Goo Goo Dolls // Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls // Live Stream Review
Welcome to the new norm, 2020 has been an absolute cluster fuck for the music industry and the artists within. So here we are living life virtually, socially distanced, and wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa tonight in the company of none other than the Goo Goo dolls, Buffalo, NY rockers who have an indelible footprint in modern-day Rock and a plethora of hits since their inception way back in 1986 are bringing their magic to the small screen for tonights Livestream Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls. Hosted by Fan tracks and Mike Pinfield you get three hours of Goo Goo Dolls goodness to bring everything from unique merchandise to a beautiful young lady making up drinks inspired by Goo Goo Dolls song titles.
So this may not be your usual night out concert experience but it is a value for money experience if you are a fan of the band, you get taken through the history of the bands hits, time with the guys before the show talking about life in 2020 and their experience in the band as well as the live show and a Q&A after with fans, so it’s quite the immersive experience. But what of the live show itself? Glorious stereo to enjoy a hefty back catalog of tracks from the guys, no sweaty 6ft 6 inch dude in front of you blocking your view! Instead, you have beautifully mixed and balanced live music through your speakers coming at you in pristine quality.
I must admit the idea of the live stream experience before this was a tad off-putting, but if they are executed as well as this I don’t think I’ll leave my house again! The Goo Goo Dolls have this gargantuan catalog of real quality. Songs that even of they are on your first ever listen, just drip in sublime quality, melodic big-hitters that resonate from the off. You can totally understand why they have had been at the top of the game for so long, a lifetime of experience and miles on the road all wrapped up in a tight performance.
Some may have bought tickets just to hear the big hits by the band, but with a legion of devoted fans, family, as Johnny Rzeznik calls them tonight’s performance covers all the bases from fan-favorite album tracks to the now infamous ‘Iris’ that brought global attention to the band way back in 1998. The guys Rock out and take the audience on a musical rollercoaster throughout, twisting and turning throughout the night lifting the energy levels through the roof before taking them back down for an acoustic track and just enough time to catch your breath once again. An evening packed with banging tracks that long time fans and newbies will enjoy alike, an interesting experience for both band and fans alike too as we all try and adjust to the “New Norm” but at least we still can embrace these experiences, envelope ourselves with our favorite artists and stay connected in these strange times.
Keep your eyes peeled for more as the guys announced tonight on Dec 12th another event, an augmented reality movie musical featuring all their music from their upcoming Christmas albumIt’s Christmas All Over.
Well worth spending your hard-earned money, if you haven’t as yet dipped your toes into the live stream experience, I can highly recommend it. Grounded With The Goo Goo Doll’s is a perfect example of how to pull this off and make the experience worthwhile for the fans at home.
ABOUT GOO GOO DOLLS:
Formed in Buffalo, NY during 1986 by John Rzeznik and RobbyTakac, Goo Goo Dolls quietly broke records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 12 million records worldwide, the group garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC—“the most of any artist.” As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.”Thus far, A Boy Named Goo (1995) went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girlwent quadruple-platinum, and Gutterflower (2002) and Let Love In (2006) both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us (2010) and Magnetic(2013) bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Boxes attracted the praise of People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them. Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008.
Following a sold-out 2018 twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill (Warner Records)—igniting a bold and bright new era in the process. On October 30th, the band will begin a new chapter with the release of their first-ever holiday recordIt’s Christmas All Over.
FanTracks is a live streaming and fan engagement platform. The company was founded by Barry Summers and Ty Roberts in May of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to allow consumers to continue enjoying the live music experience and gain access to their favourite artists in a personal and safe way. FanTracks is a departure from services that digitally mimic traditional ticketing approaches. The platform offers music lovers access to high-quality, carefully curated, and professionally produced live shows. Its proprietary technology creates a new world of virtual music and fan experiences, from a range of group chat modes to hosted “hang out” spaces and parties, to interactive features that bring musicians and music lovers together. FanTracks’ President/Executive Producer Barry Summers is an award-winning veteran live concert/music film/TV producer, President of World Live Shows LLC, and Rock Fuel Media. In the ’90s, he worked personally with Dick Clark as Executive Producer of many successful live shows and has produced award-winning concert films/live TV Specials and numerous Billboard #1 chart-topping DVDs, CDs, and vinyl consumer product releases featuring some of the world’s biggest artists. Ty Roberts, FanTracks’ CEO and CTO is a proven serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. As a technologist, he developed technologies and data that power products like iTunes, Comcast Xfinity, and Ford Sync that are used by hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. He holds dozens of patents for his inventions and has created multiple technical standards across the industry.