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Goo Goo Dolls shows in Houston, Dallas to benefit hurricane victims

Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls did not think the band would be performing Thursday night as scheduled in The Woodlands Pavilion, an outdoor performance venue about 30 miles north of Houston.

But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner thought differently, Takac said Monday afternoon during a phone interview from Atlanta, where the band was set to take the stage that night.

"The mayor reached out to Live Nation to say that the city and its people needed to get things rolling again," Takac said. "The city was really looking to get the wheels rolling."

Live Nation, the promoter for some of the concerts on the Goo Goo Dolls' Long Way Home Summer Tour, reached out to the band.

The band's response was immediate, Takac said

"We decided to release a whole bunch of tickets to first responders," said Takac. "We're doing the same thing with the Dallas show [Wednesday at Starplex Pavilion]."

In addition, concertgoers who donate non-perishable items for the Houston Food Bank will receive a $20 ticket voucher for the concert that can be redeemed at the box office.

It will be the first concert at The Woodlands Pavilion, located in The Woodlands, since Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25. A Category 4 storm, Harvey caused historic flooding throughout southeast Texas. Damages from the storm could reach $180 billion, officials said.

Takac and fellow band founder John Rzeznik  will be joined by Phillip Phillips, who won the 11th season of "American Idol" in 2012. The same lineup performed at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Aug. 12.

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Fans will be able to meet the performers in the parking lot before the show, where they will help collect donations. All donations, along with all proceeds from merchandise sales, will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

The band also issued a statement: "After reflecting upon the tragic devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey and Mayor Turner's recent comments that Houston is indeed open for business, we have decided to move forward with our show at The Woodlands. We want to do our part to not only gather donations but to also hopefully give people an evening of much needed enjoyment."

Takac returns to Buffalo Sept. 9 for his Music Is Art Festival at Riverworks, 359 Ganson St.

The event runs from 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday and features "15 stages and tons of creative people," said Takac.

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