Performer: The Goo Goo Dolls
Lead vocals: John Rzeznik
Buy online: Amazon (US)      iTunes (UK)      iTunes (US)

When Iris was released, it was not permitted to chart until it became a commercial single. It only reached number 9 in the charts when it was released as a single. If it had been released earlier, it would have been one of the biggest number one hits of the decade.

On September 26, 2011 Iris stormed to number one on the UK iTunes chart after it was performed by a singer on the television show The X Factor.

Later that week Iris reached to number 3 on the UK charts, the highest position since it release.

According to a news article "Iris has been a steady seller in Great Britain since its original release in 1998, enjoying more than 433,000 in sales, and racking up more than 30 million views on YouTube."

In that same article John said: "I love the fact that young artists are inspired to sing this song. It opened a lot of doors for us. To see it hit No. 1 in the U.K. and connect with a growing new audience is cool."

On November 21, 2011 Iris was performed by John Rzeznik in a duet with Taylor Swift. John Rzezik was special guest at the first of two Taylor Swift concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And I'd give up forever to touch you
Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
And sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight

And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything feels like the movies
Yhea you bleed just to know you're alive

And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

Seneca Niagara Bear's Den, Niagara Falls, NY (April 12, 2014)
Lewis A. Swyer Theatre @ The Egg, Albany, NY (April 9, 2014)
The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT (April 8, 2014)
The Carrier Theatre @ TheOncenter Complex, Syracuse, NY (April 7, 2014)
Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC, Canada (March 5, 2014)
Enmax Center, Lethbridge, AB, Canada (March 3, 2014)
Jack Singer, Calgary, AB, Canada (March 2, 2014)
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK (February 27, 2014)
Olympia, Montreal, QC, Canada (February 17, 2014)
Main Street, Boise, ID (February 15, 2014)
Silver Legacy Hotel Casino, Reno, NV (February 14, 2014)
House Of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (February 1, 2014)
St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY (January 31, 2014)
The Iridium, New York City, NY (January 30, 2014)
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2014)
House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA (December 31, 2013)
CBS Television City, Hollywood, CA (December 18, 2013)
The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA (December 16, 2013)
Mahaffey Theater, St Petersburg, FL (December 13, 2013)
Dynasty Lounge, Carnival Imagination, Atlantic Ocean (December 8, 2013)
Carnival Imagination, Atlantic Ocean (December 7, 2013)
Lico Deck, Carnival Imagination, Atlantic Ocean (December 6, 2013)
Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA (November 11, 2013)
UEA, Norwich, UK (October 21, 2013)
O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK (October 20, 2013)
O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, UK (October 19, 2013)
The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow, UK (October 17, 2013)
Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK (October 16, 2013)
Rock City, Nottingham, UK (October 15, 2013)
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX (September 21, 2013)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY (August 24, 2013)
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA (August 10, 2013)
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA (July 17, 2013)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO (July 9, 2013)
Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN (July 7, 2013)
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI (July 6, 2013)
The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL (July 4, 2013)
The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL (July 3, 2013)
The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL (July 2, 2013)
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH (June 30, 2013)
First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA (June 29, 2013)
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON, Canada (June 27, 2013)
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (June 26, 2013)
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH (June 25, 2013)
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL (June 5, 2013)
Hellstone Music, Stockholm, Sweden (May 24, 2013)
Unknown studios, Milan, Italy (May 23, 2013)
Kerrang! House, Birmingham, UK (May 22, 2013)
Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD (May 17, 2013)
MLB Fan Cave, New York City, NY (May 1, 2013)
Marist College Riverfront Recreational Area, Poughkeepsie, NY (April 28, 2013)
City Winery, New York City, NY (April 25, 2013)
Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA (April 21, 2013)
Campbell University Convocation Center, Buies Creek, NC (April 17, 2013)
The Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA (April 6, 2013)
The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (April 3, 2013)
Guitar Center, Hollywood, CA (March 28, 2013)
Busch Gardens' Gwazi Park, Tampa, FL (March 3, 2013)
Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA (November 12, 2012)
Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, Bethlehem, PA (August 7, 2012)
Fort Calgary, Calgary, AB (July 13, 2012)
Ketchum Global Headquaters, New York City, NY (June 19, 2012)
San Manuel Casino, Highland, CA (May 3, 2012)
Excelsior Grand, Staten Island, NY (April 28, 2012)
Centennial Olympic Park, Fort Myers, FL (March 30, 2012)
V Lounge, Santa Monica, CA (March 22, 2012)
Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL (March 3, 2012)
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ (February 2, 2012)
Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ (December 31, 2011)
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (November 21, 2011)
Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH (November 19, 2011)
Warner Theater, Torrington, CT (November 17, 2011)
Warner Theater, Erie, PA (November 13, 2011)
The Paramount, Huntington, NY (November 12, 2011)
Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ (November 11, 2011)
Sovereign Performing Arts Center, Reading, PA (November 8, 2011)
National, Richmond, VA (November 7, 2011)
King Center of the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL (November 5, 2011)
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, FL (November 2, 2011)
L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino, Lake Charles, LA (October 29, 2011)
Carolina Theatre, Greensboro, NC (October 27, 2011)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK (October 23, 2011)
State Theatre, Ithaca, NY (October 19, 2011)
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (October 17, 2011)
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (October 15, 2011)
Veale Center, Cleveland, OH (October 13, 2011)
The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI (October 12, 2011)
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (September 25, 2011)
The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2011)
Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City, UT (August 18, 2011)
1st Bank Amphitheater, Denver, CO (August 17, 2011)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX (August 14, 2011)
Hard Rock Hotel/Hard Rock Live, Biloxi, MS (August 13, 2011)
Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC (August 9, 2011)
Verizon Wireless Amph at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA (August 7, 2011)
Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL (August 5, 2011)
Raleigh Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC (August 3, 2011)
The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH (August 2, 2011)
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 31, 2011)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY (July 29, 2011)
Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA (July 27, 2011)
The Filene Center, Vienna, VA (July 26, 2011)
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY (July 24, 2011)
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, New York City, NY (July 22, 2011)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (July 22, 2011)
Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT (July 20, 2011)
Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA (July 19, 2011)
Meadowbrook, Rochester (Detroit), MI (July 17, 2011)
Charter One, Chicago, IL (July 16, 2011)
Harrah's Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA (July 15, 2011)
PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, Cincinnati, OH (July 13, 2011)
Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia, MN (July 9, 2011)
Shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI (July 8, 2011)
Heritage Landing, Muskegon, MI (July 7, 2011)
W Union Square, New York City, NY (June 10, 2011)
Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV (June 3, 2011)
Table Mountain Casino, Friant, CA (June 1, 2011)
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA (May 28, 2011)
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA (May 27, 2011)
Lucky Star Casino, Concho, OK (May 21, 2011)
Lamkin Activity Center, Maryville, MO (April 15, 2011)
Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, IA (April 14, 2011)
Covelli Center, Youngstown, OH (April 12, 2011)
Gerhard Fieldhouse, Lewisburg, PA (April 8, 2011)
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Auditorium, Athens, OH (April 6, 2011)
The Grove, Oxford, MS (April 3, 2011)
Spirit Mountain Casino, Grande Ronde, OR (March 4, 2011)
Commodore, Vancouver, BC, Canada (March 2, 2011)
Jack Singer, Calgary, AB, Canada (February 28, 2011)
The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada (February 20, 2011)
NAC, Ottawa, ON, Canada (February 18, 2011)
Olympia Theatre, Montreal, QC, Canada (February 16, 2011)
Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, St John, NB, Canada (February 14, 2011)
Charlottetown Trade and Convention Centre, Charlottetown, PE, Canada (February 12, 2011)
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS, Canada (February 11, 2011)
WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, OK (December 31, 2010)
House Of Blues, Orlando, FL (December 5, 2010)
Oakdale Theater, Hartford, CT (December 3, 2010)
Apple Store SoHo, Manhattan, NY (December 2, 2010)
Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY (December 1, 2010)
HMV Forum, London, UK (November 21, 2010)
O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (November 20, 2010)
O2 Academy Leicester, Leicester, UK (November 17, 2010)
O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK (November 16, 2010)
UEA, Norwich, UK (November 15, 2010)
O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK (November 13, 2010)
Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK (November 12, 2010)
O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (November 11, 2010)
O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK (November 9, 2010)
O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, UK (November 8, 2010)
O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (November 7, 2010)
St Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (October 23, 2010)
Ulster PAC, Kingston, NY (October 20, 2010)
House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC (October 15, 2010)
CBS Television City, Hollywood, CA (October 12, 2010)
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN (October 9, 2010)
Embassy Theatre, Ft Wayne, IN (October 5, 2010)
Millett Hall, Oxford, OH (October 2, 2010)
P.C. Richard & Son Theater, New York City, NY (September 30, 2010)
Ryan Center, Kingston, RI (September 29, 2010)
Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, Syracuse, NY (September 28, 2010)
Hard Rock, Biloxi, MS (September 24, 2010)
The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA (August 31, 2010)
Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA (August 26, 2010)
Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX (August 21, 2010)
Family Arena, St. Charles, MO (August 18, 2010)
House Of Blues, Dallas, TX (August 17, 2010)
Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL (August 15, 2010)
Uptown Theater, Charlotte, NC (August 10, 2010)
Raleigh Boutique Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC (August 9, 2010)
Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA (August 7, 2010)
Hard Rock Café, New York City, NY (August 4, 2010)
Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD (August 3, 2010)
Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA (August 2, 2010)
Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY (July 30, 2010)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT (July 28, 2010)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (July 27, 2010)
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON (July 25, 2010)
Darien Lake, Buffalo, NY (July 23, 2010)
SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 22, 2010)
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI (July 18, 2010)
Time Warner Cable Ampitheater, Cleveland, OH (July 17, 2010)
Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA (July 4, 2010)
Borgata Events Center, Atlantic City, NJ (July 3, 2010)
Viejas Casino, Dreamcatcher Lounge, San Diego, CA (June 25, 2010)
Arkansas Music Pavillion, Fayetteville, AR (June 11, 2010)
Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ (June 7, 2010)
Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA (June 1, 2010)
Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO (May 24, 2010)
Swiftel Center, Brookings, SD (May 22, 2010)
Harrah's Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA (May 21, 2010)
Orpheum, Minneapolis, MN (May 19, 2010)
7 Flags Event Center, Clive, IA (May 18, 2010)
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI (May 12, 2010)
Beale Street, Memphis, TN (April 30, 2010)
Hard Rock Café, Orlando, FL (April 27, 2010)
Moran Theater, Jacksonville, FL (April 25, 2010)
Performing Arts, North Charleston, SC (April 24, 2010)
War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, NC (April 23, 2010)
The Norva, Norfolk, VA (April 21, 2010)
The National, Richmond, VA (April 20, 2010)
Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA (April 17, 2010)
Cheel Arena, Potsdam, NY (April 16, 2010)
Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA (April 13, 2010)
FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA (April 11, 2010)
SUNY Campus Center, Oswego, NY (April 10, 2010)
Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, NC (April 8, 2010)
First Tee Golf of Augusta, Augusta, GA (April 6, 2010)
White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN (April 4, 2010)
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA (January 7, 2010)
MotorCity Casino Sound Board!, Detroit, MI (December 31, 2009)
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA (October 6, 2009)
Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, IN (July 10, 2009)
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL (July 9, 2009)
Stock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio, TX (February 13, 2009)
House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (December 31, 2008)
Carling Academy Liverpool, Liverpool (July 10, 2008)
Carling Academy Newcastle, Newcastle (July 9, 2008)
Rock City, Nottingham (July 8, 2008)
Carling Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (July 7, 2008)
O2 Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London, UK (July 6, 2008)
Ambassador Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (July 4, 2008)
Ambassador Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (July 3, 2008)
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI (January 5, 2008)
House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV (December 31, 2007)
Best Buy, West Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2007)
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights (August 26, 2007)
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN (August 24, 2007)
Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan (August 11, 2007)
Tweeter Center, Boston, MA (July 22, 2007)
Apollo, Manchester, UK (July 11, 2007)
City Hall, Sheffield, UK (July 10, 2007)
Starlight Amphitheater, Kansas City, MO (July 2, 2007)
Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (June 22, 2007)
Embassy Theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN (March 14, 2007)
9:30 Club, Washington, DC (February 6, 2007)
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (December 12, 2006)
Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA (November 29, 2006)
Olympia Theater, Montreal, QC (November 18, 2006)
Jack Singer Theater, Calgary, AB (November 8, 2006)
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK (October 15, 2006)
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK (October 12, 2006)
Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK (September 30, 2006)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (August 26, 2006)
Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (August 26, 2006)
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY (August 3, 2006)
Riverbend Amphitheater, Cincinnati, OH (July 12, 2006)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Noblesville, IN (July 8, 2006)
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA (June 27, 2006)
Chronicle Pavilion, Concord, CA (June 25, 2006)
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Marysville, CA (June 24, 2006)
London Brixton Carling Academy, London, UK (June 4, 2006)
Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO (December 12, 2005)
Miller Park, Wisconsin (August 20, 2005)
Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY (July 4, 2004)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY (August 26, 2003)
Ballroom, New York City, NY (July 21, 2003)
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV (April 19, 2003)
First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA (March 7, 2003)
Roseland Ballroom, New York (November 9, 2002)
Zepp, Tokyo, Japan (October 19, 2002)
Chronicle Pavilion, Concord, CA (September 12, 2002)
P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (August 17, 2002)
Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY (August 16, 2002)
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY (August 10, 2002)
Warner Theatre, Washington DC (June 9, 2002)
Verizon Theater, Houston, TX (May 23, 2002)
Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany (May 7, 2002)
The Astoria, London, England (May 3, 2002)
Olympic Medals Plaza, Salt Lake City UT (February 22, 2002)
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2001)
Suffolk Downs, Boston, MA (September 23, 2000)
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY (March 29, 2000)
Shea's PAC, Buffalo, NY (December 2, 1999)
Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL (November 4, 1999)
Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL (September 18, 1999)
Unknown, Oxnard, CA (September 6, 1999)
Garden State Amphitheatre, Holmdel, NJ (August 22, 1999)
Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden (June 17, 1999)
Convention Center, Asbury Park, NJ (May 30, 1999)
PSI-Net Stadium, Baltimore, MD (May 29, 1999)
Warner Theatre, Erie, PA (May 9, 1999)
Sunfest, West Palm Beach, FL (April 28, 1999)
Civic Center, Hartford, CT (March 29, 1999)
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (December 17, 1998)
Roseland Ballroom, New York (November 13, 1998)
Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA (September 12, 1998)
This song was performed live at least 287 times.

Article
Article: Goo Goo Dolls
Article
Article: UK #1!
Article
Article: DWTS, Kimmel
Article
Article: Philly Rocks!

John Rzeznik @johnrzeznikGGD
.@iamdaytripper "just heard iris... and wondered if you recall where you where when you wrote the lyrics?" In a hotel room in Los Angeles.
John Rzeznik @Johnrzeznik1
I'll never write another iris I live in that shadow always but I'm grateful I have that shadow
John Rzeznik @Johnrzeznik1
I love iris I sing it every night it was the song that gave me a career I am so grateful to have been given a gift that big

Become a donor and get access to exclusive bonus content.