Ya Wanna Get Dizzy?
The crowd of people at a
recent open air Goo Goo Dolls concert were pumped up and on their feet
when the Buffalo-based trio of rockers took to the stage. Third on
a bill that
Sugar Ray and Fastball, the band brought a whole new meaning to "Dizzy
Up The Girl." In addition to that being the name of their
sixth and current double-platinum CD, it is also a comment on the reaction
of the crowds of girls (and dudes) dancing in the audience. This
years stage show is pulling out all the stops and is a sophisticated production
of lighting, effects and
atmosphere to back the groups dynamic sound. The two hour show included
a five minute short film entitled "Greed In Action," or in John Rzeznik's
words, "a guide on how to be a good consumer" that consists of animation
and stock footage.
John Rzeznik (guitar &
vocals), Robby Takac on bass (who wrote and performs three songs on the
"Dizzy" album) and Mike Malinin (drums) are joined on this tour by Nathan
December on guitar and David Schultz on keys for a full, epic sound to
go along with their super-show. Mike Malinin delivered
a kick-your-butt drum solo during Bullet Proof and during hits like Dizzy,
Slide and Iris, the crowd was a moving sea of people in an outdoor dance
club. But, as the songs slowed down a little, the fans didnt.
As John Rzeznik crooned the anguished words of Name and Black Balloon it
was obvious that this rocker with movie star good looks had people in his
grip. He spoke very little between numbers but did take the opportunity
to joke with the women
in the audience. He quipped, "Some places we play, it looks like
they let everyone out of the ugly asylum, but you folks are pretty!"
The obligatory cheers and squeals followed.
Besides being a band with
three number one songs and three Grammy nominations, the Goo Goo Dolls
are showing their social conscience during this tour and hope to involve
their fans in several
pro-social efforts. First, the band is distributing MTVs Fight For
Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence CD/Action Guide
at every show. The CD contains music with comments by popular recording
artists on ways young people can reduce violence in their communities.
In addition, representatives from PAX, the anti-gun violence organization,
will be on hand to gather signatures for the PAX Youth Petition
and to sell a special Goo Goo Dolls t-shirt. All proceeds will go
directly to their effort to end gun violence.
The Goo Goo Dolls are also
asking fans to bring non-perishable foods to their concerts, to be distributed
to the needy. U.S.A. Harvest, the nations largest food delivery
organization, will pick up the food and deliver it to local shelters in
each community. During the bands spring tour, fans donated over
30 tons of food, an amount equal to 130,000 meals.
The band will be touring
the US through September 18th and will be the featured artist of the month
on VH1 for September. Check local listings for their "Behind the
Music" special, launched on September 5th.
you think of combining rock & roll with social causes?
Now is your chance to ask
the questions! In the Rock N World, you are the armchair interviewer.
Your fellow viewers have entrustred you with the job of going to a Goo
Goo Dolls press conference to get the story. You enter the room full
of reporters and trip over a microphone cord. But its okay, no one
saw . . . In walks Robby Takac, John Rzeznik and Mike Malinin.
They take their seats at the table just in front of you. The mic
is on and its your turn to talk. Who do you want to talk to and what
do you want to ask? What do you think your fellow viewers would like