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Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls

August 10, 2007 by  
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goo1What better way to ensure a summer blockbuster hit in the theaters?  Well, throwing a Goo Goo Dolls song on the soundtrack never hurts! Currently touring in support of their latest release Let Love In, the band took a break to film the video for the new song they penned for The Transformers movie. The ballad, Before It’s Too Late, delivers the goods in true Goo Goo Dolls fashion. Chalk it up as just another song to add to their repertoire, a repertoire spanning twenty years that is.

It has really been over twenty years since the members of the band first met in Buffalo and started writing music together and maturing into the musicians they’ve become today. In an industry that is so self-implosive, the Goo Goo Dolls have figured out the secret of longevity and the ongoing magic of writing relevant music album after album. Modest bassist Robby Takac attributes their longevity to luck but there’s definitely a bit more to it than that.

From their early days of a punk inspired garage band to their latest radio ready hits, the band has alway had the ability to transform their raw, natural talent into beautifully arranged songs that translate to a vast array of people.  Let Love In offers up inspiration and hope for the future through insightful lyrics and continues to show the evolution of the band. There seems to be no place like home for these guys to get their creative juices flowing. Their eighth studio album was written in their hometown of Buffalo in a Masonic Temple. Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Johnny Rzeznik attributes this “back to their roots” approach for the outcome of the album.

Recently bassist Robby took time out of their hectic touring schedule to catch up with us on the band, their careers, his side projects, politics, and of course – his love for PEZ!

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | August 2007
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