“You don’t stop to think about it. It’s just sort of what we do,” says Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. And they’ve been doing “it” for 24 years. Earlier this week, the band released their ninth studio album, Something For The Rest Of Us and we were able to speak to Robby during the band’s current 70-show tour.
“We’re always very nervous,” he says in regards to playing new music live for fans. He then proceeds to thank YouTube for leaking music since fans seem to know some of the songs already. With so many years behind them as a band, the Goo Goo Dolls have seen both the industry and their fans evolve.
“We’re older now,” explains Robby on the band’s own evolution. “We’ve experienced some things. The planet has experienced things. Music can help. We’re just trying to make good music.” With over ten million albums sold, we’d say that mission is accomplished. So what’s the band’s trick for longevity? “…To be open enough to the fans, being able to look at people’s music consuming habit and contribute to their lives.”
The Goo Goo Dolls don’t want to just contribute to their fans’ lives, but those less fortunate as well. Through the band’s street team, their fans can donate canned goods for USAHarvest.org. Besides it being a wonderful cause, the fan who brings the most canned goods to a Goo Goo Dolls show will receive a backstage pass!
With so many albums, so many years and accumulating so many fans over those years, the Goo Goo Dolls’ fan base has certainly grown and changed. Robby told us a story about a recent show they did where he was able to see fans coming in. “It was the weirdest thing,” he laughed. “Kids, goth, emo, older people that you would never see at a concert.” It looks like the Goo Goo Dolls aren’t just Something For The Rest Of Us, but something for all of us. Who doesn’t like at least one of their hit songs like “Iris”, “Name” or “Slide”?
Something For The Rest Of Us is now available on iTunes, which features the brand new single “Home”, the upbeat track “The Sweetest Lie”, and the lyrically-relatable “Soldier”.
To conclude our interview with Robby, we asked him to say something to the Goo Goo Dolls’ fans.
“In 1986, when there were only 40 of them,” Robby began. “I appreciate them and the gaggle of folks who will be singing ‘Iris’ with us tonight.”