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Q&A with Goo Goo Dolls' Robby Takac

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For a band that's been together for the better part of 30 years - and one that's been famous for approximately two-thirds of that lifespan - it's pretty impressive the Goo Goo Dolls have maintained such consistency. But check out the band's discography for evidence of such; the band has basically put out a new album every 3-4 years since its initial release in 1987.

Not too shabby.

But it's not just the studio releases that keep coming; the band is currently on a nationwide tour that will bring it to Woodlands Pavilion - along with openers Daughtry and Plain White Ts - on Friday June 27. More information on the show, including tickets, is available here.

In advance of the show, I caught up with Goo Goo Dolls bassist, vocalist, and founding member Robby Takac to talk longevity, bandmates as spouses, and all things Buffalo.

CH: You've been doing for almost 30 years now, and you guys have been in the mainstream now for around 20. That has to surprise you a bit.
RT: If nothing, we're persistent, that's for sure, but you know, we've never been the biggest band, but we have an unbelievable amount of band support, and our fans have been loyal participants in the whole thing. Obviously, we're very lucky. So many bands we came up with ended for one reason or another, and we never entered into that.

CH: What's the key to staying together?
RT: It's sort of like a marriage, and to keep a marriage or family together, you have to respect people's needs. The chemistry has got to be right, and you've got to be able to make the transition from being a bunch of dudes in a basement to being a bunch of guys trying to run a business.

CH: Was there ever a time when you thought it would end?
RT: (Frontman Johnny Rzeznik) wakes up with that fear every morning. We've had rises and falls, and we've stumbled and catapulted; we've seen it all. But I think never being the biggest band in the world helped us; it's been to our advantage in a way. Although "Iris" was a huge song in that whole "Dizzy Up the Girl" era, we've never been that band that eclipsed everyone else. When you become that band, it's easy to become eclipsed as well. You can only remain on top for so longer before something else comes along and replaces that.

CH: When was the first time you sat back and were truly like, "wow, we've accomplished something here?"
RT: When we were recording the "Dizzy" record in Burbank, and the City of Angels soundtrack came out, we were watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV, and it was the end of the game and the champions were skating around with the Stanley Up. "Iris" was on in the background, and it felt like a big gear shift. We're on TV and we're not even there. I remember that happening and thinking it was pretty amazing.

CH: What is the favorite era of the band's history?
RT: The "Hold Me Up" record (from 1990) was sort of a shift. We were a punk rock band trying to piss people off and make noise, but that was a lot of fun. There were a lot of cool things going on then, and that's my favorite era. Well, maybe not my favorite, but the most sentimental. That was around the time we started to see the crowd reactions.

CH: You're a Buffalo guy. Bills fan?
RT: Ha, not really. I've had enough heartbreak in my life; I don't need to add Buffalo football to that. But I've heard there's a good chance that the team may be sold, and I'm hopeful they'll stay in Buffalo.

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