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During a recent show in Los Angeles, Robby Takac took time to look back at 30 years in the music industry.

Takac is the bassist of the rock band Goo Goo Dolls.

Over the course of its history, the band navigated its way with much success.

The 1998 single “Iris” is the band’s most commercially successful.

But the band also has “Name,” “Naked,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Dizzy,” “Broadway,” “Here Is Gone,” “Better Days,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Stay With You” and “Home” – all have been hits on the radio.

Yet what has alluded the band is a Grammy Award.

Which made its recent performance for the Grammy Foundation awkward.

“It would be nice to win a Grammy at some point,” Takac quips during a recent interview. “They haven’t been kind about that. We’ve been nominated a bunch of times.”

All kidding aside, Takac and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik were hard at work for the past few years on the band’s latest album, “Boxes.”

The album is the band’s 11th.

“I don’t think in our wildest dreams, we would have imagined 11 albums,” he says. “We worked on two songs at a time, and this helped us keep focus. We’re more comfortable with this process, and I feel like we got a much better representation.”

As one would imagine, with 11 albums’ worth of material, it is difficult for the men in Goo Goo Dolls to come up with a set list.

Takac says it’s an argument each time the band heads out on tour.

“I try to put myself in the place of the fans,” he says. “The hit singles are what people are coming for. So we try to balance that with what keeps things exciting for the band. Adding songs to the set is not the problem; it’s removing of songs. If we did all the singles, then we’d have a two-hour show. I don’t think we’d make it very far if we had to do two-hour sets each night. I don’t know how some bands manage that each night.”
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