Enter to Win a Meet and Greet for the Goo Goo Dolls @ Chula Vista CA, Mountain View CA, Irvine CA, West Valley City UT and Denver CO!
Enter to win! One entry per person per show. Entries close February 3, 2019. Must be 18 to enter. Meet and Greet does NOT include show ticket. You MUST have a show ticket to attend the Meet and Greet. Meet and Greet is for one person only & ID must match winning name. Cannot be resold or transferred. MEET AND GREET IS WITH THE GOO GOO DOLLS ONLY AND NOT WITH OR ASSOCIATED WITH TRAIN.
It’s the middle of winter and the cold has most of us wishing for Spring, BUT, here at Absolute Goo, we want the Goo Goo Dolls to warm you up! So, we’ve got a contest for you! One lucky winner will get 2 tickets to the 2/16 Goo show in Tulsa, OK, a PAIR of Meet & Greets, and this awesome Goo hoodie! (You know, to keep you warm.)
All you have to do is answer 1 simple question for us – In winter 1996, the band played an outdoor show in Banff, AB, Canada. What was the name of that concert?
Send us an email at email@example.com with your answer as the subject line. Include your name and contact information. Contest is open from now until 11:59 pm est on January 30, 2019. Prize is nontransferable and ID at pick up must match winner info. Good luck!
Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to the next in a series of ramblings from my corner of the universe, we call this The Lobby and I’m Robby, a Goo Goo Doll, musician, producer, j-rock label owner, husband to an amazing Japanese woman and dad to a cute little halfu girl named Hana….. I’m glad you took a second to stop in this month, Welcome! ….
Since we’ve spoken last I’ve spent the past month continuing my travel around the US via tour bus with Goo Goo Dolls on our “Dizzy Up The Girl” 20th Anniversary tour, celebrating the release of the album that produced 5 singles for us and really moved us on to a new phase in our career. It was a great chance for us to do something completely different for our fans, but I’m glad to be home. The last portion of the tour had some great stops at places like the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco and The Palladium in Los Angeles. It was great to get to be in these smaller venues playing the full Dizzy album and deep cuts from our career to true GGD fans before we head out this summer on a co-headline bill with San Fran’s Train and Allen Stone for a run of larger Amphitheaters this summer.
Also this week Goo Goo Dolls have released the 2nd of a set of 2 live recordings, the last of which was called “The Audience is This Way” and the latest being entitled “The Audience is That Way ? The Rest of The Show ? Vol2”. Both of these recordings were recorded during our 2017 summer tour with Collective Soul and were released on Vinyl only on Record Store Day and Black Friday in a very limited number. We’ll be working on new music over the next few months and hopefully have something for release before this summer’s tour.
I’ve been home for about a week, doing mostly normal things like ringing my kid to school and lessons while my wife takes a quick trip to Japan and getting used to being in my house again. I was lucky enough to be able to spend the American Thanksgiving Holiday season here in the states with my family and friends, we even had family come from Mexico to celebrate with us this year. But there’s never a time of complete serene sanity in my world so I did record a single with a great band from a Buffalo, NY based indie band called The Eaves over a few days at my studio. I’ll be working on some new songs this week and I’ll let you know how that’s going next month! This morning, in about 3 hours actually, I’ll be doing a book signing for a kids book that Goo Goo Dolls are involved in called Buffalo Ato Z. The book helps support the Music is Art organization that helps support the arts here in our community.
OK, that’s it for me today, thanks for stopping in …. I’m moving on to waking up the kid, making pancakes, maybe a little finger painting and then making this whole thing happen in an awesome kind of way …. Hope you all are enjoying the change in seasons, the run up to Christmas Holiday and for goodness sakes try to stay warm!
“The 2019 Niagara USA Chamber Honors Gala will take place on March 15th at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. We are so excited to announce our keynote speaker will be … ROBBY TAKAC one of the founding members of the world renowned GOO GOO DOLLS and the founder of the Music is Art Festival which is dedicated to exploring and reshaping music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on our community. What a great addition to a night where we honor the best of the business community in Niagara County!!!
Meet and Greet lotteries for shows from June 7, 2019 to June 12, 2019 are now open! One entry per person per show. Entries close January 20, 2019. Must be 18 to enter. Meet and Greet does NOT include show ticket. You MUST have a show ticket to attend the Meet and Greet. Meet and Greet is for one person only & ID must match winning name. Cannot be resold or transfered. MEET AND GREET IS WITH THE GOO GOO DOLLS ONLY AND NOT WITH OR ASSOCIATED WITH TRAIN.
This year the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Dizzy Up the Girl with a 27-date tour to commemorate the occasion. The 4x platinum certified album, featuring five top-charting hits, which includes its massive City of Angels soundtrack single (“Iris”), was performed in its entirety for the first time since its debut in September of 1998, an experience that proved to be truly unforgettable for both fans and original members, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. Although prior to its kickoff the tour was described as a celebration of Dizzy Up the Girl, it was also more than implied that the second set of the show would feature a mix of the band’s various hits as well. However, as the tour kicked off in Arizona and Texas and the reviews started to roll in, it became clear based on the set lists shared from each city that the second set was in fact not what it was originally marketed as. After seeing the show for myself, it was quite obvious that this very special tour commemorating the acclaimed album was meant for genuine fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and not the casual listener whose only familiarity with them are their radio hits.
Fortunate enough to catch the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour when it came through Chicago on Friday, October 26th, I can tell you firsthand how memorable a night it was. Choosing The Chicago Theater as the backdrop to celebrate this particular stop on the tour couldn’t have been more fitting considering the venue’s history, not only as a landmark in the Windy City, but also a staple in the entertainment world. I imagine as an artist, having your name featured on the marquee outside a venue like The Chicago Theater is comparable to seeing your face on a billboard in Times Square – there’s an indescribable magic in that moment that signifies leaving one’s mark. And to say the Goo Goo Dolls have left their mark would most certainly be an understatement.
There’s something special about hearing an album live from beginning to end by a band whose music has not only spanned decades, but has also had a seriously significant impact on such an excessive number of people. There’s a level of comfort that’s similar to the comfort felt when reuniting with an old friend. You know there’s going to be anecdotes shared, but not so many that they get in the way of the songs themselves. This is exactly what it felt like walking into this tour. The anticipation and excitement in the air were undeniable as the sold-out crowd ranging from twenty something year olds to those in their mid to late forties shuffled into their seats after having bought their souvenir t-shirts and special edition vinyl of Dizzy Up the Girl to remember the special event.
With an oversize frame holding the Dizzy Up the Girl album artwork centered in the middle of the stage, as the house lights finally dimmed at 8:30pm and the stage lights illuminated the beautifully detailed theater, the audience very loudly welcomed the Goo Goo Dolls to Chicago as they kicked off the first of their two sets of the night. Beginning with “Dizzy,” and followed by two of the album’s biggest hits – “Slide” and “Broadway” – Rzeznik and Takac proceeded to take fans on a journey back in time when backpack purses were all the rage and you weren’t cool unless wore plaid. As promised, the Dolls played every song on Dizzy, including those featuring Takac on lead vocals. Fans watched with glee as black balloons were appropriately released in the air during one of many fan favorites, “Black Balloon,” and sang their loudest when it was time for “Iris.” Rzeznik and Takac’s performance was flawless, as they never skipped a beat.
Before we knew it, the 13-song set was over and the band was exiting the stage for what fans assumed would be a short intermission in between sets. Much to their surprise and pleasure, though, Rzeznik immediately returned with an acoustic guitar in hand for a solo performance of “Better Days” and “Sympathy.” The talented singer-songwriter took the time to explain before beginning “Better Days” that although the song started out as a holiday song, over time it developed a much deeper meaning. Filled with hope and words of encouragement about pushing through life’s toughest moments and remembering second chances exist for a reason, the emotionally charged song was even more haunting when stripped down to only Rezeznik’s vocals and the acoustic guitar.
As Takac and the rest of the band returned to the stage, they picked things up and took everyone back to the Dolls’ early days with “Falling Down,” “Lucky Star,” and “Stop the World,” from their 1993 album, Superstar Car Wash. This is where I noticed the two very different types of fans in attendance. While one of the guys in front of me had a look of confusion on his face as he subtlety tried to search the Goo Goo Dolls catalog on Spotify to try and figure out what songs they were now playing, the group of guys behind me happily sang along to most if not all of the second set which included (to the casual Dolls listener) less familiar songs, like “Notbroken,” “Another Second Time Around,” and “There You Are.” I realized then that as incredible as this 20th anniversary tour was, it was definitely meant for those who are actual, diehard fans of the band, as opposed to those who are just fans of their bigger, more well-known hits.
Rzeznik and Takac concluded the second half of the show with a one song encore that left everyone satisfied, but wishing their evening with one of their favorite bands could last longer. As the audience sang along to “Big Machine,” their applause and cheering booming, it was clear how undeniable the influence the Goo Goo Dolls has had on my generation (those born in the mid-80s but grew up in the 90s) is. Yes, it was Dizzy Up the Girl that launched them into mainstream success, but the veteran alt-rockers are also responsible for a hefty number of other majorly successful hits that music fans immediately know the moment they hear them. The outstanding catalog of albums this band has gifted us with is nothing short of impressive. And whether you live and breathe for the Goo Goo Dolls or you casually enjoy their radio songs, Rzeznik and Takac’s music legacy is firmly planted, and they are in no hurry to slow down any time soon.
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!
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.