New Goo Goo Dolls Album Due By End Of Year

Rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls will head back to the studio around mid-summer with hopes of releasing a new Warner Bros. studio album before the end of the year. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik tells Billboard t

Rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls will head back to the studio around mid-summer with hopes of releasing a new Warner Bros. studio album before the end of the year. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik tells Billboard that he has about "40 ideas for songs" for the follow-up to 1998's "Dizzy Up the Girl," which peaked at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Rzeznik suffered a near-paralyzing writer's block before the recording of "Dizzy," and confesses that the possibility of going through that again unnerves him. "I've been through a writer's block already for the next album," he candidly reveals. "I panicked for six months and beat the crap out of myself for having it. I've had a lot of help, though. You have to wade through the shit 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."

Rzeznik adds that it's easier for him to write songs when he's not on tour: "I love being in the studio the most," he says. "Some people like having a home studio, but not me. I love the whole look of a studio, the smell of a studio, the feeling that you're going there to work."

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. will release the 22-track collection "What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce (1987-2000)," featuring newly remastered versions of such favorites as "Bulletproof," "Burnin' Up," and "Iris." The group performs tonight (May 25) on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."