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http://www.inrock.co.jp/inrock/new/robby.html

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 !!!!!!

Peace

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

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By Thom Jennings ngedit@niagara-gazette.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/night_and_day/jennings-john-rzeznik-reflects-on-return-to-buffalo/article_15797f05-0823-505e-a546-81d2919d6361.html
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Goo Goo Dolls Performed the Perfect Mixtape at their Dec. 8 St. Louis Concert

by Carrie Zukoski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo gallery - https://carriezukoski.smugmug.com/ConcertPhotos/Goo-Goo-Dolls/
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Mix 94.1 Vegas - NSSN 2019: Goo Goo Dolls Offers Advice
« Last post by Gen on December 09, 2019, 04:30 PM »
Goo Goo Dolls headlined Mercedes in the Morning Not So Silent Night 2019 and before the show they sat down with Mercedes and JC to offer them advice for Las Vegas, vocal warm ups and more.

https://mix941fm.radio.com/blogs/mercedes-in-the-morning/goo-goo-dolls-offers-advice-for-las-vegas-and-vocal-warm-ups
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We had a MERRY time at our annual Merry MIXMas show at The Marquee Theatre!

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

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

https://mix969.iheart.com/content/2019-12-06-the-goo-goo-dolls-maddie-poppe-john-k-rocked-our-2019-merry-mixmas-show/
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« Last post by Sweet Charade on December 07, 2019, 01:01 AM »
Happy belated birthday to you, John! Thank you for your willingness to speak out for social justice, support of vital causes, generosity to fans, hilarious banter, unparalleled showmanship, and lyrics that continue to move so many. May God bless you, your beautiful family, and the band and crew.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« Last post by Pattid on December 06, 2019, 09:01 PM »
Happy birthday John from a fellow Sagittarian!  I am about to turn 50 ! A true fan for 24 years, your music makes me very happy. Your voice is magical and soulful. My daughters are now huge fans as well. Thank you! Wishing you Joy and happiness always. Come back to Boston!
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« Last post by Jen101084 on December 06, 2019, 08:48 PM »
Happy Birthday Johnny! Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life with your music for the last 25 years! Now my 6 and 2 year olds love you guys as well! Wishing you many more birthdays filled love, laughter, health, music and tours! Can't wait to see you guys again!  ;)
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« Last post by Bad Cat on December 06, 2019, 08:17 PM »
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, John!! I was at the Marquee Theater, wished you Happy Birthday in person and the show was AMAZING. Your music always makes me smile.  :)
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