Goo Goo Dolls, New Radicals Announce Tour Dates

Power-pop trio's upcoming junket will kick off March 20.

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