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Despite being the front man of a multiplatinum pop rock band for more than two decades, John Rzeznik of the alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls still has the blue-collar work ethic he grew up with.

Even with the success, Rzeznik still gets anxious when he’s off the road.

“When a tour is over and I walk inside my house and put my suitcases down, I feel like I am unemployed and need to find a job,” he said with a chuckle in a recent phone interview.

Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac in 1985 were an upstart punk band, touring the country in a van. They kept charging ahead and landed a big break when the ballad “Name” became an MTV hit in 1995.

Several other hits followed such as “Slide” and “Iris,” the latter of which was featured in the movie “City of Angels” and reached the top of the Billboard charts.

When it comes to writing music, Rzeznik said he doesn’t write to create “hit songs for the radio.”

“If you remove the pressure to create a hit, you can have a song that will age well,” he said.

He said he keeps his music-writing well filled by working, writing and talking with other people.

“Coming from a place of complete vulnerability is when the best pieces of music can come through,” he said. “Writing from a place of purity is key.”

Rzeznik also said the more frustration that is occurring during his writing process, the more he sits with it and relaxes and moves through the strife.

In the years since the group’s biggest hits dominated the airwaves, Goo Goo Dolls continues to release new music. The band is supporting the album “Magnetic” on a tour with Daughtry that takes it to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday and to Harrah’s Resort Southern California on Friday.

Rzeznik added that it’s challenging to be a workaholic, but, the payoff always sinks in when he is back on stage.

“I am very sensitive to the energy of the audience,” Rzeznik said. “People shell out a lot of money to come see us, and my job is to show up and be there for them.”
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