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Goo Goo Dolls lead vocal John Rzeznik

Verbatim: Goo Goo Dolls to appear in Fort Wayne

Statement issued Monday:

JNP Concerts and NiteLite Promotions proud to present the GOO GOO DOLLS, on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45 (credit card fees apply) and are ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th at 10AM at the Embassy box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. The Embassy Theatre is located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Formed in 1986 in the crumbling rust belt city of Buffalo, New York, the Goo Goo Dolls probably started for no better reason than to kill time, make some music, and hopefully get a few free beers from the clubs where they were lucky enough to get a gig. And then, as lead singer / guitarist John Rzeznik says, “Somewhere in there we sort of figured out how to write songs.” The band’s third album, Hold Me Up, released in 1990, showcased the sound of the band that would later be refined on their next two releases, Superstar Carwash and A Boy Named Goo. It was the latter of these two releases that landed the band their first hit song with “Name” in 1995.

A Boy Named Goo went on to sell over two million copies, and the band toured extensively around the world to support their newfound success. But it was in 1998 that the Goo Goo Dolls proved that they were not destined to be a “one hit wonder.” In that year Rzeznik penned “Iris,” which originally appeared on the City Of Angels soundtrack, and was also included on the band’s sixth album Dizzy Up The Girl. “Iris” spent almost a year on the Billboard charts, including a phenomenal 18 weeks at #1. Dizzy Up The Girl also contained the hits “Slide”, “Black Balloon” and “Broadway,” all of which were top ten hits on the Billboard charts.

The band spent the next two years touring relentlessly all around the world, building a loyal following that most bands can only dream of. 2002 saw the release of Gutterflower, which included such hits as “Here Is Gone” and “Sympathy.” Let Love In was released in 2006, and featured “Better Days” and a chart-topping cover of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit.” And the whole time the band has been racking up an impressive list of achievements to say the least: 4 Grammy nominations, 13 consecutive top 10 multi-format hit songs, and over 10 million albums sold. Rzeznik has also been the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Songwriter Award.

2010 marks the 24th year since founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac first starting playing music together. Joined for the past 15 years by drummer Mike Malinin, the Goo Goo Dolls will be touring in support of their ninth studio album, Something For The Rest Of Us. Written and recorded over the past couple of years, the album delivers another dose of great Goo songs such as “Sweetest Lie,” “One Night”, and “Soldier.” The result showcases more of the well-crafted songs and timeless lyrics that have been such an integral part of the Goo Goo Dolls’ continuing success.

Brought to you by JNP Concerts and NiteLite

For more information go to www.googoodolls.com

About the Embassy Theatre

Built in 1928, the Historic Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. For more information, visit www.fwembassytheatre.org

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