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“I love playing the UK, the audiences are amazing. We always have a blast so it’s a real pleasure to be coming back.” – John Rzeznik
Photo Copyright © Jo Forrest

The Goo Goo Dolls performed in Leeds last night and what a night it was. People were literally crammed into every nook and cranny possible to see the band perform. They have just three more dates to play in the UK before heading back to the States.

To date Goo Goo Dolls’ sales have exceeded 12 million albums worldwide. Not to forget, the group have garnered four Grammy awards and seized a place in the history books by achieving 14 number one and top ten hits at Hot AC – “the most of any artist in history.” As a result they hold the all-time radio record for ‘Most Top 10 Singles’. Among a string of hits, ‘Iris’ held #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks. Thus far, ‘A Boy Named Goo’ went double platinum, ‘Dizzy Up Girl’ went quadruple platinum and a whole host of other releases have gone Gold too.

The group were touring in support of their twelfth album, “Mirace Pill”, released in 2019 and making their first visit to the UK in a couple of years. Treating this packed room to a twenty-one song set, the Goo Goo Dolls kick the night off with a rowdy “Indestructible”. It set the tone for an evening of polished US rock full of energy and catchy as hell.

Frontman Johnny Rzeznik races around the stage pointing out to fans and looking like he’s at home on much bigger stages than this. Weighing in with four tracks from the new album, including the opener, the rest of the set was peppered with hits. Pulling from a chart-smashing back catalogue, the band head back to 1998 for “Black Balloon” and 1996 for “Naked”.

We all know that, as this is the Goo Goo Dolls, there is one song everyone is waiting for. Holding “Iris” back until almost the very end, the hit single had the packed room lifting the roof off the Academy. Following it up with the final track “Broadway”, the Goo Goo Dolls made sure that, having been four years since they were last in Leeds, their return was well worth the wait.

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Robby's latest blog for InRock Mag!
« on: February 17, 2020, 04:54 PM »

Hey Hey In Rockers and Happy New Year to you all ! I’m writing this column from the warmth and safety of my own living room in Buffalo, NY having finished the last show of a Christmas Radio station tour over the last month. The holiday radio shows are a custom here in the States, they are spread all over the country so we fly, drive and do whatever is needed to get to the next city and spread some holiday cheer ? in goo goo dolls style! The shows were with numerous other acts such as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Australia’s Dean Lewis, Maddie Poppe, Natasha Bedingfield and Hanson among others …. We spent the last few weeks with evenings full of Christmas treats, tons of DJs in ugly Christmas sweaters and lots and lots of music. In a strange twist we finished the last show of the run here in Buffalo, so I got to drive my car home from the last show and spend time with my family right away! ? Happy Holidays to ME!

Goo Goo Dolls had a pretty intense year, we did over 125 shows across the US, Southeast Asia, Canada, Mexico and South America, recorded and released our new album Miracle Pill and there’s no sign of slowing down in 2020 with dates in Asia, The UK, Europe and another Summer US tour in the works as we speak! We look forward to making our way to some places we have never been, or haven’t visited in a very long time. And, we will have some exciting news for our friends in Japan coming up soon too, so keep your eyes fixed on The Lobby for updates!

Since I’ve been back I’ve been splitting my days between hanging out with my daughter Hana, doing some snow sledding, crafting, ice skating, seeing some cool “kid” movies and stuff, and being in the studio with Buffalo based band Mom Said No working on their second album for release later this year. Funny thing about this band is, I recorded the 18-year-old singer/guitarist’s father’s band many years ago and here I find myself in with my friend’s kid making a record with the next generation of that family. It’s pretty wild being in a room with your buddie’s kid’s band, sitting back, watching them make great songs and helping them along to carry the torch of the future of Buffalo rock!

In a short break between our fall and Christmas tours we headed to Los Angeles to do a new music video for the next single from the Miracle Pill album, a moody, yet uplifting song John wrote called Autumn Leaves. The video was directed by our new friend Matt Mahurin who is known for his work with the likes of U2, Peter Gabriel, Disturbed, Tom Waits, Sting and so many others. We shot the video right at his property in California, he and his wife invited us into their home and we spent a full day shooting our parts of the video in some isolated bungalows located in a ravine on their property. It really was a pleasure to meet someone with a creative mind like Matt’s and we’re really looking forward to doing some more work with him in the future.

We soar proudly into 2020 together and I look forward to seeing what adventures and emotions come with this new year, and I also look forward to sharing these adventures and goings on with my friends in In Rock. It’s crazy, for well over a decade now we’ve been getting togethers in these pages, and here we go again, another new year to share ... please be safe, be happy and I’ll see you next month here in The Lobby!

Happy New Year !!!!!!!



***Translated from Hungarian***

Exclusive! Goo Goo Dolls Comments on!

The world star band is touring Europe soon, Robby Takac just gave us an interview.

Since last year's Sziget Festival concert, more and more people know that your grandfather is of Hungarian descent. Our whole country is proud of you! Did you ever come to Hungary when you were a child, or perhaps on holiday in Hungary?

It was the first time I had traveled to Hungary. Unfortunately, it was so short that I didn't really have a chance to explore much, but from the car I saw the palaces and the wonderful architecture that I only saw in the books as a child. We were in Eastern Europe for the first time and were impressed by the reception. By the way, my parents were in Hungary when I was a child, but I think I was always sent to Grandma for a week.

What information do you have about Hungary? Have you ever heard of our famous gastronomy, do you have any favorite food?

The paprika chicken and of course the goulash I know. I quit drinking a few years ago, and since then I have been passionate about exploring different cuisines and trying out a lot of wonderful food on our European tour.

Let's talk about your childhood. You grew up in Buffalo and that is very important to you. In some interviews I have seen you help the "artistic world" of the city. This mentality is very rare. Why is this relationship so important to you in your hometown?

I think if you know and listen to your voice, this should be used to help you do the good things that influence you as you grow up. Art gave me the feeling in my childhood that I had superpower. Everyone has to find this superpower inside!

What inspired you to be a bass player first? Who was your first favorite, your role model?

I was the youngest kid in the area, so that's why the older kids who had bands put me on bass. You know, like when the smallest kid in the area is going to be a goalkeeper all the time in football .... I just accepted the post because it was a great way to hang out with the older guys (and finally meet some girls!) become.

Your new album, Miracle Pill, is a really thoughtful album for me. In my opinion, every song is musically strong and the lyrics have a deep background. What songs do you think will become cult songs from the album, like Iris, Slide or my personal favorite, Here is gone?

Cult, huh? This sounds very flattering, but it also has a karmic responsibility! In fact, we only write songs that mean something to us, and we hope they resonate with others. So I think it will be up to the audience to decide.

Johnny said in several interviews that the new album focuses on human relationships and the issues raised by social media. Who do you think will understand your message better for adults or children / teenagers? What do you think of this accelerated, materialistic world we live in?

I think things are changing so fast these days that people don't take the time to experience the beauties of everyday life. No one stops smelling the roses today. You do not necessarily need to change just because our environment is changing or struggling to keep up with others who are also doing their own thing around you in their own way.

After all of the above, I have to ask what would you change at the moment in the music industry if you had the opportunity?

I would probably try to make the music more tangible again, instead of just being digitally broadcast over the air .... When music was actually and physically present in our world, it was treated with more respect.

You're absolutely right. Let's go back to the music! I would like to ask you, with such stunning discography, which 3 songs would you choose behind you that summarize your career? After 30 years, what's the secret to renewal?

Probably our first album, Dizzy Up The Girl, and our latest album, Miracle Pill, which can give everyone a great idea of ​​where we come from, where we are and where we are! I think we need to be open to new trends, not exclude them, and boldly draw on them. John is always very active in following these musical innovations and this is a huge help in our development.

9. Last but not least, you are currently touring in the US and then going to the UK. Are you planning some concerts in Europe or are you just concentrating on summer festivals? What are your future plans for 2020?

We will come back sooooooooooooon !!!!!!!!!!

The interview was conducted by Lazár Lobó-Szalóky



Click the link to see a few video clips and don't forget to check out the pix from the show!

"The Goo Goo Dolls are about to begin the UK leg of their “Miracle Pill Tour” in February. They recently announced that they will be bringing along special guest Valeras Band. That leg of the tour will kick off on February 19 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. 
But for now, let’s talk about their show they had last night (January 29) in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in promotion of Miracle Pill.
The band played an 18-song set jam-packed with some of their best songs. The set included classics such as “Name,” “Iris” and “Slide” as well as tracks off of their latest album Miracle Pill such as “Indestructible,” “Life’s a Message” and “Autumn Leaves.”   
They opened with “Indestructible” off of their latest album and closed with one of their most popular songs “Iris.” Weaved in between these two were tons of other great career-sprawling Goo Goo Dolls tracks.   

Fans on Twitter have also been raving about last night shows and posting tons of images from it as well. One fan tweeted, “Great show last night @googoodolls at the @HardRockHolly!!!”   

There has also been talk all over Twitter and Instagram since the band released a music video for one of their newer songs “Lost” off of their Miracle Pill album. This song was not included in last night’s set so we will have to wait and see if it gets added on to their UK set." 

Make sure to check out the Goo Goo Dolls official website to get your tickets for their UK tour before they are sold out!   
Goo Goo Dolls UK Tour Dates: 
Feb 19- Glasgow, United Kingdom @ 02 Academy Glasgow
Feb 21- City Centre, United Kingdom @ Albert Hall
Feb 22- Leeds, United Kingdom @ 02 Academy Leeds
Feb 24- Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
Feb 25- Birmingham, United Kingdom @ 02 Institute 
Feb 27- London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse   

Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Goo Goo Dolls Come to Hard Rock Live
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:18 PM »

The Grammy Award Nominated Goo Goo Dolls bring their musical talents to the Hard Rock

Four-time Grammy Award-nominated, record-breaking multiplatinum rock band, Goo Goo Dolls come to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s new entertainment venue, is part of the $1.5 billion property expansion unveiled Oct. 24, 2019. The 7,000-capacity Hard Rock Live is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, in addition to clamshell-style seating giving guests unparalleled views of the performance.

Tickets cost $130, $90, $70 and $50. Tickets go on sale through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at Doors open one hour prior to show time. Additional fees may apply.

On the heels of a sold-out tour commemorating their 1998 quadruple-platinum album “Dizzy Up The Girl” as well as the more recent live albums “The Audience Is This Way” and “The Audience Is That Way (The rest of the Show) [Vol. 2],” the Goo Goo Dolls returned to the studio in late 2018. Drawing on their more than three decades together, bandmates John Rzeznik and Robby Takac delivered the band’s 12th full-length album, “Miracle Pill” in September 2019.

“Miracle Pill” serves as the next step on Rzeznik and Takac’s lifelong musical journey and features the tracks “Autumn Leaves,” “Indestructible,” “Fearless” and the smash title single “Miracle Pill.” To date, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and garnered 14 No. 1 and Top 10 hits at Hot AC. Their 1998 classic “Iris” spent 18 weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Their 1995 album “A Boy Named Goo” went double-platinum, and the band achieved gold status with both “Gutterflower” and “Let Love In.”

The Goo Goo Dolls have performed for millions at sold-out shows worldwide, and their music has also been covered by a myriad of artists from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Rzeznik also received the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.


Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome once again to The Lobby here in the pages of the mighty, mighty In Rock! Last time we spoke we were in Texas readying the band for the first leg of our latest “Miracle Pill” Tour and since then we’ve completed 22 shows in a month! The shows are in theatres all over the US, some of them newer performing arts centers and many being historic old movie/vaudeville houses built in the early 1900s. They really are beautiful rooms and have such rich history connected to them; it’s really an honor to be part of those legacies by making music in these celebrated rooms.

We’ve been hiding a “miracle pill” in a bunch of cities on the day of the show, the miracle pill (which is about the size of an iPhone) opens up, containing meet and greet passes for the show in the city that evening. It’s been a lot of fun walking around the cities in the morning and finding spots to hide the pill, we’d seek out well known landmarks, statues, notable public art pieces and recognizable places like that and find a good hiding place. Once we hid the pill we’d take a picture of the area and then we’d post an announcement and the photos to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. A couple of days I got to sit in the area and watch people searching the area for the pill, it’s kind of fun and they all surely appreciated the passes when we saw them later in the day at the meet and greet!

The tour’s gone out with2 opening bands, the fist half done by the band “The Unlikely Candidates” from Texas and the last half of the dates with Philadelphia’s “Beach Slang”. We even had some time to visit Mt Rushmore and a few other sights along the way during some short breaks in the tour! This initial fall leg of the Miracle Pill tour will be finished in a couple of days, ending in Toronto, Canada at The Queen Elizabeth Theater. I took my daughter to see her favorite Japanese band PERFUME there a while back so I’m excited to play a show in that same venue. We have a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday and then we’ll be going out to do 2 more weeks of dates featuring a bunch of radio station “Holiday Shows” around the US. When we are finished with those dates in mid December I’ll be headed home to Buffalo for the last show of 2019. I’ll get to spend some time at home for the start of the holidays, and then just like that I’m off to Japan to spend the remainder of the year in Tokyo with our friends and family in Japan!

We tend to do some adventuring while in Japan when we visit, so I’ll try to bring you along for the fun and keep you up to date on the going on in the New Year for the band as well. I hope you all have a great 2020, I’m super excited for the future and look forward to sharing further little glimpses of my life and my love of Japan with all of the readers of Robby’s Lobby as we have been doing for the past 12+ years!

Ok, off to soundcheck and a show in Atlantic City, NJ tonight … we have a video shoot coming up next week, i'll fill u in on that and more soon .... have a great New Year and I look forward to sharing 2020 with all of you!





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.

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Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby! It's been a month since we've last met up, but it seems like so much has happened in that short amount of time! I'm in San Antonio, Texas doing rehearsals for the Goo Goo Dolls upcoming US Tour to support our newest album "Miracle Pill". We've been working on some new songs for the show which will include openers The Unlikely Candidates and Beach Slang as we wind around the US until the Holidays!

When we last spoke I had just arrived in Brazil with GGDS and we began a tour of Stadiums in Brazil and Peru supporting Bon Jovi including a set at the legendary Rock in Rio. We played Recife', Curibata, Sao Paolo, Rio and then made our way to Peru with a show in Lima. The Brazilian shows were incredible, so many people singing and welcoming us for the very first time in our career to South America. The Bon Jovi band and crew couldn't have been nicer, we spent a few months with them back in the 90s traveling around the US playing arenas and it was great to see everyone again these many years later.

i must say, the food in Brazil was unreal, we had a traditional Churrascaria dinner (which is a traditional barbecue with the waiters serving meats from swords!) and enjoyed so may different types of Seafood and breads, it was a treat and i would imagine we were exposed to some of the best flavors Brazil had to offer. We spent a day filming interviews and appeared on a super fun television show with many musical acts performing in the same room together. It was chaotic, but lots of fun with so many different types of music represented. It was a very busy trip with not a lot of time to spend sightseeing in Brazil unfortunately, but we did get a chance to walk around Recife' and Sao Paolo a bit and spent a full day sightseeing in Peru!

In Peru we stayed in the Miraflores District, we got a chance to see an ancient burial mound called Huaca Pucllana and visited The Museo Largo Museum which has a huge collection of Inca and other tribal artifacts right in the heart of downtown Lima. Oh, and of course we visited a traditional market and got some nice omiage for our family back home! I got my daughter and wife knit Alpaca hair hats and an Alpaca sweater to keep them warm during the cold, cold Buffalo winter!

The trip ended with a great show in a soccer stadium in Peru, then we were hurried from the venue by a police escort to the airport and made our way home to the states. After we got back John went off to do a bit of radio promotion in the states and I went home to spend a few much needed days with my family in Buffalo. My daughter and I picked out and carved some pumpkins for Halloween, we went to one of the last Drive In movies left in my hometown (most likely one of the last in the world) and rode our bikes around, you know, that kind of stuff!

But as always, way too soon it was time to go again, before you knew it I was back on a plane heading to Texas to begin rehearsals for the upcoming GGDS tour. And here I sit writing to you .... time's flying. This tour goes on for a couple of months in cool old theaters and performing arts centers across the country. The tour finishes up with a bunch of festival style Christmas radio shows and as far as I've heard we're going to be resting through much of January as we prepare for a tour of the UK in the new year.

Oh, I should mention, I've been watching some of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on the internet from the states, I'm so happy I was able to see the ceremony from afar and witness the start of an exciting new time for Japan. My wife Miyoko, my daughter Hana and I will be back to visit and spend some holiday time with our friends in Tokyo in December/January and I'm looking forward to some Japan time! I hope you have a great month and I'll fill you in with some updates from the road next week here in the pages of The Mighty InRock !!!!!!



We are ready to sprinkle a little M&G Magic on some very lucky Goo Goo Dolls fans who have tickets to one of the 9 special shows the band are doing in December! Enter to win a Meet & Greet for one of the Holiday Shows here:


 by Daniel DeSlover

Trekking through North America in support of its 12th studio release, “Miracle Pill,” Goo Goo Dolls rolled through Madison, Wisconsin, for a sold-out performance at the historic Orpheum Theater.

Goo Goo DollsFront man Johnny Rzeznik was all smiles as the group launched into the current collection’s lead track, “Indestructible,” while bassist Robby Takac energetically kicked his foot above his head to commence the 90-minute night.

The cross-generational hit-makers kept fans on their feet for the duration of the show with the sentimental rocker “Home” and the anthemic “Slide” only fueling the fervor.

A few black balloons emerged during the start of “Black Balloon” (naturally), but by the first verse, the crowd was fully immersed as more dropped from the ceiling and remained a source of swatting through the ballad “Here Is Gone,” amongst a few others

A blast of confetti accompanied the uplifting rock anthem “So Alive,” which led the playful front man to toss on a construction safety helmet as he cleared the crowded stage with a leaf blower.

Goo Goo Dolls Following all the action, the band dialed down for an acoustic set filled with “Sympathy,” “Souls In The Machine” and the breakthrough single “Name.”

Goo Goo Dolls also stayed true to its punk-tinged roots when Takac took over the vocals for the growlers “Life’s A Message,” “Another Second Time Around” and “Bringing On The Light,” while Rzeznik displayed his grit during the pop/punker “Tattered Edge” and the bluesy “Broadway” in this career-stretching display of accessible aggression.


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 !




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:

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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.


Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Reverb: Goo Goo Dolls in Tulsa
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Reverb: Goo Goo Dolls in Tulsa
By James Adamski on November 4, 2019

The Goo Goo Dolls took the stage at the legendary Brady Theater to a packed and ecstatic Oklahoma crowd, even amidst the cold and rainy evening on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The American rock band started out in 1986 out of Buffalo, New York, and are best known for their 1998 Grammy-nominated song “Iris.”

The evening started on time with a 30-minute set by a band out of Fort Worth called The Unlikely Candidates. After a 20-minute intermission, The Goo Goo Dolls took the stage for the first time in Tulsa since a little over a year.

“This is a cool city, how did I not realize this last time I was here?” said the lead singer Johnny Rzeznik.

They played 20 songs spanning over an hour and a half, and threw in a balloon drop and two confetti blasts.

Whether you attended the show as a diehard fan or just wanting to hear “Iris,” it was a night that many may not forget until the next stop in T-Town.

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