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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 !

Peace

Robby

 

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The Collegian – Goo Goo Dolls bring colorful experience to Tulsa

The Goo Goo Dolls mixed old and new music in a vibrant and entertaining performance.

By Tori Gellman

Formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, the indie band The Goo Goo Dolls is a well-recognized name in popular music. Having sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and still producing new music, it’s no wonder the band has been so successful throughout its career. The band, along with opener The Unlikely Candidates, came to Tulsa on Tuesday Oct. 29 and gave the audience a taste of their new album, “Miracle Pill,” while incorporating a litany of their most popular and influential tracks from the last decades.

The Unlikely Candidates tried to set the vibe of the evening. It was slightly difficult for the audience to rock out with the group because there was no standing pit area for this particular show. The lead singer, Kyle Morris, seemed to be in a liquid state, flopping and wiggling around the stage. The mic stand was a fifth appendage of sorts that he took with him around the stage and raised into the audience. Furthermore, Morris threw the microphone itself into the air at least a dozen times during their 30-minute set, which never failed to make me and my friend Alyssa laugh.

The audience was definitely ready for the headliner to come out onto the stage. The crowd all the way up to the balcony area had people standing and swaying along to every single song. The lead singer of The Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Rzeznik, spoke very freely and confidently with audience members, cursing and joking around about anything and everything that came to his mind in the given moment.

The most entertaining, albeit lengthy, joke of the evening revolved around the Dust Bowl. Rzeznik talked about how being from New Jersey, he never had to fear that a giant wall of dust would just come and sweep him away. The audience applauded and hollered, amused.

Although many of the songs’ lyrics in the band’s repertoire deal with serious, heavy topics, the group did a rather amazing job of keeping the general atmosphere upbeat and positive throughout the entire concert. This sometimes took on a very physical manifestation as with the hit “Black Balloon,” during which black balloons were released from the rafters and Rzeznik paused his singing to take a leaf blower and push the balloons into the crowd.

Even when more somber songs were performed, they were always accompanied by a lighthearted anecdote from a band member, either about where they were mentally when writing the song or how the song really influenced and changed the band as a whole. This was particularly notable with “Sympathy,” in which Rzeznik took the stage alone with an acoustic guitar and the audience belted along “killing myself from the inside out.”

It was fun to see this row of ultra fans up at the front of the stage who never seemed to stop bouncing and bopping along to every song. The band continuously waved at fans dancing around the venue. There was even a couple dancing together in one of the aisle spaces.

The lighting throughout the show helped keep the energy up, with lots of ‘90s images on the wall of screens behind the band and lots of purple, blue and neon green flashes of color. The entirety of the concert was very vibrant, in sound, style, color and energy, which when considering the age of the band members and the band as a whole, was quite charming. This was very easily one of my favorite concerts I’ve ever attended, and I hope that The Goo Goo Dolls continue to make new music and perform for more decades to come.

https://tucollegian.org/goo-goo-dolls-bring-colorful-experience-to-tulsa/

Soundcheck – Goo Goo Dolls Turn Iowa Gaga

Sofia Chesney

Give me balloons, pretty lights, and upbeat guitars, and it’s a party. Goo Goo Dolls turned a dreary November night into a party for hundreds of Iowans who came to the show. Despite it being a Wednesday, Adler Theater in Davenport, IA, was full.

Goo Goo Dolls have been around for over 30 years. So, there is not much I can tell you that you don’t already know. Let me just give you a few quick updates before I send you on to look through the photos. Do they still put on a great show? -Yes. Do they still write catchy, upbeat tunes that make you want to dance? -Yes. Is Johnny still hot? -Yes. Does Robby wear shoes on stage? -No. Was it worth driving for 4 hours (round trip) in a car with a broken heater? -Absolutely.

The show was part of the band’s Miracle Pill tour in support of their 12th album, released in September. Besides the new material from the album, the band performed its well-known hits, “Slide,” “Name,” and others. The audience sang, danced, played with balloons, and had a fantastic time. The tour will continue for another six weeks (see dates below). I highly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity, for the Miracle Pill is lots of fun.

Upcoming Tour dates:

11/8 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theater
11/9 – Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
11/10 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
11/12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/13 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
11/15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
11/16 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
11/17 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Gaillard Center
11/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Carpenter Theatre
11/20 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
11/22 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theater
11/23 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Atlantic City
11/25 – Toronto, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
12/4 – Sahuarita, AZ @ Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment
12/5 – Tempe, AZ @ Mix 969 Mixmas
12/6 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
12/8 – St. Louis, MO @ Y98 Deck the Hall Ball
12/11 – Huntington, NY @ Walk Holiday Show
12/13 – Uncasville, CT @ 96.5 TIC All Star Christmas
12/14 – Baltimore, MD @ UMBC Event Center

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Australian Guitar Mag – Goo Goo Dolls: Diary Of A Miracle Worker

On the booming and bubbly Miracle Pill, the Goo Goo Dolls are a far cry from the scuzzy rockers and lovelorn tragics that sang their pain out in “Iris”.
Words by Sarah Comey

Whenever a band makes it past ten records in their discography, you tend to see one of three things happen.

The first is, depressingly, the most common: the integrity suffers, the quality wanes, and the records continuously churn out every few years as an increasingly desperate attempt for the artist to stay relevant and squeeze whatever pittance they can from Spotifiers yearning for their glory days.

The second is similar, yet slightly more respectable: the quality of them fails to hit the highs of their first few, but the records come out every five or so years as the band continues to revel in moderate success, treating each new release as a passion project of sorts.

The third is largely subjective, but nevertheless riveting when it happens: the band just cannot stop coming up with great ideas, and simply must continue to vomit them out on disc until their seemingly neverending stream of creativity dries up (or, y’know, they die).

Whether or not the Goo Goo Dolls fall into that lattermost category is up for debate, but we’ll take to the grave our opinion that album #12 – the dense, dynamic and dancey Miracle Pill – is one of their strongest efforts yet. Without sacrificing an ounce of their artistic integrity, Miracle Pill forces the New Yorkers into the buoyant, pop-centric world of 2019; its synth-heavy, oftentimes eccentric alloy of groove and emotion slices through the mix and is sure to get stuck inside your head, each track more catchy than the last. It may not reinvent the wheel, but it gives theirs a whistle-worthy set of shiny new rims.

For lead singer and guitarist John Rzeznik, Miracle Pill was more than just another chance for Goo Goo Dolls to feed their creative hunger – it was a chance to push the duo’s craftsmanship to the next level; to make an album worthy of giving them a second chance to peak, two decades after they stunned us all the first time around with “Iris”.

Especially with the title track and songs like “Money, Fame & Fortune”, there’s the vibe that you’re using the guitar as an accoutrement to the song, rather than what drives it. Where did the inspiration to take that approach come from?

Mostly from collaborating with four different producers. We’d come into the studio with an idea for a song, and usually I’d play it on a guitar, but sometimes I’ll come up with a top line and just bang it out on a keyboard, and the producer – or co-writer, engineer, whatever – will go, “Well, what if we did it this in the song?” And a lot of times, that’s amazing because it completely takes me out of what I normally would’ve done. And that’s what I wanted – I wanted somebody to smash into what I do and go, “Let’s make something new out of this!” So a lot of that comes from the production of it; using the guitar as more of a flavour and to help set up the mood, rather than work as the base of a song like we’d do on a lot of our earlier albums.

Throughout the years, you’ve become known for your eccentric and distinctive guitar tunings. What were you excited to do with the instrument on this album?

We started referencing certain albums and bands and guitar players, and thinking, for example, “How did Pete Townshend make that sound with his guitar on that Who’s Next record?” And then we’d go looking online and start calling every engineer we knew, and go, “How did they do that?” And then we’d finally figure out how they did a certain thing – the miking techniques and all of that – and we’d try it for ourselves. Because I’m a massive gear nerd – I have piles of vintage recording equipment, and it was fun being able to mix all of this really old analogue gear and record with these vintage microphones, and then go in the complete opposite direction and use a lot of Universal Audio plugins to mangle sounds in the digital realm.

I’ll cut a guitar part, and then I’ll be like, “Okay, let me get in there,” and then I would just start playing with plugins and making these crazy, mangled sounds. using distortion pedals and delays and all of these effects that you’d never think to use with analogue equipment. It’s fun to use all the old stuff and all the new stuff, mix it all together and see what you can make out of it.

When we were preparing the tracks to get mixed, we had this reamp box that Radial makes, and we took our pedalboards and plugged them into the signal chain on the mixing desk, started mutilating the sounds with stompboxes, and then rerecorded them into the session. I thought that was a lot of fun! And y’know, I brought a bunch of old amps and microphones, some really cool guitars, and the 50,000 pedals that we have.

Any particular highlights from the avalanche of gear you would’ve gotten your hands on?

Yeah! The engineer, Celso Estrada, had a mono Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder which was broken. Whatever we recorded through it would come out going “woa-woa-woa-woa-woa”, so when I was playing my guitar parts, we would run it through that machine and then either distort it or add a really heavy filter over it, and the end result just had so much flavour to it. We also know a lot of guys that build their own gear, so it was really fun to use some of their stuff. These guys just make it in their little workshops – you can’t find it commercially, but if you’re in the know, you’ll find some incredible stuff.

I’m acquainted with a guy named Greg Snow – he takes care of Tarbox Road Studios, which is where The Flaming Lips do all their work now – and he invented this compressor called a Banana Crusher. He built it out of these old four-channel Shure microphone PAs, and they’re unbelievable. It’s insane what they do – I’ve never heard anything like them in my life. And y’know, I’m using all of the old Altec gear – sometimes in an improper way, just to see what we can do with them. There’s this one Altec compressor where if you drive it to a certain point, it turns into a mic pre, or into a preamp if you play a bass through it, and it’s just crazy sounding.

https://www.avhub.com.au/features/australian-guitar/goo-goo-dolls-diary-of-a-miracle-worker-532499

PJ Star – Q&A: The Goo Goo Dolls reminisce before their Peoria show

By Grace Barbic of the Journal Star

The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing in Peoria at 8 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center on Nov. 5 and will visit over 20 other cities across North America with special guests The Unlikely Candidates and Beach Slang supporting on select dates. Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Toyota Box Office or online at Ticketmaster.

The band just returned from Brazil and Peru where they appeared at the iconic music festival Rock in Rio and played alongside Jon Bon Jovi on a Mediterranian cruise throughout September and early October. Their 12th studio album “Miracle Pill” landed on Sept. 13.

Ahead of their Peoria show, the Peoria Journal Star talked with guitarist and frontman for Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik.

While Rzeznik said playing internationally was an amazing experience, he expressed a soft spot for the Midwest.

“I like the Midwest… there’s a certain earnestness and genuine quality about people that you don’t get to see in New York or LA,” he said. “It’s exciting because the people are so awesome. They remind me of the people I grew up with.”

How do the shows internationally compare to those in the States?

You write down phonetically a few things to say; you put them on a big poster and hope you don’t butcher the language too much. You ask a lot of people “what does this say?” You have to get it examined by several people because you don’t want to compliment them on how well they wash their hands or something like that. But really… the language barrier ends there because people love music everywhere. They love music, they love being together in big, huge groups. It’s one of those things… I don’t know. It’s one of those human experiences… go and see a rock show, go with your friends. It’s awesome and I love being a part of it and I love how happy people seem to get.

What’s your favorite tour memory?

That’s hard to say because, I mean, I’ve done probably thousands of shows. One that was really special was when we played in New York City at Madison Square Garden right after 9/11. That was an important show. That was one of those shows where you’re standing on the side of the stage and thinking “don’t screw this up man, this is really important.” That one really sticks out in my head.

What’s your favorite song to perform live?

That changes, you know, from time to time. My favorite song could be anything, any one of our songs… whatever people are singing along with, whatever they are loving – that is my favorite song in that moment.

Can you tell me a little bit about your new album?

As soon as we got done with the 20th anniversary of the “Dizzy Up the Girl” tour, I was like… I felt some kind of weird closure on that whole part of my life. I mean, I still play some songs off of that record because that’s what people want. I was so anxious to write new music, I was just so anxious to write “Miracle Pill.” So I just got right back into it with some friends and it was like bam… we moved really quick with it and I am just really happy.

What would you say was your inspiration for this album?

I’m just in a really good place in my life… I feel like I’m in the best place I have ever been in my life. I’ve been sober for five years; I have a little girl that is going to be three years old in a month or two. My wife still likes me, my band is still intact. I really have nothing to complain about.

What is your favorite song on the new album?

Hmm…wow. I’d say I love “Miracle Pill” (the title track). I love that song; it was a lot of fun to record. I sort of use the “Miracle Pill” thing as a metaphor, you know. The instant gratification society wants to live in right now. Everything is so surface: quick and cheap. And sometimes there are unintended consequences and it’s kind of funny to me. I just found it funny. The song starts out with this crazy piano… it was a step for us. It is definitely a departure for us. A lot of these other songs are something that you might expect from us, but this one is like “wow, that’s different.” And that is good, different is good.

You’ve been in the music scene for a while – how have you seen your sound evolve over the years?

I think as long as you are lucky enough to keep making records and keep touring… I just feel like you start to get better at your craft. And you also have to be able to know when you need help, when you need something fresh. It is always about finding something fresh and different, something new – to me, at least. You know there are bands that stick to a certain sound that they have and it doesn’t evolve much and sometimes you’re applauded for that and sometimes you’re just forgotten. But I am intensely curious about music and the emotional effect it has on people… the emotional effect it has on me. I like jumping down rabbit holes and seeing what I find.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your career thus far and what do you hope to be remembered for?

I think my biggest accomplishment is just being able to keep it together and not getting discouraged when there’s struggles or when things aren’t going your way or going well. Being able to stick to it… you know something will happen, something good will come. One of the things I’m so grateful for is that I have been able to do this for so long. I’m blown away that I get to make a living off of this.

How is the dynamic with (bassist/vocalist) Robby?

We’ve been together for a long time. We have definitely been able to grow together a lot. I just think it’s funny that you hear about all these bands that don’t talk to each other, they all have to enter the stage from a different side and as soon as they are done they go off in their own directions and fly away on their own planes. I couldn’t imagine doing that. I’d rather be a line cook with some people that I enjoy their company and can get a few laughs with.

What does the future of the band look like?

I don’t know, I’m just trying to deal with right now. I know what I’m looking at, but I don’t really have a timeline or know that “at this point the horizon will be here.” I just want to enjoy what I do, I want to enjoy making music. I mean how lucky have I been to be able to do this? It’s unbelievable. I’m gonna do what comes to me and the answer is always sort of surface and it may not always be what I want, but I can’t control what’s going to happen – I’ll be here as long as I can be.

What does music mean to you and what role does it play in your life?

To me, music has always been a connection. And I’m the kind of person that has always felt slightly disconnected. It means connection and friendship and having a group of people with a common goal. I like to be a part of something.

What does it mean to you to be able to connect with other people through your music and talent?

I think it’s awesome. I love when people come to see us a bunch and create their own network of friends that they come to see shows with. You start to notice and recognize some of the same people and that is nice. It may not be a very crucial connection, but seeing people come together and see a song together for three minutes and not fight over it… it’s really nice.

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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

http://oruoracle.com/lifestyle/reverb-goo-goo-dolls-in-tulsa/

 

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Professor of Rock – Goo Goo Dolls – The Story of Iris

Released in 1998, “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls became of of the biggest alternative rock staples of the 90s, as well as one of the biggest genre crossover hits in the history of popular music, Learn the beautiful story of John Rzeznik’s inspired composition and how it has remained in the collective psyche through its use in the film “City of Angels” to being covered by Taylor Swift.

Copyright (C) 2019 Professor of Rock.

 

OColly: Goo Goo Dolls and The Unlikely Candidates play the Brady Theater

Christopher Sneed Staff  Oct 31, 2019

Goo Goo Dolls, with special guest The Unlikely Candidates, gave an energetic performance Tuesday night at The Brady Theater in Tulsa as part of their Miracle Pill Tour.

The cold wind and rain did not stop a line from forming to see the award-winning rock band. Over 2,000 longtime and newer fans, of all ages, filled the theater.

In response to the band coming to Tulsa, one fan online said “we saw them in Enid and they were awesome.”

Goo Goo Dolls, famous for hits such as “Name” and “Slide,” arrived in Tulsa to promote their new album, “The Miracle Pill.”

First, The Unlikely Candidates, an indie rock band originating from Texas, took the stage. The group fueled the venue with energy immediately. Lead singer Kyle Morris echoed the beautifully powerful vocals of Brandon Urie and Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds with the stage presence of Mick Jagger. Yet, there was an original style and vibe to the whole band.

Soon after, they did their final number. The Goo Goo dolls arrived on stage and launched into a mix of classic hits and newer material. The band moved from high energy to thoughtful tunes, maintaining an effortless style throughout. Front man John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac always engaged with the audience.

He never hesitated to banter with the audience between songs. At one point, Rzeznik talked Oklahoma history and the definition of the word “Sooner,” which drew laughter from the crowd. The playful and welcoming tone continued until the end.

Goo Goo Dolls covered past hits including “Sympathy” and “So Alive.” The lineup also featured “Iris,” which was on the “City of Angels Soundtrack” in 1998. They worked in equally solid tracks from their new album. Each song was full of experience and a warmth, with Rzeznik voice as smooth as it was when their album “A Boy Named Goo” dropped in the 90s. The show was a reminder of how strong the band has continued to be over the last three decades.

Takac’s vocals were also featured on a few songs. There were moments his voice was reminiscent of legendary singer Steve Perry, formerly of the band Journey. During the entire show, he exuded a wild confidence, bouncing around the stage with no shoes on. His personality and sound brought a harmonious balance to the concert.

One peculiar moment occurred when Rzeznik mentioned all of the band members except Takac. The two created the band and have been sharing their universal rock music for the past 30 years. So it was an odd moment that spawned confused looks from the crowd as Takac shrugged and continued playing.

Otherwise, the event was a friendly retreat from winter’s arrival, complete with confetti cannons, black balloons and large falling capsules on the screen behind the band.

The Unlikely Candidates rounded out the experience by greeting fans in the lobby. They signed merchandise and took photos with the same approachability they delivered on stage. It was a nice finish.

Goo Goo Dolls, comprised of Rzeznik and Takac, formed in 1985. Since then, they have been nominated for multiple Grammy’s, appeared on television in shows such as “Charmed” and involved themselves with charity work.

“Miracle Pill” is the band’s 12th album. Their last album, “Boxes”, featured their hit single “So Alive” and came out in 2016.
The tour is scheduled to continue until Dec. 5 when the band will play their final show in Arizona with Season 16 American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe.

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Sioux City Journal: After all these years, the Goo Goo Dolls come to Sioux City

Earl Horlyk

SIOUX CITY — Robby Takac knew he was making a difference when Peruvian audiences understood the lyrics to “Slide” just as well as he did….
“You can substitute Peru with any other country,” the veteran bassist and vocalist said during a phone interview. “The Goo Goo Dolls has had an impact all over the world.”

Takac isn’t kidding.

Formed in Buffalo, New York, by Takac and guitarist and lead vocalist Johnny Rzeznik, the Goo Goo Dolls has sold more than 12 million records worldwide, snagged four Grammy nominations and has had 19 top ten singles on various charts.
Best known for such seminal hits as “Iris,””Dizzy” and “Name,” the Goo Goo Dolls will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St.
The show coincides with the recent release of “Miracle Pill,” the band’s 12th studio album.

Congratulations on the new album. It’s been getting really great reviews, hasn’t it?

“That’s really cool because we know the recording industry has changed so much since we got our start. People listen to music differently and they purchase music differently. Nowadays, singles are what sells and we produce albums accordingly.”

You mentioned Johnny, whom you’ve had an artistic partnership for close to 35 years. How do you explain that longevity?

“We met as teenagers. I grew up listening to bands like Kiss, Cheap Trick and Rolling Stones while John was heavily into the punk scene. John opened my eyes to different types of music and something just clicked.”

Obviously, but I imagine your relationship has evolved over all that time, right?

“When we were young, we were all about living the rock and roll lifestyle. John and I were drinking buddies as much as we were musicians. Things change and we matured. John and I can go months without seeing one another. But when we’re together, it’s incredible. Having said that, I think we’d be dead if we were still acting the same way we were as twentysomethings.”

Yet the Goo Goo Dolls were never the type of band you’d see in the newspapers. You and Johnny were never the bad boys who trashed hotel rooms and stuff.

“No, you’re right. We were popular but we were never the ‘hip new band.’ Instead of jumping on bandwagons, we prefer consistency.

That’s not a bad thing. After all, how many bands stick around for as long as you and Johnny have?

“Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see the Goo Goo Dolls sell out the Staples Center but I love producing music that is meaningful to me and I love seeing how our fans react to it.”

But you now have a generation of Goo Goo Dolls fans. It’s amazing that (the Triple Platinum-selling album) “Dizzy Up the Girl” turned 20 years old last year.

“I know it. We’re seeing plenty of old fans and, now, we’re seeing their kids. John and I are bringing mothers and daughters together through our music.”

So, what are you listening to nowadays?

“I’m a total Spotify fiend, which is cool since it is introducing to an entirely different world of music. Right now, I’m into J-Pop.”

You mean, as in Japanese Popular music?

“That’s it. There’s a J-Pop group called Perfume that is amazing. I’m also a fan of (the Los Angeles-based rock band) Starcrawler, which is a young group with a heavy, almost retro sound. Plus I was into a ‘deep funk’ phase and fell in love with a soul singer by the name of Betty Davis. She was married to (jazz legend) Miles Davis for a while and was just an awesome performer.”

Wow, that’s a pretty eclectic mix of favorites.

“I don’t know what my Spotify algorithms look like but they always direct me to interesting places.”

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