Goo Goo Dolls:
Not only were the Goo Goo Dolls an iconic alt rock band in the 90s, but their hit sound is also entertaining audiences on new albums and renowned tour dates. The Goo Goo Dolls entered the mainstream with their album, Dizzy Up the Girl, the singles from which became huge mainstays on the radio. After four years without releasing an album, the Goo Goo Dolls released Something for the Rest of Us in 2010, to the delight of fans around the world. The band is giving its fans even more Goo Goo Dolls this summer as they travel the US on 2011 tour dates.
Initially called The Sex Maggots, the Goo Goo Dolls was formed when friends George Tutuska and Robby Takac met John Rzeznik when he was playing in a band with Takac's cousin. Initially, Takac was the lead singer as Rzeznik was too shy and they released three albums before the widely noticed Superstar Car Wash in 1993. With the release of the album, Rzeznik officially became the lead singer and the band shed their metal/punk sound in exchange for an alt/college rock style. Unfortunately for drummer George Tutuska, he was replaced by Mike Malinin shortly before their 1995 record, A Boy Named Goo, was released. While the album's success paled in comparison to what the Goo Goo Dolls would soon experience, it did go double platinum and allowed the band to play extensive tour dates.
Dizzy Up the Girl became the Goo Goo Dolls breakthrough album and featured their earlier hit single and soundtrack contribution, "Iris." The album's singles topped the charts and experienced heavy rotation on the radio, the album itself eventually going triple platinum. The Goo Goo Dolls' next two albums -- Gutterflower and Let Love In -- experienced almost similar success as the band continued to dominate the alt rock scene. For the next few years, the Goo Goo Dolls played tour dates, on talk shows, and on soundtracks until the release of Something For the Rest of Us in 2010. John Rzeznik has stated that fans won't have to wait as long for another new album, as he is already working on new material.
In honor of their return to the public eye, the Goo Goo Dolls are headed out on 2011 US tour dates this summer, beginning at the Summer Celebration in Muskegon, MI on July 7. Their concert schedule will cover most of the country and will include a number of smaller music festival performances. The Goo Goo Dolls' summer tour dates in 2011 will end at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 27, so buy your tickets soon.
Chris Daughtry gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. After being eliminated in the Top 4, Daughtry turned down a chance to front the rock band Fuel and decided to form his own band. He auditioned and recruited several musicians to form Daughtry, and he made American Idol history with the commercial success of their self-titled debut. Daughtry tour dates have been scheduled persistently since they debuted in 2006, however, only a few more scheduled concerts remain on the 2011 concert schedule.
In 2006 the band entered the studio with prolific hard-rock producer, Howard Benson, who helped craft Daughtry's alternative-rock friendly debut album. Daughtry took a heavy hand in the songwriting role, he co-wrote the hits "Feels Like Tonight" and "Home". The lead-off single from the album, "It's Not Over", hit #4 on the Hot 100 and the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 right behind the premiere of Jay-Z's album "Kingdom Come". The album churned out hit after hit, with "Home", "Over You", and "What I Want" all reaching the top ten on Billboard's various singles surveys. With the helping hand of a slew of singles, the album was propelled to the #1 spot of the Billboard 200 in its ninth week on the albums charts and went on to sell over four million copies. Daughtry made history and the album is recognized as the fastest selling rock debut in Soundscan history. Additionally, Daughtry was the first American Idol contestant to release an album that charted in the top 100 for over two years. The album proved it had legs and ultimately stayed on the charts for a then record 136 weeks. Daughtry tour dates were booked in support of the album and in 2007 they opened for Nickelback on their tour. Also in 2007, the Daughtry concert schedule included a headlining gig at Summerfest in Milwaukee. The album garnered the band four nominations at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2008. Daughtry concert dates were booked on the opening slot for Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway Tour" in 2008.
The band headed back into the studio in late 2008 and early 2009 to record the sophomore follow-up. "Leave This Town" was released in July, 2009 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The high placement was fueled by the success of the lead single "No Surprise", which was certified platinum in the US and featured the additional hit singles "Life After You" and September". The album itself was also certified platinum and solidified Daughtry's success while warding off the sophomore album curse. In support of the album, Daughtry tour dates were booked as the headliners on the "Leave This Town Tour" which ran from October, 2009 through October, 2010 with the tour culminating in sold-out shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Daughtry announced on New Year's Eve 2010 that the band is back in the studio recording new material. This March, he announced that two songs, "Spaceship", and "Breaking My Fall", have been recorded and that the new album will take the band in a new musical direction. Daughtry's concert schedule for 2011 include six more scheduled performances throughout Summer, 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Daughtry tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.
Plain White T's:
For almost a decade, the Plain White T’s have been playing to packed audiences craving for that perfect pop-punk punch. Their journey, which began in a small suburban basement playing covers, has taken the band to Warped Tour three times, landed them opening slots for bands like Jimmy Eat World and AFI, and now finds the high-energy five-piece about to kick-off the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour with Hawthorne Heights. The Plain White T’s are road warriors in the truest sense and with their first major label album, Every Second Counts, the band is ready to rock in a big way. Call it hard work or call it destiny, one thing's for sure — the Plain White T’s were put on this earth to entertain you.
PWT’s story started back in high school, when frontman Tom Higgenson first stepped into Chicago's famed rock club the Metro and saw his future on the stage. With the local music scene exploding nationally courtesy of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, he decided the time was ripe for his own dreams to be realized. Armed with paper, pen and guitar, Tom went to task, experimenting with lyrics and melodies on a four-track in his parents' Villa Park, Illinois home. Once he'd reached a level of comfort with his songwriting, he worked up the courage to hand off a tape to Christian Lane, singer of 90s buzz band Loud Lucy, and to his surprise, Christian actually listened to it. "I saw him at a show and he remembered me," Tom recounts. "He told me, 'You should lock yourself in a room with a guitar for a year and you'll be there.' It was very inspirational."
Once he’d recruited a group of school pals — including guitarist Dave Tirio—it was only a matter of a couple years before the Plain White T’s, who’d attracted a loyal following thanks to Tom’s ridiculously melodic tales of teen angst and loveless nights, were playing the Metro themselves. “Anytime we could get in front of a bunch of kids who’d never heard of us, we saw that as a huge opportunity,” he says. “Winning over fans, that’s what it’s all about. And even from when we were 16, we always wanted to be successful and have a wide audience.”
The music industry took notice of that success and after selling thousands of copies of their self-released 2002 debut, Stop, PWT's were picked up by Fearless Records (home to Sugarcult, At The Drive-In and The Aquabats) who re-issued the album along with 2005's All That We Needed. But it was their heartfelt, acoustic-tinged “Hey There Delilah” that cemented their status as potential hitmakers. "We knew “…Delilah” was going to be something people would like,” says Tom, “and it's turned out to be our biggest song yet."
Tom's songwriting evolved after the success of the romantically frank “…Delilah,” which really was a departure for a band known for their energetic power pop. On Hollywood Records debut Every Second Counts, Tom, along with bandmates Mike Retondo (bass and vocals), De'Mar Hamilton (drums), and Tim Lopez (guitar, vocals), continues to turn the personal into the universal. Throughout the album, he sings of hook-ups and break-ups and the emotional rollercoaster in between. A prime example is lead single “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” which Tom says is “kind of vindictive, the story of this girl that I liked who just blew me off, but I couldn’t be that mean, so it’s more like I’m pissed off. That’s what the ‘I Really Don’t Like You’ line is about.”
In a similar vein, the lyrics for “Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk” also showcases Tom’s offbeat take on love and life, while its melody sucks you in with every turn of phrase. “It’s about a girl who would only call me when she was drunk,” says Tom. “Then, when she was sober and we’d hang out, she wanted nothing to do with me.”
Delving slightly deeper into emotional territory are upbeat tracks like “Our Time Now” and “Come Back To Me” as well as one of the album’s quieter numbers, “Write You A Song.” “Love is what everyone wants,” says Tom. “It’s what people think and obsess about and I’m no different. Relationships make you crazy sometimes.” Of course, this all begs the question: what’s up with his love life? “It’s more of a ‘like’ life,” he quips. “As in, the ones I like never like me.”
But don’t cry for the Plain White T’s. Like their album title says, this band is making every second count and thoroughly enjoying the ride. “Things are moving faster than expected and we are proceeding with caution,” says Tom. “But we’re not going to change. Whether we’re playing a small club or an arena, we’re gonna sweat the same. And if it gets really big, maybe we can finally have a light show!”