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It's not your normal chicken sandwich (at least not judging by the lines). They're definitely not your normal bumper cars, either. But if you like Chick-fil-A, or if the idea of driving crazily on ice is appealing to you, then 2018 was a good year to be a Buffalonian. The last 12 months have seen popular television personalities leave the Buffalo airwaves and local lege…

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Main Street is bright tonight, a little less bleaker than it used to be. The marquee outside Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, long ago left for dead and since brought back to brilliance, shines this weekend with a welcome home for the Goo Goo Dolls, who on Friday night played the first of three sold-out shows on a nationwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their quadru…

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Oxford Pennant has teamed up with the Goo Goo Dolls to create a line of limited-edition merchandise commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo band's landmark album, "Dizzy Up the Girl." The band will be on hand to sign the merchandise from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Goo Goo Dolls Collection includes limited edition T-shirts, enamel pins, custom pennants, sewn …

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NASHVILLE — I’m backstage at a hallowed music hall, sitting across from a rock star, and he’s lifting his tattooed arm to grab a tissue. How did I get here? And more vitally, why is John Rzeznik here, laying bare some of his most personal moments? Our journey to this moment began two years earlier, when I was writing a profile on Rzeznik’s Goo Goo Dolls bandmate, Rob…

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WESTFIELD, N.J. – John Rzeznik lives in a spacious, two-story home with manicured landscaping and a wrap-around porch supported by white columns. There’s a minivan in the driveway, and a Tesla, too. When the doorbell clangs, a chocolate lab named Roscoe greets visitors. Rzeznik is inside on a rainy late-summer day, brewing coffee that he’ll drink only after cooling it with…

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As the Goo Goo Dolls prepare for the 20th anniversary tour of "Dizzy Up the Girl," look back through the band's chain of events - the highs and the lows of 33 years in the music industry. 1985: The Goo Goo Dolls form in Buffalo when punk-rocker Robby Takac meets "hippie metal guy" John Rzeznik, and the two strike up an instant bond. George Tutuska is added on drums, the…

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The late '90s were a strange time for rock music. Grunge had morphed into mostly horrible rap-metal. The mainstream was littered with over-singing divas like Celine Dion. Hip-hop was healthy, thanks to the likes of the Wu Tang Clan, though it was still reeling from the death of Tupac. Brit-pop was big, and some of it was pretty great, though much of it was far from inve…

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Goo Goo Dolls bassist and co-founder Robby Takac has released a single, “Dyin’ Tonight,” written and recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming indie horror flick, “Johnny Gruesome.” The film is based on the novel of the same name, by Buffalo-born author and film-maker Gregory Lamberson. Takac wrote the tune – a snarling slab of punkish power-pop – along with Buffa…

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Maybe it's that Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac will never be old news in Buffalo. Or maybe it's the power of songs "Slide" and "Iris," two of the Goo Goo Dolls' biggest hits off "Dizzy Up the Girl," the focus of the band's tour. Due to demand, the Goo Goo Dolls has added a third show to its Buffalo visit for the 20th Anniversary Tour of Dizzy Up the Girl, with the added…

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Robby Takac arrived at Buffalo RiverWorks looking like the world’s coolest dad. He’s got his daughter, Hana, with him, and his hair looks totally rock ‘n’ roll, sticking up in all the right spots in a way that would make Tommy Stinson proud. “I’m a little wiped out today,” Takac laughed. “Not much in the way of sleep,” a reference to the Music Is Art Festival warm-up sh…

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Rinko is pointing to a series of her small canvas paintings, splashed with hues of green and gray, accented by yellow and black. The imagery on each painting is abstract — a tilted, three-dimensional pyramid, a mountain-like structure sitting on a bed of hearts, a series of small triangles loosely formed into the shape of a rocketship. Rinko (don’t bother trying to get …

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It feels like yesterday, but it's been 20 years since the Goo Goo Dolls released "Dizzy Up the Girl," launching the band into world-wide renown with such hits as "Iris" and "Slide." In celebration of the disc's 20th anniversary, the band is embarking on a special tour that brings it home for shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The ba…

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For some of us of a certain age, the Goo Goo Dolls shows we’ll always remember most fondly were loose, somewhat informal affairs, bolstered by the easygoing banter between John Rzeznik and Robby Takac – the kind of gigs where, if anyone made a mistake, they laughed and kept on going, and if someone yelled something from the crowd, a band member took it and ran with it. On…

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One track from the Goo Goo Dolls forthcoming album "Boxes," due May 6, has been released. The single "So Alive" is available as an instant free download when the album is pre-ordered via iTunes. A lyric video of the single is now streaming via People.com and can be viewed on YouTube below. The band will headline Artists for Autism on April 16 in Buffalo State's Rockwell …