Two of America's power-pop titans, the Goo Goo Dolls and Fastball, will
hit the road for a joint East Coast and Midwest tour in May. The tour
kicks off May 2 at the Reilly Center Arena in Olean, N.Y., and runs
through May 30, concluding at the Convention Center in Asbury Park, N.J.
The tour teams a pair of bands who had breakthrough years in 1998 -- Fastball
with their radio staple,
(RealAudio excerpt), and the Goo Goo Dolls with a number of songs, including
the ballad "Iris"
(RealAudio excerpt) and the uptempo rocker "Slide"
Fastball played a free outdoor show at Waterloo Park in their hometown
of Austin, Texas, on March 19 as part of the 13th annual South By
Southwest Music Conference.
In honor of the band's first, large-scale Austin show since the platinum
(one million copies sold) success of its sophomore album, All The
Pain Money Can Buy (1998), the vocal hometown audience loudly cheered
such pop-rock tunes as "Fire Escape."
Another hometown hero, country rocker Joe Ely, joined Fastball at the
end of the set for a raw version of the Clash's "Brand New Cadillac."
Following the Goo Goo Dolls tour, Fastball will likely enter a studio in
July to begin work on the follow-up to All The Pain Money Can Buy,
according to Hollywood Records spokesperson Sharrin Summers.
Meanwhile, the Goo Goo Dolls recently wrapped a series of opening dates
on the current U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones after being snubbed at
the Grammy awards despite being nominated for three awards.
The Buffalo, N.Y.-based group -- whose core members are singer/guitarist Johnny
Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin -- has built a
career on its amplified power-pop tunes since its formation in 1985, but
it has won mainstream success in recent years for acoustic tracks such
(RealAudio excerpt), from 1995's A Boy Named Goo.
"A song like that can go the most places," Takac said. "I don't think
'Name' or 'Iris' are any more emotional than other songs Johnny writes,
but they really have a slant on them that works in so many places."
In addition to being well aware of the way the Goo Goo Dolls' ballads
connect with fans, Rzeznik, 31, said he also realizes that his pin-up
good looks don't hurt the band's prospects of success.
"Our audience is 70 percent women, many teenage girls, and then a few
guys," Rzeznik said, with demographic insight perhaps rare among rock
Is Rzeznik OK with that?
"[It's] fine with me," he said. "Looking at a room full of women is far
better than looking at a room full of fat guys."
Goo Goo Dolls/Fastball Tour Dates:
May 2; Olean, N.Y.; Reilly Center Arena
May 3; Albany, N.Y.; McLain Center
May 5; Louisville, Ky.; Louisville Gardens
May 7; Memphis, Tenn.; Beale St. Music Festival
May 8; Cincinnati, Ohio; Jammin' On Main
May 9; Erie, Pa.; Warner Theater
May 11; Albany, N.Y.; Palace Theater
May 12; Utica, N.Y.; Stanley Performing Arts Center
May 14; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Mid Hudson Civic Center
May 15; Atlantic City, N.J.; Trump Marina
May 18; Newark, Del.; Bob Carpenter Center
May 19; Providence, R.I.; Providence Performing Arts Center
May 25; Pittsburgh, Pa.; I.C. Light Amphitheater
May 26; Scranton, Pa.; S.C. Catholic Youth Center
May 28; Cleveland, Ohio; Burke Lakefront Airport
May 30; Asbury Park, N.J.; Convention Hall
(SonicNet's Gianni Sibilla and Colin Devenish contributed to this report.)