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By Amanda Schulte-Smith Features Editor

A sweet sound is about to rip through the air in Maryville as the Student Activities Council announced that The Goo Goo Dolls will headline this year’s spring concert. The concert will be April 15th, in the Lamkin Arena. The name of the opening band will be released at a later date.

Senior Patrick Solomon, Student Activities Council concert director, presented the possible Spring concert artists varying from 311 to Ke$ha to the student population in hope of providing an artist that the students themselves would choose.

“I did a survey for the spring concert with a genre of alternative,” Solomon said. “The Goo Goo Dolls weren’t actually on the survey because we didn’t think we could get them financially.”

Solomon said The Goo Goo Dolls were not initially on the list, but when the band opened up he placed a bid immediately.

“The day the opportunity presented itself and we found out we could get them, we jumped on it and presented our offer,” Solomon said. “The whole process took two weeks to confirm.”

In order to avoid another sell out like last semester, Solomon looked into a bigger venue to host the band.

“The fall concert sold out pretty quickly so in the spring we wanted to put it in a bigger venue to give students an equal opportunity to get in,” Solomon said.

SAC hopes to draw a larger crowd than in the past as tickets open initially to students, but are also available for the band’s fan club and the general public on later dates.

“ The Goo Goo Dolls are a pretty big name so we have a lot of promotions set up and expect a turnout from surrounding cities, not just Maryville,” Solomon said.

Sophomore Chance Long missed SAC’s official announcement of the concert on X106 Tuesday night.

“I love The Goo Goo Dolls, actually,” Long, political science major, said. “Hopefully I get to the line before it runs out.”

The band made famous by their album A Boy Named Goo released in 1995, has taken the United States through a whirlwind of music genius for the last decade, releasing more than 14 top 10 singles.

The band, led by guitarist and lead singer, John Rzeznik, has constantly wowed fans and listeners with its evolving sound. Rzeznik has not seemed to age a bit over the last couple of years as he was recently added into the songwriters hall of fame in 2008.

Tickets will be on sale Tuesday, March 1 for students at $7 a ticket. Students will be limited to one ticket per person until tickets are made available to the general public on Thursday, March 10 for $14.
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