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I'm thrilled for the opportunity to see John in a small, local Austin venue!  Anyone else going to be there?  8)

Have a great time! Let us know how the show is!
I'm thrilled for the opportunity to see John in a small, local Austin venue!  Anyone else going to be there?  8)

Awesome. Thanks for sharing with us!!
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / The AG Podcast for 9/24/17 is up!
« Last post by Gen on September 24, 2017, 06:45 PM »
On this week’s pod, Matt Bongiovi from Runaway Tours joins us to talk about the Goo Goo Dolls trip to Las Vegas, Gen and Annie talk about new Goo Goo Dolls shows and more!
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / The Second Goo Around - 9/15, Woodinville, WA Show Review
« Last post by Gen on September 23, 2017, 07:50 PM »
The Second Goo Around - Joel R. Dennis

There’s nothing like the first time.  You never forget it as most firsts are preceded by years of anticipation, hard work, dreaming, or any number of combinations of the three.  Yet, there are cases in which the second time can be even better.

I can honestly say that my second time seeing the Goo Goo Dolls was definitely better than the first.  Yes, last summer ended years of waiting to finally see them, and it gave my wife and I a great, overnight road trip down to Oregon to make the experience even greater.  But, that night couldn’t even begin to compare to this year’s concert.

I had a feeling that was going to be the case heading into it as the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery is somewhat of a home-away-from-home for the guys in the band.  It is a mainstay on virtually all of their tours, and they even spent time in its locale of Woodinville a couple of years ago when working on their Boxes album.  I figured their connection with the area would provide for a special energy coming from not just the band but the crowd as well.  It did.

At last year’s concert, John, Robby, and the rest of the band came out on fire but I felt the crowd didn’t really reciprocate so the guys just played through it.  There certainly was never a fear of a repeat this go-around.  The stage presence of John and Robby that we’ve all grown to love was on full display.  They both cover the stage from end-to-end, front-to-back with an energy and rock persona that’s tough to find anyone who can match it. But, let’s be honest in saying that Robby takes a definite edge over John in this category.  As my wife said during one of Robby’s first songs early in the set, “You can tell that guy really f—ing loves his job!”

As for the crowd and their energy, I don’t think they missed a beat all night long.  It’s always an incredible saturation of the senses when the voices singing along all around you seem to melt into one with those firing through the speakers.  There’s nothing like that brief moment as you’re scanning the crowd during a song when you make eye contact with someone else belting out the tune.  It’s a great sense of camaraderie in knowing that you’re all there because you share the same love of the same music from the same artist.

I might also be a bit biased toward this night over the first time because I got to have the unbelievable experience of the pre-show meet-and-greet.  There really isn’t a good way to describe it.  It was my first time getting to do it and it was an insane few minutes of whirlwind.  Though you know heading into it that it’s going to be an all too brief experience, nothing can prepare you for those handful of seconds that it’s just you and the guys.  My mind was going a million miles per second with what I wanted to say, what I wanted to ask, and with simply trying to compute how it was possible that I was standing between two of my idols.  It still seems unreal.

What is very much real, however, are the songs those two idols have put into my life.  Which, ultimately, is what put all of us there on that night. The new, the old, the classics, the surprises – they were all shared.  Some were exactly as we know them from the albums.  Some had curveballs mixed in that we weren’t expecting.  All of them were the live version of memories, people, places, and events that have meant so much to us in our lives.

For that I am grateful.  Or, should I say, we are grateful.  I feel that I can safely speak for the entire fan base that was in attendance when I express how thankful we are to have a couple of guys from Buffalo whose talents have played the role that they have in our lives.  What’s even better is that the journey is (hopefully) far, far from over.  We’ll do our best in whatever ways we can to see to that.

We need more new, unknown songs.  We need more summer days of driving with the windows down and the volume up.  We need more nights like we just got with The Long Way Home Tour where we can belt out our favorites alongside a couple thousand new friends.  We need more memories.

I know, I know – it’s all in due time.  As I learned with this second experience being greater than the first, the guys just keep getting better.  It can be said for both of them: you can tell they really f—ing love their job.
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / New Pictures in the AG Gallery 9.22
« Last post by Dizzy Girl on September 22, 2017, 02:36 PM »
Oh yea those great pictures from the tour are still coming in. Take a break and check out these great shots by:

Lisa San Diego CA 9.12.17
C San Diego CA 9.12.17
Lauren Darien NY 8.12.17
Abby Woodinville WA 9.15.17

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 Include the city, state and dates of the show the pics are from.
**Hit the link for lots and lots of photos**

The Almighty Goo!

Ahhhh, the Goo Goo Dolls, another band I first got into during the early-mid 1990s which I had yet to see live. Since the 1993 days of A Boy Named Goo featuring my favorite Goo song “Long Way Down” (also featured in the 1996 blockbuster drama disaster film Twister – so good btw), I’ve been listening to this rock band but somehow never made the effort to see them live. Alas, the time finally came for me to cross this four-time Grammy-nominated rock act off my bucket list. Sure, their sound and persona over the years shifted a little towards the pop side, but they still know how to put on a good rock show.

Unlike the previous show I went to a few days before, tonight I was graced with a +1 in my press approval. After two failed attempts to drag a friend with me to the show, I got lucky on friend #3. My buddy and fellow Shows I Go To staff partner, Garrett, meets up at my place and we set sail for Universal Studios.

We park on the top of the parking garage and enjoy an awesome glowing sunset as we make the long trek to City Walk. We stop in the NBC Sports Grill & Brew restaurant for a break and enjoy a strong beer inside bar, taking advantage of the air-conditioning. We then wind our way through more tourist pedestrian traffic and eventually arrive at the Hard Rock Live.

We walk in and the opener, Phillip Phillips, had already hit the stage to open up the show. I’ve never heard of them but I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard.  Garret goes on to inform me during their set that Phillip Phillips is a singer, songwriter and musician who won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012. I would have never known. His coronation song, “Home,” became a huge staple hit. His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 19, 2012. His second album, Behind the Light, was released on May 19, 2014. With a full band, they had put on a fun performance that gets the crowd nice and ready for the main act.

By the time their set is over, Garrett and I start going beer for beer, and we make solid progress during set break. I abandon him when the lights dim and I make way to the left side of the stage toward the photo pit entrance.

Here is where the bullshit starts.

In the press confirmation email I received, it clearly says photographers are allowed in the stage pit for the first three songs, per usual. Well, the security guard on the left side of the stage looks at me like I’m crazy when I approach. After some inaudible yelling, he lets me through the gate but says photographers are not allowed in the front pit and says I can shoot from the right side where we’re standing. I’m dumbfounded but go on to shoot from the left side of the pit for a song, since I’m already here.

I migrate all the way to the other side only to get even more confused looks from the security guards over there. A lady tells me the same thing, that photographers not allowed in the pit tonight and must shoot from the back middle bar area. No one had told me this. I get my shots from the back middle bar, then get two beers and head towards Garrett. I settle into the back middle of the floor, right in front of the soundboard, the sweet spot.

John Rzeznik (guitar, lead vocals) really knows how to frontman the stage like a boss. He went on a political rant at one point, but he was perfectly validated in times like these, and he kept it short and sweet. Also, I was half hypnotized throughout the set. I wasn’t expecting a huge lighting rig, but they had a nice light show.

This tour is called the “Long Way Home – Summer Tour 2017.” The Boxes album was released on May 6, 2016, and the last track is “Long Way Home.”

So, may I remind you and direct your attention to the first paragraph… I was here to hear one song: “Long Way Down.” I’m not currently up to speed on Goo Goo Dolls info, so when I looked at prior setlists and saw “Long Way Home” at the end, I got excited because I mistakenly read “Long Way Down.” Needless to say, when the time came, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t get my song. I felt bamboozled, hoodwinked even.

But, it was my mistake. Hey, how about we play it now?!

They did play a track from the A Boy Named Goo album, the soft and lonely “Name.” Everyone else in the crowd got their “Slide” or “Iris” or whatever else. Oh well.

Anyone want to watch Twister and chill?

On Oct. 6, the University of Virginia will mark the official start of its bicentennial events with a Bicentennial Launch Celebration, expected to draw more than 20,000 people to UVA’s historic Lawn.

The evening’s celebrations will be as varied and colorful as the University itself, with more than 800 student and faculty members performing on the Lawn alongside special guests from the music and entertainment world. All of them will tell the story of UVA as it has never been told before.

There will be musical performances, speeches, videos, a spectacular projection mapping show and more, all delivered on the kind of stage that only UVA can provide – the historic Academical Village, designed by Thomas Jefferson to promote a uniquely dynamic and vibrant living and learning environment.

Here are 10 things to know about this exciting celebration. 

Why Oct. 6?

Three U.S. presidents – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison – attended the ceremonial placing of the University’s first cornerstone on Oct. 6, 1817. The University chose the 200th anniversary of that date as an appropriate time to kick off its bicentennial celebrations, which will continue through Final Exercises in May 2019, marking 200 years from UVA’s official charter in 1819.

What time does the show start?

The Bicentennial Launch Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 on the Lawn. Ticketed guests may begin entering the Lawn at 6 p.m.

Do I need a ticket?

All attendees will need a ticket and will pass through a security checkpoint to enter the event. Tickets are free. Ticket information is available at

Who will be performing?

Hundreds of students and faculty members will perform throughout the course of the evening, including music ensembles and a cappella groups; the color guards from UVA’s Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC programs; the Cavalier Marching Band; and more.

They will be joined by special guests Leslie Odom Jr., known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton;” R&B powerhouse Andra Day, a Grammy Award-nominated singer known for her empowerment anthem, “Rise Up”; and the rock group the Goo Goo Dolls, who will close out the evening with a concert. Additional guests include the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Ingramettes, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of Charlottesville and the electronic music ensemble M.I.C.E.

The Charlottesville Symphony will also perform, directed by UVA Director of Choral Music and Associate Professor Michael Slon. They will perform a specially commissioned piece, “We Hold These Truths” by Jefferson Todd Frazier, that follows Thomas Jefferson as he composes the Declaration of Independence.

Who will be speaking?

Officials from UVA and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as many alumni, will offer remarks.

Scheduled speakers include Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan. Famous alumni like Katie Couric and Jason George will make appearances, and acclaimed English professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove will debut her new poem about Henry Martin, the University’s bell ringer from 1847 to 1909.

In addition, a special “Voices of the Descendants” series will feature descendants of enslaved laborers sharing their ancestors’ stories throughout the evening.

What will the projection mapping show look like?

State-of-the-art projection mapping technology will transform the Lawn before guests’ eyes and use UVA’s most iconic buildings as a stage for telling the University’s 200-year story and bringing some of its most significant moments to life.

Philippe Bergeron, president of Paintscaping Inc., called the UVA production one of “the most visible and complex jobs” his company has ever undertaken.

Where will the stages be?

There will be two main stages on the Lawn. The largest will be directly in front of the Rotunda, providing a spectacular backdrop for performances and speakers. A second stage will be in the center of the Lawn, at the southern end of the Lawn’s third tier.

How long will the show last?

Performances are expected to last about three hours, followed by a 45-minute after-concert by the Goo Goo Dolls. Guests will be free to roam the Lawn, and limited seating will be available. Concessions will be available throughout.

Are there other events that weekend?

There are several additional events planned to celebrate the launch of UVA’s bicentennial celebrations throughout the weekend of Oct. 6-8. These include several talks on the history of the University and a ceremony marking the laying of the cornerstone near Pavilion VII that will include placing a new bicentennial marker there.

More information about these events and a full schedule can be found at

Are other bicentennial celebrations planned?

The University will continue to commemorate this unique moment in UVA’s history with other talks, exhibitions and events related to UVA’s past, present and future. These celebrations will span the University’s 11 schools and departments and will continue through 2019, which marks the 200th anniversary of UVA’s charter.

Updates about these events will be posted on

Ready to Party for Pink with 105.1 The Buzz? Join us on Tuesday, October 17th at McMenamins Mission Theatre for live music, food, beverages and silent auctions all helping to benefit Breast Friends of Oregon!

This year's event will feature an intimate performance by The Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik (Iris/Slide).

105.1 The Buzz Presents: PARTY FOR PINK, ftg. John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls, w/ Special Guest, Minors permitted w/guardian

McMenamins Mission Theater

October 17, 2017 7:30 PM
Doors Open: 7:00 PM

VIP: $90.00
ADVANCED: $45.00
DAY OF: $45.00
PREMIUM VIP: $100.00

VIP / ADVANCED / PREMIUM VIP Public Onsale: September 21, 2017 10:00 AM to October 16, 2017 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 17, 2017 12:00 AM to October 17, 2017 7:30 PM

Premium VIP includes:
- Floor seating
- Early access to the venue at 6pm for Meet & Greet with John Rzeznik
- One (1) professional downloadable digital photo
- One (1) pre-signed item, determined by artist
- Custom VIP lanyard
- Free hors d'oeuvres and past signature cocktail during VIP hour

Reserved VIP includes:
- Front Row Balcony seating
- Early access to the venue at 6pm for Meet & Greet with John Rzeznik
- One (1) professional downloadable digital photo
- One (1) pre-signed item, determined by artist
- Custom VIP lanyard
- Free hors d'oeuvres and past signature cocktail during VIP hour

Pink Party is more intimate than ever this year with a live performance by John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls! Only a few hundred people will have access to this exclusive party! Enjoy live music, great company, and a silent auction in which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Breast Friends of Oregon, helping women survive the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time. So get your PINK ON and let's Party for Pink! Made possible by COUNTRY Financial, Snapple, The Nautilus Shop and Polar Seltzer.

Buy tickets here:
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