The Goo Goo Dolls have announced the latest batch of tour dates in support
of Dizzy Up the Girl.
Joining forces with pop-rock act the New Radicals, the Goo Goo Dolls begin
the 24-date junket in their home state of New York. The first show will be
held March 20 at the Goldstein Gym in Syracuse, N.Y.
The latest spate of dates sends the two acts spiraling through the South,
Midwest and East Coast, before drawing to a close May 2 at the Rolly Center
in Olean, N.Y.
The buzz forming around opening act, the New Radicals, and their 1998 LP Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed stems from the song “You Get What You Give” (RealAudio excerpt), in which singer/songwriter Gregg Alexander takes a swipe at some big-name acts with the verse “Fashion mag shoots/ With the aid of 8 Dust Brothers Beck Hanson/ Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson/ You’re all fakes/ Run to your mansions/ Come around/ We’ll kick your ass in.”
Dizzy Up the Girl, released last September, features the hit song “Iris” (RealAudio excerpt), which was nominated for Grammies in both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories. Despite the song’s success, Rzeznik doesn’t think the Goo Goo Dolls are a lock to bring home the brass at the Feb. 24 Grammy Award Show at the Shrine Auditorium.
“I don’t expect to win, but it’s nice to be noticed for it,” said Rzeznik of the nominations. “I know it’s a cliche, but being nominated is the cool part. The actual winning — c’mon, look at who I’m up against. But maybe I’ll get to meet Madonna.”
Formed in 1985, the Goo Goo Dolls include Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and newcomer drummer Mike Malinin. The band earned critical acclaim prior to its mainstream success with such LPs as 1991’s Hold Me Up and 1993’s Superstar Car Wash, the latter including “We Are the Normal,” a collaborative effort featuring lyrics penned by former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg.
Goo Goo Dolls/New Radicals Tour Dates:
March 20, Syracuse, N.Y.; Goldstein Gym
April 1, Raleigh, N.C.; The Ritz
April 2, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; House of Blues
April 3, Augusta, Ga.; Ft. Gordon
April 5, Buckhannon, W.Va.; Rockefeller Center Gym
April 6, Morehead, Ky.; Morehead State University
April 8, Atlanta, Emory University
April 9, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Show Me Center
April 10, Peoria, Ill.; Bradley University
April 12, La Crosse, Wis.; Eagle Recreation Center
April 13, Stevens Point, Wis.; Quandi Fieldhouse
April 14, Bemidji, Minn.; Bemidji State University
April 16, Ames, Iowa; Iowa State University
April 17, Omaha, Neb.; Creighton University
April 18, Wayne, Neb.; Rice Auditorium
April 20, Conway, Ark.; Ferris Center
April 21, Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkansas
April 23, Ruston, La.; Louisiana Tech
April 24, Dallas, Starplex Amphitheater
April 25, Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University
April 28, Miami, Sunfest
April 29, Orlando, Fla.; Hard Rock Live
April 30, Atlanta, Music Midtown
May 2, Olean, N.Y.; Rolly Center