Now & Zen 2011: Goo Goo Dolls
[photogallerylink id=85603 align=left]The GOO GOO DOLLS have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986.
They had an unprecedented string of 14 Number One and Top Ten multi-format hit singles including “Name,” “Slide,” Black Balloon,” Broadway,” “Here Is Gone,” “Big Machine,” “Sympathy,” “Stay With You,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Jim’s Theme” (Treasure Planet),” and “Better Days,” which, due to its uplifting lyrical spirit, was adopted by CNN as an music bed anthem of sorts for the news channel’s Hurricane Katrina recovery coverage. “Iris,” from the City Of Angels soundtrack, spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the Number One position for 17 consecutive weeks. By that point, sales of the soundtrack exceeded a phenomenal 10 million copies worldwide.
[photogallerylink id=30246 align=left]Between the years 1987 and 2009, the band have toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy Award nominations), recorded and released eight studio albums, a compilation, a live DVD, and Volume One of their Greatest Hits. Volume Two (a box set of rarities, B-sides, demos, videos, and concert performances) was released Summer of 2008. The Goo Goo Dolls, have appeared and performed on nearly every influential late-night talk show over the course of their career, including 16 performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and nine performances on The Late Late Show with David Letterman to date.
On June 19th, 2008 at a ceremony in New York City, the band’s singer and principal songwriter John Rzeznik was named that year’s recipient of the Hal David Starlight Songwriter Award. Past recipients of the prestigious award include: Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and John Legend.
The Goo Goo Dolls are:
John Rzeznik – Guitar and Vocals
Robby Takac – Bass and Vocals
Mike Malinin – Drums and Percussion
1987 – Goo Goo Dolls
1989 – Jed
1990 – Hold Me Up
1993 – Superstar Car Wash
1995 – A Boy Named Goo
1998 – Dizzy Up the Girl
2001 – What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art and Performance
2002 – Gutterflower
2004 – Live in Buffalo
2006 – Let Love In
2007 – Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – The Singles
2008 – Greatest Hits Vol. 2
2010 – Something for the Rest of Us