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Hello -
I've got to have foot surgery & will not be able to stand by July 9th, the Jacksonville FL show. I've got 3 tickets in section 208, row E that I'm willing to sell for $36 less than I paid if they're sold together = $260 for the 3. If you only want 2 it would be the $95 I paid TM, as we'll likely have to eat the 3rd one. Instant transfer from Ticketmaster. Hate to miss the guys on what would have been our 7th GGD show. Please message me if you're interested. Thanks!
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Ticket Sellers/Ticket Buyers-Reminder
« Last post by LSKOCH5 on May 21, 2019, 01:21 PM »
Does face value include the ticketmaster fees on the initial sale?
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Rock star dad finds home in Westfield: Hi’s Eye exclusive interview with Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

As a four-time Grammy nominee, Billboard Music Award winner, 4x Platinum album artist and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik has an arsenal of achievements to be proud of. Yet, as a humble family man now residing in Westfield, Rzeznik has his focus on the more genuine aspects of his rock star life.
After graciously accepting my invitation to come to WHS to be interviewed, Rzeznik walked into Room 111 with his wife, Melina, and daughter, Lili, with a smile across his face, ready for whatever questions I asked.
Rzeznik began by explaining how his mother and father were both amateur musicians, making it clear that music has always been a part of his life. He said that when he was growing up there were always instruments around his house, which sparked his interest in the hobby.
Rzeznik first started to get into music at the age of eight. “My mother thought it would be a good idea if I learned how to play the accordion, which is a bad idea for an eight-year-old boy, it’s a horrible thing to do to a kid,” he said light-heartedly. He then went on to try the drums and finally settled with the guitar at age 12.
“I wasn’t an athlete,” he said, “but I was able to fit in and find my voice and find my group by playing music.” Rzeznik started writing for the Goo Goo Dolls in his late teens and they released their self-titled debut album in 1987 when he was just 21.
The Goo Goo Dolls’ breakthrough album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released in 1998 with songs “Iris” and “Slide” topping the charts. From there the band continued to grow and they started to see more fans, bigger venues and higher album sales.
Yet, Rzeznik’s humility remains evident. “For me, it was never an endgame of  ‘I wanna be famous,’ it just kinda happened and, since then, I’ve been famous and not so famous, and then famous and not so famous again, but I don’t rely on it for my self esteem,” he said. “What other people think of me or if they know who I am, it can’t matter, because then I won’t feel good when I’m not important, so I have to be consistent.”
Rzeznik explained that for him, it was difficult at times to feel fully comfortable speaking his mind while being in the public eye. But, as he’s grown as a person and musician, he has gotten more comfortable with his role. “[As you mature] you get a little more experience and a little more certain of what your abilities are and what your limitations are,” he said.
Rzeznik touched on his struggle with addiction during his early years as a musician. He emphasized the need for a strong support system and good friends and said: “If you need help, get it, go and get it, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. [Alcoholism] is treatable, but it can kill you if you don’t get the help you need. The saddest place that I ever was in my life was wanting to be free from my addiction and not being able to stop.”
Rzeznik also discussed his search to find his voice and his place among other performers in the fierce music industry. “My metrics for success have changed as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve moved through my career,” he said. “I used to get really upset when I would read a bad review or someone would say ‘You guys suck!’” Rzeznik explained that as he has matured, he has learned to look past the critics and judgement and, instead, focus on putting his all into his music.
For aspiring musicians, Rzeznik said, “Don’t worry about becoming famous on American Idol because that’s nonsense. Speak your mind and be brave and make sure you have a big support system because you’re going to get a lot of rejection and a lot of people are not going to like what you do.”
Rzeznik emphasized that the musician lifestyle isn’t always easy. With his 2-year-old daughter back at home, he finds it difficult to be traveling so often. But, it’s evident that his motivation to succeed and continue working lies in his daughter. “[Becoming a father] made me say to myself ‘I gotta work really hard’, because I wanna spoil her and give her all of the stuff I didn’t have as a kid,” he said.
Rzeznikis now living in a historic house in Westfield with his wife and daughter. He and Melina moved to Westfield from Los Angeles to raise their daughter and, as Rzeznik said, he “fell in love with the town in an afternoon. I had lunch at Vicki’s Diner and I was walking down Broad Street and I was like ‘I love it, I love this place.’”
The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour with Train and will be releasing their 14th album next fall. After over 30 years of playing, writing and performing, Rzeznik’s passion still remains and it’s clear that his natural talent and dedication are at the core of his decades of success. Although he has built his family in Westfield, Rzeznik will always be a rock star at heart.

Hi’s Eye
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Next show in our AG Ticket Tag contest is - 8/9 Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion

To enter, simply Tweet or Instagram this line: "We're not sleeping anymore"
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Goo Goo Dolls / Noise Pink

May 13, 2019 / Pepsi Center

Photos: Courtesy OCESA / César Vicuña

It has been 33 years since the birth of the Buffalo band (New York), created by guitarist / vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist / vocalist Robby Takac . Time goes by quickly and for a band to stay current is the real challenge of their careers. Not everyone enjoys that popularity that keeps them and that is true, when we heard the name Good Good Dolls in Mexico, caused two types of reaction, melancholy and curiosity to see that band.

This group has marked us throughout the years and it is the true fans that keep them in force, even having presentations in the United States has become a bit complicated for them. It is something sad and at the same time a good thing that the main ingredient of the lineup is melancholy, who have known how to exploit all these years, returning to "Iris" a hymn that is passed down from generation to generation and it is true that the band sounds so well live, as in any of his albums and another thing that must be demonstrated is that they are a band completely delivered to the moment, to their audience and to be able to continue doing what they love the most.

Goo Goo Dolls returned to Mexico to be part of the second edition of the Corona Capital Guadalajara festival , accompanied by great acts on stage such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala and The Chemical Brothers. The set of the Americans was accompanied by the classics, as well as their most recent proposals that come from the album Boxes (2016). On Monday they offered a solo show at the Pepsi Center , where Ruido Rosa was the act in charge of warming up the audience to leave us with the Buffalo group.

Accompanied by a set of more than 20 pieces, GGD left everything on the stage and is that with a forum not so full, they managed to make their presentation a memorable event. Passion and delivery was what distinguished its members in each moment who went from one place to another making the forum vibrate. It was about making us laugh and it is that the charisma of Rzeznik, was present in each moment that he had, you could hear some "Eooo" from left to right and he asked the pubic to give himself more, while Robby, motivated us to applaud again and again to the rhythm of pieces like "Dizzy" and "Slide" , remembering his sixth studio album Dizzy up the girl .

The night continued to the rhythm of works like "Big machine", "Rebel beat", "Here is gone" and "Black balloon" , making the majority of the audience cheer this last piece. It was time to listen to the voice of Robby, who played "January friend" and "Free of me" . While Rzeznik took us to acoustic moments dominated by "Sympathy" and "Can not let it go" .

Moments later we heard the first chords of what was ultimately the most anticipated song of the night. "Iris" has been the anthem that this band planted in their career and that is that air of malcomía and liberation was what breathed at that time. I can not do justice to define the perfection of the moment and to be able to listen to that song that we hear so much again and again, that we ask who will have written it or that work that simply is part of the soundtrack of our lives. These are the moments for which it is worth saving, traveling just by listening to a song, sharing the moment that makes us infinite with all the attendees and being a single soul chanting again and again the letters that seem to permeate our memory and They hoped to break the knot in the throat to be able to leave.

We said goodbye to Good Good Dolls, who expressed their gratitude at every moment, delivered everything on stage and showed that not only are they a one hit wonder , but they are a band that knows how to do their thing on stage, simply delivering everything .

Click link for photo set - https://www.velvmagazine.com/blog/2019/5/14/vqhul0og32qezrzo68bhc9w3l27ivb-2k4jy

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Fantastic interview!  John sounds so mature and he's humble and vulnerable.  I appreciate him sharing his feelings and talking about his past and his present life. I love that his family was with him. He works hard and sounds happy to be a dad. I'm happy for him. Looking forward to 12th album and my concert and meeting the band again. I love all these interviews.
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Great news for all the Goo Goo Dolls fans in Brazil!

The band has announced they will be playing 3 more shows with Bon Jovi this Fall!

Sept. 22 in Racife, Sept. 25 in Sao Paulo, and Sept. 27 in Curitiba!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 17 at https://www.eventim.com.br/

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https://hiseye.org/5326/showcase/rock-star-dad-finds-home-in-westfield/

 Julie Dannevig, Iris News Editor

As a four-time Grammy nominee, Billboard Music Award winner, 4x Platinum album artist and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik has an arsenal of achievements to be proud of. Yet, as a humble family man now residing in Westfield, Rzeznik has his focus on the more genuine aspects of his rock star life.

After graciously accepting my invitation to come to WHS to be interviewed, Rzeznik walked into Room 111 with his wife, Melina, and daughter, Lili, with a smile across his face, ready for whatever questions I asked.

Rzeznik began by explaining how his mother and father were both amateur musicians, making it clear that music has always been a part of his life. He said that when he was growing up there were always instruments around his house, which sparked his interest in the hobby.

Rzeznik first started to get into music at the age of eight. “My mother thought it would be a good idea if I learned how to play the accordion, which is a bad idea for an eight-year-old boy, it’s a horrible thing to do to a kid,” he said light-heartedly. He then went on to try the drums and finally settled with the guitar at age 12.

“I wasn’t an athlete,” he said, “but I was able to fit in and find my voice and find my group by playing music.” Rzeznik started writing for the Goo Goo Dolls in his late teens and they released their self-titled debut album in 1987 when he was just 21.

The Goo Goo Dolls’ breakthrough album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released in 1998 with songs “Iris” and “Slide” topping the charts. From there the band continued to grow and they started to see more fans, bigger venues and higher album sales.

Yet, Rzeznik’s humility remains evident. “For me, it was never an endgame of  ‘I wanna be famous,’ it just kinda happened and, since then, I’ve been famous and not so famous, and then famous and not so famous again, but I don’t rely on it for my self esteem,” he said. “What other people think of me or if they know who I am, it can’t matter, because then I won’t feel good when I’m not important, so I have to be consistent.”

Rzeznik explained that for him, it was difficult at times to feel fully comfortable speaking his mind while being in the public eye. But, as he’s grown as a person and musician, he has gotten more comfortable with his role. “[As you mature] you get a little more experience and a little more certain of what your abilities are and what your limitations are,” he said.

Rzeznik touched on his struggle with addiction during his early years as a musician. He emphasized the need for a strong support system and good friends and said: “If you need help, get it, go and get it, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. [Alcoholism] is treatable, but it can kill you if you don’t get the help you need. The saddest place that I ever was in my life was wanting to be free from my addiction and not being able to stop.”

Rzeznik also discussed his search to find his voice and his place among other performers in the fierce music industry. “My metrics for success have changed as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve moved through my career,” he said. “I used to get really upset when I would read a bad review or someone would say ‘You guys suck!’” Rzeznik explained that as he has matured, he has learned to look past the critics and judgement and, instead, focus on putting his all into his music.

For aspiring musicians, Rzeznik said, “Don’t worry about becoming famous on American Idol because that’s nonsense. Speak your mind and be brave and make sure you have a big support system because you’re going to get a lot of rejection and a lot of people are not going to like what you do.”

Rzeznik emphasized that the musician lifestyle isn’t always easy. With his 2-year-old daughter back at home, he finds it difficult to be traveling so often. But, it’s evident that his motivation to succeed and continue working lies in his daughter. “[Becoming a father] made me say to myself ‘I gotta work really hard’, because I wanna spoil her and give her all of the stuff I didn’t have as a kid,” he said.

Rzeznik is now living in a historic house in Westfield with his wife and daughter. He and Melina moved to Westfield from Los Angeles to raise their daughter and, as Rzeznik said, he “fell in love with the town in an afternoon. I had lunch at Vicki’s Diner and I was walking down Broad Street and I was like ‘I love it, I love this place.’”

The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on tour with Train and will be releasing their 14th album next fall. After over 30 years of playing, writing and performing, Rzeznik’s passion still remains and it’s clear that his natural talent and dedication are at the core of his decades of success. Although he has built his family in Westfield, Rzeznik will always be a rock star at heart.
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Miracle Pill...  I love it!!!
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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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