Latest Edition of Robby Takac’s blog for InRock Mag is up!


Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to a wintery edition of The Lobby coming to you from the warmth of my little house in Buffalo, NY! Happy Holidays to you all and I hope you had a great New Year celebration and all your dreams and wishes come true for 2019. As I write to you this month Christmas is in a few days, and with a 6-year-old daughter in the house, as you could imagine, it’s a pretty exciting time of year! The trees up, The Santa is on the front lawn, even have nice twinkly light s in the bushes, and we did it up right this year! We have been spending our Christmases yearly between my wife Miyoko’s hometown of Tokyo and my hometown of Buffalo, last year we spent The Holidays in Japan so this year Hana got a good old chaotic American Christmas before we make our way to Japan to celebrate New Years with my wife Miyoko’s family!

It’s been busy with real life stuff since I got back from the tour, taking care of the house, school functions and such for the last few weeks, but I spend the first half of each day working on demos for new songs for the next Goo Goo Dolls release (due out in Spring / Summer of 2019). John’s been working on new stuff for the last few months as well and we are going to be getting things together soon to sort out the details of the next release accompanied by a 60 date tour of the US w/ San Francisco’s Train and Allen Stone.

The Music is Art foundation here in Buffalo became the beneficiary of an event thrown every year here by fellow Buffalonian Billy Sheehan (MR BIG/David Lee Roth). The organization is called MOB (Musicians of Buffalo) and they gather yealy around this time to play Christmas songs, some bad ass rock tunes and celebrate with some of the local talent that began alongside Billy in the 70s and have watched Billy’s career over the years. He’s a great guy, I know that for a fact because many years ago back in the 80s all of Goo Goo Dolls equipment was stolen and without even having met me Billy heard about the theft and sent me a brand new bass guitar …. Buffalonians are like that, if you ever get a chance to visit you’ll see …. Oh and you’ll probably get to see NIAGARA FALLS TOO!

I got up onstage with MOB for the last couple of songs they played, joining them in a rousing rendition on AC/DCs YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG and closing the night out with a group chorus of SILENT NIGHT led by Billy’s wife Elisabetta.

…. In the end Billy and the MOB gang raised a bunch of money to help with Music is Arts mission in the community and had a great time with friends …. Sounds like what the holiday season is supposed to be!

OK, Christmas time’s coming at us like a freight train and as I mentioned we’re headed to Japan for the new year, and that’s when I’ll be catching up with all of my In Rock friends next, I hope you all had a great holiday and I look forward to filling you in on my goings on during my next trip to Japan!

All the Best in 2019



Venue: Pepsi Center WTC ~ Dakota s / n, Del. Benito Juarez, 03810 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Where: Mexico City
When: May 13

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Public onsales begin February 13th, 1pm local time.

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Mediterranean Runaway To Paradise Lineup; Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

Johnny Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls

Alternating between taking notes on his iPhone and scribbling on yellow legal pads with pencils, singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Rzeznik approaches songwriting with a workmanlike craftsmanship and analog sense of soul. Fronting The Goo Goo Dolls, he has imparted that energy and ethic into nearly three decades of music, penning cornerstones from the modern American songbook such as “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Name”—among many others.

“Somebody once asked me, ‘What’s it like to write a song?’,” he recalls. “I answered, ‘It’s like getting dropped out of an airplane into the middle of a jungle and you’ve got to cut your way out. I like it that way, because I never had any formal training. For some reason, it works.”

It still “works” to this day. Moreover, his songs continue to influence subsequent generations. Everyone from Leona Lewis and Boyz II Men to Sleeping with Sirens and New Found Glory has covered the band, while Avril Lavigne, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota, and Cash Cash jumped at the chance to duet with him. Recognizing the impact of his storytelling and songcraft, the Songwriters Hall of Fame bestowed the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” upon the frontman in 2008.

Since their 1986 formation in Buffalo, NY, The Goo Goo Dolls—Rzeznik and Robby Takac—have prolifically delivered a string of immortal anthems and albums, garnering four GRAMMY® Award nominations and selling over 10 million albums worldwide. After historically clinching #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks, Billboard lauded “Iris” as #1 on the “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart, placing “Slide” at #9 and “Name” at 24. Grinding it out on the road for over a decade supporting four fan favorite albums, the group unveiled 1995’s seminal A Boy Named Goo. Propelled by “Name,” it eventually earned an RIAA double-platinum certification and elevated the band to rock’s vanguard. In 1998, Dizzy Up The Girl became a global phenomenon, moving 6 million copies, going quadruple-platinum, and boasting “Iris” and “Slide” on its divine tracklisting. Both Gutterflower [2002] and Let Love In [2006] achieved gold status as Something for the Rest of Us [2010] and Magnetic [2013] soared to the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Most recently 2016’s Boxes received praise from People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them.

Long before this success, the artist grew up surrounded by music. His parents were both casual musicians, while his four older sisters each boasted a diverse record collection. Inspired by everything from Cheap Trick’s Live At Budokan and The Ramones’ Rocket to Russia to Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, he wrote his first song at 13. By 1990’s Hold Me Up, he had tapped into raw energy by embracing signature alternate tunings in his writing.

“Using alternate tunings expanded the canvas I could work on to be able to come up with atypical sounds and chords,” he goes on. “By doing this, you fill the space more when there are only three musicians. There are were absolutely no rules involved. I could create anything I wanted. Songwriting constantly evolved. Around the time of A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up The Girl, it became time for me to really leap into my own space.”

It’s a space he proudly inhabits to this day. The 2017 EP, You Should Be Happy [Warner Bros. Records], sees him once again tread new lyrical territory, going from social commentary to examining his personal life over a rich sonic backdrop.

“Sometimes, I’ll sit down and think about an event, a person, or something I’ve read, and it’ll just spark an idea in my mind,” he explains of his process. “There are other times where I’ll be playing guitar and humming a melody. A phrase will come out and spark a memory. It causes a chain reaction of thoughts. A lot of the songs come out that way. As far as subject matter goes, some darkness is beautiful. For me, there’s always that little touch of remaining one step away from being connected. I’m there, I see it and feel it, but I’m always slightly removed from it.”

As You Should Be Happy arrives, he embarks on a high-profile headline summer shed tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and launches his very own SiriusXM show Chorus and Verse on the VOLUME Channel. The hour-long monthly program focuses on the nuances and magic of songwriting as Rzeznik interviews artists and musicians about the process inside and out.

“For every songwriter out there, I think it’s very important to gain the insight of other people’s processes, because it can only improve yours,” he says. “What is it about a song that provokes an emotion in a person? That’s what I want to learn most. I think songs are the snapshots of moments in our lives. They’re mile markers. I can’t wait to discuss these topics with guests that I respect. SiriusXM has given me an incredible platform.”

In the middle of everything, Rzeznik became a first-time father in 2017. “When I held my little girl for the first time in the delivery room, I said to myself, ‘You have to work a lot harder than you’ve ever worked in your life’,” he admits. “I have this desire to play and record more, because all I want to do is take care of her, make sure she’s okay, and give her the life I didn’t have as a kid.”

This year marks another new dawn for Rzeznik as a father, husband, radio show host, performer, and, of course, songwriter.

“I’m very proud that we’re still here,” he smiles. “This band is in my DNA. It’s my life. I’ve been doing it longer than I haven’t been. I feel more comfortable than ever in wearing The Goo Goo Dolls as my coat. I’m just a guy who wants to feel connected. It’s the one thing I’ve always craved. I lost my family when I was a teenager. That desire for connection has driven a lot of my lyrics. I can’t wait for my daughter to see me play. Hopefully, the songs mean something to her.”

Meet & Greet Lotteries for the 6/21 – 6/26 Goo Goo Dolls’ Shows Now Open!

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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 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!

Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby has posted his first blog for 2019; InRock Mag

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!

All the best and Peace,