Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls Announce Coheadlining Tour
... Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion Walnut Creek 08/8 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live 08/10 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live 08/11 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 08/13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena 08/14 Hershey, PA The Star Pavilion 08/16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/17 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach 08/18 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center Matchbox Twenty Tour Dates/Tickets Matchbox Twenty CDs, DVDs and MP3s Matchbox Twenty T-shirts and Posters Matchbox Twenty CDs, vinyl and rarities . ...end .News Reports Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
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... tour due to ongoing health issues. The singer has been suffering from numerous ailments over the past few months, including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and double pneumonia. "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour," reads a statement from the singer's camp. "Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts." Quick Hits: Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Filter, Atoms For Peace, Garbage, Matchbox Twenty & Goo Goo Dolls
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Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls hit the summer tour trail
... Two pop-rock powerhouses, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
, will follow up individual spring schedules with a summer co-headlining tour of North America, both in support of new studio efforts. The pair of platinum-selling bands will begin the summer trek on the East Coast, beginning with a June 25 show in Manchester, NH. The 31-city outing canvas the continent through an Aug. 18 performance in Mansfield, MA. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday (3/23) for some markets at the bands' respective websites. A select number of prime seats will be on sale via Tickets for Charity, with proceeds benefiting City of Hope. Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls
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The Goo Goo Dolls (1986-)
Johnny Rzeznik (vocals, guitar)
Robby Takac (bass, vocals)
George Tutuska (drums) 1986-1998
Mike Malinin (drums) 1998-
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Their original name was The Sex Maggots. They changed it when a promoter refused to book them until they got rid of it. They got the name "Goo Goo Dolls" from an ad in True Detective magazine. Of the band's name, Johnny Rezenik said, "We had a gig that night and needed a name. It's the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name."
They released five albums before their fifth, A Boy Named Goo, became a hit in 1995. Their early albums did well on college radio and in their home town of Buffalo, New York.
Their biggest hits, "Name
" and "Slide
," are ballads which are not typical of their ordinarily harder sound.
Rzeznik started living on his own when he was 15.
Goo Goo Dolls songs show up all over the media, including the movies Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, City of Angels, Son in Law, Transformers and Tommy Boy, as well as a promotional video for their hometown NHL team Buffalo Sabres, the television show Jericho, and promos for the 2008 Olympics.
Malinin replaced their previous drummer George Tutuska shortly before the just before the Boy Named Goo tour. He knew all their previous songs and was a fan before he joined the ranks. (thanks, Jonie - Alameda, CA)
Their single, "We Are Normal" was penned by The Replacements singer, Paul Westerberg. Initially, it got attention from college radio and MTV's show 120 Minutes. Their next single, "Falling Down" appeared in the 1993 Pauly Shore comedy, Son in Law.
Goo Goo Dolls were originally singed to Metal Blade records and hold the distinction of being the first band on that label's history to achieve double platinum status. That success, however, would prove to be bittersweet. The band soon found themselves in the middle of legal battles with the label and eventually settling. Soon after, Goo Goo Dolls would sign to Warner Brothers.
Singer/Guitarist, Johnny Rezenik penned the song "Iris
" for the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance, City of Angles
. The song would spend 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earn the band three Grammy Nominations. According to Rezenik, prior to writing "Iris" he was suffering from serious writer's block and considered leaving the band. "Iris" changed all of that.
John Rezenik's last name means "butcher" in Polish.
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This Kentucky singer/songwriter's hits include "She Couldn't Change Me" (recorded by Montgomery Gentry) and "It Ain't Easy Being Me."
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The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.