In 2020, rock band Goo Goo Dolls were ready to hit the road in support of their latest album, “Miracle Pill”, and to celebrate both the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking album “A Boy Named Goo” and their 35th anniversary. as a group.
Although the pandemic has put all of these plans on the sidelines, singer-guitarist John Rzeznik is happy to report that despite the postponement of his nationwide tour and other challenges, Goo Goo Dolls has always found ways to connect with his fan base, including several virtual performances and some recently added. live and in-person performances across the country in 2021. The band is coming to Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa with Sister Hazel on Wednesday August 25th.
“I’m just excited because I’m always having fun with our audience, and it’s always a good time,” Rzeznik said in a recent phone interview. “After doing this for so long, you start to recognize some of the faces. They become like this extended family and it would be nice to see everyone again.
“I am so grateful that we are going through this nonsense,” he continued. “I mean, there are a few issues here and there, but I’m glad we didn’t do a full tour this summer because it would be a disaster if things started to get out of hand. Canceling shows here and there wouldn’t be a big deal, but canceling an entire tour would have been a mess. “
Goo Goo Dolls was originally supposed to hit the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in September also, but that date has been moved to September 2, 2022. Instead of sitting idly by, founding members Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac kept busy during the shutdown. To help spread some cheer during a dark time, the band recorded a holiday album, “It’s Christmas All Over,” at a Los Angeles-area studio last summer. The album was released in October 2020.
“We were on Sunset Boulevard recording and mixing this record and we walked through the studio door and landed in the middle of a riot,” Rzeznik said of the social justice protests going on in the area in June 2020. “That’s just that and we were in a pandemic and at first it was sort of raining and there was no one on the streets of Los Angeles. The Christmas album was really fun to experiment with and we did a lot of experimentation and research to try to find ways to record like they did a long time ago because I was really drawn to the retro vibe of this album. There is a certain nostalgia that I love attached to my Christmas.
This year, the group released a four-song EP in April with stripped-down renditions of fan-favorite songs like “Happiest of Days” and “Bullet Proof Angel”. In June, the guys released “Rarities”, a double album filled with B-sides, live performances, radio renditions and acoustic versions of 20 Goo Goo Dolls songs, including “Name”, “Slide”, “Black Balloon. “and” Iris. “
“During the pandemic our manager, Pat, was hanging out in his office and I went down to see him and he was cleaning a closet and he found those big boxes of DAT tapes (digital audio tapes), which in the 90s were, you know , trendy and we’re putting everything on these digital audio tapes, ”he said. “He didn’t have a DAT player so I went to eBay and found a good one and gave it to him and he started listening to everything. Really, Pat kind of organized it all. We went back and forth on some stuff, but it ended up being pretty interesting to listen to.
However, Rzeznik said he was hesitant to have the band’s version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the album.
“I was a little squeamish about it,” he said. “It was for an ad we did, but then I was like, ‘Well, who doesn’t love baseball?'”
Having spent so much time at home lately, Rzeznik said that with the milestone birthdays and living a global pandemic, it gave him a break and really think about a successful career in the healthcare industry. the music.
“We have been incredibly lucky,” he said. “It’s been a tough few years because things come and go so fast now. If we couldn’t go out tomorrow, I would still be very happy with all that we have accomplished and all that we have done. Right now we are currently working on a new album for the start of next year and I’m just happy to have some more new material.
Goo Goo Dolls
With: hazel sister
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday August 25
Or: Pacific Amphitheater, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Tickets: $ 37.50- $ 67.50 at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com
Also: 7 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2022 with Blue October at the Greek Theater, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. $ 34.50 to $ 649.50 to Ticketmaster.com.