Goo Goo Dolls Climb From The 'Gutter'

Modern rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls have set an April 9 release date for their latest Warner Bros. studio album, "Gutterflower." The 12-song set will be preceded in early March by the single "Here Is G

Modern rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls have set an April 9 release date for their latest Warner Bros. studio album, "Gutterflower." The 12-song set will be preceded in early March by the single "Here Is Gone." It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rob Cavallo, who also produced the group's 1998 triple-platinum set "Dizzy Up the Girl."

Other tracks on "Gutterflower" include "Ya Never Know," "Big Machine," and "It's Over," described by the label as a "wrenching acoustic ballad backed only by vintage strings." Frontman Johnny Rzeznik yields lead vocal duties to bassist Robbie Takac on the song "Up, Up, Up."

Rzeznik admitted to Billboard last year that he battled a severe case of writer's block prior to "Dizzy," and that he was unnerved by the possibility of facing it again. "I panicked for six months and beat the crap out of myself for having it," he said. "I've had a lot of help, though. You have to wade through the s*** until you come up with something that you like. Songwriting for me is like digging in a septic tank for a long time to find a diamond ring."

The Goo Goo Dolls will play tomorrow (Feb. 22) as part of the Hallmark Olympic Celebration concert series in Salt Lake City. On Tuesday, the group will perform in Los Angeles at Rock The Vote's annual awards ceremony.