Changes: An Interview With Goo Goo Dolls

It’s just after 1 PM on a Thursday afternoon in November and my phone rings. Goo Goo Dolls co-founder and bassist Robby Takac is calling me from the West Coast where it’s 10 AM. When I answer I’m greeted warmly by a familiar, friendly voice. “Olivia, it’s Robby,” he announces …

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Brian Wilson/Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theatre/The Wellmont Theater

NEW YORK, NY/MONTCLAIR, NJ—Sometimes two separate entities can seem to be an unlikely pairing—bananas and peanut butter, Aerosmith and Run DMC, french fries and chocolate milkshakes—but when combined, become an explosion for the senses. California 1960s sensation Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys fame and former Yardbird and arguably the …

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Goo Goo Dolls/Matchbox Twenty @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

WANTAGH, NY—Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls hit the road together this year as co-headliners on the most anticipated tour of the summer.

The sold-out Aug. 17 show at New York’s outdoor waterside music haven, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, held onto an emotional tone this year. The resistance …

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Goo Goo Dolls: Something For The Rest Of Us

Something For The Rest Of Us is just that, a collection of “oblique” songs (as John Rzeznik describes them) written for the world to interpret in their own unique way.

Rzeznik’s voice is in its best shape since 1998’s Dizzy Up The Girl, with more distinction and emotion than ever, …

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Goo Goo Dolls: As I Am

“I wanted to really focus on: What are these people feeling? What are they thinking? What’s going on in their lives? How does it make a man or a woman feel when they can no longer support their family, and they’ve sort of lost their way and their purpose all …

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Jeff Beck @ Wellmont Theatre

MONTCLAIR, NJ—Every artist has his or her own medium with which to paint a picture, whether it be oil, watercolor, pencil, a camera or an instrument. Jeff Beck uses his guitar (specifically an array of Fender Stratocasters) to paint his world, and consequently ours, with sound.

Beck is a true …

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Growing Up Twisted: Interview with Jesse Blaze Snider

It’s nearing one o’clock when relief is finally achieved by ice cold air-conditioning on this July afternoon in New York City, where outside the temperature averages 100 degrees and the humidity is doling out battle scars. Slightly hunched over and wandering along the glass-encased food counter of a 3rd Ave. …

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Jay-Z @ Izod Center

E. RUTHERFORD, NJ—I fall in love with euphony that defies genres, and a charming Grammy Award-winning rapper who was born Shawn Corey Carter on Dec. 4, 1969, holds a very special place in my heart. Finally, on March 6, I was able to watch him in his element at New …

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Daughtry @ The Prudential Center

NEWARK, NJ—Daughtry’s performance at Newark’s Prudential Center was both expected and not. I expected the compressed guitars, somewhat the heavier-than-thou approach, but not lead singer and halftime guitarist Chris Daughtry’s demeanor and stage presence.

I spoke on the phone with the North Carolina native a couple of weeks prior for …

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

Until now, Jeff Beck hadn’t put out an album in seven years, since the Grammy award-winning Jeff. Emotion & Commotion is not just a perfect title for Beck’s new album, but for his music, if you were to create a genre for it. It’s loud, distinctive, melodic and so …

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