Goo Goo Dolls will perform for the first time in Lima as the supporting act of Bon Jovi on Wednesday, October 2 at the National Stadium . The New Jersey band returns to Peru to introduce us This House Is Not For Sale, Bon Jovi’s fourteenth studio album , and tickets are still on sale from S / 120 through Teleticket.
We talked on the phone with Robby Takac , bassist of Goo Goo Dolls since its founding in 1986. Since then the band has gone through different facets that go from its origins in punk rock, through alternative rock during the 90s, to more electronic touches in his most recent albums.
After two decades since they jumped to world stardom thanks to the mega hit « Iris «, Goo Goo Dolls will arrive for the first time in South America with dates in Peru and Brazil in which they will have to present Miracle Pill (2019), the album number twelve of Your discography In our country they will have to be the supporting act of Bon Jovi who returns after 9 years to replenish the National Stadium.
Then we leave the interview with Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls .
They will be Bon Jovi’s support band on this tour. How did your relationship with Bon Jovi begin?
We did a fairly long tour about 12 or 15 years ago in the United States. We were like two months with them. It’s also that Jon Bon Jovi’s brother made a video for us. So we have been related to your family and this will be a good opportunity for us.
They have opened bands as diverse as Bad Religion and Korn. What has been the most challenging audience they have touched?
Probably the most challenging audience was when we opened The Rolling Stones. People really wanted to see the Rolling Stones and that was quite difficult. When the opportunity to play appears before thousands of people it is a challenging experience but it also has its great rewards.
In the nineties alternative rock bands had a contradiction between being very successful but also feeling guilty about commercial success. How was it for you to lead with commercial success coming from a past punk rock?
The world was changing so traumatic. I remember people rejecting commercials or having their songs used for movies. The bands did not want to be associated with the commercial world. But as the industry changed and we grew older, we began to see how alternative rock entered the mainstream world. The alternative term means hearing something different from what everyone listens to but in the 1990s alternative music was what everyone heard. So I’m not sure what this was an alternative to. I think the most important thing for our band was that we grew up in a time when there was a concern about that kind of thing. I think it was good for us to come from an honest place.
Another change today is that there is not so much money destined to invest in the development of artists as there was at that time. What do you think of the music industry today? Do you miss the times when there were many resources invested in a few artists?
I think there is a fairly vibrant minor league today. The bands are practically alone. Composing songs is an important aspect of being a band but there is also the ability to interact with all the things a band needs to be successful. All the resources that people now have to work themselves, such as social networks or streaming services, give you a chance to show yourself.
When we were dating, along with bands like Nirvana that emerged in the 1990s, there was a great opportunity to get out there and get a label to hire you and become a great star. I don’t think people have that today. They know you have to be there and work but in many ways they are alone. In a way it is a bad thing but I think it is mainly different.
He was listening to his new album Miracle Pill (2019) and reading some comments on the Internet. There are many people who enjoy the new sound but also many who ask for more of the old Goo Goo Dolls. How do they see this?
After so many years making records one hopes that people will always be willing to listen to the new and move towards the new. But there are still people in Buffalo who ask us to return to 1988. All we can do is what we believe is best for us.
What do you think about those who say that guitar music is dead and that rock is dead?
Well, you have many guitars in the music of Post Malone just like there is in the music of Chuck Berry. We are not the same people we were in the eighties, so we do not make the same music. We will continue doing what we want and I don’t know what the next trend will be.