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WNYRocks.com – DECK THE HALL BALL WITH GOO GOO DOLLS AND ROB THOMAS AT BUFFALO RIVERWORKS SUNDAY 12.15.19!

Buffalo Riverworks was proud to host and present STAR 102.5’s Deck the Hall Ball. Headliners were none other than Buffalos Goo Goo Dolls as well as Rob Thomas, Dean Lewis an opener. This concert sold out fairly quickly after its announcement and by the time Goo Goo Dolls were on stage every square inch of that building was packed!!! These two acts together really are a massive crowd draw and between the both of them packed with hits and number one chart toppers it is easy to see why!

Rob Thomas was shadowed with singing from the crowd the whole set. His hits are widely enjoyed by all and easily a tune you can usually catch walking into any retail store in America. Playing his solo hits such as “Her Diamonds”, “Someday” and “Mockingbird”. Also playing acoustic renditions of Matchbox 20 wonders such as “3am” and “Unwell”. When you hear Rob perform live you, it sounds like the audio rendition in the sense that his vocals are just on point and so strongly recognizable. He delivered a great setlist which naturally had to include “New York City Christmas”. The holiday vibes were being felt with the lavishly huge tree near the stair case and the greenery with lights draping the perimeter of the second floor balcony. I personally was pretty excited to see Rob Thomas live, been listening to him since the 90s and after a little and his showmanship with talents just made for a great stage show.

Goo Goo Dolls met the spotlight with loud cheers and clap backs. These guys are stacked with knockout songs and their set list didn’t disappoint. From all the classics “Slide”, “Name”, “Iris”, to their newest of hits such as “Miracle Pill”, “Indestructible” and “Autumn Leaves”. When “Black Balloons” was being played, a huge magnitude of black balloons fell onto the crowd. They bounced around for quite frankly until the crowd was blasted with confetti at the end. This band has such a solid, strong fan base and not just from this general area they clearly have paved a strong path in the mainstream and on. Even if you don’t realize it, it is hard not to know a Goo Goo Dolls song. They are really an energetic stage presence as well as fun crowd bantering, I would highly encourage seeing them live. At the end of the show the big screen in the main floor area of Buffalo Riverworks was turned onto the Buffalo Bills game and we were able to witness more local love and awesomeness with the Bills clenching a playoff spot. It truly felt like a night of Buffalo love and wins all around. It is looking like the Buffalo Bills are finally seeing “Better Days”.

Click the link for a photo set – http://wnyrocks.com/2019/12/deck-the-hall-ball-with-goo-goo-dolls-and-rob-thomas-at-buffalo-riverworks-sunday-12-15-19/

The Adamantium Podcast – E084 Johnny Rzeznik & Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls

On the season finale episode of The Adamantium Podcast, we are joined by Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls. We discuss their ambitions for their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill, and the openness to be vulnerable this far into their career. We also talk about the Buffalo & Toronto music scene in the early years, their favourite Canadian bands, what their life was like in the late 90s when they were one of the hottest bands on the planet, and their illustrious 2004 Buffalo homecoming gig in the pouring rain.

https://www.theadamantium.com/single-post/E084

Goo Goo Dolls along with Rob Thomas give Buffalo, NY an unforgettable, once in a life time Christmas gift.

Buffalo, NY – The multi-platinum music legends of Buffalo, NY, the Goo Goo Dolls, returned to their beloved hometown, along with co-headliner Rob Thomas for local radio station Star 102.5’s ‘Deck the Hall Ball’ holiday concert. This event was sold out in seconds when tickets went on sale months ago, and was viewed by many music lovers in the Western New York area as the undisputed concert of the year. While this line-up could have been booked in a much bigger venue, perhaps even Key Bank Center (home of the Buffalo Sabres), the much smaller Riverworks provided an intimate and exciting atmosphere for those lucky enough to get a ticket.

The only damper on the evening was that some fans found themselves in a quagmire when the NFL changed the time of a very important Buffalo Bills game from 1:00pm to 8:15pm, the same time as the concert. It was a bit distracting during the concert, as many were following the game and getting updates on the score.  Star 102.5 made a decision to not broadcast the game during the concert, citing the fact the people may have been DVR’ing the game to watch it later.  Fortunately, the Bills pulled it off winning 17-10 over the Pittsburgh Steelers and clinched the playoff birth, for only the second time since 199

After a short opening set by Sydney pop star Dean Lewis, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty (and successful solo artist) Rob Thomas hit the stage and played an intense, stripped down, 60 minute long set. During the last few weeks, Thomas has been playing a series of radio station  sponsored Holiday shows, just like the Goo Goo Dolls. For these particular shows,  Thomas is onstage performing with only band members Matt Beck and the very musically versatile Koral Turnador (who ironically was a member of the Goo Goo Dolls touring band from 2006-2016) and not his full piece 8 member touring band, which backed him for his 2019 ‘Chip Tooth Smile’ World tour.  However, probably because Thomas was performing co-headlining shows with the Goo Goo Dolls this weekend, he added his touring bassist and drummer to enhance his sound a bit.

Thomas high energy set consisted mostly of material  from his solo albums with a few Matchbox Twenty songs added to the mix. His material from newest release, ‘Chip Tooth Smile’ is some of the impressive material of his career and truly one of the best releases of 2019.

Thomas was  animated and very engaging with the audience during the evening. In between songs, he mentioned that Matchbox Twenty would be back touring this summer, (maybe a co-headline tour with the Goo Goo Dolls perhaps???).

Thomas received a loud cheer when he grabbed his acoustic guitar and announced that the Matchbox Twenty song “3:AM” was next up. A slowed down version had the audience singing along.

Halfway through the set, Thomas explained, I really don’t play this next song too often, but I think this would be a great time to play it, he then proceeded with “New York City Christmas.”

For the final song of the evening, Thomas stated, “This is a cover song, but I feel it’s okay for me to perform it, since I wrote it.” The band then kicked into the mega-hit from Santana, “Smooth,” and brought Thomas’ performance and his 2019 touring schedule to an epic close.

After a short break, as fans checked their phones for updates on the Bills game, the kings of Buffalo, NY the Goo Goo Dolls, featuring John Rzeznik and Robby Takac backed by touring musicians Brad Fernquist (guitar), Craig Macintyre (drums) and Jim McGorman (keyboards) hit the stage shortly after 10:00pm.  Their intense hour long set consisted of many of their chart topping hits mixed in with tracks from their brilliant contender for album of the year, the 2019 release, ‘Miracle Pill.’

Kicking off with “Indestructible” Rzeznik , Takac and band were primed and ready to give their hometown a very special show, and prove why they are still highly regarded as one of the best live bands in music. The love affair between the city Buffalo and the Goo Goo Dolls started during the late 80’s and continues growing every year. The have a great range of fans from young to old, which was made obvious looking at the audience on this night.

Through the evening. Rzeznik was in a great mood, spot on vocally, and Takac even with all the running around he does, he didn’t miss a note. This is a real band, with musicians that still can play and sing, no lip syncing or playing along to tracks here.

“This is the last date of our tour, and we are ending it in such a great place,” Rzeznik declared about the Riverworks venue located right on the Buffalo river. This is the same venue that Takac held his Music is Art festival last September.

Even though the show was in a smaller than usual venue for The Goo Goo Dolls, many of the bands signature visuals were still being utilized. For the hit single “Black Balloons,” their was a massive black balloon drop from the ceiling. It’s always funny watching the audience react when this occurs.

An intense version of “So Alive” had a storm of confetti covering the front of the audience. When the song ended many in the audience started chanting “Let’s Go Buffalo.” Then Rzeznik left the stage for a second and grabbed a leaf blower and started cleaning off the confetti on the stage, jokingly explaining “I like a clean stage.”

Rzeznik then took center with his acoustic as Takac and the other members left the stage.  Rzeznik, then told the audience, “Sorry to bum you out, but the next song is about a hobby I used to have.” He then further explained, “I used to like feeling sorry for myself.  Self pity can be fuckin’ amazing. There was something so dark and satisfying about it.” Rzeznik then proceeded with a passionate solo version of “Sympathy.”

The band’s breakthrough hit of 1995 “Name” followed. Rzeznik said, “This was the first song that many people in the world, outside of this city, heard from us.  Rzeznik performed the first few verses solo, but was then joined by Takac and band. A mass audience sing along helped bring this song to a goosebump worthy moment.

For the next song, and most recent single, the powerful and catchy, “Fearless” Rzeznik emphatically declared,  “I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but this world has gone fuckin’ insane!” It’s fuckin’ crazy and it getting harder to be a human being.” “But we are all right, being here all together.” This song would be well served as the Buffalo Bills upcoming playoff anthem.

Following was the massive hit, “Better Days,” in which Rzeznik said, ” I originally wrote this song to be on a Christmas record, but it never made on to that Christmas record. So, it’s nice to finally do it in the context that it was meant for.” Another mass audience sing along followed.

The band turned up the intensity even more with an all out rocking version of “Broadway,” that featured a tasty melodic guitar solo by Brad Fernquist and a short and sweet harmonica solo by Rzeznik.

The soon to be pushed as the next single from ‘Miracle Pill’- “Autumn Leaves” followed and had the audience in awe of Rzeznik’s powerful vocals and profound lyrics. For the live performance of this song,  the band takes it to another level of intensity with an added guitar solo from Fernquist and then a rather bluesy one from Rzeznik. This song should to be a major hit for the band in 2020.

Then of course the band concluded with their biggest hit, “Iris.” Rzeznik, said “Well, we have to play this one!” This song has over 1 billion views on youtube! And like every Goo Goo Dolls show of the last 20 years, this was truly the highlight of the evening. It is the perfect song. Rzeznik, said “Well, we have to play this one!

With the last note of “Iris,” the Goo Goo Dolls final show of 2019 came to a glorious end. During this year, the band had been very active, with a successful North American co-headlining summer run trek with Train, and a series of dates with Bon Jovi in South America, as well as a sold-out fall headlining tour. But, wait until you see what they have planned for 2020!

Overall, this was a great evening and the local radio station Star 102.5 should be praised for bringing together such an amazing Holiday event with two of the top acts in music. The only downside is that they may never be able to top it.
By Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.    photos to be added later.
For more on the Goo Goo Dolls, please visit www.googoodolls.com

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Robby’s Latest Blog for InRock Magazine

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby! It’s been a month since we’ve last met up, but it seems like so much has happened in that short amount of time! I’m in San Antonio, Texas doing rehearsals for the Goo Goo Dolls upcoming US Tour to support our newest album “Miracle Pill”. We’ve been working on some new songs for the show which will include openers The Unlikely Candidates and Beach Slang as we wind around the US until the Holidays!

When we last spoke I had just arrived in Brazil with GGDS and we began a tour of Stadiums in Brazil and Peru supporting Bon Jovi including a set at the legendary Rock in Rio. We played Recife’, Curibata, Sao Paolo, Rio and then made our way to Peru with a show in Lima. The Brazilian shows were incredible, so many people singing and welcoming us for the very first time in our career to South America. The Bon Jovi band and crew couldn’t have been nicer, we spent a few months with them back in the 90s traveling around the US playing arenas and it was great to see everyone again these many years later.

i must say, the food in Brazil was unreal, we had a traditional Churrascaria dinner (which is a traditional barbecue with the waiters serving meats from swords!) and enjoyed so may different types of Seafood and breads, it was a treat and i would imagine we were exposed to some of the best flavors Brazil had to offer. We spent a day filming interviews and appeared on a super fun television show with many musical acts performing in the same room together. It was chaotic, but lots of fun with so many different types of music represented. It was a very busy trip with not a lot of time to spend sightseeing in Brazil unfortunately, but we did get a chance to walk around Recife’ and Sao Paolo a bit and spent a full day sightseeing in Peru!

In Peru we stayed in the Miraflores District, we got a chance to see an ancient burial mound called Huaca Pucllana and visited The Museo Largo Museum which has a huge collection of Inca and other tribal artifacts right in the heart of downtown Lima. Oh, and of course we visited a traditional market and got some nice omiage for our family back home! I got my daughter and wife knit Alpaca hair hats and an Alpaca sweater to keep them warm during the cold, cold Buffalo winter!

The trip ended with a great show in a soccer stadium in Peru, then we were hurried from the venue by a police escort to the airport and made our way home to the states. After we got back John went off to do a bit of radio promotion in the states and I went home to spend a few much needed days with my family in Buffalo. My daughter and I picked out and carved some pumpkins for Halloween, we went to one of the last Drive In movies left in my hometown (most likely one of the last in the world) and rode our bikes around, you know, that kind of stuff!

But as always, way too soon it was time to go again, before you knew it I was back on a plane heading to Texas to begin rehearsals for the upcoming GGDS tour. And here I sit writing to you …. time’s flying. This tour goes on for a couple of months in cool old theaters and performing arts centers across the country. The tour finishes up with a bunch of festival style Christmas radio shows and as far as I’ve heard we’re going to be resting through much of January as we prepare for a tour of the UK in the new year.

Oh, I should mention, I’ve been watching some of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on the internet from the states, I’m so happy I was able to see the ceremony from afar and witness the start of an exciting new time for Japan. My wife Miyoko, my daughter Hana and I will be back to visit and spend some holiday time with our friends in Tokyo in December/January and I’m looking forward to some Japan time! I hope you have a great month and I’ll fill you in with some updates from the road next week here in the pages of The Mighty InRock !!!!!!

Peace

Robby

 

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Niagara Gazette – Jennings: John Rzeznik reflects on return to Buffalo

By Thom Jennings ngedit@niagara-gazette.com

John Rzeznik has been on my interview bucket list for a long time, and I almost missed the opportunity when an email from the Goo Goo Dolls’ publicist went to my spam folder. It wasn’t as if Rzeznik needed the publicity for the upcoming show at Riverworks this Sunday, the 102.5 Deck the Hall Ball has long since sold out.

The Goo Goo Dolls primary singer and songwriter has one of the most recognizable singing voices around, and while we could have started with any topic, we immediately launch into his favorite topic, his soon to be 3-year-old daughter Lili.

“Just to see someone with so much joy, it makes my life so much better,” Rzeznik noted with a sense of pride.

Rzeznik jokes that he hopes his daughter has more of his wife Melina’s DNA than his, because he was a “hell raiser,” when he was a child. His voice beams with pride as he discusses his daughter’s wonderment with ornaments on their Christmas tree.

“My life is so different than it was, I was living in a dark place for a long time. To be finally given the chance to break out of that and then this beautiful little wonder came along. I feel like because I got sober, I was able to continue the mission, whatever that mission is.”

With the holidays approaching, Rzeznik reflected on his return to Buffalo. Even though his well-documented life story has been less than idyllic, his voice is filled with optimism and an appreciation for his hometown and his family.

“I miss home, I miss going to Niagara Falls, and summers in Buffalo and being with my friends and family. But I get to go back, and I am glad my kid is getting to know my sisters, they are amazing people. They are characters and they’re funny and quirky, but most importantly they are strong women, and I want my daughter to have them as role models. I want her to be strong and never be afraid to speak her mind to anybody.”

Rzeznik doesn’t hide admiration and appreciation of the profound influence his older sisters had on his life, especially in helping form his love of music.

“Their taste in music was eclectic, I listened to their albums and tried to play Gang of Four songs. It wasn’t like anything on the radio, it was special, you had to go and look for it. That is what excited me about it.”

We didn’t spend all of time waxing nostalgic, especially since the Goo Goo Dolls are coming to town to promote their latest album, “Miracle Pill.” After revisiting their breakthrough album “Dizzy Up the Girl,” last year, The Goo Goo Dolls served up an uplifting and optimistic set of songs, many of them are in the current set.

“I love this record because I got to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with people that were above me in production, engineering and songwriting and playing.”

“The album as a whole speaks to the desire to make connections. That’s why vinyl is coming back, because it created an immersive experience. You looked at the liner notes, and wondered who they were singing about.”

There have been three singles released from “Miracle Pill,” including the title track, “Money, Fame & Fortune” and “Indestructible, three of the first four tracks on the album. While many albums are front-loaded, with the hits early in the track list, some of “Miracle Pill’s” best moments occur at the end, with the last two songs, “Autumn Leaves” and “Think it Over.”

“It’s interesting how we sequenced the album, ‘Autumn Leaves’ it’s kind of this bittersweet farewell. Then it takes a breath and goes into ‘Think it Over” which is kind of like an encore.”

“ ‘Think it Over’ was awesome to record. We were working at Capital Studios in Los Angeles and the lady that runs the studio is a legend, Paula Salvatore. I asked her for the best old-school backup singers and the next day we had half the cast from ‘20 Feet from Stardom’ in the studio.”

“To work with people that sing with such emotion was inspiring and it made me feel the real power of collaboration, and having faith in something, even if it’s the power of your own voice. It blew me away watching them sing.”

Another thing that inspires Rzeznik is the renaissance of his hometown.

“It’s great to see Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the whole region coming back, the city that so many people gave up for dead. It has so much soul, it has a great vibe. It’s creating its own identity with the unique architecture, with food, beer culture and art.

“It’s vibrant, and I see real greatness, and its where the artists are going. Places like Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio and Allentown, Pennsylvania. You can afford to live in those towns and create your own scene.”

As we finish up, Rzeznik took one more happy look at his past, back when the Goo Goo Dolls spent years riding around in a van. Before they became as synonymous with Buffalo as chicken wings and beef on weck.

“When Robby (Takac) and I started, the only places to play original music were the Continental and McVans, and McVans was gone right after we started. Our manager Artie Kwitchoff (current owner of the Town Ballroom) told us we were going to create our own original music scene. He scraped together the money and we rented out VFW halls and plastered the town with posters until the clubs had to pay attention. I have always admired him for that.”

Rzeznik may not have discovered a “Miracle Pill,” but he has found the happiness and joy he has created for so many fans over the years. That may be the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/night_and_day/jennings-john-rzeznik-reflects-on-return-to-buffalo/article_15797f05-0823-505e-a546-81d2919d6361.html

Arch City Media – Goo Goo Dolls Performed the Perfect Mixtape at their Dec. 8 St. Louis Concert

by Carrie Zukoski

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls along with opener Maddie Poppe performed for night two of Y98’s Deck the Hall Ball on the Fox Sports Midwest Live! stage at Ballpark Village on December 8.

The lights dimmed as much as they could in the cavernous space while the smoke machines churned out a haze for Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac and the rest of Goo Goo Dolls members Brad Fernquist, Craig Macintyre and Jim McGorman to set the night in motion just after 9 p.m. opening with “Indestructible” from their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill released Sept. 13. Rzeznik then greeted those in front with handshakes before delighting the crowd, who sang along to many of the songs throughout the night, with fan-favorite “Slide.”

Takac appeared to have a blast on stage with his wide grin along with high kicks, spins, jumps up and down, all while playing bass. He also encouraged the crowd to clap along throughout the night.

Switching between electric and acoustic guitar, Rzeznik moved the concert along seamlessly from grittier to smoother, familiar and newer material which all blended well into one another. Their setlist made for a perfect mixtape of Goo Goo Dolls, if you will.

Adding to the fun of the night included a balloon drop (black, of course) during “Black Balloon” and lots of confetti wafting everywhere.

Maddie Poppe, season 16 winner of American Idol in May 2018, opened the night with a soft, yet resounding 30-minute acoustic set that included a cover of Radiohead’s “High and Dry,” “Nothing Good Comes Out of California,” which she prefaced by sharing about her parent’s worrying about Midwest gal moving to California and, this being a holiday show, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Poppe had a lovely voice which, when unleashed, showed great power. Unfortunately, most of this was lost due to the constant din of chatter of what seemed to be nearly everyone in attendance.

http://archcity.media/2019/12/09/goo-goo-dolls-performed-the-perfect-mixtape-at-their-dec-8-st-louis-concert/

Photo gallery – https://carriezukoski.smugmug.com/ConcertPhotos/Goo-Goo-Dolls/

My 92.9 – Goo Goo Dolls Rocked Our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love Show

We had an AWESOME time at our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love show at the Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center, Sahuarita, AZ.

Featuring performances by Goo Goo Dolls and John K…. the night was filled with amazing intimate performances for an unforgettable experience.

Missed the show? Want to relive the night? Check out all the photos and videos – https://my929.iheart.com/featured/cyndi-chris/content/2019-12-06-goo-goo-dolls-rocked-our-tucson-subaru-subaru-share-the-love-show/

99.1 The Mix – INTERVIEW: What the Goo Goo Dolls LOVE About Milwaukee

John and I talk candidly about music, social media, Milwaukee and raising a family

By Aaron Carreno

I had the pleasure of speaking with John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, as we get ready for their return to Milwaukee Monday night for our 99.1 The Mix Mistletoe Show!

In PART ONE, John mentions some of his fondest Milwaukee memories over the years, and why the “call for connection” is so important.

PART TWO of my conversation with John centers around the loyalty his audience has developed over the years, what HE’S currently listening to, and how he’s been influenced emotionally since starting a family and raising children.

Finally, John encourages all of us to think of those in need this holiday season, and the magic in music bringing people together during PART THREE of our chat.

Listen to the entire interview here – https://991themix.radio.com/blogs/aaron-carreno/interview-what-the-goo-goo-dolls-love-about-milwaukee