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Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to a wintery edition of The Lobby coming to you from the warmth of my little house in Buffalo, NY! Happy Holidays to you all and I hope you had a great New Year celebration and all your dreams and wishes come true for 2019. As I write to you this month Christmas is in a few days, and with a 6-year-old daughter in the house, as you could imagine, it’s a pretty exciting time of year! The trees up, The Santa is on the front lawn, even have nice twinkly light s in the bushes, and we did it up right this year! We have been spending our Christmases yearly between my wife Miyoko’s hometown of Tokyo and my hometown of Buffalo, last year we spent The Holidays in Japan so this year Hana got a good old chaotic American Christmas before we make our way to Japan to celebrate New Years with my wife Miyoko’s family!

It’s been busy with real life stuff since I got back from the tour, taking care of the house, school functions and such for the last few weeks, but I spend the first half of each day working on demos for new songs for the next Goo Goo Dolls release (due out in Spring / Summer of 2019). John’s been working on new stuff for the last few months as well and we are going to be getting things together soon to sort out the details of the next release accompanied by a 60 date tour of the US w/ San Francisco’s Train and Allen Stone.

The Music is Art foundation here in Buffalo became the beneficiary of an event thrown every year here by fellow Buffalonian Billy Sheehan (MR BIG/David Lee Roth). The organization is called MOB (Musicians of Buffalo) and they gather yealy around this time to play Christmas songs, some bad ass rock tunes and celebrate with some of the local talent that began alongside Billy in the 70s and have watched Billy’s career over the years. He’s a great guy, I know that for a fact because many years ago back in the 80s all of Goo Goo Dolls equipment was stolen and without even having met me Billy heard about the theft and sent me a brand new bass guitar …. Buffalonians are like that, if you ever get a chance to visit you’ll see …. Oh and you’ll probably get to see NIAGARA FALLS TOO!

I got up onstage with MOB for the last couple of songs they played, joining them in a rousing rendition on AC/DCs YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG and closing the night out with a group chorus of SILENT NIGHT led by Billy’s wife Elisabetta.

…. In the end Billy and the MOB gang raised a bunch of money to help with Music is Arts mission in the community and had a great time with friends …. Sounds like what the holiday season is supposed to be!

OK, Christmas time’s coming at us like a freight train and as I mentioned we’re headed to Japan for the new year, and that’s when I’ll be catching up with all of my In Rock friends next, I hope you all had a great holiday and I look forward to filling you in on my goings on during my next trip to Japan!

All the Best in 2019

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