Bringing an added element of entertainment to the racing weekend, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is pleased to announce that The Goo Goo Dolls will headline the Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert at the 28th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at the conclusion of on-track activities on Saturday, April 13. The outdoor stage will be in front of the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The concert will be free to all ticket holders for Saturday's racing events.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring the cars and stars of the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), is one of the premier sporting events in Southern California. More than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the three-day event, which takes place on the streets of downtown Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Entertainment and Convention Center and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
"Thousands of fans were treated to a great show at last year's Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert at the Grand Prix of Long Beach," said Ed Sachs, executive vice president of mobile entertainment for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "We're excited to see an even bigger crowd this year as we bring a great band like The Goo Goo Dolls to entertain the CART race fans."
The Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert Series will make stops at the Primedia Spring Break Tuner Bash in Daytona Beach, Florida on March 22, the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland on July 13, and the Grand Prix of Denver on August 31. Performers will be announced prior to each event.
"We are delighted to have Pioneer - a Long Beach-based company - back to sponsor the Rock & Roar weekend and look forward to hosting the Goo Goo Dolls on stage after the race activities on Saturday," commented Grand Prix President Jim Michaelian. "Entertainment is a major factor in the success of the Toyota Grand Prix and the addition of the Goo Goo Dolls assures that this year's event will set another milestone in this regard."
The Goo Goo Dolls, featuring John Rzeznik on guitar, Robby Takac on bass and Mike Malinin on drums, will release its eighth album on April 9 on Warner Bros. Records, entitled Gutterflower. The first single 'Here is Gone' was released to radio last week and is already the #1 added song on the modern rock, rock, Top 40 and album adult alternative formats. The Grammy nominated, multi-platinum band's previous albums, include Goo Goo Dolls (1987), Jed (1989), Hold Me Up (1991), Superstar Carwash (1993), A Boy Named Goo (1995). Dizzy up the Girl (1998) and EOAC (2001). In 1998, the group's compelling ballad "Iris" appeared on both the soundtrack to the film City of Angels and on the band's sixth release, Dizzy Up The Girl." "Iris" went on to break radio airplay records, reaching the No. 1 spot on six separate Billboard charts.
Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including visual/audio, navigation, and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors.