August 21-27, 2002 – ¡Caliente! TV & Entertainment – Valencia County News-Bulletin Page 3
The Goo Goo Dolls, America’s premier rock band, will be appearing in Albuquerque at the Journal Pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 8, in support of their seventh studio album, “Gutterflower.”
As part of the Summer Shed tour, special guests Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton are scheduled to perform.
The three words that aptly sum up the Goo Goo Dolls’ career to date — aspiration, attainment and the ability to surpass all expectations.
“There’s no way we could rest on our laurels,” asserts vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik on the collective mindset the band brought to the writing and recording of their fourth major-label release.
“No matter how successful we were going into this record, we all felt we were starting from scratch, as if we were making a record for the first time. Sure, you learn from experience, but the important thing is to keep it fresh, to stay alive to the possibilities and potential of the music. You can never take that for granted.”
When the guys of Goo Goo Dolls come to New Mexico, they will continue their relationship with USA HARVEST helping to feed those less fortunate in each community they visit. The band is asking all their fans to bring canned foods to each concert where local volunteers will collect and distribute the food in their community. USA HARVEST is the largest volunteer food collection organization in America delivering over 380 million pounds of food annually to those less fortunate.
“Gutterflower” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, follows up the band’s multi-platinum album, “Dizzy Up The Girl,” which sold more than five million copies worldwide and spawned two No. 1 hits, “Iris,” and “Slide,” as well as, three Top 10 singles, “Black Balloon,” “Dizzy” and “Broadway.”
The first single from the new album, “Here Is Gone,” has enjoyed great success on radio and achieved staggering status as the No. 1 added single on modern rock, Top 40 and adult alternative charts in the first week. Not only can you see the video, lensed by Francis Lawrence, for this single is in rotation on both MTV and VH-1, but the Goo Goo Dolls were named artist of the month in June on VH-1 with a brand new “Storytellers” airing all month.
The assured and accessible lyrics of “Gutterflower’ are matched, note for note, with music that both celebrates the band’s stylistic diversity and consolidates their cohesive ensemble sound. On this album, the Goo Goo Dolls have expanded their expressive range in dazzling new directions.
Touring is an extensive journey the band welcomes. “This is one of my favorite times of the whole process,” John reveals. “The album is finished. There’s nothing more you can do, even if you wanted to. It’s time to start thinking about stepping from the studio onto the stage and making that the best experience it can be. We’re ready.”
Third Eye Blind is coming to New Mexico ready to perform new songs off their much-anticipated “Crystal Baller” CD.
Fans in the Land of Enchantment will still get to hear their favorite tunes from the band’s 1997 self-titled debut album, as well as, the “Blue” CD.
Since emerging out of San Francisco in 1997, 3EB has toured the world extensively, sold over six million copies their first record and their sophomore release is approaching double platinum status. “Crystal Baller” is planned to be released in October.
In preparation for “Crystal Baller,” the band, headed by frontman Stephan Jenkins, was visited by legendary Star Wars director George Lucas. The fabulous four presented Lucas with a plaque commemorating six million units sold for their debut album, which was recorded at Lucas’ studio, Skywalker Sound.
Similar to Third Eye Blind’s first two albums, “Crystal Baller” is produced by Stephan Jenkins. Bassist Arion Salazar, along with engineer Jason Carmer are co-producing the new disc. Most of “Crystal Baller” has been tracked at Mourningwood, the studio 3EB constructed in San Francisco to house their collection of rare instruments and vintage recording gear.
After a year off from touring, 3EB focused intensely on writing and creating a unique sound. In the current era of slick and all-too-processed music, Third Eye Blind finds itself going against the grain. Says Jenkins: “We have sought a sound that is raw, earthy and beautiful, and building our own studio has allowed us to find it.”
The new album celebrates “joy and a forward look in the context of adversity,” says Jenkins. “It’s funny, but after a year of soul-searching, we have a really emotional record, and we took so much pleasure in making it that I wish we could do a double album.”
Tickets are still available for the Sept. 8 show. Tickets are available and cc.com or at any ticketmaster location.
On her current tour, Vanessa Cartlon, one of America’s newest pop sensation, will be performing “American Girl” on stage with Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik during their set.
Carlton was 17 when she decided to give up dancing and professional training as a ballerina to pursue her dream as a singer.
This year, fans were thrilled to see Carlton invade the music scene and have flocked to support Carlton with her huge debut single, “A Thousand Miles,” from her very first album, “Be Not Nobody.”
Her newest single, “Ordinary Day” is currently topping the video charts of Total Request Live (TRL) on MTV.
A surprise twist to the Albuquerque show could come when Carlton performs the Rolling Stones cover, “Satisfaction,” off her debut album.
Both guys and girls alike are rushing to see the singer-piano player live in concert with the Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind. Just seeing her let go on stage appears to give listeners and onlookers the chills.
In a world where Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera dominate the pop airwaves, it’s refreshing to see someone so talented who plays her own music and writes her own songs. Young girls can especially relate to the soulful songstress because every song on her album is a reflection of an emotion or feeling they can relate to, a place that’s very real.
Fans hearing Vanessa Carlton’s music, the girl who simply loves to sing, can find something for themselves in each song.
Tickets are still available at CC.com or charge them by phone at (505) 883-7800.