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.”

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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.

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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.

Caller Times – Goo Goo Dolls co-founder Robby Takac talks music, life on the road and ‘Miracle Pill’ tour


Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller Times

One month after releasing their 12th studio album, Goo Goo Dolls will be kicking off their Miracle Tour in the United States. And one of their first performances on the 36-stop tour is right here in Corpus Christi. The band will take the stage Saturday at the American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium. That means fans will have a chance to jam out to all of their favorite hits such as “Miracle Pill,” “Indestructible,” “Iris,” “Slide,” “Name” and more. While on the road, Goo Goo Dolls co-founder, bass guitarist and singer Robby Takac gave an exclusive phone interview with the Caller-Times about the band’s new album, musical influences and what fans in Corpus Christi can expect at the live show.

Caller-Times: Over the course of 30 years, Goo Goo Dolls’ sound has definitely changed. From your hardcore punk rock vibe in the early 90’s to your soft, pop rock vibe we have come to know. How would you describe your sound transition over the years?

Takac: Well, we’ve definitely been playing a long time to try a few things along the way. When we first started, we didn’t know how to play. We were just kids figuring it all out and going with what was popular, which you probably figured listening to our first few albums. But after doing this for awhile, I feel like we have maintained that spirit through the records we’ve made as we have grown as a band.

Caller-Times: Listening to Miracle Pill, you can tell there is a more definite pop synth sound that you don’t see in other albums. Did you worry that fans may not like the new path you’ve taken?

Takac: Every record is always a little different from the last, and sometimes it may alienate some people, but we are growing up. We are older now and we needed to grow beyond punk rock music. For us, music is a personal journey and it speaks to people differently. Right now, our sound reflects our growth.

Caller-Times: What music are you listening to right now that has inspired you?

Takac: You might be surprised, but I have been listening to a lot of J-Pop (Japanese pop music) and EDM (electronic dance music). It’s just where I am at in my personal journey.

Caller-Times: Since going on the Miracle Pill tour, what has been the most surprising thing you’ve seen from fans?

Takac: I was really shocked at how quick the fans binged our songs before the album dropped. We performed a tour over the summer, which was around the time “Miracle Pill” released on YouTube, and everyone knew the lyrics word-for-word. It was funny and crazy to us because the whole audience was just really into it and it made us feel pretty good.

Caller-Times: As a performer, what is it like to perform in auditoriums, like the one you will be playing in Corpus Christi, versus arenas?

Takac: Theaters are just a totally different vibe, but it’s always a good one. When we are on stage, we can come in and see the last person in the theater and just about everyone. You can just reach out and high-five everyone and I love that intimacy at shows like that. It’s always interactive and personal.

Caller-Times: What would you like fans to know before they make their way to the show?

Takac: I just want fans to come ready and sing. It’s always the best when everyone is singing because it really helps us feel connected with our fans, and that’s all we want is to spread that good feeling to everyone.

What: Goo Goo Dolls on Miracle Pill Tour

When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Cost: Tickets start at $33

Tickets can be purchased on the American Bank Center website or at the box office at 361-826-4700

San Antonio Magazine – Goo Goo Dolls Return to San Antonio

Magic Pill tour kicks off in Texas with Majestic Theatre concert, Sunday, Oct. 27


It’s been a year since the Goo Goo Dolls played in San Antonio—only this time their opening act won’t be a rodeo clown and bucking steer. The band that includes bassist and vocalist Robby Takac and guitarist and lead singer John Rzeznik will perform Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Majestic Theatre in support of their 12th album, Miracle Pill, which was released last month. Takac says their 2018 San Antonio show was his first encounter with a rodeo but that he’s happy for any excuse to revisit the Alamo City and its River Walk. He and Rzeznik have spent much of the last year traveling and kick off this most recent tour in Austin on Friday. They’ll travel to Corpus Christi on Saturday before closing the Texas leg of their tour in San Antonio. Takac says their new album has some differences from their previous work and that it examines themes like human connection and change. With more than 30 years together, over 12 million albums sold and multiple Grammy nominations, Goo Goo Dolls also always plays some of the hits its known for, whether “Name,” “Slide” or “Iris.” “Come on out and please sing along,” Takac says.

Tell us about the latest album.
Musically it’s just sort of the next step in this journey we’ve been taking over the past few decades. We try to hang on to the folks we’ve got and make a few new friends and not lose too many of the old ones as we move on to the next thing. We want to feel like we’ve made some steps forward as a band. It’s a fun record. It’s super varied. We did it with four different producers. There’s a lot of different takes of what we do on the record, which is pretty exciting at this stage in our career.

You did a 20th anniversary tour for Dizzy Up the Girl and then toured over the summer with Train. Do you ever get tired of touring?
The Dizzy Up the Girl tour, goodness that seems like a long time ago. Then, after that we did a summer tour that went through the U.S.—57 cities, I think. After that we went to South America and did a few dates in Peru, including a date with Bon Jovi, which was a pretty crazy experience. Now we’re back.

John and I both have kids now so it’s tough to be away for any long period of time, which is pretty much what we’ve been doing since they’ve been born. We try to balance that out a little bit in whatever ways we can. As far as playing goes, we’re not 30 anymore so you get kind of beat up but it’s great people are still coming out.

John recently compared being in a band this long to being in a marriage. Is the commitment similar?
You know, we’ve been friends for a long time. We’ve been in each other’s lives since before we were adults for sure. So just like any relationship, people change, people morph into the people they’re supposed to be. Sometimes that’s a huge strain on the relationship within a band or any relationship, quite honestly, but to us it’s an important thing. I guess if it wasn’t important, we probably wouldn’t put the work in on it.

Goo Goo Dolls

Sunday, Oct. 27

Majestic Theatre

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

Des Moines Register: Goo Goo Dolls’ Vocalist Gets Candid Ahead of Des Moines Show

By Sierra Porter

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls is set to perform at Hoyt Sherman Place Sunday, Nov. 3. In support of the Goo Goo Dolls’ new project, “Miracle Pill,” the band’s bassist and vocalist, Robby Takac, got candid with the Register before the band’s performance.

Goo Goo Dolls formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York. Takac said in an interview with the Register that fellow bandmate Johnny Rzeznik was initially in a band called The Beaumonts with his cousins. “I started playing with the band a little bit, and John and I became friends,” Takac said. “We moved in together and been hanging out ever since then.”

Earlier in the band’s career, the Goo Goo Dolls received criticism due to their similar sound to band The Replacements. Loving the sounds of punk rock, Takac mentioned that the group took a liking to bands such as The Replacements and The Rolling Stones: “I think we did our best to take what we learned from all those people and make records,” he said. “Somewhere along the way, we found our voice, and so we’ve been making records ever since.”

In 1987, Goo Goo Dolls were signed to the label Metal Blade. For Takac, it wasn’t the label he thought the band should have been on, but they didn’t have a home at the time.

However, as fate would have it, Goo Goo Dolls developed a relationship with Warner Bros and was selected as one of the acts to join the label. Takac wanted to make it clear that there are no regrets of Goo Goo Dolls signing to Metal Blade because they were “a bridge to get where we are today.” Goo Goo Dolls finally saw commercial success with the 1995 release of “A Boy Named Goo” released on Metal Blade’s parent company, Warner Bros.

The song that helped catapult the fifth studio album was “Name,” which went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Takac said before the release of “Name,” the band had little chance of breaking into the charts with the likes of groups Poison and Winger’s popularity. “John wrote ‘Name’ and that resonated with a lot of people, still does to this day,” he said. “I think things lined up, and that song got really big.”

Following the success of “A Boy Named Goo,” drummer Mike Malinin replaced former drummer George Tutuska. On why Malinin replaced Tutuska, Takac said that “every relationship is a dance.”

“When things get a little weird, I don’t think it was an option for us to stop really. We were figuring out how to get to the next phase and finding a new drummer at that point,” he added.

Even though Goo Goo Dolls were transitioning with a new drummer, “Name” opened up more doors for the band. In 1998, Goo Goo Dolls released “Dizzy Up The Girl,” selling over 4 million albums, according to Billboard. Around the same time, Rzeznik got an offer to write “Iris” and record the song with the band for the 1998 film “City of Angels.”

“We knew that there was going to be a shift at that point, for sure,” Takac said. “That whole experience did a lot to shape what ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ sounded like.”

With the group’s 2019 release of “Miracle Pill” reflecting today’s society of isolation with the help of technology, Takac said that fans could expect new records and hits for their upcoming performance. The last time the Goo Goo Dolls performed in Iowa was in 2014 at the Iowa State Grandstand Fair. Their first performance at the fair dates back to 1996.

If you go:

When: Sunday, Nov.3 at 8 p.m.

Where: Hoyt Sherman Place Address: 501 Woodland Ave

Tickets: HoytSherman.Org

John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls On Mercedes in the Morning

Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls joined the show this morning and we talked about the Goo Goo Dolls headlining our Not So Silent Night Concert Friday, December 6th at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan! We also talked about what was the last argument the Goo Goo Dolls had, how J.C saw Robby, but didn’t say hi, if Johnny still buys Robbie birthday gifts, and Johnny’s birthday is the day before Not So Silent Night! Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out here!

Listen to the full audio here:

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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