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For Goo Goo Dolls singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Johnny Rzeznik, the seeds to the band’s twelfth studio album Miracle Pill, now available via Warner Records, were planted on tour last year in celebration of the band’s most successful album.

“I got done doing the Dizzy Up the Girl 20th anniversary tour. By the end, that tour really informed me a lot about where I need to be as a writer, as an artist and as a performer. Because every night it took me back to that time,” said Rzeznik. “We were playing all those songs and then the second half of the show was playing later songs, more obscure songs, and the evolution of who I am became really obvious. And it kind of emboldened me to get off that tour, get right to work and get a new album out.”

In 1995, the Goo Goo Dolls broke through to the mainstream with their fifth album A Boy Named Goo, thanks the the once unthinkable crossover success of the song “Name.”

The album sold two million copies in America and suddenly left the group with the task of figuring out how to follow up a type of stratospheric success that’s left many artists in its wake.

But they didn’t just follow it up, they topped it. Dizzy Up the Girl doubled sales of A Boy Named Goo and the song “Iris” became the most played song on the radio in all of 1998.
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For Rzeznik, the challenge since has been how to grow as a songwriter and continue to evolve more than 30 years in.

“It’s very important to me. As time goes on, your worldview changes and your abilities change. You just change as a person. I find it really exciting to make a record that somebody still wants to listen to this far into our career,” said Rzeznik. “I love David Bowie. And it just amazes me how the music changed as time went on. He knew where to look, you know? He knew where to look for inspiration.”

Over the years, the music of the Goo Goo Dolls has incorporated elements of punk and alternative but Miracle Pill is a batch of songs that stands on its own in today’s contemporary pop world. None of the songs rehash old sounds as Rzeznik continues to explore new territory.

A collector of vintage recording equipment, Rzeznik has gotten deeply involved in the production of Goo Goo Dolls albums. And one of the biggest ways he’s continued to push things forward musically is by working with people like songwriter Sam Hollander.

“I love the idea of creating something new. I collaborate now a lot on my writing which I never did before. And the reason that I started to collaborate is that I started to just be in an echo chamber. And I’m like, ‘Well, look… I know what I know but I need to learn from other people,’” Rzeznik said. “So sitting down and working with those guys, you learn so much. I always want to find a new sound - even if it’s a sound that someone made popular 40 years ago. I still want to do something fresh. It excites me to hear something new, you know?”

The new album addresses the turbulent times in which we live. “Miracle Pill” hits on topics like instant gratification and the album itself addresses the world without getting political.

“I think that our country for the last almost 20 years, we’ve been living in a state of this chronic, low-grade anxiety. And I think it’s really starting to wear people down. I know there’s times it wears me down. And we’re living in an incredibly unfair society. Incredibly unfair. And I’m not talking about politics, I’m just making a social commentary,” Rzeznik explained. “The album is about connection, loss of connection, the hope of making a connection. Look, we’re turning into a very, very lonely, disconnected society. And it’s starting to rear its head in very ugly, nasty ways. If there’s no hope, there’s going to be trouble.”

In an era when it’s become difficult to monetize recorded music, a great live show has become crucial. The Goo Goo Dolls have never stopped touring. And, to Rzeznik, there’s benefits of the live music experience on a number of different levels.

“I went out this last summer and I was standing on stage and there were about 15,000 people there. So I’m standing on the stage and I’m playing these songs. And I’m thinking, ‘So almost half this audience, politically, disagrees with the other half of the audience...’ Statistically, theoretically, half this room disagrees. But both sides of the room are singing the songs, right?” mused Rzeznik. “Live music especially is what’s gonna keep people together. Because you can’t experience that on the internet. You have to get off your ass, drive twenty miles, buy a ticket, stand in line, talk to strangers, deal with people - it’s a beautiful thing. Everybody is there for one thing that they all agree on: They all agree that they want to be there. And that’s a good thing.”

During the music industry boom period of the 1990s, there was a standard cycle that existed around the release of a new album, which saw bands release a record, tour and disappear until the next one, usually a span of about two to three years.

But, today, in the era of online streaming, there’s been a gradual shift away from that toward immediacy. A catchy single is often more important than a great album and bands can’t just disappear until the next album drops. The Goo Goo Dolls have embraced that by releasing singles and EPs to streaming platforms and touring relentlessly.

“It’s just the way things are. But I kind of dig it. It’s like, ‘Well, I’ve got a really cool idea. Let me call this guy and book the studio, get in and let’s have it done next week.’ It’s kind of cool,” said Rzeznik. “I’m planning on doing that again. Miracle Pill is a piece of work - it’s a collection of songs. But if I come up with a really cool idea, I’m just gonna put it out there. It’s a matter of sink or swim.”

The Goo Goo Dolls toured in support of the Dizzy Up the Girl anniversary last year and have been on the road since, hitting amphitheatres in large markets this summer with Allen Stone and Train. And for Rzeznik, that remains an experience which identifies and informs everything the Goo Goo Dolls do.

“I see people from every walk of life in what I do. And I talk to people every single day, every city I go to. I talk to people about everything. I just talk to people every single day. And it informs me and it kind of influences my songwriting. I want to connect, man,” Rzeznik explained of life on the road. “Doing the [upcoming] tour, we’re going to be playing theatres and smaller cities. I dig it. I want to appreciate what’s going on in smaller cities. It’s very, very different than in the big cities. I’m excited,” he said of a tour which takes the Goo Goo Dolls through Texas, the midwest and northeast during October and November.

Through all of the ups and downs in his band’s 30 years, there’s been one constant for Rzeznik: his partnership with co-founding singer, songwriter and bass player Robby Takac.

“We still get along. He’s kind of a semi-autonomous unit within the band. I do my thing, he does his. But we still actually like each other,” said Rzeznik. “There’s times when we want to punch each other in the face - and there were times we did punch each other in the face - but it just feels right still. When it doesn’t feel right, I won’t do it. But it still feels right. So I don’t think I’m going anywhere.”

*** Miracle Pill is available now via Warner Records.

*** The Goo Goo Dolls launch an American tour Friday, October 25 at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas, making their way through the midwest and into the northeast through November. Click HERE for the full itinerary.
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'Iris will be the highlight', comments Goo Goo Dolls bassist about show in Recife

By: Bettina Novaes Ferraz

Translated from the original

North American rock band The Goo Goo Dolls was founded in 1986, but only broke out worldwide in the late 1990s. The ensemble, originally from the city of Buffalo, New York, was already famous in its country of origin, but it was the ballad Iris that led the group's sound to be known internationally.

The hit, made especially to compose the soundtrack for the movie City of Angels (1998), was so successful that, more than twenty years after its release, it continues to be played on the radio and remembered as a classic of that era.

On September 22, Recife will have the opportunity to hear and sing this mega hit live with Goo Goo Dolls, at the band's presentation, which takes place at Arruda Stadium. They open Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale tour in Brazil. The capital of Pernambuco is the first city to receive the tour, which still passes through Curitiba and São Paulo. In addition, the group's visit to the country will feature a show at the World Stage of Rock in Rio on the third night of the festival.

"I'm very happy. This opportunity is amazing because we always wanted to play in Brazil, but we never made it," says Robby Takac, bassist and founding member of the group, in an interview with Diario , about his first performance in the country in more than 30-year career - besides him, only vocalist John Rzeznik has remained in the band since its formation. "We always hear good things about Brazil, now we can fulfill this desire to know the country."

This is the second time The Goo Goo Dolls and Bon Jovi have been on stage. The two bands had toured 10 years ago. "We toured the United States with them. It was a lot of fun," recalls Robby. "I think our audiences are beautiful together and I'm looking forward to seeing this in Brazil on an international tour," comments the musician about the partnership.

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In addition to the songs released over the past three decades by Goo Goo Dolls, Recife will be able to check out the band's latest work, the Miracle Pill album , whose tracks have a very pop and lyrics feel. with social criticism.

The third track, which names the album Miracle Pill , is a distress call. "Baby, would you be my miracle pill? / And I could be someone else / So sick of living inside me," says an excerpt from the song. "I think this song says a lot about a lot of people," explains Robby. Do you know those days when we have a problem? So you take the pill and that fixes anything. "Still according to the bassist, this need to want an immediate solution to all setbacks is linked to modern society, which lives connected to social networks." We live in small bubbles, surrounded by people. bad, "says the bassist.

The other songs on the disc have the same theme as a starting point. Robby says this project involved the whole band and two other music producers. "We wrote the lyrics, recorded the songs and in the end we came up with a lot of different results," says the bassist about the album creation process, which has 11 tracks in total.

But for the musician, the climax of the performance will not be with any hits of the moment. Iris , the song that opened doors for the band around the world will be responsible for the most beautiful moment of the show. "This is definitely going to be the highlight," says Robby. "This song is a gift that has given us another 20 years of career. It's always wonderful to play it."
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Miracle Pill Album Review
« Last post by Ben on September 16, 2019, 06:13 PM »
I've been listening to the album for the last couple of days now. Everyone was reviewing it so I think it's fair to share my opinion on it as well!

1. Indestructible - A very summery vibe goes through this song. It has the same immersive rythm as songs like The Pin or Souls In The Machine. It feels like Johnny really loves to play this on the guitar. Credits to the lovely little guitar part at the ending. A great album opener and a welcome heavier sound then we're used to nowadays. Minor detail is the chorus, could've been more original (Use Me?) 7/10

2. Fearless -  Without the chorus this song is nothing at all. The verses are just too bland, and sorry but those lyrics... he didn't really put effort in this at all. I had high hopes on this song, the studio updates suggested this would be a more heavier song. The verses with a guitar would have been way better. Chorus is simpel but catchy 5.5/10

3. Miracle Pill - Could've had a bit more grit, but I like the groove of this song. Again, a guitar would have been better than the leading piano, but hey it's a great tune overall. Still thinking it isn't the best single of the album. 6.5/10

4. Money Fame & Fortune - This is everything I want from the Goo Goo Dolls: own sound mixed with other influences. It's just SO original and groovy. Hands down one of their best songs ever. Love the backing vocals and the echo in John's voice. 10/10.

5. Step In Line - Robby's song on Boxes were absolutely awful to me. This song is so fresh and catchy, I really like the new more piano driven sound in this, the man is experimentating and it shows! 7/10

6. Over You - Classic John, but still really original and heartfelt. Could've had more depth lyric wise but hey, overall a great little song.  7/10

7. Lights - This is Goo Goo Dolls 2010 - now. Catchy, Genuine, Poppy, Hard when it needs to be, lovely guitar. One of the best songs they've put out since the 10's. This could've been a Something For The Rest Of Us type of song. I hope this will be the new single.  8/10

8. Lost - Epic, bombastic, Great tune. Chorus without the backing would be cooler but okay. Love how the verses and chorus is so different. Again a diverse tune. 7/10

9. Life's a Message - God I love the intro, the synth's and soundbits in it. Everything on this song fits Robby like a glove. 7/10

10. Autumn Leaves - I cried.  10/10

11. Think it Over - Reminds me of Lance Diamond (the choir). Could easy fit in Gutterflower. A guitar solo would be cool, but this is everything a 'Superstar Carwash fanboy' could wish for nowadays. 9/10

Summary: A great diverse album. It got its weaker songs (Fearless, Miracle Pill) but thats okay. Songs like Lights, Lost, Over You, Think It Over and especially Money Fame & Fortune rekindles my love for this band. They have explored new waters, and for the first time since Magnetic I can honestly say: This is Goo Goo Dolls, 100%. Magnetic was great but they were not yet 'there' - Boxes was a turn in that direction as well but more sophisticated, well thought and put together. Miracle Pill is the next chapter, and I've seen reviews: a lot of people love this, the single is doing great. We can be proud. For me this is out there with their best albums (Gutterflower - Magnetic, Dizzy Up The Girl - ...)
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« Last post by AsIAm on September 16, 2019, 10:47 AM »

The Goo Goo Dolls have always just written good music for people who cared only that the music was good

One of the most remarkable things about the Goo Goo Dolls is their steadfast consistency amongst the ever-changing backdrop of popular music. Six years ago when they released Magnetic, I wrote that the band remained unchanged in the face of their supposed “waning popularity” in the eyes of pop culture and radio charts. It’s true that many of their contemporaries that made it big alongside them in the late 1990s are long gone, but for the Goos, they’ve quietly continued to be above everything else, themselves, just older, wiser, and continuingly more refined. Miracle Pill is their 12th studio album and is the natural progression from 2016’s Boxes. Like their previous release, Miracle Pill continues their musical evolution away from alternative rock to the more serene territory of adult contemporary. Sure, it may sound like a bad thing, but like everything the Goos have done over the past 25 years, it’s supremely confident and composed.

They may not write songs with the caustic bite like “Here Is Gone” anymore, but they have been finding comfort in the more introspective pop-strewn melodies found in songs like “Lights”. Similarly, in the new album’s lead single and title track, the Goos tap into bouncy, easy-to-digest pop empowerment. Songs like “Indestructible” show that the band haven’t put down their guitars just yet, constructing songs that are still fond of their alternative rock roots but have found comfort in grander, more expansive sounds.

The album’s best moments are when the Goo Goo Dolls unashamedly tug on the heartstrings like they’ve done so many times before. The quiet jangly nature of “Over You” does this particularly well, while the bigger, electronic-infused arena rock of “Lost” shows that this type of music is just done extremely poorly by bands like Imagine Dragons. “Autumn Leaves” is a throwback to the kind of songs found on Let Love In and Dizzy Up The Girl, sounding organic and wistful, while the closing of “Think It Over” is the kind of song they’ve been hinting at since Something For The Rest Of Us. It’s part quintessential Goos, but contemporary and timeless at the same time.

Credit to the Robby Takac songs of the album too- “Step In Line”, “Life’s a Message”- both some of the finest songs Takac has written. He is often cast in the shadow of John Rzeznik’s more recognizable sound, but on Miracle Pill, his work is the best its sounded since Dizzy.

The Ringer recently wrote a piece titled ‘The Goo Goo Dolls Were Never the Cool Kids, but They’re Still Standing’. I echoed these sentiments in that Magnetic review years ago, but if there was anything long time Goo Goo Dolls fans know is that the band were never concerned about popularity or being “cool”. The problem with being cool in music is that it fades. The Goo Goo Dolls have always just written good music for people who cared only that the music was good. Not much has changed in that sense, and really, that’s much better than being cool.

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The Goo Goo Dolls are more than just the guys behind "Iris."

In their 33 years together, lead singer-guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist-singer Robby Takac have released 12 studio albums and seen a complete transition from punk to pop rock. Their music isn't the same as it was in the 20th century, and neither are they.

"I think when you're younger, your whole world is — or, at least, when we were younger — our whole world was kind of about how everything was affecting us directly," Takac said. "And then I think as we got older, we sort of started to see how things affect others and how the big picture is out there.”

The Goo Goo Dolls rose to prominence on the edge of the grunge scene. Their breakthrough album, “Dizzy Up the Girl,” featured somber power ballad "Iris," but the album's other tracks were just as heavy: "Slide" observed the aftermath of a teenage abortion. "Black Balloon" described a heroin addiction. The entire record was about tumultuous relationships and a hazy sense of self, nodding to the band's dark headspace at the time.

Their latest album is a testament to just how far the they've come since then. Released on Friday, Sept. 13, "Miracle Pill" refers to a very different kind of drug: instant gratification in the age of technology.

“If you’re feeling sad, you take a pill. If you need approval, you go on Instagram and receive it immediately. It speaks to the second decade of 21st century angst,” Rzeznik said in a press release. “We’re inundated by bullshit, garbage, and false solutions to every problem we have. The real path is to work hard, be nice, and keep going. However, this route gets overlooked, because we’re all looking for the ultimate shortcut and escape.”

While the band's subject matter may have changed, Takac said the lyrics are no less biting. The difference is in their perspective.

Both he and Rzeznik are now sober. They've settled down with wives and children, and Takac said they’re "in a pretty cool place right now.” This new chapter in their lives rubbed off on the songwriting in "Miracle Pill."

“I’m speaking to my daughter,” Rzeznik said in a press release. “I want her to pursue what she wants, but we’re living in a scared and unfair world. You have to bravely go out and enact the changes you want to make in order for this to be a better place.”

Their evolution didn't happen overnight, though. Takac said they've been careful not to jar fans with a vastly different sound from one album to the next. Instead, their music has gone on an organic, record-to-record journey. In that regard, the piano- and synth-rich tracks in "Miracle Pill" come as less of a surprise.

The Goo Goo Dolls started experimenting with new technology several albums back, allowing them to "twist and maneuver sound" in new ways. They've become especially partial to using vintage studio gear to smash digital sounds in compressors and preamps, dragging modern technology back into a classic sound.

“It really makes for music that feels everlasting to me," Takac said. "A lot of electronic music and stuff, it's so clean. I don’t know, it just feels too pristine and too clean. You get a little bit of stink on it and it sort of sounds a little bit more like our band.”

As they continue to evolve and explore new musical pathways, Takac reminds listeners that the makeup of Goo Goo Dolls hasn't changed since the '90s. He and Rzeznik never split up or took a break. They've encountered rough patches, but they always worked through them because they genuinely care about each other and want to see the band persevere. That, Takac said, is what separates The Goo Goo Dolls from other '90s-era bands.

"We were never a band that went away, and then got big, and then said, 'Oh, wow, we could make some money again if we got back together, played 'Iris' for people.' Like, that's never been our goal," Takac said. "We know people love to hear 'Iris,' and we love to play it for people. But we've been The Goo Goo Dolls since the beginning, and now it's what we still do."

Miracle Pill is out now. The Goo Goo Dolls will have a tour in support of the album later this fall, stopping in Charleston Nov. 17.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Miracle Pill Album Review
« Last post by Googie* on September 15, 2019, 09:10 AM »
So, I’ll give my review in a little bit, but I must say that the tracklisting order does NOT make sense.

Listen to the album all the way through in this order and I guarantee it’ll feel more cohesive as an album:

1. Autumn Leaves
2. Think It Over
3. Over You
4. Lost
5. Step in Line
6. Fearless
7. Miracle Pill
8. Money, Fortune, and Fame
9. Life’s a Message
10. Indestructible
11. Lights
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Build Series: Video Interview
« Last post by BulletproofAngel on September 14, 2019, 09:01 PM »
John and Robby stoped by the Build Series for an interview and audience Q&A.
Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / People TV: Goo Goo... Dads!
« Last post by BulletproofAngel on September 14, 2019, 04:15 PM »
Goo Goo... Dads! Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac Swap Notes on Fatherhood and Discuss Co-Sleeping

Johnny's daughter Liliana is 2 1/2 years old, while Robby's daughter Hana is 7

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