On this week’s podcast, Gen and Annie discuss just what exactly they’ve been up to since Shelter In Place took effect, John’s porch concerts, Robby’s new MiA YouTube channel, and why Goo fans are going to make it through this Pandemic — plus, fan questions!
Disney DTCI – Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Friday — remotely, of course — to promote an important message: During the COVID-19 crisis, support your town’s local businesses.
The singer lives in Westfield, N.J. and he’s been helping raise money to support that town’s merchants — which have been hard hit by the coronavirus quarantine — by live-streaming songs from his front porch. He says it’s important to support local businesses, not just in Westfield, N.J., but everywhere.
“What we’re trying to get out is that a lot of the mom and pop shops around here, all the great restaurants, all the great stores and bakeries and all that, they’re still open, but for pickup and delivery,” Johnny explained while sitting on his front porch.
“So let’s support our local businesses because they drive the entire community,” he added. “That’s why we have a beautiful downtown, and it makes our communities such a better place to live — because everything is not a big franchise.”
He then performed the song “Fearless” from the Goo Goo Dolls’ latest album Miracle Pill with just his acoustic guitar.
Johnny, who has a young daughter, also admitted that he’s really been enjoying performing without having to travel all around the world.
“It’s kinda cool,” he laughed. “I’m kinda thinking this might be the wave of the future!”
(CNN) A city in New Jersey got creative to raise money for their small businesses by invoking the help of the frontman for the Goo Goo Dolls.
Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle told CNN she is neighbors with the band’s lead singer, John Rzeznik, and decided he would be the perfect person to kick off the new “We Love Local” fundraiser.
The idea is to have a series of porch concerts, and other events, to help raise money for the small businesses affected by social distancing due to the coronavirus. Brindle was inspired by a porch concert the town had for St. Patrick’s Day.
“[Rzeznik] is incredibly generous and has always said to me to let him know if there is anything he can do for the town. His preference notably is he would love to raise money for good things,” Brindle said.
“I said, ‘Hey, would you be willing to do this porch performance to support this fundraiser?’ and in five seconds he texted back and said ‘Yes!'”
The concert was streamed Friday on Facebook Live and Brindle said people tuned in from all over the world.
The launch helped raise $25,000 for local businesses and unlocked a $15,000 match from the Westfield United Fund, an organization created for monetary relief after 9/11 and was also used after Hurricane Sandy.
“The feedback… has been crazy, not only from the town, but even on behalf of John Rzeznik,” she said.
There is a committee currently working on the parameters of the relief money and figuring out exactly how it should be distributed among independent businesses. The town will hopefully come up with a goal when they know about how much money they need.
Brindle said that even though there aren’t specific activities planned right now, everything the town does will go toward their fundraising efforts, and the porch concerts will be a regular thing.
Brindle hopes that Westfield’s efforts will inspire other local cities to do the same thing until more federal support comes into place.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Responding to public concern about the ability of Westfield’s independently owned businesses to survive the fiscal downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic, the town has started the “WE Love Local” Fundraiser in conjunction with the Westfield United Fund.
Organizers launched the fundraiser with a “porch performance” at the home of town resident and Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik Friday. Video of the full concert is embedded below the text.
“We’re all sticking together, and this is a good thing,” said Rzeznik, who accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and performed several Goo Goo Dolls hits. “We can show the rest of the world how amazing our community is.”
Mayor Shelley Brindle hosted the performance from Rzeznik’s front lawn, keeping a safe six-foot distance from the singer in keeping with the social distancing guidelines that numerous public health officials are reiterating.
Rzeznik paused briefly during his performance of the song “Fearless” after reaching the lyrics: “Now’s not the time to hide.”
“Now is the time to hide by the way. … stay on the phone,” he added, referencing health officials’ calls for physical distance as a means to mitigate coronavirus’ spread.
The virtual concert came about quickly.
“John has reached out in the past to ask what he can do to help us,” Brindle told TAPinto Westfield. “After our livestream of Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day was so well-received, I texted John and asked if he would do this for Westfield. He texted right back and said ‘I’m all in.’”
The Westfield United Fund, which helped local residents after both Sept. 11 and Hurricane Sandy, has pledged to match the first $15,000 in donations. Funds will be used to help local independently owned businesses until state and federal funding becomes available, officials said.
Brindle said she hopes that Friday’s performance will inspire other residents to create their own performances or talent shows to help raise money.
The public may donate to the fund by adding “WE Love Local!” in the space that says “In Honor of” when visiting the donation page on the website of the Westfield United Fund. Click here for that link.
Establishing the fund was a coordinated effort between the town and the nonprofit.
“Town council members Linda Habgood and Mark Parmalee have worked with the United Fund on the details of the fundraiser,” Brindle said.
Multi-Platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls have released a brand-new acoustic rendition of their song “Lost,” one of the standout songs from the band’s recent 12th studio album, “Miracle Pill” (Warner Records). The heartfelt, stripped-down track can be heard now via all digital streaming platforms. A lyric video for it can be seen now HERE.
“Miracle Pill” officially arrived in September 2019 via Warner Records. In addition to “Lost,” the engaging album also features numerous other instant-classics such as the smash single “Miracle Pill,” the uplifting slow-burn “Autumn Leaves” and the pop anthem “Fearless,” which was added to the LA Dodgers in-stadium playlist last season.
Last month, Goo Goo Dolls also announced they’ll embark on a summer headlining tour in support of “Miracle Pill.” Produced by Live Nation, the 29-date tour will kick off on July 23 and visit illustrious outdoor venues across North America. Lifehouse and Forest Blakk will provide support for all shows on the run. A complete list of dates and ticket information can be found at the band’s website.
It’s a stressful time right now, with quarantines, shut downs, and social distancing. But we’re all in this together, so this week Annie and Gen are talking about COVID-19, having to entertain yourself at home (Gen’s been practicing that for years), and to lighten things up, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘A Boy Named Goo’. We’ve got a podcast exclusive contest for some vintage Goo Goo Dolls swag – including an item that needs a disclaimer. So give it a listen. And wash your hands!