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Radio Facts – Al Gore 24 Hours of Reality Global Broadcast: Celebrities, Musicians – including the Goo Goo Dolls & Thought Leaders to Participate

By Michael Mitchell

On December 3-4, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s eighth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast — 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves — a 24-hour live event exploring how the climate crisis is threatening human health worldwide.
This year’s program will be carried by broadcast partners globally and streamed live online at 24HoursofReality.org.

Celebrities, musicians, elected officials, and thought leaders will join the broadcast to highlight the climate-health connection around the world, with features including:

Special appearances and exclusive performances: Sting & Shaggy; The Lumineers; 5 Seconds of Summer; Moby; Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra; Portugal. The Man; Bob Weir and Wolf Bros; Robyn; Courtney Barnett; Arlissa; Kate Nash; Goo Goo Dolls; Clare Bowen; David Crosby; Nahko; Michael Franti; We Three; Marcin Patrzalek; Nyah Grace; Khalil Fong; LiCong; Raja Kumari; and Ben&Ben, including:
Exclusive world premieres of Portugal. The Man’s new single, “Easy Tiger,” and Kate Nash’s new single, “Trash.”

Celebrity appearances: Jaden Smith; Calum Worthy; Bill Nye; Téa Leoni; Jonathan Scott; Claire Danes; Mandy Patinkin; Thomas Middleditch; Van Ness Wu; Hans Zimmer; Cody Simpson; and more.

Elected officials and thought leaders: President Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland; President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of the Republic of Costa Rica; First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland; George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, British Columbia; Dr. Eckart Würzner, mayor of Heidelberg, Germany; Gina McCarthy, former US EPA administrator and director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Dr. Maria Neira, director, Department of Public Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization; Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, deputy director of climate and environment division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University; Catherine Flowers, rural development manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE), The Climate Reality Project Board Member; and more.

“Our health depends on the health of the planet,” said Al Gore. “The climate crisis is not an abstract issue; it has direct impacts on us and the people we love the most. I’m looking forward to exploring the climate and health connection on this year’s 24 Hours broadcast and to discussing how we can take bold and ambitious action to ensure that future generations can live long, healthy lives full of opportunity and promise.”

Produced by Peter Green, Danielle Addair, and Steve Addair of ShoulderHill Entertainment, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality will air live from Los Angeles beginning on Monday, December 3 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. The show will travel around the globe, highlighting unique regional health impacts and celebrating local, national, and international efforts to implement meaningful climate solutions. The program will also broadcast two hours live from locations in China and India.

24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves will be carried on television globally by broadcast partners in 125 plus countries, including ABS-CBN, Discovery Poland Group, France 24, KAN, NDTV, People°s Weather (DSTV), Phoenix TV, RTP, SBS Viceland, SKY Mexico, TLN, Yle and more. The full list of television broadcast partners will be available at 24HoursofReality.org. The show will also be available live via online streaming at 24HoursofReality.org, ifeng.com in China, and through a network of social distribution partners. Global transmission feed is being provided by Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalized network and leader in integrated satellite communications.

https://radiofacts.com/al-gore-24-hours-of-reality-global-broadcast-celebrities-musicians-thought-leaders-set-to-join/

GOO GOO DOLLS RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM “THE AUDIENCE IS THAT WAY (THE REST OF THE SHOW) VOL. 2”

Music News- Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls have released The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol. 2 via Warner Bros. Records, a brand new 10 track live album recorded across the band’s recent tours. The record marks the second volume of a two-part compilation series and was preceded by the companion live album The Audience is This Way , which arrived on July 21, 2018. Each release contains 10 different never-before-heard recordings of some of their most iconic hits. The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol. 2 arrives just in time for Black Friday and is also available on all digital streaming platforms and via the band’s website HERE . The band is currently in the studio working on their 12th studio album.

The Audience is That Way (The Rest of The Show) Vol.2 was recorded by John Schimke, and was produced and mixed by lead singer John Rzeznik, Chris Szczech and Brad Fernquist. Boasting transcendent songs such as “Black Balloon”, “Name” and “Here Is Gone”, the album visits territory from the band’s full discography and captures their dynamic live presence that continues to stun sold-out audiences worldwide.

Earlier this month, the band announced that they will be embarking on a massive 2019 summer co-headlining tour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling band Train. The tour will feature special guest Allen Stone and hit over 39 stops across North America, kicking off on June 7th, 2019 at White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA. View their full tour itinerary below.

Goo Goo Dolls recently wrapped a successful tour in celebration of the 20 th Anniversary of their acclaimed album, Dizzy Up the Girl. At each show, the band performed the record in it’s entirety along with an additional set of surprises and other hits from their repertoire.

The Audience is That Way (The Rest of the Show) Vol. 2 Tracklisting-

Side One:

  1. Stay With You (Live)
  2. Here Is Gone (Live)
  3. Naked (Live)
  4. Name (Live)
  5. Black Balloon (Live)

Side Two:

  1. Over And Over (Live)
  2. Bringing On The Light (Live)
  3. Come To Me (Live)
  4. Let Love In (Live)
  5. Boxes (Live)

 

Goo Goo Dolls 2019 TOUR ITINERARY*

June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort
June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion
June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam
July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion
July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion
August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

* Co-headline with Train

https://www.musicnewsnet.com/2018/11/music-news-multi-platinum-four-time-grammy-nominated-band-goo-goo-dollshave-releasedthe-audience-is-that-way-the-rest-of-t.html

LONG ISLAND WEEKLY: GOO GOO DOLLS JOURNEY FROM COLLEGE RADIO TO THE POP CHARTS

By Dave Gil de Rubio

It’s been 20 years since the release of Dizzy Up the Girl, the Goo Goo Dolls’ multi-platinum sixth studio album, that yielded five Top 10 singles and signaled the commercial arrival of this Western New York outfit. Arguably one of the most successful post-grunge bands to emerge out of the ’90s, the Goos did not arrive fully formed. The early days of the band found them tagged as Replacements Lite (that group’s Paul Westerberg cowrote the 1993 single “We Are the Normal” off that year’s Superstar Car Wash) and they were actually college radio staples up through the early 1990s.

While the band’s latest road stint found them helming the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour, founding member Robby Takac is quick to point out that his band hasn’t forgotten its hardscrabble roots.

“The tour has been going great and we’ve been going out doing our best to play everything that everybody wants to hear every night. That’s sort of been our goal for the past few decades. With this new format of this show—going out and playing this whole Dizzy Up the Girl record—we got five of our pretty big songs out of the way really early in the set, so it really structured a really different kind of experience for us,” he said. “We would sort of put things together and there were two ways to go. We could play Dizzy and then nail everybody with a mini-set of super-hits and say goodbye. Or, we could go the opposite way and go a little deeper, which is what we decided to do. So we were a little skeptical as to how that was going to work. First off, we made sure to keep it in a little bit smaller places than we normally play. But it’s turned out great. People have been into the whole idea and it’s been a pleasant surprise for us for sure.”

While the release of Dizzy turned the Goo Goo Dolls into household names, the skids were greased by the release of “Iris,” a chart-topping power ballad released on the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. For Takac, he knew big changes were on the horizon for his group.

“We had already recorded ‘Iris’ and it was already sort of bubbling up as we were recording this album. I can remember sitting in the lounge of the studio and the Stanley Cup Finals were going on,” he recalled. “Somebody was skating around with a Stanley Cup over their head—I’m not a big sports fan, so I can’t really tell you who it was. But ‘Iris’ was playing on the background and as this was going on during the broadcast, I remember we were all looking at each other thinking how crazy that was. So we already knew that something was starting to happen a little bit. People were treating us differently.”

It was quite a change for the then-trio that got its start in Buffalo and took its name from an ad for a toy they saw in True Detective magazine. Too soft to be considered a hardcore punk band and too aggressive to be lumped into the alternative music camp, the threesome signed up with Metal Blade Records and worked hard on their craft, touring with everyone from Gang Green and Cannibal Corpse to cow-punk outfit The Gun Club. And while the band started out with the bass playing Takac as the lead singer, the vocal duties gradually shifted over to guitar player Johnny Rzeznik. It was all part of the learning curve and progression as a band that Takac acknowledges was needed.

“I just think [having John become the singer] was more of the journey of becoming a real band. We just had the unique or unfortunate opportunity of making that growth that most people do in private, on record. At the time, there was a scene that embraced what we were doing. I don’t know what kind of records we were trying to make back then. Even on our first record, I think we fancied ourselves a little bit more like The Cure than we really came off as. But it was what our tendencies took us to. But I think from that, John and I learned to stand in front of a room full of people in any situation and make this thing come down. I think that 10 or 12 years of knowledge contributed when it became crunch time and we really had to make it happen,” he said.

With 2019 looming, the Goo Goo Dolls are working on a follow-up to 2016’s Boxes and are set to make a major announcement for next summer. When asked about his band’s longevity, Takac pauses before acknowledging that the school of hard knocks he and Rzeznik attended helped forge their determination and hone their creative vision. “I think [our being an album band was] one of the things that sets us apart from a lot of the bands that were happening at that time. People sort of popped into that scene, when it became popular and I think we sort of rose into it as part of the journey here,” he said. “We love The Replacements, Bad Brains and The Clash and everybody that formed what we were doing early on. Especially John’s desire to move beyond what we were doing at the time, but at a reasonable pace, has led to this sort of growth over the past 30 years. And a lot of bands never get to realize that, so we’re pretty lucky in that way.”
https://longislandweekly.com/news/goo-goo-dolls-journey-from-college-radio-to-the-pop-charts/

‘ROCK THE HOUSE 2018’ AUCTION TO BENEFIT COMPASS HOUSE IS NOW LIVE!

Compass House is a shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Buffalo, NY. Your bid helps pay for food, shelter and counseling that are so urgently needed.

For the past 15 years AbsoluteGoo.com, with the generosity of the Goo Goo Dolls, Goo fans and other artists and businesses, has held an online auction to benefit the teens of Compass House. Through your winning bids over $150,000 has been raised to date! On behalf of Compass House, thank you!

100% of your winning bid goes directly to Compass House!

As always, huge thanks to the band for all the cool Goo Goo Dolls items they so willingly donate, and a BIG thank you to all you fans for supporting this cause. Every donation, great or small, helps disadvantaged youth that are going through rough, uncertain times. 

Head over, register, and BID! https://www.32auctions.com/rockthehouse18

LATEST EDITION OF ROBBYSLOBBY FOR INROCK MAG IS UP!

HEY HEY In Rockers and Welcome t the Lobby, coming to you again today from way up high in the sky as I make my way to Los Angeles for a second set of band rehearsals for our upcoming Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary US tour which starts on my birthday (Sept 30th) in Phoenix, AZ. But it has been a whirlwind of activity for the last month as my wife Miyoko makes her way around America with Osaka’s Shonen Knife tour managing and selling merch for 5 weeks. I have been between rehearsals in NY and LA and on a single Dad adventure with some help from my parents in back home who are kind enough to help out when I need to be away.

If the aforementioned set of circumstances didn’t make it chaotic enough, in the midst of all this on September 9th was the 16th Annual Music is Art Festival in Buffalo. For those of you who have been taking this literary journey with me here in the pages on In Rock may know of the festival, for those of you who don’t know it’s a music/art/dance festival, which I have put on with a group of dedicated volunteers, which grows a little bigger and more exciting every year. This year we had 20 stages of music of all types including Jazz, Country, Metal Alternative and EDM , multiple performance art areas, dozens of live artists, poets and dance groups who come together for this yearly celebration of talent in my hometown. I’ve been seeing some of the attendees since they were kids coming with their parents, I end up taking tons of pictures with the attendees and have been for 16 years, feels a little bit like families coming for their annual picture with Santa Claus at the mall! Now that the festival is over it’s time to get the planners together for a review of the event and gather our ideas for 2019’s celebration!

For the last decade we’ve been doing our best to share some Japanese culture with our city at The Music is Art Festival, this year was no exception! We featured the rock band Peelander Z from Japan, they bare currently living in Austin and their lead singer Peelander Yellow also painted a mural live for the attendees. Harumo Sato an artist from Sapporo also came to paint a live mural in her “pop” Japanese style along the river. The Buffalo Niagara Shibuki Taiko group performed as well on the festival main stage; Shibuki Taiko also performed a song with the rock band The Molice from Tokyo who have been doing an artistic residence in Buffalo since April. The Molice just released a new album called “GATE” on my record label, Good Charamel Records, two other bands from the label are now in the US touring as well, Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle and Osaka’s Shonen Knife as I mentioned earlier in the column!

I spent a weekend producing some music in the studio with one of my favorite new bands “Beach Slang” from Philadelphia working on a single with them alongside producer/engineer Jay Zubricky at my GCR Audio studios. We did a set of cover songs with vocalist/frontman James Alex and his crew, we look forward to that single being released soon!

Rehearsals have been going very well for the upcoming “DIZZY” tour, you see, we’ve never performed an entire album before, so this is a new experience for us. We have a pretty standard set of about 14 popular songs we like to perform every night full of “fan favorites” and it leaves little room to be play too may B-sides or deep cuts during the show, but as we are playing the full DIZZY album for the first half of the show this unique situation has allowed us to leave that usual format and go deep into the catalog. We’re spending our days re-visiting some songs we haven’t played in nearly 20 years so it’s really become a very special set of music for us. It’s going to be a great trip for us.

I think that’s it for today, we’ll be in the thick of it next time we talk, and I’ll be bringing Hana out on tour with us to do a little daddy/daughter time on the road, living large in our tour bus, hotels and theaters of the GGDS Fall Dizzy Adventure …. pretty cool kid ….. OK, I’ve gotta run, be cool, stay happy, enjoy the Fall and we’ll talk again soon!

Peace

Robby

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Goo Goo Dolls get sentimental on ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ show at Palladium

Some albums can take you back to a very specific time and place in your life. For me, one of those albums is 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl from the Goo Goo Dolls. That album turned 20 years old this year. Naturally, when they announced a tour to celebrate it, I had to be there.

I remember going to the mall with my grandma and buying that CD when it came out. I had two older brothers, and my grandma’s house had only two TVs. So I basically never got to choose what to watch. Usually, in cases I didn’t wanna watch what my brothers picked, I would go to my room and listen to music. I must have listened to Dizzy Up the Girl at least 1,000 times in that bedroom.

It’s an album I hadn’t really revisited much in recent years. I haven’t really followed the Goo Goo Dolls much the last decade or so. The last album of theirs I really connected with was 2002’s Gutterflower. Find me a song that brings a smile to your face the way “Big Machine” does for me.

Showing up at the Hollywood Palladium, it was awesome to see it packed. It was definitely an older crowd, probably a mid-thirties average age. It was great to see the excitement on people’s faces. One guy in particular was wigging out over hearing “All Eyes On Me”. He said he had never seen the band play it in the half-dozen times or so he’d seen them.

When they took the stage to the guitar riff for the album-opening song “Dizzy”, the eight-year-old version of myself squealed with joy. A few of the people in music I was at the show with waited around for the hits “Black Balloon” and “Iris” — obviously, they overlooked how strong an album it is. “Slide” was a mega hit when it dropped as one of the singles. Its guitar melody is reminiscent of sentimental ’90s rock like Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra and the like — the kind of music that doesn’t get its just due on alt-rock radio these days. John Rzeznik and Co. sure know how to write a fucking hook.

Considering I hadn’t really listened to the album in years, I still knew all the words. The song “Broadway” was always a favorite. These guys might be 20 years older, but the band sounds as tight as they did in 1998. Rzeznik’s voice has held up wonderfully.

“Black Balloon” was a clear crowd favorite. It’s crazy to think this song about heroin was such a pop radio favorite but I realize this was around the time Third Eye Blind had songs about crystal meth in commercials for The Tigger Movie.

One thing to note about this 20th anniversary — only Rzeznik and bassist and fellow songwriter Robby Takac remain from the lineup that put out the record. The rest of this band at this point are just touring members. They were able to play the songs up to the expectations of the crowd. Takac sang lead vocals on four songs on Dizzy Up The Girl. I mostly skipped those songs when I listened to them as a kid, but they grew on me.

“All Eyes On Me” was a deep cut that didn’t get its due respect when the album dropped because it had so many successful singles. Rzeznik’s voice as he slides into the chorus is powerful.

As expected, “Iris” was a massive sing-along, with couples slow-dancing to the tune that shook Rzeznik out of a bad case of writer’s block. I remember it being on the City of Angels soundtrack (one of the greatest ’90s soundtracks ever), paving the way to Dizzy Up the Girl selling more than four million copies.

My favorite deep cut was always the album-closing “Hate This Place”. It has a brilliant chorus, with Rzeznik shouting “Hold on, dream away / You’re my sweet charade”. I used to play that song over and over again listening to it.

It was a whirlwind of emotions listening to that album play front-to-back. It helped me time travel to a simpler time, for sure. The band left the stage, and Rzeznik returned for a gimmicky set of three songs where he had a video screen of himself. The video screen version played “Better Days” on guitar with the real-life version singing vocals. Then the video version sang on “Can’t Let It Go”.

The rest of the band returned to the stage with “Name” being a highlight. That was the song that broke them big off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo (also what first made me aware of them). They closed with an encore of “Big Machine” — only fitting that they ended things with another massive singalong.

If you ever get a chance to see a band perform an album in its entirety that played a big part in your youth, do it. As was the case with the Goo Goo Dolls, most bands only take these kinds of victory laps if they’re going to put the effort into doing it right. I ended up walking out with a vinyl copy of the record — one of few albums I’ve bought at a show this year.

Words by Mark Ortega
Photos by Betsy Martinez

 

Goo Goo Dolls get sentimental on ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ show at Palladium

POLLSTAR.COM; TRAIN AND GOO GOO DOLLS UNITE FOR 2019 SUMMER TOUR

Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling band Train announces their 2019 summer amphitheater tour with co-headliners, the Goo Goo Dolls, in addition to the release of their Greatest Hits album out today.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also feature Allen Stone and reach over 39 cities across North America. The American rock bands begin their tour on June 7 in Auburn, Wash. and conclude in Mansfield, Mass. on Aug. 17.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting Nov. 12. To receive a pre-sale code, sign up to Train’s mailing list here. General tickets go on sale starting Nov. 16 at LiveNation.com.

Greatest Hits celebrates 25 years of Train music and hits, including “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister,” and a special cover of one of Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”. The band’s version features esteemed American saxophonist Kenny G.

According to a Pollstar Boxoffice Report for the past 36 months, Train has been averaging $260,873 (gross) and approximately selling 6,772 tickets per show. Further, Goo Goo Dolls has been averaging $160,000 (gross) and selling approximately 4,063 tickets per show.

TOUR DATES

June 7th – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

June 8th – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

June 9th – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino & Resort (no Allen Stone)*

June 11th – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

June 12th – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-CHIN Pavilion

June 14th – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 15th – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 16th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater

June 18th – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

June 20th – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

June 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

June 23rd – Southhaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove

June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place

July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park

July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater

July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater

July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam

July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion

July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion

August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain

August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest

August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

https://www.pollstar.com/article/train-and-goo-goo-dolls-unite-for-2019-summer-tour-136676

IMPRINT – GOO GOO DOLLS BRING DENVER BACK TO 1998 WITH THEIR DIZZY UP THE GIRL TOUR

By Brandon Thrift

On October 30, American rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, brought their 20th anniversary tour of “Dizzy Up The Girl” to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

Outside the venue was a cold and snowy night but that was hardly the case inside. Johnny Rzeznik (vocals and guitar) and Robby Takac (bass) heated up the theatre and had fans screaming lyrics from their 1998 break through album.

They played the album in its entirety with fans demanding more after every song. The songs Dizzy, Black Balloon,” and “Iris” were among some of the crowd favorites.

Rzeznik was engaged with the audience as he let everyone know that he couldn’t breath because of the altitude. There was a fan in the front row who had taken her boots off, Rzeznik said “well hey you look comfortable, you even took your boots off”. He let the crowd know “you don’t want to see me when I’m drunk because bad shit happens”.

After finishing the album, from front to back, they continued the night with some deep cuts. Rzeznik got fans excited when he said that they were going to bring one of their celebrity friends on stage to perform with them. Then Rzeznik said “most celebrities are assholes” and proceeded to bring a tv display on stage. A video came on and it was a pre-recorded video of himself. After some banter back and forth, with himself, he asked his video self to play guitar while he sang the song “Better Days”.

This was the first time the Goo Goo Dolls played at the iconic Paramount Theatre in Denver. Their excitement was contagious, and the fans fed off their energy. The sound was crisp and clean, every song was executed to perfection. The theatre was brought back to 1998 with style and grace.

Click link for photos – https://imprintent.org/2018/11/07/goo-goo-dolls-bring-denver-back-to-1998-with-their-dizzy-up-the-girl-tour/

RIFF MAGAZINE: REVIEW: GOO GOO DOLLS GET ‘DIZZY’ ON LP’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

SAN FRANCISCO — The Goo Goo Dolls’ sound is is so affiliated with ’90s alt-rock that it might surprise the uninitiated that the Upstate New York band’s 1998 breakthrough album, Dizzy Up The Girl, was their fifth LP. Frontman John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and their bandmates at the time released their first record in 1987. The band had hits prior to Dizzy Up the Girl, yet it was that album that pulled the Goo Goo Dolls into the national consciousness, selling 6 million copies and going four-times-platinum, with five top 10 singles including “Iris” and “Slide.”

Rzeznik and Takac, the only members left from the 1998 version of the band (Mike Malinin, who played drums with the band at the time, left in 2013), brought the Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour to the Fillmore Tuesday for a sold-out show at which they played the record in its entirety and dug up some much older tunes, B-sides and other hits. The Goo Goo Dolls played for more than two hours and showcased a catalog that spanned much more than 20 years.

Dizzy Up The Girl composed the first part of the performance, with Rzeznik and Takac and their three touring musicians kicking off with the propulsive, woozy “Dizzy,” seminal hit “Slide” and “Broadway,” with its well-worn grooves. On all but the first 60 seconds of the show opener, when the band seemed to be either out of tune or not in-sync with each other, the songs retained their studio quality. They, along with “January Friend,” “Black Balloon” and others were a bridge to the past, with Goo Goo Dolls not deviating from the versions that fans fell for in the beginning. The band played in front of a floor-to-ceiling, gold-framed album cover.

Rzeznik didn’t talk much at first, making a few stabbing attempts at the evening’s news—”Looks like the Democrats are gonna take the House!” which drew mostly cheers but a few scattered boos as well. “Someone booing that here is like finding a unicorn,” he quipped, adding how he doesn’t mess with politics anymore because both parties lie.

The fans sang the first verse on “Broadway,” and Takac sang lead on “January Friend,” the first of several. During hit “Black Balloon,” a handful of fans released black balloons, which would remain aloft for the remainder of the set. The frontman and bassist have a similar type of gravelly voice perfectly suited for ’90s alt rock, with the bassist’s a bit heavier. Not all of the album’s songs were hits, of course, and there was a bit of a lull between “Black Balloon” and the slowed acoustic pace of the appropriately titled “Acoustic #3.” That stretch of lesser-known songs, all upbeat rockers, could have passed for Soul Asylum tracks, especially when Takac handled vocal duties.

Rzeznik introduced the layered, intricate “Acoustic #3” as a really depressing song. The folky tune, awash in a sea of ’90s reverb, got the packed crowd moving again.

“You guys are cheering depressing music,” the frontman said.

That led into the theatrically dramatic “Iris,” on which the guitarist played a mandolin intro. The musicians perfectly recreated the song’s guitar solo, and fans belted away to the chorus. The set ended two songs later with album closer “Hate This Place,” after which the band cleared the stage, and a crew unceremoniously ripped the album cover from its frame, which was disassembled and carried away in pieces while Muzak played over the speakers.

Rzeznik then emerged by himself with an acoustic guitar for three songs: “Better Days,” off 2016’s Let Love In; “Sympathy,” from 2002’s Gutterflower; and “Come to Me,” from 2013’s Magnetic. He first talked about how a tour like this reminded him why he hasn’t played some songs in 20 years, implying that he’s botched a few performances along the way. Though he stumbled a bit on “Better Days,” he laughed it off and kept going. This stripped-back arrangement worked really well and was one of the highlights of the concert, along with the hits. Every note rang our clearly, alongside his gravelly voice, creating a nice change of pace from the first portion of the performance.
The rest of the band then returned for another eight or so fully electric songs, including “Fallin’ Down,” “Lucky Star” and “Stop the World,” which had  a soulful organ breakdown midway through. Rzeznik then introduced the next song as “the first song that I ever got played in the radio.” He spoke about how the band wrote its first hit, “Name,” off 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, in a stuffy attic in Buffalo.

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Pure Grain Audio – Goo Goo Dolls @ House of Blues (Boston, MA) on October 17, 2018 [Photos & Show Review]

By Nathan Katsiaficas

The Goo Goo Dolls have been mainstays of American alternative rock for two decades now. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of their ground-breaking album, Dizzy Up The Girl, the band has been touring across North America playing the record in full as part of two sets performed for their diehard fans. We caught up with the run as it made its way to a sold out House of Blues in Boston, MA on Wednesday, October 17th.

The queue to get into the venue that night stretched all the way down the street and wrapped around to the next one. As such, the band delayed their start a bit to allow every fan lined up to get in. And it showed–the venue was completely packed. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the venue so full! The crowd was a mix of lifelong fans and those who were familiar with the big hits. At last the Goo Goo Dolls emerged, with the cover of Dizzy Up the Girl hanging as a backdrop. The Goo Goo Dolls took stage and opened with the track “Dizzy.” Frontman John Rzeznik took some time to address the momentous record being celebrated on the tour, exclaiming, “This tour is both exciting and sad. It’s exciting because it means the music has held up, but also I’m really old!”

The rest of the first set was comprised of the remainder of the record, from start to finish, but tracks “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Black Balloon,” and “Iris,” elicited the biggest responses from the crowd. Rzeznik didn’t shy away from interacting with the exuberant fans, applauding a woman in the front row at one point for knowing all of lyrics to the songs, which he joked proved helpful for when he inevitably forgot the words. He also wasn’t afraid to call out bad behavior, saying to one concert-goer who had been on his phone since the start of the performance, “I applaud you sir for coming out to a concert that you clearly don’t want to be at and probably paid for.”

Following this with an anecdote, “My wife, who is Latina, dragged me to see Enrique Iglesias. I absolutely didn’t want to go, but by the end of the night I was a fan boy! I found myself yelling ‘el guapo!‘ The point I’m trying to make, sir, is it’s a learning experience. You need to open your heart because I’m about to play a song that I know you probably won’t like.” The crowd erupted with laughter at this, cheering Rzeznik on as he proceeded to strum the opening notes to “Black Balloon.”

The second set began in a slightly cringeworthy, yet hilarious way, with only Rzeznik and a wheeled video screen on stage. Rzeznik began by talking about how bands often bring famous guests on stage, but quickly stated how he “hates famous people because they are all obnoxious and annoying.” He then turned on the video screen to introduce the crowd to their only famous friend, which in a strange plot twist was just a pre-recording of Rzeznik himself.

The two Rzezniks’ bickered for a short while in scripted banter, with each one upping the other until finally (the real, not recorded) Rzeznik yelled at his recorded self, “If you really want to go there I can tell everyone how you pissed the bed until you were 15!” The video screen Rzeznik quickly said, “Let’s just play the song!” The two Rzeznik’s then played acoustic duets of the songs “Better Days,” and “Can’t Let It Go.” After the two songs bassist Robby Takac came onto stage and began to hassle Rzeznik (real) saying “I see how it is, you send all the other band members off stage to just play with yourself!”

The second set would go on to contain fan-favorites from the albums, Let Love In, Hold Me Up, Superstar Car Wash, A Boy named Goo, Something For the Rest of Us, Boxes, and Gutterflower. It was a perfect representation of the Goo Goo Dolls past and present. They closed out their set with their first big hit, “There You Are.” The Goo Goo Dolls closed with an encore of “Big Machine” and “Flat Top.” You can catch them on their special tour celebrating 20 years of Dizzy Up The Girl through November 10th. The remaining tour dates are below!

Remaining Tour Dates:

11/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/03 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theater
11/08 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @The Joint

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