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Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:35 PM
On Tuesday, four-time Grammy-nominated multi-platinum rock band Goo Goo Dolls released the trailer for “It’s Christmas All Over,” the first-ever augmented reality film musical created and presented. by the FanTracks live streaming platform.
âIt’s Christmas All Overâ will feature Goo Goo Dolls performing music from their brand new holiday album of the same name (Warner Records), but goes beyond the realm of a live concert to transport viewers through a unprecedented musical journey, all taking place in a surreal virtual world. This film also marks the group’s second time working with FanTracks, the first being a live concert in October, which is currently available on demand to subscribers on the FanTracks website.
Directed and produced by FanTracks President Barry Summers, the hour-long show will premiere exclusively for FanTracks subscribers only at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 11. The official worldwide release, which will be free to all viewers, will take place on December 12 at 7 p.m., with additional private VIP video meetups and a Q&A with the band. The program will remain available on demand free of charge for 48 hours after the premiere ends.
âIt was an amazing experience playing songs from our new album live for the first time,â said GGD frontman John Rzeznik. âWe can’t wait for everyone to see and hear these Christmas tunes in this unique way, and we hope they bring some joy to this special holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you! “
Inner Machine (the official Goo Goo Dolls fan club) began exclusive presale access on Monday, while general sale tickets are now available HERE. The âUltimate Goo Goo Dolls Christmas VIP Packageâ includes not only a private meet and greet with group founders Rzeznik and Robby Takac, but also a range of Goo Goo Dolls gear, including a limited edition Crosley record player, sweater Christmas and holiday ornaments, stockings. Exclusive VIP packages are available HERE and further opportunities for meetings and Q&A sessions will be offered, which will take place live on December 12th. complete catalog of classical concerts.
In this AR movie musical adventure, Goo Goo Dolls travels through the past, present and future in search of the lost “Christmas Spirit”; from wintery city street scenes, subways and taxis, to a 1940s sweatshop and classic ensemble from “The Ed Sullivan Show” (and beyond). As the group travels between sets, fans will follow for an intimate and festive musical experience unlike any before. Throughout, they treat fans with classic vacation standards as well as their new vacation music, and find that although people are separated by current events, they remain united by the true nature of the vacation.
During the trip, the band takes a moment to remind everyone to “Give A Little Bit” – with two signed guitars for auction to benefit Music Gives to St Jude Kids – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Writer, Director and Producer Summers, Co-Founder and Chairman of FanTracks Digital, said, âWe built all of these scenes from the live footage we captured of Goo Goo Dolls with special guest artists in October, then using augmented reality, in environments, animation and more to create something truly special that the world has never seen before. The band’s performance is exceptional and ‘It’s Christmas All Over’ is sure to become a holiday classic.
To create “It’s Christmas Everywhere”, FanTracks created a new digital format, “Musical Adventures”, using its exclusive augmented reality movie capture system using 12 Unreal Game Engine servers, three GreenHippo servers, screens Immersive Hi Lum LEDs in Custom New FanTracks – Build an LED mixed reality studio, specially designed for live music with virtual environments designed for imaginative mixed reality storytelling.
Goo Goo Dolls’ album “It’s Christmas All Over” premiered during lockdown earlier this year and was produced by Rzeznik alongside frequent band collaborators Brad Fernquist and Jimmy McGorman. Released on October 30 via Warner Records, it features a diverse collection of songs that capture the warmth and spirit of classical Christmas music. The record is packed with iconic tracks such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Let It Snow” and the all-new original “This Is Christmas”, all three of which currently rank in the top 40 on AC radio. âIt’s Christmas All Overâ is available via all digital streaming platforms here.