published Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Goo Goo Dolls to play at Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga

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    The Goo Goo Dolls are Mike Malinin, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, from left.

The Goo Goo Dolls will headline this year's Riverbend Festival on Friday, June 15, according to talent and production coordinator Joe "Dixie" Fuller.

The rock band, known for such hits as "Iris" and "Slide," are the final headlining act to be announced, Fuller said. The city's largest festival will be June 8-16.

The Goo Goo Dolls are founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, along with drummer Mike Malinin, who has been a member for the last 15 years. They released their first hit single, "Name," in 1995.

In 1998, Rzeznik wrote "Iris," which originally appeared on the soundtrack for "City of Angels." It also was on the band's sixth album, "Dizzy Up the Girl," and stayed 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Singles chart.

The album also produced Top 10 hits "Slide," "Black Balloon" and "Broadway."

Previously announced Riverbend acts include Foreigner; Lauren Alaina; The Band Perry; The Happy Together Tour featuring Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; Gov't Mule; Eric Church; Charlie Wilson and Foghat.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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