The Goo Goo Dolls haven't had a break from writing, recording and touring since before 1998, when the band's album "Dizzy Up the Girl" took a firm reign over the airwaves.
And, more than a decade later, there's no rest for the weary Dolls, who will make a stop at Dubuque's Mississippi Moon Bar Thursday, April 14.
"We've pretty much been on the road for this current tour since last April," said bassist Robby Takac, who co-founded the group with gravel-voiced front man John Rzeznik.
"We just finished up a month in Canada -- don't ever do that. It was -34. And, that's Fahrenheit. We've been around the U.S. about five times. We did the Pro-Bowl and the Orange Bowl. We played on 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'America's Got Talent.' We have a couple civic events coming up and will be in Europe for a chunk of time doing festivals. Then this summer, we'll be hitting a 40-city tour of the U.S. as part of a package."
Takac also dropped hints of a new Goo Goo Dolls album in the works."We're in the studio writing and recording new material for an album with Rob Cavallo, who produced 'Dizzy Up the Girl,' and are recording a song for a movie this summer," he said. "That will be announced really soon. So, yeah. We're busy. The list goes on and on."
With some of the most signature melodies and poetic lyrics in pop rock, the four-time Grammy nominees, with more than 10 million albums sold and 13 consecutive Top 10 hits, formed in 1986. Due to his shy persona, Rzeznik left the lead vocals to Takac for the band's self-titled debut and follow-up album, "Jed."
By the band's third release, "Hold Me Up," in 1990, Rzeznik had been featured on five tracks, including the single, "There You Are." The Goo Goo Dolls pressed forward with the song "I'm Awake Now," for the "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" sound track before releasing its fourth CD, "Superstar Car Wash," in 1993.
The band's fifth release, "A Boy Named Goo" become one of the most successful alternative rock albums of the 1990s. It set the stage for 1998's release, "Dizzy Up the Girl." The album and the success of its first single, "Name," marked a fundamental change to an acoustic rock sound. It also featured Goo Goo Dolls anthems, such as "Slide," "Black Balloon," "Broadway" and "Dizzy."
Then came "Iris," a song penned by Rzeznik for the "City of Angels" sound track.
And since then, the band has been churning out hits left and right, with "Give A Little Bit," "Better Days," "I'm Still Here," "Stay With You," "Let Love In" and counting.
"We seemed to have all the nuts and bolts of the band tied down," Takac said. "We came from an era where live shows were pretty much all you had, and I think those years of playing is what made us a good band. Our current lineup has been playing together for 16 years, so we can get out there and deliver pretty well. It's exciting to be a part of songs people seem to like to hear. That alone is a great experience."
Takac said the band's show will feature "a list of songs the band won't get out of the venue without playing," as well as new material and a few of the Goo Goo Dolls' personal favorites.
"We have a lot to choose from," Takac said. "No one can keep up with technology these days, really. It's too crazy. But people don't love music any less. They're just consuming it in different ways. The life of a musician has become all about touring. And, for people who love to do it, this is how you survive with it. Few bands start out making music to get rich. They do it because they love it. Performing live almost keeps this more true."
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