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Hey Hey In Rockers and welcome to The Lobby this month. I'm in Los Angeles again doing some rehearsals shows and television appearances leading up to Goo Goo Dolls upcoming North American Tour. We're booked from July through October in N. America and then off to the UK in October. More touring on the horizon in the US and Europe after that, and we've seen some Japanese offers come through our offices, we've been waiting to return to play for you all again and we hope it works out for this album cycle! I want you all to hear all of the Japanese I've been practicing (and play music for you too)!

We're out all this summer doing shows with Collective Soul and a new band called Tribe Society opening the show. We did a show in El Paso, Texas with Collective Soul last week, they're great guys and I'm sure it's going to be an amazing summer for us all, maybe you can make a vacation trip from Japan to the US to see a few shows!

Goo Goo Dolls did a week of television in NYC, including a way too early performance for a huge national morning TV show called Today (also appearing were New Kids On The Block) and played the new single So Alive as well as some older songs throughout the TV broadcast. We also did The Conan Obrien show taped here in Hollywood, The Conan Obrien show was the first national TV show GGDS had ever performed on way back in 1993, that was many years and 3 drummers ago. Yikes. Tonight we are in LA doing an acoustic performance for the Grammy foundation and tomorrow a special trio acoustic show in Palm Springs, CA for MyFM. after that more rehearsals w/ lights and video and then it's into the tour busses and semi trucks for 90 days worth of shows, like I said, it's going to be a busy summer!

Back in Buffalo, NY, my 4 year old daughter just began taking Japanese classes at The NYS University in Buffalo, she's now got a bigger Japanese vocabulary thank her father! I will try to keep up, we have been doing Hiragana over the past few weeks and I have gotten through the first few characters and am beginning to feel like it's something that I might be able to learn. I mean, my 4 year old daughter is doing it right ? I will try to keep up. Try hard.. work hard .. very Japanese right ? Miyoko (my wife) and my daughter will actually be in Japan for a few weeks as you read this column, I'll be here making rock w/ the band and I have to admit I'm super bummed I missed the trip this time. But, they promised to bring me back something to make up for it, maybe some nice sencha, some spicy curry, or maybe some wasabi rice crackers, so at least I have that to look forward to!

Hope your summer has been great so far, I look forward to making my way back to Japan and I'll fill you in next month on GGDS and the Good Charamel Records Japanese roster and their ''Adventures'' in the US for 2016! All the best to you all and talk next month!

Peace, Robby
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