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By Dave Gil de Rubio

https://longislandweekly.com/news/goo-goo-dolls-journey-from-college-radio-to-the-pop-charts/

It’s been 20 years since the release of Dizzy Up the Girl, the Goo Goo Dolls’ multi-platinum sixth studio album, that yielded five Top 10 singles and signaled the commercial arrival of this Western New York outfit. Arguably one of the most successful post-grunge bands to emerge out of the ’90s, the Goos did not arrive fully formed. The early days of the band found them tagged as Replacements Lite (that group’s Paul Westerberg cowrote the 1993 single “We Are the Normal” off that year’s Superstar Car Wash) and they were actually college radio staples up through the early 1990s.

While the band’s latest road stint found them helming the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour, founding member Robby Takac is quick to point out that his band hasn’t forgotten its hardscrabble roots.

“The tour has been going great and we’ve been going out doing our best to play everything that everybody wants to hear every night. That’s sort of been our goal for the past few decades. With this new format of this show—going out and playing this whole Dizzy Up the Girl record—we got five of our pretty big songs out of the way really early in the set, so it really structured a really different kind of experience for us,” he said. “We would sort of put things together and there were two ways to go. We could play Dizzy and then nail everybody with a mini-set of super-hits and say goodbye. Or, we could go the opposite way and go a little deeper, which is what we decided to do. So we were a little skeptical as to how that was going to work. First off, we made sure to keep it in a little bit smaller places than we normally play. But it’s turned out great. People have been into the whole idea and it’s been a pleasant surprise for us for sure.”

While the release of Dizzy turned the Goo Goo Dolls into household names, the skids were greased by the release of “Iris,” a chart-topping power ballad released on the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. For Takac, he knew big changes were on the horizon for his group.

“We had already recorded ‘Iris’ and it was already sort of bubbling up as we were recording this album. I can remember sitting in the lounge of the studio and the Stanley Cup Finals were going on,” he recalled. “Somebody was skating around with a Stanley Cup over their head—I’m not a big sports fan, so I can’t really tell you who it was. But ‘Iris’ was playing on the background and as this was going on during the broadcast, I remember we were all looking at each other thinking how crazy that was. So we already knew that something was starting to happen a little bit. People were treating us differently.”

It was quite a change for the then-trio that got its start in Buffalo and took its name from an ad for a toy they saw in True Detective magazine. Too soft to be considered a hardcore punk band and too aggressive to be lumped into the alternative music camp, the threesome signed up with Metal Blade Records and worked hard on their craft, touring with everyone from Gang Green and Cannibal Corpse to cow-punk outfit The Gun Club. And while the band started out with the bass playing Takac as the lead singer, the vocal duties gradually shifted over to guitar player Johnny Rzeznik. It was all part of the learning curve and progression as a band that Takac acknowledges was needed.

“I just think [having John become the singer] was more of the journey of becoming a real band. We just had the unique or unfortunate opportunity of making that growth that most people do in private, on record. At the time, there was a scene that embraced what we were doing. I don’t know what kind of records we were trying to make back then. Even on our first record, I think we fancied ourselves a little bit more like The Cure than we really came off as. But it was what our tendencies took us to. But I think from that, John and I learned to stand in front of a room full of people in any situation and make this thing come down. I think that 10 or 12 years of knowledge contributed when it became crunch time and we really had to make it happen,” he said.

With 2019 looming, the Goo Goo Dolls are working on a follow-up to 2016’s Boxes and are set to make a major announcement for next summer. When asked about his band’s longevity, Takac pauses before acknowledging that the school of hard knocks he and Rzeznik attended helped forge their determination and hone their creative vision. “I think [our being an album band was] one of the things that sets us apart from a lot of the bands that were happening at that time. People sort of popped into that scene, when it became popular and I think we sort of rose into it as part of the journey here,” he said. “We love The Replacements, Bad Brains and The Clash and everybody that formed what we were doing early on. Especially John’s desire to move beyond what we were doing at the time, but at a reasonable pace, has led to this sort of growth over the past 30 years. And a lot of bands never get to realize that, so we’re pretty lucky in that way.”
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Massive fires are ravaging California at the moment, and the results are heartbreaking. If you are wondering how you can help - we're compiling a list. Support what you can, where you can, and let's not forget the animals!

From the NY Times:

Three wildfires in California have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed thousands of homes. So far, 44 people have died.

As of Sunday morning, 117,000 acres had been burned by the fire in the northern part of the state, called the Camp Fire. It has turned into the most destructive in the state’s history and one of the most deadly. Another 98,000 acres have been scorched in Southern California by the Woolsey and Hill fires.

Here’s how you can help.

Research before you donate

Remember to do your research on a charity’s reputation for using donations effectively. Charity Navigator is a good source to consult.

Also, remember that sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help in a disaster, according to the Center for International Disaster Information, part of the United States Agency for International Development.

If volunteers on the ground end up with a mountain of donated goods, they’ll have to spend time sorting through them rather than buying exactly what’s needed.
Nonprofits that are seeking donations

American Red Cross: This nonprofit has opened shelters across the state to help evacuees. They also have an online tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them.

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund:
For 15 years, the foundation has offered aid to those affected by wildfires. Grants have gone to rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health assistance and helping those affected to get medical treatment.

California Fire Foundation: This organization is on the ground distributing financial assistance to people who have lost everything in the fires. Through its emergency assistance program, firefighters distribute pre-paid gift cards to help those who need to purchase necessities like food, medicine and clothing.

Caring Choices: This nonprofit, which is in Chico, Calif., has turned into a hub for organizing volunteers to help those affected by the Camp Fire. Volunteers are assigned a variety of duties, including caring for displaced animals and, for those who are certified doctors or nurses, offering medical care.

The organization has paused taking on new volunteers for the next few days but still encourages applications. It said it will need extra hands in the coming weeks. Caring Choices is also seeking monetary donations for its operations.

Enloe Medical Center: This 298-bed hospital is in Chico, the site of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire. It is accepting donations for patients and families who have been displaced.

Entertainment Industry Foundation: This nonprofit, started by Hollywood stars, has a fund that helps firefighters and other emergency workers battling California wildfires. One of its beneficiaries is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots. Another beneficiary provides meals for emergency workers and evacuees staying in shelters.

Humane Society of Ventura County: This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.

North Valley Community Foundation: This nonprofit in Chico is raising money to support organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire. These could include churches, fairgrounds and community centers, said Logan Todd, a foundation spokesman.

Salvation Army: At both ends of the state, the Salvation Army is providing meals to shelters in local churches, fairgrounds and a community college.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles:
This local branch of the national organization is raising money for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill Fires, specifically to help low-income residents.

From SF Gate:


Donations of new clothing, undergarments, shoes and socks can be taken to the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers St. Evacuees also need paper products, visa gift cards, new pillows, blankets, towels and washcloths.

The Hope Center in Oroville is still taking donations at its warehouse at 2850 Feather River Blvd., but it will no longer accept anything at its Kitrick Avenue A location. The Hope Center has asked for backpacks, new undergarments, non-perishable foods, paper products and bedding items.

For animal relief, the Butte Humane Society at 2580 Fair St. in Chico is accepting pet supplies, such as wet and dry dog and cat food, litter boxes, kennels and carriers, leashes and toys. For those who don’t live nearby, the Humane Society also set up an Amazon wish list to donate pet supplies online.

Here are ways to help through monetary donations:

   

The North Valley Community Foundation has two funds:
The Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. Donors can make an open gift to the school fund, or designate a specific use, like textbooks or school supplies. Donations are accepted through the foundations’ website.

Monetary donations may also be made to the American Red Cross. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The United Way of Northern California is taking donations for its NorCal Fire Relief Fund through its website and by text: send the message BUTTEFIRE to 91999.

From Fast Company:
Donate Goods or Services

    Give an evacuee or a firefighter a free place to stay through Airbnb. Find out more here.
    If you’re in California, donate non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Ventura Corps, which is providing food and shelter to victims and first responders.
    Caring Choices in Butte County is currently looking for medical volunteers.
    Other volunteer opportunities related to the fires are posted on California Volunteers, including financial and other donations.

Donate Money

    GoFundMe has set up pages to directly help people affected by the fires. Head here to help.
    Facebook has a Crisis Response page for the Woolsey Fire, which includes fundraising through GlobalGiving.
    Google is channeling donations through the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Read more about it here.
    The Red Cross is providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees. You can visit RedCross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
    Give to the Ventura County Community Foundation‘s Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund.
    The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with United Way of Ventura County to collect donations to its Disaster Relief Fund
. Donate online or  text “UWVC to 41444.”
    Donate directly to Direct Relief, which helps provide resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected areas across California. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching all donations, up to $15,000.
    The Salvation Army Ventura Corps is accepting donations to go toward California wildfire relief.
    The California Fire Foundation is a nonprofit that is distributing emergency funds to fire victims, including distributing prepaid credit cards to help victims buy food, clothing, and shelter. Donate to the SAVE program here.
    Since the fires are in Hollywood’s backyard, the Entertainment Industry Foundation is raising money through its Fire Relief Fund to help those affected. Last year funds went to the L.A. Fire Department, L.A. Kitchen, and the Humane Society of Ventura County.
    You can also donate directly to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
    The Firefighters Charitable Foundation accepts donations to support volunteer fire stations and help wildfire victims.
    Baby2Baby is distributing essential items to children affected by the ongoing fires. Help them supply diapers, wipes, blankets, and other basic baby needs by purchasing from their registry.

Help Animals

    The Humane Society of Ventura County
is accepting animals evacuating from the Hill and Woolsey fires, and they’re also looking for support. You can donate to the organization here or purchase needed items through their Amazon Wish List here. Locals can also apply to volunteer to help evacuate animals in the future.
    Give money to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
, which will support various shelters’ relief efforts.

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

HEY HEY In Rockers and Welcome t the Lobby, coming to you again today from way up high in the sky as I make my way to Los Angeles for a second set of band rehearsals for our upcoming Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary US tour which starts on my birthday (Sept 30th) in Phoenix, AZ. But it has been a whirlwind of activity for the last month as my wife Miyoko makes her way around America with Osaka’s Shonen Knife tour managing and selling merch for 5 weeks. I have been between rehearsals in NY and LA and on a single Dad adventure with some help from my parents in back home who are kind enough to help out when I need to be away.

If the aforementioned set of circumstances didn’t make it chaotic enough, in the midst of all this on September 9th was the 16th Annual Music is Art Festival in Buffalo. For those of you who have been taking this literary journey with me here in the pages on In Rock may know of the festival, for those of you who don’t know it’s a music/art/dance festival, which I have put on with a group of dedicated volunteers, which grows a little bigger and more exciting every year. This year we had 20 stages of music of all types including Jazz, Country, Metal Alternative and EDM , multiple performance art areas, dozens of live artists, poets and dance groups who come together for this yearly celebration of talent in my hometown. I’ve been seeing some of the attendees since they were kids coming with their parents, I end up taking tons of pictures with the attendees and have been for 16 years, feels a little bit like families coming for their annual picture with Santa Claus at the mall! Now that the festival is over it’s time to get the planners together for a review of the event and gather our ideas for 2019’s celebration!

For the last decade we’ve been doing our best to share some Japanese culture with our city at The Music is Art Festival, this year was no exception! We featured the rock band Peelander Z from Japan, they bare currently living in Austin and their lead singer Peelander Yellow also painted a mural live for the attendees. Harumo Sato an artist from Sapporo also came to paint a live mural in her “pop” Japanese style along the river. The Buffalo Niagara Shibuki Taiko group performed as well on the festival main stage; Shibuki Taiko also performed a song with the rock band The Molice from Tokyo who have been doing an artistic residence in Buffalo since April. The Molice just released a new album called “GATE” on my record label, Good Charamel Records, two other bands from the label are now in the US touring as well, Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle and Osaka’s Shonen Knife as I mentioned earlier in the column!

I spent a weekend producing some music in the studio with one of my favorite new bands "Beach Slang" from Philadelphia working on a single with them alongside producer/engineer Jay Zubricky at my GCR Audio studios. We did a set of cover songs with vocalist/frontman James Alex and his crew, we look forward to that single being released soon!

Rehearsals have been going very well for the upcoming “DIZZY” tour, you see, we’ve never performed an entire album before, so this is a new experience for us. We have a pretty standard set of about 14 popular songs we like to perform every night full of “fan favorites” and it leaves little room to be play too may B-sides or deep cuts during the show, but as we are playing the full DIZZY album for the first half of the show this unique situation has allowed us to leave that usual format and go deep into the catalog. We’re spending our days re-visiting some songs we haven’t played in nearly 20 years so it’s really become a very special set of music for us. It's going to be a great trip for us.

I think that’s it for today, we’ll be in the thick of it next time we talk, and I’ll be bringing Hana out on tour with us to do a little daddy/daughter time on the road, living large in our tour bus, hotels and theaters of the GGDS Fall Dizzy Adventure …. pretty cool kid ….. OK, I’ve gotta run, be cool, stay happy, enjoy the Fall and we’ll talk again soon!

Peace

Robby
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Mohegan Sun here I come!!!!
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Bethlehem Musikfest Presale ?
« Last post by AsIAm on November 12, 2018, 04:02 PM »


Hi. That show is not included in the presale group. Read more about it here: http://www.musikfest.org/
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Goo Goo Dolls get sentimental on ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ show at Palladium

Some albums can take you back to a very specific time and place in your life. For me, one of those albums is 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl from the Goo Goo Dolls. That album turned 20 years old this year. Naturally, when they announced a tour to celebrate it, I had to be there.

I remember going to the mall with my grandma and buying that CD when it came out. I had two older brothers, and my grandma’s house had only two TVs. So I basically never got to choose what to watch. Usually, in cases I didn’t wanna watch what my brothers picked, I would go to my room and listen to music. I must have listened to Dizzy Up the Girl at least 1,000 times in that bedroom.

It’s an album I hadn’t really revisited much in recent years. I haven’t really followed the Goo Goo Dolls much the last decade or so. The last album of theirs I really connected with was 2002’s Gutterflower. Find me a song that brings a smile to your face the way “Big Machine” does for me.

Showing up at the Hollywood Palladium, it was awesome to see it packed. It was definitely an older crowd, probably a mid-thirties average age. It was great to see the excitement on people’s faces. One guy in particular was wigging out over hearing “All Eyes On Me”. He said he had never seen the band play it in the half-dozen times or so he’d seen them.

When they took the stage to the guitar riff for the album-opening song “Dizzy”, the eight-year-old version of myself squealed with joy. A few of the people in music I was at the show with waited around for the hits “Black Balloon” and “Iris” — obviously, they overlooked how strong an album it is. “Slide” was a mega hit when it dropped as one of the singles. Its guitar melody is reminiscent of sentimental ’90s rock like Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra and the like — the kind of music that doesn’t get its just due on alt-rock radio these days. John Rzeznik and Co. sure know how to write a fucking hook.

Considering I hadn’t really listened to the album in years, I still knew all the words. The song “Broadway” was always a favorite. These guys might be 20 years older, but the band sounds as tight as they did in 1998. Rzeznik’s voice has held up wonderfully.

“Black Balloon” was a clear crowd favorite. It’s crazy to think this song about heroin was such a pop radio favorite but I realize this was around the time Third Eye Blind had songs about crystal meth in commercials for The Tigger Movie.

One thing to note about this 20th anniversary — only Rzeznik and bassist and fellow songwriter Robby Takac remain from the lineup that put out the record. The rest of this band at this point are just touring members. They were able to play the songs up to the expectations of the crowd. Takac sang lead vocals on four songs on Dizzy Up The Girl. I mostly skipped those songs when I listened to them as a kid, but they grew on me.

“All Eyes On Me” was a deep cut that didn’t get its due respect when the album dropped because it had so many successful singles. Rzeznik’s voice as he slides into the chorus is powerful.

As expected, “Iris” was a massive sing-along, with couples slow-dancing to the tune that shook Rzeznik out of a bad case of writer’s block. I remember it being on the City of Angels soundtrack (one of the greatest ’90s soundtracks ever), paving the way to Dizzy Up the Girl selling more than four million copies.

My favorite deep cut was always the album-closing “Hate This Place”. It has a brilliant chorus, with Rzeznik shouting “Hold on, dream away / You’re my sweet charade”. I used to play that song over and over again listening to it.

It was a whirlwind of emotions listening to that album play front-to-back. It helped me time travel to a simpler time, for sure. The band left the stage, and Rzeznik returned for a gimmicky set of three songs where he had a video screen of himself. The video screen version played “Better Days” on guitar with the real-life version singing vocals. Then the video version sang on “Can’t Let It Go”.

The rest of the band returned to the stage with “Name” being a highlight. That was the song that broke them big off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo (also what first made me aware of them). They closed with an encore of “Big Machine” — only fitting that they ended things with another massive singalong.

If you ever get a chance to see a band perform an album in its entirety that played a big part in your youth, do it. As was the case with the Goo Goo Dolls, most bands only take these kinds of victory laps if they’re going to put the effort into doing it right. I ended up walking out with a vinyl copy of the record — one of few albums I’ve bought at a show this year.

Words by Mark Ortega
Photos by Betsy Martinez
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Summer Tour 2019! Goo Goo Dolls/Train/Allen Stone
« Last post by sandchair on November 12, 2018, 12:56 PM »
Never mind...just looked up the term on Ticketmaster.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Summer Tour 2019! Goo Goo Dolls/Train/Allen Stone
« Last post by sandchair on November 12, 2018, 12:24 PM »
Hey There, I just bought "Official Platinum" tickets for BB&T Camden, NJ.  What is included with this ticket, if anything?  Not familiar with this terminology.  Thanks.
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Goo Goo Dolls Ticket Exchange / 1 Jones Beach ticket for sale
« Last post by blueyesthatnevercry on November 12, 2018, 12:18 PM »
Selling 1 ticket for the 8/3 Jones Beach show. Orch C, Row J, Seat 22. Selling for what I paid $149.75. I chose mobile ticket, so I can transfer you the ticket through TM.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Bethlehem Musikfest Presale ?
« Last post by melagoo on November 12, 2018, 10:49 AM »
Hi.
Is the presale for the Bethlehem Musikfest 8/6 today at noon?  If so where?  When I click on the link for tickets on the GooGooDolls website it just reloads the same page. And, I don't see mention of the concert on LiveNation. Please, help... presales are in an hour and I don't want to miss it.
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