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The Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer held a porch concert to help local small businesses impacted by coronavirus
By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN

(CNN)A city in New Jersey got creative to raise money for their small businesses by invoking the help of the frontman for the Goo Goo Dolls.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle told CNN she is neighbors with the band's lead singer, John Rzeznik, and decided he would be the perfect person to kick off the new "We Love Local" fundraiser.
The idea is to have a series of porch concerts, and other events, to help raise money for the small businesses affected by social distancing due to the coronavirus. Brindle was inspired by a porch concert the town had for St. Patrick's Day.
"[Rzeznik] is incredibly generous and has always said to me to let him know if there is anything he can do for the town. His preference notably is he would love to raise money for good things," Brindle said.

"I said, 'Hey, would you be willing to do this porch performance to support this fundraiser?' and in five seconds he texted back and said 'Yes!'"

The concert was streamed Friday on Facebook Live and Brindle said people tuned in from all over the world.
The launch helped raise $25,000 for local businesses and unlocked a $15,000 match from the Westfield United Fund, an organization created for monetary relief after 9/11 and was also used after Hurricane Sandy.
"The feedback... has been crazy, not only from the town, but even on behalf of John Rzeznik," she said.
There is a committee currently working on the parameters of the relief money and figuring out exactly how it should be distributed among independent businesses. The town will hopefully come up with a goal when they know about how much money they need.

Brindle said that even though there aren't specific activities planned right now, everything the town does will go toward their fundraising efforts, and the porch concerts will be a regular thing.
Brindle hopes that Westfield's efforts will inspire other local cities to do the same thing until more federal support comes into place.

Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Summer 2020 Tour: Win Tickets!
« on: February 04, 2020, 05:10 PM »

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Goo Goo Dolls Interview
By Gus

Click through for video interview:

One of the hardest working bands in music is Buffalo’s own the Goo Goo Dolls. The band just released their 12th studio record titled “Miracle Pill just a few months ago.” It’s a very solid record from start to finish. Just this past weekend, there was a private event held in Niagara Falls, NY and the Goo Goo Dolls were a big part of it. Before this event, we grabbed both Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac before this event to talk about the great new record “Miracle Pill.” Johnny recently did a special appearance at the Taylor booth at this years NAMM trade-show. We bring that up along with his new signature guitar that will be coming out via Rock N’ Roll Relics in the near future.  What will the Goo Goo Dolls be doing this summer? In less than 2 weeks there will be an announcement of all the details on the bands summer tour. Of course what is an interview with the Goo’s without bringing up Buffalo, NY?  We jump in various topics that are happening around the city right now and both Johnny and Robby give their take on various topics.

In addition, both Johnny and Robby are are dads to young girls. Do they share dad secrets? You’ll find out in this very laid back candid interview with fellow Buffalonians the Goo Goo Dolls.

Photos by Joe Saccomanno. We would like thank Steve Masi from GRNDVW for setting up the interview with the Goo Goo Dolls. For more information on the Goo Goo Dolls including the new album “Miracle Pill,” please go to: Goo Goo Dolls.

By Cathelena E. Burch

The Goo Goo Dolls is celebrating 33 years together.

They have outlasted most marriages and certainly most rock bands born of the late 1980s alternative rock era.

Their secret?

Who knows, says Robby Takac, who formed the band with Johnny Rzeznik in 1986 in their native Buffalo, New York.

“I have so many friends in bands that just couldn’t keep it together for one reason or another,” he said in a phone call from a concert stop last week in Richmond, Virginia. “We just always managed to find that reason to hang on. Even when things were not as great as they perhaps had been a couple years prior, the peaks and valleys along the way, but we never really stopped doing it.”

Then it dawned on Takac: if they had had the rock-and-roll drama of a breakup they could have followed up with the ubiquitous make-up-reunion tour.

“Maybe coming back for a reunion tour would put us in arenas,” he said, then burst into laughter. “I never thought of it that way before.”

Takac and Rzeznik might not be playing sold-out arena tours as they did in their early days, but the pair is filling up midsize venues across the country, including in Tucson.

Goo Goo Dolls are bringing their latest tour to support their just-released album “Miracle Pill” to Desert Diamond Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The album, released in September, is a fresh take on the band’s history, with the evolution of big pop-driven sing-along choruses and tinkling pianos and synthesizers that create a much larger soundscape.

The title song has a wonderfully fresh, catchy chorus while “Indestructible” is ripped from their early ‘90s playbook before they hit you with the pure pop of “Fearless” and its empowering message of putting your fears aside and just living. The album will take longtime fans back to their 20-something glory of first hearing the band while at the same time inviting the kids of those fans to come along on a fresh new ride.

“Stuff feels a little fresher,” Takac said, crediting it to new producers he and Rzeznik brought in for the record, their 20th studio album.

“These folks bring in ideas and processes and influences that we wouldn’t necessarily accomplish sitting in a room by ourselves,” the 55-year-old father of one said. “It’s familiar, but at the same time it’s something a little different, and I think that’s what we’re going through.”

The album, like many in their catalog, is personal, examining where they are now in their lives, including their late arrival to fatherhood. Takac, who still lives in Buffalo, has a 7-year-old while Rzeznik, who lives in New Jersey, has a 3-year-old.

“Our whole lifestyles have changed,” he said. “Everything is in a pretty cool place and I think we’re lucky to be here.”

One thing that hasn’t changed: the pair’s love of making music and performing live.

“Performing live is the most fun part,” he said. “The rest of the days are kind of a drag, quite honestly. You are on buses, in restaurants, in hotels. ... That 90 minutes you get to spend on stage, that’s pretty awesome actually. It’s the high point of the day.”

By Kalyn Oyer

The Goo Goo Dolls’ original band name was just as goofy but not so G-rated.

Back in the early days, the band was known as the Sex Maggots.

“We were 19, 20 years old,” founding band member, bassist and vocalist Robby Takac explains. “We were kids playing punk rock at the corner punk rock bar, waiting to meet college girls and drinking lots of beer. I wouldn’t say we were a great band, but we were the most positively exciting band.”

That was 1985, when Takac was the lead vocalist and Johnny Rzeznik, now lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, was his backup man and guitarist. The sound was completely different from the band’s latest ultra-pop disc “Miracle Pill,” which dropped in September.

The first step in the group’s sonic transformation came in 1995 with the release of “Name,” the only acoustic track on the band’s Warner Bros. record “A Boy Named Goo.”

“We were still this really loud rock band, but we were known for this one kind of acoustic song, so it was a little bit of a weird place in our career,” Takac recalls. “We would show up at radio shows and literally blow everyone against the back wall for 35 minutes, and then we’d play ‘Name’ at the end and everyone would go, ‘Thank God!’ ”

Three years later, the Goo Goo Dolls’ sixth studio album “Dizzy up the Girl” was released, with yet another step in a softer direction. “Slide,” “Black Balloon” and the band’s greatest achievement “Iris” were radio hits.

Rzeznik’s vocals rose to the occasion of the emotional soft rock ballad: “And I’d give up forever to touch you / ’Cause I know that you feel me somehow / You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be / And I don’t wanna go home right now.”

Takac says the band actually recorded “Iris” between albums but not specifically for “Dizzy up the Girl.” It was thrown into the mix as an afterthought, and the resulting whirlwind led the Goo Goo Dolls in a new direction.

“Without that bridge, this band wouldn’t be what it is now,” Takac says, adding with a chuckle, “If you listened to our first record and now our 12th record and told an alien it was the same band, he would not believe it in a million years.”

Now, 33 years later and with help from four different producers, “Miracle Pill” indeed sounds like the work of a different band. The Sex Maggots have faded into a dusty memory; a pop band has risen.

Yet coming off a 20th anniversary “Dizzy up the Girl” tour, Takac says the Goo Goo Dolls are still, at heart, the same project they were when punk rock was the mainstay and tracks like “Iris” were the exception.

Live, the Goo Goo Dolls revert, perhaps more than expected, to their bygone days of hard rock with Takac’s gritty lead on the mic and power chords radiating from Rzeznik.

“We’re still that same band,” Takac says. “We never stopped being that band. We started doing other things, but that never went away. We just incorporated it into what we do.”

The band strives to stay fresh by embracing different styles and working with a variety of producers.

“That process tends to pull the sound around into some areas it wouldn’t have (gone) if we were just sitting in a room in a vacuum making records,” Takac says.

The Goo Goo Dolls performing live at the Gaillard Center on Sunday, Nov. 17 might not sound entirely like the “Name” and “Iris” balladeers of yesteryear, or the punk rock kids of the Sex Maggots, or even the electro-pop proponents of the present. Because there’s a lot more to them than any one thing.

“You never think when you’re a kid that you’re gonna have kids and still be out here doing this,” Takac says. “We’re in our third generation of fans. People are bringing their kids’ kids out, and that’s pretty exciting to me to know that it still works and that I was right.”

Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Videos from 11-8-19 Kalamazoo, MI
« on: November 09, 2019, 06:27 PM »
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Robby Takac and John Rzeznik co-founded the alt-rock band, The Goo Goo Dolls in 1986. After  four Grammy nominations and over 12 million albums sold, the band has released their 12th studio album, “Miracle Pill.”
After recording and touring for over 30 years, bassist and vocalist Takac, overcomes any musical fatigue through music itself.
“I just want to keep making music, that’s what motivates me,” Takac said. “Everytime you go out there, you want to do your best so you feel like there’s a reason for you to keep doing it.”
Like most musicians, Takaac draws inspiration from everything in life, including Japanese Pop music he listens to with his family.
“My wife and daughter listen to J-pop music all day and night….So to me I hear these melodies and I sing these melodies to myself all the time, I can’t imagine that they don’t make their way to my psyche when it comes time to sit down and start coming up with ideas,” Takac said. “Most certainly, ideas don’t come out of nowhere- they are inspired by something. I think whatever you’re experiencing at the time – be it musical or otherwise- it’s going to affect what your producing.”
Although he still feels passionate about his career, he admits that being a full-time musician does have its difficulties.
“Every moment is not paradise. We spend an awful lot of times sitting in hotels and airports, just waiting for stuff to happen, meanwhile your kid’s at home growing up,” Takac said. “The world is spinning around you when you’re just doing this thing. We’re glad to be able to do this everyday of our lives, but the older we get it takes up different spaces in our lives.”
After his daughter was born, Takac said him and his wife tried their best to balance Takac’s career and their personal life.
“Well, number one, my wife is awesome. We’ve been together for over 20 years but when we met, this was already in process- we were rolling,” Takac said. “So this is what our life has been like. When my daughter was born, we just had to make that a part of what our life is.”
He would bring his daughter with him on tours, backstage and made sure to introduce her to the rest of the team early on.
“She knows all of the players – Johnny, all the guys in the band, the crew, and she’s been with them ever since she was a little kid,” Takac said. “So, to me that was really important- for me to have her understand what goes on out here everyday so that she didn’t think that I was just gone.”
Having entered the music scene in 1986, Takac has witnessed the changes and developments of the music industry first hand.
“It’s completely unrecognizable. It used to be that you have to get your music into people’s hands. Now, you just have to them to listen to it, they already have it, like it’s on their phones,” Takac said.
The moment streaming made its appearance, it took over the industry and business and labels were having difficulty adapting.
“When this all started happening the music industry just fell apart. They didn’t know what to do. It panicked…. I don’t know how they could’ve done it right, but it was all just done wrong,” Takac said. “There was no money being made, people were scrambling, jobs were being lost, and record companies were closing. But the shift has happened now. And just like anything else, once something shifts, everything else just eventually finds level and people just start rebuilding again.”
As the industry keeps developing into a more dynamic powerhouse, Takac believes that the traditional value of music has been forgotten.
““Music doesn’t have the physical importance that it had….For the sake when I was a kid: walk three miles to go buy a single and then walk home, put it on the turntable and physically set the needle on it, open the package, look at the artwork, go through and read all of the credits, see who engineered it and see where they recorded it and read the lyrics,” Takac said. “That all went out the window. It doesn’t exist anymore. If people want to go deep, they can, but generally won’t. Because music doesn’t generally take up that enormous part of people’s lives anymore, there’s a lot of stuff out there. It is just a part of the noise now.”
Although music has changed to become more digital instead of physical, Takac is still a big fan of streaming himself.
“But streaming to me- I’m honestly a huge fan. I have been discovered so much new music man, its crazy… it’s exciting to me,” Takac said.
The Goo Goo Dolls are best known for their 1998 hit “Iris” which took over thousands of wedding receptions in its prime. Although grateful for the success the hit brought the band, Takac describes “Iris” as a “big shadow to try to get out from behind” and hopes for the legacy of the band to be more simple, yet meaningful.
“Our hope is just to be a band that keeps putting out records that have great songs on them. That’s all,” Takac said. “That’s really all we are looking for here, to make a record full of songs that are worth listening to. That’s been our goal from the beginning”
The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on their North American tour and will perform at The Orpheum Theatre on October 30. General tickets start at $39.50.

The Sunflower

By Sierra Porter

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls is set to perform at Hoyt Sherman Place Sunday, Nov. 3. In support of the Goo Goo Dolls' new project, "Miracle Pill," the band's bassist and vocalist, Robby Takac, got candid with the Register before the band's performance.

Goo Goo Dolls formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York. Takac said in an interview with the Register that fellow bandmate Johnny Rzeznik was initially in a band called The Beaumonts with his cousins. "I started playing with the band a little bit, and John and I became friends," Takac said. "We moved in together and been hanging out ever since then."

Earlier in the band's career, the Goo Goo Dolls received criticism due to their similar sound to band The Replacements. Loving the sounds of punk rock, Takac mentioned that the group took a liking to bands such as The Replacements and The Rolling Stones: "I think we did our best to take what we learned from all those people and make records," he said. "Somewhere along the way, we found our voice, and so we've been making records ever since."

In 1987, Goo Goo Dolls were signed to the label Metal Blade. For Takac, it wasn't the label he thought the band should have been on, but they didn't have a home at the time.

However, as fate would have it, Goo Goo Dolls developed a relationship with Warner Bros and was selected as one of the acts to join the label. Takac wanted to make it clear that there are no regrets of Goo Goo Dolls signing to Metal Blade because they were "a bridge to get where we are today." Goo Goo Dolls finally saw commercial success with the 1995 release of "A Boy Named Goo" released on Metal Blade's parent company, Warner Bros.

The song that helped catapult the fifth studio album was "Name," which went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Takac said before the release of "Name," the band had little chance of breaking into the charts with the likes of groups Poison and Winger's popularity. "John wrote 'Name' and that resonated with a lot of people, still does to this day," he said. "I think things lined up, and that song got really big." 

Following the success of "A Boy Named Goo," drummer Mike Malinin replaced former drummer George Tutuska. On why Malinin replaced Tutuska, Takac said that "every relationship is a dance.”

"When things get a little weird, I don't think it was an option for us to stop really. We were figuring out how to get to the next phase and finding a new drummer at that point," he added.

Even though Goo Goo Dolls were transitioning with a new drummer, "Name" opened up more doors for the band. In 1998, Goo Goo Dolls released "Dizzy Up The Girl," selling over 4 million albums, according to Billboard. Around the same time, Rzeznik got an offer to write "Iris" and record the song with the band for the 1998 film "City of Angels."

"We knew that there was going to be a shift at that point, for sure," Takac said. "That whole experience did a lot to shape what 'Dizzy Up The Girl' sounded like."

With the group's 2019 release of "Miracle Pill" reflecting today's society of isolation with the help of technology, Takac said that fans could expect new records and hits for their upcoming performance. The last time the Goo Goo Dolls performed in Iowa was in 2014 at the Iowa State Grandstand Fair. Their first performance at the fair dates back to 1996.

If you go:

When: Sunday, Nov.3 at 8 p.m.

Where: Hoyt Sherman Place Address: 501 Woodland Ave

Tickets: HoytSherman.Org

For Agencia Estado

Translated from Portuguese,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.

 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

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. "


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!

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

By Alex Silveira, Tribuno do Parana

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.

By Meghan Perkins

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

By Chris Dondoras

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

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