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Did they drop Flat Top for Boston last night?! I just checked and it’s not there....
It’s a shame, because it fits the definition of a “deep cut”. Only way I can see it returning is through a barrage of requests

I can see the buffalo shows being mixed up. Which worries me in case an oldie gets dropped before Seattle
By Iris Konstant

Nashville, Tennessee is home to musical legends and icons; from your country music stars who call the city home to the rock’n’roll legends merely passing through for the night. On a frigid night in October, The Goo Goo Dolls brought the heat to the legendary Ryman Auditorium on their 20th Anniversary Tour; celebrating the late 1998 release ‘Dizzy Up the Girl.’ A momentous album which launched the Goo Goo Dolls into commercial success, which lead singer, John Rzeznik is “beyond grateful for;” as it provided them numerous opportunities; yet he jokingly resents how “old” the album makes him feel.

This light-hearted tone of retrospection marked the night; as the Goo Goo Dolls strived to create a night of simple elegance and story-telling. Which came to life against a series of simple backdrops and stunning lighting designs; starting with the album art for ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ in a golden frame and ending with their name emblazoned upon a black backdrop. The stories which wove a tale of the history of the Goo Goo Dolls were interwoven between songs; some detailing the history of a song and some simply acting as asides to give the band time to switch instruments.

Case in point, the story behind the Goo Goo Dolls’ first radio hit "Name." As John mentioned how the band would often wait to play "Name" till the end of their set. Due to its popularity and difference in comparison to the rest of their set. Which consisted of a medley of punk-rock songs, seeing as the band used to be called Sex Maggot.

Sex Maggot often had trouble retaining a crowd; thus, they would wait to play "Name." However, a name change and several radio hits later, the Goo Goo Dolls don’t have to worry about keeping people around. As from the first note in "Dizzy" to the last note in "Flat Top," the crowd was utterly captivated by the performance. From the illustrative stories which wove tales to the oddly captivating performance of "Better Days." Where John sang a duet with himself via LED screen. The Goo Goo Dolls created a night which drew in fans and created a performance, unlike no other.

After all, what artist would tell you that their alternate chord usage was just sheer laziness and lack of knowledge? As according to John, when he was growing up he could’ve invested his parent’s money into guitar lessons; but instead decided to use the money for “beer money.”

It was this honest passion for story-telling which heated up the legendary Ryman Auditorium, even if it was only for the night; as the tales they weaved and the songs they performed created a moment for fans to hold onto and cherish for weeks to come. While the Goo Goo Dolls continue their 20th Anniversary tour, with stops in: Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Seattle before closing out a momentous tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, November 10th.

 Dizzy // Slide // Broadway // January Friend // Black Balloon // Bullet Proof // Amigone // All Eyes On Me // Full Forever // Acoustic #3 // Iris // Extra Pale // Hate This Place // Better Days // Can’t Let it Go // Two Days In February // Fallin’ Down // Lucky Star // Name // Stop The World // So Alive // Notbroken // Another Second Time Around // There You Are


Big Machine & Flat Top

Click the link for a great photo set -
Pair of tickets are sold, only single ticket remaining
"Think About Me" was not played in 7 shows now. :(  October 10, 12, 13 & 15 plus the previous 3 shows.  bummer.
On Tour: The Goo Goo Dolls Revisit The 'Dizzy' Days

The band is celebrating twenty years of 'Dizzy Up The Girl'

Twenty years ago, a group from Buffalo, NY went from MTV buzz band to inescapable multi-platinum Modern Rock heroes and beyond. The album, Dizzy Up The Girl, pushed The Goo Goo Dolls into a new stratosphere and made them stars, but every part of their success seemed unlikely at the time.

The band is currently touring the country, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their most successful album. Dizzy Up The Girl featured two number one singles, sold over four million copies, and made the Goo a household name. But before it could happen John Resnick, Robby Takac, and the rest of The Goo Goo Dolls needed lightning to strike twice.

"We were doing really well, and I think that the band had a lot of confidence" explains singer John Resnick about the recording of the band's sixth studio album. After years of kicking around the scene, they had finally found a hit with "Name", opening new doors but asking a new set of questions. "I started getting a lot of fear in my head, because a song like 'Name' comes along, you write it, out of nowhere that song became a hit. I didn't expect it, I thought we were gonna sell our usual eighty-thousand records and go home."

"That song blew up, and I felt like I had just won the lottery" adds Resnick. "And everybody's like 'yeah John, that's amazing, do it again.' I'm like, how the hell am I gonna win the lottery again."

Resnick and company took their winnings from the "Name" lottery and invested it into Dizzy Up The Girl, hiring a big producer, working with an actual budget for the first time, and bringing in the right people to be a part of the process."We did what we felt were the best things to try to minimize us screwing the whole thing up."

The recording of the album brought the band out of several comfort zones, and into new scenery and scenarios in Los Angeles. It wasn't long before they would start throwing their own parties at the studio, realizing they didn't quite fit in the L.A. landscape.

"We could get into the velvet rope joints, but I got thrown out. The first one I went into they threw me out" laughs Resnick. "I whistled at the bartender because he wasn't paying attention to me. I'm waiving a twenty dollar bill, and he's just like, out!"

"We do a different kind of drinking in Buffalo, then they do in L.A." adds bassist Robby Takac.

"It's a different style" John explains. "The Buffalo drinker is, when you're poor and you're a Buffalo drinker, you start about 8 o'clock in the evening, with your friends at your house and a big jug of vodka that comes in a plastic bottle. Then when you're completely wasted from that, you're like 'ok it's midnight, now we can afford to go out.' Then you go out to the club - they're open till four in the morning - and then you just sort of ride, like a maintenance buzz till last call."

"So that's why we started having our own parties, so we could get Buffalo drunk."

Despite the parties and the fear of losing the lottery, The Goo Goo Dolls began work on Dizzy. During the recording, the band would be asked to make a song for an upcoming movie soundtrack. "We were making Dizzy Up The Girl at the same time, and it was just sorta like a side thing to do" remembers Resnick.

The side project would be "Iris." The song featured on the soundtrack for City Of Angels would go on to be the most played song of 1998, and the perfect introduction to the band's upcoming album.

"I never thought that song was gonna be a hit" adds John. "We were really sort of the dark horse on the album, and somehow it worked out for us. And we said, well we might as well put the hit on the album we're putting out."

Following "Iris", the album would be released that September. The song once again won the lottery, as did "Slide", and a four-time platinum album. The Goo Goo Dolls went from an underground Buffalo band to a mainstream success, but not everyone was on board.

"They didn't like us, the critics. After we got some success, it was like mainstream rock critics hated us" laments John. "Dizzy Up The Girl was reviewed a lot, negatively. But then you know, it got nominated for four GRAMMYs."

"We didn't win any of the GRAMMYs, but it was like alright that's cool. We got to go to all the parties."

The celebration continues for Dizzy Up The Girl into November, as the band makes their way around the country on the anniversary tour. You can find all of the dates here.

To hear more from The Goo Goo Dolls, you can check out the full interview below. (Audio interview)

By Samantha Christmann

Oxford Pennant has teamed up with the Goo Goo Dolls to create a line of limited-edition merchandise commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo band's landmark album, "Dizzy Up the Girl." The band will be on hand to sign the merchandise from noon to 2 pm.  For more information:
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Three Board Rules, reminder
« Last post by Ashlee.Telschow on October 16, 2018, 06:26 PM »
Wow it's sad that these reminders need to be made. Shame on anyone who is disrespectful of any of these threads!
Thanks to the AG crew!

Thanks to A K! 
Stop the World:

2 Days In February:

Thanks to Doug Lautersack for Name:

Thanks to riahenn11565 for Acoustic #3:

Thanks to craigmacintyre_drummer!:

Thanks to gobriphi:
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