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Robby Takac will be doing a live stream on Saturday, 4/11 at 12:45 pm PST. You MUST purchase a ticket to be able to watch and Stageit shows are not recorded or archived.

All proceeds collected from tickets and the tip jar go to Kaleida Health's effort in Buffalo.


https://www.stageit.com/robby_takac_of_the_goo_goo_dolls/an_acoustic_stumble_86_thru_the_great_quarantine_of_2020_to_benefit_kaleida_health/76463

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We invite you and your loved ones to tune into this very special Mix Lounge event! Mix 94.1 will be co-hosting a stream lounge with Johnny Rzeznik this Friday, April 10th at noon! Just follow Mix 94.1 on Instagram at @mix941radio!

https://www.mix941.com/event/special-mix-lounge-johnny-rzeznik-show-on-instagram/

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What are the best pop-rock songs of the ’90s? You'll see a familiar song on the list. Head here and find out what songs made the cut -

https://loudwire.com/best-pop-rock-songs-90s/



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Click the link to watch John's performance today and to donate.

https://www.facebook.com/googoodolls/videos/221847295564083/?__xts__

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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!

https://absolutegoo.com/goo-goo-dolls-porch-concerts-gens-haunted-basement-pandemic-projects/#.XoLeaohKjIU


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Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls talks about supporting local businesses and gives a performance from his front porch.

https://kellyandryan.com/videos/

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Goo Goo Dolls frontman drums up support for local businesses amid COVID-19: “They drive the entire community”

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!”

https://www.sunny1015.com/goo-goo-dolls-frontman-drums-up-support-for-local-businesses-amid-covid-19-they-drive-the-entire-community/

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By JILL REED SIROTY

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.

https://www.tapinto.net/sections/arts-and-entertainment/articles/goo-goo-dolls-singer-supports-local-business-with-porch-performance


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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.

Listen now here - https://ggd.lnk.to/lost-acoustic

https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2020/03/21/140594/goo-goo-dolls-release-brand-new-acoustic-rendition-of-lost


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The Goo Goo Dolls' 5th album, 'A Boy Named Goo', was released on March 14, 1995. We can't let this anniversary go by without a celebration, can we? Of course not! So, we're going to take this milestone as a chance to give you guys some awesome Goo swag. Sound good? Okay, then let's get to it!

We know that Goo music is a big soundtrack to a lot of fans' lives, so we're curious to find out what hearing the tracks from ABNG brings to mind for you. Send us an email to contact@absolutegoo.com and tell us your favorite memory associated with the album. Include your shipping info. and "ABNG at 25" in the subject line.

We will be picking 2 Grand Prize winners who will each receive a Goo Goo Dolls prize pack including the Goo tote bag, t-shirt, and set of wrist bands below. That's not enough? Ok, ok, we'll also send a Goo Goo Dolls guitar pick to 3 runners-up.

Contest will run from 10:00 am EST on 3/14/20 until 11:59 pm EST on 3/15/20. We can't wait to hear your stories! Good luck!





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John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls is a late night grocery shopper. Not only does he get to be alone at that time but he gets to listen to his music while he's squeezing grapefruit.


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Check out the amazing renovations to John's house in this feature from Build With A Bang.

"Goo Goo Doll's John Rzeznik and his wife Melina bought the property in 2015. Their love for music and classic architecture aligned perfectly with this home, while the 150 linear foot porch perfectly doubles as an outdoor stage."

https://buildwithabang.com/the-foundation-topics/a-rockin-1905-victorian-home-masterfully-renovated?fbclid=IwAR17r1ws2YboGabDDlJjaZZ7I6Y5lg0UfoKAAfCFAoJwB7mRz-owrJbaIfU

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Happy 25th Anniversary to Goo Goo Dolls’ fifth studio album A Boy Named Goo, originally released March 14, 1995.

By Jeremy Levine

Most people don’t know that The Goo Goo Dolls used to be a punk band. For most of their early output, they peddled shouty vocals and three-chord progressions, sometimes successfully (see 1990’s Hold Me Up) and sometimes less so (don’t see 1989’s Jed). Of course, they would eventually reach mainstream success with International Superhit “Iris” in 1998, but there’s one record that sits in the liminal space between mainstream-focused pop rock and the early punk days: A Boy Named Goo (1995).

In spite of its simplistic structures, punk is limitless—it certainly outlasted the Goo Goo Dolls’ own time in the genre—but maybe there’s only so much one group can pour into that format before they leave it behind for the next group of kids with distortion pedals and the same three chords. On A Boy Named Goo, we see a group figuring out this moment of transition, taking some more risks in terms of form and instrumentation, and seeing whether they want to stretch the limits of their familiar genre.

Sonically, this tension results not just in a polishing of a punk sound (as was the approach on 1993’s Superstar Car Wash) or a loudening of a mainstream sound. Most tracks on A Boy Named Goo luxuriate in the fuzzy border between the two sounds, creating some of the most dynamic work in the band’s now-sprawling repertoire. “Only One,” for example, jumps to half-time after the second chorus, then makes a jump to light speed for one magnificent couplet before crashing to a final refrain.

Then there’s “Burnin’ Up,” which ends its first chorus with some magnificent Takac shouting, leading to a bridge and verse at full throttle before hitting a final chorus that replaces the shouting at the end with unexpected vocal harmony.

Maybe most interesting is “Flat Top,” the second-slowest track after “Name” and the longest in the band’s discography at the time of recording. It’s also the most lyrically punk cut on the album, taking aim at television, consumer culture, and slacktivism. Other miracles lie elsewhere: there’s the strong relationship between vocal delivery and lyrical meaning on “Impersonality,” the incredible tightness of “Somethin’ Bad,” and the a cappella bridge of “Naked.” While the band’s punk lineage (and sometimes punk itself) is still present on A Boy Named Goo, there’s a conscious broadening of horizons.

You’d think that the case in point here would be “Name,” the only acoustic song on the LP. This track would become the first Goo Goo Dolls song to reach the Billboard Chart, and it’s the thing that made them popular enough to get Johnny Rzeznik the job of writing “Iris” for City of Angels. Without “Name,” there’s almost definitely no polished second act to the Goo Goo Dolls career—certainly no “Better Days” or “Rebel Beat.” 

Putting “Name” in the context of A Boy Named Goo is somewhat perplexing. You’ve got a massive mainstream hit sitting smack in the middle of a punk-adjacent record that ends with a track called “Slave Girl.” It’s tempting to say that “Slave Girl” and “Name” exist on opposite ends of the sonic spectrum that define the record, but that’s not entirely true.

The Goo Goo Dolls had been pulling this trick for years. Both Jed and Hold Me Up close with acoustic numbers (“James Dean” and “Two Days In February,” respectively) while Superstar Car Wash features “We Are The Normal,” which features rich acoustic instrumentation and a songwriting credit for Paul Westerberg. Breaking up their frenzy with something more low-key had been part of the Goo playbook for years. None of the previous acoustic efforts were hits, but they give us an aesthetic template for understanding “Name” within A Boy Named Goo outside of the “you’re a sell-out, maaaaaan” trap that the single’s place in history implies.

It’s also a bit of a trap to think about punk only as a sound. It’s also a community, a response, a position. If you watch Goo Goo Dolls footage from 1995 or 1996, while the transition period that I’ve been peddling in this essay was supposedly going on, you’ll find yourself watching a punk show. Everything about the energy—the full-throated singalongs, the crowd surfing, the clothes—is fully punk. Maybe it’s because crafting a new sound in the studio, where you have the benefit of overdubs and second takes, is more feasible than embracing a new identity on stage. Or maybe it’s because the audience didn’t buy in to the change in direction. Regardless of the reason, the Goos’ aesthetic in live performance reveals that so much of the punk ethos that defined their music up to this moment was still part of them.

A Boy Named Goo is both punk and not, both mainstream and not. It’s a convergence of many things that the Goo Goo Dolls had always been up to that point, with the encroachment of the future mixed in. Call it a harbinger of things to come, call it a swan song for a sound at the end of its run. Regardless of what it represents (or doesn’t), it’s still a singular artifact in the band’s catalogue, a collection of their most interesting songs and arrangements, a unified piece that’s uncertain of its past and future but confident in its present.

https://www.albumism.com/features/goo-goo-dolls-a-boy-named-goo-turns-25-anniversary-retrospective

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Find out about new upcoming Goo Goo Dolls shows PLUS we’ve got more details about the upcoming Rock The House auction benefiting Compass House, Buffalo’s only center for runaway and homeless kids! And of course, some additional true crime longing by the girls. Warning: Gen and Annie have had a LOT of caffeine prior to taping.

https://absolutegoo.com/a-new-goo-goo-dolls-show-plus-compass-house-auction-details/#.XmWPYKhKjIU

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By Bobby Tanzilo

In what is surely a nostalgic's winning trifecta, Summerfest's BMO Harris Pavilion will host a trio of concerts by bands who hit big in the 1980s and '90s and have kept going ever since.

Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls will perform on opening day, Wednesday, June 24; Canada's Barenaked Ladies follow on Tuesday, June 30; and Britain's The Psychedelic Furs close out the Big Gig on Sunday, July 5.

Yesterday, Summerfest announced BMO shows by Steve Miller Band and Styx.

As always, free bleacher seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the show, but you can guarantee a spot by purchasing tickets in sections 1 through 5 in advance. Tickets include admission to Summerfest.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale on Thursday, March 12, with Goo Goo Dolls seats hitting the box office and Ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m., Barenaked Ladies at 11 and The Psy Furs at noon.

https://onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/bmo-psychedelic-furs.html

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