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By Markus Akre

Show biz and real life share one common question that Janet Jackson asked in a song: “What have you done for me lately?” With many bands touring to celebrate albums that were released years ago, it raises another question. Are fans in the mood relive their past glory days?

It has been 20 years since the Goo Goo Dolls’  album “Dizzy Up The Girl” was playing non stop on many radio stations. The State Theatre was sold out and the crowd reflected the wide appeal the Goo Goo Dolls still hold.  The majority of the audience were couples who might have had their first date at one of their shows, but the next generation was well represented as well (so were fellows in brewery shirts and baseball caps).

As the lights dimmed, everyone in the crowd go to their feet even before the first note rang out. The intro was interesting – a deep drone with flashing lights – not what I expected. “Dizzy” the first song of the set made it seem like no time had passed since the band’s heyday. Everyone in the crowd was singing along – even the techs at the sound board who see this show every night. John Rzeznik paused after the first couple of  songs thanking fans and said that the 20 year anniversary of the album left him both proud and at the same time amazed at how old he had gotten.  He also mentioned being quite high on cold meds. There was an easy in his interaction with fans that I don’t recall from past shows. It added a good vibe on top of the nostalgia.

He jokingly mentioned that they had not played many of the songs in a long time. After the first set the Goo Goo Dolls returned for a second set featuring their hits. It started slow with Rzeznik performing the first two songs acoustic. In the end fans were treated to 24 songs. The audience certainly had a good time. Other than a couple of all ages shows, this was by far the most energetic crowd have seen at the State Theatre.

So are fans in the mood for some nostalgia? Well, in case of the Goo Goo Dolls, that question was answered with a resounding “Yes” last night.

Set List:

Set 1 – Dizzy Up The Girl: Dizzy \ Slide \ Broadway \ January Friend \ Black Balloon \ Bullet Proof \ Amigone \ All Eyes on Me \ Full Forever \ Acoustic #3 \ Iris \ Extra Pale \ Hate This Place

Set 2 – Hits and Deep Cuts: Better Days (solo) \ Sympathy (solo) \ Fallin’ Down \ Lucky Star \  Stop the World \ Name \ So Alive \ Notbroken \ Another Second Time Around \ There You Are

Encore: Big Machine


By Katie Lauer:

There’s something innately familiar about a Goo Goo Dolls show.

It might be that their songs are bred into the DNA of anyone with a radio in the late 90s and early 2000s.

But, it might also simply be front man Johnny Rzeznik’s voice.

From one of the best first lyrics, “and I’d give up forever to touch you,” to even the quick “yeahs” he’d yell into the microphone between verses, his voice is its own instrument in the band’s beloved sound.

That familiarity only further lent itself to this tour, which was in honor of the 20th anniversary of their 1998 album, “Dizzy Up the Girl.”

“I’m f**king old,” Rzeznik said with a laugh, going on to say that people ask why they don’t just play some new shit.

But first – like anniversary tours that have come before – they played that album in its entirety for the first half on the sold-out show at the State Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis Saturday.

The tribute to the staple alt-rock album was not lost on the audience from the first song in, as the driving rock and response-worthy, back-up vocals within “Dizzy” kicked off the night.

But almost too quickly, the first “hit” of the night arrived, and the nostalgic triplet-esque opening riffs of “Slide” started. While he sang out about sliding into rooms, running away and getting married, the sounds of every instrument on stage were also married perfectly: the drums behind a sound wall weren’t overbearing; the two guitars complimented each other well; the keys provided wonderfully glittering backing riffs to the rock bops.

Bassist Robby Takac then took over lead vocals for “January Friend,” keeping everything aligned with the original recordings. While his voice is admittedly more punk and less crooning, he was no less a lead man with the sheer energy he had when bounding around stage or triumphantly throwing his fist in the air after each song.

Now back to the main front man, it would be a good time to mention that Rzeznik, himself, said he was “very, very high on cough medicine” onstage. But between occasional coughs, his vocals were seemingly flawless, so no one would’ve known.

Well, that is, apart from his monologue rants.

“I feel like one of those mumble rappers,” he said, wiggling all 10 fingers in the air. “Do you know what those are, you old people?”

He even went on to explain, PSA style, what “purple drank” is and why jolly ranchers are involved…

But despite any of these tangents, they just kept on playing through the 13 tracks of the album, and “Acoustic #3” was one of the highlights of the latter half, as Rzeznik said he wrote it with his mother in mind.

Then, it happened. A collective sigh could be felt when the beginning notes of the mandolin in “Iris” rang out. From the belting chorus and the heart-tearing verses, every word was sung along by everyone in the theater. During the solo breakdown, the band was even backlit with white lights, which gave the small theater a stadium feel.

It was a moment that, at its very essence, was pure nostalgia. At this point in their careers, the band must know it’s a moment concert goers look forward to, and the song did not disappoint.

A few songs later, Rzeznik was onstage alone with his guitar as he told the room that “this was one of the cities that opened up its arms to us before the rest of the world.”

After briefly chatting about how he thinks the world has changed, every opinion will always upset someone and that times were simpler, he then broke into (aptly timed) 2006’s “Better Days” and “Sympathy,” which is four years its senior.

His strong voice again shined as he played through his cold, as he has no problem playing with just his guitar. His incredible songwriting could just even more clearly be seen.

After playing so many hits, however, there was a bit of an energy lull for the next few tracks before “Name” brought it back again, and the show ended a handful of songs later.

But all in all, the tour stop was primarily a nod to “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which brought the Goo Goo Dolls into the musical forefront of the time; The night was evidence that the band perfected the art of the driving, heartfelt rock of the 90s and 2000s.

Their music has continued on since then, but the nostalgia trip was much appreciated at the State Theatre Saturday night.

By Gary Graff

Goo Goo Dolls were certainly on the musical map before "Dizzy Up the Girl," but the Buffalo group's 1998 album planted a flag that makes the set its most enduring work.

The Goos' sixth studio album, "Dizzy..." was certified four-times platinum and launched a string of hits that are still actively played today -- "Iris" (from the film "City of Angels), "Slide," "Black Balloon," "Broadway." Co-produced with Rob Cavallo, "Dizzy..." also cemented the Goos' place in the pop mainstream after years as an alt.rock favorite.

The Goos have been going steady ever since, with five more albums and some EPs since. This year, however, the group is looking back and playing "Dizzy..." for the first time ever in its entirety and reveling in a particularly glorious part of its past...

• Singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik says by phone that the Goos first thought about playing just a few "Dizzy..." shows to celebrate the anniversary. "Somebody brought it up to us, and it was like, 'Let's do a show in Buffalo, one in New York, one in Chicago and leave it at that. But then, of course, the booking agent and the manager were like, 'Why don't we do a whole tour?' and, y'know, I can't resist a tour, so it was like, Let's do it' and I sat down with my laptop trying to learn a few of the songs I literally haven’t played since we were in the studio trying to get 'em down."

• Rzeznik, 52, says the 20 years since "Dizzy..." "feels like, 'Wow, that went by so quick.' I mean, we were working. We were all working really hard and keeping going and everything. I'm really proud of that and record; Listening back to it there’s a few spots I wish I could change, but whatever. All in all I'm pretty proud of it. And that was an important record for a lot of people, not just us. For a lot of people, that was THEIR album, for whatever reason."

• Rzeznik recalls that he and bassist and Goos co-founder Robby Takac were well aware that the sound of "Dizzy..." was markedly different than what they'd done before -- and were a bit apprehensive about how it would be received. “Any time you do something different you're running the risk of, 'Am I gonna lose what I have.' But you've got to take that risk, and I really sort of developed this attitude of, 'OK, I can't think about the outside world at all.' It scared me, but it didn't stop me. You can be afraid if you want, but you've got to keep going. That's just the way it is."

• "Iris," a Top 10 hit that went on to be certified platinum -- and named by Billboard as the top pop song released between 1999-2012 -- provided a bit of momentum coming out head of the "Dizzy..." album's release. "When we recorded that for 'City of Angels,' that orchestra came in and started playing," Rzeznik remembers, "Robby and I looked at each other like, 'I dunno, man...We've turned a corner and there's no going back. Are you cool with that?' 'Yeah, let's go...' It was lucky for Robby and me that we had each other to kind of sit there and look at and go, 'What do you think?' If he hadn't been there and I hadn't been there and we had not been together, who knows if that song wouldn't have just gone in a drawer."

• While the Goos celebrate "Dizzy's..." anniversary, Rzeznik and Takac are also working on a new album, the follow-u to 2006's "Boxes." "We're both working on some stuff and we're going to start putting that together. I've got about half of the album written right now, and I want to put a time limit on how long it's going to take to do it, like eight weeks from the first downbeat to the final mix -- that's not a lot of time, but I want to try that. I want the band to play live, all together, which a lot of people don't do anymore, and I'm looking for a weird studio to do it in, with just one producer this time."

Goo Goo Dolls perform Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. $40-$75. 313-961-5451 or

It’s hard to believe “Dizzy Up The Girl” is 20 years old.  The anniversary tour makes it’s way to Buffalo for a trio of sold-out shows at Shea’s this weekend.  The legendary Buffalo band is bringing its most-successful album back to life, performing the entire record live for its hometown audience.

Morning Bull caught up with founding member, bassist Robby Takac, on the morning of Friday’s show.  He remembers fondly their rained out live concert the Goos shot in downtown Buffalo back in 2004, the making of “Dizzy” 20 years later, and what fans can expect this weekend at Shea’s.

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Review: Goo Goo Dolls bring 'Dizzy Up The Girl' tour to Beacon Theatre


New York - On October 15, acclaimed pop-rock group, Goo Goo Dolls, headlined Beacon Theatre in New York City, as part of the 20th anniversary tour of "Dizzy Up The Girl."

For the first half of their show, the Goo Goo Dolls (comprised of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac) performed their seminal album, Dizzy Up The Girl, from start to finish, as the album's cover art graced the Beacon Theatre stage as a backdrop.

The Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their set with "Dizzy," and they immediately broke into their popular hit "Slide," prior to taking their fans on a trip to "Broadway," which was quite infectious. The inclusion of the Takac-penned "January Friend" was an added bonus, and it was a beautiful sight to see fans bounce small "black balloons" throughout the venue during "Black Balloon." "Thank you very much," Rzeznik said, graciously.

They continued with other noteworthy tunes as "Bullet Proof," "Amigone," "All Eyes on Me," "Full Forever," as well as "Acoustic No. 3," the latter of which ought to be enjoyed for its beauty and simplicity.

Their live rendition of their endearing classic "Iris" was spectacular, and after "Extra Pale," they sang the mid-tempo "Hate This Place," which is the song that Rzeznik claimed as his personal favorite on the Dizzy Up The Girl album, and rightfully so.

Following their Dizzy Up The Girl album, the Goo Goo Dolls went on to play some impressive deep cuts. Rzeznik tried something different where he sang "Better Days" with a video in the background of him playing the acoustic guitar, and for the follow-up "Can't Let It Go," he switched it up by performing the acoustic guitar, with a video in the background of him singing the song. Both band members were featured in the video for "Two Days in February."

Other highlights included their smash hit "Name," as well as the bluesy and sultry "So Alive," and their melodically-stunning "Notbroken."

If 24 songs weren't enough, Rzeznik and Takac returned for a two-song encore, which included their vivacious "Big Machine" and "Flat Top."

The Verdict

Overall, the Goo Goo Dolls were phenomenal at the Beacon Theatre, as part of the 20th anniversary tour of their landmark album, Dizzy Up The Girl. They sang and played with a great deal of heart and charisma. They had their New York fans with them every step of the way. Rzeznik proves that he is one of the most compelling singer-songwriters of our time, and Takac proved to be "all about that bass," to quote the title of the Meghan Trainor tune. This is a rock band that deserves to someday be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For anybody who has any doubts, all they need to see is a highlight reel of the Goo Goo Dolls' Beacon Theatre show. Their live set at the Beacon Theatre garnered five out of five stars.

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One of the defining albums of the 1990s is Goo Goo Dolls’ Dizzy Up the Girl featuring such singles as “Iris,” “Broadway,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon.” The alternative rockers sold 6 million copies of that album, cementing their status as one of the most in-demand groups of their generation.

Now, they are reliving those memories and taking the entire album on a 20th anniversary tour. Bass player Robby Takac and singer John Rzeznik are playing a host of dates that will include a song-by-song recreation of the influential album, plus some fan favorites and deep cuts. The Goo Goo Dolls pull into the tri-state area Monday, Oct. 15 with a concert at New York City’s Beacon Theatre and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.

The band is known for packing outside amphitheaters with their annual summer tours, but for this 20th anniversary celebration, they have decided to play more intimate venues and get closer to their fans. That also means tickets are hard to come by, and audiences should check availability.

Recently, Takac spoke with Hollywood Soapbox about his memories of recording Dizzy Up the Girl and what fans can expect on the road this fall. Here’s what he had to say:

On where he’s located during this phone interview …

“I’m deep in the woods of Michigan.”

On his memories of Dizzy Up the Girl …

“It seems like a lifetime ago, and it seems like just yesterday all at same time. It’s funny. We’re not ones to look back too much, and this has given us cause to. It’s been a pretty cool experience. We’ve never done anything like this before. We’ve never gone out and performed an album before, so it’s going to be a new experience for us, too.”

On whether Dizzy felt special at the time of recording …

“We had just been off an album we put out called A Boy Named Goo, which had a pretty big hit on it called ‘Name,’ and so when that song came out, we sort of felt a little bit of [the fan reaction]. Between A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl, we had a song, ‘Iris,’ released on the City of Angels soundtrack, so that had gotten some traction as well. So by the time we were in recording Dizzy Up the Girl, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty was playing keyboards, and Rob Cavallo was producing. We were at Track Records, and Snoop Dogg was down the hall. It definitely felt like something had changed, but it wasn’t jarring like the bus brakes weren’t on or anything like that. We sort of eased our way into it. I guess every record you make you want to be special, so I don’t think we felt it was anymore special than the others. But I do think we definitely felt like something was happening at that point.”

On how the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs factored in …

“I remember while we were recording the record, we were watching — I’m not a real big sports fan — but somebody had the Stanley Cup playoffs going on, and this while we’re making Dizzy Up the Girl. And ‘Iris’ had already come out. Whoever won the Stanley Cup that year was skating around the rink holding the Stanley Cup above their head, and ‘Iris’ was playing in the background as we were making Dizzy Up the Girl. I remember that moment in particular as being one where I was, oh, wow. OK, man, something’s boiling up here. That’s pretty mainstream. From that point on, things were very, very different for us for sure.”

On the novelty of presenting an entire album live to the fans …

“We’ve never gone out and done an album from beginning to end before, so this is a different experience for us. And we’re going to be playing a lot of older stuff that we haven’t played in a a decade. We’re just going through the catalog. … I think we felt like this new format of doing the entire album and then coming out and doing another set of songs gave us the opportunity to break that cycle of playing those 15 songs that you know people want to hear every night. It made us feel like we could go a little deeper into the catalog, so we decided to keep it smaller venues and make it a little bit more exclusive and a little bit more special for everybody involved. We’re going to have a great time doing it.”

On how he first became interested in music …

“Part of it has got to do with not being able to hit a baseball, not being that good at math when you’re a kid. You’ve got to meet girls somehow. You’ve got to find your thing when you’re young, and I think pretty early on, John and I both, we didn’t meet until we were just out of high school, but I think we lived parallel lives in that sort of way. The guitar was the thing. That’s just what we did. Fast forward to today, and it’s still pretty much the same thing.”

On how he gravitated to the bass guitar …

“I play the bass guitar, and I also used to play goalie. I played with all the big kids when I was younger, the older kids, taped a couple sofa cushions to my knees and put me in front of the net. That’s sort of how I fell into the bass. Everybody was guitar players and drummers, and they all needed a bass. Nobody wanted to play the bass, so they put a bass in my hand when I was 8. I’ve been playing bass since then.”

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Goo Goo Dolls are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dizzy Up the Girl with a tour throughout October and November. They stop at New York City’s Beacon Theatre (Oct. 15) and the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey (Oct. 16). Click here for more information and tickets.

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By Jeff Miers
Goo Goo Dolls bassist and co-founder Robby Takac has released a single, “Dyin’ Tonight,” written and recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming indie film Johnny Gruesome.  The single is available now through streaming and digital download platforms.

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By Amanda Meyer:
Can you believe songs like “Iris” and “Slide” by multi-platinum rockers, the Goo Goo Dolls, turned 20 years old this year? Dizzy Up the Girl turned 20 just last month and to commemorate that, the band has just embarked on a national tour. With its certified 4x platinum hit by the RIAA, “Iris,” Dizzy, a 4x platinum certified record, is a key piece of music for the band.

Aside from playing the album in full, the band will also play some deep cuts and other hits fans haven’t heard live in quite some time. A few weeks back, while practicing for the tour in New Jersey, I was able to chat with the Goo Goo Dolls’ bassist/vocalist, Robby Takac. Check out what Takac had to say about the last 20 years, the old and new music and what to expect on this tour. We can’t wait to see this show when it hits Beacon Theatre on October 15!

Can you believe this album is 20 years old?

I know, right? I can’t believe my daughter is six more or less that album is 20! It’s crazy.

Yeah, it’s crazy how it all went by so quickly, honestly.

Yeah, I agree!

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of this album?

You know, we have had a pretty active relationship with a lot of this album. We play six songs from it pretty much every night. I’ve had an ongoing relationship with this record, but this format that we’re performing under this fall has really given us a chance to kind of visit a lot of the record that sort of wasn’t in that cycle. The format of the whole show has given us the ability to go even deeper into our catalog, probably more than we would have for a show.

With the format being different, we have the freedom to do a little bit more of that stuff. We’ve gone even deeper into the catalog than I think we had expected! You know, we’re not much of a band to look back. We try to look forward as much as we can, and I think that’s why we’ve managed to stick it out for over 30 years now. It’s all about what’s next! I think this process has really given us the chance to look back in a way we never really do. John [Rzeznik] and I sat down, and we talked our way through the album for an hour and a half. I don’t think we’ve ever done that, even when we were making it! It’s kind of cathartic, I think in general, just to do this whole process.

That’s really great to hear. Are there any songs that you’re excited to play on this tour that you haven’t played?

There’s this song called “Bullet Proof” that we haven’t played in years that I’m really excited to play. There’s a couple of my songs that we haven’t played live—maybe once or twice—which are making their way in; I’m excited that they get a rebirth! We’re doing some songs off of Superstar Car Wash, some songs off of Hold Me Up. We haven’t done songs off of Hold Me Up in god knows how long. It’s just going to be a fun night! Definitely, if you’re a seasoned fan, you’ll be pretty blown away by a lot of what you’re hearing that night.

That’s really cool! So a lot of people don’t know that you guys actually started off as a punk rock band. What inspired the change throughout the years?

I don’t think there was ever really an inspiration for a change so much. I think it was just growing up, making the next record, trying to do something a little bit further along than the last one was, which was especially important to John. He reaches out to places that are out of our comfort zone. You hope to drag some fans along with you, and it doesn’t necessarily always happen. I think in general, the growth has been organic enough. People have been growing up along with us. I think a lot of people have made the journey.

Of course. I know we’re about to backtrack into the past with this tour, but any chance of new music soon?

Oh yeah! We’ve got about a half dozen songs kind of bubbling up right now. We’ll be in recording probably as soon as this tour is finished up.

Love to hear that! Anything else you would like to add?

We’re just jazzed to play the Beacon again! It’s an amazing place. It’s not a place that a bunch of bums like us usually get to play, so it’s nice to be able to go and make that happen. I’m excited to bring this whole Dizzy show out to people. It’s going to be a little different than the average Goo Goo Dolls show. It’s a good time to celebrate a little bit more of the history of the band, too, and I think that’s what we’re looking to do! It’s exciting.

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