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Robby’s Latest Blog for InRock Magazine

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby! It’s been a month since we’ve last met up, but it seems like so much has happened in that short amount of time! I’m in San Antonio, Texas doing rehearsals for the Goo Goo Dolls upcoming US Tour to support our newest album “Miracle Pill”. We’ve been working on some new songs for the show which will include openers The Unlikely Candidates and Beach Slang as we wind around the US until the Holidays!

When we last spoke I had just arrived in Brazil with GGDS and we began a tour of Stadiums in Brazil and Peru supporting Bon Jovi including a set at the legendary Rock in Rio. We played Recife’, Curibata, Sao Paolo, Rio and then made our way to Peru with a show in Lima. The Brazilian shows were incredible, so many people singing and welcoming us for the very first time in our career to South America. The Bon Jovi band and crew couldn’t have been nicer, we spent a few months with them back in the 90s traveling around the US playing arenas and it was great to see everyone again these many years later.

i must say, the food in Brazil was unreal, we had a traditional Churrascaria dinner (which is a traditional barbecue with the waiters serving meats from swords!) and enjoyed so may different types of Seafood and breads, it was a treat and i would imagine we were exposed to some of the best flavors Brazil had to offer. We spent a day filming interviews and appeared on a super fun television show with many musical acts performing in the same room together. It was chaotic, but lots of fun with so many different types of music represented. It was a very busy trip with not a lot of time to spend sightseeing in Brazil unfortunately, but we did get a chance to walk around Recife’ and Sao Paolo a bit and spent a full day sightseeing in Peru!

In Peru we stayed in the Miraflores District, we got a chance to see an ancient burial mound called Huaca Pucllana and visited The Museo Largo Museum which has a huge collection of Inca and other tribal artifacts right in the heart of downtown Lima. Oh, and of course we visited a traditional market and got some nice omiage for our family back home! I got my daughter and wife knit Alpaca hair hats and an Alpaca sweater to keep them warm during the cold, cold Buffalo winter!

The trip ended with a great show in a soccer stadium in Peru, then we were hurried from the venue by a police escort to the airport and made our way home to the states. After we got back John went off to do a bit of radio promotion in the states and I went home to spend a few much needed days with my family in Buffalo. My daughter and I picked out and carved some pumpkins for Halloween, we went to one of the last Drive In movies left in my hometown (most likely one of the last in the world) and rode our bikes around, you know, that kind of stuff!

But as always, way too soon it was time to go again, before you knew it I was back on a plane heading to Texas to begin rehearsals for the upcoming GGDS tour. And here I sit writing to you …. time’s flying. This tour goes on for a couple of months in cool old theaters and performing arts centers across the country. The tour finishes up with a bunch of festival style Christmas radio shows and as far as I’ve heard we’re going to be resting through much of January as we prepare for a tour of the UK in the new year.

Oh, I should mention, I’ve been watching some of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on the internet from the states, I’m so happy I was able to see the ceremony from afar and witness the start of an exciting new time for Japan. My wife Miyoko, my daughter Hana and I will be back to visit and spend some holiday time with our friends in Tokyo in December/January and I’m looking forward to some Japan time! I hope you have a great month and I’ll fill you in with some updates from the road next week here in the pages of The Mighty InRock !!!!!!



ChicagoConcertReviews: Goo Goo Dolls prescribe a “Miracle Pill” full of accessible aggression

by Daniel DeSlover

Trekking through North America in support of its 12th studio release, “Miracle Pill,” Goo Goo Dolls rolled through Madison, Wisconsin, for a sold-out performance at the historic Orpheum Theater.

Goo Goo Dolls Front man Johnny Rzeznik was all smiles as the group launched into the current collection’s lead track, “Indestructible,” while bassist Robby Takac energetically kicked his foot above his head to commence the 90-minute night.

The cross-generational hit-makers kept fans on their feet for the duration of the show with the sentimental rocker “Home” and the anthemic “Slide” only fueling the fervor.

A few black balloons emerged during the start of “Black Balloon” (naturally), but by the first verse, the crowd was fully immersed as more dropped from the ceiling and remained a source of swatting through the ballad “Here Is Gone,” amongst a few others

A blast of confetti accompanied the uplifting rock anthem “So Alive,” which led the playful front man to toss on a construction safety helmet as he cleared the crowded stage with a leaf blower.

Following all the action, the band dialed down for an acoustic set filled with “Sympathy,” “Souls In The Machine” and the breakthrough single “Name.”

Goo Goo Dolls also stayed true to its punk-tinged roots when Takac took over the vocals for the growlers “Life’s A Message,” “Another Second Time Around” and “Bringing On The Light,” while Rzeznik displayed his grit during the pop/punker “Tattered Edge” and the bluesy “Broadway” in this career-stretching display of accessible aggression.

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Goo Goo Dolls prescribe a “Miracle Pill” full of accessible aggression

Robby’s Lobby – InRock Blog

Heyheyhey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby coming at you this month while enjoying a nice hot cup of Japanese Sencha at a little tea shop outside of Detroit. It’s a day off in the very middle of a super busy Goo Goo Dolls tour with Train and neo-soul singer Allen Stone that runs through mid August snaking around the USA, stopping at over 50 cities along the way. It’s been a great tour full of packed houses and tons of sing-alongs in all kinds of weather, as most of these Summer shows are at outdoor venues it’s been interesting navigating the rains and winds that come with an amphitheater tour. But the bands are so great to tour with, it’s really been a pretty amazingly harmonious and rock filled summer!

In the midst of this jam packed schedule we’ve been keeping, GGDS released the first single from an album to be released on Sept 13th called Miracle Pill and have been performing the song live in the set now for the past month. It’s great having newer music to play for people, and it’s even better when the Internet allows them to hear your new ideas right away to enjoy that night at the show. It used to be strange to play new music for your audience, but since the immediacy of streaming people discover new music much more quickly now. People seem to dig the new song, new video (which we talked about last month) and seem to be eagerly awaiting the new release.

On our Summer tours we do Meet and Greets nightly, sometimes up to 100 people, it’s great because we get to meet a ton of amazing fans and briefly share stories with people who we’ve shared an emotional relationship with from afar, some for many decades now. It really feels like family out here, with all of our kids running around, everybody getting together for dinner every night, and just maneuvering all of the details of real life at home while you’re traveling with a small group of people every day. It really is a strange situation in a large scale touring situation, connections that are somehow so close but yet so distant and while we are in the middle of thousands and thousands of people every night we’re strangely insulated from the entire experience, the meet and greets tend to bridge that gap. It’s a lot of energy before going out to do a show, but I think it completes the cycle and for that I’m truly grateful.

There was a scary moment on the tour when one of the crew bus drivers had a seizure and their bus crashed on the highway. Luckily, although some of the crew was hospitalized and the driver was pretty badly hurt, no one was killed in the crash and the tour continued on a couple of days later. We look forward to the next moth of shows and will be heading to South America soon to do shows with Bon Jovi including a performance on the beach at the legendary Rock in RIO!

My wife and daughter have been in Tokyo for the past couple of months spending some time with our family in Japan, my daughter’s Japanese is getting much better, and they’ve gotten back to Tokyo Disney a few times! I’m so glad they get to spend the summer visiting Japan while I’m gone away on tour, but wow, I really miss them. They’ll be back in the USA in a bit and will join us for a week on the tour!

Shonen Knife returns to the US to play a bunch of shows in the US this fall, representing Osaka internationally in a big way this year supporting their Sweet Candy Power album, they just completed a tour of Europe, are currently in the UK with an Australian tour scheduled in the fall after the US run!

Thanks so much for checking in on me here in the pages of the mighty In Rock! I’ll be back next month with more touring and the frantic lead up to The 17th Annual Music is Art Festival in Buffalo …. more on that next month! See you soon !



Reverb: Goo Goo Dolls in Tulsa

The Goo Goo Dolls took the stage at the legendary Brady Theater to a packed and ecstatic Oklahoma crowd, even amidst the cold and rainy evening on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The American rock band started out in 1986 out of Buffalo, New York, and are best known for their 1998 Grammy-nominated song “Iris.”

The evening started on time with a 30-minute set by a band out of Fort Worth called The Unlikely Candidates. After a 20-minute intermission, The Goo Goo Dolls took the stage for the first time in Tulsa since a little over a year.

“This is a cool city, how did I not realize this last time I was here?” said the lead singer Johnny Rzeznik.

They played 20 songs spanning over an hour and a half, and threw in a balloon drop and two confetti blasts.

Whether you attended the show as a diehard fan or just wanting to hear “Iris,” it was a night that many may not forget until the next stop in T-Town.

By James Adamski on November 4, 2019


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The Dispatch: Goo Goo Dolls bring ‘Miracle Pill’ tour to Adler

In these polarized, toxic times, John Rzeznik takes comfort that his music can provide invaluable relief, without the need for medication.
The 53-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., is lead singer for The Goo Goo Dolls, a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy-nominated rock band that plays the Adler Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 6, as part of a national tour.
“I just think everything going on now is unprecedented,” Rzeznik said in a recent telephone interview, noting he tries not to get political in his songs.

“We’re just here to have a good time,” he said. “Everybody really wants the same thing.
“Half of our audiences voted for Trump and half voted for Hillary Clinton, but there’s one thing we can agree on,” he said. “I’m standing on stage and it’s uniting people. I’m singing ‘Iris’ and the audience is singing with me. I love that. We’re just trying to pull together under one umbrella.”
Formed in Buffalo in 1986 by Rzeznik and Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls has sold 12 million records worldwide and achieved 14 No. 1 and Top 10 hits on the Billboard chart, including “Iris” (1998), “Slide” (1999) and “Name” (1995). Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis.

The Goo Doo Dolls’ 12th studio album, “Miracle Pill,” was released in September on Warner Records, and they recently released their colorful new music video for its first single, the title cut, directed by Ed Gregory and Dan Cooper.
The rambunctious “Miracle Pill” video features lots of flying paint, reflecting the song of “instant gratification, that gets out of control,” Rzeznik said. “It was really fun to make. It was pretty interesting; we didn’t want to make another rock video, so boring. We wanted to bust everything open. The two guys who did the video were performers in Blue Man Group. They had crazy, funny ideas.”

“I wanted to sing about the need for human connection and the constant change we go through as people,” he said. “This piece of work embodies those themes, and I think we can all relate.”

Rzeznik said his biggest influences were Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Jimmy Page and Oasis.
His father died in 1981, from a diabetic coma at age 53, when Rzeznik was 15 years old. The next year, his mother, 51, died from a sudden heart attack in the family’s living room. Rzeznik was brought up by his four older sisters and later paid for his own apartment using Social Security Survivor Benefit checks.

He began playing guitar, and music helped him to heal.

“For a while, my guitar was my only friend,” Rzeznik said. “I was kind of lonely; it was one of those things, it felt like I was on the outside watching. All I ever really wanted to do was connect — it’s like the music was always a way to connect, to speak my own truth, however unsophisticated it might have been. That was the only truth I know.”
“I had this thing recently happened, one kid I’m close with lost her mom, at the exact same age I did,” Rzeznik said. “It was a good way, to actually speak about it, just tell them I’m here, you’re not alone.
“Life hands you this horrible lesson, ultimately, if you let it define you in a negative way, let it affect you the rest of your life, you’ll be in trouble,” he said.

So what has accounted for the band’s longevity?
“Luck and a lot of work,” Rzeznik said. “We never stopped. So many bands we came up with, sort of around the year 2000, stopped. It’s strange. We never stopped, kept going and going, keep putting out our records.”

The Dispatch



The Sunflower: Goo Goo Dolls co-founder, Robby Takac, talks family, music and the bands legacy

Robby Takac and John Rzeznik co-founded the alt-rock band, The Goo Goo Dolls in 1986. After  four Grammy nominations and over 12 million albums sold, the band has released their 12th studio album, “Miracle Pill.”
After recording and touring for over 30 years, bassist and vocalist Takac, overcomes any musical fatigue through music itself.
“I just want to keep making music, that’s what motivates me,” Takac said. “Everytime you go out there, you want to do your best so you feel like there’s a reason for you to keep doing it.”
Like most musicians, Takaac draws inspiration from everything in life, including Japanese Pop music he listens to with his family.
“My wife and daughter listen to J-pop music all day and night….So to me I hear these melodies and I sing these melodies to myself all the time, I can’t imagine that they don’t make their way to my psyche when it comes time to sit down and start coming up with ideas,” Takac said. “Most certainly, ideas don’t come out of nowhere- they are inspired by something. I think whatever you’re experiencing at the time – be it musical or otherwise- it’s going to affect what your producing.”
Although he still feels passionate about his career, he admits that being a full-time musician does have its difficulties.
“Every moment is not paradise. We spend an awful lot of times sitting in hotels and airports, just waiting for stuff to happen, meanwhile your kid’s at home growing up,” Takac said. “The world is spinning around you when you’re just doing this thing. We’re glad to be able to do this everyday of our lives, but the older we get it takes up different spaces in our lives.”
After his daughter was born, Takac said him and his wife tried their best to balance Takac’s career and their personal life.
“Well, number one, my wife is awesome. We’ve been together for over 20 years but when we met, this was already in process- we were rolling,” Takac said. “So this is what our life has been like. When my daughter was born, we just had to make that a part of what our life is.”
He would bring his daughter with him on tours, backstage and made sure to introduce her to the rest of the team early on.
“She knows all of the players – Johnny, all the guys in the band, the crew, and she’s been with them ever since she was a little kid,” Takac said. “So, to me that was really important- for me to have her understand what goes on out here everyday so that she didn’t think that I was just gone.”
Having entered the music scene in 1986, Takac has witnessed the changes and developments of the music industry first hand.
“It’s completely unrecognizable. It used to be that you have to get your music into people’s hands. Now, you just have to them to listen to it, they already have it, like it’s on their phones,” Takac said.
The moment streaming made its appearance, it took over the industry and business and labels were having difficulty adapting.
“When this all started happening the music industry just fell apart. They didn’t know what to do. It panicked…. I don’t know how they could’ve done it right, but it was all just done wrong,” Takac said. “There was no money being made, people were scrambling, jobs were being lost, and record companies were closing. But the shift has happened now. And just like anything else, once something shifts, everything else just eventually finds level and people just start rebuilding again.”
As the industry keeps developing into a more dynamic powerhouse, Takac believes that the traditional value of music has been forgotten.
““Music doesn’t have the physical importance that it had….For the sake when I was a kid: walk three miles to go buy a single and then walk home, put it on the turntable and physically set the needle on it, open the package, look at the artwork, go through and read all of the credits, see who engineered it and see where they recorded it and read the lyrics,” Takac said. “That all went out the window. It doesn’t exist anymore. If people want to go deep, they can, but generally won’t. Because music doesn’t generally take up that enormous part of people’s lives anymore, there’s a lot of stuff out there. It is just a part of the noise now.”
Although music has changed to become more digital instead of physical, Takac is still a big fan of streaming himself.
“But streaming to me- I’m honestly a huge fan. I have been discovered so much new music man, its crazy… it’s exciting to me,” Takac said.
The Goo Goo Dolls are best known for their 1998 hit “Iris” which took over thousands of wedding receptions in its prime. Although grateful for the success the hit brought the band, Takac describes “Iris” as a “big shadow to try to get out from behind” and hopes for the legacy of the band to be more simple, yet meaningful.
“Our hope is just to be a band that keeps putting out records that have great songs on them. That’s all,” Takac said. “That’s really all we are looking for here, to make a record full of songs that are worth listening to. That’s been our goal from the beginning”
The Goo Goo Dolls are currently on their North American tour and will perform at The Orpheum Theatre on October 30. General tickets start at $39.50.

The Sunflower


Rapid City Journal: Goo Goo Dolls ‘Slide’ into Rapid City this weekend

The Goo Goo Dolls may have established a comfortable niche as a well-respected rock band with pop leanings reflected by the 12 million albums they’ve sold worldwide and much-loved hit singles like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name.” But as far as founding member/lead vocalist John Rzeznick is concerned, they’re never too far from their West New York roots. This blue-collar mentality continues to be the guiding moral compass for Rzeznick and longtime friend/bassist Robbie Takac.

“We’re from Buffalo, and we always carried that pride of the hometown that we’re from — and we still do,” Rzeznick said.

With a fall headlining tour getting under way, the band is ready to introduce fans to material from their 12th studio outing, “Miracle Pill.” It’s a collection of songs Rzeznick was working on just as he and Takac were coming off the road from a string of fall dates last year celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Dizzy Up the Girl,” the band’s sixth studio album.

“I was already writing songs and collecting material for the record. The title and concept for the album just came to me at once. It hadn’t happened to me in a long time, but I just got hit over the head for “Miracle Pill,” Rzeznick recalled. “It was sort of a metaphor for the instant gratification. Are you sad? Take a pill. That’s sort of the culture that we live in. Are you fat? Take a pill. Everybody is looking for some easy, short-cut way to find happiness and fulfillment and there just isn’t. But it’s work. It sucks, it’s hard and it’s consistent. I’ve been working out with this trainer and he said if I can be 70 percent consistently, then I’m going to be further ahead than if I’m 100 percent once in a while. There’s a line in ‘Miracle Pill’ where this guy asks this girl if she can be his miracle pill and I can be somebody else/I’m so sick of living inside of myself. It’s like trying to find something external that will cure you. And we all know that it’s an inside job.”

In addition to a sampling of new songs, Rzeznick said he and Takac will give fans just what they want — well-loved gems from the Goo canon.

While most music fans might think of the Goo Goo Dolls as being a ‘90s alt-pop band, thanks to some of those aforementioned hits, the Goos were actually looked at as Replacements Lite (Paul Westerberg co-wrote the 1993 single “We Are the Normal” off that year’s Goo Goo Dolls album, “Superstar Car Wash”) and were actually college radio staples up through the early 1990s. The first decade of the Goo Goo Dolls’ existence found them sharing bills with the aforementioned Replacements, Gun Club, Cannibal Corpse and a pre-commercial breakthrough Soul Asylum. And while fame eventually came knocking, Rzeznick and Takac were quick to heed the word of an early adviser.

“The first little bit of money that we made, was kind of weird. Robbie and I literally had nothing. We had a roommate, so there was three of us living together in an attic in Buffalo. We had nothing. All of a sudden you get this check in the mail and it’s more money than my dad made in like 10 years,” Rzeznick recalled. “Then our manager scooped us up and said, ‘Listen. This ain’t gonna last forever. Put the money away, pretend it doesn’t exist, keep your head down and keep working. Forget about being a rock star. Just keep working.’ That stuck with me. Then there was the rule of [investing] — Don’t buy a bar. Don’t buy a restaurant. Don’t buy a Ferrari. We’ve been going for 25 years making a living doing this. This has been my job for 25 years, with no other job. For the 10 years before that, I’d play in the band and be a bartender. I’d play in the band and Robbie was a DJ. We always had odd jobs we had to do when we came home. I was very blessed because the local punk rock club owner would always have my job waiting for me when I came home from a tour. It was really a blessing and he was so proud of us that we were getting out there.”

It’s already been a good year for the Goo Goo Dolls. Over the summer, the group toured with Train, a band that Rzeznik admires for, among other things, the consistent songwriting of Train’s frontman, Pat Monahan.

The group also got to open for Bon Jovi in South America. And while Rzeznick may have tasted multi-platinum success, he’s grateful for previously untapped opportunities the Goo Goo Dolls are still getting to experience.

“Going to South American with Bon Jovi is so exciting to me. I can’t believe Jon (Bon Jovi) asked us to open for them,” he said. “The last time we toured and opened for those guys, they were so good to us, man. It was a cool scene. I’ve got to say that Jon did us a real solid because he’s helping us break open a new market that we’ve never been to.”

Goo Goo Dolls, with opener The Unlikely Candidates, will play at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Tickets are $39.50 to $89.50, depending on seats, and are available at or 1-800-GOT-MINE.

The Statesman: Goo Goo Dolls ruminate on 30 years as a band ahead of Friday show in Austin

It takes a lot for a band to stay together for 30 years. Just ask John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, who founded the Goo Goo Dolls in 1986 and took the mainstream music scene by storm in 1995 with the release of the single, “Name,” from the album “A Boy Named Goo.”

In the years since, they’ve sold more than 12 million albums, achieved multiplatinum status and received four Grammy nominations — and they’re still at it. On Sept. 13, the band released its 12th studio album, “Miracle Pill,” and will kick off its fall tour Friday at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall.

We recently chatted by phone with Takac about the new album, the fall tour and what it takes to keep going as a band for three decades.

How was your summer?

We just got back from South America. We did a bunch of dates in Brazil and Peru, and we did our summer tour with Train earlier this year. Man, that was a long tour. It was awesome. Lots of people singing along.

The fall tour kicks off in Austin Oct. 25. Why are you looking forward to it?

(The summer tour) was a 60-minute show, pretty short, to the point. (We just) put an album out called “Miracle Pill.” We’ll be diving deeper into that record — we have more time at our disposal — and, hopefully, we’ll hit most of the songs most people want to hear.
What’s the vibe of “Miracle Pill”?

Our goal has been to try to hang on to as many folks as we can while still moving forward and feeling like the band’s growing a little bit. I think it’s the next step.

How has the music industry changed in the 30 years you’ve been a band?

The music industry we’re in today doesn’t even remotely resemble the music industry we were in when we started. It was preinternet. The world changed pretty dramatically during that time. I think for us we’ve been pretty lucky. The fans have really held on to what we’re doing. There’s been a lot of folks that have been with us for a long time.

How has your relationship with Johnny changed?

We used to live in the same bedroom when we were kids. That’s changed. We grew up. We’ve got kids now. We both threw down pretty hard for a long time, and we’ve got most of that under control now. We’re more responsible adults than we were. Everything feels good. We enjoy touring, and I enjoy time at home with my family, too.

Your daughter is 7. Is she a Goo Goo Dolls fan?

She’s been coming out since she was a little kid. I don’t know if she’s a huge Goo Goo Dolls fan. Everybody in the band and crew she’s known since she can remember. She loves coming out and being on tour. I try to get her to spend a few weeks out on every tour when we can. John’s daughter, too. They’re part of family.

Have you spent much time in Austin?

On and off over the years, never any extended time. We’ve been coming down for years. I had some late nights there back in the early days. It’s amazing to see how influential the city has become in the grand scheme of things. It’s pretty awesome. (For the fall tour) Austin has the honor of getting the first night of the tour, which is as terrifying as it is exciting.

Is it challenging to determine the set list?

It’s first world problems, but it gets tougher and tougher every record. You don’t want to just come out and be like a jukebox every night, but at the same time you don’t want to disappoint people. Quite honestly probably one of the most difficult things we do as a band is try to figure out what we’re going to play, especially when the sets are short. We’ve been together 30 years, and we play music from the past 25. That’s a lot of years of music to parse your way through. Part of you would like to be artistic and wildly adventurous with your song selections, but the other part of you knows you only come through places every once in a while and people are taking their hard earned money and coming out and spending the night with you. It’s been an internal wrestling match for a while. But it’s a pretty amazing problem to have.

Why should people come out to the show?

We’re going a little bit deeper, playing a few of the new songs that we’re proud of. It’s a big sing-along. We’re in some beautiful theaters — it’s not huge rooms. They should be nice and full and have a lot of people singing. Come down and have a great time with us again.

The Statesman

Tulsa World: Coming attractions: Of course this movie didn’t scare Goo Goo Dolls away from Oklahoma

The Goo Goo dolls have contributed songs to many soundtracks, including the soundtrack of a filmed-in-Oklahoma movie. The wicked weather depicted in that movie (“Twister”) did not make the band want to avoid Oklahoma. Proof: The Goo Goo Dolls are performing Oct. 29 at the Brady Theater.

“We braved a couple of tornadoes in the past,” bassist Robby Takac said during a phone interview. “We have seen them on the horizon. It’s crazy when that happens. You are driving in a bus and you can see them in the distance.”

The Goo Goo Dolls’ song on the “Twister” soundtrack was “Long Way Down.” Takac recalled that the song is heard only briefly in the film.

“I believe we were on a truck radio as someone was pulling into a gas station or something,” he said.

“We did do a video for the movie, though, and the director put us on this turntable, this huge turntable, and turned us in circles for like nine hours. About 45 minutes into the shoot, we were like why didn’t you just (rotate the cameras?) It probably would have been a little bit easier, you know?”

How did the guys in the band keep from getting motion sickness during the video shoot?

“We didn’t keep from it,” Takac said. “We had to stop like every 15 minutes and take a break because everybody was getting vertigo. It was crazy.”

If only there had been some kind of miracle pill for the occasion.

Fast forward to the present, and the Goo Goo Dolls’ new album is “Miracle Pill.” Released in September, it’s the 12th studio album for a group that has sold more than 12 million albums.

“We’re pretty happy to have some new music to go out and play for people,” Takac said, indicating that material from the new album was received positively during a summer tour with Train and during a recent South America trek with Bon Jovi.

If it sounds like the Goo Goo Dolls are still on the “go go,” that’s because it’s true.

“I’ll tell you, man. When you’ve been making records for a few decades and you are seeing people are still interested, your heart won’t let you stop,” Takac said.

“We are dudes from Buffalo. We took every opportunity possible our entire career because you never think anything is going to amount to anything, so that’s just how we were brought up. We still have sort of got that mentality. Right now the record is doing pretty well. It is getting on the radio. We had a great tour this summer. … It’s pretty exciting to see this happening after all this time. A lot of bands are winding down and figuring out how to get their butts into the casino circuit at this point. For us, it really seems like there are still some mountains to climb, so we are out doing it.”

Formed in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls were initially a punk band. Takac said punk rock was pretty much dead and buried by the time the band got its start, but the Goo Goo Dolls rose from the ashes and evolved into a group that earned heavy airplay on “regular” and alternative stations in the 1990s.

“We just felt that we could play harder and faster and louder than anyone else in town and still have songs, still have a melody that you could follow,” Takac said.

“That’s what we were born from. Most bands don’t get a chance to see what they grow into after a few decades and we have been lucky enough to be able to live that out a little bit and see ourselves develop as people and see music change and resources change and the industry change and most importantly our lives change as people. I think the albums kind of follow that trajectory probably.”

“A Boy Named Goo” from 1995 was the group’s first multi-platinum album. The song from the “Twister” soundtrack was on it. But the big track from that album was “Name,” which went to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in addition to topping the alternative chart.

“Everybody knew that song, but I don’t think everybody knew who did it really, especially because for the most part we were still a pretty heavy band back then,” Takac said.

But music listeners couldn’t help but know who the Goo Goo Dolls were after a song for another movie soundtrack exploded. Johnny Rzeznik wrote “Iris” for the film “City of Angels” and it was included on a Goo Goo Dolls album (“Dizzy Up the Girl”) while the song was booming. The album went four times platinum.

“I would say the way that all happened was beyond belief,” Takac said. “It all just kind of lined up.”

“Iris” trivia: “If you watch the movie, that version of the song is not even in the movie,” Takac said, indicating that it was rejected by the movie folks in favor of an acoustic version by Rzeznik.

Meanwhile, the version you’re familiar with wound up on the soundtrack and, in 2012, was ranked No. 1 on a Billboard list of top 100 pop songs from 1992-2012. The list ranked songs from the first 20 years of the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart.

It was weird, said Takac, that the song was initially deemed not good enough and then it became the biggest song of the Goo Goo Dolls’ career.

“It’s like our ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’” he said.

The phone interview ended with Takac saying this about the Goo Goo Dolls’ upcoming show in Tulsa: “One of the great things about our musical situation these days is the streaming services are all out there and we are finding that people are knowing the songs when we show up. You release a single and they know it that night. It’s pretty amazing. So please come ready to sing. It’s way more fun when everybody is singing.”

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Goo Goo Dolls Evolve with “Miracle Pill”


In light of today’s divisive political and social climate, it is very refreshing to hear the music of a new album from some old faces that can bring people together. The Goo Goo Dolls are certainly no strangers to reminding people that music is indeed what molds us — as human beings — into one unified people. It seems as if their new album, “Miracle Pill,” came out just in time to allow their fans and other listeners to escape the troubles we face today by reflecting upon the beauty and complexity of love, life and death. The album features 11 tracks that flow well together, along with three singles.

In the album’s first track (the third single), “Indestructible”, John Rzeznik and company introduce a very uplifting song about two young lovers who feel — as the title suggests — invincible together after having felt broken alone. Next, the band digs into more pop beats with the songs “Fearless” and “Miracle Pill.” Though the chorus of “Fearless” sounds light, and the song is about someone who doesn’t give up on life and fights to find happiness, the lyrics have deep meaning. The words from verse two, for example, “I can’t be myself if I’m hiding / And if I’m not living, I’m dying / I can’t feel / What I don’t know” sound very depressing and troubling. I found the title track to be, perhaps, the best in the album, because it deals with very relevant issues. It represents America’s drug epidemic — concerning opioids and Adderall — and the causes of addiction. The song sounds uplifting at first, but becomes more unsettling and even disturbing when you think about the real word significance.

The two tracks “Money, Fame, & Fortune” and “Lost” effectively mix the classic Goo Goo Dolls sound from older tracks like “Name” with the new pop touch of “Miracle Pill.” They illustrate the band’s evolution.

But this album is not perfect, or even groundbreaking. The two songs with bassist Robby Takac on main vocals are easily forgettable. They don’t offer much besides Takac’s raspy voice that may haunt you after you’re done listening. The song “Lights” is another breakup/love song that contains more generic pop than usual. I can’t help but think that the order of the final two tracks should be switched. Ending the album with “Think it Over” leaves a sort of bland musical taste that easily misses the distinct sound and flavor usually found in Goo Goo Doll’s songs. It is potentially the worst song on the entire record. Instead, the album should have ended with the ballad “Autumn Leaves,” which sucks the joy right out of you in the most elegant way. Certain lyrics like“ Life is change / We move on / And where you go I hope the summer goes along / So I wait / And I wait yeah” conjure feelings of loss someone and recovery. It really leaves the listener in deep thought.

“Over You” is the most familiar-sounding song on the album. From the guitar intro to the lyrics to the beat, it is very reminiscent of timeless hits like “Black Balloon” or “Iris” that propelled the band to stardom in the ’90s. Superb lyrics include “Haven’t seen the sun in days / Oh did you take it away with you / Might have gone our separate ways / But every night brings me back to you” and, “There’s only one truth / There’s only one you / There’s no way out / There’s just no over you.”

This splendid anthem describes a lost love and inability to get over it.

All in all, this album is really well-done. Even with a few hiccups, it still paints a great picture of the Goo Goo Dolls for the modern era and for future years to come.

Album: “Miracle Pill”

Artist: The Goo Goo Dolls

Label: Warner Records

Favorite Tracks: “Over You,” “Miracle Pill,” “Autumn Leaves”

If You Like: Alternative Rock

Shamrocks: 3.5 out of 5


Goo Goo Dolls Evolve with “Miracle Pill”