The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry are set to embark on a joint North American tour this summer, bringing along for the fun an acoustic Plain White T’s.
The massive tour kicks off on June 12th in Wallingford, Connecticut, and will see the rock giants make stops in places like Tampa, Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Boston before wrapping up on August 23rd in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Both Daughtry and The Goo Dolls took turns gushing about one another in press statements as follows:
“We are excited to finally be teaming up with Daughtry,” Goos vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik said. “Not only are we big fans of Chris, but we think this is going to be a huge party for the fans of both bands. The combination of the two will make for an awesome summer night of great American rock music.”
Chris Daughtry, meanwhile, said:
“We’re huge fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and have wanted to tour with them for a long time now,” Chris Daughtry said. “Everyone will see more than two great bands on stage. They’re going to get an incredible show every night and have a summer to remember.”
Both bands are taking to the road to support new albums. The Goo Goo Dolls’ latest studio full-length is the June 2013 release Magnetic, which hit no. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold over 29,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. Daughtry, meanwhile, released their fourth studio effort, Baptized, in November which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. An acoustic set from the Plain White T’s will open each night. Plain White T’s released the EP, Should’ve Gone To Bed, in April of last year. The band are currently working on their seventh studio album, American Nights, which is due out later this year.
The Goo Goo Dolls have just announced that they are set to embark on a Canadian tour next year.
The band will be touring in support of their latest album, Magnetic, their tenth studio effort, which came out on June 11th of this year. They plan on kicking things off in Montreal on February 17th before heading to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and others, before wrapping up their Canadian stint with a show at Vancouver’s Hard Rock Casino on March 6th.
PEI singer Tim Chaisson will open for the Goo Goo Dolls in some cities and Ottawa-based band Autumn Cannon will open for the band in others, which isn’t a hugely useful piece of information for those of you with strong feelings in either direction for either of those bands. Sorry about that.
Magnetic, the band’s most recent full length studio album, was a commercial, if not critical, success, debuting at no. 8 on the Billboard Top 200, no. 2 on the Top Rock Albums chart, but fared slightly less well in the UK, where it peaked at no. 57. Apparently (well, according to Wikipedia), the title for the album came from a phone conversation between band vocalist, guitarist and frontman John Rzeznik and his manager, who told Rzeznik to “think of a title for the record. Try to use one word.” And so, Magnetic was born. Curious and curiouser.
All previous album titles came from the tried-and-tested ‘flip a dictionary and blindly point’ method.*
(*NOTE: Reporter has no evidence for this claim.)
Over their quarter of a decade career, the Dolls have sold millions of albums, earned four Grammy nominations and had five songs at the top of the charts in Canada, so in short, they’ve got more than a few fans north of the border.
I’m happy to report that nostalgia is alive and well. No, I’m not talking about the NKOTB girl’s night out posts that seem to be clogging my Facebook feed. Saturday night, the 90s were resurrected in decadent fashion as the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty brought their summer co-headlining tour to Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre. If this tour had taken place in 1996, it would have been held at the Omni. These bands were among a handful of acts to define an era in rock 40 music. Everyone has memories attached to these songs. For me, when I hear any of the bevy of singles off Matchbox Twenty’s Yourself or Someone Like You, I think of my college roommates who played the disk as their unwinding, having too much to drink, soundtrack at the end of the day. It was non-threatening at first, but on the 400th listen I was ready to do my best Aaron Murray interpretation, chunking the boom box out the back door. I carried this kaleidoscope of memories into the muggy evening at Lakewood.
I’m one of those weird people who actually enjoys seeing the opener so I left with plenty of time to catch singer-songwriter Kate Earl’s set. I get to the Langford Parkway exit about thirty minutes before she was due to take the stage. The traffic was backed up two miles from the off ramp. That two miles took an hour and fifty minutes to eat through. That eye popping number caused me to not only miss Earl, but I also got there two songs into the Goo Goo Dolls set. I guarantee you there were people who completely missed the Goo Goo Dolls’ performance because they were mired in traffic. Lakewood, you’ve got to figure out a better system for getting the traffic flowing. For future reference, had you jumped off an exit early or went one exit past and taken back roads to the amphitheatre via your handy GPS, you probably would have saved an hour plus tonight.
So when I finally got in the venue, the Goo Goo Dolls were deep into “Slide.” They are touring behind their new release Magnetic that hit stores June 11. They served up the lead track “Rebel Beat” as their fourth installment of the evening. It was among a quartet of tracks they performed off the new work including “Last Hot Night,” “Bringing on the Light” and “Come to Me.”
Johnny looked just the same as I’d remembered, decked out in camo pants, a black t-shirt and that perfectly messy hair reminiscent of Keith Urban. Beyond Robby Takac, the rest of the band hid largely in the shadows. I’m sure the die hard fans were aware, but I never knew Takac stepped in as lead vocalist on certain tracks. He took back-to-back turns with “Now I Hear” and “Another Second Time Around.” I hate to say it, but the crowd looked a bit subdued during Takac’s turn at the microphone. Outside of that short stint, the audience was really into the Goo Goo Dolls’ set. The thirty to forty-something crowd frequently chimed in as backup singers and always seemed to keep that white person sway going.
Both bands knew their fans came to hear the hits, and they weren’t about to disappoint them. “Black Ballon” was met with joyous enthusiasm and black ballons suddenly materialized from thin air to volley around the crowd. They closed their set with a stirring “Better Days,” and sealed the deal with the underrated “Iris.” Its by far the best thing to come out of that City of Angels bomb (well Alanis’ “Uninvited” was pretty hauntingly special as well). The boys dedicated “Name” to their fans who have seen them through their seventeen years as a band. Johnny botched the guitar at the end. Slicing the music mid-note, he said “I fucked that up. I never said I was a good guitar player.” The crowd seemed to disagree, loving him even more for his imperfection.
After a brief intermission, Rob Thomas and the gents from Matchbox Twenty took the stage. They had a very interesting setup with Rubik’s cube video boards hoisted above the stage. Throughout the evening, they would flash images of the band, lighting effects and just about any other cool visual candy they could conjure up.
Matchbox Twenty was definitely the more animated of the two groups. Guitarist Kyle Cook was just digging into the guitar solos like he was fishing for hits. Rhythm guitarist Paul Doucette seemed to suffer from restless leg syndrome as he bounced around the stage in his suit. I can’t imagine the sweat he must have endured. Its not called Hotlanta for nothing.
They presented the concert as a bit of a homecoming for the group. They originally formed in Orlando, but their first two albums were recorded in the ATL. Thomas even mused about the early days playing Smith’s Olde Bar. The crowd certainly embraced the musicians like one of their own. Rob Thomas even referred to them as “his beautiful peaches.”
Matchbox Twenty released their latest effort North a year ago this month. The album got a huge chunk of time in the spotlight through opener “Parade,” “Radio,” “English Town,” the quiet “I Will” and “Our Song.”
While the new songs were well received, it was their hefty catalog of singles that solicited the loudest cheers. Barn burners like “3AM,” “Unwell,” “Real World” and “How Far We’ve Come” really left all sense behind. They were rocking like it was 1996.
Thomas talked about their first single, “Long Day,” with fondness, remembering nursing a beer at nearby Highlander while putting pen to paper. When Thomas wasn’t popping quarters into his memory bank, he was climbing the mountain of amps during “Radio,” pulling back on the reigns to sneak in the quiet “I Will” and rewarding a lucky(?) fan with his sweaty bandana. While Cook and Doucette may steal the spotlight on occasion, there is no question Rob Thomas is the constant focal point on stage.
After playing for an hour and a half, Matchbox Twenty returned to the stage to bid the crowd farewell with “Back 2 Good” and “Push.” The nostalgia drenched fans funneled their love back to the stage through applause.
I have a theory that bands who have achieved tremendous success at one stage of their career must have had a compelling live act to support that rise. Bands built solely in the studio seem to become rarer by the day. I can say this is certainly the case with the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. Both groups energized the sold out Atlanta crowd from the front row to the furthest reaches of the lawn, giving everyone a taste of a time when responsibilities were few and your biggest question stemmed around whether you would eat or buy that new Goo Goo Dolls album.
> Goo Goo Dolls Atlanta Setlist
Last Hot Night
Here is Gone
Now I Hear
Another Second Time Around
Let Love In
Come to Me
Bringing on the Light
Give a Little Bit (Supertramp)
> Matchbox Twenty Atlanta Setlist
She’s So Mean
How Far We’ve Come
If You’re Gone
Back 2 Good
The nearly two-month long tour will kick off June 25 in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena, and the tour will continue through an August 18 show at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass. Other cities on the schedule include Toronto, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, Atlanta and Camden, New Jersey.
Just before the tour starts, the Goo Goo Dolls will release a new album, Magnetic. The album will hit stores May 7 and will mark the 10th studio album from the group. The record was recorded in New York, London and Los Angeles and the group worked with a variety of producers including Rob Cavallo, Greg Wells and Gregg Wattenberg.
Matchbox Twenty will use the tour to continue to support North, which is the band’s fourth studio album that was released in August of last year. The album became the group’s first number one album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The record also was the first collection of all new music by the band since 2002’s More Than You Think You Are.
In 2007, the group released Exile on Mainstreet, and though the record included six new songs, it was mainly a greatest hits compilation. The band currently touring North American, and member Paul Doucette recently spoke to the Broward Palm Beach New Times about the current tour.
“The tour’s been great,” he said. “We sound the best we’ve sounded, and we’re really happy about that. It keeps getting better. It’s fun to do it for as long as we’ve been doing it and know that we have some experience now. We’re no longer walking on stage like “Oh, what do we do?” Now we walk on stage, and we know what we’re doing, and it’s coming across.”
The in-progress US outing of the Goo Goo Dolls has been extended, as their highly anticipated new album “Something For The Rest of Us” is set to be released.
The road trip for the alt-rockers continues on June 9 in Austin, which will be followed by an additional 31 visits coast to coast. The trek will wrap up in Los Angeles on August 29.
Tickets for most of the shows can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
“Something For The Rest of Us,” the ninth studio album from the Goo Goo Dolls, will be released on August 31 by Warner Brothers. Tim Palmer (U2, David Bowie) and Butch Vig (Nirvana, Green Day) are the producers. The set is the first new material collection from the band since “Let Love In” released in 2006.
In a recent press release, Johnny Rzeznik, guitarist/frontman said I wanted to have some of the album’s material address disillusionment in this difficult period of time that we are living in. I wanted our emotional uncertainty that is part of these hard times to be given a voice.
“Home,” the lead single from the album, is playing currently on mainstream radio stations across the nation. It can also be purchased via iTunes.
2010 Goo Goo Dolls Concert Tour
9 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
11 – Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
12 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
25 – Alpine, CA – The DC at Viejas
3 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
4 – Philadelphia, PA – Ben Franklin Parkway
17 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City
18 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
20 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
22 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
23 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
25 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
27 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
30 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Music Theater
2 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
3 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
6 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
7 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
9 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
10 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
12 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
14 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
15 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
18 – Saint Charles, MO – The Family Arena
19 – Independence, MO – Independence Events Center
21 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
22 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
26 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
28 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
29 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre