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Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows Announce Summer Tour

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Veteran ’90s rock bands The Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows have announced a summer tour beginning June 15, which will take them to more than 45 cities. This is the first time the two bands have toured together.

googoodollsThe Goo Goo Dolls recently released their eighth album, Let Love In, which contains the single “Stay With You.” John Rzeznik, Robby Takac, and Mike Malinin currently make up the trio that got their start as thrashy punkers in 1985. In 1987 they released their self-titled debut album.

The Buffalo, New York, natives have had numerous charting singles over the years reflecting a gradual shift to a poppier sound – “Iris” likely remains the most recognizable. Released on the City of Angels soundtrack, the song spent 18 weeks on the charts. In light of the success they later included it on the Dizzy Up the Girl album.

CountingThe Counting Crows burst on to the scene with the release of their album August and Everything After and the hit single, “Mr. Jones.” Recently they released the greatest hits compilation, Films about Ghosts: The Best Of… and will be releasing Counting Crows *New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003 on June 20.

In 2004, their song “Accidentally In Love” was featured on the Shek 2 soundtrack. Aside from becoming a number one hit, the song was nominated for a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. The rootsy pop-rock band was formed by Adam Duritz and David Bryson, and also includes Charles Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, Jim Bogios, and David Immergluck. Millard Powers tours with them as bassist.

The Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows each spent a majority of the nineties topping the charts and dominating radio airplay; catching them on the same stage this summer should be quite a treat.

Tour Dates
6/15 – Las Vegas
6/21 — Portland, OR
6/22 — Seattle, WA
6/24 — Sacramento, CA
6/25 — Concord, CA
6/27 — San Francisco, CA
6/29 — San Diego, CA
6/30 — Irvine, CA
7/01 — Phoenix, AZ
7/03 — Albuquerque, NM
7/05 — Denver, CO
7/07 — St. Louis, MO
7/08 — Indianapolis, IN
7/09 — Milwaukee, WI
7/11 — Cleveland, OH
7/12 — Cincinnati, OH
7/14 — Columbus, OH
7/15 — Pittsburgh, PA

7/21 — Detroit, MI
7/22 — Buffalo, NY
7/24 — Toronto, ON
7/26 — Holmdel, NJ
7/28 — Hershey, PA
7/29 — Boston, MA
7/31 — Uncasville, CT
8/01 — Gilford, NH
8/03 — Wantagh, NY
8/04 — Wantagh, NY
8/06 — Atlantic City, NJ
8/07 — Saratoga Springs, NY
8/09 — Bethel, NY
8/11 — Scranton, PA
8/18 — Chicago, IL
8/19 — Springfield, IL
8/21 — Nashville, TN
8/23 — Raleigh, NC
8/25 — Philadelphia, PA
8/26 — Washington, DC
8/28 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/29 — Charlotte, NC
8/31 — West Palm Beach, FL
9/01 — Tampa, FL
9/03 — Atlanta, GA
9/05 — Birmingham, AL

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  • zingzing

    their first oldies package tour?

  • Vern Halen

    Wow! WHere have the Counting Crows been?!? I liked them a lot at one time – then they disappeared off the face of God’s Grey Earth.

  • Both bands seem to be gearing up with new releases. It looks to be a not-to-be-missed show.

  • The Milwaukee show will be during Summerfest, the world’s largest outdoor music festival.

  • tommyd

    I’ve like the Goo Goo Dolls since the early ’90’s and have followed their progression towards a more powerpop style, although they’ve always been more or less a powerpop act. Johnny’s nicely overdriven guitars blended with alternate tuning acoustic guitar always sounds fantastic. The new one “Let Love In” is a bit more ballad oriented but still contains it’s guitar and vocal gems that will satisfy any Goo fan.

    I saw them once in ’99 and I look forward to seeing them again. Johnny Reznick really shines in live performances.

    As for the Counting Crows, I don’t like them and never have. Never liked their guitar sounds. I’m sure the Goo Goo Dolls will be the headliners on this tour.

  • Thank you for your observations Tommy. I would agree the Goo Goo Dolls lean more toward pop than the Crows. I’m not sure it’s quite fair to try and compare and contrast them. Their styles are pretty different. It may be one of the reasons they are touring together, to draw larger more diverse crowds.

    Of course, you are within your rights to not care for the Crows, but there are songs from both groups that I really enjoy for different reasons.

  • ed banger

    Just two lame bands banding together trying to maintain some profile on near-dead careers. Goo Goo Dolls covered Supertramp – yikes – so did Jellyfish – thankfully, they ain’t around any more – music needs to have an edge, be a bit dangerous – these two groups are as dangerous as digestive biscuits. Just go away – I have heard it before – and better at that.

  • Hollie

    I LOVE the Goo Goo Dolls! I’m so excited, I HAVE to see them in concert, I can’t miss it. I’ve been wanting to see them in concert since I was 13 and now here’s my chance. I’m NOT passing it up, I’m totally psyched! Their music is just awesome, it touches me in a way that no other band ever has. Keep up being totally awesome Goo Goo Dolls!

  • Hollie

    P.S. Ed Banger, the Goo Goo Dolls ARE NOT lame. =)

  • Hollie, I’m not trying to be mean, but the Goo Goo Dolls’ music seems colorless to me. Not bad, but not especially memorable. What exactly is it about them that inspires your passion?

    I liked “Mr. Jones” (“you know gray’s my favorite color/I felt so symbolic yesterday” :->)

  • “Mr. Jones” is great, but I think “Big Yellow Taxi” is my favorite Crows’ song (at least this week).

  • Joni Mitchell recorded “Big Yellow Taxi” on her Ladies of the Canyon album in 1970!!! Now this is what I’m trying to get at in my article “I’m musically obsolete at 51?”

  • Hi, Jet. I just read your article, and enjoyed it. While I’ll (shamefully) admit I didn’t realize BYT was a cover, I’m usually better at knowing these things.

  • Yes, it’s difficult admitting you’re getting old, isn’t it… even at your young age!

  • Thanks for the compliment, Jet, but readjust your glasses, I’m not that young.

  • pat laferriere

    i live for counting crows and i wish they will come at montreal….but they prefer toronto the most boring city in canada……please come in montreal or ottawa……. at least i gonna go in the state to see them i never miss a tour of them……help me!!!

  • Hi Hollie, see youre getting your fix on blog chats now! WOW what a surprise, not, I thought you gave up all this internet chat humbug. I see youre already working on Ed Banger, WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    Im so disappointed in you little girl.

  • Hollie

    Sister Ray,
    The reason why the Goo Goo Dolls’ music inspires me so is not so much the lyrics, but Johnny’s voice and the music. It’s so soothing and it touches my heart, it brings back childhood memories that I never want to forget. It relaxes me and inspires me to write or to think or to figure out something. I don’t know what it is, but they mean so much to me, maybe that sounds stupid? I don’t know, but I love how when I hear their music, I’m filled with emotion.

  • Hollie

    lol Blah, yes, writing about the goo goo dolls is TERRIBLE!!!! AHHHHH =P


  • Hollie

    *rolls eyes*

  • LOL, yeah
    maybe some band will write a song about me some day

  • Hollie, if you enjoy them, that’s cool. Guess it would be a boring world if everybody liked the exact same thing. Have fun at the concert.

  • the goo goo dolls ROCKS! They’re the best bands on the planet. Those who think they suck needs to get a life. Yep.

  • G-Money

    I can’t wait to see the counting crows in Phoenix. they put on the best show ever next to the Dave Matthews Band. The goo goo dolls are alright too. Looking forward to it. By the way, new crows live cd dropping june 20. pick it up or be lame.

  • zingzing

    dave matthews band? oh my… you need to grow up, or stop being so old. one or the other. have a little adventure. music isn’t meant to be middle of the road. aim for the ditch!

  • damnit! we never get any in KS.
    yes, i’ll be ready to die after seeing the counting cros perform.

    i don’t care too much for the goo goo dolls…’iris’ and ‘here is gone’ are just about all the goo goo i like.


  • has anyone been to the concert? who is headlining? dying to know who performs first?

  • Hannah

    Went to the concert on july 5th…Goo Goo dolls perform first but counting crows perform much longer and have the bigger set and are most definetly the headliners.

  • Bryan

    the best night of my life…both bands rocked and the headliner band “the working title” was pretty good too. the july 21st show in detroit was the place to be!!!

  • create1

    how many grammy’s have the Goo’s been nominated for? does nayone know?

  • ts

    I saw the recent concert ! The Goo’s were great just as they were at the last concert I saw them in. I love their music new and old. I liked the counting crows from the past but didn’t enjoy seeing them in concert. i was dissapointed.

  • steph

    i think hollie is absolutely right, i love listening to the goo goo dolls music. she is absolutely right about their sound! i love the sound of the guitar in every song. it truely is a signature sound for them.

    As for counting crows, i only listened to them everyday for like a couple months and adam duritz is still my favorite and most influential singer so far. every word he sings is filled with pure and raw emotion and even though the music isn’t too catchy, i has lead me to relise my voice and accually record an album.

    Although i still wish i could sing like them both, o well i am only a teenager, i have pleinty of time