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Train and Goo Goo Dolls take 2019 tour to Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Aug. 1

Train and Goo Goo Dolls take 2019 tour to Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Aug. 1
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From a press release:

In a very early announcement for the summer concert season, multi-platinum pop/alternative rock icons Train and the Goo Goo Dolls revealed at midnight that they will bring their nationwide 2019 summer tour to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.

Special guest Allen Stone, a soul and R&B singer/songwriter from Washington state, will open the show.

A fan club pre-sale begins on Monday, Nov. 12 at noon. The Citi cardmember pre-sale starts on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at noon, followed by the Live Nation and radio pre-sales on Thursday, Nov. 15 at noon.

Tickets, which range from $29.50-$125, will be available to the general public starting next Friday, Nov. 16 at noon through livenation.com, the Live Nation app, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Train is a multi-Grammy and Billboard Award-winning band from San Francisco, California that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Their hits include “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drive By,” “Play That Song,” and “Calling All Angels,” selling more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, amassing over a billion streams with multiple platinum/gold citations, and dozens of other honors.

Train’s climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994, as the original five-member band tenaciously built a loyal following leading up to their first album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit, and 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter” broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy Award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40 and snared the Best Rock Song Grammy by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs.

The group won another Grammy in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the No. 1 bestselling smash and most downloaded single of 2010 from their multi-platinum album “Save Me, San Francisco.” Next was 2012’s “California 37,” which launched the hit “Drive By,” reaching the Top 10 in 13 countries. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and dozens of other honors. In 2014, the band’s seventh studio album, “Bulletproof Picasso,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned rave reviews.

Following a well-received holiday album in 2015, “Christmas in Tahoe,” which brings their signature sound to holiday classics as well as several original songs, the band released their eighth studio album, “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat,” via Columbia Records in 2017, which spawned the lead single “Play That Song.” The track went platinum in four countries, including the U.S., hit the Top 5 on the U.S. iTunes chart, the Top 10 on Hot AC radio, charted on the Adult Top 40, and holds almost 70 million streams on Spotify alone.

Train’s “Greatest Hits” album was just released today. The collection and epic nationwide tour will celebrate 20 years of beloved music and hits. The album pulls together 16 fan-favorites, plus a special cover of one of frontman Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” Their version features world-renowned saxophonist Kenny G, and the music video for the cover (embedded below) features Sexy Sax Man and Richard Karn (“Home Improvement’s” Al Borlan).

“I have avoided a ‘greatest hits’ record for a long time. I’ve always thought of those records as a way of saying, ‘Welp, it was fun while it lasted,’ and that stressed me out. We live in a new music world now, though, and having people be able to find songs they love faster and easier seems like a great idea,” Monahan said.

“We’re proud and excited that this is the list of songs that built the band for 25 years. Hope they take you to as many great memories as they take us.”

Monahan partakes in other ventures outside of music with his Drops of Jupiter wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine go to Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 project, “Does Led Zeppelin II,” a cover album in tribute of their favorite band, saw 100 percent of the band’s proceeds going to Family House.

The multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls​ are one of the most globally respected
and influential forces in popular music, selling more than 12 million albums. Formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986, guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac spent their first decade traversing North America in a van and bringing their raucous brand of melodic punk rock to college kids and winning over small but enthusiastic crowds of fans. They released a series of albums before breaking through commercially with their fifth, 1995’s “A Boy Named Goo,” followed by 1998’s quadruple platinum “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which produced five Top 10 singles and sold nearly six million copies worldwide.

Goo Goo Dolls scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. It remains one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music.

The band has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy nominations), and recorded and released 11 studio albums. Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

Their latest full-length album, “Boxes,” was lauded by the likes of People, Huffington Post, and Metro, who call the album a “step forward in the band’s extensive repertoire.” “Boxes” features the hit “So Alive,” which the Goo Goo Dolls performed everywhere from “The Today Show” and “The Talk” to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Conan.”

On May 12, 2017, they released a five-song EP, “You Should Be Happy,” which has four original songs and a remix of the title track “Boxes” from their 2016 album. Marking the 20th anniversary of their most successful album, “Dizzy Up the Girl,” they embarked on a commemorative tour starting on Sept. 30, playing the album in its entirety.

Goo Goo Dolls will be releasing their brand new live album “The Audience Is That Way (The Rest of the Show) [Live], Vol. 2” on Nov. 23 via Warner Bros. Records. The band is currently in the studio working on their 12th studio album.