Joint Goo Goo Dolls, Fastball Tour Set

Power-pop powerhouses plan month-long joint outing beginning May 2 in upstate New York.

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,

"The Way"

(RealAudio excerpt), and the Goo Goo Dolls with a number of songs, including

the ballad "Iris"

(RealAudio excerpt) and the uptempo rocker "Slide"

(RealAudio excerpt).

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

as "Name"

(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

'n' rollers.

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.)