Goo Goo Dolls & FanTracks Present The First-Ever Augmented-Reality Movie Musical “It’s Christmas All Over”
Multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls, debuts the trailer for It’s Christmas All Over, the first-ever augmented-reality movie musical, created and presented by the livestreaming platform FanTracks. It’s Christmas All Over 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 an unparalleled music journey, all taking place within a surreal virtual world. This movie also marks the second time that the band has worked with FanTracks, the first being a livestream concert in October, which is currently available on-demand to subscribers on the FanTracks website.
Directed and produced by FanTracks President Barry Summers, the full hour-long program will first air as an exclusive sneak-peak for FanTracks subscribers only on December 11 at 4pm PT/7pm ET. The official global release, which will be free to all viewers, will happen at 4pm PT/7pm ET on December 12 along with additional VIP private video Meet-and-Greets and a Q&A with the band. The program will remain available on-demand for free for 48 hours after the conclusion of the premiere.
“It was such an amazing experience getting to play songs from our new record live for the first time,” says John Rzeznik. “We can’t wait for everyone to see and hear these Christmas tunes in this unique way, and we hope they bring some cheer to this peculiar holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us to every single one of you!!”
Inner Machine (the official Goo Goo Dolls fan-club) began exclusive pre-sale access on November 23, while general on-sale tickets are available now HERE. The “Ultimate Goo Goo Dolls Christmas VIP Package” not only includes a private Meet & Greet with band founders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, but also a fantastic array of Goo Goo Dolls gear including a limited-edition Crosley Record Player, a Christmas sweater, holiday ornaments, stockings, and much more. Exclusive VIP Packages are available HERE and other Meet & Greet and Q&A session opportunities will be offered, which will take place live on December 12. FanTracks subscribers also gain early access and on-demand access to It’s Christmas All Over as well as FanTracks’ full catalog of classic concerts.
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In this AR movie musical adventure, 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 an intimate and festive 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 two autographed guitars to be auctioned to benefit Music Gives to St Jude Kids – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Writer, director, and producer Barry Summers, Co-Founder & President of FanTracks Digital LLC, says, “We built all these scenes from the live footage we captured of the Goo Goo Dolls along with special guest performers in October, and then using augmented reality, layered in the environments, animation, and more to create something really special that the world has not seen before. The band’s performance is outstanding, and It’s Christmas All Over is sure to become an instant holiday classic.”
To create the It’s Christmas All Over, FanTracks created a new digital format, Music Adventures using their proprietary Augmented Reality Film Capturing system utilizing 12 Unreal game engine servers, three GreenHippo servers, immersive Hi Lum LED Screens in FanTracks new custom build LED Mixed Reality Studio, built specifically for live music with virtual environments designed for Mixed Reality imaginative storytelling.
Goo Goo Dolls’ album It’s Christmas All Over was created during lockdown earlier this year, and was produced by Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik alongside the band’s frequent collaborators Brad Fernquist and Jimmy McGorman. Released October 30th via Warner Records, it boasts a diverse collection of songs that capture the warmth and spirit of classic Christmas music. The record is packed with iconic tracks such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and the brand new original “This Is Christmas,” all three of which currently rank in the top 40 at AC radio. It’s Christmas All Over is available now via all digital streaming platforms here, and exclusive merch offers including a red vinyl LP, a Goo Goo Dolls Crosley record player and additional limited edition holiday items are available via the band’s website HERE.