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This week Annie and Gen interview Kathi, a therapist and Goo Goo Dolls fan, who talks about her favorite songs, let you know about how you can help the Music is Art Festival, and a personal piece about clinical depression and loss.

Or email k_carp2006@yahoo.com up until doors are open
Goo Goo Dolls Ticket Exchange / Re: Looking For 2 Tickets For Indianapolis
« Last post by K-carp on July 23, 2017, 10:23:26 PM »
There are still tix for sale on live nation!!
I have an extra ticket for Chicago, Northerly Island, section 102, row H. I am willing to take an offer on the price! Reply here and I'd be able to meet at the show. I will be using the other tickets, but one of my friends can't make it. Just thought I'd offer if anybody needs a better seat!

Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / New Pictures in the AG Gallery 7.23
« Last post by Dizzy Girl on July 23, 2017, 05:36:24 PM »
Well the new tour is underway and the pictures are starting to roll in. Check out these great pics from:

Cindy & Monte Las Vegas NV 7.15.17
Vivion Greenwood Village CO 7.18.17
Jessica Las Vegas NV 7.15.17
Jessica Phoenix AZ 7.16.17
Kristen Mountain View CA 7.14.17
Penny Council Bluffs Iowa 7.21.17
Shawna Council Bluffs Iowa 7.21.17


Thank you for sending in your pictures! Your pics enters you into the POTW contest where your pic could be featured on our Facebook banner for the week.

If you have pics you would like to have in the gallery and be entered into POTW send them to addmypic@absolutegoo.com. Include the city, state and dates of the show the pics are from.
Goo Goo Dolls Ticket Exchange / Looking for Plymouth, MN ticket (gold circle)
« Last post by nmf on July 23, 2017, 02:41:26 PM »
I'm looking to buy a Gold Circle ticket for Plymouth, MN for 7/29.  Please respond here or send me a DM if you have an extra.

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli

Despite more than two decades of playing shows and touring the world, the Goo Goo Dolls screwed up during its first show of its tour. But singer and guitarist John Rzeznik said if he makes a mistake, he cops to it.

“I think our audience appreciates that,” he said on the first day of the band’s Long Way Home Summer Tour, which started July 14. The tour is in support of the band’s May 12 EP, You Should Be Happy

The New York-based band is no stranger to the touring life. With more than 13 albums and compilations released since its 1985 formation, the band has been touring since the early ‘90s. Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac have been in the group since the beginning, while the drummer’s seat has rotated three times. After the single “Rebel Beat” in 2013 from its album Magnetic, former drummer Mike Malinin moved on from the band. But with 2016’s Boxes, came a new steady beat for the Goo Goo Dolls: Craig Macintyre, who co-wrote one of the album’s singles “Over and Over.”

The band has sold platinum records and topped single charts with songs “Iris,” “Name” and “Rebel Beat,” among others. Before the group’s July 24 Chicago show at Huntington Bank Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White Drive, The Chronicle spoke to Rzeznik about the band’s upcoming EP, his growth as a songwriter and the rewarding vulnerability that comes with releasing songs so “close to the bone.”

THE CHRONICLE: After all the albums you’ve released, why did you decide to do just an EP for You Should Be Happy?

JOHN RZEZNIK: After we got done with the last tour, my wife was pregnant, and as soon as my daughter was born, I wasn’t sleeping a lot, so I started writing. I got some collaboration with a couple of guys. I thought the songs were really good, and I wanted to put it out. We are living in a different time where people don’t want to wait three years to listen to an entire album. When you get a couple of good songs, you might as well put them out.

How is the EP a reflection of where your sound is now?

It’s one of those situations now where I am at a point in my career where I don’t have to have all this pressure. There were times 10 years ago where it was like, "You need a hit, you need a hit!”

Why it is easier now?

I am getting older and the world of "pop music" is the obsession with the latest, greatest, shiniest, youngest thing they can get their hands on. The music is constantly changing and I keep changing—my music keeps changing, but it keeps changing the way I want it to change, not what popular music would dictate.

What’s the most thrilling thing about starting tour and playing that first show tonight?

We are doing a lot of different songs [on this tour]; we are going a little bit deeper into the catalogue. We have a couple of new songs, which is always terrifying to play new songs. People don’t know if they are supposed to like them yet or not. We reworked some of the arrangements in some of the songs so they are a little bit different, and then it’s really exciting when you play all the songs people are familiar with and you can watch them have a really good time. That’s what it’s about—making that connection with the audience and being there for them. I am kind of in the service industry; I am here to make sure you have a good time.

How does it feel to play old material?

It makes me remember things. It definitely brings you back to a time and place. There are songs where I have no idea what I was writing about and years later—this happened to me—I’d be up on stage like, “Oh wow, that is what I meant when I was saying that.” You realize something about yourself later.

How did you feel when first releasing those?

I had a producer a long time ago tell me, “You need to write music until it freaks you out and what is on the paper scares the s--t out of you. That is where you are going to get to the real stuff and important work.” There were times when I wasn’t sure to put [songs] out there. [It] might be a little too personal but you do it.

The other thing I learned was once it’s out there, I have no control over it. Sometimes it’s a hit and it takes on a very public life, and sometimes it’s not a hit and that’s okay, too. What people think and say about it is none of my business after that. When somebody comes up to me—and it happens almost every day—and they tell me a story about how a piece of music, that I wrote, helped them that is the best thing. You hang onto stuff people write. That is an amazing feeling.

After playing your songs so often, are there any you still get emotional about or ones you could still learn and take advice from?

I think the song “Sympathy” has a lot to say. A song like “Better Days” has a lot to say to people, and to myself. A lot of these songs are really just messages to myself. Like, “Oh, by the way, stop drinking until you blackout everyday.” The song “Use Me” off the new album—I wrote that about a friend of mine who is in a very peculiar relationship with a guy and she doesn’t understand how much power she has in that relationship. Eventually she will discover that; I hope she does.

When you watch or listen to other musicians, what do you pick up on, given your experience?

When you get through the music and peak behind the curtain at someone else’s psyche or their life—as long- as there is a certain amount of sincerity in it, that’s what I love. I also love the imperfections in music because those are the things that make it special. I know lots of guys who can play a really nice guitar solo, but I want to see someone who can make me cry playing the guitar, and it has absolutely nothing to do with technical ability.


Goo Goo Dolls Ticket Exchange / 1 FRONT row Bethel ticket for sale
« Last post by manda90 on July 22, 2017, 01:19:31 PM »

I have one front row Bethel (8-19) ticket for sale.

Please PM me or comment here if interested. 
Flip Side / Documentary premiere gives Lance Diamond one more standing ovation
« Last post by Gen on July 21, 2017, 07:06:08 PM »

Buffalo legend Lance Diamond received one more standing ovation Thursday night at the North Park Theatre. It was opening night for the new locally filmed documentary about his life and career, "A Diamond in the Buff."

Among the invitation-only crowd were family and friends, locals who appear in the film and fans of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame singer who entertained Western New Yorkers for more than four decades until his death in January 2015. His sister, Paulette Counts, appears in the film and said she "loved the final production."

"It's a very emotional night," Counts said. "I know it's something Lance would have wanted to be a part of. I mean, I'm so excited. I'm overwhelmed to know that Western New York loved him this much. I am just overwhelmed. Lance would be so proud. I've got my Kleenex in my purse because I know they're going to be needed."

Back-up singer/dancer Joyce Wilson Nixon performed with Diamond for some 10 years as a 24 Karat Gold girl. She said the most important thing about the night was that "we get to honor Lance."

"When people ask me what was my biggest accomplishment, I say it's not when I'm out front, it's when I was being a Diamond girl," Nixon said. "Most people don't know how much of a gentleman Lance was. He would give you the bigger dressing room. He would make sure that you have water, that you had whatever you needed. He had no idea what it meant to be Lance Diamond because he was never Lance Diamond to himself. He just took care of everybody around him."

The film traces Diamond's close ties to Buffalo, from his days in the U.S. Navy to the heart complications that ultimately took his life at age 69. Among the many locals featured are Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, who for a time lived downstairs from Diamond and remained friends, and the owners of the Elmwood Lounge and Milkie's, where Diamond entertained for decades.

Thursday night was a one-night-only showing of the documentary, but Director and Buffalo native Kevin Polowy - who told the crowd he grew up on Sterling Avenue, just a couple blocks from the North Park - said he expects the film to make a return to the theater soon for general audiences.

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