last performers in Java Jazz 2018 finally arrived. Goo Goo Dolls! Appearing in Hall D2 as a special show, Goo Goo Dolls gets rave reviews from the audience. Although the number of spectators is not crowded when Lauv appear, but the audience in this special show is quite excited, so did Goo Goo Dolls.

This is a historic show, the article after 30 years of more work, this is the first time Goo Goo Dolls perform in Indonesia. Although age is no longer young, but John Rzeznik and Robby Takac appear so energetic and sing loudly. Hardly anything changed.

After the sixth song, Robby picked up the mic and said: “We’ll be right back in 5 minutes!”, And at once he, John, and the rest of his band rushed backstage. For about 5 minutes, the stage was turned off, but the audience was entertained with some Goo Goo Dolls videos from Java Jazz. This incident quite worried, but it turns out John Rzeznik soon returned to the stage with his acoustic guitar.

He explained that there was a small problem behind (the stage), so he had to come up with an acoustic format while the people behind the stage overcame him first. But this did not dampen the spirit in hall D at that time, because with this acoustic format, John sang the song “Sympathy”.

In the next song, Smash, all the band members are ready again, even this time Robby takes over the vocals. The atmosphere on the Goo Goo Dolls show is very lively and warm, especially since the John & Robby duo are not rigid, while playing their guitar walks greet the audience on all sides of the stage.

Appearance of their show certainly when the legendary song “Iris” sung. There was a mass karaoke on this song, John seemed very satisfied with the reaction of the audience who seemed very excited to sing this song. After “Iris”, Goo Goo Dolls also say goodbye and back to backstage.

Almost the audience came home, there was still one encore song . Goo Goo Dolls returns to the stage and sings Give A Little Bit. A total of 20 songs performed by the band from New York – America is in the special show Java Jazz Festival 2018.

1. Over and Over
2. Big Machine
3. Slide
4. Rebel Beat
5. Here Is Gone
6. Black Balloon
7. Sympathy
8. Smash
9. Bringing on The Light
10. Naked
11. So Alive
12. Name
13 Come To Me
14. Already There
15. Free of Me
16. Stay With You
17. Better Days
18. Broadway
19. Iris
20. Give A Little Bit

Photo by: Budi Susanto

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March Edition of Robby’s Lobby!

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby … Happy New Year to you all! I’ve just returned from a nice little mini vacation with my family in Palm Springs California, which is like heaven when for 4 months a year you live in a frozen winter wonderland like Buffalo, NY. Making music with the band around the globe allows me a lot of changes in climate as I travel and this month took me to the warmth of Florida, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California for shows, recording sessions and rehearsals.

We survived the holidays with a ton of travel bringing our family to Tokyo for Christmas to spend the holidays with friends and family in Japan. I have been spending every other year in Japan for the Christmas break for many years now and have really grown to look forward to all of the familiar sights and sounds of the city. We took a trip to Kawasaki City’s Fujiko F. Fuji Art Museum to see an awe inspiring Doraemon exhibit by a number of acclaimed artists including Morakami, Nara and Sebastian Masada. I took a necessary trip to the farmers market at The United Nations University and bought a suitcase full of our favorite Japanese teas from our favorite tea farming family. We made our way around the city to visit some of my daughter’s favorite places, she’s 6 so every trip is a nice mix of kid’s fun and the general bustle of Tokyo during the Holidays. A few days before Christmas Day we made a nice little tree out of colored paper and you know that Santa found us, even in our hotel room he found us, Santa is an amazing man, and we love Christmas time in Japan.

Unfortunately my Japan trip was cut short and i left my family to further enjoy the stay, but it was for a pretty amazing reason as I made my way to Narita and flew back to New York City a couple of days after Christmas for a couple of Goo Goo Dolls shows. The first New Years Eve at The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan ringing in 2018 with a roomful of folks which is a truly amazing old school theater. The next morning we set out to Met Life Stadium in Queens to do a short set during the break of an NHL Hockey Game, oh, i should mention, the performance was outside on a 19 degree F (-7c) New Years Day. Yes you heard that right, so we bundled up and alongside Max Weinberg from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Ace Frehley of Kiss we braved the cold and performed for 40,000 fans and millions of hockey fans around the globe through their televisions and computers. I was pretty jet lagged through the whole thing, but had a great time and made it home to Buffalo to spend a little time recovering.

The next week we performed a couple of unusual shows, the first of which was on a huge Cruise Liner in Tampa, FL with rapper FLO-RIDA and the other on a golf course after a PGA tournament featuring some of the world most famous golfers in the awe inspiring Palm Springs, CA desert. I even got to bring my daughter Hana to celebrate her 6th Birthday swimming and exploring the desert as well as escaping the cold back home!

Between the shows GGDS have been working on combing through tracks for a new live album due out this year on Warner Brothers as well as doing some recording for future use. I have to say it feels great to be back in the studio making music after all of the touring we’ve done over the last couple of years. We’ve been working with the band in LA and I’ve also been spending a bunch of time in the studio here in Buffalo working on the live tracks as well as some other projects; including a new DJ Sashimi (Tokyo) offering for some US performances in 2018 and a new young band from my home town called Mom Said No.

Lots of exciting things coming up here in The Lobby over the next year; international touring for GGDS throughout the year, a crazy list of places, here’s a few, Indonesia, Portugal, Alaska, Sweden and many, many more …. see what i mean? …..and expect new releases from our Japanese acts on Good Charamel Records as well as numerous acts coming from Japan to the United States for touring as we continue to share some of our favorite Japanese music with the North American public.

Hope the new year has been great so far, I know there was just a pretty crazy snow storm in Tokyo, so let’s enjoy the snow for while while looking forward to the warmer temperatures of the spring and catching up with you next month in the pages of the mighty In Rock!!!!


New Contest! Win a ticket & VIP pass to the Goo Goo Dolls Busch Gardens Show on 3/18! Deadline 3/11 at 6 PM EST

We’ve got a super easy contest for you, so read on to see what you win and how to win it!
A VERY generous Goo Goo Dolls fan, Susan Alexander, has donated a ‘front’ VIP seating ticket to the 3/18 Goo Goo Dolls show at the Tampa Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival! It includes five food and wine items, plus a spot in the section closest to the stage! AND that’s not all – Susan has also included a day pass to get into the park! Thanks so much, Susan!
How do you win? Send an email to with ‘Busch Gardens Giveaway’ in the subject header. Just tell us you’d like the day pass plus the VIP ticket to the Goo Goo Dolls show and include your name. We’ll choose a winner randomly from all entries. This is for ONE park pass and ONE VIP ticket. You’ve got until 6 PM EST on Sunday, 3/11, to enter. Good luck!