Tulsa World: Coming attractions: Of course this movie didn’t scare Goo Goo Dolls away from Oklahoma

The Goo Goo dolls have contributed songs to many soundtracks, including the soundtrack of a filmed-in-Oklahoma movie. The wicked weather depicted in that movie (“Twister”) did not make the band want to avoid Oklahoma. Proof: The Goo Goo Dolls are performing Oct. 29 at the Brady Theater.

“We braved a couple of tornadoes in the past,” bassist Robby Takac said during a phone interview. “We have seen them on the horizon. It’s crazy when that happens. You are driving in a bus and you can see them in the distance.”

The Goo Goo Dolls’ song on the “Twister” soundtrack was “Long Way Down.” Takac recalled that the song is heard only briefly in the film.

“I believe we were on a truck radio as someone was pulling into a gas station or something,” he said.

“We did do a video for the movie, though, and the director put us on this turntable, this huge turntable, and turned us in circles for like nine hours. About 45 minutes into the shoot, we were like why didn’t you just (rotate the cameras?) It probably would have been a little bit easier, you know?”

How did the guys in the band keep from getting motion sickness during the video shoot?

“We didn’t keep from it,” Takac said. “We had to stop like every 15 minutes and take a break because everybody was getting vertigo. It was crazy.”

If only there had been some kind of miracle pill for the occasion.

Fast forward to the present, and the Goo Goo Dolls’ new album is “Miracle Pill.” Released in September, it’s the 12th studio album for a group that has sold more than 12 million albums.

“We’re pretty happy to have some new music to go out and play for people,” Takac said, indicating that material from the new album was received positively during a summer tour with Train and during a recent South America trek with Bon Jovi.

If it sounds like the Goo Goo Dolls are still on the “go go,” that’s because it’s true.

“I’ll tell you, man. When you’ve been making records for a few decades and you are seeing people are still interested, your heart won’t let you stop,” Takac said.

“We are dudes from Buffalo. We took every opportunity possible our entire career because you never think anything is going to amount to anything, so that’s just how we were brought up. We still have sort of got that mentality. Right now the record is doing pretty well. It is getting on the radio. We had a great tour this summer. … It’s pretty exciting to see this happening after all this time. A lot of bands are winding down and figuring out how to get their butts into the casino circuit at this point. For us, it really seems like there are still some mountains to climb, so we are out doing it.”

Formed in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls were initially a punk band. Takac said punk rock was pretty much dead and buried by the time the band got its start, but the Goo Goo Dolls rose from the ashes and evolved into a group that earned heavy airplay on “regular” and alternative stations in the 1990s.

“We just felt that we could play harder and faster and louder than anyone else in town and still have songs, still have a melody that you could follow,” Takac said.

“That’s what we were born from. Most bands don’t get a chance to see what they grow into after a few decades and we have been lucky enough to be able to live that out a little bit and see ourselves develop as people and see music change and resources change and the industry change and most importantly our lives change as people. I think the albums kind of follow that trajectory probably.”

“A Boy Named Goo” from 1995 was the group’s first multi-platinum album. The song from the “Twister” soundtrack was on it. But the big track from that album was “Name,” which went to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in addition to topping the alternative chart.

“Everybody knew that song, but I don’t think everybody knew who did it really, especially because for the most part we were still a pretty heavy band back then,” Takac said.

But music listeners couldn’t help but know who the Goo Goo Dolls were after a song for another movie soundtrack exploded. Johnny Rzeznik wrote “Iris” for the film “City of Angels” and it was included on a Goo Goo Dolls album (“Dizzy Up the Girl”) while the song was booming. The album went four times platinum.

“I would say the way that all happened was beyond belief,” Takac said. “It all just kind of lined up.”

“Iris” trivia: “If you watch the movie, that version of the song is not even in the movie,” Takac said, indicating that it was rejected by the movie folks in favor of an acoustic version by Rzeznik.

Meanwhile, the version you’re familiar with wound up on the soundtrack and, in 2012, was ranked No. 1 on a Billboard list of top 100 pop songs from 1992-2012. The list ranked songs from the first 20 years of the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart.

It was weird, said Takac, that the song was initially deemed not good enough and then it became the biggest song of the Goo Goo Dolls’ career.

“It’s like our ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’” he said.

The phone interview ended with Takac saying this about the Goo Goo Dolls’ upcoming show in Tulsa: “One of the great things about our musical situation these days is the streaming services are all out there and we are finding that people are knowing the songs when we show up. You release a single and they know it that night. It’s pretty amazing. So please come ready to sing. It’s way more fun when everybody is singing.”

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Mobile Fidelity Magazine: Goo Goo Dolls- Miracle Pill

From  Nicolay Ketterer
Translated from German

Founded in 1986, the New York band Goo Goo Dolls around guitarist and singer John Rzeznik celebrated their breakthrough in the mid-1990s with the pop ballad “Iris”. Since then, the group releases new albums every three to four years – currently “Miracle Pill”.

The first track, “Indestructible”, leaves no doubt where the journey is going: in the direction of hymnic pop, opened with piano cascades, and finally acoustic guitar chords under bass drum quarter-time. This is reminiscent of Coldplay and lets in some Latin-pop influences shine through. Indestructible, however, is trimmed to maximum energy and catchiness – almost as if the song only adds up to the onomatopoeic chorus. This is not least because the harmonies of the different song parts are identical. The text appears positive, at the same time dangerously close to clichés.

“Fearless” starts softly with bass figure and claps, the vocals are accompanied by interesting vocoder effects. In the wide-rising, energetic chorus hymn character is also sought – the rhythm at least invites you directly to teetering – a listening tip.

The title song is reminiscent of Hozier (“Take Me to Church”) with its claps and piano, and with slightly rhythmic rhythms like contemporary R & B. “Money, Fame & Fortune”, on the other hand, offers a refreshing change: instead of loud, noisy drums, the song starts with compact production and slightly slanted synth and guitar effects à la 1980s. Typical for the band: the harmonies are kept predictably primeval; but the catchy song is fun thanks to the synth and guitar riffs as well as the more restrained drums with occasional Motown fills – another highlight.

“Step in Line” starts with straight drums, with chant in the direction of Alice Cooper. The chorus goes on as usual, but the vocal rhythm does not really want to flow with the piece. “Over You” offers a comparatively calm, interesting composition with a nested rhythm, similar to the 1990s releases, with a drum-like bass drum. This invites you to listen – another listening tip. “Lights” sounds far more ‘scenic’, with ‘clapping’ compressed snares and acoustic guitars. The song remains slightly monotone, the desired catchiness – later with typical onomatopoeic
‘Sing Passage’

“Lost”, with eighth bass drumline, reminiscent in terms of anthem fireworks turn to the first two songs – a rogue, who may recognize in the arrangement of the Coldplay song “Paradise” as a blueprint. “Life’s a Message”, again with chants à la Alice Cooper implemented – otherwise with similar hymnic claims, accompanied by glistening guitar licks in the chorus – also wants to penetrate without detours in the ear canals.

The quiet “Autumn Leaves” appears fresher and more appealing in composition, before the great hymn-thought strikes again from the middle. However, the harmonies remain relatively pleasant unpredictable, the text is also held more interesting. “Think it Over” closes the eleven songs, with piano, acoustic guitar and strings – which leads, as expected, into a big, loud anthem, at least with surprise moments like an occasional call-response gospel choir, and a practically unexpected ending.

The production sounds ‘expensive’ from the beginning: full sounds, contemporary sounds, highly compressed, but without too much artifacts. For this, subconsciously, hearing fatigue is spreading, which may also be due to the arrangements, which almost always reach for the stars – whereby the dynamic range is rarely used.

Really unpleasant sounds are hard to find, except for “Step in Line”, where the stereo image of the piano seems to take some getting used to. In deliberate listening, individual songs stand out interestingly, while others are arranged almost in a template. All in all, “Miracle Pill” is an ideal album for a night of through-and-out, where the music delivers the soundtrack without even being in the foreground as “listening music”.

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Total Ntertainment – GOO GOO DOLLS CONFIRM UK TOUR FOR 2020

Goo Goo Dolls have confirmed a UK tour for next year kicking off in Glasgow on February 19th 2020 which includes a show at London’s Roundhouse on February 28th.

Goo Goo Dolls have confirmed a UK tour for next year kicking off in Glasgow on February 19th 2020 which includes a show at London’s Roundhouse on February 28th. Singer John Rzeznik said “I love playing the UK, the audiences are amazing. We always have a blast so it’s a real pleasure to be coming back”

Tickets are on general sale: Friday 18th October 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Here –

UK dates are:

Wed-Feb-19 Glasgow Academy
Fri-Feb-21 Manchester Albert Hall
Sat-Feb-22 Leeds Academy
Mon-Feb-24 Nottingham Rock City
Tue-Feb-25 Birmingham O2 Institute 1
Thus-Feb-27 London Roundhouse

With more than 3 decades together as a band and over 12 million albums sold, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls released their 12th studio album Miracle Pill earlier this year. As well as the hit single “Miracle Pill”, the engaging and timely record also features “Indestructible” which was added to the A List at Radio 2. In addition, the track ‘Fearless’ has just been added to the LA Dodgers in-stadium playlist – check it out HERE.

The band also delivered two unforgettable performances of “Miracle Pill” on Good Morning America and Live With Kelly and Ryan.

Goo Goo Dolls recently wrapped up a tour of South America with Bon Jovi which included a performance at iconic music festival Rock In Rio. They embark on a headline tour later this month kicking off in Austin, TX on October 25th which visits over 20 cities across North America. For tickets and a complete list of dates, visit


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WVUA fm – Review: Go crazy, go Goo Goo: Goo Goo Dolls “Miracle Pill”

by Martha Sease

After being in the music scene for 32 years, the Goo Goo Dolls have released their 12thstudio album: “Miracle Pill”. This album clocks in at 37 minutes with 11 songs.

There is a reason the Goo Goo Dolls have been in the music scene for 32 years – they have consistently put out iconic pop/rock songs, most of which are heavily influenced by punk elements.

By no means does “Miracle Pill” stray from the Goo Goo Dolls’ fundamental aspects — lyrically or sonically. However, this album does possess a brighter sound than most of their previous work. Many songs on this album feature fewer punk elements than acoustic pop elements.

“Miracle Pill” features, as all Goo Goo Dolls albums do, fantastic and intricate drums providing a backbone for the band. The acoustic guitar is also featured in many songs on this album. “Miracle Pill” is more stripped down than prior albums; however, while there are fewer atmospheric and electronic sounds, the instruments featured on this album are all played in a masterfully intricate manner.

“Miracle Pill” also features brighter lyrics than previous Goo Goo Dolls hits.

The album opens with a four-song series: “Indestructible,” “Fearless,” “Miracle Pill” and “Money, Fame & Fortune”. These songs deliver messages of hope, love and happiness.

A few examples: “Indestructible” focuses on love as a healing force. “Fearless” focuses on staring down fears and living life without doubts or hesitations. “Miracle Pill” revolves around the idea of asking others to be in one’s life to help each other through pain, fear, and problems. “Money, Fame & Fortune” is an ode to a loved one or a relationship. This song focuses on the idea that a relationship can fulfil someone in a more satisfying manner than money, fame or fortune can fulfill someone.

Other songs such as “Step in Line” and “Life’s a Message” possess more of the Goo Goo Dolls’ more typical edgy, punk sounds.

All this being said, “Miracle Pill” should still have arenas of fans singing along as the Goo Goo Dolls tour with Train. Yes, this album is simpler than previous albums from the Goo Goo Dolls. It is still full of arena anthems.

This album is not a totally atypical sound for the Goo Goo Dolls, but it does show the range the Goo Goo Dolls has. As the band has been around for 32 years, there has been a certain amount of evolving that must have taken place. The Goo Goo Dolls have been able to evolve and remain relevant –a large, successful presence – by changing their sound as necessary.

I don’t believe that all future Goo Goo Dolls albums will maintain this brighter sound. However, I do believe that “Miracle Pill” proves that the Goo Goo Dolls will continue to be relevant in years to come. This album is not one I personally will keep on repeat, but it is a good, easy listen.

Rating: 7.8/10

Rad Tracks: “Fearless,” “Miracle Pill,” “Money, Fame & Fortune,” “Lights”

“Miracle Pill” is available for streaming on all major platforms! Give it a listen. Go crazy, go Goo Goo.

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