After more than 35 years together, The Goo Goo Dolls refuse to phone it in.
At a recent show in the United Kingdom, lead singer John Rzeznik brought a talented fan onstage to help the band sing their seminal classic “Iris.”
It was an emotional moment and a perfect reminder that the band puts on a one-of-a-kind show where they connect with the crowd every single night.
And starting July 24, they’re bringing that magic back to North America.
For the next two months, the Buffalo-based quartet will take their ‘Big Night Out Tour’ featuring special guests O.A.R. and Fitz and The Tantrums all over the U.S. and Canada.
That includes gigs at Long Island, NY’s Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 5, Bethel, NY’s Bethel Woods Center For The Arts on Aug. 6, Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 8, Atlantic City, NJ’s Borgata Casino and Event Center on Aug. 11, Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center on Aug. 12 and Syracuse, NY’s St. Josephs Heath Amphitheater on Aug. 16.
Better yet, tickets are surprisingly affordable to catch the ’90s alt-rockers IRL.
At the time of publication, we found some tickets going for as low as $21 before fees on Vivid Seats.
Most shows start in the $25 to $70 range.
Want to sing along to “Slide,” “Name,” “Sympathy,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway” and of course, “Iris” when Rzeznik, Takac and co. come to a venue near you?
We’ve got everything you need to know and more about The Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Big Night Out Tour’ below.
All prices listed above are subject to fluctuation.
The Goo Goo Dolls 2023 tour schedule
A complete calendar including all tour dates, venues and links to the chea
|The Goo Goo Dolls tour dates||Ticket prices|
|July 24 at the The Sound at Coachman Park in Clearwater, FL||$73|
|July 26 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, FL||$113|
|July 27 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL||$109|
|July 29 at the Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater in Albertville, AL||$65|
|July 30 at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA||$50|
|Aug. 1 at the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, SC||$28|
|Aug. 2 at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, NC||$35|
|Aug. 4 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD||$62|
|Aug. 5 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY||$26|
|Aug. 6 at the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel, NY||$30|
|Aug. 8 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY||$30|
|Aug. 9 at the Musikfest Wind Creek Steel Stage in Bethlehem, PA||$55|
|Aug. 11 at the Borgata Casino Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ||$126|
|Aug. 12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ||$25|
|Aug. 13 at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT||$46|
|Aug. 15 at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA||$145|
|Aug. 16 at the St. Josephs Health Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY||$38|
|Aug. 18 at the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, OH||$98|
|Aug. 19 at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, MI||$44|
|Aug. 20 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH||$71|
|Aug. 22 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago, IL||$36|
|Aug. 23 at the TCU Amphitheater in Indianapolis, IN||$33|
|Aug. 25 at the FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin, TN||$24|
|Aug. 26 at the Saint Louis Music Park in Maryland Heights, MO||$45|
|Aug. 27 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO||$33|
|Aug. 30 at Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, CO||$43|
|Aug. 31 at the Sandy Amphitheater in Sandy, UT||$98|
|Sept. 2 at the Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville, WA||$50|
|Sept. 3 at the Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville, WA||$72|
|Sept. 4 at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR||$29|
|Sept. 6 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA||$27|
|Sept. 7 at the Yaamava Resort and Casino in Highland, CA||$74|
|Sept. 12 at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, OR||$56|
|Sept. 14 at the Hero Arena in Idaho Falls, ID||$36|
|Sept. 15 at the First Interstate Arena in Billings, MT||$28|
|Sept. 16 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, WY||$24|
|Sept. 18 at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato, MN||$38|
|Sept. 20 at the BankPlus Amphitheater in Southaven, MS||$38|
|Sept. 22 at the Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, MO||$54|
|Sept. 23 at the Astro Theater in La Vista, NE||$53|
|Sept. 24 at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, IL||$55|
|Sept. 26 at Rabbit Rabbit in Asheville, NC||$65|
|Sept. 27 at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA||$21|
|Sept. 29 at the Maine Savings Amphitheater in Bangor, ME||$28|
|Sept. 30 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH||$27|
(Note: The New York Post confirmed all above prices at the publication time. All prices are in US dollars, subject to fluctuation and include additional fees at checkout.)
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From Aug. 3-13, Bethlehem, PA is bringing the goods to their annual MusikFest.
Here’s a quick look at all the acts set to perform at the Wind Creek Steel Stage.
|Bethlehem MusikFest schedule|
Thursday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.
|Dan and Shay|
Sunday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.
|Keith Sweat and Monica|
Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
|Goo Goo Dolls|
Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.
|El Gran Combo|
Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.
Goo Goo Dolls set list
On the UK/Ireland leg of the band’s tour, they mostly stuck to a fairly strict set of songs.
To prime you for the show you attend, here’s what you can likely expect to hear should you make it out to the ‘Big Night Out Tour.’
01.) “Yeah, I Like You”
05.) “Big Machine”
06.) “Here Is Gone”
07.) “Black Balloon”
09.) “Life’s a Message”
10.) “Miracle Pill”
11.) “So Alive”
12.) “Come to Me”
15.) “Going Crazy”
16.) “January Friend”
17.) “Bringing On the Light”
18.) “Stay With You”
19.) “Better Days”
The above set list comes courtesy of Set List FM.
Goo Goo Dolls special guests
On select dates, the GGDs will be joined by fairly big name acts in their own right.
O.A.R., aka Of A Revolution, has been touring their brand of indie heartland rock since the late ’90s. If you’re not familiar with their sound, we recommend starting with their mega hit “Shattered (Turn The Car Around).”
Fitz and the Tantrums are most known for their ultra-catchy smash singles “Out Of My League” and “HandClap.” We guarantee you’ve heard them. In any event, digging deeper into their expansive catalog will uncover some true pop gems. Personally, we’re partial to the very fun “MoneyGrabber.”
Goo Goo Dolls new music
The Goo Goo Dolls really haven’t lost a step.
In 2022, they dropped their 13th studio album “Chaos In Bloom” and by our estimation, it’s on par with their classic “Dizzying Up The Girl.”
Anthemic lead single “Yeah, I Like You” opens most shows on the band’s current tour and sets the tone for the breezy, upbeat record.
For our money, the second track “War” is where the band peaks though. Soaring yet introspective, melancholy and uplifting, it’s everything rock and roll should be.
“Superstar,” the tenth and final track, closes the album on a triumphant note.
Want to hear the album in its entirety?
Goo Goo Dolls members
Original members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac are still going strong 37 years after forming in Buffalo, NY way back in 1986.
Back then, their sound was quite different — fast, heavy and decidedly punk.
These days, they play their brand of pop-rock with guitarist Brad Fernquist, drummer Craig Macintyre and keyboardist Jim McGorman.
’90s stars on tour in 2023
Just because the Beanie Baby era is over doesn’t mean the biggest stars from the ’90s aren’t on the road.
In fact, many are still touring all over the country.
Here are just five of our favorite acts you won’t want to miss live these next few months.
Want to go back in time even further?
Check out our list of the 107 biggest ’80s stars on tour in 2023 here.
This article was originally published on New York Post - Entertainment