Goo Goo Dolls Hit The Road, Build Hometown Studio
Twenty years since the release of their first album, the Goo Goo Dolls continue to rev on all cylinders. The band's latest tour in support of 10th album, "Let Love In," launched Dec. 5 and blankets thTwenty years since the release of their first album, the Goo Goo Dolls continue to rev on all cylinders. The band's latest tour in support of 10th album, "Let Love In," launched Dec. 5 and blankets the United States through March.
Frontman Johnny Rzeznik tells Billboard.com the trio will then head to the United Kingdom and Ireland, followed by a shed tour back in the States through the summer.
The Goos are also building a record studio in their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. "We're never going to make a dime out of it, but the city has never had a proper recording studio and it's something we want to do," Rzeznik says. "It's completely a not-for-profit thing for friends and family and some local talent that we want to help out. If we were trying to go into the studio business, we'd be killed and disillusioned."
In December, the group earned the distinction as the biggest act in the history of Billboard's adult top 40 chart, with 12 top 10 hits, including the recent "Let Love In." Its first was "Name" in 1995, followed by the No. 1s "Iris" and "Slide" in 1998.
On the road, Rzeznik says he is all about sharing those well-known titles with fans. "I've seen bands who almost get resentful of their hits; they look at success with contempt. It's a very artsy thing to do. F*ck that," he says. "I say, be grateful that you have the hits, because most people would give their left nut to have even one. Play your ass off and prove yourself every night that you have the chance."