Looking to hire Goo Goo Dolls for a private party, fundraiser, gala, public concert, wedding, college, fair or festival worldwide?
BookingEntertainment.com makes it easy to get available dates, pricing and fees for booking Goo Goo Dolls.
Fill out an entertainment request form and a Goo Goo Dolls booking agent who can assist you in booking Goo Goo Dolls will get back to you to discuss booking Goo Goo Dolls for your event.
Want to talk about your event now? Give us a call at (212) 645-0555 and one of our booking agents will be happy help you immediately.
Our office is staffed from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM EST, Monday - Friday.
The Goo Goo Dolls didn't always bask in the pop limelight. Early in their career, Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls were frequently dismissed by critics as mere imitators of the Replacements; however, the band refined and mainstreamed their sound enough to become of the most popular adult alternative rock bands of the latter half of the '90s, selling millions of records to audiences largely unfamiliar with their inspirations. That's no knock on the band either - their music simply improved in craft and accessibility as the years progressed, and radio happened to be receptive to what a decade earlier would have been considered collegiate power pop. Thus, the band landed two huge hits with the acoustic ballads "Name" and "Iris."
The Goo Goo Dolls were formed in Buffalo, NY, in 1985 by guitarist/vocalist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska, initially under the name the Sex Maggots (the new name was chosen from an ad in True Detective magazine at the behest of a local club owner). Originally a cover band with a taste for power pop and classic rock & roll, the group soon began writing its own songs. Their early sound recalled the Replacements' origins as a bratty punk band (circa Sorry, Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash) - melodic, snotty, and a little bit thrashy. That sound was the reason the band attracted the interest of the heavy metal label Metal Blade, which issued their debut album in 1987 (known either as The Goo Goo Dolls or First Release). 1989's Jed continued in a similar vein; the college-radio breakthrough came with 1990s Hold Me Up, a Replacements-ish power pop record.
The Goo Goo Doll's 1993's Superstar Car Wash was the band's artistic breakthrough; though it did nothing to quell the Replacements comparisons, it was a finely crafted pop/rock record, and its lead single, "We Are the Normal," was co-written with Replacements' leader Paul Westerberg himself. Still, Superstar Car Wash wasn't the commercial force the band hoped it would be, especially in light of the success of similar bands like the Gin Blossoms. That all changed with 1995's A Boy Named Goo, when an L.A. rock station put the acoustic-driven ballad "Name" into heavy rotation. It was eventually released as a single nationwide, and went Top Five late in the year; platinum sales for the album followed close behind. Unfortunately, drummer Tutuska was no longer around to enjoy the band's success; prior to the album's release, he'd been sacked and replaced by ex-Minor Threat drummer Mike Malinin.
The Goo Goo Dolls were dissatisfied with the royalty rates in their Metal Blade contract, so the band waged a legal battle that wound up allowing them to jump to parent company Warner Brothers. Somewhat drained, Rzeznik and the band shook off a case of writer's block to contribute the ballad "Iris" to the soundtrack of the 1998 Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance City of Angels. Appearing that April, the song was a monster smash, although it was never released as a single (so its official Top Ten pop-chart status doesn't convey how popular it was); for a better indicator, "Iris" spent nearly a year on Billboard's airplay charts, including an astonishing 18 weeks at number one, and was nominated for three Grammys. The band's next album, Dizzy Up the Girl, was released in September, during the middle of "Iris"'s marathon airplay run, and sold over three million copies. Its clean, polished sound completed the Goo Goo Dolls' transformation into mainstream pop-rockers who happened to have alternative roots. Further hits from the record followed over the next year, including "Slide," "Dizzy," and the Grammy-nominated "Black Balloon," and the band toured heavily in support.
In 2001, the Goos released their first ever compilation CD, What I Learned About Ego, Art, Opinion and Commerce. Gutterflower (2002) achieved certified gold, producing the hits "Here Is Gone," "Sympathy" and "Big Machine."
2004 saw the release of the Goo's Live in Buffalo: July 4th 2004 which propelled "Give a Little Bit" to #1 on the US Adult Top 40 chart.
In 2006, the Goo Goo Dolls marked their 20th anniversary with their new cd, "Let Love In" which included the studio recording of "Give A Little Bit" as well as other top 10 radio singles, "Better Days" and "Stay With You."
Fan Resource - Absolute Goo
Goo Goo Dolls Song List
Fill out the form below and your assigned agent will contact you quickly to see how Online Talent can best serve you and your clients.
This non-obligatory and confidential form was created for our booking agents to get a clear understanding of who you would like to book as well as your proposed date, budget and venue.
Our 20 years of agency / management relationships help you get the best possible price and ensures that your talent buying experience is handled with honesty and integrity. You can also talk to us about producing the entire musical portion of the event for one flat fee with no surprises...
Want to talk about your event now? Give us a call at (212) 645-0555 and one of our booking agents will be happy to help you immediately.
Our office is staffed from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM EST, Monday - Friday.
NEED HELP? Please feel free to email us with questions at any time
"When you are looking to book big name entertainment for an event, there are a number of pop up booking agencies on the web that if they are reputable, simply book the acts and leave you to handle all of the responsibilities of producing the entertainment portion of your event. Our entertainment booking agents have been personally trained by me to ensure that the entire booking process and event production is handled flawlessly and with the personal touch that I make sure goes into every corporate event, private party or public concert that we handle. My reputation is on the line for every show we do, and I ensure that both our clients and the acts / celebrities that we book are treated to our unprecedented level of service.
Let our entertainment agent specialists show you how we can save you up to 30% on your production costs and why so many of our clients come back to our booking agency year after year to enjoy our hassle free service when they want to book big name entertainment for corporate events, private parties and public concerts worldwide."
CEO & President - Steve Einzig
"The first thing I do when I am planning my event for next year is call Steve at BookingEntertainment. Our event is at the Waldorf Astoria every year, and the team at BookingEntertainment delivers a perfect experience year after year. No matter what time we get in the room, BookingEntertainment makes it work."
J.T - Hospital Fundraiser - New York - (Stevie Wonder, Carole King, The Doobie Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Don Henley, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Natasha Bedingfield)
"They make corporate event planning a snap!! When we were looking for an entertainment agency while in the party planning stage of our event, BookingEntertainment.com was the only talent agency that we felt comfortable with. They delivered in a huge way. We loved dealing with them and the event was perfect."
M.B - Private Client - Barbados - (Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Kenny Rogers)
"Our events with BookingEntertainment have been perfect. They saved us over $200,000 in costs that were needlessly spent in previous years."
R.W - Fundraiser - Las Vegas - (Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates)
"BookingEntertainment is one of my favorite vendors. As the corporate meeting planner for a Fortune 500 company, my logistics sometimes incorporate more than 1000 people over several days of meetings and events. Year after year, the final evening concert is a SMASH!! With BookingEntertainment ensuring every last detail is attended to, I am free to relax and enjoy the show with my clients and colleagues."
B.M - Fortune 500 Company - Dallas - (Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Penn & Teller)
"Booking Entertainment is a first-rate company that provides more than just booking services. From solid recommendations that fit the target audience to top-notch event production, Booking Entertainment truly delivers. I've been working with Steve Einzig and his staff for over two years on all of our events and highly value their professionalism. Once I have made the call, I know that I don't have to worry about the entertainment for the event. That kind of comfort and assurance is priceless."
A.W - Corporate Event - Atlantic City and Baltimore (Lionel Richie, Donna Summer)