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Pop-rockers Goo Goo Dolls have decades of material to their credit, including more than a dozen Top 10 radio hits. And while fans can certainly expect cuts like the chart-topping 1998 “City of Angels” soundtrack smash “Iris” on the band’s Long Walk Home tour, you should also be prepared to hear plenty of the band’s new work.

“We tend to open the show with the first song from the new thing, always,” said bassist Robby Takac. “I think we feel like it’s our most exciting, latest offering, and so you really right away get a sense of whether or not people know the new music.”

In the case of the Goo Goo Dolls this summer, that latest offering is “You Should Be Happy,” the five-song EP released by the band in June.

Opening with the anthemic rocker “Tattered Edge/You Should Be Happy,” the release reunites Takac and singer/guitarist John Rzeznik with producer Drew Pearson.

Pearson, known for his work with OneRepublic and Katy Perry, also worked on the Goo Goo Dolls’ 2016 LP “Boxes.”

Rzezknik and Takac, who came out of the Buffalo, New York, area more than 30 years ago, return to our region to play Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Sunday, Aug. 6, and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Friday, Aug. 18.

“There’s so much talk about the music industry falling apart and people not having the interest in music anymore and I’m going to tell you man, I think the access to music is so simple now for people,” said Takac. “I mean, all you’ve got to do is go to your browser bar and type in the name of the song and you’re going to be able to listen to it for free.

“(That) puts a little bit of a hitch in the commerce end of it, but for a guy who writes songs and looks out and for people to sing them back to them, I’ll tell you people are really in touch now, I think. So I think it’s pretty obvious right away when people are familiar with (the material), which is always one of the big hurdles when you’re stepping out with a bunch of new songs.”

It's been more than 20 years since Takac and Rzeznik broke big with the 1995 ballad "Name" and followed that up with a string of hits that included "Slide" in 1998, "Black Balloon" in 1999 and "Broadway" in 2000.

But all these years later, Takac said, there is a simple reason why the band still endures.

"Fundamentally, it's about us being able to be in the same room together," Takac said. "You find that happening with bands all the time, even successful bands. I hear about the Eagles, you hear about the Eagles (and how) they can't even be in the same room together before a show. John and I, literally 15 minutes ago, had breakfast together and I said, 'OK, I've got to go do some interviews.'

"We're still friends, we still care about each other. So I think in the heart of it, there's that, and then there's everything else. That has to happen, but if nobody wants to listen then none of it matters."
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