UPI – Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Says He Still Gets Jitters Sometimes

By Karen Butler

He’s been the lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls for 30 years, but John Rzeznik still gets nervous in certain situations.

Case in point: Reporters at a recent New York press day asked Rzeznik what song fans request most. “I thought it would have been ‘Iris,'” he said, “But there is a song called ‘Better Days,’ which, actually, more people have listened to that song than ‘Iris,’ which I thought was really weird.”

So he was coaxed to sing a few bars.

“No! I get nervous,” he said. “I do get nervous. If I don’t have a guitar, I’m, like, a mess.”

The musician said that before performances he warms up his voice by singing vocal scales.

“And then I tell myself: ‘No matter what the situation is, I’m grateful to be here. I’m lucky to be here. People paid money to come see me play, so go do a good show.’ And, then, some nights I have to run out onto the stage because once you run out, you can’t come back,” he said. “Once you’re out there, you can’t come back. … We have the best fans in the world.”

Goo Goo Dolls released an EP called You Should be Happy, as well as a lyric video for its new song “Use Me,” last week.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is joining the rock band on its Long Way Home tour from July through September.

“It’s going to be an awesome tour. I’m excited to play with him. He’s really great,” Rzeznik said of Phillips. “I love his songs. I love his voice. I love his presence on stage. He has great energy.”

Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Still Gets Jitters Sometimes

Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik Talks Summer Tour, Mocks ‘Iris’ in Promo Video

5/12/2017 by Taylor Weatherby

The Goo Goo Dolls are heading out on another summer tour this year, the Long Way Home tour (with Phillip Phillips) kicking off in July. But despite being 30 years and countless tours into their career, frontman Johnny Rzeznik suggests that this summer is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

“I think the shows are going to be longer,” he tells Billboard. “Obviously we’re going to play all the hits, but we’re going to go a lot deeper in the catalog.”

While they will be playing some of the classics, part of their set list will likely consist of the four new songs the rock band just released on Friday (May 12). Titled You Should Be Happy — a title with no true relevance; Rzeznik insists it just popped into his head — the EP features four new songs (along with a remix of their song “Boxes”) that “goes back to the old Goo Goo Dolls,” he says.

To promote the tour, Rzeznik recorded a video of his set list-building process, which parodies his band’s most famous hit “Iris.” The song essentially follows Rzeznik everywhere he goes, a concept that he felt was a bit too sappy and serious at first. “I was like, ‘I’m full-on ready to get the piss taken out of me… If we’re going to do it let’s go all the way.'”

Although the video makes it clear that “Iris” has the tendency to be a bit overexposed, Rzeznik insists there has never been a night where he wasn’t looking forward to playing it for fans. 

“When the mandolin comes into the top, it’s like people recognize the song and there’s this rush of energy. It’s as new as the first day I played it,” he says. “It’s pretty gratifying to have a song that big and made such a big impact and have a life for so long. I just always find myself always grateful that song came into my life… It’s one of those things like getting hit by lightning: It doesn’t happen very often. When people tell me their stories about their connection to that song, sometimes it’s really moving. I’m overwhelmed, because I’m a guy from Buffalo who was in a garage band.”

It’s that kind of fan reaction and energy that keeps Rzeznik and longtime bandmate Robby Takac wanting to get back out on the road. “You get four, five, sometimes 10,000 people in the same place all there for the same thing — it’s intense, that kind of human contact. A lot of that is missing now. A live show is something that can never ever be duplicated on a computer.”

Another thing that pushes Rzeznik personally is the fact that he gets panicky about not working.

“As soon as we finish a tour, I think, ‘Oh my god, I’m unemployed.’ I swear to God, every time I’m not touring, I hear my father yelling, ‘You’re unemployed if you’re not working every day,'” he laughs.

In other family matters, he’ll have a little sidekick on the road this time around: His 4-month-old daughter, Liliana. “I bought her pink headphones already,” he says, adding with a laugh, “maybe there will be some bedazzling with my wife before the tour.”

With new music, a new tourmate and the same enthusiasm they’ve always had, the Goo Goo Dolls are ready for three months of doing what they love most. And for Rzeznik, that’s all he could really ask for how to spend a summer.

“I’m just happy to be in front of people again. Having another summer and spend every night outside,” he says. “We made a lot of friends on the way and it’s nice to get to see them once in a while.”

Johnny Rzeznik Talks Summer Tour


WNY Papers: Goo Goo Dolls announce release of new EP, ‘You Should Be Happy’

Multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls announce the release of their new, five-song EP, “You Should Be Happy,” via Warner Bros. Records. The EP was recorded at EastWest studios in LA and produced by Drew Pearson (OneRepublic, Katy Perry), who first collaborated with the band on their previous release, “Boxes.”

The first single, “Use Me,” was written by John Rzeznik and Pearson.

The EP is available at all digital retailers HERE, and will also be released on CD June 9.

As announced last month, the band will hit the road this summer for the “Long Way Home” tour with special guest Phillip Phillips. The tour kicks off July 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain, California, and will run through mid-September, culminating at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 13. Tickets and more information are available at and

The Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music, selling more than 12 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks.
The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Darien Lake on Saturday, Aug. 12.

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Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac’s InRock Blog for May

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby … Hope you had a great Golden Week! It’s now full-fledged spring season here in Buffalo, NY and The Cherry Blossoms are in bloom! It was a warm winter and the blossoms are coming out early this year. That’s awesome on one hand, because we get our minds out of the winter blues, but here in Buffalo our Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for a specific weekend and we’re afraid the Blossoms will be gone in the time that passes! There is a beautiful Japanese Garden in a large park here in Buffalo that hosts the Hanami Matsuri event over a weekend with musical acts and activities for children as well as tea ceremonies and a Cherry Blossom Parade with all of their kids and their families. The event is small by comparison to anything you would see in Japan, and much smaller than many in the US, Washington DC has a major festival every year, but we are very happy we get to have the feeling of cherry blossoms in the Spring while we live in Buffalo. Miyoko and Hana and I got to spend some time enjoying some Ocha on the lawn under the blossoms and our Spring has begun!

Miyoko and I have been home for most of the month readying our personal world for another visit from Osaka’s Shonen Knife for a tour here in the US called “The USA Ramen Adventure” which spends 5 weeks making it’s way around the US through late April and May. If you’re not “in the know” Shonen Knife is an all girl pop/punk band from Osaka, which has been making music and touring the world for the past 35 years, check them out if you’re not familiar.

Setting up an indie tour together is a ton of work for the band and especially for Miyoko who puts the majority of the tour together along with the help of a booking agent, a publicist and myself. I think they may be the ultimate example of a DIY cross-cultural phenomenon, always being able to survive and grow and adapt to keep delivering their message. As in the case of most successful artists, the band’s founder and leader Naoko’s drive and dedication makes it all work with the help of other inspired people who believe in her idea as well.

So, this is where the story gets interesting …. my wife leaves for the tour, and my 5 year old daughter and I are here at home for the next 5 weeks. Goo Goo Dolls happen to have only one show during this time before we start a 60 show run on our “Long Way Home” Summer US Tour, so I’m a full time Papa for the next bunch of weeks, that’s easy, except for one thing, my daughter is in Japanese school here in the US, and now I have to help her with her homework every day before school! So I begin what is a crash course in Hiragana beginning this week! I already know many Japanese words and some simple sentence structure and a bit of useful (and many not so useful, but still un!) phrases from living with a Japanese person for the past 15 years, but I can’t read at all … and here we go …. A, I, u, e, o, ka, ki … it’s going to be fun (I think). Stay tuned…

Ok, It’s time to keep making all of this happen, Goo Goo Dolls have released a limited edition vinyl box set called “Pickpockets, Petty Thieves and Tiny Victories” which is a collection of our first 5 albums, some on vinyl for the very first time, check that out if you like that kind of stuff, and we’ll be releasing a new EP “You Should be Happy” which will be out in May in time for our US Tour!

Enjoy the springtime, and we’ll see you next week with a head full of Hiragana and much more to tell you here in the pages of In Rock!



Robby’s May InRock Blog

“Johnny Gruesome” Theme Song Scored By Robby Takac, Co-Founder Of The Goo Goo Dolls

CONTACT: Gregory Lamberson,

The soundtrack for the upcoming Red Hill Movies LLC horror thriller Johnny Gruesome, featuring a score composed by Armand John Petri and Joe Rozler, will include an original theme song performed by Robby Takac, co-founder of the bestselling rock act the Goo Goo Dolls. He, Petri, and Rozler co-wrote “Dyin’ Tonight,” which was recorded at Takac’s Buffalo, New York studio, GCR Audio.

Johnny Gruesome was written and directed by Gregory Lamberon (Slime City, Killer Rack), based on his award-winning novel, also called Johnny Gruesome.

Johnny Gruesome tells the story of a murdered high school student who returns from the grave as a vengeful monster. Petri and Rozler signed on to compose the score following their work in the same capacity on Killer Rack, and enlisted Takac to collaborate on “Dyin’ Tonight.”

“Johnny Gruesome is a rock ‘n roll monster, and we needed a score that reflected that vibe,” says Lamberson. “Armand, Joe and Robby are among the most talented music pros in Western New York, and since Johnny Gruesome is a Buffalo production, it’s fantastic to have them involved in such instrumental roles. Horror fans are going to love this score, it’s full and lush, not just synth.

An independent record producer and manager, Petri has worked with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, and Sixpense None the Richer. Rozler is a renowned keyboardist and studio musician who has written string arrangements for Manowar and 10,000 Maniacs.

In addition to his Goo Goo Dolls role, bassist and vocalist Takac owns the record label Good Charamel Records and serves as president of the nonprofit Music Is Art Festival. All three have been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

Mary Ramsey of both 10,000 Maniacs and John & Mary fame played viola and violin on the score, accomplished conductor Bryan Eckenrode played cello, and Virginia Croft, honored by Miramax Films with their “Music of the Heart” award, plays violin.

The soundtrack for the film also includes songs created by Dean Italiano and Giasone Italiano for the “Gruesome” rock CD released 10 years ago to promote the novel. The film’s co-star Aprilann, who portrays Johnny’s girlfriend Karen, performed the song, “Not You” for the soundtrack.

Johnny Gruesome is now wrapping post-production, and Lamberson will soon seek distribution. “Dyin’ Tonight” will be available on iTunes before the film is released. The “Gruesome” CD by the Italianos is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.

Johnny Gruesome Facebook page:

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Robby Takac/Good Charamel Records

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Filmmaker Gregory Lamberson’s horror films: KILLER RACK now on VOD and DVD
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“Johnny Gruesome” Soundtrack Scored by Robby Takac

John Rzeznik to Participate in National Concert Day Press in New York City~May 1st

Live Nation Announces National Concert Day With 1M Tickets for 20 Bucks

Americans take heed, Live Nation has declared May 1 (next Monday) to be National Concert Day, launching its Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion by putting one million summer tour tickets on sale for $20 a piece with no extra service charges — “that’s all-in, no additional fees,” company officials say.

The announcement will coincide with a concert at Irving Plaza in New York featuring Jason Aldean, Foreigner, The Roots, Daughtry, Prince Royce, and Nickelback and appearances from OneRepublic, Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty), Joan Jett, Adam Lambert, Phillip Phillips, Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Mike Einziger and Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Straight No Chaser, Scott Bradlee (Postmodern Jukebox), Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham, The KIDZ Bop Kids, and more. The National Concert Day event will be hosted by NBC’s Lilliana Vazquez.

“Presented by State Farm and produced by Live Nation, National Concert Day is a time for artists and fans to unite around their love of live music,” a press release from the concert promotion giant reads. “With most tours and festivals already announced, it’s also a great time for fans to plan out their summer concert schedule throughout May, June, July and August.”

The “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion” begins Tuesday, May 2 at 8am local time, and continues for one week through Tuesday,
May 9. AT&T is sponsoring presale ticket access beginning Monday, May 1 at 10am local time through the AT&T THANKS program. For complete presale details visit

Below is a list of artists included in Live Nation’s $20 “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion.” For a full list of artists, visit

Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell

Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Chris Brown

Dead & Company

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band

Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla

Deftones & Rise Against

Depeche Mode

Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull

Florida Georgia Line with Nelly and Chris Lane

Foreigner and Cheap Trick with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience


Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Phillip Phillips

Hank Williams Jr and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Incubus with special guest Jimmy Eat World

Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Kane Brown

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ featuring Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour

John Mayer


Kings of Leon

Korn with Stone Sour

Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young

Lifehouse and Switchfoot

Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey

Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

Muse with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars

New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

Nickelback with special guest Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest

OneRepublic/The Honda Civic Tour featuring OneRepublic with special guests Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur

Prince Royce

Queen + Adam Lambert

Retra Futura

Rod Stewart with very special guest Cyndi Lauper

Sam Hunt with Maren Morris and Chris Janson

Straight No Chaser / Postmodern Jukebox

Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest star Don Felder

Sublime with Rome and The Offspring

Third Eye Blind with special guests Silversun Pickups

Train with special guests O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids & Joywave

Zac Brown Band

Record Store Day 2017 | Robby Takac | Goo Goo Dolls

By: Erin Macgregor

Goo Goo Dolls bassist and longtime BB player Robby Takac spills on which records have always stuck with him and dishes out some recommendations on this Record Store Day…

Robby! Tell us, what are your favorite albums of all time?

Todd Rundgren – A Wizard A True Star
The Rolling Stones – Through The Past Darkly
Bad Brains – I Against I
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Deep Purple – Made In Japan
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell / Sabatoge

Do you have a cool story about any of these albums that gives them a special meaning to you?

“Through The Past Darkly” was stuck in the cassette player of my Grandmother’s used car when I was a kid, it was the only thing we listened to when we drove, left an incredibly positive and undeniably indelible mark on me musically. In fact, these are all albums that have made it through my personal emotional strainer, they are still in rotation, and have never really left my world.

Could you tell us what goes into coming up with a special record day release?

In our case, this Record Store Day gave us an opportunity to revisit 6 of our early, some of them nearly forgotten, releases and put together a great box set called “Pickpockets, Petty Thieves and Tiny Victories”. It was designed by Brian Grunert who did the artwork for the Boxes album (2016). Some of these albums have never been released on vinyl, some haven’t been on vinyl in many years.

And lastly, have you got any recommendations that readers should add to their record wish list right now?

I’d say check out our new EP “You Should be Happy” which is due out in May!
Then if you still have a second, check out Pinky Doodle Poodle – “Get It On” (Tokyo, Japan), MOLICE – “5” (Tokyo, Japan), and the legendary Shonen Knife – “Adventure” (Osaka, Japan)!

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Record Store Day – Robby Takac