By Iris Konstant

Nashville, Tennessee is home to musical legends and icons; from your country music stars who call the city home to the rock’n’roll legends merely passing through for the night. On a frigid night in October, The Goo Goo Dolls brought the heat to the legendary Ryman Auditorium on their 20th Anniversary Tour; celebrating the late 1998 release ‘Dizzy Up the Girl.’ A momentous album which launched the Goo Goo Dolls into commercial success, which lead singer, John Rzeznik is “beyond grateful for;” as it provided them numerous opportunities; yet he jokingly resents how “old” the album makes him feel.

This light-hearted tone of retrospection marked the night; as the Goo Goo Dolls strived to create a night of simple elegance and story-telling. Which came to life against a series of simple backdrops and stunning lighting designs; starting with the album art for ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ in a golden frame and ending with their name emblazoned upon a black backdrop. The stories which wove a tale of the history of the Goo Goo Dolls were interwoven between songs; some detailing the history of a song and some simply acting as asides to give the band time to switch instruments.

Case in point, the story behind the Goo Goo Dolls’ first radio hit “Name.” As John mentioned how the band would often wait to play “Name” till the end of their set. Due to its popularity and difference in comparison to the rest of their set. Which consisted of a medley of punk-rock songs, seeing as the band used to be called Sex Maggot.

Sex Maggot often had trouble retaining a crowd; thus, they would wait to play “Name.” However, a name change and several radio hits later, the Goo Goo Dolls don’t have to worry about keeping people around. As from the first note in “Dizzy” to the last note in “Flat Top,” the crowd was utterly captivated by the performance. From the illustrative stories which wove tales to the oddly captivating performance of “Better Days.” Where John sang a duet with himself via LED screen. The Goo Goo Dolls created a night which drew in fans and created a performance, unlike no other.

After all, what artist would tell you that their alternate chord usage was just sheer laziness and lack of knowledge? As according to John, when he was growing up he could’ve invested his parent’s money into guitar lessons; but instead decided to use the money for “beer money.”

It was this honest passion for story-telling which heated up the legendary Ryman Auditorium, even if it was only for the night; as the tales they weaved and the songs they performed created a moment for fans to hold onto and cherish for weeks to come. While the Goo Goo Dolls continue their 20th Anniversary tour, with stops in: Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Seattle before closing out a momentous tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, November 10th.

Dizzy // Slide // Broadway // January Friend // Black Balloon // Bullet Proof // Amigone // All Eyes On Me // Full Forever // Acoustic #3 // Iris // Extra Pale // Hate This Place // Better Days // Can’t Let it Go // Two Days In February // Fallin’ Down // Lucky Star // Name // Stop The World // So Alive // Notbroken // Another Second Time Around // There You Are


Big Machine & Flat Top



By Michael Cerio

The band is celebrating twenty years of ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’

Twenty years ago, a group from Buffalo, NY went from MTV buzz band to inescapable multi-platinum Modern Rock heroes and beyond. The album, Dizzy Up The Girl, pushed The Goo Goo Dolls into a new stratosphere and made them stars, but every part of their success seemed unlikely at the time.

The band is currently touring the country, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their most successful album. Dizzy Up The Girl featured two number one singles, sold over four million copies, and made the Goo a household name. But before it could happen John Resnick, Robby Takac, and the rest of The Goo Goo Dolls needed lightning to strike twice.

“We were doing really well, and I think that the band had a lot of confidence” explains singer John Resnick about the recording of the band’s sixth studio album. After years of kicking around the scene, they had finally found a hit with “Name”, opening new doors but asking a new set of questions. “I started getting a lot of fear in my head, because a song like ‘Name’ comes along, you write it, out of nowhere that song became a hit. I didn’t expect it, I thought we were gonna sell our usual eighty-thousand records and go home.”

“That song blew up, and I felt like I had just won the lottery” adds Resnick. “And everybody’s like ‘yeah John, that’s amazing, do it again.’ I’m like, how the hell am I gonna win the lottery again.”

Resnick and company took their winnings from the “Name” lottery and invested it into Dizzy Up The Girl, hiring a big producer, working with an actual budget for the first time, and bringing in the right people to be a part of the process.”We did what we felt were the best things to try to minimize us screwing the whole thing up.”

The recording of the album brought the band out of several comfort zones, and into new scenery and scenarios in Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before they would start throwing their own parties at the studio, realizing they didn’t quite fit in the L.A. landscape.

“We could get into the velvet rope joints, but I got thrown out. The first one I went into they threw me out” laughs Resnick. “I whistled at the bartender because he wasn’t paying attention to me. I’m waiving a twenty dollar bill, and he’s just like, out!”

“We do a different kind of drinking in Buffalo, then they do in L.A.” adds bassist Robby Takac.

“It’s a different style” John explains. “The Buffalo drinker is, when you’re poor and you’re a Buffalo drinker, you start about 8 o’clock in the evening, with your friends at your house and a big jug of vodka that comes in a plastic bottle. Then when you’re completely wasted from that, you’re like ‘ok it’s midnight, now we can afford to go out.’ Then you go out to the club – they’re open till four in the morning – and then you just sort of ride, like a maintenance buzz till last call.”

“So that’s why we started having our own parties, so we could get Buffalo drunk.”

Despite the parties and the fear of losing the lottery, The Goo Goo Dolls began work on Dizzy. During the recording, the band would be asked to make a song for an upcoming movie soundtrack. “We were making Dizzy Up The Girl at the same time, and it was just sorta like a side thing to do” remembers Resnick.

The side project would be “Iris.” The song featured on the soundtrack for City Of Angels would go on to be the most played song of 1998, and the perfect introduction to the band’s upcoming album.

“I never thought that song was gonna be a hit” adds John. “We were really sort of the dark horse on the album, and somehow it worked out for us. And we said, well we might as well put the hit on the album we’re putting out.”

Following “Iris”, the album would be released that September. The song once again won the lottery, as did “Slide”, and a four-time platinum album. The Goo Goo Dolls went from an underground Buffalo band to a mainstream success, but not everyone was on board.

“They didn’t like us, the critics. After we got some success, it was like mainstream rock critics hated us” laments John. “Dizzy Up The Girl was reviewed a lot, negatively. But then you know, it got nominated for four GRAMMYs.”

“We didn’t win any of the GRAMMYs, but it was like alright that’s cool. We got to go to all the parties.”

The celebration continues for Dizzy Up The Girl into November, as the band makes their way around the country on the anniversary tour. You can find all of the dates here.

To hear more from The Goo Goo Dolls, you can check out the full interview below. (Audio interview)


By Samantha Christmann

Oxford Pennant has teamed up with the Goo Goo Dolls to create a line of limited-edition merchandise commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo band’s landmark album, “Dizzy Up the Girl.” The band will be on hand to sign the merchandise from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Goo Goo Dolls Collection includes limited edition T-shirts, enamel pins, custom pennants, sewn and printed banners, limited-edition vinyl and handmade sweatshirts. Prices start at $10 and top out at $120.

Items from the collection will be available for purchase at Oxford Pennant’s store, 731 Main St., from Wednesday through Sunday only.

Merchandise can be purchased in advance of Saturday’s signing event, and brought back to the store for autographs.

Digital Journal – Review: Goo Goo Dolls bring ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ tour to Beacon Theatre


New York – On October 15, acclaimed pop-rock group, Goo Goo Dolls, headlined Beacon Theatre in New York City, as part of the 20th anniversary tour of “Dizzy Up The Girl.”

For the first half of their show, the Goo Goo Dolls (comprised of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac) performed their seminal album, Dizzy Up The Girl, from start to finish, as the album’s cover art graced the Beacon Theatre stage as a backdrop.

The Goo Goo Dolls kicked off their set with “Dizzy,” and they immediately broke into their popular hit “Slide,” prior to taking their fans on a trip to “Broadway,” which was quite infectious. The inclusion of the Takac-penned “January Friend” was an added bonus, and it was a beautiful sight to see fans bounce small “black balloons” throughout the venue during “Black Balloon.” “Thank you very much,” Rzeznik said, graciously.

They continued with other noteworthy tunes as “Bullet Proof,” “Amigone,” “All Eyes on Me,” “Full Forever,” as well as “Acoustic No. 3,” the latter of which ought to be enjoyed for its beauty and simplicity.

Their live rendition of their endearing classic “Iris” was spectacular, and after “Extra Pale,” they sang the mid-tempo “Hate This Place,” which is the song that Rzeznik claimed as his personal favorite on the Dizzy Up The Girl album, and rightfully so.

Following their Dizzy Up The Girl album, the Goo Goo Dolls went on to play some impressive deep cuts. Rzeznik tried something different where he sang “Better Days” with a video in the background of him playing the acoustic guitar, and for the follow-up “Can’t Let It Go,” he switched it up by performing the acoustic guitar, with a video in the background of him singing the song. Both band members were featured in the video for “Two Days in February.”

Other highlights included their smash hit “Name,” as well as the bluesy and sultry “So Alive,” and their melodically-stunning “Notbroken.”

If 24 songs weren’t enough, Rzeznik and Takac returned for a two-song encore, which included their vivacious “Big Machine” and “Flat Top.”

The Verdict

Overall, the Goo Goo Dolls were phenomenal at the Beacon Theatre, as part of the 20th anniversary tour of their landmark album, Dizzy Up The Girl. They sang and played with a great deal of heart and charisma. They had their New York fans with them every step of the way. Rzeznik proves that he is one of the most compelling singer-songwriters of our time, and Takac proved to be “all about that bass,” to quote the title of the Meghan Trainor tune. This is a rock band that deserves to someday be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For anybody who has any doubts, all they need to see is a highlight reel of the Goo Goo Dolls’ Beacon Theatre show. Their live set at the Beacon Theatre garnered five out of five stars.

Imprint – Twenty Years of Dizzy Up the Girl: The Goo Goo Dolls Celebrate Their Landmark Album at Atlanta’s Tabernacle

Written By | Luke Usry

Twenty years.

Crouched in the narrow aisle bisecting the Tabernacle’s sprawling, audience-packed mezzanine and staring down at the stage as Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, and the rest of the band that rounds out this tour’s incarnation of international pop-rock sensations The Goo Goo Dolls emerge from backstage to the crowd’s cacophonous roar, I find myself wondering where the time has gone.

It does indeed seem like yesterday that I walked into the FYE at the Macon Mall and exchanged the crisp twenty dollar bill my grandmother had folded inside my tenth birthday card for a copy of what would become one of the landmark albums of both the 1990’s and my own adolescence: The Goo Goo Dolls’ quadruple platinum masterpiece Dizzy up the Girl. Propelled by the mega success of lead single “Iris” that spent a record-setting 18 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 charts as well as the three additional top-twenty singles it spawned, Dizzy Up the Girl quickly became a ubiquitous presence in the musical landscape throughout 1999 and even well into 2000. Even today, the album’s heavy-hitter singles like “Black Balloon,” and “Slide” show no sign of leaving the musical vernacular any time soon.

On this ninth day of October in the year of 2018, the band intends to perform the album in it’s entirety. Illuminated by piercing blue stage lights and poised beneath what must be at least a five by fifteen foot framed print of Melanie Nissen’s breathtaking album cover image, the familiar faces of Johnny and Robbie seem untouched by the two decades that have passed in the interim since the album’s release. Now in their early fifties, it’s almost refreshing to see that the two founding members exhibit none of the intense dermatological aging and strained vocals that are symptomatic of years spent putting royalty checks up one’s nose. After a few moments of strobe lights and a grating, industrial-inspired stage intro, the band drops into the album’s hard-rocking leadoff track “Dizzy” and begins what will prove to be a deftly performed song-by-song celebration of their most enduring album to date.

One of the things I most admire about The Goo Goo Dolls from a song writing perspective is their unique ability to successfully navigate the often narrow and trepidatious precipice between gritty punk rock and mainstream sensibilities and I believe that a great deal of Dizzy Up the Girl’s strength is built on that foundational core competency. Who other than The Goo Goo Dolls can produce music that is as simultaneously commercially viable and lyrically bleak? Although most of the soul-crushingly depressing imagery was lost on my sheltered suburban preteen ears (I seriously thought he was singing about an infant with a literal black balloon), subsequent listens on the part of adult Luke have yielded a far more thorough evaluation of the full scope of darkness and misery explored by the beautifully composed and lyricized album: Addiction, Mental Illness, Grief, Loneliness. Thematically speaking, Dizzy up the Girl really is a thirteen course meal of human tragedy so expertly seasoned and plated that a listener can come to the table countless times without ever suspecting just how close to the edge of the abyss we have come.

It’s a phenomenon evidenced readily by the energetic and, at times raucous audience who’s disconnect from the underlying spirit of the material being performed does not seem to be lost on Reznik. Discussing the challenges he was facing in his personal life during the time he was writing the album, Johnny mentions his divorce to an eruption of cheers from the audience. Responding with a mixture of astonishment and amusement, he shakes his head and asks “Really? Is everyone here fucking divorced or something?” It’s a sad moment, really, to see an artist try to share a tidbit of the process involved in creating this wonderful album only to find his words fall on the tone-deaf ears of an audience that would have benefitted from a less enthusiastic degree of imbibement.

Also not lost on Reznik are the artistic optics associated with a band touring on a hit record from twenty years ago, a kind of benign elephant in the room that he addresses with the occasional self-effacing joke. However, to perceive the Dolls’ Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary Tour as one of those all-too-common “aging Rockstar cash grab” endeavors would be to ignore the multiple albums’ worth of high quality albeit less commercially successful material the band has released in the ensuing decades. As if to emphasize the band’s active creative status, the set that follows the album is built almost entirely of songs from a handful of their most recent albums. All in all, the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th Anniversary tour is a once in a lifetime concert experience sure to satisfy music lovers of all stripes.


By Megan Burns

Dizzy Up the Girl is the sixth studio album by household name Goo Goo Dolls, and this year it turned TWENTY! With hits like “Slide”, “Black Balloon” and “Iris”, it’s one of their absolute best-known records, and so there was cause to celebrate its two decade anniversary with a dedicated Dizzy tour. The band will be stopping off in NYC tonight for a show at Beacon Theatre, and so I’d strongly encourage you to go forth and relive the magic of 1998 (which is what I’ll be doing) after work. In the meantime, check out a chat I had with Robby Takac about how he and John plan to approach this throwback set list, which Goo Goo Dolls record he’d take with him to a desert island and MORE:

BYT: So first of all, I cannot believe that Dizzy Up the Girl has been out for twenty years. I mean, you probably can’t, either, but whoa! I imagine there’s been some level of processing there, so have you had any profound realizations about the record?

RT: Well, for one thing, I realized how fast we used to play. [Laughs] You know, it’s funny – in all the years we’ve been a band, the main focus has always been the next move forward. We don’t look back so much. There are certain songs we of course play over and over again nightly, and then there are some songs we almost never play. But overall, restrospectively, it’s just been surreal.

BYT: Absolutely. And are you approaching the songs (especially the ones that you maybe haven’t been playing night in and night out) pretty true to how they were originally recorded? Or are you going to try to mix it up a bit in terms of how you play them now?

RT: We’re staying pretty true to it. The songs are pretty manic in a lot of ways, and we’re also reaching back into the catalog even further for the format of this set, you know? A lot of it is pretty frenetic and all over the place. We weren’t very bridled back then as players. [Laughs] I think we’re just trying to pull them a little more into our current mindset, but I don’t think we’re trying to reinvent the wheel, here. We’re just coming out and playing songs for folks.

BYT: Speaking of playing certain songs over and over, does that give you a bit more patience with bands that you like listening to who play new material at shows? There’s always that joke about how people kind of groan when there’s a pause for a new track instead of a classic.

RT: You know, there’s always a dance you do with your public. There’s the stuff you love to play, the stuff people would be disappointed if they didn’t hear from your catalog. Just the pacing of the set, you know? There’s old stuff vs. new stuff, and all these things that kind of influence how your set goes. I think this format, again, you know, knowing that we’re going to come out and play Dizzy as a whole, five or six of those songs are already ones that we play nightly. We sort of thought of the second half of the set as something a little bit different than what we normally do, and so the other half of the set is the one that’s a little bit more mind-blowing to me, quite honestly. We’re reaching into songs we hadn’t played in a really, really long time, so just sort of hearing the difference between the John and Robby of then vs. the John and Robby of today is a very different thing, you know? But there’s certainly a common thread that’s carried through the whole thing. And, as I said earlier, that’s how we’re trying to approach this. We’re trying to pull it all together so that it works for the band we are right now.

BYT: Completely get it. And your catalog is pretty huge, so I’ll go ahead and venture to ask you a potentially very annoying question, which is – if you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one Goo Goo Dolls song with you, which would you pick?

RT: I don’t know, are we still getting royalties in this scenario? [Laughs] That would change things. But I don’t know. I’d maybe take an album, if that’s a possibility? We made a record called Superstar Car Wash, and to me, that was when the band kind of turned the page a little bit, started to realize that we could do some different things. So I think I could narrow it down to an album, and I’d probably bring that one.

BYT: That’s fair! Alright, and so you guys have also been featured in a bunch of different movies and TV shows throughout the years. I think the most recent instance of that might’ve been that Family Guy episode. Did you see that one?

RT: [Laughs] Yeah, I did! That was pretty funny.

BYT: So is there a movie or TV series (could be recent, but could also be from whenever) that you think would be pretty cool to have a Goo Goo Dolls track featured on the soundtrack?

RT: I don’t know, I guess it’d be something that I tend to watch. I like that Silicon Valley show. I think that’s pretty funny. But I don’t know, I don’t watch much TV, if I’m being honest. Unless of course it’s the news we’re talking about, in which case I do watch a little bit of that. But other than that, I don’t watch too much TV.

BYT: Who knows, maybe the news (“THE NEWS”) will read this interview and decide to make, like, “Slide” its new theme song.

RT: [Laughs] Actually, you know what’s funny is I hear us on Morning Joe regularly. We’ve actually been on that show before. There aren’t a lot of bands that’ve been on there, but I guess Joe Scarborough is a fan. He’s had us on a couple of times.

BYT: Whoa! Okay, but so I’d assume part of the reason you don’t watch too much TV is due to your busy schedule, especially with things like touring. What are you guys doing differently when it comes to touring now as opposed to when you first toured Dizzy Up the Girl back in the day, or even touring pre-Dizzy?

RT: Well, I’m not putting crippling amounts of alcohol in my body anymore, which I did during that entire first tour. So I guess that’s a big change. I have a six-year-old now, which I certainly didn’t have (or at least that I knew about) during that first tour. But I don’t know, we’re just such different people now. Dizzy Up the Girl was right after A Boy Named Goo, which was our fifth record at that point, but it was the first one that anybody really paid attention to. So our experiences were drastically different entering that, because we entered it as a band that had some notoriety. Not a lot, but some notoriety. You know, we’d had a real substantial touring base underneath us, stayed out for a couple years on that record straight. So we were much different people; we knew more about record making, being in the studio with guys who were incredibly proficient in making music, which was a little bit different than our experience when we were kids. We kind of opened up a little more as people, our horizons opened a little bit more, and so I think that’s the biggest difference. I think we’re different people. A lot of people don’t get to see what their band looks like over the course of a full thirty years, but this one we’ve been lucky enough to see.

BYT: Yeah, it’s pretty special! And finally, what are you guys working on now? Anything new up your sleeves?

RT: Yeah, we’ve got about half a dozen songs together right now, and when we finish this tour in the fall I think we’re gonna spend some time in the studio getting them recorded. We’ll hopefully have some big announcements for the spring and the summer, but we’ll just have to see!



Heyheyhey In Rockers and Welcome to this month’s edition of the Lobby coming to you from Anchorage, Alsaska as GGDS make our way through a short 3 show run through Vancouver BC, Alaska and then Oregon. We perform a trio of shows after a short break back home following a month long tour of Europe. A few days off at home spent camping with my daughter, going to the circus, amusement parks and much more as I try to get in as much time w/ Hana as possible before we were jetting off again to make some more rock!

The European tour was amazing, it has been almost 20 years since our last trip across Europe and the crowds were unbelievably excited to sing along with us after our absence. The tour started at a festival in Portugal made it’s way through Spain, Belgium, Germany, The UK, Latvia and we did an unbelievable festival in front of 300,000 attendees at The Pol And Rocks Festival, surely the biggest crowd we ever had ever performed for, and one of the most enthusiastic for sure. We then made our way through Scandinavia and then headed back to Eastern Europe once again finishing up in Hungary and then Vienna, Austria.

We did a variety of different types of gigs, from small concert halls/bars to large theaters and festival camping grounds built up like small cities for the 10s of thousands people flocking to the shows. These European festivals seem like a rite of passage for these teenagers, some odd the festivals were up to a week long with constant presentations of art and music throughout the day and night, some of the headline shows starting at 1:30am our later. The crowds over in Europe really love to sing and every night seemed like a giant sing along as we made our way through the busy schedule, it was really a truly, truly amazing experience.

Even with the crazy busy schedule we kept while we were traveling abroad, I amazingly got to do a bunch of sightseeing; visiting a castle in in Prague, a restaurant open since the year 800 in Vienna, wandered Old Town in Oslo, took a ferry ride to Sweden, spent a day off in Amsterdam and so much more, a fringe benefit of the job for sure. Lots of great food as well, meatballs in Stockholm, Goulash in Hungary, Fish and Chips in London, Paella in Spain, Schnitzel in Vienna… oh and Swedish Fish Candy (a band favorite) in Sweden was definitely on of the highlights for me! My family even came to visit during the 3 UK shows and they got to see a sold out show at The Brixton Academy. I love when my daughter gets to come out and see a whole show, she clapped along saying that she loved watching me make faces and run around, whatever part of the show she enjoys, I’m just glad she gets to be part of the fun and gets to see some of the world!

Tonight GGDS are playing in Alaska, our 2nd time to this remote area of the world, so beautiful, last night we had a crew/band dinner in Anchorage after a drive through the mountains and glaciers and even a few Beluga Whale sightings along the way. Beluga Whales and Rock, not always a common combination, but here in the wilds of Alaska it all just sort of makes sense. Last time we were here we shot a video called Music in High Places where we were filmed performing acoustically all around the wilderness of Alaska, it’s really worth seeing and gave us a great opportunity to see the sites as we played on glaciers, icebergs and other breathtaking locations.

My Good Charamel Records label has Japanese band Shonen Knife coming to the US in September and October and my wife Miyoko will be out with them for the trip! I will be home for a month with my daughter (I can’t wait!) and the band will be busy preparing for a US tour celebrating the 2oth Anniversary of our Dizzy Up The Girl albums release. More on that soon!!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you next month here in the pages of the mighty In Rock!!!!




One of the defining albums of the 1990s is Goo Goo Dolls’ Dizzy Up the Girl featuring such singles as “Iris,” “Broadway,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon.” The alternative rockers sold 6 million copies of that album, cementing their status as one of the most in-demand groups of their generation.

Now, they are reliving those memories and taking the entire album on a 20th anniversary tour. Bass player Robby Takac and singer John Rzeznik are playing a host of dates that will include a song-by-song recreation of the influential album, plus some fan favorites and deep cuts. The Goo Goo Dolls pull into the tri-state area Monday, Oct. 15 with a concert at New York City’s Beacon Theatre and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.

The band is known for packing outside amphitheaters with their annual summer tours, but for this 20th anniversary celebration, they have decided to play more intimate venues and get closer to their fans. That also means tickets are hard to come by, and audiences should check availability.

Recently, Takac spoke with Hollywood Soapbox about his memories of recording Dizzy Up the Girl and what fans can expect on the road this fall. Here’s what he had to say:

On where he’s located during this phone interview …

“I’m deep in the woods of Michigan.”

On his memories of Dizzy Up the Girl …

“It seems like a lifetime ago, and it seems like just yesterday all at same time. It’s funny. We’re not ones to look back too much, and this has given us cause to. It’s been a pretty cool experience. We’ve never done anything like this before. We’ve never gone out and performed an album before, so it’s going to be a new experience for us, too.”

On whether Dizzy felt special at the time of recording …

“We had just been off an album we put out called A Boy Named Goo, which had a pretty big hit on it called ‘Name,’ and so when that song came out, we sort of felt a little bit of [the fan reaction]. Between A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl, we had a song, ‘Iris,’ released on the City of Angels soundtrack, so that had gotten some traction as well. So by the time we were in recording Dizzy Up the Girl, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty was playing keyboards, and Rob Cavallo was producing. We were at Track Records, and Snoop Dogg was down the hall. It definitely felt like something had changed, but it wasn’t jarring like the bus brakes weren’t on or anything like that. We sort of eased our way into it. I guess every record you make you want to be special, so I don’t think we felt it was anymore special than the others. But I do think we definitely felt like something was happening at that point.”

On how the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs factored in …

“I remember while we were recording the record, we were watching — I’m not a real big sports fan — but somebody had the Stanley Cup playoffs going on, and this while we’re making Dizzy Up the Girl. And ‘Iris’ had already come out. Whoever won the Stanley Cup that year was skating around the rink holding the Stanley Cup above their head, and ‘Iris’ was playing in the background as we were making Dizzy Up the Girl. I remember that moment in particular as being one where I was, oh, wow. OK, man, something’s boiling up here. That’s pretty mainstream. From that point on, things were very, very different for us for sure.”

On the novelty of presenting an entire album live to the fans …

“We’ve never gone out and done an album from beginning to end before, so this is a different experience for us. And we’re going to be playing a lot of older stuff that we haven’t played in a a decade. We’re just going through the catalog. … I think we felt like this new format of doing the entire album and then coming out and doing another set of songs gave us the opportunity to break that cycle of playing those 15 songs that you know people want to hear every night. It made us feel like we could go a little deeper into the catalog, so we decided to keep it smaller venues and make it a little bit more exclusive and a little bit more special for everybody involved. We’re going to have a great time doing it.”

On how he first became interested in music …

“Part of it has got to do with not being able to hit a baseball, not being that good at math when you’re a kid. You’ve got to meet girls somehow. You’ve got to find your thing when you’re young, and I think pretty early on, John and I both, we didn’t meet until we were just out of high school, but I think we lived parallel lives in that sort of way. The guitar was the thing. That’s just what we did. Fast forward to today, and it’s still pretty much the same thing.”

On how he gravitated to the bass guitar …

“I play the bass guitar, and I also used to play goalie. I played with all the big kids when I was younger, the older kids, taped a couple sofa cushions to my knees and put me in front of the net. That’s sort of how I fell into the bass. Everybody was guitar players and drummers, and they all needed a bass. Nobody wanted to play the bass, so they put a bass in my hand when I was 8. I’ve been playing bass since then.”

By John Soltes / Publisher /

Goo Goo Dolls are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dizzy Up the Girl with a tour throughout October and November. They stop at New York City’s Beacon Theatre (Oct. 15) and the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey (Oct. 16). Click here for more information and tickets.


By Tim O’Shei 

NASHVILLE — I’m backstage at a hallowed music hall, sitting across from a rock star, and he’s lifting his tattooed arm to grab a tissue.

How did I get here? And more vitally, why is John Rzeznik here, laying bare some of his most personal moments?

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