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Goo Goo Dolls, skaters team for Improv-Ice

Taking place at the Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 6

World champion Evan Lysacek will try his hand at improvisational skating to live music at the upcoming event Improv-Ice.
World champion Evan Lysacek will try his hand at improvisational skating to live music at the upcoming event Improv-Ice. (Getty Images)

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(08/11/2009) - In the sports and music world, often the greatest moments in history are the least expected or prepared for. Improv-Ice takes this idea to an exciting level with top Olympic, world and national figure skating champions putting their creativity and athletic prowess to the ultimate test of performance under pressure, in an off-the-cuff show, backed by the live music of one of the biggest popular rock bands of the past two decades, the Goo Goo Dolls.

The Show: Hosted by Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi, Improv-Ice will require each skater to perform to one contemporary piece of music chosen in advance by Lea Ann Miller, artistic director of Disson Skating, and one of the Goo Goo Dolls greatest hits, performed live by the band. To close the show, there will be a group number with the Goo Goo Dolls featuring music from their new album. The skaters will not get to hear any of the music before performing. The live audience and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the skater they feel performed the most creative routine. Results will be announced on the television special.

The Cast: Includes 2009 world champion and two-time U.S. national champion Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympic silver medalist and two-time World silver medalist Sasha Cohen, four-time world champion and four-time Canadian national champion Kurt Browning, 2008 world champion and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle, two-time world bronze medalist and three-time U.S. national champion Michael Weiss, two-time Olympic medalist and 1993 U.S. national champion Nancy Kerrigan, 2009 world silver medalist and five-time Canadian national champion Joannie Rochette, 2003 world ice dancing champion and ten-time Canadian national ice dancing champion Shae-Lynn Bourne.

The Music: In anticipation of the follow-up release to their 2006 album Let Love In, set to drop in early 2010, four-time Grammy-nominated artists the Goo Goo Dolls will perform eight of their greatest hits live with the skaters and perform three numbers from their new album. The band has become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1987. They have been topping charts for decades, having an unprecedented string of 14 consecutive number one and top 10 multi-format hit singles including "Name," "Slide," Black Balloon," Broadway," "Here Is Gone," "Big Machine," "Sympathy," "Stay With You," "Before It's Too Late," "Jim's Theme" (Treasure Planet)," and "Better Days," which, due to its uplifting lyrical spirit, was adopted by CNN as an anthem for the news channel's Hurricane Katrina recovery coverage. "Iris," from the City Of Angels soundtrack, spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the number one position for 18 consecutive weeks. By that point, sales of the soundtrack exceeded a phenomenal 10 million copies worldwide.

The title track of their 2006 album Let Love In marked the band's 20th anniversary and gave the band a record number of top 10 hits in Adult Top 40 history, beating artists including Matchbox Twenty and Sheryl Crow. Be one of the first to hear brand new tracks from the Goo Goo Dolls as they perform live at Improv-Ice.

Tickets: Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10:00 AM and are available to purchase at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets and charge-by-phone: 800-745-3000 (tickets will be available at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Monday, August 17). All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price.