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What are the Goo Goo Dolls doing for the holidays?!


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By Thom Jennings ngedit@niagara-gazette.com

John Rzeznik has been on my interview bucket list for a long time, and I almost missed the opportunity when an email from the Goo Goo Dolls’ publicist went to my spam folder. It wasn’t as if Rzeznik needed the publicity for the upcoming show at Riverworks this Sunday, the 102.5 Deck the Hall Ball has long since sold out.

The Goo Goo Dolls primary singer and songwriter has one of the most recognizable singing voices around, and while we could have started with any topic, we immediately launch into his favorite topic, his soon to be 3-year-old daughter Lili.

“Just to see someone with so much joy, it makes my life so much better,” Rzeznik noted with a sense of pride.

Rzeznik jokes that he hopes his daughter has more of his wife Melina’s DNA than his, because he was a “hell raiser,” when he was a child. His voice beams with pride as he discusses his daughter’s wonderment with ornaments on their Christmas tree.

“My life is so different than it was, I was living in a dark place for a long time. To be finally given the chance to break out of that and then this beautiful little wonder came along. I feel like because I got sober, I was able to continue the mission, whatever that mission is.”

With the holidays approaching, Rzeznik reflected on his return to Buffalo. Even though his well-documented life story has been less than idyllic, his voice is filled with optimism and an appreciation for his hometown and his family.

“I miss home, I miss going to Niagara Falls, and summers in Buffalo and being with my friends and family. But I get to go back, and I am glad my kid is getting to know my sisters, they are amazing people. They are characters and they’re funny and quirky, but most importantly they are strong women, and I want my daughter to have them as role models. I want her to be strong and never be afraid to speak her mind to anybody.”

Rzeznik doesn’t hide admiration and appreciation of the profound influence his older sisters had on his life, especially in helping form his love of music.

“Their taste in music was eclectic, I listened to their albums and tried to play Gang of Four songs. It wasn’t like anything on the radio, it was special, you had to go and look for it. That is what excited me about it.”

We didn’t spend all of time waxing nostalgic, especially since the Goo Goo Dolls are coming to town to promote their latest album, “Miracle Pill.” After revisiting their breakthrough album “Dizzy Up the Girl,” last year, The Goo Goo Dolls served up an uplifting and optimistic set of songs, many of them are in the current set.

“I love this record because I got to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with people that were above me in production, engineering and songwriting and playing.”

“The album as a whole speaks to the desire to make connections. That’s why vinyl is coming back, because it created an immersive experience. You looked at the liner notes, and wondered who they were singing about.”

There have been three singles released from “Miracle Pill,” including the title track, “Money, Fame & Fortune” and “Indestructible, three of the first four tracks on the album. While many albums are front-loaded, with the hits early in the track list, some of “Miracle Pill’s” best moments occur at the end, with the last two songs, “Autumn Leaves” and “Think it Over.”

“It’s interesting how we sequenced the album, ‘Autumn Leaves’ it’s kind of this bittersweet farewell. Then it takes a breath and goes into ‘Think it Over” which is kind of like an encore.”

“ 'Think it Over’ was awesome to record. We were working at Capital Studios in Los Angeles and the lady that runs the studio is a legend, Paula Salvatore. I asked her for the best old-school backup singers and the next day we had half the cast from ‘20 Feet from Stardom’ in the studio.”

“To work with people that sing with such emotion was inspiring and it made me feel the real power of collaboration, and having faith in something, even if it’s the power of your own voice. It blew me away watching them sing.”

Another thing that inspires Rzeznik is the renaissance of his hometown.

“It’s great to see Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the whole region coming back, the city that so many people gave up for dead. It has so much soul, it has a great vibe. It’s creating its own identity with the unique architecture, with food, beer culture and art.

“It’s vibrant, and I see real greatness, and its where the artists are going. Places like Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio and Allentown, Pennsylvania. You can afford to live in those towns and create your own scene.”

As we finish up, Rzeznik took one more happy look at his past, back when the Goo Goo Dolls spent years riding around in a van. Before they became as synonymous with Buffalo as chicken wings and beef on weck.

“When Robby (Takac) and I started, the only places to play original music were the Continental and McVans, and McVans was gone right after we started. Our manager Artie Kwitchoff (current owner of the Town Ballroom) told us we were going to create our own original music scene. He scraped together the money and we rented out VFW halls and plastered the town with posters until the clubs had to pay attention. I have always admired him for that.”

Rzeznik may not have discovered a “Miracle Pill,” but he has found the happiness and joy he has created for so many fans over the years. That may be the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/night_and_day/jennings-john-rzeznik-reflects-on-return-to-buffalo/article_15797f05-0823-505e-a546-81d2919d6361.html

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Goo Goo Dolls Performed the Perfect Mixtape at their Dec. 8 St. Louis Concert

by Carrie Zukoski

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls along with opener Maddie Poppe performed for night two of Y98’s Deck the Hall Ball on the Fox Sports Midwest Live! stage at Ballpark Village on December 8.

The lights dimmed as much as they could in the cavernous space while the smoke machines churned out a haze for Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac and the rest of Goo Goo Dolls members Brad Fernquist, Craig Macintyre and Jim McGorman to set the night in motion just after 9 p.m. opening with “Indestructible” from their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill released Sept. 13. Rzeznik then greeted those in front with handshakes before delighting the crowd, who sang along to many of the songs throughout the night, with fan-favorite “Slide.”

Takac appeared to have a blast on stage with his wide grin along with high kicks, spins, jumps up and down, all while playing bass. He also encouraged the crowd to clap along throughout the night.

Switching between electric and acoustic guitar, Rzeznik moved the concert along seamlessly from grittier to smoother, familiar and newer material which all blended well into one another. Their setlist made for a perfect mixtape of Goo Goo Dolls, if you will.

Adding to the fun of the night included a balloon drop (black, of course) during “Black Balloon” and lots of confetti wafting everywhere.

Maddie Poppe, season 16 winner of American Idol in May 2018, opened the night with a soft, yet resounding 30-minute acoustic set that included a cover of Radiohead’s “High and Dry,” “Nothing Good Comes Out of California,” which she prefaced by sharing about her parent’s worrying about Midwest gal moving to California and, this being a holiday show, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Poppe had a lovely voice which, when unleashed, showed great power. Unfortunately, most of this was lost due to the constant din of chatter of what seemed to be nearly everyone in attendance.

http://archcity.media/2019/12/09/goo-goo-dolls-performed-the-perfect-mixtape-at-their-dec-8-st-louis-concert/

Photo gallery - https://carriezukoski.smugmug.com/ConcertPhotos/Goo-Goo-Dolls/

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Goo Goo Dolls headlined Mercedes in the Morning Not So Silent Night 2019 and before the show they sat down with Mercedes and JC to offer them advice for Las Vegas, vocal warm ups and more.

https://mix941fm.radio.com/blogs/mercedes-in-the-morning/goo-goo-dolls-offers-advice-for-las-vegas-and-vocal-warm-ups

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We had a MERRY time at our annual Merry MIXMas show at The Marquee Theatre!

Featuring performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Maddie Poppe and John K.... the night was filled with amazing intimate performances for an unforgettable experience.

Missed the show? Want to relive the night? Check out all the photos and videos below!

https://mix969.iheart.com/content/2019-12-06-the-goo-goo-dolls-maddie-poppe-john-k-rocked-our-2019-merry-mixmas-show/

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Goo Goo Dolls Rocked Our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love Show

We had an AWESOME time at our Tucson Subaru & Subaru Share The Love show at the Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center, Sahuarita, AZ.

Featuring performances by Goo Goo Dolls and John K.... the night was filled with amazing intimate performances for an unforgettable experience.

Missed the show? Want to relive the night? Check out all the photos and videos - https://my929.iheart.com/featured/cyndi-chris/content/2019-12-06-goo-goo-dolls-rocked-our-tucson-subaru-subaru-share-the-love-show/


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John and I talk candidly about music, social media, Milwaukee and raising a family

By Aaron Carreno

I had the pleasure of speaking with John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, as we get ready for their return to Milwaukee Monday night for our 99.1 The Mix Mistletoe Show!

In PART ONE, John mentions some of his fondest Milwaukee memories over the years, and why the "call for connection" is so important.

PART TWO of my conversation with John centers around the loyalty his audience has developed over the years, what HE'S currently listening to, and how he's been influenced emotionally since starting a family and raising children.

Finally, John encourages all of us to think of those in need this holiday season, and the magic in music bringing people together during PART THREE of our chat.

Listen to the entire interview here - https://991themix.radio.com/blogs/aaron-carreno/interview-what-the-goo-goo-dolls-love-about-milwaukee

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By Daniel Durchholz

When the Goo Goo Dolls played St. Louis last October, the show was part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s biggest-selling album, “Dizzy Up the Girl” (1998).

“That album was definitely the biggest turning point,” guitarist/vocalist and Goo Goo Dolls co-founder Johnny Rzeznik says by phone from a tour stop in Richmond, Virginia.

Hits like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon” followed in the melodic, radio-ready style of “Name” from several years before and turned the onetime punk/thrash band (original name: the Sex Maggots) into a perennial adult-alternative success.

“We made our first record (1987’s ‘Goo Goo Dolls’) in three days,” Rzeznik says. “We thought it was a joke. We never thought anything would come of it.”

But as he and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac continued to develop and mature as artists, Rzeznik says he drew inspiration from the wide variety of artists on his playlist.

“I was listening to Suzanne Vega and the Descendents,” he says. “I loved Husker Du and the Cocteau Twins. I started to want to do something, like, maybe more legitimate and serious.”

“A Boy Named Goo” (which contained “Name”) and “Dizzy Up the Girl” were the results, and the Goos have kept up a steady stream of hits since then.

“Miracle Pill,” which was released in September, is the band’s 12th studio album and finds Rzeznik and Takac experimenting a bit — working with a variety of producers and developing a more textured, keyboard-driven sound.

“If I like it, I’m going to write it,” Rzeznik says. “If it’s got a tuba and a harmonica on it, that’s OK.”

As for the number of the producers on the album, Rzeznik says he tends to wear them out.

“I destroy producers,” he says. “I want to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and nobody can do that. I probably shouldn’t expect that from people, but I do.”

Still, he speaks admiringly of those who did take the plunge, especially Sam Hollander, who produced and co-wrote several songs. “He’s just from another planet,” Rzeznik says. “He’s somebody who has a completely different perspective on music.”

In addition to Hollander, notables such as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Sting) and background vocalist Tata Vega (“20 Feet From Stardom”) appear on the album.

“I just want to be around people who are so much better than me,” Rzeznik says — “who had done things that are so different than I did, and then somehow wrap all that up into the package. And in that respect, I think it worked.

“Whether it will be commercially successful or not, I don’t know. I would love it if it was, but I can’t care about that anymore.”

The title track is a metaphor for what Rzeznik sees as a major societal problem right now: the need for instant gratification.

“I want my headache to go away immediately, you know?” he says by way of explanation.

But the real problem people are facing today, he says, is loneliness. “People are lonely and more disconnected than they’ve ever been, at least in my lifetime. And this is while we’re allegedly connected to each other through the internet.

“So if I’m lonely, I’m going to make 5,000 friends on Facebook. There are all these cheap, imitation versions of intimacy and friendship and camaraderie. And I don’t think it’s healthy.”

Music, Rzeznik says, is something that can help.

“(Concerts) are one of the few things where big groups of people can get together and have a real, visceral human experience where we’re all in a room together and we’re all listening to music or dancing or whatever. I think it’s just so important.”

What Goo Goo Dolls • When 8 p.m. Sunday • Where Fox Sports Midwest Live!, Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Street • How much $35-$60 • More info 314-797-7530; eventbrite.com

https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/first-album-was-a-joke-but-goo-goo-dolls-have/article_cd230372-059e-5bc1-b6a6-63aef71450be.html

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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Send Your Birthday Wishes to John Rzeznik!
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:33 PM »
It's John's birthday today, so join us in sending him your happiest of birthday wishes!


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Blythedale Children's Hospital 2019 Live Broadcast: Featuring Rob Thomas, Johnny Rzeznik + More!

CBS-FM proudly presents Scott Shannon's final 'Big Show' of the year, live from Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York on Friday morning, December 20th, from 6-10 AM!

This year we'll have performances by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Work In Progress featuring Gaten Matarazzo of Stranger Things, Mark Rivera of the Billy Joel band, Acapella group Six-13, and of course, Holiday Express!

Auction items are now live for bidding HERE. https://e.givesmart.com/events/eQf/i/

You can also text BCHKIDS to 52182 to make a donation of any amount or call 914-831-2424 to donate.

https://wcbsfm.radio.com/blogs/scott-shannon-in-the-morning-with-patty-steele/scott-shannon-announces-2019-blythedale

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By: Olivia Proia

The Bills game will not be shown at the concert

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fans with tickets to the sold out concert now have to make a choice: head to the Goo Goo Dolls show set to start at 7 p.m. or watch the Bills take on the Steelers in prime time at 8:20 p.m. This is the first time the Bills will hold a prime time Sunday night spot in 12 years.

"This is the biggest Buffalo problem besides like needing Tim Hortons in a snow storm," Angela Miranda said.

She and her boyfriend bought tickets to the Goo Goo Dolls concert on December 15th at Riverworks in July. The band is headlining Star 102.5's "Deck the Hall Ball." When she found out the game time was flexed, she immediately posted, ready to sell her concert tickets. But now, the two are debating between their two favorite things.

"Our favorite band versus our favorite team," said Joel Jackson. Jackson and Miranda's first date was at a Goo Goo Dolls concert.

"I don't think I've met anyone who claims they weren't at the July 4th concert at City Hall. Everyone claims they were there...," said Miranda. "So everyone is a Goo Goo Dolls fan, everyone's a Bills fan. You know they were all at the snow storm game a few years ago where the guys were just rolling up snowmen."

The situation has this couple in a pickle. They've been dating since 2013.

"Do I sell them? Do I keep them? Are we going to be able to watch this? How do we do both? Do we clone ourselves? What do we do?" Miranda said.

Miranda and Jackson can't seem to agree on which option is bettter.

"The game's more important than the concert," Jackson said.

"Don't tell Joel... I'm going to make him watch [the game] on his phone," said Miranda.

There are options.

"A would be to move the time and B would be to just make sure that there are lots of TVs," Miranda said.

"Maybe they can play the shout song after every Bills touchdown," said Jackson.

But there is one ultimate solution for the two.

"We can move the concert up," Miranda said, "And then like everyone can stay at Riverworks and watch the game together. We can have a watch party with the Goo Goo Dolls."

7 Eyewitness News reached out to Star 102.5 and the Goo Goo Dolls but haven't heard back yet. The GM of Riverworks said as of now, there are on plans to show the game during the concert.

https://www.wkbw.com/sports/buffalo-bills/fans-must-choose-the-bills-or-the-goo-goo-dolls


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The holiday season is in full swing and your wallet is probably pretty exhausted by now. So, we thought you guys deserved a little something ... like a quick holiday contest! A lot of fans are snowed in and dealing with miserable weather, so let's look forward to next summer. (We can dream, right?!) We're giving away this Something For the Rest of Us tank top to THREE lucky winners!



We know everyone is busy, so this is going to be an easy one - just send an email with your shipping information to contact@absolutegoo.com with Winter Weather in the subject line. That's it! We'll randomly pick 3 winners from all the entries tomorrow, 12/3. Good luck!

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Gen and Annie discuss the Miracle Pill tour, announce a new contest, and ruminate over the loss of the Otis Midnight tapes …

https://absolutegoo.com/category/podcasts/#.XeWKb-hKjIU

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John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls just wants to bring people together in divisive times

By Ed Masley, Arizona Republic

The Goo Goo Dolls kicked off a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their biggest-selling album, "Dizzy Up the Girl," last year at the Van Buren, playing the entire album with the cover art projected on the screen behind them.

John Rzeznik clearly enjoyed sharing that moment with a sold-out crowd that sang along enthusiastically to every song from their quadruple-platinum triumph.

And when the tour was over?

"I was sitting backstage," Rzeznik says. "And I felt this tremendous sense of relief. Like, 'Wow, OK, let's kind of close the book on that chapter. Let's get to work on what the next thing is gonna be.' Because it had been 20 years. And it was like, 'You gotta do something different.'"

Not that Rzeznik had ever set out to repeat himself.

"People have said to me, ‘How come you never tried to write “Iris” again?,’" he says, referring to the quadruple-platinum ballad he wrote for the soundtrack to "City of Angels," which put the Goo Goo Dolls at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100 Pop Songs 1992–2012 chart.

"Because I already wrote it," Rzeznik says. "And if I did try to write it again, it would be a cheap imitation of what came naturally. And it would fail, you know? I mean, that's just as true as I can get about it."

To be clear, he's not suggesting that you won't hear "Iris," "Slide" or "Black Balloon" when the Goo Goo Dolls play Tempe's Marquee Theatre Dec. 5.

"I still play songs off ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ because I have to," Rzeznik says. "That was our most commercially successful record. And if a guy and his wife or his girlfriend are plunking down a couple hundred bucks to come and see a show, you’d better play the songs they want to hear, along with the new stuff and everything. But it's no time to be completely self-indulgent."

All he's saying is that after giving "Dizzy Up the Girl" a proper victory lap at 20, he felt freer to explore new sonic possibilities on their new album, "Miracle Pill."

It's a striking stylistic departure with lyrics that find him responding to current events without engaging in the tribalism that's come to define the conversation on current events in American culture.

"It’s too dangerous," he says, "to be explicitly political."

And then he gets political.

"I'm not enamored with either political party in this country," Rzeznik says.

"And it's become glaringly obvious that the system is broken on both sides. The whole thing's for sale. If you’re a congressman, you're constantly begging for money to get reelected. So who you gonna go to? Are you gonna keep going to your constituents or are you gonna get some big donors? I believe that corporate interests are the only thing that's represented in Washington anymore."

Neither party cares about the common man, he says.

"I think Jeff Bezos is gonna be the first trillionaire and there’s something wrong with that, man. There's dignity in work. It gives a lot of people's lives purpose, because it allows you to raise a family and have a bit of security. And that security is missing in greater and greater numbers in this society. When the president of the United States says, ‘I don't pay taxes because I'm smart …'"

He laughs, then says, "It's like, ‘Well, no. Taxes are the dues you have to pay for being able to become a billionaire.’ But the tax code was written by a bunch of people who are getting paid off, so forget it. Anyway, we're not supposed to talk about politics."

Rzeznik would rather bring people together.

"I was looking at the audience a couple weeks ago," he says. "And I'm like, theoretically, in a vacuum, half of this audience voted for Trump and half of this audience voted for Hillary Clinton. Roughly. But we're having a good time together. And then, you step outside that room and the divide becomes huge. It's a chasm."

Part of the problem, Rzeznik says, is the sense of hopelessness our political climate can foster in people on both sides of the aisle.

 "I truly believe we all have to start trying to find similarities. Look for the similarities instead of the differences between us because there's days where I'm like, 'Oh my god, there's gonna be a civil war.'"

So where does Rzeznik find hope in that environment?

"In my kid," he says. "In my music. In the conversations I have with people every single day and the letters people give me every day when I'm on tour. I find hope and meaning and I feel like I want my mission to be connection. Even if that connection is nothing more than a distraction for that four minutes that the song is playing. If that four minutes can change someone's mood or attitude or help them get through something, that helps add to the purpose."

Rzeznik knows there are no easy fixes. He sings as much in this new album's title track, although he has been known to consume a few miracle pills in his own quest for easy fixes.

"For me, it was booze, drugs, food, women, spending, everything," he says. "Those were the shortcuts because there's a certain kind of fallout when you get a little bit of success in the music business. All the sudden, you start to question yourself. Is this real? Does this person just want to hang out with me because of something they think I am, not who I am? So I started to isolate myself really badly. And I wound up with a lot of problems. But every quick fix that I've ever tried just screwed me up and left me in a worse position than I was before."

As much as he'd like to help bridge the divide in American culture with "Miracle Pill," he doesn't see that happening.

"‘Cause I'm sure lots of people hate it," he says, with a laugh. "I mean, there's records I don't like, that I don't relate to. If somebody doesn't relate to what I'm doing, I hope that they just pass me by and go on to something that they love. That's a big problem with the way that social media has changed the world is that everybody's a critic."

It's not that Rzeznik thinks the internet gave rise to people who would rather focus on the records they despise.

"When I was in college, hanging out with the art students with the berets and clove cigarettes listening to Sisters of Mercy, all they ever talked about was how everything sucked," he says. "You had to have the most obscure record collection. We all want to be part of an exclusive club that we can exclude other people from and feel superior. Which I think is (expletive)."

Rzeznik's views on that culture of not liking anything popular got personal around the time Goo Goo Dolls made the leap from touring America's trashiest dives to No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 with their breakthrough single, "Name," before following through with "Dizzy Up the Girl."

"Listen, once you get put on a pedestal, it’s just easier to throw rocks at you," he says. "I was pretty shocked by some of the hate and backlash that came our way. But what am I gonna do? It's these people's opinions. It's like being bothered by lint in your pocket. Just pull it out of your pocket and throw it away. Don't think about it."

All he can do, Rzeznik says, is his best.

"I'm doing it in earnest. I don't have some scumbag record executive with a gun pointed to my head going, ‘You gotta do this.’ Most of the time, the people who have been at our record company stand there scratching their head, going, ‘Well, I don't know, but great.’ I mean, nobody knows what a hit is. Nobody can tell you what a hit is. And most people wind up chasing a hit after something created a paradigm shift."

He was part of a paradigm shift in the '90s.

"I'm not saying we caused the paradigm shift, because we didn’t," he says. "But after alternative rock became the mainstream music, we sort of were able to walk through that door. And guys like Bob Mould and Paul Westerberg — the original college rock bands, I'm gonna call them — laid the groundwork for turning alternative rock into a mainstream entity."

Those earlier artists who didn't enjoy the success the Goo Goo Dolls enjoyed were ahead of their time, he says.

"And they influenced all of us as kids. It's like, I'm watching that Bill Wyman documentary, ‘The Quiet One,’ and it's funny because he's talking about when he met the rest of the Stones and they're like, ‘Yeah, we play Chuck Berry.’ They were straight-up ripping people off. And it's all right. That's cool. You borrow. And it gets run through the filters of your own mind. And it comes out the other end something different."

He's heard bits and pieces of the Goo Goo Dolls in other people's music, Rzeznik says.

"I hear it more now than I have in the past," he says, "because we’ve got that 20-ish years thing going, where everybody's like, ‘Oh yeah, we can appropriate this now because it's been 20 years.’ But yeah, it made me proud. It made me happy. It made me feel like, 'Wow, somebody actually listened enough to what I did to go and nick a piece of it.' And that’s good. That's the way we move forward."

The one constant in his journey forward from his punk-rock youth in Buffalo through the paradigm shift and out the other side with the music on "Miracle Pill" has been his partnership with bassist Robby Takac.

"I think the reason we're able to stick together is because he and I obviously know how to push each other's buttons, but it's knowing not to," Rzeznik says. "We had to learn to respect each other's boundaries. I'm sure he has a very different perspective on this band than I do. And I'm sure he keeps a lot of it to himself, what his feelings are about it. But we decided we were gonna keep this together. And that's the way it is."

Along the way, he's had to learn to let things go.

"There's times," he says, "where I sit down and I go, 'OK, is this worth fighting over? Do you believe in this enough to fight over? Or do you just need to be right? And furthermore, do you need to see him be wrong? And what's that gonna satisfy?' When you take five steps back and go, 'Why do I need to see Robbie be wrong?' 'Well, because I'm an egomaniac.' OK, well, then maybe you need to check yourself. And then I started to realize he was right sometimes."

Reach the reporter at ed.masley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/12/01/john-rzeznik-wants-goo-goo-dolls-make-connections-divisive-times/4316493002/

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‘In the moment’: Goo Goo Dolls ‘experience all the love’ during live performances

BY ADRIAN GOMEZ / JOURNAL ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

After 33 years in music, Robby Takac is experiencing some firsts.

As a member of the Goo Goo Dolls, Takac and Johnny Rzeznik have never had leftover songs from an album – until now.

“I don’t know how that quite happened,” Takac says during a recent interview. “There are another four songs kicking around.”

Takac is referring to the group’s latest album, “Miracle Pill.”

The band will perform a few songs from the new album during its stop at Isleta Resort and Casino on Monday, Dec. 2.

The band rose to prominence in the 1990s with a string of hits that include “Iris,” “Slide,” “Name,” “Broadway” and “Long Way Down.”

It took Rzeznik a few years to put together the songs for the album – a process that has stayed pretty consistent for the band since its inception in 1986.

“Miracle Pill” also marks the band’s 12th album.

One could imagine what Takac and Rzeznik go through, with more than 100 songs in its catalog.

“We’ve been very lucky to have our share of hit songs,” Takac says. “Set lists get tougher; they don’t get longer. We were having trouble years ago with performing 90 minutes. Your tendency is going to play every hit song for the people. You don’t want to disappoint. It’s been one of the most tenuous parts of this job.”

Takac goes on to say that there are four or five Top 20 songs that don’t make the set list night after night.

“It’s been pretty amazing to put out a new album and see the audience singing it back to you,” he says. “This wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago. The way people consume music is very different. We’re still trying to be in the moment to experience all the love.”

Takac says some days on the road, it feels like 30 years has passed quickly.

“Some nights it feels like we’ve been doing this 70 years,” he says with a laugh. “It’s what we’ve been doing our whole life. I think we’ve been lucky enough that when a lot of people got pounded down by the new order of the music industry, we weren’t affected. We found that sweet crest in there, and the fans continue to come out and support what we’re doing. John and I have been prepping for another job for the past 25 years because we don’t know when it will end. That’s always been in the back of our minds.”

Goo Goo Dolls
With Maddie Poppe
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2
WHERE: The Showroom at Isleta Resort & Casino, 11000 Broadway SE

HOW MUCH: $25-$45, plus fees at holdmyticket.com

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