Speaking out on the Gutterflower tour
2003 - June 13, 2003 | June
14, 2003 - January 15, 2004
2.11.03 East Rutherford, NJ
thanks diane for this report :-)
Robby flashed lots of peace signs throughout the show, a great
photo of which was featured on the Feb. 12th Tour Diary. (and
of course, we've got a copy in the photo
2.10.03 Tour Diary
A wonderful shout-out from the Goos!! "A quick note. . . .
. . . . .On the 15th of this month, the entire world gets
a chance to express their opinions about the potential of
war in Iraq. . . . . .or should we say the potential of the
start of a potential world conflict. . . . . . . .please,
please, please, express your opinion. . . . . . .whatever
it may be. . . . . . check www.unitedforpeace.org for information
on gatherings and events in your area. . . . . . . . . .you
have a voice, we have a voice, let's use 'em. . . . . . .
. " So get out there and make some noise!!
2.8.03 Tour Diary
Kicking off the new 11-week Bon Jovi tour, the tour
diary ended with "if you've got a second, pray someone's gonna
keep this world sane. . . . . . . .ok. . . . . More Tour Diary
tomorrow. . . . . . . . . . .see you then. . . . . . . . Peace
. . . . . . ."
Partway through the show, John made a rather cryptic statement,
possibly in reference to the climate of fear brought on by
the media: "If we all keep thinking good things, it'll get
better, and we won't all have this thing in the back of our
heads about what's gonna happen tomorrow. That's been kinda
bothering me lately." Robby was a bit more direct with his
statements, though not quite as outspoken as he was this fall.
Just before midnight, he said, "let's hope we have a peaceful
new year, my friends!" At the end of the show, before the
encore, he said, "a lot of weird shit is gonna happen over
the next year. But all you gotta do is smile, no matter what.
Just smile.... It's better than dropping bombs on people."
Robby was also flashing peace signs throughout the evening.
12.31.02 Tour Diary
The last Goo Goo Dolls Tour Diary entry of 2002 ended with
"have a great new years eve.....and an even better new year....question
the things that seem odd and pray for peace."
John talked about watching CNN on his birthday while stoned,
and becoming discouraged at all the talk of invading Iraq.
He said all we need to do is invent some kind of nuclear pot
bombs, which would render a country useless and stupid without
killing anybody. Then to take over, "just line up those Domino's
trucks at the Kuwaiti border and send 'em in!" He also suggested
lacing the water supply with Viagra, so that nobody would
think about fighting anymore. After all, "you can't fight
with a hardon!" Robby didn't say anything about the war, but
he flashed lots of peace signs all evening.
Robby spoke about the "dangerous game" in current politics,
"which should make any thinking person nervous." He also tentatively
shares his wishes for peace. Read the transcription here!
John spoke about the "democracy gap" he sees in
the US, and the corporations that "run wild over human
beings' lives." And while he chooses to keep his views
relatively behind the scenes because "nobody wants to
hear some jackass rockstar... talk about politics," he
said that he will "definitely support and protect and
defend people that have the chutzpah and the cajones to get
out there and do it... I can throw my support behind people
and help them achieve their goals." Read the rest of
the transcription here!
During a quiet moment Robby and Johnny started to talk to
the audience about Bush. Robby started off by saying: "We
profusely apologize for the buffoon running our country."
The crowd started to laugh and cheer. Johnny made quotations
with his hands and said that he gets scared when Bush makes
generalizations: "The evil doers."
Just before the encore, Robby stopped and said "on a serious
note, our President is trying to start a war." This led to
about ten minutes of discussion from John and Robby. After
some negative feedback from the audience, they stressed that
love for America is exactly why they *don't* want war. They
also pointed out that America is great because we can have
our separate opinions and all be in the same room and talk
about them. John tried to lighten things up with comments
about dropping marijuana and twinkies instead of bombs, and
dedicated "American Girl" to the guy who had spoken most vigorously
The statement that started Fans For Peace.... After
the show, out by the bus, Robby said "the President is pushing
for a war, and if he gets it, the world is gonna end. We need
to do something. If you all write letters, or something, we
can save the world."
8.22.03 Tinley Park,
quote from Lawndale
News Group - thanks tammie for finding the article!
During a show, Johnny remarked, "American Idol
isn't considered a game show, so the person with the most
votes may not be the winner. Just like our recent presidential
Robby said, "I can safely say the [band members]
are not fans of the current situation. In modern times, it's
the most self-serving presidency that has ever existed....
It's unreal. They just gave themselves free reign to do anything
they want. These guys are some evil motherfuckers." It was
clear from the article that he spoke more about the subject,
but this was the only direct quote.
Johnny and Robby apologized for Bush being stupid and the
audience went wild with applause.... The Goos seem more comfortable
talking about Bush and his policies to Canadians.
Winter 2002 Interview
During an interview on rollingstone.com,
John remarked that "cool is mass-marketed, and they sell
individuality on a massive scale. It's like, we are ALL individuals,
every one of us. But there's so many rules involved."
2003 - June 13, 2003 | June
14, 2003 - January 15, 2004