Nov 16, 2012
Written by:Ali Shrode
John Rzeznik, lead singer and guitarist from the Goo Goo Dolls, played at The Rob Machado Foundation‘s first benefit concert held at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, along with Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and Jon Swift. The event was a gaurenteed good time, and it doesn’t hurt that it was all for a good cause! The Rob Machado Foundation aims to provide funding and educational programs focused on helping children understand their part in shaping a healthy earth, and saving our ocean.
The Surf Channel was lucky enough to talk to John Rzeznik in an exclusive interview, in the midst of recording his tenth album.
The Surf Channel: Can you tell us how you got involved with The Rob Machado Foundation?
“My manager told me about it. He knows Rob and thought that I would be interested, especially because it helps to fund children’s educational programs.”
TSC: Who are some of your musical influences?
“There’s so many. Mainly Paul Westerberg, The Clash, U2.”
TSC: What are some of your inspirations when writing?
“A lot of things inspire me, but mainly I’m inspired by the way people make it through the day. It’s important to always keep your eyes open.”
TSC: What artists have you been listening to lately?
“There are a lot of good bands out there right now. I really like Adele and The Lumineers. I’m just finishing up my 10th album… so we’ve been going over a lot of our own tracks.”
TSC: Have you always been an advocate of environmental programs?
“Environmental issues have recently been brought to my attention. The environment is being pushed to the limit and it is important to do something before it is too late.”
TSC: What do you think about California surfing?
“I grew up in Buffalo, New York so I don’t know a whole lot about the surf culture here in California. It seems like the surf scene is pretty big here… I’ve tried to surf a couple times and failed miserably.”
TSC: What makes this particular Belly Up concert special?
“A good time and a good party. It’s definitely a worthwhile event that people can feel good about spending their money on.”
TSC: What do you think about a television channel dedicated to surfing and surf music?
“It’s a great idea. I think it will do really well. The surf scene continues to get bigger and bigger.”
After his show, Rzeznik turned his guitar into an $11,000 donation for The Rob Machado Foundation! Watch him on stage at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach rallying the crowd for a good cause:[youtube id="_RYSAeJDs20" width="600" height="300"]
For more information on the event visit ROB MACHADO FOUNDATION BENEFIT CONCERT BELLY UP TAVERN IN SOLANA BEACH.
For upcoming concerts at the venue, visit: www.bellyup.com.
Be sure to check out The Rob Machado Foundation and find out how you can help support environmental education.