SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

June 13, 2006 09:00 ET

Goo Goo Dolls Prepare for Upcoming Summer-Long Tour

U.S.A. Harvest to Play Key Role in Band's Efforts to Help Feed the Hungry Along the Way

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- As the anticipation of their summer tour with the Counting Crows nears, the Goo Goo Dolls are ensconced in a Culver City soundstage meticulously planning their set, and rehearsing it religiously in an effort to deliver their best live performances to date for fans. But that is not all they will be delivering on the tour! The Goo Goo Dolls intend to deliver food to the hungry in each city they visit as they combine efforts with the U.S.A. Harvest organization once again.

Stan Curtis founded U.S.A. Harvest in 1989 in Louisville, Kentucky. From a simple beginning, and a mindset to feed the hungry, the organization has expanded across the nation through the efforts of more than 125,000 volunteers, and now has chapters in over 130 cities and towns from New York to Los Angeles, from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Miami.

Says Stan Curtis about his organization, "U.S.A. Harvest is now serving over 5,400 agencies nationwide and our volunteers have provided over 11.6 BILLION POUNDS of food to these deserving organizations. And by doing so, we've helped them save millions of dollars that have been re-allocated to other extremely important needs such as clothing, shelter, job training and opportunities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counseling programs."

Curtis knows however that the hungry exist everywhere in this country, and it makes perfect sense to have the Goo Goo Dolls on board this summer. "This tour is far reaching, and coupled with the high awareness that follows this band wherever they go, and the cities the tour will visit makes the fit just perfect for us! John Rzeznik came to me with his goal to feed a million people this summer -- I believe we can do it," says Curtis about the Goos.

"It's an organization and cause we are passionate about," says Goo Goo Dolls guitarist and vocalist John Rzeznik, adding, "Stan and U.S.A. Harvest are about moving food from people who have too much, to those who have much too little." Goo Goo Dolls bassist, Robby Takac, concurs, "Simply put: This summer we're hoping our fans have too much in the cupboard when we roll through town -- and make a point to bring plenty of canned food the day of the show."

There should be plenty of opportunity to do just that, as the North American tour begins on June 21 in Portland, Oregon and will span 4 months running through September 9 in Dallas, Texas. In total, the tour will visit over 45 cities across the US and Canada. The band is encouraging anyone planning on attending the show to simply bring canned food and drop it off at the entrance of the venue -- that's it. Goo's drummer Mike Malinin notes that, "U.S.A. Harvest is not a fundraising charitable concern, they are food raisers, and that's what counts."

The Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (bass) and Mike Malinin (drums), have evolved from a scrappy punk-influenced trio into the platinum-selling, chart-topping act behind such radio staples as "Name," "Iris," "Slide," and "Here Is Gone." The band just completed a whirlwind promotional tour in support of the release of their eighth album "Let Love In," featuring the anthemic hit "Better Days," a rousing cover of "Give A Little Bit," and the emotional new single "Stay With You." "Let Love In" was released on Warner Bros. Records April 25. The Goo Goo Dolls performed a full slate of television appearances over the last couple of months, including "Regis & Kelly" (April 28), "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (April 27), "The Tony Danza Show" (May 2) and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (May 16). It was the band's record breaking 14th appearance on "Leno" that night. The band will next be appearing on CDUSA June 17 and will also make a special appearance on "Extra" in the coming weeks.

For additional information about U.S.A. Harvest, please see: www.usaharvest.com

Goo Goo Dolls Summer Tour 2006:

6/21    Portland, OR          Clark County Amphitheatre
6/22    Seattle, WA           White River Amphitheatre
6/24    Sacramento, CA        Sleep Train Amphitheatre
6/25    Concord, CA           Concord Pavilion
6/27    San Francisco, CA     Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/29    San Diego, CA         Coors Amphitheater
6/30    Irvine, CA            Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/1     Phoenix, AZ           Cricket Pavilion
7/3     Albuquerque, NM       Journal Pavilion
7/5     Denver, CO            Red Rock Amphitheatre
7/7     St. Louis, MO         UMB Bank Pavilion
7/8     Indianapolis, IN      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/9     Milwaukee, WI         Summerfest
7/11    Cleveland, OH         Scene Pavilion
7/12    Cincinnati, OH        Riverbend Amphitheatre
7/14    Columbus, OH          Germain Amphitheatre
7/15    Pittsburgh, PA        Post Gazette Pavilion
7/21    Detroit, MI           DTE Music Theatre
7/22    Buffalo, NY           Darien Lake PAC
7/26    Holmdel, NJ           PNC Bank Arts Center
7/28    Hershey, PA           Hershey Pavilion
7/29    Boston, MA            Tweeter Center
7/31    Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun
8/1     Gilford, NH           Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
8/3     Wantagh, NY           Jones Beach
8/4     Wantagh, NY           Jones Beach
8/6     Atlantic City, NJ     Borgata
8/7     Saratoga, NY          SPAC
8/9     Bethel, NY            Bethel Woods
8/11    Scranton, PA          Ford Pavilion
8/18    Chicago, IL           Tweeter Center
8/19    Springfield, IL       Illinois State Fair
8/21    Nashville, TN         Starwood Amphitheatre
8/23    Raleigh, NC           Alitel Pavilion
8/25    Philadelphia, PA      Tweeter Waterfront
8/26    Washington, DC        Nissan Pavilion
8/28    Virginia Beach, VA    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/29    Charlotte, NC         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/31    W. Palm Beach, FL     Sound Advice Amphitheatre
9/1     Tampa, FL             Ford Amphitheatre
9/3     Atlanta, GA           HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
9/5     Birmingham, AL        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/7     Houston, TX           Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/8     San Antonio, TX       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/9     Dallas, TX            Smirnoff Amphitheatre

Contact Information

  • For more information on Goo Goo Dolls, contact:
    National:
    Jim Baltutis
    Warner Bros. Publicity
    (818) 953-3375
    jim.baltutis@wbr.com

    Regional/Tour:
    Angela Burke
    Warner Bros./Reprise Records Publicity
    (818) 953-3628
    angela.burke@wbr.com