May 19, 2023 – Goo Goo Dolls have teamed up with O.A.R. for a brand-new cover version of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” A soaring collision of two alt-rock linchpins, the track arrives just before the groups join forces on the road in the US this summer.
Before that, however, the band embark on their first UK tour since February 2020 kicking off at Dublin’s Vicar St on June 13th and finishing at London’s Eventim Apollo on June 25th, it will see them playing songs from Chaos in Bloom alongside other tracks from their vast back catalogue including the indelible hit “Iris,” which eclipsed 1 billion streams on Spotify last year. Those Damn Crows are confirmed as support on the tour.
Tues-Jun-13 Dublin, Vicar St
Thur-Jun-15 Birmingham, O2 Institute
Fri-Jun-16 Bristol, O2 Academy
Sat-Jun-17 Bournemouth O2 Academy
Mon-Jun-19 Nottingham, Rock City
Tues-Jun-20 Glasgow, O2 Academy
Thu-Jun-22 Sheffield, O2 Academy
Fri-Jun-23 Manchester, Academy 1
Sun-Jun-25 London, Eventim Apollo (*change of venue and date)
Listen to Goo Goo Dolls and O.A.R.’s “I Won’t Back Down” HERE and visit HERE for ticketing information for all tour dates.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik said. “We decided we wanted to give our audience the best night of their summer, and we are so proud to have teamed up not only for the tour but to record one of our favourite songs together.”
“It has been so great working with Johnny and the band on “I Won’t Back Down,” adds O.A.R.’s Marc Roberge. “Tom Petty’s music has been such an inspiration for us and a meaningful part of our musical journey.”
The band’s most recent album “Chaos In Bloom” and the first album of their career to be produced by Rzeznik, found the band continuing to evolve. Consisting of 10 tracks including singles “Yeah, I Like You” and “You Are The Answer”, Chaos in Bloom is an album of biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses, and the type of spear-sharp songwriting that’s led them to becoming one of the most influential alternative rock groups of all time.
Hi-Res photo of John Rzeznik & Marc Roberge (credit Greg Berg) HERE
ABOUT GOO GOO DOLLS:
Formed in Buffalo, NY in 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. In addition to selling over 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 in the USA. As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.”Their song “Iris” was #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and was named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.” This year it surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify. A Boy Named Goo (1995) went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girl went quadruple-platinum. Gutterflower (2002) and Let Love In (2006) both went gold with Something for the Rest of Us (2010) and Magnetic(2013) both reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200.
Goo Goo Dolls’ music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Phoebe Bridgers. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008.
Following their 2018 sold-out twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, the band wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill, This was followed by their thirteenth studio album ‘Chaos In Bloom’ which saw the band returning to their roots using an analogue-to-tape recording process as well as vintage amps & pedals.