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AG TICKET TAG CONTEST WEEK 8 – COLUMBIA, MD

We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets weekly to see Goo Goo Dolls this summer at select shows around the country and the winning couldn’t be easier!

Next show in our AG Ticket Tag contest is – 8/9 Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion

To enter, simply Tweet or Instagram this line: “We’re not sleeping anymore”
AND Include these 3 important hashtags: #googoodolls #agtickettag #MerriweatherPP

That’s it!

One winner will be randomly chosen per week, and draws will close each Sunday, but why wait? Do it now!

Keep checking in with us to see if a show near YOU pops up during the course of this contest, which is also opened to Instagrammers! You should be following us on Insta @absolutegoopics and/or Twitter @AbsoluteGoo if not – get to it and good luck! 

VELV MAGAZINE – GOO GOO DOLLS FLOODED WITH NOSTALGIA AT PEPSI CENTER

Goo Goo Dolls / Noise Pink

May 13, 2019 / Pepsi Center

Photos: Courtesy OCESA / César Vicuña

It has been 33 years since the birth of the Buffalo band (New York), created by guitarist / vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist / vocalist Robby Takac . Time goes by quickly and for a band to stay current is the real challenge of their careers. Not everyone enjoys that popularity that keeps them and that is true, when we heard the name Good Good Dolls in Mexico, caused two types of reaction, melancholy and curiosity to see that band.

This group has marked us throughout the years and it is the true fans that keep them in force, even having presentations in the United States has become a bit complicated for them. It is something sad and at the same time a good thing that the main ingredient of the lineup is melancholy, who have known how to exploit all these years, returning to “Iris” a hymn that is passed down from generation to generation and it is true that the band sounds so well live, as in any of his albums and another thing that must be demonstrated is that they are a band completely delivered to the moment, to their audience and to be able to continue doing what they love the most.

Goo Goo Dolls returned to Mexico to be part of the second edition of the Corona Capital Guadalajara festival , accompanied by great acts on stage such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala and The Chemical Brothers. The set of the Americans was accompanied by the classics, as well as their most recent proposals that come from the album Boxes (2016). On Monday they offered a solo show at the Pepsi Center , where Ruido Rosa was the act in charge of warming up the audience to leave us with the Buffalo group.

Accompanied by a set of more than 20 pieces, GGD left everything on the stage and is that with a forum not so full, they managed to make their presentation a memorable event. Passion and delivery was what distinguished its members in each moment who went from one place to another making the forum vibrate. It was about making us laugh and it is that the charisma of Rzeznik, was present in each moment that he had, you could hear some “Eooo” from left to right and he asked the pubic to give himself more, while Robby, motivated us to applaud again and again to the rhythm of pieces like “Dizzy” and “Slide” , remembering his sixth studio album Dizzy up the girl .

The night continued to the rhythm of works like “Big machine”, “Rebel beat”, “Here is gone” and “Black balloon” , making the majority of the audience cheer this last piece. It was time to listen to the voice of Robby, who played “January friend” and “Free of me” . While Rzeznik took us to acoustic moments dominated by “Sympathy” and “Can not let it go” .

Moments later we heard the first chords of what was ultimately the most anticipated song of the night. “Iris” has been the anthem that this band planted in their career and that is that air of malcomía and liberation was what breathed at that time. I can not do justice to define the perfection of the moment and to be able to listen to that song that we hear so much again and again, that we ask who will have written it or that work that simply is part of the soundtrack of our lives. These are the moments for which it is worth saving, traveling just by listening to a song, sharing the moment that makes us infinite with all the attendees and being a single soul chanting again and again the letters that seem to permeate our memory and They hoped to break the knot in the throat to be able to leave.

We said goodbye to Good Good Dolls, who expressed their gratitude at every moment, delivered everything on stage and showed that not only are they a one hit wonder , but they are a band that knows how to do their thing on stage, simply delivering everything .

Click link for photo set – https://www.velvmagazine.com/blog/2019/5/14/vqhul0og32qezrzo68bhc9w3l27ivb-2k4jy

Hi’s Eye – Rock star dad finds home in Westfield; exclusive interview with Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

Julie Dannevig, Iris News Editor

As a four-time Grammy nominee, Billboard Music Award winner, 4x Platinum album artist and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik has an arsenal of achievements to be proud of. Yet, as a humble family man now residing in Westfield, Rzeznik has his focus on the more genuine aspects of his rock star life.

After graciously accepting my invitation to come to WHS to be interviewed, Rzeznik walked into Room 111 with his wife, Melina, and daughter, Lili, with a smile across his face, ready for whatever questions I asked.

Rzeznik began by explaining how his mother and father were both amateur musicians, making it clear that music has always been a part of his life. He said that when he was growing up there were always instruments around his house, which sparked his interest in the hobby.

Rzeznik first started to get into music at the age of eight. “My mother thought it would be a good idea if I learned how to play the accordion, which is a bad idea for an eight-year-old boy, it’s a horrible thing to do to a kid,” he said light-heartedly. He then went on to try the drums and finally settled with the guitar at age 12.

“I wasn’t an athlete,” he said, “but I was able to fit in and find my voice and find my group by playing music.” Rzeznik started writing for the Goo Goo Dolls in his late teens and they released their self-titled debut album in 1987 when he was just 21.

The Goo Goo Dolls’ breakthrough album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released in 1998 with songs “Iris” and “Slide” topping the charts. From there the band continued to grow and they started to see more fans, bigger venues and higher album sales.

Yet, Rzeznik’s humility remains evident. “For me, it was never an endgame of  ‘I wanna be famous,’ it just kinda happened and, since then, I’ve been famous and not so famous, and then famous and not so famous again, but I don’t rely on it for my self esteem,” he said. “What other people think of me or if they know who I am, it can’t matter, because then I won’t feel good when I’m not important, so I have to be consistent.”

Rzeznik explained that for him, it was difficult at times to feel fully comfortable speaking his mind while being in the public eye. But, as he’s grown as a person and musician, he has gotten more comfortable with his role. “[As you mature] you get a little more experience and a little more certain of what your abilities are and what your limitations are,” he said.

Rzeznik touched on his struggle with addiction during his early years as a musician. He emphasized the need for a strong support system and good friends and said: “If you need help, get it, go and get it, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. [Alcoholism] is treatable, but it can kill you if you don’t get the help you need. The saddest place that I ever was in my life was wanting to be free from my addiction and not being able to stop.”

Rzeznik also discussed his search to find his voice and his place among other performers in the fierce music industry. “My metrics for success have changed as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve moved through my career,” he said. “I used to get really upset when I would read a bad review or someone would say ‘You guys suck!’” Rzeznik explained that as he has matured, he has learned to look past the critics and judgement and, instead, focus on putting his all into his music.

For aspiring musicians, Rzeznik said, “Don’t worry about becoming famous on American Idol because that’s nonsense. Speak your mind and be brave and make sure you have a big support system because you’re going to get a lot of rejection and a lot of people are not going to like what you do.”

Rzeznik emphasized that the musician lifestyle isn’t always easy. With his 2-year-old daughter back at home, he finds it difficult to be traveling so often. But, it’s evident that his motivation to succeed and continue working lies in his daughter. “[Becoming a father] made me say to myself ‘I gotta work really hard’, because I wanna spoil her and give her all of the stuff I didn’t have as a kid,” he said.

Rzeznik is now living in a historic house in Westfield with his wife and daughter. He and Melina moved to Westfield from Los Angeles to raise their daughter and, as Rzeznik said, he “fell in love with the town in an afternoon. I had lunch at Vicki’s Diner and I was walking down Broad Street and I was like ‘I love it, I love this place.’”

The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour with Train and will be releasing their 14th album next fall. After over 30 years of playing, writing and performing, Rzeznik’s passion still remains and it’s clear that his natural talent and dedication are at the core of his decades of success. Although he has built his family in Westfield, Rzeznik will always be a rock star at heart.

Rock Star Dad Finds Home in Westfield

Excelsior: “Music has been Democratized” – Goo Goo Dolls

(Translated from Spanish)
Author: Azul Del Olmo
Over 30 years of playing around the world and his 11 studio albums have given Goo Goo Dolls a fairly broad perspective on how the music industry has evolved more quickly than in past decades and how changes in consumption and Technology has managed to “democratize” music, making it more accessible to more people.

“The way music is currently consumed seems to me to be a way to democratize it. I do not know if I explain. For me it is a way that music can reach as many people as possible, I can write a song right now on my computer, upload it to the network and get many people to know it almost immediately, that’s something very interesting.
The dark side of this is how the streaming companies compensate the artists; it takes lots of thousands of dollars and a lot of time to make an album that people want to listen to, and once you release the streaming it takes a long time to return those monetary compensations to the artists who ultimately make the content … and without that content, because there would be no business,” said John Rzeznik, vocalist and guitarist of Goo Goo Dolls, in an interview with Excelsior from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For Rzeznik, who is in charge of most of the compositions of the group, the advances and the new recording techniques, they have given him the freedom to experiment and mix them together, thus he has found that techniques of the 50s make 21st century issues achieve a unique identity.

“I mix a lot of technology with the way in which music was made before, I have a huge collection of recordings in which I have used techniques and devices from the 50s and 60s and I have tried to unite them with the things that we can work with today.

There are very good things in each method and in each time, and that gives you many options to correct errors that you have had before … that is, if you have plans to stay in this you do not have to lose sight of the fact that things are changing, in this time, much more quickly and that is an opportunity to give personality to your creations, “he added.

Under that premise the restless guitarist recently finished what will be the number 12 album of Goo Goo Dolls. Miracle Pill is the name of this new production that could go on the market during the summer and in which Rzeznik decided to take a different direction than what he had done previously.

“This album was made completely different from others I had made. I collaborated with some composers and worked with several contributors; What I wanted was to be able to capture different textures of the songs and do it with emotions that could be interpenetrated with music and lyrics, the process was very fun, every song during each day, conversations with the people who were involved.

I just finished it and the most likely thing is that at some point in the summer, I’ll go out so that people know about it. It’s ready, now it’s in the mixing process, and it’s very likely that we’ll play some songs from this album over there,” he said.

For his presentation tomorrow in the Mexican capital-after visiting Monterrey and Guadalajara-the vocalist said that one of the things he loves most about shows is the possibility of offering the public songs that they like to sing, something that really He never bothered to do, referring to Iris, success with which they became known globally thanks to the film City of Angels.

“I’ve never done a show there, so this is something new for me, for us; We had many years of touring, but we had not been able to go. I know we have a lot of fans in Mexico because many of them go to concerts in the United States, but now the opportunity to go there to play is incredible, I know we’re going to have a great time. The idea is to play as many songs as people know as Iris, it is exciting to experience this kind of community and be ‘touched’ by the public,” he concluded.

AG Ticket Tag Contest Week 7 – Bangor, ME

We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets weekly to see Goo Goo Dolls this summer at select shows around the country and the winning couldn’t be easier!

Next show in our AG Ticket Tag contest is – 7/30 Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion!

To enter, simply Tweet or Instagram this line: “Here’s a letter from the real world”
AND Include these 3 important hashtags: #googoodolls #agtickettag #wfconcerts

That’s it!

One winner will be randomly chosen per week, and draws will close each Sunday, but why wait? Do it now!

Keep checking in with us to see if a show near YOU pops up during the course of this contest, which is also opened to Instagrammers! You should be following us on Insta @absolutegoopics and/or Twitter @AbsoluteGoo if not – get to it and good luck! 

 

People Magazine: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Says Going Out on Tour Now Is Way Different Than in the ’90s

Times have certainly changed for the Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik — but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The singer is currently gearing up to head out with bandmate Robby Takac and Train on a co-headlining tour kicking off on June 7, and he tells PEOPLE that the band’s days on the road now look a lot different than the shenanigans they’d get into on tour in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“There’s no booze, no drugs, no girls,” Rzeznik says with a laugh. “There’s children and babies and dogs and cousins and uncles and aunts. And I love it, I’m having so much [more] fun this way than that way.”

While out on tour, Rzeznik, 53, says his wife, Melina Gallo, and their 2-year-old daughter, Liliana, are able to join him.

“[Liliana] loves to ride the bus and she loves being on the stage,” he says. “During sound check I’ll bring her out on the stage and she loves the lights and everything. She dances on the stage. She’s awesome; that kid is so funny.”

“She loves to watch me play,” he adds. “She’s got her big ear muffs on so she doesn’t hurt her ears. She stands on the side of the stage with her mom, then she gets tired and goes to sleep.”

When it comes to the tour with Train, Rzeznik says he’s most excited about sharing the stage with a band that he “really” loves.

“I’m a big fan of Train and a big fan of [lead singer] Pat [Monahan], so it’s cool to get to finally do a tour with those guys,” he says. “When you basically tour for a living, it’s nice to be around people that are fun and cool.”

As a part of Live Nation’s National Concert Week, fans hoping to see the Goo Goo Dolls out on their tour can get tickets for just $20 through May 7. Along with one or two new songs from their upcoming album, the band is expected to play some of their older classics like “Iris,” “Black Balloon” and “Name,” which Rzeznik says he never gets sick of.

“People actually still want to hear them, and I can always go back to being a bartender if I get sick of my job as a musician who actually can pay his mortgage playing music,” he jokes. “Forget it — no, I’m grateful every time I get to play those songs.”

Reflecting on his old tour days, Rzeznik says that his wildest memories stem from the Goo Goo Dolls’ tour with Sugar Ray which happened 20 years ago in 1999.

“That was the height of the shenanigans, having a great time,” he says. “It was such a fun tour but it was one very long, never-ending party. And I’m grateful that I got to experience that, but it beats the hell out of you. I’m like, ‘I need a doctor and some rest.’”

These days, Rzeznik is sober — and that, as he puts it, means “that I don’t have to hate myself anymore and someday I may actually love myself.”

Aside from his sobriety, Rzeznik says things are also different than his younger years now because it used to be “very important to be recognized or on a certain music chart.”

“We’re like workmen in a lot of ways, we’re in this for the long haul,” he says. “We’ve never been the biggest band in the world, but we never stopped trying to be the best as best as we can be. We had to make a lot of changes along the way, from the inside and the out. But if somebody says a bad word about Robbie, they’re going to have to deal with me. I can fight with him all I want, but you can’t.”

Rzeznik credits Takac for keeping them together all these years.

“I didn’t see it lasting this long,” he says. “I’m ready to quit, and he’s like, ‘No, you’re not going to quit.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re right — I’m not going to quit. I think it has something to do with growing up in a working-class town and growing up Catholic. It’s like, it’s okay to be miserable. Misery is encouraged. The guy is my brother, I love him, but I don’t always agree with him. Sometimes that has gotten heated but at the end of the day, he’s my brother.”

Whether Rzeznik would ever actually retire, he says that decision boils down to a ‘no’ for a simple reason: he doesn’t have any hobbies.

“I got to get a hobby,” he jokes. “If anybody that reads your magazine knows what a good hobby is, please let me know. But I can’t afford to race cars, okay.”

More seriously, he adds, “I love doing what I do. I’m going to do it until nobody wants to hear it anymore. I’ll know when it’s time to hang it up.”

The Hype Magazine – Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik On National Concert Week, Touring With Train & His Future Goals

By Darren Paltrowitz

With over 12 million albums worldwide, four GRAMMY® Award nominations and 14 Top 10 hits charting at Hot AC radio — reportedly the most Hot AC-charting singles of any artist in history — the rock band known as The Goo Goo Dolls has been doing things at a high level for well over 20 years.

Last year, The Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its Dizzy Up The Girl studio album with a big tour. In addition, in 2018 the group released a new live album, The Audience Is That Way (The Rest of The Show), Vol. 2 via long-time label Warner Bros. Records.

Currently, beyond working on its 12th studio album, The Goo Goo Dolls will be hitting the road for a big co-headlining North American tour with Train this summer. The tour — kicking off on June 7th in Auburn, Washington — is part of Live Nation’s National Concert Week promotion in which select tickets are $20. That promotion launched today and runs through May 7th.

I spoke with Goo Goo Dolls singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik on the eve of National Concert Week, and below are some of the highlights; more of the chat be read via Sportskeeda. The full interview with Rzeznik will be airing in the near-future via the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast.

I had a funny experience of seeing you guys about two years ago play at a reggae festival in St. Kitts where you were the only rock band…

Johnny Rzeznik: (laughs)

Okay, so you remember that one well…

Johnny Rzeznik: Well I’m not gonna forget.

I’m curious if that kind of experience has ever happened to you before where you were the token rock band on a festival.

Johnny Rzeznik: Not like that, no. I mean, that was pretty interesting. I really had a lot of fun. I mean, it was fun… No, nothing. I’d never experienced anything like that. And never since. But it’s cool.

So how long has this summer tour been in the works for? Because I remember seeing that it was announced back in October that you’d be playing Jones Beach.

Johnny Rzeznik: Yeah, this tour… We’ve been trying to do something with Train for a long time. And finally everything worked out so we could do it… Last fall they told me, “You want to try to do this with these guys?” “Hell yeah!” I mean, I love Pat [Monahan]. I think he’s awesome, that he’s a great songwriter, really good guy. He’s a fun person…

You guys have done some interesting double bill kind of tours in the last few years and I’m curious when you have a bill like that if that changes your setlist at all. For example, you’re playing to more of a pop kind of crowd, even though Pat does the Zeppelin thing. Knowing that you’re playing to more of a pop kind of crowd, does that change the good ‘ol setlist?

Johnny Rzeznik: You are playing the hits, obviously. I mean, you got to play the hits and we’ve got to work hard because, you know, Pat’s an pretty incredible singer. He’s super-entertaining… When I go to work and I still work hard and sweat but I like it. It’s going to be a great bill. It’s gonna be a big long night of hits for everybody and some new material like. We’re just trying to figure out what to sing.

We just finished, I think it’s our 12th studio album full-length studio album. I’ve lost count but that’s coming out this fall so it’s going to be cool. We’re going to get a single out… I’m just really looking forward to getting out there, you know?

At this point in your career when you have more hits more charting singles than you do slots in your setlist, I’m curious what that feels like when you can look back and go, “Wow we did have a lot of hit songs.”

Johnny Rzeznik: It’s a luxury problem… and it’s pretty incredible. I feel very grateful that I’ve been able to have a career. I mean, it’s not always exactly the way I wanted to be. But all in all it’s pretty awesome. I mean, it’s been amazing. For some reason it just keeps getting better.

I’m one of the people in your fanbase that really loves those first few records. You don’t get the chance to play a lot of that in concert . Have you guys ever thought about working some of that older material? Or is it just that luxury problem of “There’s no time?”

Johnny Rzeznik: I don’t know if I could play that fast anymore… (laughs) We made the first record in three days… We almost did it as like a dare, you know? I would feel kind of funny playing stuff off the first two records, but from Hold Me Up on, I love all that material… I look back on fondly like, “Hey look what I did when I was a teenager.”.

Looking ahead at the future of The Goo Goo Dolls and all that, you guys really have never stopped working. You’ve never done a solo album or anything to that effect, but you have written and played with other artists. Is there anything you haven’t yet accomplished that you’re still hoping to do in your career?

Johnny Rzeznik: (pauses) I mean, we’ve never won a GRAMMY. I don’t know if we ever will, and that’s not that important. We got nominated for a bunch of them but never won. Sometimes it’d be really cool to play Madison Square Garden. That’s sort of like maybe a bucket list [item]… I’m just more focused on being grateful for what I have instead of wishing for something that I don’t have… I don’t let myself get attached to the outcome of it too much… I’m sort of chilling out and letting things go the way they’re supposed to go. And and just doing my best.

So, in closing, any last words for the kids?

Johnny Rzeznik: Wow. I don’t know. Just find your own voice.

https://www.thehypemagazine.com/2019/05/goo-goo-dolls-johnny-rzeznik-on-national-concert-week-touring-with-train-his-future-goals/

Sportskeeda – Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik on Buffalo sports, Los Angeles & more

By Darren Paltrowitz

With over 12 million albums worldwide, four GRAMMY® Award nominations and 14 Top 10 hits at Hot AC radio — “the most of any artist in history” — the rock band known as The Goo Goo Dolls has been doing things at a high level for well over 20 years.

Last year, The Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its Dizzy Up The Girl studio album with a big tour. In addition, in 2018 the group released a new live album, The Audience Is That Way (The Rest of The Show), Vol. 2 via Warner Bros. Records.

Currently, beyond working on its 12th studio album, The Goo Goo Dolls will be hitting the road for a big co-headlining tour with Train this summer. The tour — kicking off on June 7th in Auburn, Washington — is part of Live Nation’s National Concert Week promotion in which select tickets are $20. That promotion launched today and runs through May 7th.

While speaking with Goo Goo Dolls singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik by phone, I threw in a few questions about sports on behalf of Sportskeeda. The full interview will be airing in the near-future via the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast.

I know that you’ve been living in L.A. for a lot of your life now…

John Rzeznik: I’m out of L.A…

Oh where do you live these days? Are you back in Buffalo?

John Rzeznik: No, I’m not back in Buffalo, though my wife and I were talking about it the other day. Yeah it might be cool, but we live in New Jersey, like a half an hour from the city [of New York] because my wife worked in the city. Yeah it’s beautiful, it’s a nice little town. I can take my daughter out and run around, you know? No worries. All the neighbors know each other, though, so it’s different than Los Angeles.

We decided to move back a couple years ago when my wife was pregnant and I was like, “That’s it!” At least for me L.A. isn’t a great place to raise a kid… I mean, I was in West Hollywood, in the hills. So it’s kind of like, “I don’t think that’s a really great environment for a kid,” you know?

Well your bandmate Robby also moved back to Buffalo when he had a kid . So I guess that’s not such a bad idea. But when I was in Niagara Falls last year I saw that in the back in the Hard Rock Cafe that they had a Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame and there was an item or two I think from Robby in there . I’m curious if you still feel connected in general to Buffalo.

John Rzeznik: Most of my family still lives there. Most of the people I call friends are still living there. I go there to see my family like four five times a year… I don’t know, my mind, my heartstrings keep kind of putting me back in that direction…

My wife’s family’s lives right around us [in New Jersey]. Her whole family lives really close to us which is great… This is not very “rock star s**t to talk about. (laughs)

So being so tied to Buffalo, are you still a Bills fan? Or did your years in California turn you into more of a Raiders or Rams kind of guy?

John Rzeznik: I’m going to go with, “I love the Sabres.” Back in the 90s, it was just the whole losing four Super Bowl thing I was just like, “This is it. I can’t take it anymore. I’m never watching a football game again.” It was just too much for me and I tuned out completely. I’m not a big sports guy, but you’ve got to root for the Sabres.

https://www.sportskeeda.com/ice-hockey/exclusive-goo-goo-dolls-john-rzeznik-on-buffalo-sports-los-angeles-more

NEW SITE – NEW CONTEST!

Today we are beginning the launch of our new site design here on AbsoluteGoo.com, 
and to celebrate all the hard work, plus kick off this year’s concert season (first new Goo shows begin in a week!), we’ve got some awesome Goo Goo Dolls merch for you to enter to win today!  That’s right, we’re giving away TWO sets of Goo prizes,  including a GGD ‘wine’ size tote bag, key chain and tee shirt!


All you have to do to enter to win is send an email with “SITE SWAG CONTEST” in the subject line to contact@absolutegoo.com and in the body of the email let us know –

  1. One section that is now NOT on the AG site that used to be.
  2. When the final round of Meet and Greet lotteries END on the AG site.
  3. What is the fourth album down from the top, on the Music page.

That’s it! TWO winners will be announced this Saturday night, around 9 EST!

 

Good luck!