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Daily Herald: Train, Goo Goo Dolls kick off summer at Utah USANA show

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls seem to have brought summer with them on their nationwide tour with Allen Stone.

The rock bands’ stop Tuesday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City was as bright and energetic as the warm summer night that played host to the concert.

“This has been a lot of fun touring with Train,” Goo Goo Dolls guitarist and vocalist Johnny Rzeznik told the crowd. “This feels like a good summer.”

Train performed a lively set featuring the group’s greatest hits from “Drops of Jupiter” to “Drive By.”

The set balanced upbeat tunes like “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” with slow, thoughtful numbers such as “When I Look to the Sky,” a song Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan said has reminded fans of people they have lost and helped him remember what music is about.

“When they look to the sky, they feel like they can still connect with their loved ones,” Monahan told the audience. “It’s about bringing us together, like tonight.”

Stone returned to the stage after opening the show with a powerful vocal set to perform “Cab” and “Bruises” with Train in two beautiful duets with Monahan.

“I met him … several months ago at ‘American Idol,’ and I asked him if we could be best friends, and he said yes, so he came here with us,” Monahan said of Stone.

Train guitarist Luis Maldonado of Salt Lake City got his chance to shine in an exhilarating solo during “Meet Virginia” and while doing justice to Freddie Mercury’s vocal part in the band’s cover of Queen hit “Under Pressure,” also featuring bassist and vocalist Hector Maldonado.

The group paid tribute to Tom Petty as well in a cover that fused “American Girl” and “Free Fallin’ ” together.

Monahan kept the crowd engaged throughout the night and surprised fans with an impromptu hip-hop cover of Drake’s “In My Feelings” in the middle of “Hey, Soul Sister.”

Beach balls bounced throughout the audience as Train performed “Save Me, San Francisco,” in front of a colorful skyline backdrop.

The Goo Goo Dolls likewise captured the attention of the crowd, which seemed to sing along to every word of the band’s hit “Iris,” with a series of black balloons that fans passed around while the group performed “Black Balloon.”

Rzeznik said he remembers sitting on a dirty, secondhand sofa in an attic apartment in Buffalo, New York, about nine years into the Goo Goo Dolls’ time as a band when he wrote “Name.”

“This was the first song that I ever wrote that got on the radio, so it was like our first hit song,” Rzeznik said. “We never got to be the biggest band in the world, but for one minute, we were the best, and that was amazing.”

Goo Goo Dolls members reminisced about their 30 years as a band.

“It is so great to be back here with you guys,” Goo Goo Dolls bassist and vocalist Robby Takac said. “There’s a tear in my eye. First time we played here was to about nine people up three flights of stairs, and this is amazing, you guys. Thanks for sticking with us all these years.”

303 Magazine Q&A – The Goo Goo Dolls’ Talk 30 Years of Life on the Road, Touring with Train and Colorado Memories

Since 1989, the Goo Goo Dolls have made a name for themselves as one of the bands that hit the ground running no matter how long its been. After their 1998 smash record Dizzy Up The Girl hit airwaves around the world, producing two of their biggest and timeless hits, “Iris” and “Slide,” the Goo Goo Dolls continued to create. Nearly five albums and 20 years later, this New York-based band has no end in sight. From receiving a monthly stipend from a record label to make ends meet to going on global tours – the Goo Goo Dolls are no strangers to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. We spoke to frontman John Rzeznik on the Goo Goo Dolls’ upcoming tour with Train, three decades of life on the road and why one Colorado venue holds a special place in Goo Goo history.

303: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. Do you happen to remember the first show that you ever played in Colorado?
John Rzeznik: I think, I don’t know if it was our first one we played, but it was a bar and there was like an old motel across the street, like a block away from where we were staying. It was interesting.

303: Do you have any special memories from one of your shows in Colorado?
JR: Oh, the first time we sold out Red Rocks back in ’99 or 2000. They give you a little piece of the stone and a plaque and I still have that just sitting on my shelf. To me, that was such an awesome accomplishment because it’s like, Red Rocks, I mean, come on.

303: This isn’t your first time at the rodeo being on tour. How has life on the road changed since your first time out?
JR: Well, I’m 30 something years older. I gave up drinking and everything else, you know, smoking and all that so it’s a lot healthier. It’s a different kind of fun. We had a lot of fun when we were young guys out there. The usual, way too much partying and having fun. There comes a point where you’re just like “Ah, yeah, we’re not going to be able to keep doing this if we keep this pace up.” It’s all about bringing the music and when you’re a fat drunken mess, it’s impossible to do that.

303: We have a little bit of a speed round for you, just some rapid fire questions. What song do you wish you had written?
JR: “Even The Losers” by Tom Petty.

303: If you had the chance to play with one artist on stage, dead or living, that are living, who would it be?
JR: Probably Keith Richards.

303: Good choice, that’s a show we’d like to see. What about a favorite song that you’ve written?
JR: There’s this song called “Hate This Place” that closed out the Dizzy Up The Girl album. I don’t know what it is about that song, I just love that song and it makes me feel happy.

303: What’s your favorite song to play live?
JR: That changes from night to night. Consistently, the one that I love playing a lot is probably “So Alive.” I just love seeing the audience sing along with that.

303: Can we expect any new material from the Goo Goo Dolls anytime soon?
JR: Yes. We have a single coming out tentatively on June 18th and the album Miracle Pill is going to be out in early September. We’ll probably be playing a new single live.

303: We’re looking forward to the upcoming Denver stop on June 20th at Fiddler’s Green. What can we expect from that upcoming Colorado date?
JR: I mean, playing in Colorado is always special. We’ve played Red Rocks a bunch and Fiddler’s Green and these are iconic places to play. It’s just always really good energy up there. Denver’s got its own vibe thing going on, so it’s always exciting. It’s beautiful there. That’s one of the places that I really love to be in the states.

303: Train AND the Goo Goo Dolls? That’s a pretty stacked lineup. How exactly did this come about?
JR: It’s something that we had always been wanting to do for the past 10 years. It was like “We should go out with Train! We should go out with Train!” and “Let’s put a tour together with Train, that’d be fun” and then everything just lined up finally. So we’re stoked about it. I mean, I love Pat Monahan. I think he’s an amazing writer. He is probably one of the best singers out there right now. I just love his voice. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

303: Any words for the Colorado fans?
JR: Thank you very much for coming out. We’ve been coming here a long time and we just appreciate it and I’m looking forward to having a great night out.

The Goo Goo Dolls play Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 20. Tickets are available via AXS.

303 Magazine

Robby Takac’s Blog for InRock – new Entry

Heyhey In Rockers and Welcome to my first column of the ReiWa Era and the Cherry Blossom fairy filled world of Robby’s Lobby for this month! I live here in the states with my wife Miyoko, a native of Tokyo and our daughter Hana and we’re often involved with events put on in conjunction with the small but growing Japanese Community here in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.

This month we are unbelievably busy leading up to an event we help to coordinate with my Music is Art organization to help bring a day of programming featuring Japanese music, art, dance and culture to the people of our city as The Cherry Blossoms bloom and Spring is finally here for everyone to enjoy! Music is Art Partners with The Buffalo History Museum, The Friends of the Japanese Garden, The Japanese Group of Buffalo and The Olmsted Parks System to make this event happen, this being our 6th Annual event.

The Japanese Garden was built in the 1970s outside the Greek columns of The Buffalo History Museum (the building and grounds were built in 1901 for The Pan American Exposition in Buffalo) on a beautiful mirror lake as a gift from Buffalo’s sister city of Kanazawa. Since then many trees have been donated and planted through the years and it’s a truly beautiful place when the blossoms are in bloom. The garden is maintained through donations and grants and is maintained by the Olmsted parks service and local volunteers, as a matter of fact my friend Al and I joined a whole crew of folks last weekend cleaning up the Garden for the celebration!

Unlike Sakura Matsuri in Japan, which occurs as soon as the blossoms come out, in the US we schedule the Cherry Blossom Festivals dates in advance and hope all year that nature will help us out with some great blossoms for our event. Last year’s timing was great in Buffalo, with sunny weather and beautiful blossoms for everyone to enjoy in the Japanese Garden. The festival runs for a full week with Kimono Shows, Cocktail Fundraisers, Pop Up Tea Ceremonies and Japanese film features throughout the week. We help with the music event, which happens on May 4tha and 5th, the last 2 days of the festival.

There are 3 Japanese acts from my indie label Good Charamel Record playing both days; DJ Sashimi, The Molice who are living in Buffalo and also Tokyo’s Pinky Doodle Poodle, who has been basing their band out of Athens GS for the past year. They are all performing both days along with the locally based JGB Shibuki Taiko Group, Odori No Kai Japanese Dancers, The Japanese Group of Buffalo Chorus, The University of Buffalo Kendo Club and a variety of DJs, painters and street musicians/performers to round out the day. My daughter goes to a Japanese school in the US and her school choir “The Buffalo Nihongo Club Children’s Chorus” will also be performing “Sukiyaki” onstage! As a matter of fact, a Japanese exchange student taught my daughter’s first grade class last year and his band “Heisei Spirit” will be playing some songs as well!

Throughout the weekend there’s Pink Boat Rides through the mirror lake, a crane dance performance, a performance by a world champion Kendama Champion and the event closes with a Pink Parade with all of the Children and participants taking one more stroll around the Cherry Blossom Trees. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too, we’re looking forward to a great event, I’ll let u know how it goes!

All 3 of the Good Charamel bands are also performing at The Brooklyn Sakura Matsuri the weekend before as well! The Molice and DJ Sashimi have done the event before and this will be Pinky Doodle Poodle fist time at the event. I’ve performed along w/ Sashimi on my Shamisen, and if all goes as panned I’ll be doing it again this year! Yikes! Speaking of that, I think I think I should go to practice more right now!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in, looking forward to seeing chatting with you next month here in The Lobby ….. OK ……. Sakura ,Sakura …… 1234 ……….



Hear the new Goo Goo Dolls single “Miracle Pill” live!

The Goo Goo Dolls suprised fans at the opening show of the summer tour by debuting their new single, “Miracle Pill.” The video was captured by Goo Goo Dolls fan Heather at the Auburn, WA show on 6/7/2019.  We appreciate her shaing this video.

Miracle Pill will be released as a single on June 21, 2019.

Fans were also treated to a duet with John Rzeznik and Train singing the Jackson Browne classic “Running On Empty.”

Buffalo artist Philip Burke teams up with Goo Goo Dolls to create a rockin’ mural on Hertel

Hertel has landed another new mural. This time, the work is a collaboration between a number of fervent and iconic Buffalo figureheads, including the celebrated Buffalo band Goo Goo Dolls, and famed Buffalo artist Philip Burke. The project came about when owner of Zoom Copy, Rory Allen, approached Burke about the commissioned project – Allen and Burke envisioned a tribute to hometown rockers Robby Takac and Johnnie Rzeznik, which would be painted by Burke, with a particular Hertel Avenue wall in mind.

“We have been working on this for about a year,” said Allen. “I approached Philip last July 1st and we discussed the project for a few months before we settled on the Goo Goo Dolls as the subject. The building owners (the owners of the Public House and their partners) loved the idea of paying tribute to the GGDs and commissioned Philip to custom paint this for the wall. The original painting is 6 feet wide by 2 feet tall. Then came the transfer of the image to the wall – it was a challenge because of all the windows and interruptions. We created a canvas for Philip with all of the interruptions and he had to be careful to put faces in spots so that would fit on the wall. This is the first of many we plan to work on together, although no specifics have been contracted yet so we aren’t free to announce them yet.”

The mural project also had another key supporter in the form of North Buffalo Council Member Joel Feroleto who has been a driving force for public art along Hertel. “Burke is a world-renowned artist who hails from Buffalo – he became a featured artist at Rolling Stone (1989-96), and his works have graced the pages of Time, The New Yorker, and Sport Illustrated,” said Feroleto. “The famed Goo Goo Dolls are also a locally cherished treasure. So it makes sense to team them together, to create another inspirational work of art on the street. It’s great that the mural is wrapping up just as the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival gets underway this weekend.”

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People Magazine: Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Says Going Out on Tour Now Is Way Different Than in the ’90s

Times have certainly changed for the Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik — but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The singer is currently gearing up to head out with bandmate Robby Takac and Train on a co-headlining tour kicking off on June 7, and he tells PEOPLE that the band’s days on the road now look a lot different than the shenanigans they’d get into on tour in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“There’s no booze, no drugs, no girls,” Rzeznik says with a laugh. “There’s children and babies and dogs and cousins and uncles and aunts. And I love it, I’m having so much [more] fun this way than that way.”

While out on tour, Rzeznik, 53, says his wife, Melina Gallo, and their 2-year-old daughter, Liliana, are able to join him.

“[Liliana] loves to ride the bus and she loves being on the stage,” he says. “During sound check I’ll bring her out on the stage and she loves the lights and everything. She dances on the stage. She’s awesome; that kid is so funny.”

“She loves to watch me play,” he adds. “She’s got her big ear muffs on so she doesn’t hurt her ears. She stands on the side of the stage with her mom, then she gets tired and goes to sleep.”

When it comes to the tour with Train, Rzeznik says he’s most excited about sharing the stage with a band that he “really” loves.

“I’m a big fan of Train and a big fan of [lead singer] Pat [Monahan], so it’s cool to get to finally do a tour with those guys,” he says. “When you basically tour for a living, it’s nice to be around people that are fun and cool.”

As a part of Live Nation’s National Concert Week, fans hoping to see the Goo Goo Dolls out on their tour can get tickets for just $20 through May 7. Along with one or two new songs from their upcoming album, the band is expected to play some of their older classics like “Iris,” “Black Balloon” and “Name,” which Rzeznik says he never gets sick of.

“People actually still want to hear them, and I can always go back to being a bartender if I get sick of my job as a musician who actually can pay his mortgage playing music,” he jokes. “Forget it — no, I’m grateful every time I get to play those songs.”

Reflecting on his old tour days, Rzeznik says that his wildest memories stem from the Goo Goo Dolls’ tour with Sugar Ray which happened 20 years ago in 1999.

“That was the height of the shenanigans, having a great time,” he says. “It was such a fun tour but it was one very long, never-ending party. And I’m grateful that I got to experience that, but it beats the hell out of you. I’m like, ‘I need a doctor and some rest.’”

These days, Rzeznik is sober — and that, as he puts it, means “that I don’t have to hate myself anymore and someday I may actually love myself.”

Aside from his sobriety, Rzeznik says things are also different than his younger years now because it used to be “very important to be recognized or on a certain music chart.”

“We’re like workmen in a lot of ways, we’re in this for the long haul,” he says. “We’ve never been the biggest band in the world, but we never stopped trying to be the best as best as we can be. We had to make a lot of changes along the way, from the inside and the out. But if somebody says a bad word about Robbie, they’re going to have to deal with me. I can fight with him all I want, but you can’t.”

Rzeznik credits Takac for keeping them together all these years.

“I didn’t see it lasting this long,” he says. “I’m ready to quit, and he’s like, ‘No, you’re not going to quit.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’re right — I’m not going to quit. I think it has something to do with growing up in a working-class town and growing up Catholic. It’s like, it’s okay to be miserable. Misery is encouraged. The guy is my brother, I love him, but I don’t always agree with him. Sometimes that has gotten heated but at the end of the day, he’s my brother.”

Whether Rzeznik would ever actually retire, he says that decision boils down to a ‘no’ for a simple reason: he doesn’t have any hobbies.

“I got to get a hobby,” he jokes. “If anybody that reads your magazine knows what a good hobby is, please let me know. But I can’t afford to race cars, okay.”

More seriously, he adds, “I love doing what I do. I’m going to do it until nobody wants to hear it anymore. I’ll know when it’s time to hang it up.”

New blog entry for InRock Mag courtesy of Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby, coming to you from the snowy city of Buffalo, NY! Happy New Year to all of the In Rock Readers, you should be well into 2019 by now and I hope it’s been great so far! I spent the first part of the year in Japan visiting family in Tokyo for the holidays. I took the trip over with my daughter, Hana and my wife Miyoko, the main reason for the trip was to see my wife’s family, but we always seem to find some adventure as we spend our holidays in Japan!

We arrived at Narita from the US on the day after Christmas and made our way to the train and our room in Ueno, we’ve never stayed in Ueno before, and it’s bustling for sure! We enjoyed being in the middle of the madness that is Ueno at night, wandered down by the vendors, sights and smells of nearby Ameyoko and enjoyed some Yakitori, we got a few bags of cheap candy from our favorite vendor and tried our best to stay up until 10 to beat our jetlag which is always one of our first challenges on these trips!

While in Ueno you must stop to have a visit with the Pandas and we have never gotten a chance to see the newest of the Pandas, so after a loooooong winding line of patient zoogoers made our way into the enclosure to have a look at Xiang Xiang and his Panda Dad (I guess Panda Mom was inside having a rest). We said hi to Xiang Xiang, spent a little more time at the Zoo and then made our way over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their Edward Munch exhibit featuring 3 different versions of the legendary woodcut/painting “The Scream”!

Munch is pretty dark and macabre as an artist, (and probably as a person I would imagine), we even heard a story that he was shot in an altercation after argument in which he refused to marry his girlfriend to maintain his dark outlook on life as an inspiration for his art. My daughter found it all a bit disconcerting so we quickly made our way through the exhibit and did our best to explain to Hana the significance of being in a room with a masterpiece like “The Scream”; she wasn’t all that enthused, I’m pretty sure it was pretty similar to going through a ghost house to her (which is not high on her list of ways to spend an afternoon).

We visited with some friends over the next couple of days and on New Years Day we had a great “Osechi” lunch with my wife’s family. In a once in a lifetime experience we went to Asakusa to join the throngs of Japanese and tourists traveling to visit Senso Ji for the holiday. So many people are funneled through the Tori gates of the temple wishing to start their year with luck, happiness, health and prosperity. After holding on tight to our 7 year old we moved with the crowd to the main temple and squeezed our way up to the front and made an offering for good fortune then made our way to the festival grounds outside the temple! My friend in Tokyo was so amazed that we went on New Years Day as he has been living there for decades and never braved the crowds; I must say it was handled so well, and I’m always amazed at the ability of the Japanese culture to handle these situations in such an orderly way.

We even got to attend a “mochisuki” event with some Sumo wrestlers on New Years Day in Shiodome, I had an opportunity to pound some mocha about 15 years ago and for some reason declined the offer, I had always regretted that decision so it was good to be able to right that wrong from my past in 2019, and this time with 2 Sumo, the whole thing couldn’t have gone better !!!!

The rest of our short, weeklong trip was full of Gotcha Gotcha Machines, UFO Catchers, Curry, Ramen, Yakiniku, Sushi, Shopping, friends, family and so much more … and as always, I can’t wait for our return… and …back in the USA, Goo Goo Dolls are writing, recording and doing random shows until we tour sort tour of Mexico in May and then do a 60 city US tour in June, July and August. We’ll have a new album out for you all soon, lots of new music circulating around our camp lately, can’t wait for you all to hear it this Spring!

Have a great month and check out to get to my socials or just leave a not saying hi! See you next month here in the pages of The Mighty In Rock !!!



Latest Edition of Robby Takac’s blog for InRock Mag is up!


Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to a wintery edition of The Lobby coming to you from the warmth of my little house in Buffalo, NY! Happy Holidays to you all and I hope you had a great New Year celebration and all your dreams and wishes come true for 2019. As I write to you this month Christmas is in a few days, and with a 6-year-old daughter in the house, as you could imagine, it’s a pretty exciting time of year! The trees up, The Santa is on the front lawn, even have nice twinkly light s in the bushes, and we did it up right this year! We have been spending our Christmases yearly between my wife Miyoko’s hometown of Tokyo and my hometown of Buffalo, last year we spent The Holidays in Japan so this year Hana got a good old chaotic American Christmas before we make our way to Japan to celebrate New Years with my wife Miyoko’s family!

It’s been busy with real life stuff since I got back from the tour, taking care of the house, school functions and such for the last few weeks, but I spend the first half of each day working on demos for new songs for the next Goo Goo Dolls release (due out in Spring / Summer of 2019). John’s been working on new stuff for the last few months as well and we are going to be getting things together soon to sort out the details of the next release accompanied by a 60 date tour of the US w/ San Francisco’s Train and Allen Stone.

The Music is Art foundation here in Buffalo became the beneficiary of an event thrown every year here by fellow Buffalonian Billy Sheehan (MR BIG/David Lee Roth). The organization is called MOB (Musicians of Buffalo) and they gather yealy around this time to play Christmas songs, some bad ass rock tunes and celebrate with some of the local talent that began alongside Billy in the 70s and have watched Billy’s career over the years. He’s a great guy, I know that for a fact because many years ago back in the 80s all of Goo Goo Dolls equipment was stolen and without even having met me Billy heard about the theft and sent me a brand new bass guitar …. Buffalonians are like that, if you ever get a chance to visit you’ll see …. Oh and you’ll probably get to see NIAGARA FALLS TOO!

I got up onstage with MOB for the last couple of songs they played, joining them in a rousing rendition on AC/DCs YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG and closing the night out with a group chorus of SILENT NIGHT led by Billy’s wife Elisabetta.

…. In the end Billy and the MOB gang raised a bunch of money to help with Music is Arts mission in the community and had a great time with friends …. Sounds like what the holiday season is supposed to be!

OK, Christmas time’s coming at us like a freight train and as I mentioned we’re headed to Japan for the new year, and that’s when I’ll be catching up with all of my In Rock friends next, I hope you all had a great holiday and I look forward to filling you in on my goings on during my next trip to Japan!

All the Best in 2019


Mediterranean Runaway To Paradise Lineup; Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik

Johnny Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls

Alternating between taking notes on his iPhone and scribbling on yellow legal pads with pencils, singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Rzeznik approaches songwriting with a workmanlike craftsmanship and analog sense of soul. Fronting The Goo Goo Dolls, he has imparted that energy and ethic into nearly three decades of music, penning cornerstones from the modern American songbook such as “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Name”—among many others.

“Somebody once asked me, ‘What’s it like to write a song?’,” he recalls. “I answered, ‘It’s like getting dropped out of an airplane into the middle of a jungle and you’ve got to cut your way out. I like it that way, because I never had any formal training. For some reason, it works.”

It still “works” to this day. Moreover, his songs continue to influence subsequent generations. Everyone from Leona Lewis and Boyz II Men to Sleeping with Sirens and New Found Glory has covered the band, while Avril Lavigne, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota, and Cash Cash jumped at the chance to duet with him. Recognizing the impact of his storytelling and songcraft, the Songwriters Hall of Fame bestowed the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” upon the frontman in 2008.

Since their 1986 formation in Buffalo, NY, The Goo Goo Dolls—Rzeznik and Robby Takac—have prolifically delivered a string of immortal anthems and albums, garnering four GRAMMY® Award nominations and selling over 10 million albums worldwide. After historically clinching #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks, Billboard lauded “Iris” as #1 on the “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart, placing “Slide” at #9 and “Name” at 24. Grinding it out on the road for over a decade supporting four fan favorite albums, the group unveiled 1995’s seminal A Boy Named Goo. Propelled by “Name,” it eventually earned an RIAA double-platinum certification and elevated the band to rock’s vanguard. In 1998, Dizzy Up The Girl became a global phenomenon, moving 6 million copies, going quadruple-platinum, and boasting “Iris” and “Slide” on its divine tracklisting. Both Gutterflower [2002] and Let Love In [2006] achieved gold status as Something for the Rest of Us [2010] and Magnetic [2013] soared to the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Most recently 2016’s Boxes received praise from People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them.

Long before this success, the artist grew up surrounded by music. His parents were both casual musicians, while his four older sisters each boasted a diverse record collection. Inspired by everything from Cheap Trick’s Live At Budokan and The Ramones’ Rocket to Russia to Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, he wrote his first song at 13. By 1990’s Hold Me Up, he had tapped into raw energy by embracing signature alternate tunings in his writing.

“Using alternate tunings expanded the canvas I could work on to be able to come up with atypical sounds and chords,” he goes on. “By doing this, you fill the space more when there are only three musicians. There are were absolutely no rules involved. I could create anything I wanted. Songwriting constantly evolved. Around the time of A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up The Girl, it became time for me to really leap into my own space.”

It’s a space he proudly inhabits to this day. The 2017 EP, You Should Be Happy [Warner Bros. Records], sees him once again tread new lyrical territory, going from social commentary to examining his personal life over a rich sonic backdrop.

“Sometimes, I’ll sit down and think about an event, a person, or something I’ve read, and it’ll just spark an idea in my mind,” he explains of his process. “There are other times where I’ll be playing guitar and humming a melody. A phrase will come out and spark a memory. It causes a chain reaction of thoughts. A lot of the songs come out that way. As far as subject matter goes, some darkness is beautiful. For me, there’s always that little touch of remaining one step away from being connected. I’m there, I see it and feel it, but I’m always slightly removed from it.”

As You Should Be Happy arrives, he embarks on a high-profile headline summer shed tour with The Goo Goo Dolls and launches his very own SiriusXM show Chorus and Verse on the VOLUME Channel. The hour-long monthly program focuses on the nuances and magic of songwriting as Rzeznik interviews artists and musicians about the process inside and out.

“For every songwriter out there, I think it’s very important to gain the insight of other people’s processes, because it can only improve yours,” he says. “What is it about a song that provokes an emotion in a person? That’s what I want to learn most. I think songs are the snapshots of moments in our lives. They’re mile markers. I can’t wait to discuss these topics with guests that I respect. SiriusXM has given me an incredible platform.”

In the middle of everything, Rzeznik became a first-time father in 2017. “When I held my little girl for the first time in the delivery room, I said to myself, ‘You have to work a lot harder than you’ve ever worked in your life’,” he admits. “I have this desire to play and record more, because all I want to do is take care of her, make sure she’s okay, and give her the life I didn’t have as a kid.”

This year marks another new dawn for Rzeznik as a father, husband, radio show host, performer, and, of course, songwriter.

“I’m very proud that we’re still here,” he smiles. “This band is in my DNA. It’s my life. I’ve been doing it longer than I haven’t been. I feel more comfortable than ever in wearing The Goo Goo Dolls as my coat. I’m just a guy who wants to feel connected. It’s the one thing I’ve always craved. I lost my family when I was a teenager. That desire for connection has driven a lot of my lyrics. I can’t wait for my daughter to see me play. Hopefully, the songs mean something to her.”

Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby has posted his first blog for 2019; InRock Mag

Hey Hey In Rockers and Welcome to the next in a series of ramblings from my corner of the universe, we call this The Lobby and I’m Robby, a Goo Goo Doll, musician, producer, j-rock label owner, husband to an amazing Japanese woman and dad to a cute little halfu girl named Hana….. I’m glad you took a second to stop in this month, Welcome! ….

Since we’ve spoken last I’ve spent the past month continuing my travel around the US via tour bus with Goo Goo Dolls on our “Dizzy Up The Girl” 20th Anniversary tour, celebrating the release of the album that produced 5 singles for us and really moved us on to a new phase in our career. It was a great chance for us to do something completely different for our fans, but I’m glad to be home. The last portion of the tour had some great stops at places like the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco and The Palladium in Los Angeles. It was great to get to be in these smaller venues playing the full Dizzy album and deep cuts from our career to true GGD fans before we head out this summer on a co-headline bill with San Fran’s Train and Allen Stone for a run of larger Amphitheaters this summer.

Also this week Goo Goo Dolls have released the 2nd of a set of 2 live recordings, the last of which was called “The Audience is This Way” and the latest being entitled “The Audience is That Way ? The Rest of The Show ? Vol2”. Both of these recordings were recorded during our 2017 summer tour with Collective Soul and were released on Vinyl only on Record Store Day and Black Friday in a very limited number. We’ll be working on new music over the next few months and hopefully have something for release before this summer’s tour.

I’ve been home for about a week, doing mostly normal things like ringing my kid to school and lessons while my wife takes a quick trip to Japan and getting used to being in my house again. I was lucky enough to be able to spend the American Thanksgiving Holiday season here in the states with my family and friends, we even had family come from Mexico to celebrate with us this year. But there’s never a time of complete serene sanity in my world so I did record a single with a great band from a Buffalo, NY based indie band called The Eaves over a few days at my studio. I’ll be working on some new songs this week and I’ll let you know how that’s going next month! This morning, in about 3 hours actually, I’ll be doing a book signing for a kids book that Goo Goo Dolls are involved in called Buffalo Ato Z. The book helps support the Music is Art organization that helps support the arts here in our community.

OK, that’s it for me today, thanks for stopping in …. I’m moving on to waking up the kid, making pancakes, maybe a little finger painting and then making this whole thing happen in an awesome kind of way …. Hope you all are enjoying the change in seasons, the run up to Christmas Holiday and for goodness sakes try to stay warm!

All the best and Peace,