|THE GOO GOO DOLLS|
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 9, 2002
WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS
The Goo Goo Dolls' new release, "Gutterflower" shows a side of the band that was overshadowed in their last album. The threesome's softer side in 1998's triple-platinum selling "Dizzy Up the Girl (DUTG) has been reduced." On "Gutterflower" they return to their hard rocking, punkish roots. "Overly sappy" songs like "Iris" and "Name", as singer John Rzeznik refers to them, do not exist on the new release. "Gutterflower" is edgier, loud, and more raw as a whole than we've seen the Goos in quite a few years.
"Here is Gone," the first single, is already in rotation and is as catchy as "Broadway" was. The song draws on Rzeznik's personal experiences in relationships.
"Big Machine," a likely single, has an upbeat tempo and great hooks reminiscent of "Fallin' Down" and "Just The Way You Are," from their 1994 and 1990 albums, respectively. This song is arguably the best and most memorable on the album.
After 6 previous albums and an anthology, fame has not left the Goos at a loss for evocative, intelligent material. And reticent they are not. In the dark and sexy "Truth is a Whisper" Rzeznik sings, "And do you find it hard to sleep, or is it easy on your own? And will you ever find some peace before you're gone?..."
"Sympathy," is a slower song with an intangible, country music feel. The emotive performance shines with lyrics like: "It's hard to lead the life you choose...when all your luck's run out on you...It's easy to forget..and you choke on the regrets.. who the hell did I think I was....And I'm not sure where I belong. When nowhere's home and I'm alone."
Bassist and singer, Robby Takac, a stranger to mainstream radio, contributed equally once again with his endearingly scratchy voice. Even when Takac sings heartrending lyrics, his melodies can't help but be upbeat and congenial. Takac comes through again with a splendid performance.
"Gutterflower" is an enjoyable experience and is evidence of the progression of the Goo Goo Dolls since their inception in the early `80s. And with an extensive tour in the works, they should be coming to your town soon.
|Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik On Being Single And
March 13, 6 p.m. ET, Launch
Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls may be one of the most desired bachelors in rock. However, Rzeznik told LAUNCH that since his breakup with his wife a few years back, he had to learn what it is to be single and alone. "I had to get a cat because sometimes you're just sitting at home alone going, 'Oh man, I'm the biggest loser in the world...' You just start to freak, man, when you're living alone. At least I was for a while. Then you just kind of get used to it. It's OK. It's a good feeling, knowing I'm OK if I'm alone. I think being comfortable with being alone takes you out of the realm of your needs, your fears, and more into your desires. It's sort of like once you get over the fear, I think better things come to you then," he said.
Rzeznik added that a lot of the trials and tribulations of his marriage and other relationships inspired the songs on the forthcoming album, Gutterflower, which will be released April 9.
|Goo Goo Dolls Release 'Here Is Gone'|
March 11, 12 p.m. ET, Launch
"Here Is Gone," the first single from the Goo Goo Dolls' forthcoming effort, Gutterflower, is going for adds on various rock formats starting today (March 11).
Singer-songwriter Johnny Rzeznik told LAUNCH what inspired the song. "I guess that's a song kind of, I guess, sort of about being involved in a relationship that's a little too casual and then deciding that it's just not good for you and getting the hell out of it. You don't feel comfortable, you don't feel happy or satisfied when you see this person. That's when I know it's time to get out. I don't feel like I'm home here."
A video for "Here Is Gone" has been completed. It was directed by Francis Lawrence, and its set to arrive at video outlets the week of March 18.
|Goo Goo Dolls' Rzeznik Writes Solo For Forthcoming
March 8, 12 p.m. ET, Launch
The new Goo Goo Dolls album Gutterflower is due in stores April 9, but that's not the only project the band's singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik has been involved in. Rzeznik worked outside the framework of the band to score tracks for a forthcoming animated feature for Disney . Rzeznik told LAUNCH he worked on two solo songs for the project. "It's a movie called Treasure Planet, which is basically the story of Treasure Island in space. It's really an awesome movie, such a cool movie, man. I was like freaking out when I saw this movie. Because I was like, 'Oh, Disney thing. It's an honor to do this, but I don't want to be like, 'Hakuna, matata.' It's like, 'No. No, no, no, no.'"
Rzeznik worked in the Disney animation studios and was asked to write songs there on the spot while watching the movie. Rzeznik added that he wrote songs from the perspective of one of the film's main characters, .
In spite of the solo work, the singer-songwriter told LAUNCH that Gutterflower and the band's forthcoming tour set for April are his main priorities.
|Goo Goo Dolls Talk From The 'Gutter'
March 7, 4 p.m. ET, Launch
The Goo Goo Dolls' return is just over a month away, with latest album Gutterflower arriving in stores April 9. Goo frontman John Rzeznik tells LAUNCH that he's pleased with what the band has created and now is getting ready to bring it to the fans. "It's a little more aggressive than the last record, a little moodier, but it turned out really good," he says. "We worked with (producer Rob)Cavallo on this one, and that was a lot of fun, so we're just hoping for the best. We're gonna get out and we're gonna tour for two years and hopefully sell some records." Gutterflower is the follow-up to the Goo's hit album from 1998, Dizzy Up The Girl. The new effort features first single, "Here Is Gone," which is set to arrive at radio this month.
-- Neal Weiss, Los Angeles
|Goo Goo Dolls To Headline Spring Break Concert
March 4, 8 p.m. ET, Launch
The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida on March 22. The free show, billed as the "Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert," will be held on the Plaza's pool deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 600 North in Daytona Beach. The Goo Goo Dolls are finished with their new album Gutterflower, which is due April 9. Gutterflower is the band's first album since 1998's Dizzy Up The Girl. The first single from the new album is "Here Is Gone," which will arrive at radio within the next few weeks.
The Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up The Girl was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for sales of 3 million. The band's previous effort to that, 1995's A Boy Named Goo, was certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of 2 million.
-- Darren Davis, New York
|Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly participated in a
rally to protest the planned closure of Children's
Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., where his 5-year-old son
was treated. "This is something that's dear to my
heart and very special to me," Kelly said. "You can
look at all the great things that the Buffalo Bills
and myself have done in the past. But when it comes to
family ... this is about as important as it gets."
Kelly's son, Hunter, was treated at the hospital for Krabbe's Disease, a rare and deadly ailment that attacks the white matter of the brain. Kelly spoke at a news conference announcing the rally, which was held Saturday. He was joined by Goo Goo Dolls bass player Robby Takac, a Buffalo native, who spoke by phone from California where his rock band is preparing to release its seventh album, "Gutterflower."
The two oppose the plan by the hospital's parent organization, Kaleida Health, which accepted a consultant's recommendation to close the 110-year-old facility. Pediatric services would be moved to an adult hospital within the Kaleida system and a new outpatient center would be built.
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