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By Crios Valentino

It was a lovely night at The Paramount as the legendary Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Beach Slang took the stage at The Paramount in Huntington, New York recently.

Philadelphia’s own Beach Slang took the stage to warm up The Paramount audience.  Their music is loud, fun, boisterous and full of swagger.  Beach Slang brings music back to what music is meant to do, and that is a celebration of life and just to listen and have a good time.  This is the kind of music that you roll the windows down, let the wind blow in your hair and just cruise that open road to no particular destination.  They played some cuts off of their latest record entitled “The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City” along with some other favorites.  Beach Slang definitely won the crowd over with their vibrato and their arrangements.  Goo Goo Dolls were next to take the stage!

Goo Goo Dolls came out to a crowd that was ready for a mix of those nostalgic feelgood vibes while hearing new cuts off of their latest record “Miracle Pill”.  They started off by the fun singalong “Indestructible” as Johnny Rzeznik led the crowd into a fun singalong that brought the crowd to that sense of liberation that one feels at a Goo Goo Dolls concert.  The guitar solo that the touring guitarist brought along was crazy good, then they broke into “Slide”.  The crowd sang this song with so much passion and feeling before breaking into “Miracle Pill” and “Black Balloon”.  They closed off the night with “Autumn Leaves” and “Iris”.

Goo Goo Dolls reminded us about why they were at the top of the mountain for a long time.  Their songs are catchy, fun and all carry a message of hope that broke generational barriers.  Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac absolutely still show that they’re here to stay as they not only still have it but will still continue to have it for years to come.  Here is the setlist:

 Indestructible
 Slide
 Miracle Pill
 Black Balloon
 Here Is Gone
 Life’s A Message
 So Alive
 Sympathy
 Name
 Fearless
 Bringing On The Light
 Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy
 Stay With You
 Broadway
 Autumn Leaves
 Iris

Goo Goo Dolls have a few gigs in the United Kingdom coming up in February.  Check out the gig dates below:

Wed. 2/19- O2 Academy in Glasgow

Fri. 2/21- Albert Hall in City Centre

Sat. 2/22- O2 Academy in Leeds

Mon. 2/24- Rock City in Nottingham

Tue. 2/25- O2 Institute in Birmingham

Thu. 2/27- Roundhouse in London

Click the link for photo gallery - https://madnesstocreation.net/2019/12/22/concert-review-goo-goo-dolls-live-at-the-paramount-in-huntington-new-york-12-11-2019/
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / The End of the Year AG Podcast!
« Last post by Gen on December 21, 2019, 02:45 PM »
As we wait for Barbara Walters to announce “This … is 2020”, Gen and Annie talk about the upcoming Festivus contest, review the holiday shows and say hi to our 30 actual listeners (you know who you are). Check out the merch you can win in our podcast exclusive contest below!

https://absolutegoo.com/category/podcasts/#.Xf50DEdKjIU

 
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DECK THE HALL BALL WITH GOO GOO DOLLS AND ROB THOMAS AT BUFFALO RIVERWORKS SUNDAY 12.15.19!

Buffalo Riverworks was proud to host and present STAR 102.5’s Deck the Hall Ball. Headliners were none other than Buffalos Goo Goo Dolls as well as Rob Thomas, Dean Lewis an opener. This concert sold out fairly quickly after its announcement and by the time Goo Goo Dolls were on stage every square inch of that building was packed!!! These two acts together really are a massive crowd draw and between the both of them packed with hits and number one chart toppers it is easy to see why!

Rob Thomas was shadowed with singing from the crowd the whole set. His hits are widely enjoyed by all and easily a tune you can usually catch walking into any retail store in America. Playing his solo hits such as “Her Diamonds”, “Someday” and “Mockingbird”. Also playing acoustic renditions of Matchbox 20 wonders such as “3am” and “Unwell”. When you hear Rob perform live you, it sounds like the audio rendition in the sense that his vocals are just on point and so strongly recognizable. He delivered a great setlist which naturally had to include “New York City Christmas”. The holiday vibes were being felt with the lavishly huge tree near the stair case and the greenery with lights draping the perimeter of the second floor balcony. I personally was pretty excited to see Rob Thomas live, been listening to him since the 90s and after a little and his showmanship with talents just made for a great stage show.

Goo Goo Dolls met the spotlight with loud cheers and clap backs. These guys are stacked with knockout songs and their set list didn’t disappoint. From all the classics “Slide”, “Name”, “Iris”, to their newest of hits such as “Miracle Pill”, “Indestructible” and “Autumn Leaves”. When “Black Balloons” was being played, a huge magnitude of black balloons fell onto the crowd. They bounced around for quite frankly until the crowd was blasted with confetti at the end. This band has such a solid, strong fan base and not just from this general area they clearly have paved a strong path in the mainstream and on. Even if you don’t realize it, it is hard not to know a Goo Goo Dolls song. They are really an energetic stage presence as well as fun crowd bantering, I would highly encourage seeing them live. At the end of the show the big screen in the main floor area of Buffalo Riverworks was turned onto the Buffalo Bills game and we were able to witness more local love and awesomeness with the Bills clenching a playoff spot. It truly felt like a night of Buffalo love and wins all around. It is looking like the Buffalo Bills are finally seeing “Better Days”.

Click the link for a photo set - http://wnyrocks.com/2019/12/deck-the-hall-ball-with-goo-goo-dolls-and-rob-thomas-at-buffalo-riverworks-sunday-12-15-19/
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WCBS-FM’s Scott Shannon In the Morning with Patty Steele will broadcast their final ‘Big Show’ of the year LIVE from Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York on December 20.

Patients, families, staff and supporters will enjoy performances by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas (back for his 20th consecutive appearance), Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Work in Progress featuring Gaten Matarazzo of Netflix’s Stranger Things, Billy Joel’s longtime saxophonist Mark Rivera, Acapella group Six-13 and Tim McLoone with Holiday Express.

Scott Shannon has been a longtime supporter, both professionally & personally, of Blythedale’s mission and has helped raise more than $4 million through his radio benefits over the past 27 years. Every year there is a live auction to benefit Blythedale. This year’s items include autographed guitars by Rob Thomas, Johnny Rzeznik and Jon Bon Jovi, plus, VIP experiences to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Billy Joel concert, a Yankees/Mets/NY Giants game and much, much more. Items are available to browse and bid until Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

To make a donation in support of the event or bid on an item, please:
Visit BCHKIDS.GIVESMART.COM
Call (914)831-2424
Text BCHKIDS to 52182

All proceeds support Blythedale’s Infant & Toddler Unit, providing care and treatment to the Hospital’s smallest and most fragile babies.

https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19490-holiday-show-to-benefit-blythedale-childrens-hospital
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On the season finale episode of The Adamantium Podcast, we are joined by Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls. We discuss their ambitions for their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill, and the openness to be vulnerable this far into their career. We also talk about the Buffalo & Toronto music scene in the early years, their favourite Canadian bands, what their life was like in the late 90s when they were one of the hottest bands on the planet, and their illustrious 2004 Buffalo homecoming gig in the pouring rain.

https://www.theadamantium.com/single-post/E084
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https://rockmusicstar.com/2019/12/16/goo-goo-dolls-rob-thomas-riverworks-buffalo-ny-12-15-2019/

Goo Goo Dolls along with Rob Thomas give Buffalo, NY an unforgettable, once in a life time Christmas gift.

By Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.    photos to be added later.

Buffalo, NY – The multi-platinum music legends of Buffalo, NY, the Goo Goo Dolls, returned to their beloved hometown, along with co-headliner Rob Thomas for local radio station Star 102.5’s ‘Deck the Hall Ball’ holiday concert. This event was sold out in seconds when tickets went on sale months ago, and was viewed by many music lovers in the Western New York area as the undisputed concert of the year. While this line-up could have been booked in a much bigger venue, perhaps even Key Bank Center (home of the Buffalo Sabres), the much smaller Riverworks provided an intimate and exciting atmosphere for those lucky enough to get a ticket.

The only damper on the evening was that some fans found themselves in a quagmire when the NFL changed the time of a very important Buffalo Bills game from 1:00pm to 8:15pm, the same time as the concert. It was a bit distracting during the concert, as many were following the game and getting updates on the score.  Star 102.5 made a decision to not broadcast the game during the concert, citing the fact the people may have been DVR’ing the game to watch it later.  Fortunately, the Bills pulled it off winning 17-10 over the Pittsburgh Steelers and clinched the playoff birth, for only the second time since 199

After a short opening set by Sydney pop star Dean Lewis, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty (and successful solo artist) Rob Thomas hit the stage and played an intense, stripped down, 60 minute long set. During the last few weeks, Thomas has been playing a series of radio station  sponsored Holiday shows, just like the Goo Goo Dolls. For these particular shows,  Thomas is onstage performing with only band members Matt Beck and the very musically versatile Koral Turnador (who ironically was a member of the Goo Goo Dolls touring band from 2006-2016) and not his full piece 8 member touring band, which backed him for his 2019 ‘Chip Tooth Smile’ World tour.  However, probably because Thomas was performing co-headlining shows with the Goo Goo Dolls this weekend, he added his touring bassist and drummer to enhance his sound a bit.

Thomas high energy set consisted mostly of material  from his solo albums with a few Matchbox Twenty songs added to the mix. His material from newest release, ‘Chip Tooth Smile’ is some of the impressive material of his career and truly one of the best releases of 2019.

Thomas was  animated and very engaging with the audience during the evening. In between songs, he mentioned that Matchbox Twenty would be back touring this summer, (maybe a co-headline tour with the Goo Goo Dolls perhaps???).

Thomas received a loud cheer when he grabbed his acoustic guitar and announced that the Matchbox Twenty song “3:AM” was next up. A slowed down version had the audience singing along.

Halfway through the set, Thomas explained, I really don’t play this next song too often, but I think this would be a great time to play it, he then proceeded with “New York City Christmas.”

For the final song of the evening, Thomas stated, “This is a cover song, but I feel it’s okay for me to perform it, since I wrote it.” The band then kicked into the mega-hit from Santana, “Smooth,” and brought Thomas’ performance and his 2019 touring schedule to an epic close.

After a short break, as fans checked their phones for updates on the Bills game, the kings of Buffalo, NY the Goo Goo Dolls, featuring John Rzeznik and Robby Takac backed by touring musicians Brad Fernquist (guitar), Craig Macintyre (drums) and Jim McGorman (keyboards) hit the stage shortly after 10:00pm.  Their intense hour long set consisted of many of their chart topping hits mixed in with tracks from their brilliant contender for album of the year, the 2019 release, ‘Miracle Pill.’

Kicking off with “Indestructible” Rzeznik , Takac and band were primed and ready to give their hometown a very special show, and prove why they are still highly regarded as one of the best live bands in music. The love affair between the city Buffalo and the Goo Goo Dolls started during the late 80’s and continues growing every year. The have a great range of fans from young to old, which was made obvious looking at the audience on this night.

Through the evening. Rzeznik was in a great mood, spot on vocally, and Takac even with all the running around he does, he didn’t miss a note. This is a real band, with musicians that still can play and sing, no lip syncing or playing along to tracks here.

“This is the last date of our tour, and we are ending it in such a great place,” Rzeznik declared about the Riverworks venue located right on the Buffalo river. This is the same venue that Takac held his Music is Art festival last September.

Even though the show was in a smaller than usual venue for The Goo Goo Dolls, many of the bands signature visuals were still being utilized. For the hit single “Black Balloons,” their was a massive black balloon drop from the ceiling. It’s always funny watching the audience react when this occurs.

An intense version of “So Alive” had a storm of confetti covering the front of the audience. When the song ended many in the audience started chanting “Let’s Go Buffalo.” Then Rzeznik left the stage for a second and grabbed a leaf blower and started cleaning off the confetti on the stage, jokingly explaining “I like a clean stage.”

Rzeznik then took center with his acoustic as Takac and the other members left the stage.  Rzeznik, then told the audience, “Sorry to bum you out, but the next song is about a hobby I used to have.” He then further explained, “I used to like feeling sorry for myself.  Self pity can be fuckin’ amazing. There was something so dark and satisfying about it.” Rzeznik then proceeded with a passionate solo version of “Sympathy.”

The band’s breakthrough hit of 1995 “Name” followed. Rzeznik said, “This was the first song that many people in the world, outside of this city, heard from us.  Rzeznik performed the first few verses solo, but was then joined by Takac and band. A mass audience sing along helped bring this song to a goosebump worthy moment.

For the next song, and most recent single, the powerful and catchy, “Fearless” Rzeznik emphatically declared,  “I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but this world has gone fuckin’ insane!” It’s fuckin’ crazy and it getting harder to be a human being.” “But we are all right, being here all together.” This song would be well served as the Buffalo Bills upcoming playoff anthem.

Following was the massive hit, “Better Days,” in which Rzeznik said, ” I originally wrote this song to be on a Christmas record, but it never made on to that Christmas record. So, it’s nice to finally do it in the context that it was meant for.” Another mass audience sing along followed.

The band turned up the intensity even more with an all out rocking version of “Broadway,” that featured a tasty melodic guitar solo by Brad Fernquist and a short and sweet harmonica solo by Rzeznik.

The soon to be pushed as the next single from ‘Miracle Pill’- “Autumn Leaves” followed and had the audience in awe of Rzeznik’s powerful vocals and profound lyrics. For the live performance of this song,  the band takes it to another level of intensity with an added guitar solo from Fernquist and then a rather bluesy one from Rzeznik. This song should to be a major hit for the band in 2020.

Then of course the band concluded with their biggest hit, “Iris.” Rzeznik, said “Well, we have to play this one!” This song has over 1 billion views on youtube! And like every Goo Goo Dolls show of the last 20 years, this was truly the highlight of the evening. It is the perfect song. Rzeznik, said “Well, we have to play this one!

With the last note of “Iris,” the Goo Goo Dolls final show of 2019 came to a glorious end. During this year, the band had been very active, with a successful North American co-headlining summer run trek with Train, and a series of dates with Bon Jovi in South America, as well as a sold-out fall headlining tour. But, wait until you see what they have planned for 2020!

Overall, this was a great evening and the local radio station Star 102.5 should be praised for bringing together such an amazing Holiday event with two of the top acts in music. The only downside is that they may never be able to top it.

For more on the Goo Goo Dolls, please visit www.googoodolls.com
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Mix 106.5 - Deck the Hall Ball 2019 - Photo Gallery
« Last post by Gen on December 16, 2019, 10:23 PM »
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / 96.5 TIC - Why Goo Goo Dolls Disconnected From Social Media
« Last post by Gen on December 16, 2019, 12:21 AM »
Miracle Pill is Goo Goo Dolls' twelfth studio album, and Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac explained how their songwriting process has changed, why Johnny cut himself off from social media, and what they have planned for Christmas.

https://965tic.radio.com/blogs/gina-j/why-goo-goo-dolls-disconnected-from-social-media
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