It’s been four years since the last Goo Goo Dolls album but I guess when you’re together for over twenty years, that’s nothing more than a stitch in time. However, the overall writing and recording process for their new album “Something For the Rest of Us” was not exactly their smoothest. The band wrapped up the recording of the album for the first time and handed it off to the label. After the release date was pushed out, the band had the opportunity to go back in and tweak a few things. What started off as a minor edits ended up being a much more thorough process and in the end, the band couldn’t be happier. The extra time allowed them to bring in their live band to record, add some live strings and complete what bassist Robby Takac calls their most organic approach to recording since the early days – albeit unintended.
With a June/July release date for “Something for the Rest of Us” the band finally decided they needed something to get them out of the studio or they’d never stop tweaking things. What could be better than getting out there and sharing the new material with their fans, so that’s just what they did. Playing about five new songs a night the band has been able to get a live response to their latest accomplishments before the album even drops and see what the important critics, their fans, have to say.
Touching on social issues that impact everyone, this album is less introspective and more of an overall look at the world today and the issues that face us all. According to Takac “I don’t think it’s hard to latch on to a sentiment right now that is blanketing the globe.” Indeed it’s not.
We recently caught up with Robby to talk about the new album, the recording process, their current tour, and their current collaboration with USA Harvest.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette
The Goo Goo Dolls
April 15, 2010
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
The Rocket Summer just announced that they’ll be hitting the road on support of the OneRepublic tour followed by a leg of The Goo Goo Dolls tour with some headlining shows thrown in for good measure. Confirmed dates so far:
3/13/10 Montgomery, AL Riverwalk Amphitheatre
3/14/10 Tallahassee, FL Floyd’s Music Store
3/16/10 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
3/17/10 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
3/22/10 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
3/23/10 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts – Capitol Theatre
3/24/10 Decatur, IL Kirkland FAC @ Millikin U.
3/27/10 Searcy, AR Benson Aud. @ Harding U.
3/29/10 Russellville, AR Arkansas Tech U.
WITH GOO GOO DOLLS
04/10 Oswego, NY SUNY Campus Center
04/13 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
04/15 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
04/16 Potsdam, NY Cheel Arena
04/17 Erie, PA Penn State Behrend
04/20 Richmond, VA The National
04/21 Norfolk, VA The Norva
04/23 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
04/24 North Charleston, SC Performing Arts
04/27 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
04/28 Auburn, AL Beard-Eaves Coliseum
05/02 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
05/04 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
For more info visit www.therocketsummer.com
The Goo Goo Dolls have a new album slated to be released this Spring titled “Something For The Rest Of Us”, the band will hit the road starting April 6th. Here are the dates so far:
April 6th in Augusta, GA - First Tee Golf of Augusta
April 10th in Oswego, NY -SUNY Campus Center
April 13th in Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
April 15th in Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 17th in Erie, PA – Penn State Behrend
April 20th in Richmond, VA – The National
April 21st in Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
April 23rd in Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium
April 24th in North Charleston, NC – NC Performing Arts
April 27th in Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
May 2nd in Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
May 4th in Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
May 5th in Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre
For all the latest visit the band’s website.
From Goo Goo Dolls’ front man to The Next Great American Band judge? John Rzeznik knows what he is talking about and will speak his mind and bring honesty to the show. Real bands, who work together, play gigs in bars and who have been together for years, out to compete for their shot at a record deal. The Next Great American Band will make bands jump through TV hoops and play unfamiliar genres of music. They’ll be judged by Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Sheila E, and Rzeznik on all levels, including chemistry within and audience connection.
Rzeznik wishes he had someone treating him fairly when he was trying to make it, so that is what he plans to do, as long as you are not full of your own shit. Egomaniacs beware, because John isn’t buying it!
We recently talked to him regarding his new stint as a judge on this first season of The Next Great American Band, which premiers on October 19th on FOX. He’s faithful that we’ll be seeing a great selection of bands who are all worthy of a shot at the big time. These bands will be given just that, minus Simon’s vitriol.
Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | October 2007
What 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