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The Goo Goo Dolls were in the studio making a video for their second single from “A Boy Named Goo” when everything changed.

It was the mid-1990s and the Buffalo, N.Y.-based band had already released a heavy guitar-ripper, “Only One.” For the follow-up, “Flat Top,” they collected a group of pierced and dreadlocked hipsters and created a storyline with slam dancing in a warehouse club.

Before they began filming, someone walked into the studio and told the band members that their song “Name” had been picked up by a major radio station.

“This sounds like an after-school-special setup,” bass player Robby Takac recalled during a recent phone call from a tour stop in San Jose, Calif. “We were like, ‘What do we do? Change the song? Make a video for “Name”?’”

Ultimately, the band finished the video for “Flat Top” and returned to the studio the next week to make another video for “Name,” which more than 20 years later remains one of the band’s most popular songs in addition to being the game-changer.

“Name” will likely appear on the setlist during the Goo Goo Dolls’ concert Sunday at Bayfront Festival Park. The pop alt-rockers share a bill with Collective Soul and Tribe Society. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m.

Two years after “Name” became a 1990s pop standard, the Goo Goo Dolls were nominated for three Grammy Awards. Twenty years later, the band fronted by John Rzeznik has released its 11th studio album. “Boxes,” on Warner Bros. Records, is an 11-song mix that includes a couple of windows-down summer anthems alongside triumphant tunes. Sydney Sierota of Echosmith is featured on “Flood,” and Takac wrote “Prayer in my Pocket” and “Free of Me.”

In recent years, the Goo Goo Dolls have adopted a new approach to making an album, which includes involving a producer early on in the songwriting. Takac said he can hear the band trying to get comfortable with the process in the 2013 release “Magnetic.” With “Boxes,” it was different.

He recalled sitting in the studio listening to the album with his bandmate and thinking, “We did it.”

“It wasn’t out yet, and we said, ‘Let’s look at it right now. No matter what this does, we feel good about this right this minute,” he said. “That was a great feeling.”

While the band has followed pop conventions, “Boxes” maintains traces of its signature sound.

“The melodies, John’s voice, that’s something that’s going to bring it back to Goo Goo Dolls,” Takac said. “The sensibility to get from lyrics to verses, those are always going to be there.”

The Goo Goo Dolls have a list of hits dating back to the late 1990s, including Grammy Award-nominee “Iris,” alongside “Slide,” “Better Days,” “Black Balloon” and a cover of “Give A Little Bit.”  

Takac said the band is mindful of balancing its setlist with old favorites and new material. As their discography grows, this gets trickier.

“We’re proud of our records,” he said. “But it’s tougher every single time. What did I hear? Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates) has called it ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ the 12 songs you know you have to play. We know, you know. The reason we’re able to do this (is) we have people who like the songs.”
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