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Check out the brand new lyric video for the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Money, Fame & Fortune” from the upcoming album “Miracle Pill”!

The Goo Goo Dolls will be at Riverbend Music Center on July 24

by Danielle Cain

The Goo Goo Dolls are coming to Riverbend Music Center next week on July 24 at 7:00pm for their summer tour with Train! We had a chance to chat with lead singer John Rzeznik about touring, their new single and what he likes about Cincinnati.

Q: How is the tour going so far?

A: The tour’s been going great! We’ve been having a good time with Train. The crowd has been amazing—it’s like a big sing-along every night. Everybody knows every song! Well, almost every song…

Q: Right, your new single! You’ve said “Miracle Pill” is about instant gratification and quick fixes. Do you have concerns about young people coming of age in this environment?

A: Yeah, I think that their living standard is going to be lower when they grow up. The 18-to-20 year-old kids that I know are amazing. They seem less surly than my generation, the Gen Xs, when we were that age. I think they’re more conscientious of the world. But I also think that they’re lonely and isolated in many ways. And I believe live music is one of the ways you can keep and strengthen human connections.

Q: What can we expect from the other tracks on the upcoming album?

A: There’s really only one sort of ballad on the album, so it’s kind of up-tempo. They’re just songs about being human. It’s fragile, it’s beautiful, it’s terrifying. Those are all things you have to face and cope with everyday, but also enjoy.

Q: Do you enjoy that fans bring black balloons to your concerts?

A: Yeah, they should start bringing bigger black balloons! We always blow up a bunch of beach ball-sized ones, and I like that. Except that one will hit me in the face once in a while. I won’t see it coming because there’s a spotlight in my face, and bonk!

Q: You’ve been to Cincinnati a few times (Rzeznik says it’s been over 150 times!), do you have time on tour to enjoy any of the city?

A: I think we have a day off. I’m not sure! But if I do have a day off I’ll go cruising around. There’s some really great architecture in Cincinnati! And when you go across the bridge, to Covington, that’s a cool area. There are a lot of cool things to do there. I love that building downtown, the Carew Tower. There’s something about it. That building’s got a good soul to it.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

A: The single is out and you can get it anywhere on the internet! The full album comes out in September, and we’re going to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in August. Come on out and see the show, man!


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by Bryan Kress

Definitive alt rock duo Goo Goo Dolls have a bright idea to solve what’s ailing modern society in the paint-splattered visual for their latest single “Miracle Pill," premiering exclusively on Billboard today (July 16).

Directed by Ed Gregory and Dan Cooper, the visual finds frontman-singer John Rzeznik and Goos co-founder and bassist Robby Takac in a sensory-deprived void that reflects the song’s meditation on instant gratification and human connection. The band tempts the white room’s equilibrium with a few spills of paint before willfully descending into unrestrained colorful chaos. With a chance to take it all back during the song’s pivotal bridge, the band makes a decisive choice and leaves a lasting impression with their unmatched swagger.

The visual brings the song’s lyrical and sonic contrast to life as the deeper message of the resonant romp is animated by a clash of dull white and bountiful brightness.

“We wanted to do something vividly colorful and chaotic, and I think we achieved our objective,” Rzeznik tells Billboard.

With a vibrant pairing of lyrics and visual, the band illustrates their ability as a rock force to paint with the whole spectrum.

“Miracle Pill” is the titular track from the band’s upcoming twelfth album, expected to release in the fall via Warner Records. The band is currently on a co-headlining tour with Train and will follow the summer tour with select dates in South America starting in September. More information can be found on their website here.

Check out the visual for “Miracle Pill” below.

Goo Goo Dolls’ “Miracle Pill” Ranks As Hot AC Radio’s Most Added Song

“Miracle Pill” tops this week’s hot adult contemporary add board.

By Brian Cantor

The new Goo Goo Dolls single received a healthy amount of support in conjunction with this week’s hot adult contemporary radio impact.

Picked up by 19 Mediabase-monitored Hot AC stations, “Miracle Pill” ranks as the format’s most added song.

Jonas Brothers’ “Only Human” narrowly follows in second place. The new “Happiness Begins” single landed at 18 new stations.

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” follows in third with 17 pickups, while an add count of 14 slots Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD’s “Hate Me” in fourth.

X Ambassadors’ “Hold You Down,” which landed at 9 stations, takes fifth place on this week’s add board.

This week’s other notable Hot AC options: Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People (featuring Khalid)” (6th-most, tie), Rob Thomas’ “Can’t Help Me Now” (6th-most, tie), Billie Eilish’s “bad guy” (8th-most), MAX’s “Love Me Less (featuring Quinn XCII)” (9th-most, tie) and Khalid’s “Talk” (9th-most, tie).

On this episode of the AG Podcast, Annie and Gen talk about a few concert don’ts, your chance at a pair of Meet & Greets to an upcoming Goo show, and tease a big announcement.

BlastEcho takes bassist Robby Takac on a rollicking 30-plus year journey and he comes away mostly unscathed

By blastecho

Some music artists have released literally hundreds of songs over the years, to say nothing of the ones deemed too garbage-y to release. BlastEcho wondered if those involved in recording so many songs could remember them all. Enter Rockers’ Block.

For each Rockers’ Block contestant, we play five random songs from their catalog each song from the beginning to see how long it takes for them to guess (well, maybe guess isn’t the right word) the correct song. Then once they do (hopefully), they talk a bit about the song.

Goo Goo Dolls have sold God-knows-how-many-million records, but it took the Buffalo band nearly a decade to become an overnight sensation. Since 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, the group have been virtual radio staples with way too many hits to mention here (and now “Here is Gone”). That said, only diehard fans know the band had four full-length albums to their credit before they had a “Name,” the first two which sound virtually nothing like what’s they’re doing now. If, for example, Jed and “Iris” were incarnate, they wouldn’t want anything to do with each other.

Songs from three of their pre-fame era of albums are featured in this edition of Rockers’ Block, starring founding member/bassist Robby Takac. Let’s hear how good Takac’s is:

Train, the Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone roll into West Palm Beach’s Coral Sky Amphitheatre!
June 6th, 2019

By Janice Konigsberg

On Saturday evening the Goo Goo Dolls and Train along with opening act Allen Stone performed what really can best be described as uplifting music all night long. There was just so much positivity and high energy that fans seemed to be infected frozen smiles everywhere.

Allen Stone kicked things off with a soulful performance that even had a fun choreographed dance routine during part of one of his songs. The fast-rising R&B band was definitely welcoming for the early arrivals at the show. However, chart-toppers the Goo Goo Dolls really ramped things up when they took the stage with their extensive catalogue of hits including: Iris, Slide, Sympathy, Stay With You, Big Machine, Slide, Rebel Beat, Here Is Gone, Black Balloon, So Alive, Name and Over and Over.

Their set began with the anthem Stay With You, which had the now completely filled amphitheatre and fully crowded lawn section cheering, dancing and singing along with every lyric. But, as much as frontman Johnny Rzeznik led the crowd on the ultimate sing-a-longs, bassist/vocalist Robby Takac took it up a notch with uncanny enthusiasm running, dancing and jumping all over the stage. Between the two, they’ve been performing together for more than 30 years. Yet, the pair’s theatrics weren’t alone. As a treat to those in attendance, when Black Balloon began, you guessed it, black balloons were released out into the gleeful audience and batted back and forth to the music.  As one concert goer, Jennifer, said to me online while waiting for the restroom during the band change/intermission, “They (Goo Goo Dolls) are the quintessential 90’s band, totally reminds me of my youth!”

After the super brief intermission, Train was next. Lead vocalist Patrick Monahan, bass/vocalist Hector Maldonado, guitarist Luis Maldonado, keyboard/guitarist Jerry Becker and backup vocalists Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston appeared on the stage, amid the sounds of a locomotive train horn blowing along with video and bright lights. The loud visuals immediately woke the crowd back up and not wasting any time, the band jumped right into heir monstrous hit Calling All Angels. Throughout their performance, an array of theatrics took place such as cannons shooting off confetti and streamers, plus a plethora of captivating visuals behind them on a video screen. Monahan connected with the audience as he chatted with us throughout the show and it was also clear to see his emotion and love for music, singing and performing throughout. During the song Meet Virginia, the guitar solo performed by band member Luis Maldonado was also quite impressive.

When Allen Stone came back on stage to perform Bruises with him, he joked that Stone “…agreed to sing the song with him, but not make it weird!” Following up with his antics of throwing band tee-shirts out to the crowd, having the full band sign the one he was wearing to throw out to the pit, aiming cameras out to the audience for callouts and singing along, Train surely knows how to engage their audience.  The Led Zeppelin covers of Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker truly roused the crowd along with Queen cover Under Pressure – talk about a sing-a-long!

After their final number, Play That Song, a continued thunderous standing ovation had Train returning to stage for an amazing encore of Great Escape and Drops of Jupiter, which only brought more and more cheers from the super hyped up crowd.

Both the Goo Goo Dolls and Train brought their greatest hits and new music to the performance with great stage presence and enthusiasm. The artists and the audience all shared in their passion for music, which I thought made for an amazing night for all. If each stop on the tour gets this kind of performance, do yourself a favor and get out there to go see them – so worth it!

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By Alex Liscio

Train and Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their Florida shows in West Palm Beach on Saturday, bringing one of the hottest tours of the summer to town. Things kicked off with Allen Stone, who played a soulful, bouncy set that warmed up the nearly sold out crowd for Goo Goo Dolls’ riveting performance.

Although it was hot and sticky outside, that didn’t stop thousands from singing and dancing along to their favorite songs by the Goo Goo Dolls. The band took the stage as the sun was setting, painting a golden aura throughout the amphitheater as they opened with “Stay With You,” “Big Machine,” and the famous “Slide.” Fans blew up giant black balloons to toss during, you guessed it, “Black Balloon.” GGD had a fantastic 15 song set with an incredible light show to pair. The crowd was alive all night, but it went to a new level when “Iris” was played. Fans flooded into the amphitheater, skipping out on buying food and drinks before Train hit the stage.

Train closed out the night with an extensive 18 song setlist, which kicked off with “Calling All Angels.” The voices of fans singing along nearly overpowered vocalist Pat Monahan, who had a smile on his face throughout the entire night. Train, like Goo Goo Dolls, had fantastic production- sparklers, LED screens, and confetti. During “If It’s Love,” Monahan asked the crowd to take out their phones and light up the amphitheater to illuminate the room for his video. He recorded the crowd, then the band, where guitarists displayed “FLO” “RI” and “DA” written with tape on the back of their guitars. Monahan tossed his phone side stage and continued through the set. Train brought out Allen Stone for “Bruises,” and later played two covers – “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin) and “Under Pressure” (Queen). Overall, Train played an incredible set that featured their best hits – “Drive By,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and closed with “Drops of Jupiter” during encore. Sparklers and confetti flooded the stage and the audience during their closing song, creating a sea of smiling faces all the way from the stage to the lawn.

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by Mike Sorensen

On the second official night of summer, the heat and humidity were settled heavily over Maryland Heights, MO as the co-headlining tour featuring pop-rock icons Train and Goo Goo Dolls rolled into the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Either of these acts would have been a great draw for a summer concert, but putting the two of them together added up to an unforgettable night of sheer fun.

Starting off the night, Allen Stone brought his soul-filled R&B set to the stage in eastern Missouri. Alongside his own numbers such as the opener “Brown Eyed Lover” and “Chippin' Away,” Stone and his band belted out an amazing rendition of Bob Marley and the Wailers' “Is This Love.” By the time he walked off the stage after delivering “Unaware,” “Taste of You,” and “Voodoo” to the crowd, it's not at all a stretch of the imagination to say Allen Stone won himself and his band a whole slew of new fans.

With the sun sinking down behind the lawn of the Amphitheatre, Goo Goo Dolls stormed the stage like they owned the place, and from the crowd's response, it would be hard to dispute that. With John Rzeznik leading the charge and bass player (and original front-man) Robby Takac attacking the stage from every angle all at once, the band took charge and put on a show! From the opening notes of “Stay With You” and “Big Machine,” the whole band – Rzeznik and Takac, with Brad Fernquist on guitars, Jim McGorman on keyboards and guitar, and Craig Macintyre behind the drums – showed why fans have been onboard with them from the early days. The crowd sang along with nearly every number, including “Slide” and “Here is Gone,” while the titular “Black Balloons” filled the air in both the seats and the lawn.

Mixed among the hits like “So Alive” and “Name,” the new single and title-track to forthcoming album (releasing in August) “Miracle Pill” slotted in perfectly. For a song that had only been released to the wild for roughly a day, the audience was still right with them, singing along. For a band whose thirtieth anniversary is a couple of years behind them, it says a lot about their longevity when they release new music and the fans jump on it immediately.

Closing out their set, Goo Goo Dolls delivered some of their biggest hits to the biggest reactions. After “Over and Over” from 2016's “Boxes” album and “Better Days” from 2005, the crowd exploded with the opening notes of “Iris,” the band's biggest single. The night wrapped up with a trip to “Broadway” for the band, with the audience still singing along with every word and soaking in every note.

After the sun finally set and the temperature edged down just a touch, the sounds of a locomotive filled the Amphitheatre, prefacing the entrance of Train. With no hesitation at all, Patrick Monahan and crew launched right into “Calling All Angels” and didn't take the foot off the gas from there. After delivering a blast – literally, with confetti! – with “If It's Love” and “Get To Me,” Train hit the ode to their home town with “Save Me, San Francisco.” Following “Cab,” Monahan introduced the song “Bruises.” With original collaborator, Ashley Monroe, absent for the show, the accompanying vocals were handled adroitly by show-opener Allen Stone. This was followed with the hit “Meet Virginia,” and then into the second collaboration of the night when John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls joined the band on stage for a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's “American Girl” (with a little taste of “Free Fallin'” thrown in for good measure!).

After the epic team-ups, there still wasn't any time to catch a breath. The back half of the set was highlighted with even more hits, including crowd-pleasers “Marry Me,” “Drive By,” and “Angel in Blue Jeans.” Monahan took a back seat and worked the mic for back-up vocals while lead guitarist Luis Maldonado and his big brother, Hector, on the bass, traded vocal duties for the Queen/David Bowie classic “Under Pressure.” After again letting the vocals be carried by others – in this case, the packed house singing the chorus of “Hey, Soul Sister,” which was declared as “so much better than Boston!” to the roaring approval of the crowd (see also: that hockey thing that happened) – Monahan took the time to introduce the rest of the band. Along with the Maldonado brothers, the stage was packed to the gills with the talents of Jerry Becker on keyboards, Matt Musty behind the kit, and the killer duo of Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston providing the lush, filling back-up vocals. After the “Heart and Soul”-fueled “Play That Song,” the Amphitheatre came alight with thousands of cellphone flashlights – the modern Bic lighters – for Monahan's rendition of “Great Escape.” Bringing the show to a close in a flurry of sparks, streamers, and sparklers on the stage, Train ended the night with “Drops of Jupiter,” another crowd sing-along favorite.

Train and Goo Goo Dolls both showed why they're still top acts in the pop-rock game, and bringing Allen Stone along with them touched on the next generation of artists that they're helping to shepherd along. The audience was there for every second, from classic cuts, mega-hits, and brand new tracks. And that's the best kind of summer concert you can hope for in any genre.

An ageless Goo Goo Dolls and Train owned the stage during rainy Tampa concert

May today’s bands have as much energy 20 years down the road.

By Emma Witmer

In the modern era of music, the age of the rock band has largely given way to the single-spotlight singer. Don’t get me wrong, the band is by no means dead. Musical giants like Mumford and Sons, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend remain loyal to the united sound, single moniker image and enjoy prominent spaces on the charts today. Still, the sheer dominance of the rock band that can fill arenas has waned since the ‘90s.

But I miss rock bands. I miss the guitar solos and drums not recorded from a keyboard. The epic saga of the rock band, though, is riddled with substance abuse, infighting and earth-shattering breakups. It makes me wonder how any band could survive decades of success and still genuinely enjoy sharing the stage.

Well, The Goo Goo Dolls and Train do. Both bands share the kind of chemistry you hope to see from groups who have been playing together for so long. When their co-headlining tour hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre stage Sunday night, that became abundantly clear.

Whether they were in the lawn or claiming the coveted covered seats, the ‘90s and ‘00s radio-pop-rock fans bobbing along to Allen Stone’s opening performance were all soaked. Moms in old tour tees, dads hauling dueling beers to the wife, young couples on date night (and myself) all slicked back wet hair and watched the clock as the concert monsoon season raged on.

At 7:45 p.m., it was on. Former hard-living rocker and newly minted family man Johnny Rzeznik took the stage hauling a massive white guitar with black lightning bolts. Legendary bandmate Robby Takac and supporting musicians followed suit. The all-black-clad rockers launched into “Stay With You.” Headbanging commenced.

These guys love being on stage. Rocking through the band’s big hits and newer singles, Rzeznik and Takac committed to a ceaseless bounce, skipping around the stage, throwing out power kicks and thrusting mics into the air. At 53 and 54 years old respectively, these guys still bring the energy of rockers half their age. And like rockers half his age, when Rzeznik smirks at the crowd, the girls scream.

Rzeznik, in true star form, swapped guitars for every song, shredding electrics for high-energy tracks like “Big Machine,” and trading them out to pluck acoustics for undeniable sing-alongs like “Slide.” In a standout moment of the evening, all the lights dropped save a beam on the keyboard. With the melody to “Black Balloon” ringing through the air, massive black balloons rained into the crowd, bubbling from hand to hand. Honestly, chills.

Takac got a few moments in the spotlight as well, lending his vocals to “Free of Me” and “Brining on the Light.” I don’t know that I ever fully appreciated Takac until that moment. There’s a certain gruff, nasally controlled quality to his voice that is more reminiscent of the hipster folk bands of this era. I was into it. Midway through the show, Rzeznik took a moment to reminisce on one of the earliest moments of his career, the day he wrote “Name.”

“I asked myself, ‘What am I qualified to do in life?’” Rzeznik remembered, saying he reasoned he could bartend, or work at a gas station “shoving cigarettes through the bulletproof glass.” Or he could make music. So he sat down on the couch in his old apartment and wrote the now-iconic song.  With the crowd on its feet singing his legacy, Rzeznik and Goo Goo Dolls’ lasting impact on its audience was clear.

“Thank you for remembering this,” Rzeznik said.

As Goo Goo Dolls’ hour-long set came to a close, my friend Lindsey and I received a confused look of approval from a beer-hawking concessions guy. We were headbanging to “Iris.” Did I first hear that song on the Treasure Planet soundtrack? Maybe (the song on the soundtrack was actually “I’m Still Here”). Was I ashamed of that? Hell no.

After an intermission long enough for what certainly looked like every woman in the venue to hop in line for the bathroom, the faint sound of an approaching train grew louder and louder until the whole audience caught the hint and started screaming.

“Callin’ all angels!” Train lead singer Patrick Monahan yelled into the crowd, beginning the first of many call and response moments with, “I won’t give up if you don’t you don’t give up.”

Suddenly, Monahan swept his hands down to the side, and the music was wiped out. The band re-entered with an electric guitar solo that sent the crowd leaping to its feet. Like Goo Goo Dolls, Monahan can’t help but have fun; he joked with the crowd about the “beauty” of “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” (a song about telling your friend that your ex died in a variety of accidents), and inciting mom-on-mom dance-offs in the pit. As Monahan put it, “This has been the most fun tour of our lives.”

And what’s Train without a few sappy moments?

Belting out the ballad, “Marry Me,” the band was backed by romantic clips from wedding footage, culminating with video from Monahan’s own nuptials. Overhead, cameras swept through the crowd, kiss-cam style, capturing sweet moments from couples in the crowd.

After a nearly complete sweep of Train’s discography, and a duet between Monahan and Allen Stone for “Bruises,” the moment finally arrived. “Meet Virginia.” OK, so not the moment you were thinking of, but it was my moment. Guitarist Luis Maldonado stole the stage by diving into an impassioned electric solo. You would think it was enough, but no.

“You’d think he would’ve given you another guitar solo, right?” Monahan yelled into the crowd.

And he did. He absolutely shredded.

Rezeznik returned to the stage to join Train for a jamming rendition of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “American Girl,” a nice little nod to the Florida audience. The number-one cover of the night, though, came when Maldonado broke out his double-neck guitar. Duetting with Monahan for Queen’s “Under Pressure,” Maldonado showed off his vocal range by getting about as close to Mr. Mercury as reasonably possible.

The only cringey moment of the night came when Monahan interrupted “Soul Sister” to sample Drake’s “In My Feelings." That was truly painful.

Calling on the audience to finish “Play That Song,” the band shot red and write streamers into the air and exited the stage.

Needless to say, that didn’t last. The roar of an unsatisfied crowd brought the band back, performing Monahan’s single “Great Escape.”

Finally, the crowd went nuts as the familiar intro to “Drops of Jupiter” rang out. This was the real moment the audience had been waiting for. Train pulled out all the stops for this one. Pyrotechnics shot off and confetti rained over a crowd that was nearly drowning out the band just by singing along. As the confetti began to settle on the ground, and the band said goodnight, we suddenly found ourselves “back in the atmosphere,” hustling out to meet the traffic and ducking into the last bit of rain.

Here’s hoping that today’s bands have the same kind of longevity, chemistry and energy that these bands do in 20 years. That was hard to beat.

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