Caribbean Journal~Goo Goo Dolls to Highlight St. Kitts Music Festival

The Goo Goo Dolls will be performing at the 21st annual St. Kitts Music Festival this summer.

The festival, which will take place June 22-24, will see performers including Jah Cure, Mavado and Shabba Ranks, among others.

“We are very pleased to welcome The Goo Goo Dolls to St. Kitts,” said St. Kitts Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant. “Having such a popular musical group as part of this year’s roster is a testament to the mix of musical genres showcased by our event, which has become a successful platform for driving tourism to our shores during the start of what is typically our low season for visitor arrivals.”

The St. Kitts Music Festival has become one of the region’s more popular music festivals, having hosted artists from Lionel Richie to John Legend to Wyclef Jean in recent years.

— Caribbean Journal Staff

Pop Inquirer – A Goo Goo Dolls Kind of Valentine’s

The upcoming Random Minds production of Goo Goo Dolls: Live In Manila slated this February 11 at the Araneta Coliseum is definitely the one-of-a-kind Valentine event of the year as Filipino fans who have been waiting decades for the show to happen can count on experiencing the songs that have been soundtracks to both our heartaches, and vehicles to our heart-mending process through the years. In fact, it’s not surprising that a lot of relationships have been built on the masterful songwriting and music-crafting duo of vocalist/singer/songwriter John Rzeznik and bassist/longtime-collaborator Robby Takac.

Who could doubt or even deny the fact on-the-spot early hits like the painfully-shy “Name” (off the band’s 1995 major label debut A Boy Named Goo), the emotionally grandiose anthem of unrequited love “Iris” which originally appeared on the City of Angels Movie Soundtrack and was nominated for three Grammy Awards (for Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance and Song of The Year…), and features one of the most gut-wrenching lyrical lines ever written: “Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive…” and other tunes and tales of love-lost such as “Black Balloon” and “Slide” (off of 1998’s four-time platinum Dizzy Up The Girl) and the most recent lover’s hymn “Before It’s Too Late,” which was featured on the first blockbuster live action film The Transformers.

Audiences would be well to prepare to go on a rollercoaster ride of emotions during the show, as the band promises to make good on their first-ever Philippine performance. Aside from their biggest hits to date, the Goo Goo Dolls also plan to get up close and personal with songs from their most recent album from Warner Music, 2016’s Boxes, which finds them at their most introspective, personal and creatively-peaking best, as Rzeznik claims that the songs were born out of the group’s vision of audiences “claiming the songs as their own.”

Tickets to this rare Valentine treat from the Goo GooDolls are now available in all Ticketnet outlets with the following tiers: VIP – Php7,000, PATRON – Php6,000, LOWER BOX – Php5,000, UPPER BOX – P3,000 and General Admission seating at Php1,200. Interested parties can also call 911-5555. For more information check out and follow the Random Minds Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or type in #GooGooDollsMNL.

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A Goo Goo Dolls Kind of Valentine’s

WINN FM: Jah Cure, Mavado, Goo Goo Dolls for SK Music Festival 2017

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Kitts Music Festival Committee has announced the first wave of artistes for the 21st Anniversary of the three-day festival.

Artiste Selection Committee Chairman Jonel Powel, made the announcement Wednesday at the official launch of the 2017 Music Festival.

“The first artist to be announced, no stranger by any means to St Kitts, Jah Cure, second artist Mavado, the third artist during his heyday was arguably one of the most popular dancehall toasters in the world, Shabba Ranks, and finally this group was considered by Billboard to have the most influential pop song in the last 20 years, The Goo Goo Dolls.”

Powell also revealed some innovations being considered to make the opening night of the festival, dubbed Soca night, even more hyped and entertaining for patrons.

“We really want to put some energy into Thursday night, we will have regional and international acts coming in but we want to involve the local public more. Some of the things that we have been considering and plan to put out for you include bringing international deejays to participate with the atmosphere, we’ve actually had suggestions of having a foam pit in the Thursday night Music Festival. One of the new things we would like to present to you is a band clash between local bands which the participants will be selected by you the public. We hope to have your involvement through social media and other means to vote and determine which two local bands you want to see clash.”

The Committee said more acts and other details of the festival will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

The St. Kitts Music Festival will take place June 22 to 24 at the Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre.
Lineup and ticket details coming soon

WINN FM: Jah Cure, Mavado, Goo Goo Dolls for SK Music Festival 2017

St. Kitts Music Festival


Chicago, Dave Matthews and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the acts coming to the Daily’s Place Amphitheatre during its inaugural season.

Construction on the 5,500 seat amphitheater and 94,000 square foot covered flex field is phase two of the $90  million investment in EverBank Field.

Officials announced on Friday the lineup for upcoming performances at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater.

The first concert at the downtown Jacksonville venue will be held May 27.

For more information about shows and tickets, visit

Full list of performers:
Date                             Artist
May 27                         Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest TBA
May 28                         Train with O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield
May 30                         Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
June 11                        Third Eye Blind with the Silversun Pickups
July 1                            Chicago and The Doobie Brothers
July 13                          Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi
Aug. 3                           Foreigner with Cheap Trick & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Sept. 21                        Zac Brown Band
Date TBD                      Bryan Adams
Date TBD                     Goo Goo Dolls with special guest TBA
Date TBD                      311 with special guest TBA
Date TBD                      Kidz Bop

Daily’s Place is a partnership between the Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville.

Mark Lamping, president of Bold Events, the company paying for the acts, said building the event venue will secure the future of NFL football in Jacksonville.

“It’s also going to support us in our No. 1 goal and that’s to make sure that we have a stable NFL franchise here in Jacksonville forever,” Lamping said.

The city is hoping the amphitheater will bring more than music to downtown.

“We want to do as much as we can to have more people work downtown, to have more people visit down town, more people live downtown,” Lamping said.

With the variety of scheduled acts ranging from Kidz Bop to 311, the city said the venue won’t just bring business, it’ll create jobs.

In addition to Daily’s, Lamping introduced four new corporate sponsors on Friday.

All are headquartered in Jacksonville — FIS, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Swisher International have each signed on as Founding Partners.

Rimrock was also announced as the “Official Backstage Partner” of Daily’s Place.

Goo Goo Dolls Included in Daily’s Place Concert Lineup

BillboardPH Exclusive: Robby Takac and the Reinvention of the Goo Goo Dolls

“Change is the only constant” is the one cliché that actually holds true, and has even stood the test of time. There are only two ways that people adapt to change: you swim with the tide or you go against it. In most cases, going against the tide ends up swallowing you whole, leaving no room to backtrack and start over again.

For bassist Robby Takac, the motivation to make it work is pretty simple: “We (Takac and vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik) just managed to keep it together because we wanted to keep it together,” he says.

“We’ve had the luxury of being together for 30 years and putting out 11 going on 12 albums now. We get to see what our band ended up sounding like after 30 years; you don’t get that luxury.”

Change would be most evident in a band that’s been around as long as the Goo Goo Dolls have. Having been actively making music for the last 3 decades, one of the first things that would have a taste of this change would be their songwriting. From plucking chords out of thin air during rehearsals and coming up with 15 half-finished songs, the band has started taking a more subtle approach which began with 2010’s Something for the Rest of Us, and has been made more evident in 2016’s Boxes, their most recent offering. Takac narrates, “About three records ago, we started where we would do a few songs at a time, a couple songs at a time; one song at a time, and then collect all, and that would be a record.” He adds further that the change in the process was brought about by changes that were happening in the world, with technology allowing the components artists would make music from to change, as well, but still maintains the authenticity of it all. “It couldn’t be any more different but it’s still pretty genuine, I think,” he says.

As the songwriting methods of the band change, so did their sound; Takac himself acknowledges it, saying it was largely about feeling like they could move forward with each record and grow from the ones that came before. He did say, though, that one can only hear these changes when listeners make a jump in between albums. “From record to record, you don’t hear it so much, but if you skip a record? You’ll be like, ‘whoa! This is completely different!’” he emphasizes. He was quick to point out that listening through each of their records in chronological order – starting from 1987’s Goo Goo Dolls – would let one realize how much sense it makes that their current sound is completely different from how it was when they started. “Number one, I sang the entire record; John didn’t sing on that album,” Takac added.

So, what’s the secret to reinvention as far as the Goo Goo Dolls are concerned? “Number one, John and the band really strives to move forward and try to make it jump every single record,” he opines. “The other end of it is that your band has to stay together.”

The Goo Goo Dolls are set to perform at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 11, 2017. The event is presented by Random Minds.
Goo Goo Dolls live in Manila.

Soundcheckmnl: 10 Things To Know About Goo Goo Dolls Before Watching Their Concert On 2/11

For the first time in Manila, three days before Valentines’ Day, the band responsible for some of the most memorable movie theme songs in the world such as “Iris” from the movie City Of Angels and the song “Before Its Too Late,” used in the first Transformers movie, will fill the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with so much feels and even more amazing tunes. If you loved the 90s, and you loved rock music, and you cried when Meg Ryan died in City Of Angels, then this definitely will be a concert that you’ve got to attend. Its gonna be on February 11 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. But before you prepare your concert outfit and bust out your baby doll dresses, black chokers, and elephant pants, here are some fun facts and a quick refresher about the band.

1) Lets play a quick numbers game- 18 was the number of weeks the song “Iris” was number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay Charts. 12 is the number of months the song was on the Billboard charts, and 3 is the number of Grammy nominations the song received back in 1999.

2) Dizzy Up The Girl is the band’s most successful album, which was certified platinum three times, and sold more than 3 million copies. Aside from Iris, Dizzy Up The Girl featured the hit song “Slide,” which reached number one on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the Mainstream Top 40 chart back in 1999.

3) Goo Goo Dolls latest album is titled Magnetic. It’s their tenth studio album and was released in June 2013. The title of the album came from a dare from their manager who challenged vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik to think of a one word name for the album. John immediately thought of the word “Magnetic.”

4) The song “Name” was the band’s first ever hit. It did impressively on the US Modern Rock charts and the US Album Rock Chart, and the Billboard Hot 100 charts back in 1995.

5) The lyrics- “We’re grown up orphans who never knew their names,” in the song “Name,” talk about Rzeznick’s sisters who raised him when both his parents passed away when he was young. Some parts of the song “Name,” are also inspired by a sweet night Rzeznick had with former MTV Vj Kennedy.

6) The band named themselves “Goo Goo Dolls,” when the owner of a club they were supposed to perform in refused to post their original name, Sex Maggots, on a marquee.

The band saw the name “Goo Goo Dolls,” in an ad in True Detective Magazine, liked it, and decided to use it.

7) The band has had their fair share of humble beginnings- in an interview on the website Interaksyon, their bassist Robby Takac revealed that they didnt have a tour bus and would sleep on the floors of other people’s houses. The turning point of the band was when they recorded their fifth studio album “A Boy Named Goo,” which sold two million copies in America.

8) They know how to give back. The band Goo Goo Dolls has been involved in a lot of charities like USA Harvest which encourages the band’s fans to bring non-perishable food to their concerts. They’ve also been involved in the Food Bank of Western NY and Compass House, an organization which provides shelter to homeless and runaway youth.

9) Robbie Takac was a dj at a gay bar before he joined the band!

10) Stoked that they are finally performing in Manila? Better thank your friends and family in the US. In an interview with the website Interaksyon, Takac revealed that their Filipino fans in America would tell the band that they should perform in the Philippines and that they have a lot of fans here!

The concert is produced by Random Minds Incorporated. Grab your tickets at all Ticketnet outlets and on

Ticket prices are as follows:

VIP – P7,000
PATRON – P6,000
LOWER BOX – P5,000
UPPER BOX – P3,000
GEN AD – P1,200

The Philippine Star – What Goo Goo Dolls Want to Discover in Phl

By Ricky Lo


There’s something that John Rzeznik, frontman and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls, wants to find out when the band comes for its first concert in Manila on Feb. 11 at the Araneta Coliseum. Want to find out what it is? Read on.

The Goo Goo Dolls created some of most memorable musical moments of the ’90s with such chart-topping hits as Name, Slide and acoustic ballad Iris which spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay chart and remains one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music.

According to the production notes, having formed the Goo Goo Dolls in Buffalo, NY, in 1986, Rzeznik and Robby Takac spent their first decade traversing North America in a van and bringing their raucous brand of melodic punk rock to college kids and winning over small but enthusiastic crowds of fans. They released a series of albums before breaking through commercially with their fifth, 1995’s A Boy Named Goo (featuring Name), followed by 1998’s 4x-platinum Dizzy Up The Girl which produced five Top 10 singles and sold nearly six million copies worldwide.

The four-time Grammy Award-nominated band, which has sold more than 10 million albums, continued touring and released a string of Top 10 albums through the early 2000s: Gutterflower (2002), Let Love In (2006), Something for the Rest of Us (2010) and Magnetic (2013). Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

Their latest album is called Boxes, about which Rzeznik said in an interview, “I want people to listen to it hard. I want them to read the lyrics. I want them to be ecstatic, and then I want them to cry. I want them, at the end of it, to feel satisfied. I want them to take a little piece of it for themselves and own it. Make it theirs.”

Here’s more about Rzeznik in a phone interview with Funfare:

I’m wondering why you called yourselves Goo Goo Dolls.

“You know, it was one of the things that you do when you are 19 years old, hahahaha!!! Now it doesn’t really mean anything.”

You are celebrating your 30th anniversary this year. What comes to your mind when you look back?

“Yes, 30 years from the time we did our first record. Well, looking back, we’ve had the opportunity to do so many amazing things. We’re living pretty interesting lives, we are traveling the world, we are going everywhere…it has been pretty cool! I’m so lucky to have been able to do all of that.”

Any regrets?

“I shouldn’t have done those things. But it’s all over now.”

Did “those things” help you write better music?

“I’m gonna tell you this…In the beginning, I must admit that alcohol did help me a lot in overcoming my inhibition and shyness. But as time went on, the alcohol started to consume my creativity instead of making it better.”

Good thing that you have completely overcome your shyness.

“Yeah, hahahaha!!! And I have also overcome my drinking.”

So you are more open now?

“Yes, I am. Everything is past…except the music.”

How do you look at the next 30 years, considering the advances in technology?

“Performing with hologram in a three-dimensional world feels somewhat strange. But you know, the experience of playing live in a room full of people is most exciting, it’s something that the social media has not been able to recreate. There’s some kind of intensity about it, something that the social media doesn’t capture.”

It’s your first time to perform in the Philippines. What do you know about the country?

“Oh, interesting! What I’ve read about the Philippines is quite interesting…about the Spaniards coming in, followed by the Americans and then by the Japanese and then by the Americans again. How were the Filipinos able to deal with it? That’s what I am interested in finding out. Maybe I will get the answers when I go there.”

On that note, how was your early years like? What kind of family did you grow up in?

“I was brought up by four older sisters, so there’s trouble right there. We are Catholic, very religious, and that sort of colors my world and my music. I was dominated by my four sisters and I kind of feel like an outsider, like I was not like the rest of the people in the house. Yes, I love my family but it’s kind of strange when I look at it, that’s why Rob and I have kept the band for so long because we are like brothers…we are brothers? Neither of us has a real brother. Like me, Rob also grew up with sisters.”

Any other things that you have in common?

“We have brought a lot of influences into our music. We both like different kinds of music. We get along very well from the very start. We still have fun performing together. We look up to the same American bands such as the Rolling Stones.”

Have you tried digital platforms like the YouTube, iTunes, etc., to promote your music?

“Well, we try to go for it. Rob and I are lucky because we get the opportunity to play live, we are lucky to continue performing before a big audience. You know, it’s a bit harder to be successful now.”

Really, why?

“Because today, music is given away free.”

By the way, why did you call your latest album Boxes?

“Why? Because people keep themselves in boxes. Everything and everybody is classified, categorized and organized. There’s a box for everything!”

And do you really expect people to cry when they listen to Boxes?

“I didn’t know that, man! It’s a crazy world! It’s more fun to laugh but sometimes the music that I write seems to have that kind of effect on people even I don’t intend it that way.”

(Goo Goo Dolls Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum is produced by Random Minds, Inc., the same company that has brought over top-caliber acts such as the Jets, Wilson Phillips, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and many others. Ticket prices: VIP P7,000; Patron P6,000; Lower Box P5,000; Upper Box P3,000; and General Admission Seating P1,200. Call 911-5555.)

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What Goo Goo Dolls Want to Discover in Phl

Tampa Bay Times: Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE, Jason Isbell and more

Start planning your weekends to visit Busch Gardens this spring.


The Tampa theme park has unveiled the initial concert lineup for its annual Food and Wine Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 to April 30.

Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant, Jason Isbell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE and Newsboys are among some of the big names on the bill. They’ll be joined by Andy Grammer, Kool and the Gang, John Hiatt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, Walk Off the Earth, Matt Nathanson, Daya, El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more.

All concerts are free with park admission, and take place on Gwazi Field. Food samples are extra; items on the menu this year include duck tacos, gator bites, bacon mac and cheese, cabernet-filled chocolates and bananas foster panna cotta.

Don’t forget, too: For a limited time, if you buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card, you can get an Adventure Island pass for free. Click here for details on that deal.

Here’s the initial Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup:

March 4: Daughtry

March 5: Andy Grammer

March 11: Goo Goo Dolls

March 12: Kool and the Gang

March 18: Young the Giant

March 19: Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio

March 25: Craig Wayne Boyd and Adam Wakefield

March 26: El Gran Combo

April 1: DNCE

April 2: Walk Off the Earth

April 8: TBA

April 9: Daya and Matt Nathanson

April 15: TBA

April 16: Newsboys

April 22: Gilberto Santa Rosa

April 23: Lynyrds Skynyrd

April 29: TBA

April 30: TBA

Click here for all the details on the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.

— Jay Cridlin

Robbyslobby blog for InRock Magazine 2017 w/ Goo Goo Dolls ‘Boxes’ roundup

Hey hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby, written to you today from in front of my Christmas Tree in my living room here in Buffalo, NY. After pretty much non stop touring with Goo Goo Dolls since the release of our Boxes album in April of 2016, this week it all slowed down to mellow holiday pace, well until it gets crazy if course… as always all sorts of stuff going on here in Buffalo as well, I’ll fill you in…

Like I mentioned the 2016 Boxes tour concluded about a week ago with a taping of a TV show in Las Vegas that incorporated ice skaters and dancers with live bands performing as they performed. The show featured many Olympic skaters including 2014 US Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and was hosted by our friend Kristi Yamaguchi who hosted a similar show we performed on about 10 years ago. We got to be friends with the skaters and a few days later when the touring version of the show came through Buffalo they invited me to bring my family out to a show. I’ve included a pic with the show’s promoter, the hosts Kristi and Robert and the GGDS band.

So now, after over 125 performances this year, and with the 2016 tour firmly behind us we finally get to spend some time at home with our families and if all goes as planned my partner Johnny and his wife will have a new baby girl in their lives and he will be living the life of a Daddy for the first time as I did almost 5 short years ago. It makes it a lot harder to go away when once you’ve got a little girl waiting for you at home, and I think my partner is going to find this out firsthand now.

GGDS took our annual Christmas picture this year, (last year’s featured a photograph of John and Myself in our Christmas boxer shorts) a cheery shot of a John dressed as a very skinny in shape Santa and me decked out in a maniacal elf motif for this years installment. With a hectic touring schedule this fall we unfortunately didn’t get around to finish recording a Christmas song this year, but we’ll try to make it happen next year as we started a song that we now have a year to finish so we can handily deliver it next year!

We have a few dates in the new year booked already for the band including a stop in Manila and Bangkok which I will take advantage of and make my way back to Japan with my family for a visit. We’re still hoping to make the trip to Japan with the band on the Boxes tour sometime in 2018, we’ve been talking to promoters and there is some progress being made to see us make our way back to see you all.

While I’m in Japan we will be visiting with some of the bands on our Good Charamel label including Tokyo’s MOLICE who’s latest album is being mixed here in Buffalo as we speak! This is the follow up to last year’s “5” release and was recorded in NY during a trip here in September of last year when they were visiting the US in 2017. The new album will be released in Fall of 2018

I hope you all have a great New Year, 2017 was a wild ride for me and for the world in general, let’s hope that 2018 brings us all the Peace and Joy we so deserve, and to all the readers of In Rock and those who have been visiting me here in The Lobby for over 10 years here in the pages of this awesome magazine …. Happy New Year to You All !!!!!!! 



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