Monday, July 29, 2013
Five questions with Goo Goo Dolls before their Dallas show with Matchbox Twenty
Goo Goo Dolls are promoting their 10th album.
DALLAS The Goo Goo Dolls are on the road again, this time with fellow rockers Matchbox Twenty. They’re bringing their newly-released record, Magentic, for a spin on a tour that's bound to also include some familiar '90s tunes. We caught lead singer Johnny Rzeznik on the phone for a Q-and-A about their current tour and what they look forward to on their stop in Dallas on July 31.
PegNews: You’re currently on tour with another band who got their start in the ‘90s, Matchbox Twenty. Is there any friendly rivalry there?
Johnny Rzeznik: I never felt any sort of competition between the two bands. I felt like we were a part of the same genre — we came up at the same time. It’s not a competition thing at all. We hang out and watch each other’s sets.
A guy came up to me at the hotel yesterday and asked if I was Rob Thomas. I was so tempted to say something ridiculous, but thought, “No, don’t do that…” He told me about how when he was in the Navy, he used to listen to us and Matchbox Twenty to help put him to sleep at night! I thought that was the funniest thing, thinking, “I’m glad I could put you to sleep!” He said he used our music to drown out the sound of all the other sailors.
How has your touring life changed over the years?
It’s a lot more sane, and mellower. There are definitely not as many parties as there used to be. We get up and go to work every day. We do what we have to do to prepare ourselves for a show. You get up, go the gym, do interviews, and warm up … it’s a routine that I like being in. There’s a certain security in the routine of the day.
Is there something that you want to do as a band that you haven’t done yet?
I think we’re finally going to get a chance to go to South America, which is pretty interesting since I’ve never been. We’re going in either November or January, on a leg of the solo tour.
Any special activities you like to do when you come to Dallas?
We move through there so quickly now. We had more time back in the early days, when we were just traveling in a van and playing at places like Trees in Deep Ellum.
Dallas is a really beautiful city — there are so many nice areas there. If I have a day off, I’d like to just drive around. I love the Fairmont Hotel. Dallas is a big city, and parts of it seem like a big city, but a lot of it is tree-lined streets and beautiful little homes. There’s quaintness about that.
How is Magnetic different from your previous records?
I think it’s different because I decided to take a lot of risks with this record. We worked with a lot of different people. I felt like I needed to go out and learn more about songwriting since this is my 10th album. For me, it seemed like I wasn’t going to do anything new or interesting if I sat in a room by myself and tried to create in a vacuum. I felt like I wanted to sit and collaborate with people, get their honest opinions about songs. It was really, really fun.
We also worked on one song at a time. We did some strings in London, at Abbey Road. We recorded in New York, 12 floors above Times Square. That was pretty intense; it was an inspirational place to be. Then we did some stuff in Los Angeles.
The mood of the album is cautiously optimistic. It’s about vulnerability and second chances, when you’re not a kid anymore—learning to be vulnerable again. I didn’t see that until someone else pointed it out to me.
Goo Goo Dolls play with Matchbox Twenty on July 31 at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas.
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