Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry
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.
Daughtry: 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.