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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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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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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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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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"He's the Axl Rose of Buffalo classical music," Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls says. "He throws himself into every project he's involved in, with everything he's got." Takac is referring to Richie English, the classical music prodigy, educator, arranger and pianist he hired as "composer-in-residence" for his GCR Audio recording studio in 2009. While comparing English …

German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms wrote his famous Lullaby in 1868, and it was first performed in public a year later, with Clara Schumann on piano. Brahms wrote the beautiful song for a friend who was having her second child. He had once been in love with her, and he wove into the melody a tune that she used to sing to him. Since then, the song's legend has only…

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The Goo Goo Dolls are going back on tour and the Buffalo-born rockers will make a stop at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Also on the bill are Collective Soul and Tribe Society. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50 and $69.50 for reserved seating, $20 lawn and $60 for a lawn four-pack. A fan club pre-sale starts Feb. 23 with tickets going on sale to the gen…

It’s the ultimate Buffalo stocking stuffer: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra meets the Goo Goo Dolls.A new children’s CD, “Classics For Kids,” features Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”; Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” narrated by the deep, gravelly voice of the Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac.The new disc, set f…

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West Herr Auto Group gave its employees a holiday party they'll never forget Wednesday night with a surprise performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. Employees and their families were only told the holiday party would be at Shea's Performing Arts Center and that they "didn't want to miss the last 90 minutes" of the party, said Cory Thie, 25, of Buffalo. When the Goos took the st…

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This week, Warner Bros. Records and the Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of “A Boy Named Goo” with a deluxe edition. It was the Buffalo band’s fifth album and its first to break through into the upper echelons of the pop mainstream .In 1995, the group still felt like a local concern, although one that most members of the area music scene viewed …

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This summer may well go down as the season when consistent and mostly behind-the-scenes hard work on the local music scene has paid dividends. There is a sense of potential becoming reality, of possibility being realized, and a feeling that things are on the upswing. From the end of May on, it was more than a feeling in the air: It was the sound of music filling the summer…