By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
It’s been a long 25 years for the Goo Goo Dolls, a time full of hit singles, millions of devoted fans and a rapidly changing music business.
It’s a quarter century that bass player Robby Takac wouldn’t give up for anything.
“I’m blown away by the devotion of people. I can’t believe it sometimes. We’ve been through peaks and valleys with this project, and things happen quicker now,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We seem to have found a pretty solid core of people around this country who are touched enough by some of the things we did to make our visits to their town a part of their lives.”
In fact, Takac and his band mates, lead singer Johnny Rzeznik and drummer Mike Malinin, just returned home from a whirlwind trip to London, where the band’s 1998 hit “Iris” is topping the UK charts again, 13 years after its release. The Goo Goo Dolls released its ninth studio album “Something For the Rest of Us,” in August 2010, and has been on a world tour in support of it since then.
“Something For the Rest of Us” is the Goo Goo Dolls’ take on the state of the world.
“The things that affect your life when you’re 20 are a lot different than the things that affect your life when you’re 40, so I think the scope of what we write about opens up a little more,” Takac said. “We watch television and see the 99 percent movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement, it’s all based on that sort of same idea: it’s funny how everyone has become the minority somehow. It’s pretty crazy. It’s kind of like what we were talking about making this record.”
Though he and his band members are proud of the new album, he promises to deliver plenty of old favorites at their upcoming Tupelo show.
“There are a dozen or so that if we don’t play, we’re not gonna get out of the parking lot,” he said.
The Goo Goo Dolls are already thinking about a new album, but for now, the tour’s the thing. After all, that’s what brings the trio closer to their devoted fans who have hung on for 25 years of the Goo Goo Dolls’ ride.
“It’s a real rock show,” Takac said. “It’s a bunch of dudes up there making good rock. There’s gonna be a lot of songs you know, and a lot of people smiling and singing along.”
Rock ‘N’ Roll
What: Goo Goo Dolls, Ryan Star
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday
Cost: $45, $35, $25, plus fees
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