Hello In Rockers and I’m so glad you took a second to check in on me here in the pages of the mighty In Rock, my band Goo Goo Dolls are in full touring mode now as we enter the 2nd week of our “2017 Long Way Home US Tour”. We’re traveling with singer / songwriter Phillip Phillips opening the show, cool guy and he’s traveling with a great band, it’s shaping up to be an amazing summer as we circle the US bringing the rock show around the country.
We spent a week in the desert getting our show together, all of the lights and sound must be organized for the new show as well as cues for the band to follow for the new arrangements of the songs. When your band has been together for over 30 years it gets to be tough to pull together a set list together, there’s a process that I’ve been using for the past 20 years, it consists of taking the set lists from the last tour, disassembling it into 3 categories; 1) “The dirty dozen” ? these are the dozen or so songs that have made it into chart positions or that have been featured prominently to listeners along the way. These songs nearly always appear in the set (because we would probably have boyfriends/husbands lined up by the bus if we failed to play Iris for their loved ones). We also have songs from our latest release, this tour we are promoting our last album “Boxes” as well as our new EP “You Should Be Happy”, that’s usually about 5-6 songs scattered throughout the set, then there’s a couple sets of my songs or “Robby Songs” as they are referred to on the stage. Lastly there’s just songs that we just simply love to play and they are scattered and swapped out throughout the tour. By that point we have gone way, way over 90 minutes and it’s then our task to decide what NOT to play, and that is the toughest part of the process. I guess that’s a point most bands would like to get to some day, but I must say after 11 albums and 30+ years of releasing music it becomes one of the most difficult parts of the touring cycle.
We started the tour in San Francisco at the legendary Shoreline Amphitheater, home of the Grateful Dead, we had an amazing first night of the tour with a great crowd welcoming the new show with open arms and strong voices as we began another long trip around the US.
Simultaneously our Good Charamel Records label is hosting Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle as they embarked on a 10 week US tour on 07/07 traveling the country doing shows supporting their latest “Jump In” single released in early July. The band began their 35-show US tour in Buffalo, NY, traveling with a session drummer from Atlanta, GA they will travel up and down the Eastern Coast of the country doing shows on their own as well as a 3 week opening slot for Nashville based rockers The Winter Sound. PDP plans to return to the US to continue touring the US West Coat in the Fall/Winter of 2017.
Today I have a day off in Chicago, my wife and daughter are in Japan this month visiting family, so I’m solo today, I’m thinking I might just lay low and maybe see the new Minions movie (my daughter got me hooked), maybe try to have a normal day for a second before we get back into the crazy schedule of the tour! Hope you all have a great month and thanks for checking in on me, have a great month and we’ll see you soon in the pages on In Rock!