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by Barry Courter

It isn't every day an employee is asked, or actually demanded, by his boss to hit him in the face with a big glob of paint. But that's what John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls wanted during filming of their latest video for "Miracle Pill."

The clip ends with Rzeznik, fellow Doll Robby Takac, and their set being splashed with multiple colors in gallons of paint.

"It was at the end, and there were about eight or 10 passes of us getting splattered," Rzeznik said. "It was fun, but you can see in the video — I don't know why it's still in there — but you can see me pointing to my face and they wouldn't throw it. Finally they did."

Rzeznik said the song is an observation on life, how ignorant we have become about the world around us and what is important, and how people seem to simply want a miracle pill to do and fix everything for us.

"Not ignorant in the usual way," he says, "but in the way we just ignore things that are going on around us. And I'm not talking Trump, either. But things like how automation is taking over. What are people supposed to do with themselves when robots deliver and do everything for us?"

The band will perform Friday night, Nov. 15, at the Tivoli Theatre. Rzeznik said the album is the result of his moving into a new house that left him feeling isolated and stir-crazy.

"I moved to a house way out on Long Island. I mean way out. I felt like I was in a witness-protection program, and I thought 'I can't sit here all by myself anymore.'"

He called a friend, and they sat around laughing and telling stupid jokes and started writing songs. He said he likes to record with a variety of producers because, "When I work with one, I burn them out and they wind up being miserable."

He said he loves tinkering and trying new things and that tends to overwhelm just one producer. He also enjoys learning, and having different voices and input lends itself to that.

"I love experimenting and trying one more, one more, one more. I'll say, 'Let's try it with this microphone.'"

His is the final word on things, however, and "I'm there to make it cohesive. It's my job to find the common thread and make it all fit together. And I have one guy mix the whole thing."
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.”
The Goo Goo Dolls made Oprah Magazine's list of the "25 Best New Year's Eve Songs". Check out the entire list and make your party playlist!

Heyheyhey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby coming at you this month while enjoying a nice hot cup of Japanese Sencha at a little tea shop outside of Detroit. It’s a day off in the very middle of a super busy Goo Goo Dolls tour with Train and neo-soul singer Allen Stone that runs through mid August snaking around the USA, stopping at over 50 cities along the way. It’s been a great tour full of packed houses and tons of sing-alongs in all kinds of weather, as most of these Summer shows are at outdoor venues it’s been interesting navigating the rains and winds that come with an amphitheater tour. But the bands are so great to tour with, it’s really been a pretty amazingly harmonious and rock filled summer!

In the midst of this jam packed schedule we’ve been keeping, GGDS released the first single from an album to be released on Sept 13th called Miracle Pill and have been performing the song live in the set now for the past month. It’s great having newer music to play for people, and it’s even better when the Internet allows them to hear your new ideas right away to enjoy that night at the show. It used to be strange to play new music for your audience, but since the immediacy of streaming people discover new music much more quickly now. People seem to dig the new song, new video (which we talked about last month) and seem to be eagerly awaiting the new release.

On our Summer tours we do Meet and Greets nightly, sometimes up to 100 people, it’s great because we get to meet a ton of amazing fans and briefly share stories with people who we’ve shared an emotional relationship with from afar, some for many decades now. It really feels like family out here, with all of our kids running around, everybody getting together for dinner every night, and just maneuvering all of the details of real life at home while you’re traveling with a small group of people every day. It really is a strange situation in a large scale touring situation, connections that are somehow so close but yet so distant and while we are in the middle of thousands and thousands of people every night we’re strangely insulated from the entire experience, the meet and greets tend to bridge that gap. It’s a lot of energy before going out to do a show, but I think it completes the cycle and for that I’m truly grateful.

There was a scary moment on the tour when one of the crew bus drivers had a seizure and their bus crashed on the highway. Luckily, although some of the crew was hospitalized and the driver was pretty badly hurt, no one was killed in the crash and the tour continued on a couple of days later. We look forward to the next moth of shows and will be heading to South America soon to do shows with Bon Jovi including a performance on the beach at the legendary Rock in RIO!

My wife and daughter have been in Tokyo for the past couple of months spending some time with our family in Japan, my daughter’s Japanese is getting much better, and they’ve gotten back to Tokyo Disney a few times! I’m so glad they get to spend the summer visiting Japan while I’m gone away on tour, but wow, I really miss them. They’ll be back in the USA in a bit and will join us for a week on the tour!

Shonen Knife returns to the US to play a bunch of shows in the US this fall, representing Osaka internationally in a big way this year supporting their Sweet Candy Power album, they just completed a tour of Europe, are currently in the UK with an Australian tour scheduled in the fall after the US run!

Thanks so much for checking in on me here in the pages of the mighty In Rock! I’ll be back next month with more touring and the frantic lead up to The 17th Annual Music is Art Festival in Buffalo …. more on that next month! See you soon !



Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Summer Tour
« Last post by sandchair on November 11, 2019, 08:19 AM »
Thanks, again!
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Email from the GGD - Inner Machine members
« Last post by ponygirlmurry on November 11, 2019, 07:52 AM »
Hi all, I got an email over the weekend to Inner Machine members to sign up to win M&G at the coming shows. I have a ticket for Friday, December 13 at Mohegan Sun. The list they sent for shows to choose, does not have this show listed. The weird thing is they list the next day show in MD as Friday , Dec. 14th. I sent a reply email to the website and it did not bounce back so I am hoping they received my email. Has anyone else in this area seen or noticed this? Just wondering. Thanks all...
PS: loving Miracle Pill
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Beach Slang
« Last post by gaurashaktidas on November 09, 2019, 07:52 PM »
Beach Slang just played their first date on the tour last night. How was it??
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Videos from 11-8-19 Kalamazoo, MI
« Last post by kpthecarrunning on November 09, 2019, 06:27 PM »
Thanks to  @summerchic45!



Let Love In:

Life’s a Message:

John cleans up:



Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls recently kicked off their fall headlining tour in support of their brand new 12th studio album Miracle Pill [Warner Records]. Each show is packed with hits from across their unparalleled catalogue, including tracks from the new record such as “Indestructible“, “Autumn Leaves“, “Fearless” and the smash single “Miracle Pill“. Visiting over 20 cities across North America through the end of November, the tour finds the band delivering some of the best performances of their career. Through the first few dates, fans have been raving:

**Click link for fan quotes**
For a complete list of tour dates, please see below or visit the band’s website HERE.
October 25th – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall^
October 26th – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium^
October 27th – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theater +
October 29th – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater^
October 30th – Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theatre – Wichita^
November 1st – Rapid City, SD – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena^
November 2nd – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre – Sioux City^
November 3rd – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place^
November 5th – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Theater^
November 6th – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre^
November 8th – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theater*
November 9th – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center*
November 10th – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater*
November 12th – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre*
November 13th – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall*
November 15th – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre*
November 16th – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre*
November 17th – Charleston, SC – Charleston Gaillard Center*
November 19th – Richmond, VA – The Carpenter Theatre*
November 20th – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre*
November 25th – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
^With The Unlikely Candidates
*With Beach Slang
About Goo Goo Dolls

Formed in Buffalo, NY during 1986 by John Rzeznik and RobbyTakac, Goo Goo Dolls quietly broke records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 12 million records worldwide, the group garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC-“the most of any artist.” As a result,they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.” Thus far, A Boy Named Goo [1995] went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girl went quadruple-platinum, and Gutterflower[2002] and Let Love In [2006] both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us[2010] and Magnetic[2013] bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Boxes attracted the praise of People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them. Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008 as well.

Following a sold-out 2018 twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill [Warner Records]-ignited by the first single and title track “Miracle Pill” and kicking off a bold and bright new era in the process. Miracle Pill arrived on September 13th, 2019 via Warner Records.

This is such an awesome cover.
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