Get out for The Big Night Out Summer Tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and special guest O.A.R. (for those catching the first leg of the tour this summer) or Fitz and the Tantrums (for those able to see the second leg this fall).
The tour kicks off this week and the first leg closes out in California with the stops at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine and the Yaamava’ Theater in Highland.
The additional 13 dates will traverse back towards the East Coast. The band is touring in support of their 2022 album, “Chaos in Bloom,” which is more in line with their original sound that put them into the mainstream.
John Rzeznik (guitar) and Robby Takac (bass) originally found stardom with the hit song “Name” from the album “A Boy Named Goo.” But it was “Iris,” written for the soundtrack for “City of Angels,” and included in their sixth studio album, that solidified their place is music history and gets credit for their overwhelming success.
“Iris” alone received three Grammy Award nominations and stayed at number one on the Billboard’s Pop Songs chart for four weeks. It broke records by topping the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a whopping 18 weeks, and “Iris” joined the Spotify billion-stream club in April 2022.
Their concerts aren’t full of millennials; they’ve worked their way into the hearts of younger generations too thanks to songs like “Come to Me” and “Home.”
“Chaos in Bloom,” with the hit song “Yeah, I Like You,” gives these newer fans a peek at the music their parents couldn’t get enough of.
During concerts, they are known to treat their fans to the nostalgic classics we’ve come to love, and some of the more contemporary songs from recent albums. They shine onstage, or should I say turn into rock legends, when they play “Slide” and “Big Machine” from the “Dizzy Up the Girl” album. The energy onstage during these songs is abundant and contagious.
Right now the band is touring with fellow musicians Brad Fernquist, guitar; Craig Macintyre, drums; and Jim McGorman, keyboards.
OC Music News will to catch up with Goo Goo Dolls in Greensboro, NC at the White Oak Amphitheatre, but they are hitting numerous cities all around the US, giving fans ample opportunities for a big night out.