For U.S. armed forces stationed far away from home, the holidays are likely to be a lonely time of year. This December, the Goo Goo Dolls will do their part to help lift U.S. soldiers’ spirits.
The Buffalo-based trio will perform at a number of military bases on their six-date “Christmas Tour,” which launches December 10. The outing will include stops aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy at an undisclosed site in the Mediterranean and another at the Tuzla Army Base in Bosnia.
On this trip, the band will be traveling military style; instead of the usual tour buses, the Goos will move from base to base via military aircraft, helicopters, buses, and jeeps.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik discussed the band’s reasoning for the brief tour in a prepared statement.
“We’ve done shows for military personnel here in the States and they’re always a great audience,” Rzeznik’s statement began.
He added, “This tour is especially important to
us, because we’ll be performing for sailors, soldiers, airmen and women who can’t be home for the holidays.”
Of course, the Goo Goo Dolls aren’t limiting their concerts for the military. On Tuesday, the band kicks off a string of dates headlining the MP3.com “Music and Technology” tour, which will also feature Tonic (see “Goo Goo Dolls Team With Tonic For MP3.com; Will Sing For Jerry’s Kids” ). After that, the guys will play three homecoming gigs in their hometown of Buffalo, New York at Shea’s on December 1, 2, and 3.