Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

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Formed in Buffalo in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls started out as a punk band with some metal overtones and no commercial appeal; they ended up as purveyors of melodic, multi-Platinum alt rock with plenty of pop savvy. Guitarist John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska were the founding members of the group. On their self-titled 1987 debut album, Takac was the lead vocalist, and the feel was straight-up hardcore-informed punk with the occasional dash of metal guitar. On 1989's Jed, Rzeznik took the lead vocal on a couple of cuts but the musical direction remained largely the same. In 1990, third LP Hold Me Up found the Dolls pursuing a more melodious sound, with vocal chores evenly split between Takac and Rzeznik. But the band's first four albums did next to nothing commercially; it wasn't until 1995's A Boy Named Goo that the Dolls broke through, thanks to the acoustic-based ballad "Name," which became a No. 5 single and helped drive the album to double-Platinum status. After completing the record, the band replaced Tutuska with Mike Malinin. The band graduated to the majors for their next album, and 1998's Dizzy Up the Girl was their Warner Bros debut. Doubling down on their new, radio-friendly style, the album became the band's biggest ever, aided in no small part by the sweeping power balladry of "Iris," the phenomenally successful No. 1 single that was originally cut for the soundtrack of the film City of Angels. Though they were never able to reproduce their massive success of the mid-to-late '90s, the Goo Goo Dolls remained a high-profile Warner Bros band, recording and touring on a regular basis. In 2008 Rzeznik was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And though Malinin was kicked out of the group in 2013, replaced by a session drummer, the creative core of Rzeznik and Takac always remained in place.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Goo Goo Dolls - Live in Buffalo July 4th, 2004 Unknown (Character) - 2004

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Music Performer 2017-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet More Than the Music Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strahan & Sara Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Music Performer 2019 2011
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Music Performer 2016 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2016 2013 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Front and Center Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning: Saturday Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet 38% 90210 Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Got Talent Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 75% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Music Performer 2000
No Score Yet 94% Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown (Guest Star) 1996

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