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Grammy award-winning band Train, along with the Goo Goo Dolls, made quite a splash at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on Thursday, June 20.

Both played in support of their respective album releases: Train for their “Greatest Hits” album released in November 2018, and the Goo Goo Dolls for their upcoming studio album “Miracle Pill,” which will be released later this fall.

Despite the sparse crowd early on, R&B singer Allen Stone sang his heart out for the audience, trying to get them pumped up for what was to come. As the night progressed, more and more people began to file in for both big acts as the excitement began to build. 

When the Goo Goo Dolls took to the stage, the audience sang along to the bands’ many hits, including “Iris,” “Name” and “Slide.” To band members’ credit, guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac maintained a high-energy atmosphere throughout their set, even with their lesser-known songs. Newer tracks included “Over and Over,” ”So Alive” and the title track “Miracle Pill” from their upcoming album, which they played for the first time live.

Everything came together for the night when Train took the stage, introduced by large, blaring train horns, which were met with excited screams from the audience. They dove straight into fan-favorite songs “Save Me San Francisco” and “Cab,” much to the delight of the crowd. Several lucky fans near the stage snagged the band’s tour t-shirts thrown out by lead singer Pat Monaghan. Each member of the band was able to take turns in the spotlight during the 90-minute set, even the backup singers.

Fans went wild with the hits: “Hey Soul Sister,” “Marry Me” and “Drive By.” Later, songs ranging from the more upbeat “Play that Song” to the more thoughtful “When I Look Into the Sky” all showcased the band’s incredible library of music they have amassed over the past 20 years. In addition, Train played a few covers, such as “Under Pressure” by Queen, “Free Falling” by Tom Petty and even “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys.

Near the end in shrouded darkness, the audience waited excitedly for an encore. Much to everybody’s delight, the band ended the night with a bang, performing their song “Drops of Jupiter.”

Allen Stone, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls gave us an amazing night filled with nostalgia and pure energy that is sure to be one of the more memorable summer concerts this year.

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Still Listening
Goo Goo Dolls talk 30 years of music

by Jocelyn Murphy

For two decades, when John Rzeznik needed to write a song, the frontman for alternative rock outfit Goo Goo Dolls would lock himself in a room to write alone. That method turned out indisputable hits of the '90s and 2000s like "Name," "Slide," "Let Love In" and, of course, "Iris." But after 10 albums, some personnel (and personal) changes and a band coming up on 30 years together, the process had begun to get a bit depressing, he admits.

"You can't create in a vacuum, you know? You can't learn in a vacuum. You can't grow in a vacuum. Exposure to people who have different skills and different worldviews and different creative processes is really, really such an enjoyable thing," the lead guitarist and singer says of changing his approach for the Dolls' last album.

The 2016 release "Boxes" was Goo Goo Dolls' 11th studio release and a departure for Rzeznik in the writing department; the entire project was created in the spirit of experimentation, he shares.

"I decided that I was at a point in my life and my career where I could push the walls out," he says. "If one day I wanted to sit down with some guy who does EDM music and mess around and try to write a song with him, I could do it. I decided, 'OK, I'm not going do anything that's not fun. I'm not going to work with anybody who's going to bum me out. We're just going to have a good time, and we're going to find new people, and we're going to experiment.'"

In 2017, Train lead singer Pat Monahan expressed a similar feeling to What's Up! about his band's latest album "a girl a bottle a boat" ahead of the group's visit to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers. Now, the two music icons return to the AMP on a co-headlining tour that Rzeznik promises will be a "BIG night of big hits."

"I'm sure Pat would tell you the same thing; he and I are both sort of anomalies in the fact that we're still putting records out from our generation of music -- the class of '95 or whatever the hell you want to call it," Rzeznik muses. "From that whole situation we grew out of, the whole post-grunge thing, for us and them to still be making records and still playing big places, and having a career as long as he's had and I've had, that's pretty astounding to me."

Rzeznik promises they won't be skipping any of their biggest songs -- "I hate when bands do that" -- but he also acknowledges the excitement of the next few months. Having a single out when you start a tour is very cool, he says.

The first single for Goo Goo Dolls' forthcoming 12th studio album "Miracle Pill" just dropped on Friday, and Rzeznik says the spirit of collaboration that started with "Boxes" continued through the new album, making it all the more joyful.

"As long as you let go of your ego when you walk in the room and you're not too precious about your ideas being shot down," he adds with a laugh. "Because sometimes your ideas suck. Sometimes my ideas suck! There's no way around it. Just because they came out of my precious little brain doesn't mean they're good stuff. So it's nice to have somebody go, 'Hmm, that line's a real dog. Let's try something else.'"

Sometimes, though, those ideas really are like lightning in a bottle, Rzeznik admits. In a different time, a different place, the megahits he churned out with his pen to a yellow legal pad might never have happened. Getting to the point he and Monahan have reached in their careers, he says, requires surrounding oneself with really good people, some luck and really, really hard work.

"It's gone from the Wright Brothers to landing on the moon. That's how different it is," he adds of how the industry has changed with technology and the internet since the band formed. "And we were really lucky because the one thing the internet can't do is re-create that experience of seeing something live.

"I think it's something that's primal in people; I think they like to gather in groups with a common purpose. It's a very sort of tribal thing. People love to come out and see live music. And that really kept this band going for a long time until we got some of the modern world of the future under control. I mean, it's still the Wild West. And music changes. Tastes change. People change. So you keep going as long as you can, and hopefully you say something legitimate enough that people still listen."


On a warm summer night in Mountain View, thousands of fans flooded into the spacious Shoreline Amphitheatre. After a passionate opening performance by “American Idol”-featured R&B singer Allen Stone, the real show began — members of Goo Goo Dolls ran onstage ready to awaken the somewhat snoozy audience.

The band opened with “Stay With You,” a fast-paced, energetic love song, with vocalist and bassist Robby Takac eager to get the crowd’s blood pumping. His efforts to engage the audience — skipping around the stage and bopping his head passionately — balanced out guitarist John Rzeznik’s composed disposition.

Goo Goo Dolls wasn’t afraid to keep the show light-hearted — “I’m sorry for the people who showed up late, because they won’t get to see Robby play without his pants on,” Rzeznik joked at one point. Later on, the band kept audience members sitting in the most distant seats included by calling to them, “Are you back there?” Adding to the playfulness of the show, several black balloons, which cheerful audience members bounced between one another, were released during “Black Balloon.”

However, the group later inspired a melancholy mood when Rzeznik introduced “Sympathy” as a song about being “too afraid to live and too afraid to die.” The emotional vulnerability and intent behind the song was felt by all. Another mournful highlight of the night was the group’s performance of “Here is Gone,” sung by Rzeznik, whose range of vocals filled the soul with nostalgia and heartache.

In Takac’s first song of the night on vocals, “Free of Me,” the singer never stopped smiling, jumping up and down and kicking the air like a child high on a sugar rush. His raspy, high-pitched vocals had less of an impact than Rzeznik’s, but Tacak was certainly fun to watch onstage. He prompted the audience to clap and sing along to the upbeat tune of “So Alive,” leading Rzeznik to say, “There are no shy people in this audience.”

Rzeznik later told the story of how he spontaneously came up with one of the Goo Goo Doll’s most poetic songs, “Name”: It came to him, he said, while sitting on his “dirty, garbage-packed sofa” back when he and Tacak used to throw parties in their attic. In a clash of visuals and songs, the two singers came together and dramatically strummed their guitars as a large green disco ball spun behind them.

The band treated the audience to “Miracle Pill” off of an upcoming unreleased album. The cut has a refreshing new sound for the band, with abruptly spoken lyrics, blunt keyboard notes and steady drumming that contrasted with drawn-out melodies. The song and visuals of red lights and pills scattered across the screen made for an exciting introduction to the album, which promises to be something fans can look forward to.

The band’s most adored song, “Iris,” is what ultimately got everyone on their feet and singing in unison. As Rzeznik prompted the audience to sing, the noise grew increasingly louder. Voices of all ages blended into one and filled the amphitheater with the unity of strangers coming together over love and nostalgia for this music. Golden sparks shimmered across the stage as couples swayed to their favorite 1998 hit.

The band that followed was Train, led by vocalist Patrick Monahan, whose sound complemented that of Goo Goo Dolls well. During Train’s set, Stone and Rzeznik each joined Monahan on the stage one last time, and with that, a satisfied crowd and a wholesome night was brought to an end.

During the night, Goo Goo Dolls and an audience looking to reminisce and support its favorite artists came together. Although the nostalgic night sped by, the concert will likely long be remembered by those who showed up, laughed, cried and sang along with the songs from their past.

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By TV News Desk

Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls have unveiled their new single "Miracle Pill" today via Warner Records. The track will be featured on the band's brand new album also titled Miracle Pill, which is set to be released this fall. Underscored by hummable piano, sweeping guitars, and a swaggering rhythm, the track sees lead singer John Rzeznik cleverly skewer the instant gratification generation with a chantable chorus and a message that goes down easier than anything from the pharmacy.

"Miracle Pill" is a metaphor for the instant gratification and relief we seek from our own circumstances," Rzeznik comments about both the song and record. "Are your sad? Take a pill. Are you lonely? Get popular on social media. The fact of the matter is no one has 50 friends much less 5,000. I'm just trying to articulate my observations of the second decade of the 21st Century, with all its angst, avarice, confusion and insecurities. We are inundated by bulls, cheap shiny objects, and false solutions to every problem and desire we have. I have no answers to these questions but I don't believe hero worship, life hacks, short cuts and escapism are the answers. I just want to make a real connection with real people in real time."

The run will make numerous stops at outdoor venues across North America this summer before concluding on August 17, 2019 in Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center. Goo Goo Dolls will then embark on several South American tour dates this fall, including a highly anticipated appearance at the iconic music festival Rock in Rio on September 29th, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro. For more information and a complete list of tour dates, please see below or visit

2019 Tour Dates

June 21st - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*
June 22nd - Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
June 23rd - Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
June 25th - Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Council Bluffs - Stir Cove*
June 26th - Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
June 28th - Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 29th - Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion*
July 6th - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre*
July 7th - Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
July 9th - Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
July 10th - Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park*
July 12th - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion*
July 13th - Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater*
July 14th - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach*
July 16th - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
July 18th - Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam*
July 20th - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
July 21st - Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 23rd - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 24th - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 26th - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 27th - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 28th - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion*
July 30th - Bangor, ME @ Darling's Waterfront Park Pavilion*
August 1st - Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
August 2nd - Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center*
August 3rd - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
August 5th - Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Amphitheatre*
August 6th - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest*
August 7th - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
August 9th - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*
August 10th - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion*
August 11th - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
August 14th - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
August 16th - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*
August 17th - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
September 22nd - Recife, Brazil @ Estádio do Arruda
September 25th - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
September 27th - Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
September 29th - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock in Rio 2019
October 2nd - Lima, Peru @ Estadio Monumental

*Co-headlining dates with Train

By Fatima Kelley

Alt-rock stalwarts Goo Goo Dolls dizzied up to Chula Vista's North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre recently with a career-spanning set of hit after hit.

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Ridgefield Washington’s Sunlight Supply Amphitheater was the place to be last Saturday, if you wanted to see a big production rock show anyway. In town were Allen Stone, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Train in what will most likely be one of the biggest tours making the rounds this summer. Ridgefield was the second night of the tour, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see these guys before the lights go out.

Allen Stone kicked things off as people were still putting butts down in the nearly packed amphitheater. Mr. Stone and his band played six songs including a cover of the Bob Marley classic Is This Love.

The Goo Goo Dolls, coming off a very successful Dizzy Up The Girl anniversary tour took the stage next. They played a full suite of the songs we all fell in love with over the years, opening with Stay With You and closing with Broadway. The Goo Goo Dolls played sixteen songs when all was said and done. During their set, the Goo Goo Dolls premiered a new single titled Miracle Pill from their upcoming album of the same name. It’s a catchy tune with a rhythmic keyboard back beat. It’ll be interesting to hear what the Goo Goo Dolls have up their sleeves with this new album for sure.

Train closed out the night in Ridgefield, opening with Drive By. By the way, the production on this tour is incredible. LED panels line the entire back of the stage and climb all the way to the top of the venue. Spectacular imagery throughout the show provide a great visual to accompany the performances. Train’s setlist didn’t have any big surprises, but they did perform a cover of Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty, for which, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Rzeznik joined them on stage. Closing out their eighteen song set, Drops Of Jupiter, the final song of their two song encore.

Allen Stone, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Train are playing amphitheatres nationwide so be sure to get out and get your seats!

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By Editor

It was a warm clear night in Mountain View yesterday, which would only get hotter once the headliners for the evening hit the stage. The Goo Goo Dolls and Train. Two cultural icons from the 90s on one bill. I’m pretty certain you couldn’t have found two bands that more perfectly complimented each other. Both with charismatic strong singers, catchy melodies and huge anthemic choruses. Each with a unique sound, one that weaved the tapestry of modern music for decades.

The Goo Goos were first to bat and came on strong. They kicked things off with the mega-hit “Stay With You,” which had the crowd on their feet quickly and yearning for more. “Big Machine” quickly followed suit and lit up the stage. But it wasn’t until “Iris,” that fan enthusiasm crescendoed. The iconic song is one of those timeless gems that never gets old and showcases the unique chemistry between Johnny Rzeznik and his brother in arms, Robby Takac. It’s a connection that you feel the moment these two hit the stage and judging by their warm smiles seen throughout the set, not one likely to fade away.

Train was up next and quickly jumped into “Calling All Angels.” Pat Monahan looked great sporting a casual combo of black jeans, white T-shirt and jean jacket. Already an already impeccable vocalist, the years on the road both leading up to his fame as well as after, have turned the charming frontman into a seasoned performer. He was confident, funny and friendly. For someone of his stature, his humility onstage felt refreshing and genuine.

Of course, they need to perform “Save Me San Francisco,” because not only was this a hometown show for the band that’s originally from Petaluma, but their current guitarist is a San Jose native. They did it brilliantly and made the Bay Area proud to call them one of their own.

Highlights of the show for me included a mesmerizing medley of Tom Petty covers for which Monahan brought out Johnny Rzeznik as well as duet version of “Bruises” with Allen Stone on guest vocals. What more can be said? The show is non-stop fun from beginning to end and a must-see from these two bands that have orchestrated the soundtrack for so many of our lives.

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / AZ Central - Phoenix Show Review
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:00 PM »
Train took a victory lap in hit-filled Phoenix show but Goo Goo Dolls brought better songs
Ashley Naftule, Special for the Republic

To paraphrase an old PSA: “It’s 7 p.m. Do you know where your mothers are?”

If you live in the state of Arizona, there’s a good chance your mom was at Ak-Chin Pavilion Wednesday night to see Train and the Goo Goo Dolls. The huge crowd waiting to get in the venue was primarily composed of women ages 30 and up, most of whom seemed very eager to get inside, down some fishbowl cocktails and go ham when “Meet Virginia” dropped.

It was a turnout that made both Live Nation and the Valley’s babysitters very happy.

The prospect of seeing an outdoor show on a particularly brutal June day, with daytime temperatures pushing well-past 110, didn’t keep fans of late 90’s-early Oughts adult contemporary jams from coming out in full force. And truth be told, while getting into and leaving Ak-Chin can be an absolute nightmare, it really is the best outdoor venue for a summer show. The shade structure that wrapped around the auditorium and the fans whirring overhead at full blast kept us all cool for a night of lukewarm bops.

I made my way to my seat as opener Allen Stone warmed up the audience with some blue-eyed soul. Nothing too interesting or off-putting – just an agreeable set of vamps and riffs that could just as easily inspire tuning out or turning up. The perfect opening act for what should have been called The Monsters of White Wine Rock Tour. The most memorable moment of Stone’s throwback R&B set was when he gave a shout-out to the pizza girl selling food in the aisles. When all else fails, you can always elicit a reaction from people by shouting “Pizza _____!”.

Who were the headliners?

Waiting for the headliners to come on, I wondered who would go on first. The Goo Goo Dolls seemed like the bigger act: Had any Train song penetrated the popular consciousness to the degree that “Iris” did? More importantly: The Dolls seemed more worthy of the prestige of a closing spot. They actually have a handful of great tunes to their name. Train, on the other hand, have far more hits and 100% ZERO good songs. The Goo Goo Dolls are like an In-N-Out style restaurant that can do a few things really well; Train are a conveyor belt sushi joint where all the fish is guaranteed to give you mercury poisoning.

Granted, I’m biased: I was in high school when “Iris” blew up. It was an inescapable song — romantic and grand and just a little bit overbearing. But Johnny Rzeznik’s voice has just enough grit and grain in it to anchor the song and keep it from going the Full Diane Warren. On songs like “Name” and “Black Balloon,” he croons and rasps like he’s some Bizarro Paul Westerberg from an alternate dimension where he traded in writing Replacements anthems for composing prom make-out music. I never went to prom or made out to a Goo Goo Dolls song, but their music seems like it’d be the perfect soundtrack for snogging someone beneath a spinning disco ball in a dark room surrounded by other awkward kids trying not to step on each other’s feet.

Perhaps if “Hey Soul Sister” was the jam in my high school days, I would have given Train the same nostalgia-driven benefit of the doubt I give the Goo Goo Dolls. But I was fortunate to grow up in a world that hadn’t been cursed yet with the horror that is “Hey Soul Sister,” so I don’t have to.

As with most things, my theory on who would go first was wrong: The Goo Goo Dolls opened for Train. They started their set with “Stay With You,” Rzeznik crooning at the mic while bassist Robby Takac ran across the stage doing bare-foot kicks like a hyper kid at karate class who’s off his Ritalin. It’s a dynamic that informed their whole set: Rzeznik the composed, cool older brother figure to Takac’s spazzy, punky sibling. Honestly, it was kind of a gas to see how amped Takac was. He furiously headbanged to tunes like “Name” as though they were playing Bad Brains. Every MOR band should have one band member who treats every set like it’s a hardcore show; Imagine how much more fun Matchbox 20 shows would be if you knew there was a chance that the drummer might start a mosh pit in the middle of “3AM.”

The vocals were a bit spotty throughout the show. Rzeznik’s voice seemed to be in fine form, but he often turned his face away from the mic and lines would get cut off mid-song. But the audience didn’t seem to care, and why would they? The band was generous with the hits, raining down black balloons on the crowd for (you guessed it) “Black Balloon,” strumming energetically through “Slide,” and closing things down with a surprisingly raucous rendition of “Broadway.”

While the songs were good, the show itself was a mixed bag. The crowd’s energy died every time the Dolls played something that wasn’t off of "Dizzy Up the Girl" or "A Boy Named Good." Takac tried to rouse the crowd during the two numbers he sang, but you could tell that the audience was waiting for the next hit. Projections ran behind the band to give their performance some dynamic visuals, but it often seemed like the images were at odds with the music (like a neon green disco ball for the tender, wrenching “Name”?!). And while Rzeznik and Takac were charming figures, they seemed ill at ease onstage — like after all this time, they still haven’t quite accepted their status as hitmakers.

The bells and whistles

None of that uneasiness was on display for Train’s set. Frontman Patrick Monahan strolled onstage with a wide grin, clearly in his element. Dressed in flowing whites, he looked more like a life coach than a rock star. Watching him and the rest of his band work, I saw why they were the closing act: While Train will never write a song as good as “Name,” they play all their songs as though they were THAT good. It’s like Kim Gordon said: “People pay money to watch others believe in themselves.”

They also used all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a Big Show: pyro, confetti blasts, crowd-pleasing covers (“Empire State of Mind”), even a special guest performance (bringing on Rzeznik to sing Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty” with Monahan). Train even found a clever way to do the “Which side is the loudest” crowd work game by having Monahan hold up a film camera and pan it across each section of the crowd so people could watch themselves screaming and howling with delight on the jumbo screens flanking the stage.

This is why Train were the closers: They knew how to play the game. They understand the mechanics of arena shows to a T. It was such a well done show that I almost forgot how bad their music is. Almost.

Some bands reveal hidden depths and nuances to their sound live. Train isn’t one of those bands. Listening to songs like  “Calling All Angels” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” live, I was struck by how hollow they sounded. Train makes music that sounds like it’s simultaneously pitched at every possible demographic: Inspirational enough to be Christian rock, rootsy enough to be country, just enough guitar to rock, and even faint hints of rap in Monahan’s delivery to satisfy people who think “Rapper’s Delight” knocks a little too hard. It's music engineered to be liked by everyone, loved by no one.

Leaving the Pavilion with the throngs of buzzed, happy audience members (some of whom I could overhear were fretting that they spent their babysitter money at the bar), I kept thinking about a brief moment that happened towards the end of the Dolls’ set. Right after the bridge on “Name,” as the music quiets down to a brief moment of silence before the final verse, Rzeznik stopped playing and stood in that quiet patch. The audience clapped and hooted. Rzeznik raised his hand slightly, like a gentle shush, and smiled. “I’m going to milk this moment,” he said. And he and the band stood there, breathing in this moment of adulation like they needed it.

There were no moments like that in Train’s set, no vulnerabilities to bare, no naked hunger on display. It was a victory lap. That’s why my heart will always belong to the Goo Goo Dolls of the world: I have a soft spot for the losers of the world.

Listen to a few of their songs and you’ll hear that they do, too.

By Dave Gil de Rubio Special to the Daily Herald

The Goo Goo Dolls may have established a comfortable niche as a well-respected rock band with pop leanings reflected by the 12 million albums they’ve sold worldwide and much-loved hit singles like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name.” But as far as founding member/lead vocalist John Rzeznik is concerned, they’re never too far from their West New York roots.

This blue collar mentality continues to be the guiding moral compass for Rzeznik and longtime friend/bassist Robby Takac.

“We’re from Buffalo and we always carried that pride of the hometown that we’re from — and we still do,” Rzeznik said.

With the band ready to hit the road with fellow alt-pop outfit Train — including a stop Tuesday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City — the Goos are preparing to also introduce fans to material from their forthcoming 12th studio outing, “Miracle Pill.” It’s a collection of songs Rzeznik was working on just as he and Takac were coming off the road from a string of fall dates last year celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Dizzy Up the Girl,” the band’s sixth studio album.

“I was already writing songs and collecting material for the record. The title and concept for the album just came to me at once. It hadn’t happened to me in a long time, but I just got hit over the head for “Miracle Pill,” Rzeznik recalled. “It was sort of a metaphor for the instant gratification. Are you sad? Take a pill. That’s sort of the culture that we live in. Are you fat? Take a pill. Everybody is looking for some easy, short-cut way to find happiness and fulfillment and there just isn’t. But it’s work. It sucks, it’s hard and it’s consistent. I’ve been working out with this trainer and he said if I can be 70 percent consistently, then I’m going to be further ahead than if I’m 100 percent once in a while. There’s a line in ‘Miracle Pill’ where this guy asks this girl if she can be his miracle pill and I can be somebody else/I’m so sick of living inside of myself. It’s like trying to find something external that will cure you. And we all know that it’s an inside job.”

In hitting the road with Train, Rzeznik admits that beyond the new album’s title cut, he and Takac are going to give fans just what they want — well-loved gems from the Goo canon. It’s even more important to do that given how long the duo have wanted to go on the road with Train.

“We’re going to play the new single when we go out. I don’t know how many other songs we’re going to play from the new album, at least this summer. Because we’re out with Train. You’ve got to play all the hits, when you’re out with a band like that. ‘C’mon, Monahan, try writing a crap song or a B-side once in a while,’ ” Rzeznik said with a laugh, referencing Train singer Pat Monahan. “We’re out there playing all the hits. We’ve got a really bitchin’ light show, and we’ve been getting ready for this one. We all had to get back into fighting shape for this tour. It’s going to be a lot of fun, man. I’m really looking forward to it.”

While most music fans might think of the Goo Goo Dolls as being a ‘90s alt-pop band, thanks to some of those aforementioned hits, the Goos were actually looked at as Replacements Lite (that band’s Paul Westerberg co-wrote the 1993 single “We Are the Normal” off that year’s Goo Goo Dolls album, “Superstar Car Wash”) and were actually college radio staples up through the early 1990s. The first decade of the Goo Goo Dolls’ existence found them sharing bills with the aforementioned Replacements, Gun Club, Cannibal Corpse and a pre-commercial breakthrough Soul Asylum. And while fame eventually came knocking, Rzeznik and Takac were quick to heed the word of an early advisor.

“The first little bit of money that we made, was kind of weird. Robby and I literally had nothing. We had a roommate, so there was three of us living together in an attic in Buffalo. We had nothing. All of a sudden you get this check in the mail and it’s more money than my dad made in like 10 years,” Rzeznik recalled. “Then our manager scooped us up and said, ‘Listen. This ain’t gonna last forever. Put the money away, pretend it doesn’t exist, keep your head down and keep working. Forget about being a rock star. Just keep working.’ That stuck with me. Then there was the rule of (investing) — don’t buy a bar. Don’t buy a restaurant. Don’t buy a Ferrari. We’ve been going for 25 years making a living doing this. This has been my job for 25 years, with no other job. For the 10 years before that, I’d play in the band and be a bartender. I’d play in the band and Robby was a DJ. We always had odd jobs we had to do when we came home. I was very blessed because the local punk rock club owner would always have my job waiting for me when I came home from a tour. It was really a blessing and he was so proud of us that we were getting out there.”

For the immediate future, the Goo Goo Dolls will be heading down to South America with Bon Jovi after wrapping up their summer jaunt with Train. And while Rzeznik may have tasted multi-platinum success, he’s still grateful for previously untapped opportunities the Goo Goo Dolls are still getting to experience.

“Going to South America with Bon Jovi is so exciting to me. I can’t believe Jon asked us to open for them. We’re doing Rock in Rio, then we’re going to Peru. We’ve never played down there,” he said. “The last time we toured and opened for those guys, they were so good to us, man. It was a cool scene. I’ve got to say that Jon is doing us a real solid because he’s helping us break open a new market that we’ve never been to.”

By Kimberly Lusk
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Northern Quest kicked off its outdoor summer concert season Sunday night with Train and Goo Goo Dolls.

The bands also had just kicked off their co-headlining summer tour. Sunday’s show was their third stop – and their third stop in Washington. From the looks of it, everyone is enjoying themselves.

Goo Goo Dolls opened the show with “Stay With You.” And as John Rzeznik had promised in an interview with The Spokesman-Review before the show, the band filled its set with hits from its three-decade career, a few lesser known songs and a dash of new material.

“Big Machine” was followed by “Slide,” which brought cheers from the audience and Rzeznik encouraged everyone to sing along.

Though the weather was nearly perfect (mostly overcast and in the 60s) for an early June outdoor concert, it was too bright for the audience to get the full effect of the lighting – and too breezy for the fog machines to keep up. A few songs in, when “Black Balloon” started and large black balloons were released into the crowd, the breeze carried them to the side, many ending up over the wall of the concert area before the song was over.

Still, as Goo Goo Dolls’ set continued, the crowd became more engaged. Rzeznik got the crowd going with a call and response during “So Alive.” He followed that up by introducing the band’s first song played on the radio.

“It’s amazing how a little success can ruin everything,” he said. “But we managed to hang on, and we get to be with you tonight. Thank you all for that.”

Then it was just Rzeznik and his guitar for the first verse of “Name,” with the rest of the band joining in.

“Name” was followed by “Come to Me.” Then Goo Goo Dolls introduced “Miracle Pill,” a song from an album set to be released later this year, with Rzeznik asking the crowd to “pretend you know it.”

As he had earlier in the night on “Free of Me,” bassist Robby Takac took over vocals for “Bringing on the Light.” Rzeznik followed with “Over and Over.”

“Tonight is perfect,” Rzeznik told the crowd. “The world is crazy, but this space is awesome. We gotta stick together.” He then launched into “Better Days.”

Goo Goo Dolls finished in crowd-pleasing style with “Iris” and “Broadway.”

After about a 30-minute break to switch the stage over, sounds of a locomotive, plus video and bright lights, brought everyone to attention. With that, Patrick Monahan and Train launched into “Calling All Angels,” with oversized sparklers shooting up from the stage and a call-out to Washington.

Fortunately, the sun had set, so the lights and video screens could make their full impact. That came into to play right away on “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” with video of a mariachi-style brass section filling in those parts for the song.

Train kept knocking out the hits, with “Get to Me” and “If It’s Love.” Monahan, promising to throw in some weird stuff during the night, seemed happy and relaxed, dancing and walking around the stage while singing. He attempted to ask the crowd if he should be referring to the concert location as Airway Heights or Spokane, but settled on Washington instead. “Washington feels good,” he said.

Rapper Travie McCoy made an appearance via the video screens (and a faux FaceTime call) for “Call Me Sir.”

For “Save Me, San Francisco,” balloons – this time white – were released again. The breeze had died down enough that the crowd was able to keep them bouncing around, with one lasting to the next song, “Cab.”

Instead of relying on the video screen for Ashley Monroe’s part on “Bruises,” Monahan welcomed Spokane singer Sedona to the stage, saying “She’s going to be a big star.” It’s a part Sedona has sung before, including at Train’s Northern Quest show last summer.

“Drink Up” was followed by the band’s first hit, “Meet Virginia.” After the guitar solo, Monahan introduced Luis Maldonado as being from Spokane, a statement that is unlikely to be true. “I thought for sure he would give you a better solo than that. Shall we give him a second chance?”

With that, Maldonado took off again on an extended solo. Meanwhile, Monahan was tossing Train T-shirts into the crowd, including one that he had put on and had everyone in the band sign.

Next, Monahan said it was time for some sentimental songs before getting back to the hits. The band played “When I Look to the Sky,” then Monahan played guitar on “Marry Me.” “I wrote this song in Sammamish, Washington, about 10 years ago,” he said. “I still can’t play it very well on guitar, but here goes.”

Rzeznik came back to the stage for a rousing cover of Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.” Then, it was back to Train, with “Drive By,” “Angel in Blue Jeans” and “Sing Together.”

Monahan mixed in some hip-hop on “Hey, Soul Sister,” then finished the set with “Play That Song.”

It was a very short break, though, before the band came back out with “Great Escape.” They closed the night with more pyrotechnics and “Drops of Jupiter,” which brought cheers from the crowd.

“Washington, can you feel love love out there?” Monahan asked, drawing more cheers, before later adding, “So much better than California.”

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By Azaria Podplesky

With mere days to go before the opening date of the band’s co-headlining tour with Train (Friday at the White River Amphitheatre east of Tacoma), Goo Goo Dolls lead singer/guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac were in Seattle putting the finishing touches on the stage show and squeezing in a few last-minute rehearsals.

“Making sure everything is solidifying,” Rzeznik said in a phone interview. “We want to make sure it’s right.”

The co-headlining tour brings the Goo Goo Dolls and Train to Northern Quest Resort and Casino on Sunday and takes both bands, plus Chewelah’s Allen Stone, who won’t be at this Northern Quest show, all over the U.S. this summer.

According to Rzeznik, it was only a matter of time before the Goo Goo Dolls and Train toured together.

Over the course of both bands’ careers, they’d appeared at the same festivals and done a show together here and there but never anything official.

“We have friends in common that have always said ‘You guys should tour together. You guys should do some work together,’ ” Rzeznik said. “And then finally everything lined up. (Train lead singer Pat Monahan) was free and we were free so it was time.”

The Goo Goo Dolls announced this summer run of dates near the end of its 2018 fall tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which features hits like “Slide,” “Black Balloon” and “Iris,” the latter of which appeared on the “City of Angels” soundtrack and earned the band three Grammy nominations.

Rzeznik and Takac still (and will likely always) play songs off “Dizzy Up the Girl” live, but Rzeznik found the tour to be a good chance to put the album away for the time being and set his sights on a new Goo Goo Dolls record.

“The second we got done with that tour, I started writing the new album,” he said. “I started working on the new album. Very motivated after that tour to have new material.”

The band released “Boxes,” its 11th studio album, in 2016 followed by the “You Should Be Happy” EP in 2017 and live albums “The Audience Is This Way” and “The Audience Is That Way (The Rest of the Show)” in 2018.

When he began to write the new album, Rzeznik found himself inspired by several themes: connection, confusion, clarity, love, hope.

On the band’s upcoming single, “Miracle Pill,” for example, Rzeznik played with the idea of taking a pill in search of instant gratification.

The song, which will be released in the near future, is about a man who is looking for a shortcut out of his own life instead of putting in the work to change what he doesn’t like.

“We’re always looking for this external cure of who we are and what we are and what we don’t like about ourselves,” he said. “And at a certain point in life, you have to accept certain things and there is no miracle pill …

“Really being happy is an inside job. Nothing in the outside world is ever going to fix me. Whatever falls into place is meant to fall into place and whatever doesn’t fall in place, I have had to learn to accept. I don’t have to like it, but I do have to accept it.”

Rzeznik and Takac recorded the album earlier this year. The two write separately and then come together in the studio, where Rzeznik said the songs they’ve been working on individually go “through the filter of what he and I do together.”

“When it comes out the other side, sometimes it’s surprising how little it resembles what it started as,” he said with a laugh. “Sometimes it’s not such a fun surprise but you keep the good stuff and put the bad stuff in a drawer.”

Rzeznik estimates the new album will be released sometime in September.

In the meantime, he’s looking forward to playing a new song or two during this summer tour with Train, though he does call introducing new music to fans a “dangerous proposition” because he’s never sure how they’re going to react.

He’s pretty sure they’re going to like “Miracle Pill,” but even still, he’s developed a top tip for adding new music to a setlist.

“One of the things I’ve learned is you have to put the new song in between two songs people know very well and that way you get a hit sandwich and put the single right in the middle and then people don’t even realize it,” he said with a laugh.

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May 13, 2019 / Pepsi Center

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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 .

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