In the midst of an extensive U.S. tour, the Goo Goo Dolls paid a visit to Toronto earlier this week for the first time in more than two years to promote their newest album, Miracle Pill (2019).
The group was in Toronto for a one-off Canadian performance at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Monday night, which was almost sold out.
Following the explosive performance, frontman Johnny Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac — who co-founded the band together — were invited to The Morning Show the next day to discuss not only their latest album but the history of their songs and whether they still get along after more than three decades as a group.
The much-loved American rock band formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1986 and, to date, has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. They are best known for anthems like Iris, Slide and Naked, among many others.
Takac, 55, said the pair’s biggest disagreement over the years is “how we’re going to fit our catalogue of music into when we go out on the road.”
“It’s really hard,” he said.
Rzeznik, 53, chimed in, saying: “We have a very luxurious problem of having too many singles that people actually know… Which is great, but you’ve got the 10 or 12 songs that you absolutely always have to play.”
Though both musicians expressed gratefulness for the success of their music, Rzeznik said he “constantly wants to move forward” by playing new material — namely, cuts from Miracle Pill.
“By the time a song makes it to the radio, I’m so sick of it. I’m just like, ‘Ugh, I need distance,'” the singer said.
“You’ve got to definitely play the songs that people know.”
“That’s why there,” Takac added.
Miracle Pill, the Goo Goo Dolls’ 12th studio album, was released on Sept. 13, 2019.
It is now available through all major streaming platforms.
Full tour date listings, updates and additional information can be found through the official Goo Goo Dolls website.
As of this writing, the band has scheduled no further Canadian tour dates.
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