Goo Goo Dolls have a long history – when the band started 27 years ago, they were a post-hardcore/thrash band – ripped jeans, baseball cap backwards, guitars slung low. Listen to Scream , and there is no better example of post-punk perfection than Ain’t That Unusual. Then in 1998, came Iris, arguably one of the biggest songs of all time and things would never be the same for them again. It brought them to a whole new audience – the album from which it came, Dizzy Up the Girl, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Recently, three of the band’s songs were placed in Billboard’s Top 100 of 2002-12, with “Iris” standing at No. 1.
Now, this multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band are feeling particularly good about their tenth album, Magnetic, due for release on May 6th 2013. More to the point, the Goo Goo Dolls are feeling particularly good. Period. “This album was really upbeat and fun,” says John Rzeznik, the trio’s primary singer, songwriter and guitarist since it was founded in Buffalo in 1986. “I don’t think we’ve made a record like this in a while.”
Bassist Robby Takac, whose partnership with Rzeznik has been the band’s foundation since the start, has just had his first child, and Rzeznik is getting married this summer. That joy is all there in the spirit of the 11 new songs on the album, for which Rzeznik, Takac and drummer Mike Malinin — the lineup steady since 1995 — recorded in New York, London and Los Angeles with Gregg Wattenberg (Train), Rob Cavallo (Green Day), John Shanks (Bon Jovi) and Greg Wells (Katy Perry). From the celebratory single “Rebel Beat” to the love-rediscovery ballad “Slow It Down,” from the blue-collar anthem “Keep the Car Running” to the meltingly romantic “Come to Me,” Magnetic is an album bursting with a spirit of renewal.
After a recent press trip to the UK to support current single ‘Rebel Beat’ (currently playlisted on BBC Radio 2 – ‘B List’) and album ‘Magnetic’ (released June 10th) which included a host of key press, TV and radio: BBC Radio 2 ‘Tracks Of My Years’, BBC 6 Music ‘Guest lecture’, Absolute Radio – session, Kerrang radio ‘Live at Kerrang’ and a host of regional radio interviews, the Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will be making a welcome return to the UK in October. In their first visit since 2010, the band have just announced a string of dates kicking off in Nottingham on 15th October 2013.
The dates are:
Tues 15 Nottingham Rock City
Wed 16 Manchester Academy
Thurs 17 Glasgow Academy
Sat 19 Newcastle Academy
Sun 20 Leeds Academy
Mon 21 Norwich UEA
Wed 23 Birmingham Institute
Thur 25 Hammersmith Apollo
Tickets are £24 , except for London which are £26.50. Doors are 7pm.
Available from: www.gigsandtours.com/tour/GOO-GOO-DOLLS
Listen to “Rebel Beat” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jUcEgDnujY
Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits, more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and most recently Goo Goo Dolls honored President Barack Obama with a headlining slot at The Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Ball, in Washington, DC. At the core throughout is the Goo Goo Dolls’ blue-collar Buffalo origins, the same energy that fueled the group when if first garnered buzz on the local, then regional and then national club scenes. Nowhere is it more explicit than on “Keep the Car Running,” a song about the disillusionment of youth, about wanting to escape, but also an earnest love-letter to home. “Buffalo had its own unique sound,” Rzeznik says. “I think we definitely retain that. When I pick up an acoustic guitar and start singing, it’s me. We can’t be anybody else. I like what I sing. We like what we write. And if we don’t like it, we don’t play it.” The album is available on CD and digital formats, plus there will be a deluxe version including two extra live tracks – ‘Home’ and ‘Black Balloon’
Tracklisting for the album is: 1. Rebel Beat 2. When the World Breaks Your Heart 3. Slow it Down 4. Caught in the Storm 5. Bringing On The Light 6. Come To Me 7. More of You 8. BulletProofAngel 9. Last Hot Night 10. Happiest of Days 11. Keep the Car Running