AG UPDATE Live in Pictures: Goo Goo Dolls make their long-overdue Bangkok debut

We’re not sure why it had taken this long for Goo Goo Dolls to play in Bangkok, but last Monday (Feb 13) wasn’t a bad time to watch the band’s founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac bring some timeless rock to a city so steeped in rave parties. Not at all.

It’s not so much about an audience’s frustration as it is about the band’s three decades’ worth of experience that culminates in stellar showmanship and a seamless technical delivery, especially during some of the more layered tracks that may not necessarily be mastered live.

Goo Goo Dolls took on a setlist of 22 songs that featured all their hits, deep cuts and new singles from eleventh and latest album Boxes, including “Slide”, “Naked”, “Broadway”, “Iris”, “Sympathy”, “Rebel Beat” and “Over and Over”.

The BCC Hall wasn’t filled to the brim and it may have been uncomfortably chilly if it hadn’t been for the zeal of long-time fans and jokesters, who took turns crying out witty and side-splitting comments that only frontman Rzeznik, a tongue-in-cheek entertainer himself, was quick enough shut down (“We can have a Q&A period later. Trying to play a fucking show here.”)

Here’s a look at what went down at Goo Goo Dolls’ first ever show in Bangkok. (Click link for some great photos) Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Robby Takac Deliver Greatest Hits Show in Manila

Goo Goo Dolls unlock their hits

“Manila, it’s good to be here, with you,” drawled Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, who offered, on February 11 at the Araneta Coliseum, a “Greatest Hits” concert, alongside his band.

Opening with “Over and Over,” the first track off their latest effort Boxes, helped set the tone for the evening. Presented by Random Minds, the Goo Goo Dolls Live in Manila was a dynamic and well-paced blend of old and newer material. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac provided memorable performances, giving many fans enough great memories to last a very long time. They performed a bevy of hits, including “Slide,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Balloon,” “Better Days” and “Before It’s Too Late.”

The hit-making band also played their arguably three of their biggest songs in “Sympathy,” “Broadway” and the No. 1 megahit “Iris,” from the 1998 City of Angels soundtrack.
Electrifying and impressive

Goo Goo Dolls closed their main set with a rousing “Broadway” before returning to the stage for the obligatory encore.

“(Of course) You knew we were coming back,” exclaimed Rzeznik with a knowing smirk before performing the anthemic “Long Way Home.” “You knew we forgot to play (this) one.”

At the end, Rzeznik and Takac bid their goodbyes, thanked everyone present, walked off stage, accompanied by bursts of applause and standing ovations by the thousands of spectators delighted by their solid performances.

Enjoying a remarkable career, which includes a host of successful albums with an impressive series of hits which have sold million records worldwide, Goo Goo Dolls after 30 years, played for the first time in Manila, on February 11, 2017.

February 20, 2017 Jayson Paor

**Check out the Goo Goo Dolls gallery captured by Jude Ng by clicking the link below**:

The Nation – Goo Goo Dolls Make it Worth the Wait



    American alt-rock band the Goo Goo Dolls were finally on a Bangkok stage on Tuesday and it wasn’t long before frontman John Rzeznik took a mild snipe at his homeland’s new alt-right president.

    “Everyone looks beautiful tonight,” the 51-year-old singer-guitarist said. “It’s great to see a lot of happy people here tonight, because we’re so miserable back home – at least half of us!”

    One of the most popular rock bands of the ’90s added an extra half-hour to their tardiness before finally arriving onstage at Central Plaza Lat Phrao’s BCC Hall for their long-overdue Thailand debut.

    It wasn’t quite a full house, but the fans, both foreign and local, knew enough to get there early to be close to the stage when the Dolls launched into a string of folk-laced rock hits and new music from “Boxes”, their latest album.

Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac, the remaining original members, had at their backs guitarist Brad Fernquist, drummer Craig Macintyre and Korel Tunador on keyboards and sax.

They kicked off the show with “Over and Over”, the lead-off single from “Boxes” before Rzeznik greeted the crowd with “Hello! How are you doing Bangkok?”

    More upbeat tracks followed – “Long Way Down”, “Slide”, “Big Machine” and “Rebel Heart” – and then a battery of hits, including “Here is Gone” and “Black Balloon”.

    Rzeznik handed the microphone over to Takac, who delivered “Smash” and “Bringing on the Light” with tremendous enthusiasm and energy.

    Next was the acoustic ballad “Name”, their breakthrough hit from the 1995 double-platinum album “A Boy Named Goo”.

“It’s been more than 20 years since this song came out,” Rzeznik said. “It was our first song that got played on the radio. Robby and I were still boys, touring around in a van. And now when I hang out I get young girls coming up to me saying, ‘My mom loves your band!’ So here it is, and tell your mom I said Hi!”

    Rzeznik sang it with his famously raspy voice, yet it felt as soft as memory’s pillows.

That was followed by an extended series of Goo Goo Dolls landmarks – the piano-clad pop rock of “So Alive”, the grungy “Naked”, an acoustic version of “Sympathy”, “Dizzy” done with punk flair, and the pop-rock ballad “Better Days”.

Takac took the mic once again to sing the rocking “Already There” from 1993’s “Superstar Car Wash”, another commercially and critically successful album.

    Rzeznik swung back for “Come to Me”, “The Pin” and “Stay With You”, before the band cracked into their biggest hit of all, “Iris”, which had the fans singing along at the top of their lungs.

    “Broadway” from the same album – “Dizzy Up the Girl” in 1998 – concluded the show, Rzeznik bowing off with “Thank you and good night! We hope to be back and see your beautiful faces here again very soon.”

    “Very soon” proved to be a couple of minutes. The encore was a powerful rendition of “Long Way Home” from their latest album, the final chords hammered out in a shower of white confetti and big balloons.

    Like most bands with large repertoires of tunes to choose from, the Goo Good Dolls made good use of diverse sounds to reflect 11 studio albums across a 30-year career. The set list riveted the attention and felt like a musical journey.

Takac doesn’t get credit as frontman, but his showmanship and musicianship more than justified his starring role onstage. Without his energetic delivery, the show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as much fun.

    Rzeznik, with his high spirits and playfulness, kept the proceedings both intimate and casual, constantly engaging the fans and pulling them in closer. His voice was as fresh and powerful as ever, and there’s nothing more thrilling than seeing a musician who enjoys playing his music and giving his all in a show, especially after three decades.

Dolls Make it Worth the Wait Goo Dolls thrill PH fans in first ever Manila concert

This may sound a bit odd, I’ve noticed from being in the photo pit so often, that there is an energy you can feel from over your shoulder. And not just in the form of screaming fans, but there’s an invisible force and it varies greatly from show to show. You can’t see it but you know it’s there. You don’t look back, because mostly you’re focused on your camera settings and the activity on the stage, where the energy is also reflected in the performers. And the force was palpable when the Goo Goo Dolls, hailing from Buffalo, New York, brought their rock style to the other side of the globe to Manila for the first time.

Bass player, Robby Takac, jokingly explained to the crowd why it took them so long to make it here, “We just wanted to make sure we were very well-practiced, so we took 30 years and were all practiced up for you guys.”

Exuberance was in the air as the near-capacity crowd waited in eager anticipation for the event to kick off last Saturday night, February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. And the dynamic duo of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the two remaining original members, did not disappoint with a string of chart-topping tracks. Impressively, the technical consistency of an often complex layered sound was fantastic, which can be tricky to pull off live. John’s voice, you could argue, has improved with age, there were no hiccups or hesitations, all sung with a rich, unmistakable quality that you don’t come across too often.

They’ve been around for over 3 decades, forming in 1986, a long period of time in the music business, or in any business for that matter, and at this concert they showed us why. This tour is in support of their 11th studio album, Boxes, and remarkably none of the songs came off as stale or pretentious, still a fresh out of the box (pun intended) atmosphere. One of the pillars to their secret of longevity, is a no-nonsense approach. There was no over-the-top lighting schematic, highly polished video presentations or elaborate stage props, other than some confetti cannons and oversized balloons to finish up the concert, they let the music do the talking. It was just a bunch of folks sharing their music, really what a concert should be. Yes, it was an inspired and passionate show that delighted everyone in attendance, lasting for almost two hours, but it was the dynamic stage presence of John and Robby combined that caught your attention.

As John so eloquently introduced Robby, “and my partner for the last ten million years…”

Obviously feeding off each other’s energy, they often seemed to be functioning as one. John for the most part was stationary, front and center at the mic stand on lead vocals, with gentle flowing movements, often swapping between electric and acoustic guitar. Robby on the other hand, frantically moved about the stage, darting from left to right. He handled the bass guitar as though it were an extension of his body, all the while remarkably never missing a beat. John may be the epitome of cool, with his ageless handsome looks, flowing locks and dimpled chin while Robbie sports the disheveled, just-rolled-out-of-bed look, even performing the entire night in his socks. They are just at opposite ends of the spectrum which complement each other extremely well.

Usually, a bass guitarist doesn’t move much at all, a rhythmic sway or a melodic pattern, keeping the beat along with the drummer, Craig Macintyre. But Robby didn’t stay still for a nano second; he performed with a unique high energy style and passion like you’ve never seen before. Singing background vocals on most tracks, but he’s really the second lead vocalists and took the spotlight position on a few songs from their early catalog and “Free of Me” on the latest record. Also interacting with the fans, he fired up the crowd when called for, which didn’t take much encouragement, and touching base with the other members of the band, clowning around with the guitarist, Brad Fernquist or scruffing up the hair of the keyboardist, Korel Tunador .

Before the show began, I went backstage to get a drink of water, and noticed some commotion near the dressing rooms, with a slight burning smell in the air. There were some emergency personnel there, but no one was panicking and everything seemed under control so I just went on about my business.

Later during the show, John addressed the crowd with a story that seemed told just for a punch line, “We had a little fire backstage, all my pants were burned. This is a true story.” he said, not sure if anyone was believing him at this point, “I walked out of the dressing room, when we came back, all of my pants were on fire. So if anybody wants to donate a pair of pants to a guy,” as he cleared his throat as someone in the crowd offered their pants, “I’m not taking your pants, so please keep your pants on, as they say.” the arena erupted with laughter.

John spoke to the crowd on a handful of occasions, at times with a self deprecating manner and relatable banter with a genuine presence that made everyone feel right at home. As he introduced the song “Name”, he said, “This song was really the song we were going to, I was going to quit playing music because we couldn’t make any money doing it. And my wife wanted to have a real life, which to me sounded f–king horrible” as the crowd responded in laughter, he continued, “So I had the ultimatum put to me so I immediately sat down on the sofa and I was like, I’ve gotta write a f–king song, I’ve gotta write a f-cking song, I’ve gotta write a song and this is what came out.” And he humorously finished up with, “She’s gone, the song’s still here.”

The set list had an easy flow to it with a mixture of their incredible mega hits, also songs off the new record, an acoustic solo of “Sympathy” and even a cover song originally by Supertramp, “Give a Little Bit.” This was one of those concerts you really got your money’s worth, most bands today don’t play over 20 songs at a show, never mind 24 tracks. And it’s twenty-something songs of quality material, hit after hit, which speaks volumes about the the level of talent here. “Slide” was a fan favorite which incited a sing-along that echoed loudly throughout the venue, “Iris” may be one of those songs you need to experience performed live before you die.

Goo Goo Dolls created a well-executed, captivating performance with the combination of these two artists possessing juxtaposing styles that really draws your attention. With the admiration of their longtime fans being a testament to the quality of their work, they provided everything the audience came to see. John’s vocals became a catalyst for something special, along with animated antics of Robby, and a passion that was self-evident from all the band members. It’s one of the more memorable concert performances you’ll experience, well worth checking out. Incredible and inspiring music, it would be my pleasure to cover them again, well done from start to finish. –

Goo Goo Dolls rocks Manila concert stage

A legion of revelers proved that three decades of waiting for American rock band Goo Goo Dolls is all worth it.

Since it was formed in 1986, this was the first time that the New York-based group—composed of Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Korel Tunador, and Craig Macintyre—performed in Manila.

Their Filipino fans gathered at the Smart Araneta Colliseum last Saturday night, February 11, 2017, to jam and dance the night away while listening to some of the biggest and chart-topping singles from the ‘90s.

Check out the highlights of this one-night-only event:

Goo Goo Dolls treated Pinoy fans to a two-hour concert that offered their original and hit songs. Their performance started at around 8:30 p.m. and ended at around 10:30 p.m.

Filipino fans shouted their hearts out when their musical heroes started heating up the stage with “Turn It Up,” “Long Way Down,” and “Slide.”

Frontman/main songwriter/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik greeted concertgoers, “Hi, Manila! How are you?

“This is our first time here and in my very short time here, it has been awesome.”

He joked, “It’s just so strange that we could’ve come here twenty years ago, we never did, and but here we are in this beautiful place tonight with everybody here.”

Johnny sang his self-written song “Big Machine.”

The band was not as chatty but they did manage to express their gratitude to their Filipino fans for their unwavering support.

Their set list included “Rebel Beat,” “Here is Gone,” “Black Ballroom,” “Smash,” and “Bringing On The Light.”

Before Johnny began singing “Name,” he introduced it by saying, “This next song was the first song that played out in America. If you do, you could sing with me.

He quipped, “Your English is better than me now…”

While introducing the song, the 51-year-old musician mentioned that his wife originally “wanted me to have a real life.”

The Goo Goo Dolls also played “So Alive,” “Naked,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Better Days,” “Stay With You,” “Already There,” and “Free of Me.”

Johnny admitted, “I’m a little overwhelmed right now… because I got no pants and I’m in a foreign country.”

Prior to their concert, he joked about the fact that all his pants were on fire.

He dedicated the song “Come To Me” to his wife “who’s on the other side of the world.”

The lead vocalist even requested their fans, “Can you say hi for me?”

Meanwhile, their song “Sympathy” is about doing a lot of drugs and “not in a fun way.”

He told the audience, “I never wished anyone that drug experience.”

Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without hearing the iconic song “Iris” from the 1998 movie City of Angels.

Goo Goo Dolls rounded things off with “Broadway,” “Give A Little Bit,” and “Long Way Home”

Hit link for photos: ~ The Goo Goo Dolls in Manila: 30 Years in the Making

The bright and sunny disposition the weather displayed all day served as a premonition of sorts for what was to happen later on that evening; after all, boys and girls of all ages waited all their lives to be able to see the venerable John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, more popularly known as the Goo Goo Dolls, take the stage in Manila.

And that’s exactly what happened on the evening of February 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, thanks to Random Minds Productions.

Rzeznik and Takac set foot onstage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in front of a jam-packed crowd: all fans of the music that has, at one point, become the soundtrack of their lives. The crowd was given a nostalgia trip as early as the show began; classic hits such as “Slide,” “Big Machine,” “Here is Gone,” and “Black Balloon” were included in the setlist, much to the delight of every ‘90s kid in the audience.

Rzeznik, the band’s chief songwriter, shared bits and pieces of his life, narrating along the way how some of the band’s songs were written during trying times. “Sympathy” was about drug use, “and I mean not the good kind!” says the enigmatic guitarist/vocalist, and how some were written for loved ones (“Come to Me” was written for wife Melina Gallo in time for 2003’s Magnetic).

Everyone shared a few laughs when Rzeznik shared how “Name” (from 1995’s A Boy Named Goo) came to be because of ex-wife Laurie Farinacci and retorted, “She’s long gone, but the song’s still here.”

Takac wasn’t going to be just the sideman, being the bassist that he is; he also displayed his own vocal chops, singing songs from previous records that featured him as the lead vocalist, including “Already There” from 1993’s Superstar Car Wash, “Smash” from 2002’s Gutterflower, and “Free of Me” off the new record, 2016’s Boxes.

He also engaged the crowd in banter, saying that their visit to Manila was 30 years in the making, and made a promise that they won’t wait as long ‘til their next stop in the country.

The highlight of the long-time-coming show was when drummer Craig McIntyre set the tone with a somber beat, followed by a few measures on a mandolin played by guitarist Brad Fernquest, leading into “Iris,” to the thunderous applause of every single soul in the venue. Every word and every note was sung passionately, as if it served as the song of two generations – the older being the ones who were growing up while the City of Angels was making its rounds in cinemas worldwide, and the younger generation, old enough to be their children.

For the people who came to see the Goo Goo Dolls that evening, their coming meant a lot of things that ultimately lead to one truth: it was a dream come true.

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New InRock blog from Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac

Hey hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby …. As most of you know, I’m here in the USA writing to you every month here as my band travels around the globe, makes records and also letting you in a bit on my personal life and my relationship with Japan and Japanese culture. My wife Miyoko came here to the US after we met on my first tour of Japan in 1995 and we have been living between Los Angeles and Buffalo, NY since 1999. It’s been over 10 years of columns here in In Rock magazine and we’ve seen some pretty crazy things happen through our time together, I think we may be having another one.

In the US we’ve had 3 Presidents since our column began; George Bush Jr, 2 terms of Obama and as I’m sure you are all aware as of a few days ago Donald Trump has been elected to the highest office of our government. There has always been criticism of our leaders from within, but Trump’s presidency has been met with many, many large protests here in the US since his inauguration, and probably the largest immediate social movement since the 1960s, most of these protests have been driven by women’s groups offended by repeated dangerous off the cuff comments on twitter and a history of perceived sexist behavior by the new President … GIRL POWER RIGHT?

So, here’s why I bring this all up, I’ve been watching these moments through the eyes of my wife and daughter, I feel a need to try to explain the nastiness and outrageous behavior we’re beginning to see broadcast all over the world in the media and also felt a need to try to explain this all to you as well …. Not sure how this is going to go in 600 words, but I’ll give it a try because I’d like to try to explain why the country is acting this way.

This was a very divisive Presidential election cycle, with Donald Trump facing off against Hillary Clinton in our General Presidential Election. Trump, (a Reality TV star / Real Estate Developer) used his media savvy to generate excitement with a very frustrated portion of America who felt their best interests have been lost in an attempt by Obama’s administration to make a “more inclusive” culture with social safety nets to help those who are not in a position to help themselves.

The way I see it the people Trump speaks for felt like their best their interests should be cared for before the interests of other nations and immigrants new to this country, disregarding the delicate balance of power that exists in our now truly global society. Trump came into power using the power the media and his fame within the mainstream of television minded America to deliver these messages, generating momentum with unorthodox and controversial statements that resounded with his crowd, and his boisterous tone and callousness infuriated the more liberal and socially minded people here in the US.

The elections were held and Trump lost the popular vote in the US by nearly 3,000,000 votes, but through a process used in elections here called the Electoral College, Trump gained enough votes within the official voting body representing the voters in each district to become the President Elect and soon thereafter on January 20th The President (which also happens to be my daughter Hana chan’s birthday!).

After the election results were released women’s groups harnessed those same social media outlets used by Trump here in the US and began to organize a march to promote their belief in love, inclusiveness and equality in Washington DC on Trump’s first day in office. That march occurred and shattered the expectations of the organizers, even before the DC march started they saw the movement going worldwide (Thank u Japan!) and within hours they began to see growth beyond the women’s groups (although the pink hats representing the original march always made for a joyous and colorful mood at the marches). That movement and the energy it has generated has now made it’s way across the globe and it has become a peaceful International cry to the USA’s leaders for love, compassion and reason. That doesn’t really sound like a bad thing.

This is a wild and exciting time here in the US, kind of scary, but kind of inspiring as well. When I see people’s efforts organized to make sure the best interest of their brothers and sisters are paid attention to even in the face of adversity.

OK. I think I did it in a (long) 600 words (or so)… thanks for listening, at least it made me feel better, hope it cleared things up a bit for you. We’ll be back next month to cover GGDS trips to Manila and Bankok and I’ll be writing you next from Tokyo, filling u in on our adventures as we visit friends and family in Japan!

Peace and talk soon!


Philippine Primer – The Goo Goo Dolls wows Filipino fans during concert in Manila

90s music has been undoubtedly the best thing that ever happened to everyone. With the emergence of rap music, RnB, boy bands and teen pop, and alternative rock bands – it’s just filled with musical perfection.

To put it simply, music of the 90s was the age of everything, including the discovery of American alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls, who staged a one-night concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February 11, Saturday.

Months ago, Filipinos went frenzy as concert promoter Random Minds Production announced the much-awaited concert of the band. As expected, thousands of the band’s patrons have flocked at the venue to watch their musical heroes relieved the music that hits them on multiple levels.

As the lights dimmed, rollicking audience went screaming as the band went so strong on stage and guitar riffs penetrated the venue. Crowd went wild as they perform “Over and Over”, “Long Way Down”, and “Slide”.

One of the amazing things that made this concert one for the records was because of how precise and polish they performed LIVE, especially the punchy and warm drum beats they’re known for.

Rzeznik also performed “Come To Me” which was originally dedicated for his wife. He said he felt really overwhelmed with how the Filipino have welcomed and appreciated their music up to now.

In their newest album Boxes, the band did a new approach to their music and enlisted some songwriters who’ve helped them craft their new album. Few of those they performed that night were “So Alive” ,“Over and Over” and “The Pin”.

The band also did some slew of hits such as “Rebel Beat”, “Here is Gone” ,“Naked” ,“Name” , “Broadway” and more.

And there goes the part of the long pause as John Rzeznik gives hint of the twangy sound, and from that very moment – on his “B” string, he played “Iris” – the soundtrack for the 1988 film, “The City of Angels” and an acoustic ballad that stayed on the top spot of Billboard Airplay chart in 1998 for 18 (non-consecutive) weeks.

The concert has ended with shower confetti and balloons, along Rzeznik’s promise of coming back very soon.

People would’ve probably experienced post-concert depression after this stellar performance from the group whose music have brought back so many memories and whose heartfelt and feel-good lyrics have created an impact tobeveryone in the world.

This concert is presented by Random Minds Productions.


Over & Over

Long Way Down


Big Machine

Rebel Beat

Here is Gone

Black Balloon


Bringing Light


So alive


Before it’s too late

Better Days

Stay With You

Already There

Free of Me

Come to Me

The Pin




Give a little bit

Long Way Home

Goo Goo Dolls wows Filipino fans with concert in Manila

One Man Anthem – Concert Review: Goo Goo Dolls’ Boxes Tour

Here are five reasons why attending the concert of the Goo Goo Dolls was worth every cent

1 – The band released new material in 2016 but was not arrogant to admit that’s not enough to make a great show.

Many artists tend to focus on recent albums for reasons that can be justified – they have outgrown the songs they once recorded, mileage for the latest output determines longevity and secures their label deals, or simple reluctance to admit that they cannot replicate the quality music they used to generate.

No matter the reason, the Goo Goo Dolls concert felt like a greatest hits tour, bringing in the all-time favorites across albums, from their breakout track Name, to the most popular song ever heard in the history of US radio Iris, to new sentimental favorite Come to Me. It could’ve been a memorable show solely for the group but they made sure it was for everyone else.

2 – The 90s was a golden decade for music and they continue to represent why it was.

Twenty years back, the music landscape was strikingly different. There were no autotunes, technology played a minimal role in the creative process and collaborations were the exception, not the rule.

None of these have creeped in to the music of the band. It was about the vocals, the lyrics and the instrumentation. Changes are not necessarily bad. But watching a beautiful thing remain constant is reaffirming and satisfying.

3 – Unlike artists who capitalize on their public persona to drive music, the group never played that game. However, it did not prevent them from establishing personal connections with the audience.

No gimmicks, just songs. It almost bars appreciation when the connection is simply music. (I want to shoot myself for saying simply music as there can be no greater foundation of a relationship).

Having said that, John Rzeznik delivered great stories, and at times, funny ones. Most memorable was the tale of how Name came about. His wife was nagging him about getting a real life and he felt the pressure to deliver. It generated their first airplay hit. Years passed, the track is around but his wife isn’t anymore.

4 – Now that they are less popular and trendy, not a lot of individuals intent on simply riding the bandwagon showed up

The biggest injustice is having people who attend concerts solely to have stories put on their social media accounts and see what mileage it can bring their status. These sets of individuals deprive those who genuinely want to witness the inspiration of their lives belt it out and get mesmerized and hypnotized in the moment. Not to mention, their photo and video moments tend to block the view of people behind. In other words, posers and fakers ruin the experience.

I’m not saying the Goo Goo Dolls concert had none. But now that Slide and Here is Gone are radio hits of the past and Boxes and Magnetic have not been on the radar of the cool kids, you could see people beside you who were just as thrilled that they are seeing one of the 90s legends rock it out and sing the story of their lives.

5 – John Rzeznik might be the most popular but he’s not one to hoard the spotlight

One of my favorite moments during concerts is when the lead vocalist introduces the rest of his band to the audience. Not only because they deserve credit, but some don’t actually prefer the lead. (Although in this specific case, I still prefer John.)

Robby, the bassist and co-founding member of Rzeznik, was allowed to sing tracks, even though less mainstream, from past albums where he sang lead on. In no way did John intervene to make the moment his own.

Concert Review: Boxes Tour Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac talks the ‘90s and shares what to expect from the band’s upcoming ABC performance

As the Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac have been making music together for over three decades. In 1995, on the album, A Boy Named Goo, the world was introduced to the song “Name” which became the band’s first big commercial success. 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl brought us more hits like “Slide” and of course “Iris.”

For over 30 years now, the Goo Goo Dolls have helped create the soundtrack to our lives. In 2016 alone, they released their 11th album, Boxes, and managed to play 125 shows from April to December. Now, they’re getting ready to make their return to network television with a live performance on “Shall We Dance on Ice” which airs Saturday, Feb. 11, on ABC.

In honor of the occasion, AXS sat down to speak with Goo Goo Dolls vocalist and bassist, Robby Takac.

AXS: What’s your favorite part about performing live?

Robby Takac: I think for me, it’s the moment when you feel that completion of the circle. When you see someone in the audience singing back to you and you’re like, ‘holy cow that started on my couch.’ The great thing about that is, you can have that moment in a room of 10,000 people or you can do that in a room of 10 people.

AXS: Talk to me about what it was like for you guys when you had your first big hit with ‘Name.’

RT: Well, before that we had a minor hit with a song called ‘We Are the Normal’ that we wrote with Paul Westerberg of The Replacements. He helped John with that. But ‘Name’ was really our first big hit. It sold a lot of records for us. It was played all over the radio and went to No. 1. The crazy thing is that your life changes so dramatically when something like that happens. When it happens you’re so busy it’s like there’s almost no time to even realize what you’re doing because you’re so busy doing it.

AXS: Did you have a ‘wow’ moment for you when it all actually sunk in?

RT: Yeah. I’m from Buffalo and I grew up going to see concerts my whole life. There was this old hockey rink called Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. I saw KISS and Cheap Trick there. I could go on and on. The list of bands I saw play in this place. We had been on tour for that new album ‘Name’ was on and we finally came home and we did a show there. It was with No Doubt and Bush. It was a big tour. We showed up there and there was like 20,000 people in the building. We were playing and I just remember standing on the stage and my grandmother sitting on the side of the stage, waving to me during the show. That was a moment when I kind of looked around and thought, ‘I am standing right where I want to be. And this is awesome.’

AXS: Tell me a little bit about your latest album, Boxes.

RT: Boxes is our 11th album. It was the second album where we used a bit of a different process. We had always had a bunch of songs and then we would hire a producer and go in to record the album. It got to be a crazy process for us. So with Magnetic, which was the record before Boxes, we began going into the studio one song, two songs at a time, just kind of working on that song and not worrying about the rest of them. That allowed us to work with different producers and do songs in different studios and really kind of change up how that record felt. I really dig this record. Now that we’ve gone out and done well over 100 shows on the Boxes tour, we’re going to go in and record a little bit more and see what comes out of that.

AXS: Talk to me about what your experience has been like with ‘Shall We Dance on Ice?’

RT: It’s not the first time we’ve done the show so we knew what to expect this time. The whole thing has been really cool. We got a chance to meet some of the folks like Kristi [Yamaguchi] and Brian Boitano. This time around we already knew the components and how it went so it was real easy for us to work with everyone. It was fun. If they ever ask us back I’m sure we would love to do it again.

AXS: What can fans expect to see from you guys on the show?

RT: We’re going to be representing the ‘90s on the show. For one segment, they’ll go through periods of time, musically. While the performers skate to those, we’ll be doing some of our songs from that era. Then we’ll close up with some music off of our new record. It’s pretty cool.

As for what’s next after the show, Robby told AXS that the Goo Goo Dolls will be recording some new stuff. Although no official announcement has been made yet as far as touring goes, Robby said, “It’s going to be a very, very busy summer for us.”

“Shall We Dance on Ice” takes you on a beautiful journey through the ages with both skating and dance performances. The special is hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Robert Herjavec from “Shark Tank.” You can catch incredible performances by superstar dancers including Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, and Anna Trebunskaya.

The show will also include performances by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Sinead Kerr-Marshall and John Kerr, Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen, Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko, Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and Beata Handra and Joel Dear.

Tune in to check it out and catch the special musical performance by the GRAMMY-nominated Goo Goo Dolls on “Shall We Dance on Ice,” airing Feb. 11, 3 p.m. EST on ABC.–114198