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Concert Gallery: Goo Goo Dolls at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA

July 25, 2011 by  
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In music, longevity is sometimes the most difficult of achievements, but Goo Goo Dolls seem to make it look easy. It’s hard to believe that they have been bringing us their special brand or rock for over 25 years now, but it’s true!  Founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac put the band together in 1986 and current drummer Mike Malinin joined them in 1994 and the rest is history.  With nine studio albums under their belt and their instinctual love for the road the band shows no signs of stopping any time soon so what’s the key to their success?  Fun!  At least according to bassist Robby Takac, “More than anything else in the world I love to play my guitar and I love to look in people’s eyes and feel that magic happen, that’s always fun.  The minute that’s not fun, I’ve got trouble, because that’s what I do for fun.”

With the release of their last album Something for the Rest of Us in 2010, the band took the road to do what they do best, bring live music to the people!  The band invaded the tent at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA last night for a show that was equal parts rock, roll, and sweat!  They kicked off their set in appropriate fashion with “Last Hot Night in America” and powered through hits like “Slide”, “Home”, “Name” and their latest single “All That You Are” from the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Soundtrack.

One thing that I noticed was that Goo Goo Doll fans are some of the most loyal fans out there.  There were a traveling group of fans in the front row who were on their way to catching 8 shows in a row and another group of fans who brought their own props in the form of “Black Balloons” for everyone up front.  While the band’s fans are passionate, the band shares that passion for both their fans and a good cause.  The band invited USA Harvest out on the road with them to run food drives at each show for families in need. 

Goo Goo Dolls continue their current tour trek through August.  Check their website for the remaining dates and view our gallery of photos from the show below.

Goo Goo Dolls
July 19, 2011
Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls

May 10, 2010 by  
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It’s been four years since the last Goo Goo Dolls album but I guess when you’re together for over twenty years, that’s nothing more than a stitch in time.  However, the overall writing and recording process for their new album “Something For the Rest of Us” was not exactly their smoothest.  The band wrapped up the recording of the album for the first time and handed it off to the label.  After the release date was pushed out, the band had the opportunity to go back in and tweak a few things.  What started off as a minor edits ended up being a much more thorough process and in the end, the band couldn’t be happier.  The extra time allowed them to bring in their live band to record, add some live strings and complete what bassist Robby Takac calls their most organic approach to recording since the early days – albeit unintended.

With a June/July release date for “Something for the Rest of Us” the band finally decided they needed something to get them out of the studio or they’d never stop tweaking things.  What could be better than getting out there and sharing the new material with their fans, so that’s just what they did.  Playing about five new songs a night the band has been able to get a live response to their latest accomplishments before the album even drops and see what the important critics, their fans, have to say.

Touching on social issues that impact everyone, this album is less introspective and more of an overall look at the world today and the issues that face us all.  According to Takac “I don’t think it’s hard to latch on to a sentiment right now that is blanketing the globe.”  Indeed it’s not.

We recently caught up with Robby to talk about the new album, the recording process, their current tour, and their current collaboration with USA Harvest.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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Concert Gallery: The Goo Goo Dolls / Hampton Beach, NH

April 18, 2010 by  
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The Goo Goo Dolls
April 15, 2010
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Goo Goo Dolls Announce New Album Title

March 9, 2010 by  
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The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that the title of their new studio album will be “Something For The Rest Of Us”.  This album will mark the Goo’s ninth studio album will be release by Warner Bros. Records later this year.

In the meantime, fans can catch The Goo Goo Dolls on the road to hear some new songs live before the albums’ release.  Dates below: 
 
Tue       Apr 06              Augusta, GA                 First Tee Golf of Augusta
Thur      Apr 08             Wilmington, NC             Trask Coliseum
Sat       Apr 10              Oswego, NY                 SUNY Campus Center
Sun      Apr 11              Wilkes Barre, PA           FM Kirby Center
Tues     Apr 13              Hershey, PA                  Hershey Theatre
Thurs    Apr 15              Hampton Beach, NH     Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Fri        Apr 16              Potsdam, NY                Cheel Arena
Sat       Apr 17              Erie, PA                         Penn State Behrend
Tues     Apr 20              Richmond, VA               The National
Wed     Apr 21              Norfolk, VA                  The Norva
Fri        Apr 23              Greensboro, NC            War Memorial Auditorium
Sat       Apr 24              North Charleston, SC     Performing Arts
Sun      Apr 25              Jacksonville, FL              Moran Theatre 
Tues     Apr 27              Orlando, FL                   Hard Rock Live
Sun      May 2               Nashville, TN                  Ryman Auditorium
Tues     May 4               Knoxville, TN                 Tennessee Theatre
Wed     May 5               Louisville, KY                 Louisville Palace Theatre
Sun      May 9               Columbus, OH                 Palace Theatre
Tues     May 11             South Bend IN                Morris Performing Arts Center
Wed     May 12             Ann Arbor, MI                Michigan Theatre
Fri        May 14             Kettering, OH                  Fraze Pavilion 
Sat       May 15             Milwaukee WI                 Pabst Theatre
Sun      May 16             Peoria, IL                        Peoria Civic

Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls

August 10, 2007 by  
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goo1What better way to ensure a summer blockbuster hit in the theaters?  Well, throwing a Goo Goo Dolls song on the soundtrack never hurts! Currently touring in support of their latest release Let Love In, the band took a break to film the video for the new song they penned for The Transformers movie. The ballad, Before It’s Too Late, delivers the goods in true Goo Goo Dolls fashion. Chalk it up as just another song to add to their repertoire, a repertoire spanning twenty years that is.

It has really been over twenty years since the members of the band first met in Buffalo and started writing music together and maturing into the musicians they’ve become today. In an industry that is so self-implosive, the Goo Goo Dolls have figured out the secret of longevity and the ongoing magic of writing relevant music album after album. Modest bassist Robby Takac attributes their longevity to luck but there’s definitely a bit more to it than that.

From their early days of a punk inspired garage band to their latest radio ready hits, the band has alway had the ability to transform their raw, natural talent into beautifully arranged songs that translate to a vast array of people.  Let Love In offers up inspiration and hope for the future through insightful lyrics and continues to show the evolution of the band. There seems to be no place like home for these guys to get their creative juices flowing. Their eighth studio album was written in their hometown of Buffalo in a Masonic Temple. Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Johnny Rzeznik attributes this “back to their roots” approach for the outcome of the album.

Recently bassist Robby took time out of their hectic touring schedule to catch up with us on the band, their careers, his side projects, politics, and of course – his love for PEZ!

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | August 2007
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