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A short blurb about the new series...

Monthly series hosted by John Rzeznik

Songs have a way of finding you, embedding into your mind and becoming the soundtrack to your life. But how the songs find you—the journey—is quite a process. Sometimes it takes months or even years to get a song just right. Sometimes all it takes a hotel room, a notepad, a pen and a few hours. Every artist approaches the art of songwriting differently. For some it is therapy, others it can be tortuous, and for a few, it is simply a job.

John Rzeznik is the lead vocalist, guitarist and co-founder of The Goo Goo Dolls. Over the past three decades, he has written many songs including chart toppers that have been heard by millions. Eleven albums and over 100 songs later, John is still trying to craft, perfect and push the boundaries of songwriting. In this new SiriusXM show, Chorus and Verse, John sits down with his peers and heroes to dig deep into the songwriting process.

The first episode features an interview with Chad Kroger of Nickleback followed in September by Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.

Premieres: Monday, August 21 at 7 pm ET
Goo Goo Dolls Ticket Exchange / Baltimore Tix
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Row H section 104 available to download.
$98 each is what I paid

Cool idea!!

BUFFALO, NY- If you've delivered a baby at Women & Children's Hospital, you know it's a long standing tradition to play the Brahms Lullaby each time a little one is born.

With the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital set to open in November, officials there are looking to give birth to a new tradition. The hospital is kicking off a contest asking WNYers to record and submit their own rendition of the classic song.

The contest will last four weeks, ending September 15th. Judges, including Goo Goo Dolls Robby Takac and Janice Mitchell, president of the Colored Musicians Club, will listen to all submissions and select three finalists. Those three will then perform in front of a live audience at the end of September.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500; but more importantly the pride of knowing that his or her winning song will play in the new hospital every time a baby is born.

The prize for second place is season tickets to Shea's and third place gets a choice between season passes to Darien Lake and concert tickets to the BPO.

More information, including contest rules, can be found at


Another teaser for an upcoming program on Sirius; John talks about his first time...

My First Time with Larry Flick premieres Friday, August 25 at 7 pm ET on VOLUME (Ch. 106).

Review: Goo Goo Dolls rocks the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island
By Mark Papadatos

On August 13, Grammy-nominated pop-rock group Goo Goo Dolls headlined the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, for their "Long Way Home" summer tour.

Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips (and American Idol Season 11 winner) served as their opening act, and he delivered a killer live set, thus getting the fans excited for the Goo Goo Dolls.

They kicked off their set with "Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy," which ironically enough is the opening track on their latest EP, released on Warner Bros. Records. They immediately broke into "Home" and such infectious classics as the upbeat "Slide," and "Big Machine," where everybody in the crowd was singing along.

After "So Alive," they took their fans on a trip down memory lane to 1999 with "Black Balloon," which was sheer perfection. Johnny Rzeznik's voice is still smooth as silk. It was great to hear bassist and co-founder Robby Takac sing lead on "Lucky Star," and give a well-deserved break to Rzeznik. Takac subsequently showed his soft side on the liberating tune "Free of Me."

Other fan-favorite songs of the evening included the upbeat "Come to Me," the mid-tempo "Better Days" as well as their smash singles "Name" and the youthful "Broadway."

After "Long Way Home," they closed with their signature ballad, "Iris," which felt like the national anthem of the night, earning the band a huge standing ovation.

For their encore, the Goo Goo Dolls for one final performance of "Boxes," which had a fun, summer vibe to it, especially with the beach balls bouncing around the venue.

The Verdict:

Overall, Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac rocked at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. They deliver at every show that they headline in New York. This is a band that belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their classic hits have molded the 90's musical decade. Well done guys.


At last!! Chorus & Verse with John Rzeznik premieres Monday, August 21 at 7 pm ET on VOLUME (Ch. 106)
Here's a teaser:

 by Katy Kroll

The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 13, 2017 in Wantagh, N.Y.

“This is our song tonight,” Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik told the crowd before playing “Better Days” at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., on Aug. 13. With the lyrics “I wish everyone was loved tonight, and somehow stop this endless fight … ’cause tonight’s the night the world begins again,” it was one of two nods during the 90-minute-plus set to the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, N.C., over the weekend.

The other came before “Flat Top,” which references a cultural “war between the cynics and the saints” where “sleeping on the White House lawn never changed a thing.”

“We are living in interesting times, people,” said Rzeznik before playing the track, which is from the 1995 double-platinum-selling album that put the alternative rock band on the map, A Boy Named Goo. “All of the sudden these lyrics are relevant again, with all the strange situations going on in this world — you know what I'm talking about. But whatever side you're on, I don't give a f--k.”

There’s nothing like a good dose of nostalgia to take your mind off things, and the trip down memory lane certainly didn’t stop there. The band easily appeased the audience with their biggest hits, including Dizzy Up the Girl classics “Slide," “Black Balloon" and “Broadway,” as a headband-wearing Rzeznik coolly chewed gum while strumming his guitar. Before busting out their breakthrough hit, 1995's “Name,” the self-deprecating singer waxed nostalgic for his own version of the ’90s — pre-pop stardom: “We used to travel in a van to hipster bars before there were [so many] hipsters. We were indie rock darlings, and then we wrote this song and f--ked it up and became bitter — and nobody likes that s--t.”

But of course the song many fans were waiting for was “Iris,” the ubiquitous, career-defining 1998 hit that haunts -- and maybe even taunts -- the band. Saved for the end of the set (but surprisingly not the encore, which came in the form of the title track of their 2016 album Boxes), it seemed like a little dark cloud looming over Rzeznik’s head, when midway through the show he pointed out that people were leaving to take a “piss break” every time the band played a new song.

“You all think, ‘We can take a piss, get a beer and be back in time to here them play “Iris” and then get the f--k out of here,’” he half-jokingly griped before performing “Use Me,” the lead single from their recently released EP -- ironically titled You Should Be Happy -- before advising, “Reconsider your piss break. This song could change your life.”

Other pockets of downtime came when bassist Robby Takac took over the mic for four songs, including the only two pre-Goo tracks in the set, “Lucky Star” and “Already There.” There’s no shame in letting another band member take the spotlight for a minute, but the transition from Rzeznik’s laid-back self-confidence to Takac’s bare-footed ball-of-energy attitude was bumpy at best.

And just as Rzeznik predicted, as soon as he strummed the last note of “Iris,” many in the crowd made a beeline for the doors -- which makes you wonder a little why they didn’t hold the song for the encore.

The Link Acoustic Series has a special Double Header for you!

Listen this week at 8am and 3pm to win a pair of passes to the exclusive Double Header Acoustic Show at Tin Roof. Featuring Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips plus tickets to their show!

Relax at Tin Roof and enjoy the special show before they take the stage at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphiteatre on August 27.

Register here for another chance to win!
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Livingston County News - Gaga for Goo Goo
« Last post by Gen on August 14, 2017, 04:58 PM »

Buffalo’s own “Goo Goo Dolls” took the stage for the ninth time Saturday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center as the venue celebrates its 25th season.

“American Idol” season 11 winner Phillip Phillips opened for the band.

Lead Singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, both natives of Buffalo, loved performing in front of their hometown fans.

They kicked off their set with “Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy,” followed by “Home,” “Slide,” and “Big Machine.”

Fans were ecstatic and on their feet as the band played 21 of their hits before returning for their encore, “Boxes.”

Click the link for a photo set:
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