Johnny Rzeznik

The Goo Goo Dolls Reveal Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Having wrapped a three-month summer tour in support of their current album Something For The Rest Of Us, The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will continue touring through the fall, launching a new string of dates on October 12th in Milwaukee. Tickets go on-sale this week. Please visit for more information.
In other Goos news, the band’s blockbuster single “Iris” has soared to No. 1 on the U.K. iTunes chart after being performed by two finalists on the British edition of The X Factor. In addition, the band’s Greatest Hits album re-entered the chart at No. 18. “Iris” has been a steady seller in Great Britain since its original release in 1998, enjoying more than 433,000 in sales, and racking up more than 30 million views on YouTube. The song is expected to top the U.K. Singles chart this weekend, which would be its highest chart position ever.
“I love the fact that young artists are inspired to sing this song.  It opened a lot of doors for us,” says Rzeznik. “To see it hit No. 1 in the U.K. and connect with a growing new audience is cool.”
Finally, the band, which is singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer Mike Malinin, has just recorded a brand-new song, entitled “The Best Of Me,” which will be heard on an upcoming episode of CBS’s hit remake of Hawaii Five-O, as well as on a soon-to-be released soundtrack album.

Elton John Predicts Simon Cowell’s New Show Will Be "Huge"

Elton John was one of the names being bandied about last year as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell on American Idol.  Well, we all know that didn’t happen, but now Elton is predicting great things for Simon’s new show, The X Factor, which is coming this fall.  He tells MTV, “X Factor is going to be a huge show…because you can have bands on there and that’s one thing I wanted to change, if I had been onAmerican Idol.”
Elton explains that his vision for how to make American Idol better was, “Get away from the solo stuff.  Let’s have bands, let’s have songwriters, let’s change the format a little.”  He adds, “That’s why X Factor is going to do so well, because…you can have bands and groups.  That’s more interesting, I think.”
Of course, Elton seems to have forgotten that there was an American Idol-type show that featured bands and groups, but it didn’t do very well.  Remember The Next Great American Band, with judges Sheila E and Johnny Rzeznik? It was produced by the same folks who do American Idol, aired for one season on Fox and then was canceled.  Then again, that show didn’t have Simon Cowell.
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