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Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Long Way Home’ Summer Tour Dates List

JULY:
14 July Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amph.
15 July Las Vegas, NV Downtown Events Center
16 July Phoenix, AZ Commerica
18 July Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green Amph
20 July South Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
21 July Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Stir Cove
24 July Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
25 July Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Farm Bureau
27 July Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront
28 July Appleton, WI Fox Cities Stadium
29 July Plymouth, MN Hilde Performance Center
31 July Nashville, TN Ascend Amph

AUGUST:
2 August Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center
3 August Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook Amphitheater
5 August Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
6 August Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
8 August Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
9 August Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
11 August Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amph
12 August Darien Lakes, NY Darien PAC
13 August Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amph
15 August Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank
16 August Portland, ME Maine State Pier
18 August Holmdel, NJ PNC
19 August Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
20 August Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
22 August Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
23 August Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amph
25 August Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amph
26 August Ashville, NC Biltmore Estate
27 August Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Union
30 August Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

SEPTEMBER:
1 Sept Miami, FL Klipsch Amph at Bayfront
2 Sept Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
4 Sept Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amph
7 Sept Houston, TX CWM Pavilion
10 Sept Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort/Casino
12 Sept San Diego, CA Open Air Theater
13 Sept Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

**More dates may be added**

Goo Goo Dolls Announce ‘Long Way Home’ Summer Tour & New EP Release!

From googoodolls.com:
“We’re excited to announce our summer tour with special guest Phillip Phillips! Check out http://googoodolls.com for dates!
Members of our fan club, Inner Machine, will gain access to a special ticket and VIP pre-sale for the tour. This pre-sale begins TODAY – Monday, February 27th at 12pm local venue time and is available to Inner Machine members only. Visit http://www.googoodolls.com/become-member to join Inner Machine and access this pre-sale.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the public on March 3rd at 10am local time. VIP ticket upgrades will also be available for purchase.

Lastly, we’ll be releasing a new EP entitled You Should Be Happy on May 12th! More info on that coming soon.”

5 minutes alone: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

5 minutes alone: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

The frontman on gear, nightmare gigs and, of course, Iris

(Image: © RMV/REX/Shutterstock)
 

As the Goo Goo Dolls return with their 11th album, John Rzeznik talks punk heroes, dodgy tone and being more than a one-trick pony…

Got my first real six-string…

“The first guitar I ever owned was a Kay SG copy. That cost like $35. Man, that was a terrible guitar. That guitar went when I learned how to play a little bit and I got a Univox copy of a Les Paul. There was always a guitar hanging around the house when I was a kid. It was a much lower impact instrument than me playing the drums, which is what I really wanted to do. My mother put a stop to the drumming.”

This is just a punk-rock song…

If I could get my hands on one on a desert island, I would have a Fender High Powered Tweed amp

“Punk was key to the early part of me playing guitar. I was really into melodic punk-rock. I related to punk more than Lynyrd Skynyrd or Yes or Van Halen. I got into alternative rock in the early 80s, bands like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. Bob Mould’s playing was a huge influence. It was very heavy with a lot of open tunings, which was great because I played in trios, so I used open tunings to get a fuller sound.”

Show me the way…

“I met a guy from Buffalo named Mark Freeland. He was the local, underground rock star guy. I asked him if he could teach me how to play guitar. He said yes and I asked him how much it would cost and he said to bring him a case of beer! I would go to his house and mostly just drink beer but he would show me some cool licks and tell me awesome rock ’n’ roll stories. His whole thing was learning enough guitar to look like a rock star.”

Just a castaway, an island lost at sea…

“If I could get my hands on one on a desert island, I would have a Fender High Powered Tweed amp – they made those for like two years. They made those in ’58 and ’59. I would use an Echoplex and a 335, that would be it. Boom. I love that you can wind up the 335 and it gets dirty and fat like a Les Paul but it still has clarity to it and it cleans up and just sparkles beautifully.”

If I could turn back time…

“I was 19 when I made my first record and we recorded all the guitars through a Rockman [headphone amp] because the engineer told us to! If I could go back and beg someone to borrow a Fender Princeton and a Tube Screamer from them, I would do that because that album has the worst sound ever.”

In too deep…

Opening for Korn was the worst. People were throwing bottles of piss at us and lighting chairs on fire

“We played a gig inside the dome of a dormant volcano in Italy. It started pouring with rain and the water was getting deeper and deeper. It started filling up like a swimming pool. But that wasn’t the worst gig I’ve played, that was a radio festival show in the States in a huge amphitheater opening for Korn. It was the worst. People were throwing bottles of piss at us and lighting chairs on fire.”

I just want you to know who I am…

“The biggest misconception about Goo Goo Dolls is that all we do is write ballads. I love that our new album has a lot of teeth and interesting things going on.”

Music is the gift…

“I love it when somebody covers Iris, that song is entering its second generation. That is so cool, that song is a gift. That song was on a soundtrack album with U2, Alanis Morissette, Peter Gabriel. They gave us a $20,000 advance for that, and we had no idea how big that song would be. That song gave us a career. It gave us the momentum to keep getting more songs on the radio. 

“It’s funny, I’ll be in airport and a really pretty 20-year-old girl will come ask me for a picture. My ego will get inflated, and then she’ll say, ‘My mom loves that song, Iris.’”

Goo Goo Dolls’ new album Boxes is out now.

Don’t Miss

asialive365.com: Live in Pictures: Goo Goo Dolls make their long-overdue Bangkok debut

We’re not sure why it had taken this long for Goo Goo Dolls to play in Bangkok, but last Monday (Feb 13) wasn’t a bad time to watch the band’s founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac bring some timeless rock to a city so steeped in rave parties. Not at all.

It’s not so much about an audience’s frustration as it is about the band’s three decades’ worth of experience that culminates in stellar showmanship and a seamless technical delivery, especially during some of the more layered tracks that may not necessarily be mastered live.

Goo Goo Dolls took on a setlist of 22 songs that featured all their hits, deep cuts and new singles from eleventh and latest album Boxes, including “Slide”, “Naked”, “Broadway”, “Iris”, “Sympathy”, “Rebel Beat” and “Over and Over”.

The BCC Hall wasn’t filled to the brim and it may have been uncomfortably chilly if it hadn’t been for the zeal of long-time fans and jokesters, who took turns crying out witty and side-splitting comments that only frontman Rzeznik, a tongue-in-cheek entertainer himself, was quick enough shut down (“We can have a Q&A period later. Trying to play a fucking show here.”)

Here’s a look at what went down at Goo Goo Dolls’ first ever show in Bangkok. (Click link for some great photos)

http://asialive365.com/live-pictures-goo-goo-dolls-bangkok/

mnl-online.com: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Robby Takac Deliver Greatest Hits Show in Manila

Goo Goo Dolls unlock their hits

“Manila, it’s good to be here, with you,” drawled Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, who offered, on February 11 at the Araneta Coliseum, a “Greatest Hits” concert, alongside his band.

Opening with “Over and Over,” the first track off their latest effort Boxes, helped set the tone for the evening. Presented by Random Minds, the Goo Goo Dolls Live in Manila was a dynamic and well-paced blend of old and newer material. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac provided memorable performances, giving many fans enough great memories to last a very long time. They performed a bevy of hits, including “Slide,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Balloon,” “Better Days” and “Before It’s Too Late.”

The hit-making band also played their arguably three of their biggest songs in “Sympathy,” “Broadway” and the No. 1 megahit “Iris,” from the 1998 City of Angels soundtrack.
Electrifying and impressive

Goo Goo Dolls closed their main set with a rousing “Broadway” before returning to the stage for the obligatory encore.

“(Of course) You knew we were coming back,” exclaimed Rzeznik with a knowing smirk before performing the anthemic “Long Way Home.” “You knew we forgot to play (this) one.”

At the end, Rzeznik and Takac bid their goodbyes, thanked everyone present, walked off stage, accompanied by bursts of applause and standing ovations by the thousands of spectators delighted by their solid performances.

Enjoying a remarkable career, which includes a host of successful albums with an impressive series of hits which have sold million records worldwide, Goo Goo Dolls after 30 years, played for the first time in Manila, on February 11, 2017.

February 20, 2017 Jayson Paor

**Check out the Goo Goo Dolls gallery captured by Jude Ng by clicking the link below**:

http://mnl-online.com/goo-goo-dolls-john-rzeznik-and-robby-takac-deliver-greatest-hits-show-in-manila/

The Nation – Goo Goo Dolls Make it Worth the Wait

By MANTA KLANGBOONKRONG

THREE DECADES ON, AMERICAN ALT-ROCK’S GOO GOO DOLLS ARE STOPPING THE CLOCK.

    American alt-rock band the Goo Goo Dolls were finally on a Bangkok stage on Tuesday and it wasn’t long before frontman John Rzeznik took a mild snipe at his homeland’s new alt-right president.

    “Everyone looks beautiful tonight,” the 51-year-old singer-guitarist said. “It’s great to see a lot of happy people here tonight, because we’re so miserable back home – at least half of us!”

    One of the most popular rock bands of the ’90s added an extra half-hour to their tardiness before finally arriving onstage at Central Plaza Lat Phrao’s BCC Hall for their long-overdue Thailand debut.

    It wasn’t quite a full house, but the fans, both foreign and local, knew enough to get there early to be close to the stage when the Dolls launched into a string of folk-laced rock hits and new music from “Boxes”, their latest album.

Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, the remaining original members, had at their backs guitarist Brad Fernquist, drummer Craig Macintyre and Korel Tunador on keyboards and sax.

They kicked off the show with “Over and Over”, the lead-off single from “Boxes” before Rzeznik greeted the crowd with “Hello! How are you doing Bangkok?”

    More upbeat tracks followed – “Long Way Down”, “Slide”, “Big Machine” and “Rebel Heart” – and then a battery of hits, including “Here is Gone” and “Black Balloon”.

    Rzeznik handed the microphone over to Takac, who delivered “Smash” and “Bringing on the Light” with tremendous enthusiasm and energy.

    Next was the acoustic ballad “Name”, their breakthrough hit from the 1995 double-platinum album “A Boy Named Goo”.

“It’s been more than 20 years since this song came out,” Rzeznik said. “It was our first song that got played on the radio. Robby and I were still boys, touring around in a van. And now when I hang out I get young girls coming up to me saying, ‘My mom loves your band!’ So here it is, and tell your mom I said Hi!”

    Rzeznik sang it with his famously raspy voice, yet it felt as soft as memory’s pillows.

That was followed by an extended series of Goo Goo Dolls landmarks – the piano-clad pop rock of “So Alive”, the grungy “Naked”, an acoustic version of “Sympathy”, “Dizzy” done with punk flair, and the pop-rock ballad “Better Days”.

Takac took the mic once again to sing the rocking “Already There” from 1993’s “Superstar Car Wash”, another commercially and critically successful album.

    Rzeznik swung back for “Come to Me”, “The Pin” and “Stay With You”, before the band cracked into their biggest hit of all, “Iris”, which had the fans singing along at the top of their lungs.

    “Broadway” from the same album – “Dizzy Up the Girl” in 1998 – concluded the show, Rzeznik bowing off with “Thank you and good night! We hope to be back and see your beautiful faces here again very soon.”

    “Very soon” proved to be a couple of minutes. The encore was a powerful rendition of “Long Way Home” from their latest album, the final chords hammered out in a shower of white confetti and big balloons.

    Like most bands with large repertoires of tunes to choose from, the Goo Good Dolls made good use of diverse sounds to reflect 11 studio albums across a 30-year career. The set list riveted the attention and felt like a musical journey.

Takac doesn’t get credit as frontman, but his showmanship and musicianship more than justified his starring role onstage. Without his energetic delivery, the show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as much fun.

    Rzeznik, with his high spirits and playfulness, kept the proceedings both intimate and casual, constantly engaging the fans and pulling them in closer. His voice was as fresh and powerful as ever, and there’s nothing more thrilling than seeing a musician who enjoys playing his music and giving his all in a show, especially after three decades.

Dolls Make it Worth the Wait

Rappler.com~Goo Goo Dolls thrill PH fans in first ever Manila concert

This may sound a bit odd, I’ve noticed from being in the photo pit so often, that there is an energy you can feel from over your shoulder. And not just in the form of screaming fans, but there’s an invisible force and it varies greatly from show to show. You can’t see it but you know it’s there. You don’t look back, because mostly you’re focused on your camera settings and the activity on the stage, where the energy is also reflected in the performers. And the force was palpable when the Goo Goo Dolls, hailing from Buffalo, New York, brought their rock style to the other side of the globe to Manila for the first time.

Bass player, Robby Takac, jokingly explained to the crowd why it took them so long to make it here, “We just wanted to make sure we were very well-practiced, so we took 30 years and were all practiced up for you guys.”

Exuberance was in the air as the near-capacity crowd waited in eager anticipation for the event to kick off last Saturday night, February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. And the dynamic duo of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the two remaining original members, did not disappoint with a string of chart-topping tracks. Impressively, the technical consistency of an often complex layered sound was fantastic, which can be tricky to pull off live. John’s voice, you could argue, has improved with age, there were no hiccups or hesitations, all sung with a rich, unmistakable quality that you don’t come across too often.

They’ve been around for over 3 decades, forming in 1986, a long period of time in the music business, or in any business for that matter, and at this concert they showed us why. This tour is in support of their 11th studio album, Boxes, and remarkably none of the songs came off as stale or pretentious, still a fresh out of the box (pun intended) atmosphere. One of the pillars to their secret of longevity, is a no-nonsense approach. There was no over-the-top lighting schematic, highly polished video presentations or elaborate stage props, other than some confetti cannons and oversized balloons to finish up the concert, they let the music do the talking. It was just a bunch of folks sharing their music, really what a concert should be. Yes, it was an inspired and passionate show that delighted everyone in attendance, lasting for almost two hours, but it was the dynamic stage presence of John and Robby combined that caught your attention.

As John so eloquently introduced Robby, “and my partner for the last ten million years…”

Obviously feeding off each other’s energy, they often seemed to be functioning as one. John for the most part was stationary, front and center at the mic stand on lead vocals, with gentle flowing movements, often swapping between electric and acoustic guitar. Robby on the other hand, frantically moved about the stage, darting from left to right. He handled the bass guitar as though it were an extension of his body, all the while remarkably never missing a beat. John may be the epitome of cool, with his ageless handsome looks, flowing locks and dimpled chin while Robbie sports the disheveled, just-rolled-out-of-bed look, even performing the entire night in his socks. They are just at opposite ends of the spectrum which complement each other extremely well.

Usually, a bass guitarist doesn’t move much at all, a rhythmic sway or a melodic pattern, keeping the beat along with the drummer, Craig Macintyre. But Robby didn’t stay still for a nano second; he performed with a unique high energy style and passion like you’ve never seen before. Singing background vocals on most tracks, but he’s really the second lead vocalists and took the spotlight position on a few songs from their early catalog and “Free of Me” on the latest record. Also interacting with the fans, he fired up the crowd when called for, which didn’t take much encouragement, and touching base with the other members of the band, clowning around with the guitarist, Brad Fernquist or scruffing up the hair of the keyboardist, Korel Tunador .

Before the show began, I went backstage to get a drink of water, and noticed some commotion near the dressing rooms, with a slight burning smell in the air. There were some emergency personnel there, but no one was panicking and everything seemed under control so I just went on about my business.

Later during the show, John addressed the crowd with a story that seemed told just for a punch line, “We had a little fire backstage, all my pants were burned. This is a true story.” he said, not sure if anyone was believing him at this point, “I walked out of the dressing room, when we came back, all of my pants were on fire. So if anybody wants to donate a pair of pants to a guy,” as he cleared his throat as someone in the crowd offered their pants, “I’m not taking your pants, so please keep your pants on, as they say.” the arena erupted with laughter.

John spoke to the crowd on a handful of occasions, at times with a self deprecating manner and relatable banter with a genuine presence that made everyone feel right at home. As he introduced the song “Name”, he said, “This song was really the song we were going to, I was going to quit playing music because we couldn’t make any money doing it. And my wife wanted to have a real life, which to me sounded f–king horrible” as the crowd responded in laughter, he continued, “So I had the ultimatum put to me so I immediately sat down on the sofa and I was like, I’ve gotta write a f–king song, I’ve gotta write a f-cking song, I’ve gotta write a song and this is what came out.” And he humorously finished up with, “She’s gone, the song’s still here.”

The set list had an easy flow to it with a mixture of their incredible mega hits, also songs off the new record, an acoustic solo of “Sympathy” and even a cover song originally by Supertramp, “Give a Little Bit.” This was one of those concerts you really got your money’s worth, most bands today don’t play over 20 songs at a show, never mind 24 tracks. And it’s twenty-something songs of quality material, hit after hit, which speaks volumes about the the level of talent here. “Slide” was a fan favorite which incited a sing-along that echoed loudly throughout the venue, “Iris” may be one of those songs you need to experience performed live before you die.

Goo Goo Dolls created a well-executed, captivating performance with the combination of these two artists possessing juxtaposing styles that really draws your attention. With the admiration of their longtime fans being a testament to the quality of their work, they provided everything the audience came to see. John’s vocals became a catalyst for something special, along with animated antics of Robby, and a passion that was self-evident from all the band members. It’s one of the more memorable concert performances you’ll experience, well worth checking out. Incredible and inspiring music, it would be my pleasure to cover them again, well done from start to finish. – Rappler.com

http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/music/155932-goo-goo-dolls-john-rzeznik-quitting-songwriting-inspiring-young-musicians

Goo Goo Dolls rocks Manila concert stage

A legion of revelers proved that three decades of waiting for American rock band Goo Goo Dolls is all worth it.

Since it was formed in 1986, this was the first time that the New York-based group—composed of Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Korel Tunador, and Craig Macintyre—performed in Manila.

Their Filipino fans gathered at the Smart Araneta Colliseum last Saturday night, February 11, 2017, to jam and dance the night away while listening to some of the biggest and chart-topping singles from the ‘90s.

Check out the highlights of this one-night-only event:

Goo Goo Dolls treated Pinoy fans to a two-hour concert that offered their original and hit songs. Their performance started at around 8:30 p.m. and ended at around 10:30 p.m.

Filipino fans shouted their hearts out when their musical heroes started heating up the stage with “Turn It Up,” “Long Way Down,” and “Slide.”

Frontman/main songwriter/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik greeted concertgoers, “Hi, Manila! How are you?

“This is our first time here and in my very short time here, it has been awesome.”

He joked, “It’s just so strange that we could’ve come here twenty years ago, we never did, and but here we are in this beautiful place tonight with everybody here.”

Johnny sang his self-written song “Big Machine.”

The band was not as chatty but they did manage to express their gratitude to their Filipino fans for their unwavering support.

Their set list included “Rebel Beat,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Ballroom,” “Smash,” and “Bringing On The Light.”

Before Johnny began singing “Name,” he introduced it by saying, “This next song was the first song that played out in America. If you do, you could sing with me.

He quipped, “Your English is better than me now…”

While introducing the song, the 51-year-old musician mentioned that his wife originally “wanted me to have a real life.”

The Goo Goo Dolls also played “So Alive,” “Naked,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Better Days,” “Stay With You,” “Already There,” and “Free of Me.”

Johnny admitted, “I’m a little overwhelmed right now… because I got no pants and I’m in a foreign country.”

Prior to their concert, he joked about the fact that all his pants were on fire.

He dedicated the song “Come To Me” to his wife “who’s on the other side of the world.”

The lead vocalist even requested their fans, “Can you say hi for me?”

Meanwhile, their song “Sympathy” is about doing a lot of drugs and “not in a fun way.”

He told the audience, “I never wished anyone that drug experience.”

Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without hearing the iconic song “Iris” from the 1998 movie City of Angels.

Goo Goo Dolls rounded things off with “Broadway,” “Give A Little Bit,” and “Long Way Home”

Hit link for photos:

http://www.pep.ph/guide/music/25531/goo-goo-dolls-rocks-manila-concert-stage-liza-and-enrique-get-fanpic?ref=latest

Billboard.ph ~ The Goo Goo Dolls in Manila: 30 Years in the Making

The bright and sunny disposition the weather displayed all day served as a premonition of sorts for what was to happen later on that evening; after all, boys and girls of all ages waited all their lives to be able to see the venerable John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, more popularly known as the Goo Goo Dolls, take the stage in Manila.

And that’s exactly what happened on the evening of February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, thanks to Random Minds Productions.

Rzeznik and Takac set foot onstage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in front of a jam-packed crowd: all fans of the music that has, at one point, become the soundtrack of their lives. The crowd was given a nostalgia trip as early as the show began; classic hits such as “Slide,” “Big Machine,” “Here is Gone,” and “Black Balloon” were included in the setlist, much to the delight of every ‘90s kid in the audience.

Rzeznik, the band’s chief songwriter, shared bits and pieces of his life, narrating along the way how some of the band’s songs were written during trying times. “Sympathy” was about drug use, “and I mean not the good kind!” says the enigmatic guitarist/vocalist, and how some were written for loved ones (“Come to Me” was written for wife Melina Gallo in time for 2003’s Magnetic).

Everyone shared a few laughs when Rzeznik shared how “Name” (from 1995’s A Boy Named Goo) came to be because of ex-wife Laurie Farinacci and retorted, “She’s long gone, but the song’s still here.”

Takac wasn’t going to be just the sideman, being the bassist that he is; he also displayed his own vocal chops, singing songs from previous records that featured him as the lead vocalist, including “Already There” from 1993’s Superstar Car Wash, “Smash” from 2002’s Gutterflower, and “Free of Me” off the new record, 2016’s Boxes.

He also engaged the crowd in banter, saying that their visit to Manila was 30 years in the making, and made a promise that they won’t wait as long ‘til their next stop in the country.

The highlight of the long-time-coming show was when drummer Craig McIntyre set the tone with a somber beat, followed by a few measures on a mandolin played by guitarist Brad Fernquest, leading into “Iris,” to the thunderous applause of every single soul in the venue. Every word and every note was sung passionately, as if it served as the song of two generations – the older being the ones who were growing up while the City of Angels was making its rounds in cinemas worldwide, and the younger generation, old enough to be their children.

For the people who came to see the Goo Goo Dolls that evening, their coming meant a lot of things that ultimately lead to one truth: it was a dream come true.

To check out more photos – click the link

http://billboard.ph/goo-goo-dolls-manila-30-years-making/

New InRock blog from Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac

Hey hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby …. As most of you know, I’m here in the USA writing to you every month here as my band travels around the globe, makes records and also letting you in a bit on my personal life and my relationship with Japan and Japanese culture. My wife Miyoko came here to the US after we met on my first tour of Japan in 1995 and we have been living between Los Angeles and Buffalo, NY since 1999. It’s been over 10 years of columns here in In Rock magazine and we’ve seen some pretty crazy things happen through our time together, I think we may be having another one.

In the US we’ve had 3 Presidents since our column began; George Bush Jr, 2 terms of Obama and as I’m sure you are all aware as of a few days ago Donald Trump has been elected to the highest office of our government. There has always been criticism of our leaders from within, but Trump’s presidency has been met with many, many large protests here in the US since his inauguration, and probably the largest immediate social movement since the 1960s, most of these protests have been driven by women’s groups offended by repeated dangerous off the cuff comments on twitter and a history of perceived sexist behavior by the new President … GIRL POWER RIGHT?

So, here’s why I bring this all up, I’ve been watching these moments through the eyes of my wife and daughter, I feel a need to try to explain the nastiness and outrageous behavior we’re beginning to see broadcast all over the world in the media and also felt a need to try to explain this all to you as well …. Not sure how this is going to go in 600 words, but I’ll give it a try because I’d like to try to explain why the country is acting this way.

This was a very divisive Presidential election cycle, with Donald Trump facing off against Hillary Clinton in our General Presidential Election. Trump, (a Reality TV star / Real Estate Developer) used his media savvy to generate excitement with a very frustrated portion of America who felt their best interests have been lost in an attempt by Obama’s administration to make a “more inclusive” culture with social safety nets to help those who are not in a position to help themselves.

The way I see it the people Trump speaks for felt like their best their interests should be cared for before the interests of other nations and immigrants new to this country, disregarding the delicate balance of power that exists in our now truly global society. Trump came into power using the power the media and his fame within the mainstream of television minded America to deliver these messages, generating momentum with unorthodox and controversial statements that resounded with his crowd, and his boisterous tone and callousness infuriated the more liberal and socially minded people here in the US.

The elections were held and Trump lost the popular vote in the US by nearly 3,000,000 votes, but through a process used in elections here called the Electoral College, Trump gained enough votes within the official voting body representing the voters in each district to become the President Elect and soon thereafter on January 20th The President (which also happens to be my daughter Hana chan’s birthday!).

After the election results were released women’s groups harnessed those same social media outlets used by Trump here in the US and began to organize a march to promote their belief in love, inclusiveness and equality in Washington DC on Trump’s first day in office. That march occurred and shattered the expectations of the organizers, even before the DC march started they saw the movement going worldwide (Thank u Japan!) and within hours they began to see growth beyond the women’s groups (although the pink hats representing the original march always made for a joyous and colorful mood at the marches). That movement and the energy it has generated has now made it’s way across the globe and it has become a peaceful International cry to the USA’s leaders for love, compassion and reason. That doesn’t really sound like a bad thing.

This is a wild and exciting time here in the US, kind of scary, but kind of inspiring as well. When I see people’s efforts organized to make sure the best interest of their brothers and sisters are paid attention to even in the face of adversity.

OK. I think I did it in a (long) 600 words (or so)… thanks for listening, at least it made me feel better, hope it cleared things up a bit for you. We’ll be back next month to cover GGDS trips to Manila and Bankok and I’ll be writing you next from Tokyo, filling u in on our adventures as we visit friends and family in Japan!

Peace and talk soon!

Robby

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