The multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls will officially debut their augmented reality movie musical It’s Christmas All Over on December 12th, created and presented by the livestreaming platform FanTracks. Using immersive AR technology, the special will feature the band performing music from their brand-new holiday album of the same name [Warner Records] for the very first time. Following the global premiere, It’s Christmas All Over will remain available on-demand for free for 48 hours.
Set to air live on FanTracks on December 12th at 7:00pm ET, It’s Christmas All Over goes beyond the realm of a live concert to transport viewers through an unparalleled music journey, all taking place within a surreal virtual world. In this AR movie musical adventure directed and produced by FanTracks President Barry Summers, Goo Goo Dolls travel through past, present, and future searching for the lost “Spirit of Christmas”; from wintery city street scenes, subways, and taxis; to a 1940s speakeasy and the classic set of The Ed Sullivan Show; and beyond. As the band travels between settings, fans will follow along for a unique musical experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Throughout, they treat fans to classic holiday standards as well as their new holiday music, and discover that although people are separated by current events, we remain unified by the true nature of the holiday.
On the journey, the band takes a moment to remind us all to “Give A Little Bit” – with an autographed guitar to be auctioned to benefit Music Gives to St Jude Kids – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Goo Goo Dolls’ album It’s Christmas All Over was created during lockdown earlier this year, and was produced by frontman John Rzeznik alongside the band’s frequent collaborators Brad Fernquist and Jimmy McGorman. Released October 30th via Warner Records, the record boasts a diverse collection of songs that capture the warmth and spirit of classic Christmas music. Packed with iconic holiday tracks such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, nearly every song from It’s Christmas All Over is currently charting at AC radio.
The movie musical arrives on the heels of a prolific month for Goo Goo Dolls. Following the release of It’s Christmas All Over, the band has recently unveiled festive music videos for their rendition of the classic “Let It Snow” and their original song “You Ain’t Gettin Nothin’”, as well as delivered a string of outstanding national television performances on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, Christmas In Rockefeller Center on NBC, and Live With Kelly and Ryan on ABC.
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Formed in Buffalo, NY during 1986 by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls quietly broke records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 12 million records worldwide, the group garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC—”the most of any artist.” As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.” Thus far, A Boy Named Goo  went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girl went quadruple-platinum, and Gutterflower  and Let Love In  both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us  and Magnetic  bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Boxes attracted the praise of People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them. Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008 as well.
Following a sold-out 2018 twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill [Warner Records]—igniting a bold and bright new era in the process. On October 30th, the band began a new chapter with the release of their first-ever holiday record, It’s Christmas All Over. With over 30 years together as a group, over 12 million albums sold, and 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC, Goo Goo Dolls remain at the top of their game and in a league of their own among rock bands.
FanTracks is a live streaming and fan engagement platform. The company was founded by Barry Summers and Ty Roberts in May of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to allow consumers to continue enjoying the live music experience and gain access to their favorite artists in a personal and safe way. FanTracks is a departure from services that digitally mimic traditional ticketing approaches. The platform offers music lovers access to high-quality, carefully curated, and professionally produced live shows. Its proprietary technology creates a new world of virtual music and fan experiences, from a range of group chat modes to hosted “hang out” spaces and parties, to interactive features that bring musicians and music lovers together. FanTracks’ President/Executive Producer Barry Summers is an award-winning veteran live concert/music film/TV producer, President of World Live Shows LLC, and Rock Fuel Media. In the ’90s, he worked personally with Dick Clark as Executive Producer of many successful live shows and has produced award-winning concert films/live TV Specials and numerous Billboard #1 chart-topping DVDs, CDs, and vinyl consumer product releases featuring some of the world’s biggest artists. Ty Roberts, FanTracks’ CEO and CTO is a proven serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. As a technologist, he developed technologies and data that power products like iTunes, Comcast Xfinity, and Ford Sync that are used by hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. He holds dozens of patents for his inventions and has created multiple technical standards across the industry.