The Goo Goo Dolls have announced 16 dates for their upcoming fall tour in support of their sixth LP, Dizzy Up The Girl, which is slated for a Sept. 22 release.
Getting under way in Santa Ana, Calif., at the Galaxy Theatre on Oct. 22, the power-pop trio will sidle eastward across the country, sneak up the Eastern seaboard through New York and jump up to Toronto for a night, before looping back across the Midwest.
While most fans have only heard the hit single "Iris" (RealAudio excerpt), a track from the City of Angels soundtrack that will also be included on Dizzy Up The Girl, singer Johnny Rzeznik promises the new album won't be a rehash of their last one, 1995's A Boy Named Goo.
"I didn't want to make 'Name' part two, or A Boy Named Goo two," said Rzeznik, 31, of the threesome's new album. "We held out and really dug in and I was able to write exactly what I wanted to. Some of it's real heavy, some's real poppy and there's some real eclectic type of sh--."
Formed in 1985, the Goo Goo Dolls, currently comprised of Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and newcomer drummer Mike Malinin, earned critical acclaim prior to their mainstream success with such LPs as 1991's Hold Me Up and 1993's Superstar Car Wash, which included "We Are the Normal," a collaborative effort featuring lyrics penned by former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg.
Producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day) worked with the threesome on the 13 songs for Dizzy Up The Girl, including what Rzeznik termed the heavier sounding "Fool Forever."
Guests on the recording -- executed at the Ocean Way studio in Los Angeles -- include singer/songwriter Tommy Keene, keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and guitarist/mandolin player Tim Pierce, a former member of '80s pop star Rick Springfield's backing band.
Goo Goo Dolls Tour Dates:
Oct. 22; Santa Ana, Calif., Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 23; Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint
Oct. 27; Austin, Texas, Liberty Lunch
Oct. 29; Biloxi, Miss., Civic Center (WCPR Radio)
Oct. 31; Orlando, Fla., Treasure Island
Nov. 1; West Palm Beach, Fla., Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Nov. 5; Washington D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 6; Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory
Nov. 9; Erie, Pa., University of Pennsylvania
Nov. 10; Toronto, Ont., Phoenix Theatre
Nov. 13; New York, N.Y., Roseland
Nov. 14; Boston, Mass., Avalon
Nov. 16; Detroit, Mich., Clutch Cargo
Nov. 17; Marquette, Wis., North Michigan University
Nov. 18; Oshkosh, Wis., University of Wisconsin
Nov. 21; Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre