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Goo Goo Dolls’ Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour is a Gift for Diehard Fans

By "MADD" Manda Walsh

https://tbkmagazine.com/2018/12/goo-goo-dolls-dizzy-up-the-girl-20th-anniversary-tour-is-a-gift-for-diehard-fans/

This year the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Dizzy Up the Girl with a 27-date tour to commemorate the occasion. The 4x platinum certified album, featuring five top-charting hits, which includes its massive City of Angels soundtrack single (“Iris”), was performed in its entirety for the first time since its debut in September of 1998, an experience that proved to be truly unforgettable for both fans and original members, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. Although prior to its kickoff the tour was described as a celebration of Dizzy Up the Girl, it was also more than implied that the second set of the show would feature a mix of the band’s various hits as well. However, as the tour kicked off in Arizona and Texas and the reviews started to roll in, it became clear based on the set lists shared from each city that the second set was in fact not what it was originally marketed as. After seeing the show for myself, it was quite obvious that this very special tour commemorating the acclaimed album was meant for genuine fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and not the casual listener whose only familiarity with them are their radio hits.

Fortunate enough to catch the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour when it came through Chicago on Friday, October 26th, I can tell you firsthand how memorable a night it was. Choosing The Chicago Theater as the backdrop to celebrate this particular stop on the tour couldn’t have been more fitting considering the venue’s history, not only as a landmark in the Windy City, but also a staple in the entertainment world. I imagine as an artist, having your name featured on the marquee outside a venue like The Chicago Theater is comparable to seeing your face on a billboard in Times Square – there’s an indescribable magic in that moment that signifies leaving one’s mark. And to say the Goo Goo Dolls have left their mark would most certainly be an understatement.

There’s something special about hearing an album live from beginning to end by a band whose music has not only spanned decades, but has also had a seriously significant impact on such an excessive number of people. There’s a level of comfort that’s similar to the comfort felt when reuniting with an old friend. You know there’s going to be anecdotes shared, but not so many that they get in the way of the songs themselves. This is exactly what it felt like walking into this tour. The anticipation and excitement in the air were undeniable as the sold-out crowd ranging from twenty something year olds to those in their mid to late forties shuffled into their seats after having bought their souvenir t-shirts and special edition vinyl of Dizzy Up the Girl to remember the special event.

With an oversize frame holding the Dizzy Up the Girl album artwork centered in the middle of the stage, as the house lights finally dimmed at 8:30pm and the stage lights illuminated the beautifully detailed theater, the audience very loudly welcomed the Goo Goo Dolls to Chicago as they kicked off the first of their two sets of the night. Beginning with “Dizzy,” and followed by two of the album’s biggest hits – “Slide” and “Broadway” – Rzeznik and Takac proceeded to take fans on a journey back in time when backpack purses were all the rage and you weren’t cool unless wore plaid. As promised, the Dolls played every song on Dizzy, including those featuring Takac on lead vocals. Fans watched with glee as black balloons were appropriately released in the air during one of many fan favorites, “Black Balloon,” and sang their loudest when it was time for “Iris.” Rzeznik and Takac’s performance was flawless, as they never skipped a beat.

Before we knew it, the 13-song set was over and the band was exiting the stage for what fans assumed would be a short intermission in between sets. Much to their surprise and pleasure, though, Rzeznik immediately returned with an acoustic guitar in hand for a solo performance of “Better Days” and “Sympathy.” The talented singer-songwriter took the time to explain before beginning “Better Days” that although the song started out as a holiday song, over time it developed a much deeper meaning. Filled with hope and words of encouragement about pushing through life’s toughest moments and remembering second chances exist for a reason, the emotionally charged song was even more haunting when stripped down to only Rezeznik’s vocals and the acoustic guitar.

As Takac and the rest of the band returned to the stage, they picked things up and took everyone back to the Dolls’ early days with “Falling Down,” “Lucky Star,” and “Stop the World,” from their 1993 album, Superstar Car Wash. This is where I noticed the two very different types of fans in attendance. While one of the guys in front of me had a look of confusion on his face as he subtlety tried to search the Goo Goo Dolls catalog on Spotify to try and figure out what songs they were now playing, the group of guys behind me happily sang along to most if not all of the second set which included (to the casual Dolls listener) less familiar songs, like “Notbroken,” “Another Second Time Around,” and “There You Are.” I realized then that as incredible as this 20th anniversary tour was, it was definitely meant for those who are actual, diehard fans of the band, as opposed to those who are just fans of their bigger, more well-known hits.

Rzeznik and Takac concluded the second half of the show with a one song encore that left everyone satisfied, but wishing their evening with one of their favorite bands could last longer. As the audience sang along to “Big Machine,” their applause and cheering booming, it was clear how undeniable the influence the Goo Goo Dolls has had on my generation (those born in the mid-80s but grew up in the 90s) is. Yes, it was Dizzy Up the Girl that launched them into mainstream success, but the veteran alt-rockers are also responsible for a hefty number of other majorly successful hits that music fans immediately know the moment they hear them. The outstanding catalog of albums this band has gifted us with is nothing short of impressive. And whether you live and breathe for the Goo Goo Dolls or you casually enjoy their radio songs, Rzeznik and Takac’s music legacy is firmly planted, and they are in no hurry to slow down any time soon.

Set List – Chicago Theater – 10/26

Set One:


Dizzy

Slide

Broadway

January Friend

Black Balloon

Bullet Proof

Amigone

All Eyes On Me

Full Forever

Acoustic #3

Iris

Extra Pale

Hatethisplace

Set Two:

Better Days

Sympathy

Falling Down

Lucky Star

Stop the World

Name

So Alive

Notbroken

Another Second Time Around

There You Are

Encore:

Big Machine
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Cool! This casino has only been open 4 months so it's brand new.  I'll be there  :)
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Yay! This will be fun!!
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By Ashley Ramynke

adio station KROQ seemingly defined the alternative sound in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and boosted the careers of bands now prevalent in the modern alternative scene.

Alternative rock band the Goo Goo Dolls — formed in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik (lead vocals/guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals/bass guitar) — had their 1995 single “Name” off their fifth studio LP “A Boy Name Goo” broadcasted on the station’s airwaves, transcending them to mainstream success.

Three years following the release of “A Boy Named Goo,” the band released their sixth studio LP “Dizzy Up The Girl” in 1998. Singles from the LP “Iris” and “Slide” both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, and are some the band’s most commonly acclaimed work.

To mark the 20th anniversary of their seminal album, the band now composed of founding members John Rzeznik (lead vocals/guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals/bass guitar), and newer additions Brad Fernquist (guitar), Jim McGorman (keyboard), and Craig Macintyre (drums), toured 27 cities across the U.S. from late Sept. to early Nov.

On the second to last stop of tour, the Goo Goo Dolls played the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Nov. 9. Entering the stage fitted in variation of black, the band prepared their gear before the lights illuminated the stage and the backdrop of the album’s artwork hung in an eccentric gold frame.

The band’s performance morphed two setlist, the first being “Dizzy Up the Girl” in its entirety, and the second as a compilation of “a bunch of old songs and stuff we don’t usually play,” Rzeznik said.

Taking brief moments between the lengthy setlist of 25 songs, Rzeznik with a sense of nostalgia, expressed gratitude to play a show in the town that gave the band their stardom over 20 years ago. Then proceeding to  chastising the crowd, saying how other artist say it is hard to play a show in Los Angeles because everyone is always on their phones. With a semi-valid point, not many attendees gazed at their phones, but instead phones could be constantly seen overhead in attempt to record the concert.

Continuing through the first set, vocalist, bassist, and fellow founding member Robby Takac had an undeniable smile of glee plastered on his face the whole set. The theme of awe for being able to draw such a large crowd 20 years after the album’s release was prevalent to both the founding members and the newer additions.

As the setlist dwindled to the final three songs, the crowd peaked in anticipation for “Iris.” The song is most commonly known as part of the soundtrack on the Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan film “City of Angels” released in 1998, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the year of the film’s release.

The crowd feeding off the band’s passion sang along as the song transitioned between cascading vocals and an intense instrumental ending.

To mark the conclusion of the first set, the band left the stage and the lights dimmed as a voicemail message echoed across the crowd. A group of stagehands then brought out a large rectangular object covered with a dark sheet. A mere moment later, Rzeznik entered the stage alone, joking about his hatred for being placed on hold.

“I wanted to do something special for you guys ‘cause this is L.A. and this is always a really cool place to do a show, and you’ve got to do something spectacular. So I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Why don’t we get a special celebrity guest to come play with us, right? How f**king awesome would that be?’ So then we got our phones out and we were looking through all our contacts, and like, I don’t have an famous friends … and times being what they are, and my lack of famous friends, everything that I have going on, I decided on an alternative that I hope you enjoy. And I would like to introduce to you to my friend … me,” said Rzeznik.

The sheet was then removed to show a video of Rzeznik on the large rectangular screen. Proceeding to play “Better Days,” “Can’t Let It Go,” and “Two Days in February,” bantering between himself and his digital version, he also transitioned to let his digital version sing or play guitar for him between songs before bringing out Takac to play alongside them for “Two Days in February.”

Replacing the digital Rzeznik with the rest of the band, they prepared their gear as the backdrop now void of the album’s original artwork was replaced with a large banner with the band’s logo. Then playing a mix of their hits over the decades to more obscure songs, they ended the set with the song “Big Machine” off their seventh studio LP “Gutterflower” released in 2002.

As the array of colorful stage lights ferociously cascaded over the stage and audience, the band throwing picks into the crowd exited the stage in the city that began their stardom over two decades ago.

https://highschool.latimes.com/santiago-canyon-college/concert-review-goo-goo-dolls-20th-anniversary-of-dizzy-up-the-girl/
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Who's ready for a chance to win some Goo Goo Dolls swag during this Holiday Season? Read on...

Here's the scoop: Starting tomorrow - WE are going to post a 'Word of the Day' and YOU are going to reply with the Goo Goo Dolls song line it belongs in. (Yes - there will probably be several answers, but that's cool. Simply choose one.) Easy, right? In your reply, you MUST include these: #agsecretsanta, #googoodolls and #absolutegoopics

One winner daily, but not announced. This contest will go on for 12 days, and because it is a SECRET SANTA contest - we will ALSO need you to DM us with your shipping details, as Santa will secretly be putting the prizes in the mail! So whichever platform you reply on, DM us your mailing details there too.

Okay. Recap; We post a Word of the Day, You reply, include the hashtags, and make sure you DM your postal address. WHEN the winners receive their holiday treat - we hope they will let us all know! Won't it be fun to look forward to a surprise from the mailman? We think so! Good luck to all!

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More info as we get it...

As per @googoodolls:

"We've just added a show at @Osage_Casinos in Tulsa, OK on Feb 16! Pre-sale tickets are available Wed 12/5 at 10am local time.

ALSO - pre-sale tickets for our show at @NorthernQuest in Airway Heights, WA on June 9 are available tomorrow at 10am local time."
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https://canisiusgriffin.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/vintage-rock-roll-posters-come-back-to-life-in-new-anthology-book/

Adam Duke
Editor in Chief
Put together for archival purposes to document and preserve the history of Buffalo’s punk scene, the book Underground Buffalo Rock Posters: The Continental and Beyond offers a look into the lost art of designing concert advertisements.       

Like automobiles, the Big Mac, furniture, and various household appliances, concert posters just aren’t what they used to be, no matter how cliché that phrase may sound.

Upon inspecting the posters outside of smaller venues in 2018, you will find that a typical show poster is comprised of a computer-designed logo or a photo of the band that will be performing, along with the date and showtime underneath. Somewhat artistic, but nothing like the hand-drawn or cut-and-pasted, mass copied, punk-era posters of the late 1970s through the 90s. Posters of the kind could be seen in stores, venues, and on signs and bulletin boards around Buffalo at the time, specifically down Elmwood Avenue.

Earlier this month, Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and designers Don Keller and Karl Kotas released a compilation of many of these these Buffalo show posters in the form of “Underground Buffalo Rock Posters.” The compilation was collected from poster artists including Keller and Kotas, as well as band members, who saved copies after plastering them around town.

The book features a foreword by Takac, a poem and illustration by Kotas, posters from over 30 bands, including the Goo Goo Dolls, the Ramones, 10,000 Maniacs, The Fems, Cannibal Corpse, and Famous Blue Raincoat, and over 15 clubs, including The Continental, Goodbar, Jingles, and Uncle Sam’s.

Included in the book is a copy of The Continental’s first flyer, from February of 1980, advertising their grand opening Feb. 6 and 7, with draft beer for 25 cents, mixed drinks for 50 cents, and three shots for a dollar as well as a light show and dancing. “For new wavers, mods, punks & rockers,” said the flyer.

Additionally, there is a poster from a free outdoor concert at Buffalo State College, where Green Jelly, then Green Jell-o, opened for The Ramones in 1985. The advertisement has the band names scratched in with a Sharpie, Green Jell-o filled in solid black and growing from the white box-letter Ramones text, as if Green Jell-o were a tree gaining its roots from The Ramones.

Kotas and candio contributed their designs for The Fems to the book and Keller designed for shows at Adventure Club and The Scrapyard, including multiple Goo Goo Dolls advertisements. Artist David Kane added many designs for the bands Erectronics, Alien Registration and Celibates as well as clubs like The Continental and Goodbar.

Kotas’ posters displayed the look of the busier designs that bands were using during that era, with little to no white space between the art and the words. Alternatively, Keller’s provide a look at the cleaner, more symmetrical designs, with each item of text receiving its own line above, around, or on top of the graphic. Kane’s and candio’s posters used color to their advantage, filling negative space in with black or gray as opposed to white and making many of his designs stand out.

The second-to-last page of the book features a newer poster, designed by Keller, advertising a Continental reunion at Town Ballroom March 15, 2013. On the back of the page is the raw sketch for the cover design, a punk-looking buffalo with The Continental logo beneath.

Underground Buffalo Rock Posters: The Continental and Beyond is available at Amazon.
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Maybe Al Gore knows
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the Silence is deadly, goodbye
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Al Gore 24 Hours of Reality Global Broadcast: Celebrities, Musicians, & Thought Leaders to Participate

RADIO FACTS - By Michael Mitchell

On December 3-4, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s eighth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast — 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves — a 24-hour live event exploring how the climate crisis is threatening human health worldwide.
This year’s program will be carried by broadcast partners globally and streamed live online at 24HoursofReality.org.

Celebrities, musicians, elected officials, and thought leaders will join the broadcast to highlight the climate-health connection around the world, with features including:

Special appearances and exclusive performances: Sting & Shaggy; The Lumineers; 5 Seconds of Summer; Moby; Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; Portugal. The Man; Bob Weir and Wolf Bros; Robyn; Courtney Barnett; Arlissa; Kate Nash; Goo Goo Dolls; Clare Bowen; David Crosby; Nahko; Michael Franti; We Three; Marcin Patrzalek; Nyah Grace; Khalil Fong; LiCong; Raja Kumari; and Ben&Ben, including:
Exclusive world premieres of Portugal. The Man’s new single, “Easy Tiger,” and Kate Nash’s new single, “Trash.”

Celebrity appearances: Jaden Smith; Calum Worthy; Bill Nye; Téa Leoni; Jonathan Scott; Claire Danes; Mandy Patinkin; Thomas Middleditch; Van Ness Wu; Hans Zimmer; Cody Simpson; and more.

Elected officials and thought leaders: President Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland; President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of the Republic of Costa Rica; First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland; George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, British Columbia; Dr. Eckart Würzner, mayor of Heidelberg, Germany; Gina McCarthy, former US EPA administrator and director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Dr. Maria Neira, director, Department of Public Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization; Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, deputy director of climate and environment division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University; Catherine Flowers, rural development manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE), The Climate Reality Project Board Member; and more.

“Our health depends on the health of the planet,” said Al Gore. “The climate crisis is not an abstract issue; it has direct impacts on us and the people we love the most. I’m looking forward to exploring the climate and health connection on this year’s 24 Hours broadcast and to discussing how we can take bold and ambitious action to ensure that future generations can live long, healthy lives full of opportunity and promise.”

Produced by Peter Green, Danielle Addair, and Steve Addair of ShoulderHill Entertainment, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality will air live from Los Angeles beginning on Monday, December 3 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. The show will travel around the globe, highlighting unique regional health impacts and celebrating local, national, and international efforts to implement meaningful climate solutions. The program will also broadcast two hours live from locations in China and India.

24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves will be carried on television globally by broadcast partners in 125 plus countries, including ABS-CBN, Discovery Poland Group, France 24, KAN, NDTV, People°s Weather (DSTV), Phoenix TV, RTP, SBS Viceland, SKY Mexico, TLN, Yle and more. The full list of television broadcast partners will be available at 24HoursofReality.org. The show will also be available live via online streaming at 24HoursofReality.org, ifeng.com in China, and through a network of social distribution partners. Global transmission feed is being provided by Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalized network and leader in integrated satellite communications.

https://radiofacts.com/al-gore-24-hours-of-reality-global-broadcast-celebrities-musicians-thought-leaders-set-to-join/

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