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What are the Goo Goo Dolls doing for the holidays?!


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By Thom Jennings ngedit@niagara-gazette.com

John Rzeznik has been on my interview bucket list for a long time, and I almost missed the opportunity when an email from the Goo Goo Dolls’ publicist went to my spam folder. It wasn’t as if Rzeznik needed the publicity for the upcoming show at Riverworks this Sunday, the 102.5 Deck the Hall Ball has long since sold out.

The Goo Goo Dolls primary singer and songwriter has one of the most recognizable singing voices around, and while we could have started with any topic, we immediately launch into his favorite topic, his soon to be 3-year-old daughter Lili.

“Just to see someone with so much joy, it makes my life so much better,” Rzeznik noted with a sense of pride.

Rzeznik jokes that he hopes his daughter has more of his wife Melina’s DNA than his, because he was a “hell raiser,” when he was a child. His voice beams with pride as he discusses his daughter’s wonderment with ornaments on their Christmas tree.

“My life is so different than it was, I was living in a dark place for a long time. To be finally given the chance to break out of that and then this beautiful little wonder came along. I feel like because I got sober, I was able to continue the mission, whatever that mission is.”

With the holidays approaching, Rzeznik reflected on his return to Buffalo. Even though his well-documented life story has been less than idyllic, his voice is filled with optimism and an appreciation for his hometown and his family.

“I miss home, I miss going to Niagara Falls, and summers in Buffalo and being with my friends and family. But I get to go back, and I am glad my kid is getting to know my sisters, they are amazing people. They are characters and they’re funny and quirky, but most importantly they are strong women, and I want my daughter to have them as role models. I want her to be strong and never be afraid to speak her mind to anybody.”

Rzeznik doesn’t hide admiration and appreciation of the profound influence his older sisters had on his life, especially in helping form his love of music.

“Their taste in music was eclectic, I listened to their albums and tried to play Gang of Four songs. It wasn’t like anything on the radio, it was special, you had to go and look for it. That is what excited me about it.”

We didn’t spend all of time waxing nostalgic, especially since the Goo Goo Dolls are coming to town to promote their latest album, “Miracle Pill.” After revisiting their breakthrough album “Dizzy Up the Girl,” last year, The Goo Goo Dolls served up an uplifting and optimistic set of songs, many of them are in the current set.

“I love this record because I got to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with people that were above me in production, engineering and songwriting and playing.”

“The album as a whole speaks to the desire to make connections. That’s why vinyl is coming back, because it created an immersive experience. You looked at the liner notes, and wondered who they were singing about.”

There have been three singles released from “Miracle Pill,” including the title track, “Money, Fame & Fortune” and “Indestructible, three of the first four tracks on the album. While many albums are front-loaded, with the hits early in the track list, some of “Miracle Pill’s” best moments occur at the end, with the last two songs, “Autumn Leaves” and “Think it Over.”

“It’s interesting how we sequenced the album, ‘Autumn Leaves’ it’s kind of this bittersweet farewell. Then it takes a breath and goes into ‘Think it Over” which is kind of like an encore.”

“ 'Think it Over’ was awesome to record. We were working at Capital Studios in Los Angeles and the lady that runs the studio is a legend, Paula Salvatore. I asked her for the best old-school backup singers and the next day we had half the cast from ‘20 Feet from Stardom’ in the studio.”

“To work with people that sing with such emotion was inspiring and it made me feel the real power of collaboration, and having faith in something, even if it’s the power of your own voice. It blew me away watching them sing.”

Another thing that inspires Rzeznik is the renaissance of his hometown.

“It’s great to see Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the whole region coming back, the city that so many people gave up for dead. It has so much soul, it has a great vibe. It’s creating its own identity with the unique architecture, with food, beer culture and art.

“It’s vibrant, and I see real greatness, and its where the artists are going. Places like Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio and Allentown, Pennsylvania. You can afford to live in those towns and create your own scene.”

As we finish up, Rzeznik took one more happy look at his past, back when the Goo Goo Dolls spent years riding around in a van. Before they became as synonymous with Buffalo as chicken wings and beef on weck.

“When Robby (Takac) and I started, the only places to play original music were the Continental and McVans, and McVans was gone right after we started. Our manager Artie Kwitchoff (current owner of the Town Ballroom) told us we were going to create our own original music scene. He scraped together the money and we rented out VFW halls and plastered the town with posters until the clubs had to pay attention. I have always admired him for that.”

Rzeznik may not have discovered a “Miracle Pill,” but he has found the happiness and joy he has created for so many fans over the years. That may be the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/night_and_day/jennings-john-rzeznik-reflects-on-return-to-buffalo/article_15797f05-0823-505e-a546-81d2919d6361.html

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Goo Goo Dolls Performed the Perfect Mixtape at their Dec. 8 St. Louis Concert

by Carrie Zukoski

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls along with opener Maddie Poppe performed for night two of Y98’s Deck the Hall Ball on the Fox Sports Midwest Live! stage at Ballpark Village on December 8.

The lights dimmed as much as they could in the cavernous space while the smoke machines churned out a haze for Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac and the rest of Goo Goo Dolls members Brad Fernquist, Craig Macintyre and Jim McGorman to set the night in motion just after 9 p.m. opening with “Indestructible” from their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill released Sept. 13. Rzeznik then greeted those in front with handshakes before delighting the crowd, who sang along to many of the songs throughout the night, with fan-favorite “Slide.”

Takac appeared to have a blast on stage with his wide grin along with high kicks, spins, jumps up and down, all while playing bass. He also encouraged the crowd to clap along throughout the night.

Switching between electric and acoustic guitar, Rzeznik moved the concert along seamlessly from grittier to smoother, familiar and newer material which all blended well into one another. Their setlist made for a perfect mixtape of Goo Goo Dolls, if you will.

Adding to the fun of the night included a balloon drop (black, of course) during “Black Balloon” and lots of confetti wafting everywhere.

Maddie Poppe, season 16 winner of American Idol in May 2018, opened the night with a soft, yet resounding 30-minute acoustic set that included a cover of Radiohead’s “High and Dry,” “Nothing Good Comes Out of California,” which she prefaced by sharing about her parent’s worrying about Midwest gal moving to California and, this being a holiday show, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Poppe had a lovely voice which, when unleashed, showed great power. Unfortunately, most of this was lost due to the constant din of chatter of what seemed to be nearly everyone in attendance.

http://archcity.media/2019/12/09/goo-goo-dolls-performed-the-perfect-mixtape-at-their-dec-8-st-louis-concert/

Photo gallery - https://carriezukoski.smugmug.com/ConcertPhotos/Goo-Goo-Dolls/

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Goo Goo Dolls headlined Mercedes in the Morning Not So Silent Night 2019 and before the show they sat down with Mercedes and JC to offer them advice for Las Vegas, vocal warm ups and more.

https://mix941fm.radio.com/blogs/mercedes-in-the-morning/goo-goo-dolls-offers-advice-for-las-vegas-and-vocal-warm-ups

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We had a MERRY time at our annual Merry MIXMas show at The Marquee Theatre!

Featuring performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Maddie Poppe and John K.... the night was filled with amazing intimate performances for an unforgettable experience.

Missed the show? Want to relive the night? Check out all the photos and videos below!

https://mix969.iheart.com/content/2019-12-06-the-goo-goo-dolls-maddie-poppe-john-k-rocked-our-2019-merry-mixmas-show/

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Goo Goo Dolls Rocked Our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love Show

We had an AWESOME time at our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love show at the Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center, Sahuarita, AZ.

Featuring performances by Goo Goo Dolls and John K.... the night was filled with amazing intimate performances for an unforgettable experience.

Missed the show? Want to relive the night? Check out all the photos and videos - https://my929.iheart.com/featured/cyndi-chris/content/2019-12-06-goo-goo-dolls-rocked-our-tucson-subaru-subaru-share-the-love-show/


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John and I talk candidly about music, social media, Milwaukee and raising a family

By Aaron Carreno

I had the pleasure of speaking with John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, as we get ready for their return to Milwaukee Monday night for our 99.1 The Mix Mistletoe Show!

In PART ONE, John mentions some of his fondest Milwaukee memories over the years, and why the "call for connection" is so important.

PART TWO of my conversation with John centers around the loyalty his audience has developed over the years, what HE'S currently listening to, and how he's been influenced emotionally since starting a family and raising children.

Finally, John encourages all of us to think of those in need this holiday season, and the magic in music bringing people together during PART THREE of our chat.

Listen to the entire interview here - https://991themix.radio.com/blogs/aaron-carreno/interview-what-the-goo-goo-dolls-love-about-milwaukee

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By Daniel Durchholz

When the Goo Goo Dolls played St. Louis last October, the show was part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s biggest-selling album, “Dizzy Up the Girl” (1998).

“That album was definitely the biggest turning point,” guitarist/vocalist and Goo Goo Dolls co-founder Johnny Rzeznik says by phone from a tour stop in Richmond, Virginia.

Hits like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon” followed in the melodic, radio-ready style of “Name” from several years before and turned the onetime punk/thrash band (original name: the Sex Maggots) into a perennial adult-alternative success.

“We made our first record (1987’s ‘Goo Goo Dolls’) in three days,” Rzeznik says. “We thought it was a joke. We never thought anything would come of it.”

But as he and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac continued to develop and mature as artists, Rzeznik says he drew inspiration from the wide variety of artists on his playlist.

“I was listening to Suzanne Vega and the Descendents,” he says. “I loved Husker Du and the Cocteau Twins. I started to want to do something, like, maybe more legitimate and serious.”

“A Boy Named Goo” (which contained “Name”) and “Dizzy Up the Girl” were the results, and the Goos have kept up a steady stream of hits since then.

“Miracle Pill,” which was released in September, is the band’s 12th studio album and finds Rzeznik and Takac experimenting a bit — working with a variety of producers and developing a more textured, keyboard-driven sound.

“If I like it, I’m going to write it,” Rzeznik says. “If it’s got a tuba and a harmonica on it, that’s OK.”

As for the number of the producers on the album, Rzeznik says he tends to wear them out.

“I destroy producers,” he says. “I want to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and nobody can do that. I probably shouldn’t expect that from people, but I do.”

Still, he speaks admiringly of those who did take the plunge, especially Sam Hollander, who produced and co-wrote several songs. “He’s just from another planet,” Rzeznik says. “He’s somebody who has a completely different perspective on music.”

In addition to Hollander, notables such as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Sting) and background vocalist Tata Vega (“20 Feet From Stardom”) appear on the album.

“I just want to be around people who are so much better than me,” Rzeznik says — “who had done things that are so different than I did, and then somehow wrap all that up into the package. And in that respect, I think it worked.

“Whether it will be commercially successful or not, I don’t know. I would love it if it was, but I can’t care about that anymore.”

The title track is a metaphor for what Rzeznik sees as a major societal problem right now: the need for instant gratification.

“I want my headache to go away immediately, you know?” he says by way of explanation.

But the real problem people are facing today, he says, is loneliness. “People are lonely and more disconnected than they’ve ever been, at least in my lifetime. And this is while we’re allegedly connected to each other through the internet.

“So if I’m lonely, I’m going to make 5,000 friends on Facebook. There are all these cheap, imitation versions of intimacy and friendship and camaraderie. And I don’t think it’s healthy.”

Music, Rzeznik says, is something that can help.

“(Concerts) are one of the few things where big groups of people can get together and have a real, visceral human experience where we’re all in a room together and we’re all listening to music or dancing or whatever. I think it’s just so important.”

What Goo Goo Dolls • When 8 p.m. Sunday • Where Fox Sports Midwest Live!, Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Street • How much $35-$60 • More info 314-797-7530; eventbrite.com

https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/first-album-was-a-joke-but-goo-goo-dolls-have/article_cd230372-059e-5bc1-b6a6-63aef71450be.html

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I'm with you. It sucks.

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:33 PM »
It's John's birthday today, so join us in sending him your happiest of birthday wishes!


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The artists have no control over that sort of thing. Likely the venue, along with the station hosting the event, decided to add more sections when they got close to selling out.

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Blythedale Children's Hospital 2019 Live Broadcast: Featuring Rob Thomas, Johnny Rzeznik + More!

CBS-FM proudly presents Scott Shannon's final 'Big Show' of the year, live from Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York on Friday morning, December 20th, from 6-10 AM!

This year we'll have performances by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Work In Progress featuring Gaten Matarazzo of Stranger Things, Mark Rivera of the Billy Joel band, Acapella group Six-13, and of course, Holiday Express!

Auction items are now live for bidding HERE. https://e.givesmart.com/events/eQf/i/

You can also text BCHKIDS to 52182 to make a donation of any amount or call 914-831-2424 to donate.

https://wcbsfm.radio.com/blogs/scott-shannon-in-the-morning-with-patty-steele/scott-shannon-announces-2019-blythedale

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By: Olivia Proia

The Bills game will not be shown at the concert

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fans with tickets to the sold out concert now have to make a choice: head to the Goo Goo Dolls show set to start at 7 p.m. or watch the Bills take on the Steelers in prime time at 8:20 p.m. This is the first time the Bills will hold a prime time Sunday night spot in 12 years.

"This is the biggest Buffalo problem besides like needing Tim Hortons in a snow storm," Angela Miranda said.

She and her boyfriend bought tickets to the Goo Goo Dolls concert on December 15th at Riverworks in July. The band is headlining Star 102.5's "Deck the Hall Ball." When she found out the game time was flexed, she immediately posted, ready to sell her concert tickets. But now, the two are debating between their two favorite things.

"Our favorite band versus our favorite team," said Joel Jackson. Jackson and Miranda's first date was at a Goo Goo Dolls concert.

"I don't think I've met anyone who claims they weren't at the July 4th concert at City Hall. Everyone claims they were there...," said Miranda. "So everyone is a Goo Goo Dolls fan, everyone's a Bills fan. You know they were all at the snow storm game a few years ago where the guys were just rolling up snowmen."

The situation has this couple in a pickle. They've been dating since 2013.

"Do I sell them? Do I keep them? Are we going to be able to watch this? How do we do both? Do we clone ourselves? What do we do?" Miranda said.

Miranda and Jackson can't seem to agree on which option is bettter.

"The game's more important than the concert," Jackson said.

"Don't tell Joel... I'm going to make him watch [the game] on his phone," said Miranda.

There are options.

"A would be to move the time and B would be to just make sure that there are lots of TVs," Miranda said.

"Maybe they can play the shout song after every Bills touchdown," said Jackson.

But there is one ultimate solution for the two.

"We can move the concert up," Miranda said, "And then like everyone can stay at Riverworks and watch the game together. We can have a watch party with the Goo Goo Dolls."

7 Eyewitness News reached out to Star 102.5 and the Goo Goo Dolls but haven't heard back yet. The GM of Riverworks said as of now, there are on plans to show the game during the concert.

https://www.wkbw.com/sports/buffalo-bills/fans-must-choose-the-bills-or-the-goo-goo-dolls


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The holiday season is in full swing and your wallet is probably pretty exhausted by now. So, we thought you guys deserved a little something ... like a quick holiday contest! A lot of fans are snowed in and dealing with miserable weather, so let's look forward to next summer. (We can dream, right?!) We're giving away this Something For the Rest of Us tank top to THREE lucky winners!



We know everyone is busy, so this is going to be an easy one - just send an email with your shipping information to contact@absolutegoo.com with Winter Weather in the subject line. That's it! We'll randomly pick 3 winners from all the entries tomorrow, 12/3. Good luck!

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Gen and Annie discuss the Miracle Pill tour, announce a new contest, and ruminate over the loss of the Otis Midnight tapes …

https://absolutegoo.com/category/podcasts/#.XeWKb-hKjIU

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