Train / Goo Goo Dolls

Joel Voorman
Train / Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls return to Blossom Music Center with co-headliners Train and the incomparable Allen Stone for what is DEFINITELY one of the most fantastic bills of the summer.

For Goo Dolls, the show comes on the heels of announcing their 12th studio album, ‘Miracle Pill,’ due out in October 2019, and dropping a single of the same name. {VIDEO ABOVE}

The Buffalo, New York natives uphold an unbreakable connection to countless fans. Their influence has been fortified by a catalog replete with the unforgettable smashes “Name,” “Iris,” and “Slide, which were all included in the top 25 of Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart, as well as numerous other hits such as “Black Balloon,” “So Alive” and many more.

The band’s ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ album (1998) is one of this preview writer’s all-time favorite listens and still in rotation on the record player.

To date, they’ve sold 12 million albums worldwide, earned four GRAMMY® Award nominations, and made history by notching 14 Top 10 hits at Hot AC-“the most of any artist in history.” Notably, “Iris” dominated the Hot 100 Pop Chart at #1 for 18 straight weeks.

Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Additionally, they’ve performed for millions at sold out shows around the world. That connection grows stronger in 2018 with the 20th anniversary tour celebrating Dizzy Up The Girl

Train, who hails from neighboring Pennsylvania, usually have banter from frontman Pat Monahan about how he grew up attending shows at Blossom!

Monahan and company achieved mainstream success with their debut album, ‘Train,’ which was released in 1998 with the hit “Meet Virginia.” Train’s 2001 album, ‘Drops of Jupiter’ contained the lead single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” which won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double-platinum in the United States and Canada and remains the band’s best-selling album to date.

Train’s third studio album, ‘My Private Nation,’ released in 2003, was certified platinum in the United States with the hit “Calling All Angels.” The band released their fourth album, ‘For Me, It’s You’ in 2006.

In late 2009, Train released the album ‘Save Me, San Francisco,’ from which the album’s three singles—-the RIAA 6x Platinum-certified international hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me”—-reached high positions on the Billboard Hot 100 at numbers 3, 34, and 34, respectively. The album itself has been certified gold by both the RIAA and ARIA and nearly hit platinum status.

In April 2012, Train released their sixth studio album titled ‘California 37.’ The first single from the album entitled “Drive By” reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a Top 10 hit in the UK, their first Top 20 single since 2009. Train released their seventh studio album titled ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ in 2014. It reached number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and received positive reviews from critics and the single “Angel in Blue Jeans” entered the Billboard Top 100. Their most recent effort is 2017’s ‘A Girl, A Bottle, a Boat.’

In the summer 0f 2017, Train headlined a show at Blossom Music Center, which was plagued by technical difficulties that failed to deliver sound to lawn patrons. Train graciously made up the show to lawn ticket holders with a free show at the more intimate Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica the following month.

Although Allen Stone’s full-length follow-up to 2015’s Radius is still without a title or release date, Stone shared the album’s first single on Monday as well. The first single off the album, “Brown Eyed Lover” has a thicker groove than much of his past work but the song is still a fine showcase for Stone’s impeccable voice. Shortly after its release, he took to social media to explain its origins.

“‘Brown Eyed Lover” depicts the internal struggle of being in a relationship while also being on the road,” Stone wrote, dedicating the song to his fiance (now wife!) “The struggle of having to leave constantly for my career but wanting the relationship to move forward.”

Stone’s latest single, “Taste of You,” and upbeat track featuring Jamie Lidell. Discussing his inspiration for the track, Stone stated: “I had the opportunity to play an Aretha Franklin tribute show at Carnegie Hall last year and I was privileged to sing ‘Say A Little Prayer’. What an iconic song! Getting to play that song in such an inspiring environment made me want to write a song just like. This was my attempt. My personal tribute. Love you Aretha.”

His latest show in Cleveland, which sold-out, was reviewed by CleveRock: RIGHT HERE!