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!


By Ashley Ramynke

Radio 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.

Radio Facts – Al Gore 24 Hours of Reality Global Broadcast: Celebrities, Musicians – including the Goo Goo Dolls & Thought Leaders to Participate

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

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 The show will also be available live via online streaming at, 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.


By Dave Gil de Rubio

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.”


Compass House is a shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Buffalo, NY. Your bid helps pay for food, shelter and counseling that are so urgently needed.

For the past 15 years, with the generosity of the Goo Goo Dolls, Goo fans and other artists and businesses, has held an online auction to benefit the teens of Compass House. Through your winning bids over $150,000 has been raised to date! On behalf of Compass House, thank you!

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As always, huge thanks to the band for all the cool Goo Goo Dolls items they so willingly donate, and a BIG thank you to all you fans for supporting this cause. Every donation, great or small, helps disadvantaged youth that are going through rough, uncertain times. 

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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!




Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling band Train announces their 2019 summer amphitheater tour with co-headliners, the Goo Goo Dolls, in addition to the release of their Greatest Hits album out today.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also feature Allen Stone and reach over 39 cities across North America. The American rock bands begin their tour on June 7 in Auburn, Wash. and conclude in Mansfield, Mass. on Aug. 17.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting Nov. 12. To receive a pre-sale code, sign up to Train’s mailing list here. General tickets go on sale starting Nov. 16 at

Greatest Hits celebrates 25 years of Train music and hits, including “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister,” and a special cover of one of Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”. The band’s version features esteemed American saxophonist Kenny G.

According to a Pollstar Boxoffice Report for the past 36 months, Train has been averaging $260,873 (gross) and approximately selling 6,772 tickets per show. Further, Goo Goo Dolls has been averaging $160,000 (gross) and selling approximately 4,063 tickets per show.


June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort (no Allen Stone)*

June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion

June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater

June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove

June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place

July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park

July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater

July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater

July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam

July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion

July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion

August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain

August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest

August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center


By Brandon Thrift

On October 30, American rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, brought their 20th anniversary tour of “Dizzy Up The Girl” to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

Outside the venue was a cold and snowy night but that was hardly the case inside. Johnny Rzeznik (vocals and guitar) and Robby Takac (bass) heated up the theatre and had fans screaming lyrics from their 1998 break through album.

They played the album in its entirety with fans demanding more after every song. The songs Dizzy, Black Balloon,” and “Iris” were among some of the crowd favorites.

Rzeznik was engaged with the audience as he let everyone know that he couldn’t breath because of the altitude. There was a fan in the front row who had taken her boots off, Rzeznik said “well hey you look comfortable, you even took your boots off”. He let the crowd know “you don’t want to see me when I’m drunk because bad shit happens”.

After finishing the album, from front to back, they continued the night with some deep cuts. Rzeznik got fans excited when he said that they were going to bring one of their celebrity friends on stage to perform with them. Then Rzeznik said “most celebrities are assholes” and proceeded to bring a tv display on stage. A video came on and it was a pre-recorded video of himself. After some banter back and forth, with himself, he asked his video self to play guitar while he sang the song “Better Days”.

This was the first time the Goo Goo Dolls played at the iconic Paramount Theatre in Denver. Their excitement was contagious, and the fans fed off their energy. The sound was crisp and clean, every song was executed to perfection. The theatre was brought back to 1998 with style and grace.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Goo Goo Dolls’ sound is is so affiliated with ’90s alt-rock that it might surprise the uninitiated that the Upstate New York band’s 1998 breakthrough album, Dizzy Up The Girl, was their fifth LP. Frontman John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and their bandmates at the time released their first record in 1987. The band had hits prior to Dizzy Up the Girl, yet it was that album that pulled the Goo Goo Dolls into the national consciousness, selling 6 million copies and going four-times-platinum, with five top 10 singles including “Iris” and “Slide.”

Rzeznik and Takac, the only members left from the 1998 version of the band (Mike Malinin, who played drums with the band at the time, left in 2013), brought the Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour to the Fillmore Tuesday for a sold-out show at which they played the record in its entirety and dug up some much older tunes, B-sides and other hits. The Goo Goo Dolls played for more than two hours and showcased a catalog that spanned much more than 20 years.

Dizzy Up The Girl composed the first part of the performance, with Rzeznik and Takac and their three touring musicians kicking off with the propulsive, woozy “Dizzy,” seminal hit “Slide” and “Broadway,” with its well-worn grooves. On all but the first 60 seconds of the show opener, when the band seemed to be either out of tune or not in-sync with each other, the songs retained their studio quality. They, along with “January Friend,” “Black Balloon” and others were a bridge to the past, with Goo Goo Dolls not deviating from the versions that fans fell for in the beginning. The band played in front of a floor-to-ceiling, gold-framed album cover.

Rzeznik didn’t talk much at first, making a few stabbing attempts at the evening’s news—”Looks like the Democrats are gonna take the House!” which drew mostly cheers but a few scattered boos as well. “Someone booing that here is like finding a unicorn,” he quipped, adding how he doesn’t mess with politics anymore because both parties lie.

The fans sang the first verse on “Broadway,” and Takac sang lead on “January Friend,” the first of several. During hit “Black Balloon,” a handful of fans released black balloons, which would remain aloft for the remainder of the set. The frontman and bassist have a similar type of gravelly voice perfectly suited for ’90s alt rock, with the bassist’s a bit heavier. Not all of the album’s songs were hits, of course, and there was a bit of a lull between “Black Balloon” and the slowed acoustic pace of the appropriately titled “Acoustic #3.” That stretch of lesser-known songs, all upbeat rockers, could have passed for Soul Asylum tracks, especially when Takac handled vocal duties.

Rzeznik introduced the layered, intricate “Acoustic #3” as a really depressing song. The folky tune, awash in a sea of ’90s reverb, got the packed crowd moving again.

“You guys are cheering depressing music,” the frontman said.

That led into the theatrically dramatic “Iris,” on which the guitarist played a mandolin intro. The musicians perfectly recreated the song’s guitar solo, and fans belted away to the chorus. The set ended two songs later with album closer “Hate This Place,” after which the band cleared the stage, and a crew unceremoniously ripped the album cover from its frame, which was disassembled and carried away in pieces while Muzak played over the speakers.

Rzeznik then emerged by himself with an acoustic guitar for three songs: “Better Days,” off 2016’s Let Love In; “Sympathy,” from 2002’s Gutterflower; and “Come to Me,” from 2013’s Magnetic. He first talked about how a tour like this reminded him why he hasn’t played some songs in 20 years, implying that he’s botched a few performances along the way. Though he stumbled a bit on “Better Days,” he laughed it off and kept going. This stripped-back arrangement worked really well and was one of the highlights of the concert, along with the hits. Every note rang our clearly, alongside his gravelly voice, creating a nice change of pace from the first portion of the performance.
The rest of the band then returned for another eight or so fully electric songs, including “Fallin’ Down,” “Lucky Star” and “Stop the World,” which had  a soulful organ breakdown midway through. Rzeznik then introduced the next song as “the first song that I ever got played in the radio.” He spoke about how the band wrote its first hit, “Name,” off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, in a stuffy attic in Buffalo.

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