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For Agencia Estado

Translated from Portuguese

https://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/app/noticia/diversao-e-arte/2019/09/29/interna_diversao_arte,792613/goo-goo-dolls-faz-show-decente-de-rock-sem-depender-de-iris.shtml
When a band releases a hit as big as Iris, the song that drove Goo Goo Dolls to stardom in 1998, it is common to associate all the rest of the work with that particular moment. But for the first time in Brazil, after a tour of some cities with Bon Jovi, the American band proved to be able to delight a huge audience without necessarily being caught in the unavoidable hit.

Of course Iris, the last song on the set, is still the apotheosis of a performance, but even newer songs from the recently released Miracle Pill album (2019) bring to Rock in Rio the stadium rock that the less bulky crowd in this one. Sunday than on the other days of the festival, wait.

In an interview with the story on the eve of the festival, singer John Rzeznik said he understood the kind of vibe the festival expected of him, but confessed that he was not used to such large audiences. In performance on the World Stage, however, the band gave no false signals: a respectable rock performance consistent with the trajectory of a band that has a poorly recognized career over a hit.

Although the singer has a rock star stance, it is bassist Robby Takac who steals the scene on stage, jumping a lot and showing that he is really having fun there. He sings Bringing on the Night, 2013.

Rzeznik begins ironic Iris: "So you know this one ?!". The song gained classic FM rock status for one reason: it's beautiful. Tailor-made for the Cities of Angels soundtrack (the 1998 film with Nicolas Cage, remake of the timeless classic by Win Wenders). A light rain falls in Rock City just then, as if to crown the show.

Other hits such as Broadway and Slide (also from the 1998 album Dizzy Up The Girl) are also received with attention. Although Rock in Rio Sunday began with Brazilian singers, Goo Goo Dolls paved the way for the rockiest performances of the day, with Dave Matthews Band and Bon Jovi still on the stage.

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 Goo Goo Dolls gives tips on what will happen at the World Stage presentation at 'Rock in Rio'

By Gshow - Sao Paulo 09/29/2019 12:24 AM

https://gshow.globo.com/programas/rock-in-rio/noticia/goo-goo-dolls-da-dicas-do-que-vai-rolar-na-apresentacao-do-palco-mundo-no-rock-in-rio.ghtml

Band talks about being in Brazil for the first time, tells what will be on the list of songs at the Rock City concert, reveals the origin of the name and reminds the madness of a fan in 'Altas Horas'

This is the first time they have stepped in Brazil! Goo Goo Dolls uttered a voice in their biggest hits on Saturday's Highland Stage, 9/28. The American band - who is in the country to open Bon Jovi shows in Sao Paulo, Recife and Curitiba, and to perform at Rock in Rio this Sunday, 9/29 - talked with Serginho Groisman about their debut in Brazil and also gave tips on the songs that will play in Rock City:
"It's 60 minutes, so it's going to be like Goo Goo Dolls superset, like a mix of tracks," revealed bassist Robby Takac.

"We're going to sing some new songs, because we released an album ['Miracle Pill'] last week, and all that everyone already knows," said lead singer John Rzeznik.

The singer said that the band always wanted to perform on Brazilian stages. He took the opportunity to thank Bon Jovi for calling them to open his shows in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Recife: "I don't know why we never came. I'm really happy to be here now. It's a great gift to us from Bon Jovi for us to open shows for him. We're having a lot of fun here, everybody is beautiful and nice. Congratulations! "

Name origin

Goo Goo Dolls released their first album in 1987 and three years were successful in the United States. However, 11 years later, the band became known worldwide with the song "Iris", which was part of the soundtrack for the movie "City of Angels" starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. And one of the most curious things is the origin of the group's name: "We had a show, but we didn't have a name, so we looked at a magazine and it was the first thing we saw. It's a silly name. It means nothing more," John said.

Fan madness
 
 The curious stories were not just in the name. The singer recalled a story of a fan who came to his house: '' Someone broke where I lived and left a box with candles. I opened the box and there were weird and crazy things inside. I had to call the police. And that was the day my girlfriend moved in. The first day, I was like the police in the kitchen and she packed up and said, 'No, no, that won't happen,' but I convinced her to stay. "

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http://www.tenhomaisdiscosqueamigos.com/2019/09/19/entrevista-goo-goo-dolls/

Translated from Portuguese.

Band talks about his debut in the country and release of the great "Miracle Pill"

Per Ana Julia Tolentino 09/19/2019

Surely you have heard a lot about them or may have even listened without even knowing who they were - the band has definitely been a soundtrack for many couples in this world! However, these New Yorkers from Goo Goo Dolls show that they go beyond "Iris."

With an album about to be released, titled Miracle Pill, the band will make their debut on tour with Bon Jovi, and will start in Brazilian lands, especially as a stamped attraction for this edition of Rock In Rio. The quintet makes up the September 29 line-up, which also features Dave Matthews Band, Ivete Sangalo, and Bon Jovi.

 
Taking advantage of the opportunity of the band's passage across the country, bassist Robby Takac, one of the original lineup along with vocalist John Rzeznik, spoke exclusively in a fun interview for TMDQA !.

After touring with the band Train in the United States, he tells us about the new album, the internet age and more details of Goo Goo Dolls' 33 years of existence. Check it out!

TMDQA !: Hi Robby! So good to talk to you, thanks for your time! This is the first time the band has arrived in South America, and the timing couldn't be better: the album release and the celebration of over 30 years of the band. How is the public response with Miracle Pill?

Robby:  It's been great! We released three singles before the album and played them during this last tour. We saw people singing and they seemed to like it. We are seeing results also in streaming platforms. However, the biggest reflection is live and see how our fans respond to it. With the record, we expect it to be the same, especially on the tour that we will do there.

TMDQA !: I wonder! The release of the album should be an adventure after three years of the release of the EP, You Should Be Happy. With these lineup changes, is the recording with the guys different now compared to the first records?

Robby:  Well, I think the last albums were very different. At first, we wrote a lot of songs, went after a producer, and from there we jumped into a studio to work on at least 14 songs for many months. Now we write and record with a few songs with different producers, which makes the sound more experimental, more diverse. Over time, we become precious with our ideas, so whether we like it or not, everything has been different.

TMDQA !: By the way, it is inevitable not to talk about “Iris” that launched over 20 years ago. Is it a problem for you to be recognized often only by it?

Robby:  This is the song that most people know and it's very special to play it live. However, we are also known for other singles, even though the casual listener knows this is our biggest hit. While it's a blessing, it's also a curse, because fans expect you to make another hit and burpst just as it did with "Iris." It's so complicated! (laughs)

Even if we have been playing it for over 20 years, they still charge us the "hit of the decade". But still, it is still an honor to be known for it, this song reaches the ears of all generations. Much of where we came from was because of it.

TMDQA !: When you burst with it in the 1990s, the music industry, and of course everything else, was very different from now. Being that the Internet is the most glaring change. When we talk about feedback and how people react to things today… do you read social media comments about the band?

Robby:  Oh, there's no way you can't pay attention to what's been happening online. I read because I know that most of the people who are there are usually those who accompany us, go to shows, interact and so on. But we are also very careful and do not take into account everything that is said, because anyone can say what they want without care. They can disclose cruelty in anonymity without being responsible for the content. But I know there are more people spreading the good and accompanying us because they like what we do.

TMDQA !: And now, with the release of the new album, how do you expect to deal with social media engagement?

Robby:  Just as I always do: filtering out the best and seeing constructive criticism. The internet is a great way to see how our music has reached this audience, especially with streaming platforms. These services open new channels for multiple people to access our music.

TMDQA !: Well, we already know that the album's debut will be in Brazil, with the Bon Jovi tour. Are you ready to deal with the intensity of Brazilian fans?

Robby:  I think it will be beyond my expectations! (laughs) And not to mention that Rock in Rio was something I heard about when I was young, like Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz: something that existed, but very unrealistic. It is indeed a great honor for us, even for so long a band. It will be our first concert on the South American tour, so we are definitely very excited about that.

TMDQA !: And I think the most important thing is to talk about Rock In Rio, are you guys doing a different show than what will be done on tour?

Robby:  I don't know if I can say different, but special. We have a great affection for this festival and, being our debut in South America, you can prepare that there will be a lot of good if it depends on us.

TMDQA !: Will you include many songs from the new album? Since it is only being released a few weeks before the Rock In Rio concert and the audience is not yet familiar.

Robby:  Some yes, especially the ones we released earlier. But I hope the fans will listen to the new album and enjoy it a lot, as we plan to show up more often.

TMDQA !: Robby, I don't think they warned you, but the name of our site is [in Portuguese] I Have More Records Than Friends. And the question is, do you have more records than friends?

Robby: (laughs) What a great name! You know what? I must have listened to more records than friends, that's the truth!

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Goo Goo Dolls expects warm welcome at Bon Jovi's opening show in Curitiba

By Alex Silveira, Tribuno do Parana

https://www.gazetadopovo.com.br/curitiba/lazer/goo-goo-dolls-espera-recepcao-calorosa-no-show-de-abertura-do-bon-jovi-em-curitiba/
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With a presentation scheduled for September 27th in Curitiba, opening the Bon Jovi concert at the Paulo Leminski Quarry, the American band talked with the report from the Tribuna do Paraná to tell a little about their expectation regarding the visit to the capital of Paraná. , in addition to three other cities that will receive the same tour. The band, founded in 1986 by vocalist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer and former member George Tutuska, became famous with the song Iris, from the soundtrack of the movie City of Angels (1998), and is preparing for release. of a new album, besides the tour in Brazil.

Over the phone, singer Johnny Rzeznik said he was excited about his first performance in Brazil. He is already researching information about Curitiba over the internet and expects a warm welcome from the public. We told him that the audience here is warm, likes good music and enjoys rock music, but is also demanding and eager for the arrival of the tour. "How nice. I am happy to know. We expect a warm welcome. We will also do our best to please everyone, ”he said.

“For the first time in Brazil, we are preparing a special setlist of the most popular songs for everyone to identify with. Let's choose songs that we like a lot. That everyone will like it too, ”he said. Who bet on the presence of the famous Iris can be carefree. “This song is like a gift. We were blessed by her as our career took off. When we are together playing Iris with the band, we feel a very good energy, which we try to transmit to fans. They are good vibes, ”he said.

Rzeznik reveals that the country is a big market for them and that playing the tour with Bon Jovi has been a good opportunity. “Our live performance turns out to be for thousands of people. I'm sure the public in Curitiba will have a fantastic experience. We want everyone to dive into the setlist as much as fans from Europe, the United States and Japan toured. As the band that will open the show for Bon Jovi, we will work hard to make a great show, ”commented the singer. “Although the band has never been there, social networks connect us. The public knows who we are. Of course, playing the stage, straight to the fans, is a different story. That's when everyone can say hello, can connect. I also want to connect, live this moment, ”said the singer.

In Brazil, Goo Goo Dolls performs first in Recife (PE) on September 22nd. Then, on the 25th, he plays in São Paulo (SP); in Curitiba the show will be on the 27th, at Pedreira Paulo Leminski; and the last performance will be on the 29th, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), inside Rock in Rio 2019. In parallel to the tour shows, which started in June and go until October, Goo Goo Dolls continues working with Miracle Pill (in 'miracle pill'), the band's 12th studio album (11 tracks), with a worldwide release promised for September 13th. The recordings are by Warner Records and the production was announced over a month ago.

September release

A taste of what the public will find on the album tracks is on Youtube. The Miracle Pill (track 3) music video features Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac in white outfits, white instruments, in a white room decorated with white furniture. The colors slowly appear, with the musicians throwing portions of paint all over the space as the "miracle pill" takes effect. They both even take the pills. The joy is so much that left for the furniture and entitles the showers of shredded papers, just like those used in football championships finals. Directed by Ed Gregory & Dan Cooper.

“I wanted to sing about the need for human connection and the constant change we go through as people. This work incorporates these themes and I think we can all relate to each other, ”said Rzeznick of the album. “On social networks, our fans comment that it has been a good experience. Want to be well, take a pill. Want to lose weight, take a pill. Want to relate, take a pill. It's the picture that people want everything at once, ”he says.

With over 30 years together as a band, over 12 million albums sold and 14 number one and Top 10 hits on Hot AC, Miracle Pill finds Goo Goo Dolls in a great mood. The album's entire music collection offers engaging musicality, excitement, and intimate, relatable lyrics that reflect the current scenario of instant gratification and relief that everyone seems to be seeking.

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By Meghan Perkins
https://www.livedesignonline.com/concerts/summer-tour-2019-part-two-designing-goo-goo-dolls

Popular American rock bands Train and Goo Goo Dolls, known for Billboard hits like “Drops of Jupiter” and “Iris,” respectively, recently wrapped up their co-headlining Summer Tour 2019 with special guest Allen Stone on August 17 Xfinity Center. Check out an in-depth look at Train's production design by Robb Jibson of So Midwest, Inc.

Dan Hardiman, Goo Goo Dolls’ UK-based lighting designer for the past nine years, met with Jibson last fall to discuss workflow and equipment needs so that he could work it into the overall lighting, video, and audio package, provided by LMG Touring. Once Jibson and Train finalized their design in spring 2019, Hardiman modelled it in wysiwyg and produced renderings to show Goo Goo Dolls how they would integrate with Train’s design.

Since Goo Goo Dolls performed first, often beginning their set in daylight, the design had to look intentional. “Our design had to load in and out in as short a time as possible, and it couldn’t look as if we were playing in front of another band’s show,” explains Hardiman. With a fast changeover time, everything had to be pre-cabled on dollys. Truck space was also necessary to enable all lighting fixtures to permanently live on risers that could roll straight off stage into the truck.

Hardiman needed a stage design that would make Train’s plexiglass dance floor look part of Goo Goo Dolls’ set. The result was a clever fabrication by Gallagher Staging where BullNose risers overhung the dance floor by two feet and a central riser platform connected to Train’s floor, seamlessly interrogating the two designs into one scenic element. “Gallaghers was sent several of the LED blinders by LMG, so they could fabricate touring mounts for the underside of the BullNoses,” explains Hardiman. “We spent a couple of days in tech rehearsals mounting all the lights to the risers and skids.” Everything rolled straight onto the stage.

“The design also had to look as good in ambient light as it does in darkness, hence the [Vari-Lite] VL6000 beams, which look great just sitting there,” says the lighting designer. “I did also enjoy using the color wheel oscillation modes in the VL6000 Beams as this created exciting aerial effects without resorting to strobing fixtures. The lights have to produce a visible point of light on a stage floor in the mid-day sun or else we can’t focus. That was achieved with the [Robe] Mega-Pointes.”

Hardiman had time with the floor light package in the US, where he also used wysiwyg to show the band what Train’s flown rig would look like. However, he only had one day with the full lighting rig before the first show. “The main challenge for Amphitheatre touring is focusing. So I spent time interrogating the programming, so that just the essentials are focused each day, using an iPad on stage. That way, it can be done in direct sunlight and can be achieved in the 30 minutes we have for line-check daily.” In addition to the Vari-Lite VL6000 beams, the floor package featured TMB Solaris LED Flares for wash effects to match the flown blinders and strobe effects and LED 2-light blinders for chasing effects and to emphasize the bullnose risers. Hardiman manually triggered all lighting and video from a High End Systems Hog 4 console.

The video looks were designed to replicate real set pieces and special effects. The pre-show began with a virtual red curtain dropping into place and billowing in the wind. When the band entered, a kabuki drop revealed the lighting trusses and a '50s Vegas style Goo Goo Dolls logo sign. “The early show looks are bold, using a restricted color palette, so that they can react in daylight,” says Hardiman. “Later in the show, as the sun sets, more subtle combinations are used. During ‘Iris,’ we use CGI Pyro to blend with the lighting and atmospherics.”

Melt Creative created the bulk of the video content, working closely with Hardiman to storyboard the visuals. “The video was created in loops that are triggered at appropriate points in each song,” says Hardiman. “I sent Melt Creative a spreadsheet of all the lighting cues, so we could work together in assigning content to cues. I re-lit the show to match the video stills they sent, so there were minimal changes needed once we were in band rehearsals, as the final footage was delivered.” LMG provided two Barco Catalyst media servers, with Catalyst Software running on trash-can Macs with Matrox TripleHead2Go DP display adaptors synchronizing the outputs. “The TripleHead2Gos are really clever, as they synchronize multiple DVI outputs so there is no visual lag when mapping a single surface across multiple outputs.”

Goo Goo Dolls Gear List

  • 2 High End Systems Full Boar 4 (1 active)
  • 2 High End Systems DMX processor 8000 (1 active)
  • 2 Barco Catalyst Media Servers (1 active)
  • Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam
  • 15 TMB Solaris Flare
  • 16 2-cell LED Blinder

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By Chris Dondoras

https://www.masslive.com/music/2019/07/goo-goo-dolls-johnny-rzeznik-talks-new-album-summer-tour-ahead-of-tanglewood-concert.html

Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik has a lot to say these days.

With a new album on the way and a summer tour that’ll find the band playing alongside fellow alt-rock veterans Train at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed on Monday, Aug. 5, Rzeznik said he’s adamant that the past five years rank among the band’s best.

But more than that, Rzeznik – a prolific songwriter who first topped the charts roughly 25 years ago with “Name” – said the past half-decade ranks among his own personal best, too.

“When I gave up being a miserable drunk, I started to understand how lucky I was and how grateful I was for the people in my life and the life I've been given.” said Rzeznik.

This was 2014, the singer said. And the band's output has followed suit, including 2016's full-length, “Boxes,” a trio of EP's that include two live performances and single “Miracle Pill,” released in June, foreshadowing the release of a new album.

“I read this thing awhile back. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Not who somebody else is today,” he said. “We've definitely gotten better over the last five years. We've stepped our game up as far as being better live. The band is amazing right now, the best lineup we've ever had.”

All things considered, according to Rzeznik, audiences can expect a performance this summer that finds the band inspired to put on the best show possible and deliver on every expectation an audience may have.

“It's a delicate art. You definitely stick to what people know. But you do a few things for yourself, because you think it's fun or that the audience may like it. The set has been great, it's flowing really well, and Pat [Monahan] from Train is such a nice guy. It's been a great tour so far.”

Rzeznik said that those good feelings recently extended themselves into the studio, where the band recently completed “Miracle Pill,” the band's 12th full-length.

“We've been working hard, you know? We've been putting out a lot of material, not wasting a lot of time between albums. We were averaging an album every three, four years. I don't know why, we just got done with the last album and tour and as soon as it was done, I said to myself, 'I want to get in the studio right away.'”

In doing so, Rzeznik said he found himself pushed by his bandmates to step up his own game, too.

“I want to be surrounded by people who are better than me, to be honest with you. That's how you grow, learn, write better music; that's how you become a better performer,” he said. “At first you're a little bit intimidated and then you're inspired.”

According to Rzeznik, that inspiration can come in other places, too.

“I just want to say something that connects to people. Sometimes I worry that the words don't matter as much as a beat or a light show, or whatever. I wonder about that,” he said. “It's a good feeling when somebody drops you a note, or gives you a hug in the airport, and says they love this song. When you can occupy a tiny little space in somebody's life, it means something. It's a beautiful thing,” he said.

The Goo Goo Dolls and Train will appear at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed on Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/101125

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https://audioinkradio.com/2019/07/goo-goo-dolls-train-tour-review-photos/

Goo Goo Dolls and Train – Review and photos by Anne Erickson

Review + photos: Goo Goo Dolls and Train brought upbeat rock sets to their co-headlining tour stop in Detroit


Goo Goo Dolls and Train both a talent for crafting memorable, melodic rock songs, and for that reason, their co-headlining summer 2019 tour is a great fit. Goo Goo Dolls are touring in support of their upcoming studio album, “Miracle Pill,” out Sept. 13, while Train is touring behind their latest record, 2017’s “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat.”

The summer trek, which also features support from Allen Stone, made its way to the Detroit area on Tuesday (July 23), on a beautiful, warm summer night. The nearly sold-out crowd packed DTE Energy Music Theatre, and it was easy to feel the excitement in the air from the bands’ longtime fans.

After Stone kicked the night off, Goo Goo Dolls hit the stage around 7:45 p.m., singing their hit, “Stay With You,” off 2006’s “Let Live In.” Singer Johnny Rzeznik has real stage charisma, as he smiled wide, passionately signing and dynamically moving around the stage. Rzeznik and longtime bass player Robby Takac have great musical chemistry together, and they played off each other during the set the way best friends do.

Goo Goo Dolls’ performance brought all the hits — “Big Machine,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Here Is Gone,” “Iris,” “Broadway” — as well as some new songs, such as the band’s current single, “Miracle Pill.” From song to song, the audience sang along and swayed to the music, offering a picturesque summer concert experience.

Train entered the stage around 9:20 p.m. Like Rzeznik, Train singer Patrick Monahan is instantly recognizable from the band’s popular music videos and long history on the road. Monahan and the band kicked the night off with the 2003’s “Calling All Angels,” a massive hit for the band, and the audience cheered with excitement as the songs got rolling. The set was packed with some glistening pyro, from huge sparklers shooting up from the stage to magical confetti that exploded into the crowd during the second song, “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

Train’s performance brought some extra special moments, including a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure,” Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” and even some onstage collaborations with Rzeznik and Stone. Of course, Train shined bright on their own songs and rocked all the chart-toppers, from “Meet Virginia” to “When I Look to the Sky” to “Drops of Jupiter.”

It’s rare when a co-headlining bill can bring two equally talented bands with two major doses of melodic rock hits, but that’s what fans get with this Goo Goo Dolls, Train bill. Both acts have continued to thrive over the years, and after seeing their shining live shows, it’s no question that their penchant for the road has helped propel them to the beloved musicians they are today.

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https://cincymusic.com/blog/2019/07/interview-robby-takac-of-goo-goo-dolls

By Jon Calderas:  Jon Calderas lives in Cincinnati and is passionate about music, photography and writing.  He’s thrilled to be able to shoot and write for CincyMusic and help promote our vibrant music scene. When he’s not talking about himself in the third person, you can find him out at gigs. Come up and say hi, he’d love to meet you.
The Goo Goo Dolls were formed in 1986 and were shaped by a lot of my favorite bands from that era– Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and most of all, The Replacements. Strong songwriting, passion and drive resulted in them breaking through with the extraordinary “Name” and the smash “Iris”.  Strong work ethic and a no-nonsense Buffalo mindset have kept them in the game ever since. Like all those bands, their songwriting and sound has continued to evolve over their catalog. There’s not a lot of similarities between Husker’s Land Speed Recordand Candy Apply Gray, but I dig them both. The Goo Goo Dolls’ latest single (“Miracle Pill”) was just released and a new album is coming this fall. They are on the road with Train and Allen Stone for another month and they’ll be stopping at Riverbend on Wednesday, July 24th.

We chatted with bassist and founding member Robby Takac about how digital tools have changed their songwriting, what continues to drive them after all these years, paying back their community, why it’s a smart idea to play QVC and whether the future looks any brighter these days.

Catch Goo Goo Dolls with Train & Allen Stone at Riverbend Music Center on July 24!

You guys are really busy lately, you’re in the middle of your U.S. tour with Train, then you’re heading off to South America later in the year for Rock in Rio. How are the dates with Train going so far? That feels like a good match up of styles and audiences.

Yeah, it’s been even better than I had anticipated. We had a feeling, like, it was gonna be cool.  And Allen Stone is on this tour as well, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Allen or not. But the combination of these three bands is like, amazing. It really is, it’s a great show, man.  And I think the three bands are just different enough from each other to where it feels, I don’t know – there’s a great vibe throughout the night. Sometimes it feels like you’re getting your head bashed in all night – you know, sometimes it feels like you’re watching the three bands and it’s the same band three times or whatever. I feel like the vibe of this show is really, really nice, man.

Right, so it’s more of a complementary thing where the bands are working together…

Yeah.

I’ve been at some of those shows where the bill’s really similar and it feels like I saw the same band three times, I want a little changeup.

Yeah, exactly.

That’s great. I was listening to your new single (“Miracle Pill”) several times because it’s super catchy. That was just released. It’s an interesting sound because it’s really piano-driven and it has what sounds like either string sections or you guys have simulated string sections. As I listened to it, it almost felt Beatlesque with a bit of “A Day in the Life” vibe with that intro with the piano. But when you guys started out, you were pretty much drums, bass, guitar. So, I’m really curious how you’re approaching new compositions, especially on a song like “Miracle Pill” where piano is such an integral part of it. How do you approach that composition? Do you start with the piano, or do you start with that great chorus or are you still building up from guitar?

You know that song itself, John just had the idea of the chorus and went in and worked with a guy named Sam Hollander – he’s done some stuff with Panic! at the Disco and a whole bunch of other bands, you can look him up – the list is crazy. He’s like a songwriter/producer type. So, they sort of worked from a chorus with that song. But you know, it’s interesting, we’ve been writing with guitars for so long, like an unbelievable amount of writing went on for this record that didn’t involve guitars. There’s probably a lot less guitar on this record than many of our records, honestly. I found myself doing the same thing – I think some of that has to do with the process of making records these days. Like with MIDI and such, working in digital forms. It allows you to do so many different types of things and experiment with so many different types of sounds that a lot of the stuff you end up doing when you’re trying to figure out what the song is, is stuff that you end up keeping along the way because these electronic parts become such an integral part of your song. A lot of the stuff you end up putting together as you’re sitting around kind of making you’re demo ends up on the record. And a lot of that stuff tends to be synth-based. It’s based on the idea of wanting things to sound a little bit different and you know, the way technology goes, I think we just sort of veered that way naturally a little bit.

It’s an interesting adaptation to tools, because 25 years ago, we all barely had computers and now we’ve got these amazing digital tools

Yeah, we were literally doing our demos on a cassette recorder with a microphone at the beginning, so it’s just a lot different now.

Is that better or worse?  It seems like in some ways it might be worse- it gives you more chances to revisit things and rethink them.

Yeah, yeah, it’s maddening, that’s for sure. You know, you’re never done. We were at a meet and greet the other day and this kid, singer-songwriter kid, you know, young kid came up and said to John, [chuckling], “When do you know when you’re done with your idea?” And I laughed and said, “Dude, you are asking the wrong guy.”  You know when we’re done?  When they tell us we need to deliver the master. You know? That’s when we’re done, we’re going to mess with it until then [laughing]. So, you know it really is pretty amazing, you know, for us having made records for all these years now, it’s like, every time we go in to do it there seems to be like a new way of going about looking at making music. As long as you can keep your head in your game and kinda know what you’re doing and keep the sensibilities that make your band what it is, using all these technologies and all these new ideas, bringing in new ideas from people - it can only make for a more exciting progression for your group, I think.

For sure - I have two questions/comments kind of related to that. I saw a quote from John recently that I thought was really beautiful and striking. I’m a photographer as well and I do a lot of portrait photography. And this really resonated with me, he said, “I just want to make a real connection with real people in real time.”  I’ve been a fan of you guys since I saw the video for “There You Are” years ago, then saw you open for Soul Asylum when Superstar Carwashcame out.  Those albums brought me a lot of comfort, I felt a connection with them. And I still remember, I had just got married and I was away from my wife working in the Middle East for my job and I would fall asleep listening to Hold Me Upand  “Two Days in February “ would come on and I’d go, “Man, this makes it better and it makes it worse at the same time”…

[Laughs] Yeah, yeah, right.

A lot of bands have the same technology, a lot of bands can write catchy songs, but you have this unique ability to connect with people emotionally as well and kind of find that emotional core. How do you go about finding that? The chorus is one thing, but then being able to connect and go, yeah, that’s not just catchy, there’s something that’s resonating with the listener…

I think in our case there’s a lot of avenues to every goal. I guess our thing is, we just try to write about things that really either mean something to us or we can see really, really means something to people in our lives or within our view. And I think if you speak honestly about that kind of stuff, even in the vague terms that you write a rock and roll song in, I think that it resonates with people because you’re talking about real stuff, you know? And I think in the same way that people attach to our records, you know, like a lot of that in-the-club music stuff too – that resonates with people. You know what I mean?

Right, for sure.

Yeah, like, I mean, you’re touching this thing that people go, “Yeah, that applies to me, that applies to my life.”  But when you talk about sort of like loftier concepts and the human condition and relationships- people share so many similar experiences, but, obviously played out in different scenarios.  I think if you speak of the things that have touched you deeply, chances are those things have touched some other people (laughing), those exact same things have touched some other people as well.  And I guess, that’s the idea.

That’s beautiful. This is kind of relates to a comment you made before about keeping your head straight. I used to watch 120 Minutes (on MTV) all the time on Sunday night...

Yeah…

And you guys were hosting, A Boy Named Goo had just come out and I remember John introducing the top albums of the week and he just kind of laughed to himself and said, “Don’t look for us there” [laughs]…

[Laughs]

…and then not long after “Name” took off, and the album really took off and things just exploded for you guys. I always remember that really interesting self-deprecating comment and it sounds like success really took you genuinely by surprise. And you guys have kept it going for, as an overall band, 30-plus years. How in the world do you keep your head on straight and do that? And the other thing I think is awesome is that a lot of those bands from the ‘80s and ‘90s aren’t even around anymore or they’re not putting out new material, they’re touring on their back catalog. You guys are still making a lot of new material. You’re continuing to drive that.  Is it artistic restlessness that keeps you creating?

Yeah, that’s probably part of it.  Part of it is Buffalo.

[Laughs]

Like, we’re dudes from Buffalo, man and if we don’t get up and go to work every day, we don’t know what the hell to do, you know?  And I think…(chuckling)…there’s this thing in the back of our heads, maybe a little bit more with John than with me, but this thing in the back of our heads where we’re pretty sure every day the bus is going to pull in and there’s just gonna be nobody there.

[Laughing]

There’s this fear we have in our minds and I don’t know if that’s part of how we were raised or whatever.  But when it’s happening, do it. Make it work. Get on. Get on to the next thing, let’s do it. Let’s keep moving. I guess the one thing, you were saying that we’ve been consistently doing it, it was never a question of ‘if’ so much as it was just a question of ‘how’.  How were we going to make this work? I think as long as you keep that in mind, then you keep moving forward. So, one of the differencesbetween us and most of the bands that are out there right now from when we started is that – we didn’t decide to like move on, decide, hey man, this wasn’t working for us anymore.  Move onto something else, spend seven years, then decide to get back together to make a little bit of money, relive that glory time again.  That was never in our vocabulary at all, you know?  I think moving forward is just sort of the way we go about our day, you know[laugh]. We never thought about anything other than that, so I don’t think it was a conscious decision in any way, other than, like I said, to just figure out how to keep it moving and hope you’re making the right move so you know, you’ll still have some people there, you can still play your songs and we don’t gotta get a job at a shoe store or something.


 [Laughing] That was a lot of my motivation to go to college and work hard at it. I grew up near Cleveland and I thought, I don’t want to be working in an auto factory or steel mill, you know that was the drive, you know, that’s really hard work.

Yeah, yeah – you know, I think our band was pretty willing to try things that a lot of bands wouldn’t do when we first kind of broke. Once again, I go back to this Buffalo thing. Like, when we got offered something, we’d be like, of course we’re going to do that. Back then, like in ’95, bands all the time would get offers to do county fairs and stuff like that. Nobody would ever do them, I don’t know – they were like, “We don’t want to go out and play in the middle of a field for a bunch of hayseeds” that was their view of it. But to us, we were like, “Well, it’s worth a shot” and we started doing them and we realized that that’s the place people let their kids go. And all of a sudden, there were like five thousand more people there. And we were like, oh wow, this is great. QVC came to us at one point and we were like, “Oh, God, this looks horrible doesn’t it?” And we were like, let’s give it a whirl. And like, dude, I’m telling ya it was one of the greatest things we ever did. I don’t know, it’s weird, you just gotta open yourself up to these opportunities that come your way. I think, not be too set in your ways as to “this is what we need to happen.” So many opportunities are going to come and if you don’t accept those opportunities and make them work for you, you’re wasting energy, good energy that could be coming your way. So, I think that’s another thing – that we’ve always tried to do whatever – someone comes along and asked if we want to play on Home Garden TV, we’re in man. You know? 

[Laughing] Nice…

Yeah, yeah – you know?  Who woulda thought? Who woulda thought when we were playing at Maxwell’s and CBGB’s that we’d be having a discussion on Home and Garden TV, you know, but you know, that’s what happens.

You and the band have been really generous in giving a lot back to the community.  I know you have your own charity, the Music is Art Foundation and you guys are doing work with folks like USA Harvest, food banks and performing at Artists for Autism, which I thought was incredibly generous way of giving back your time. Is that a way of paying back some of the good karma that’s come your way?

Yeah, and I think any time you can lend your name or spend an afternoon and raise a half a million dollars for a hospital (laughs) you know, if you don’t do that then you’re just some kind of jerk (laughing) you know, right? You know, I mean really [laughing]. We get offers from people and then you start to feel that, start to see the things you can do and so it gives you ideas to do other things. We’ve got an incredibly amazing fanbase of people who have been with us for a really long time that support the things we believe in and the things we do. So, it makes it easy.  I guess if it was a struggle, we probably wouldn’t do it because it would be a struggle and we’re in own struggle here, as is everyone. But it just feels like a natural part of what we’re doing. Every year we try to do something. We’re actually in the midst of, we in the past have worked with this organization that does swabs for bone marrow transplants. We’re in the midst of putting that together to bring along on our fall tour.

That’s fantastic

Yeah, yeah, there are a just lot of organizations out there that have figured out how to take this kind of thing and mobilize it for good, so why not, you know? [laughing]

Amen, that’s really amazing and generous of you. One last one, and this may be a quick answer. I was always struck by this lyric on “Only One.” So, 25 years ago, almost, John had this great lyric: “The past is a bully and the future’s even worse”.

Yeah, yeah, right [laughing].

So, you’ve lived a bit more of that future now. What’s your take looking back on that lyric, looking at your past and your future from that point of view? Has it been worse than expected or better?

Uh, [amused voice], I think that, uh- I’ve known him for thirty-five years and he feels the same way today

[Laughs hard].


[Laughing hard] That’s fantastic, that’s a great line to end on. Beautiful
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Train Pulls Into Tampa With The Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone.


BY JORDAN RAIFF ON JULY 9, 2019

Allen Stone, Goo Goo Dolls, Train 07-09-17

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL

Serving up a ‘Miracle Pill’ filled with ‘Drops of Jupiter”

The tumbling grey clouds covered the sky over the MidFL Credit Union Amphitheatre, as anyone would expect for Tampa this time of year. The little bits of thunder could be heard faintly in rhythm with Allen Stone’s music.

Playing through a six-song set, Allen’s take on ‘Is This Love’ from Bob Marley was a great middle cover. Dancing in sync with his bassist and guitarist, their routine was a great way to get the intro to the show going.

Playing through ‘Unaware’, ‘Taste of You’, and ‘Voodoo’, the set was short, but entertaining. His smooth vocals, and audience participation helped to warm everything up.

Playing in the middle were the Goo Goo Dolls. Originally formed in Buffalo, NY they have been around for over 30 years, and remain largely unchanged. Their stage presence and energy has kept long-time fans coming back for more and take people ‘just there for the headliner’ and turns them into fans.

Literally jumping onto the stage in front of a red ‘curtain’ on the LED boards, lead guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac (the two original members still playing), and their touring musicians. Robbie was playing in his unconventional barefoot and rolled up pants attire and had more energy than I have seen from him in ages.

Opening up their 15-song set with ‘Stay With You’ from Dizzy Up The Girl Johnny definitely had on his singing shoes. Getting the audience on their feet dancing, and singing along, it was a great way to say ‘Hi Tampa!!’

Up next was ‘Big Machine’. Another stellar song, and had both Johnny and Robby trading out for different guitars. This was something you usually see a few times per set, not nearly every song. It just goes to show how intently and how passionately they play.

‘Slide’ rounded out the first three songs and wrapped up an opening trio from Dizzy. This greatly loved, and deeply personal song got the few stragglers out of their seats and on their feet. They started taking full advantage of the LED boards behind them, and showcased galactic backgrounds, and other things that gave a feeling of being a kid again.

During ‘Black Balloon’ they released about 30 different sized black balloons and beachballs. They were being tossed around the crowd for the next few songs too. Watching people straining across rows to get a shot to pass them along was a great sight considering how serious people take life these days.

‘Name’ elicited the biggest crowd reaction so far during the set. As their first break through song, and their first real step away from their punk roots, it’s a tune that nearly everyone over the age of 30 has a memory of. Filling the audience in on a little history, Johnny shared “this song was written as I was trying to decide what to do with my life”.

A great way to introduce new singles is to use them to follow up your top hit. ‘Miracle Pill’ is that new single. While the tone of this new single might sound familiar, the subject matter and tempo are new. It still fits their style of music perfectly. You could see some fans singing along, but many were content to just move to the groove.

‘Better Days’ was played two songs later (at 13) and this song is the ‘unofficial anthem’ of the City of Buffalo, and in particular its sports teams. For many though, it’s a song to inspire hope in ultimately more dire circumstances. Fighting cancer, facing divorce, etc. this is a song that just says it all for these big moments people face in life. Looking around the audience I caught a few people wiping away tears as they sung along.

The tears kept flowing for some as ‘Iris’ was up next. Now I’ve heard Johnny sing this as he strums his Taylor acoustic numerous times, but this time it seemed to have more passion than ever before. It really felt like he had made that connection emotionally with the audience that every fan hopes to get, and every musician needs to feel. Closing the song with an extended solo, it was a great touch.

You can’t walk off stage on a note like that though. Closing with ‘Broadway’, the band ramped back up the energy for the crowd. The sing along was louder than before, and that energy blistered through the fans as the set ended with Johnny blowing the audience a kiss before leaving the stage.

“Choo-Choo” that famous train sound roared across the arena as Train hit the stage very suddenly. As people raced back to their seats from the beer stands, ‘Calling All Angels’ came across the speakers with force. A song that still is on the grocery store playlists across the globe had people dancing in the isles and singing aloud.

Ending the song with light sparkler pyrotechnics, they rocked right into ’50 Ways to Say Goodbye’ as the second song of the 15 song main set. With a mariachi band playing on screen with sugar skulls, and red, white, & green in the background, they solidified the Mexican influence the song has on it. Capping the song off with a shower of red and white confetti, it felt out of place. These effects are usually reserved for the end of a show.

After a drum solo ‘It its Love’ played as Pat Monahan took time to encourage fans to light up the amp for him to take a video to share with everyone. Looking back, the number of lights and lighters in the sky was simply amazing.

Following up with ‘Get to Me’ a challenge was laid out; could the Tampa fans dance better? Later on it was announced that the fans danced better than the fans in Georgia. The prideful roar in response to that news was nearly deafening.

What good is one challenge without another? Pitting section against section, the first lines of ‘Save Me San Francisco’ became an audience participation contest. With no clear winner, more beachballs made their way out to the audience. Naturally of course they stayed going for quite some time.

Allen Stone made his way back on stage for his rendition of the Alicia Keys chorus of ‘Empire State of Mind’ as an into to ‘Bruises’. Pat and Allen really sing well off one another and their chemistry is terrific. Announcing the hometown performance for guitarist Luis Maldonado, he was given a shot at a solo and was just a bit less than expected. Pat gave him another shot later on, and he nailed it.

Taking advantage of this solo time Pat came back out wearing a Train shirt. While performing ’Meet Virginia’ he brought out a bunch of other shirts to toss out. Walking around he had the whole band sign the Train shirt he now had on, as he tossed it out to a kid in the front row.

Johnny Rzeznik came back out to sing ‘American Girl’ and the audience sang along as best they could. It was obvious that as much as people may love this song, many of us only know the chorus. Before Johnny walked off, they took the time to take a selfie together with the audience.


Luis took up the majority of the vocals for ‘Under Pressure’ after a small sing back and forth with the audience from Pat ala Freddy Mercury. He even joked about how we all had seen the movie and knew how this worked.

Featuring a snippet of ‘In my Feelings’ as an intro, ‘Hey Soul Sister’ and ‘Play That Song’ rounded out the main set. Pat’s voice was noticeably suffering by this point, but he was still with it. He walked off the stage first as the song ended. While some people were heading for the exits as the music went away, most people stayed and cheered for more.

Coming back out, they played a two-song encore; ‘Great Escape’ (a Pat Monahan track), and ‘Drops of Jupiter’ to end the night. As it was their biggest single, it was a great tune to end the night with.

Talking with fans on the way out, they were excited to have seen the show. One woman said “I’ve seen Train 4 times, and the Goo Goo Dolls 7 times. I’ve never heard either band better.”

The tour continues on to Alpharetta, GA on 10JUL19 and goes on through 17AUG19 in Mansfield, MA.

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I AM A GOO GOO DOLL AND THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO DO

By Mariana Velasco

Translated from Spanish

Original text and photos at: https://revistakuadro.com/soy-un-goo-goo-doll-y-esto-es-lo-que-necesito-hacer/

Difficult to believe or not, the legendary Goo Goo Dolls released much more music after the famous "Iris", which led them to international success in 1998 despite being a song that challenged everything they had done up to then, and marked a new era in his style. It is a band that has gone through several transitions of members and the only ones that have remained at the bottom of the canyon are Johnny Rzeznik (voice, guitar) and Robby Takac (voice, bass).

With 11 studio albums, they came to Mexico to offer their first solo show in all of history in our country, at the Pepsi Center WTC. The reason for their visit was the release of their second live album The Audience Is This Way / That Way (two parts), and they also had the opportunity to play at Corona Capital Guadalajara and Monterrey. "It was huge, very dusty but very funny, and we did very well to be our first tour in Mexico," says Johnny, while Robby expresses that they wanted to come for a long time and feel very happy to be here.

Goo Goo Dolls is a band that started in punk rock with loud, energetic and very contagious songs that accompanied generations of people, but as we grew up with them, Johnny and Robby also grew up together, and little by little they left adapting to the new musical sounds and paying attention to their hearts. This is how "Iris" was born, his greatest hit: "I would say that it was a time of change and many creative entrances, it was a period of emotional transition in our lives, and from there we got into the music as much as we could. "

Leaving punk rock was something natural for this duo, and they continued to work as best they could. They retained their rock essence and vibrated merrily, but the music softened a lot and even so they continued to position themselves in the most popular lists. His most recent studio album Boxes came out in 2016 and to show that they fit everything, they made an incredible collaboration in "Flood" with Sydney Sierota, leader of Echosmith. Sydney is one of the most outstanding young talents of recent years: "I think she is incredibly talented, we were lucky to cross over. She's much younger than us, but she's great, she's very professional, I love working with her. And "Flood" is a great song, "says Johnny.

To continue with this evolution, the Goo Goo Dolls will release their next studio album entitled Miracle Pill in September: "we made collaborations with very interesting people and we hired many incredible musicians and soul singers, so there will be many different things. There's a lot to grab creatively on, I'm a Goo Goo Doll and that's what I need to do, not pigeonhole. The point of the title of the album is that precisely there is no 'miracle pill', that is, there is no instant gratification, but we simply have to believe that something good is going to happen soon. "

The years have passed and Johnny and Robby continue using classic recording methods mixed with the latest technology, which has helped them to keep their productions having a lot of personality. "We use a lot of old-school techniques and they make a big difference, I'm a 50-year-old tape recorder fan that's broken, we connect things and we record through it, it makes horrible sounds when it works but the result is very good. With technology you can manipulate things in many ways: if I can not sing well or touch something, the computer fixes it, but I think it loses its soul, "says Johnny, on a par with Robby who says" the possibilities are endless, you find textures you never expect to find. "

Goo Goo Dolls start their summer tour in June and hope to work on a new EP, but they also want to rest: "although I do not know for how long, because I'm an obsessive at work and I need to be doing something, but we'll see how we're feeling ", Concludes Rzeznik.

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“Music has been Democratized”: Goo Goo Dolls
https://www.excelsior.com.mx/funcion/la-musica-se-ha-democratizado-goo-goo-dolls/1312468
Author: Azul Del Olmo

(Translated from Spanish)
Over 30 years of playing around the world and his 11 studio albums have given Goo Goo Dolls a fairly broad perspective on how the music industry has evolved more quickly than in past decades and how changes in consumption and Technology has managed to "democratize" music, making it more accessible to more people.

“The way music is currently consumed seems to me to be a way to democratize it. I do not know if I explain. For me it is a way that music can reach as many people as possible, I can write a song right now on my computer, upload it to the network and get many people to know it almost immediately, that's something very interesting.
The dark side of this is how the streaming companies compensate the artists; it takes lots of thousands of dollars and a lot of time to make an album that people want to listen to, and once you release the streaming it takes a long time to return those monetary compensations to the artists who ultimately make the content ... and without that content, because there would be no business, "said John Rzeznik, vocalist and guitarist of Goo Goo Dolls, in an interview with Excelsior from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For Rzeznik, who is in charge of most of the compositions of the group, the advances and the new recording techniques, they have given him the freedom to experiment and mix them together, thus he has found that techniques of the 50s make 21st century issues achieve a unique identity.

“I mix a lot of technology with the way in which music was made before, I have a huge collection of recordings in which I have used techniques and devices from the 50s and 60s and I have tried to unite them with the things that we can work with today.

There are very good things in each method and in each time, and that gives you many options to correct errors that you have had before ... that is, if you have plans to stay in this you do not have to lose sight of the fact that things are changing, in this time, much more quickly and that is an opportunity to give personality to your creations, "he added.

Under that premise the restless guitarist recently finished what will be the number 12 album of Goo Goo Dolls. Miracle Pill is the name of this new production that could go on the market during the summer and in which Rzeznik decided to take a different direction than what he had done previously.

“This album was made completely different from others I had made. I collaborated with some composers and worked with several contributors; What I wanted was to be able to capture different textures of the songs and do it with emotions that could be interpenetrated with music and lyrics, the process was very fun, every song during each day, conversations with the people who were involved.

I just finished it and the most likely thing is that at some point in the summer, I'll go out so that people know about it. It's ready, now it's in the mixing process, and it's very likely that we'll play some songs from this album over there, "he said.

For his presentation tomorrow in the Mexican capital-after visiting Monterrey and Guadalajara-the vocalist said that one of the things he loves most about shows is the possibility of offering the public songs that they like to sing, something that really He never bothered to do, referring to Iris, success with which they became known globally thanks to the film City of Angels.

“I've never done a show there, so this is something new for me, for us; We had many years of touring, but we had not been able to go. I know we have a lot of fans in Mexico because many of them go to concerts in the United States, but now the opportunity to go there to play is incredible, I know we're going to have a great time. The idea is to play as many songs as people know as Iris, it is exciting to experience this kind of community and be 'touched' by the public, "he concluded.

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