Goo Goo Dolls To Tour Military Bases

December outing to include show in Bosnia and gig on aircraft carrier.

Trading in their tour buses for cargo planes and jeeps, sensitive

guitar popsters the Goo Goo Dolls will follow their fall tour of U.S.

colleges by touring U.S. military bases abroad.

The pre-Christmas tour will include shows at Tuzla Army Base in Bosnia

and even a show aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy.

"We've done shows for military personnel here in the States and they're

always a great audience," Goo Goo Dolls guitarist John Rzeznik said in

a press release dated Thursday. "This tour is especially important to us

because we'll be performing for sailors, soldiers, airmen and women who

can't be home for the holidays."

The Goo Goo Dolls formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1985 with a punk-influenced

sound similar to Soul Asylum's early albums, but have found commercial

success with sweeping, emotional strummers such as the Replacements-esque

"Name." (RealAudio

excerpt)

The trio's sixth album, Dizzy Up the Girl, has spent a year on

the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the current single "Black

Balloon" (RealAudio

excerpt) is at #16 on the magazine's Hot 100 singles chart. Their

previous single, "Slide" (RealAudio

excerpt), continues to get airplay.

Starting Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa, the Goo Goos will headline music

website MP3.com's six-week Music and Technology Tour of college campuses.

That tour also features rootsy rockers Tonic and local bands at each

stop.

Goo Goo Dolls military base tour dates:

Dec. 10; Cadíz, Spain; Naval Base Rota

Dec. 12; Catania, Italy; Naval Air Station Sigonella

Dec. 16; Mediterranean Sea; USS John F. Kennedy

Dec. 18; Frankfurt, Germany; Ramstein Air Force Base

Dec. 19; Tuzla, Bosnia; Tuzla Army Base