By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
On September 22, 1998, the Buffalo NY based alternative-rock band, the Goo Goo Dolls, released their sixth studio release, ‘Dizzy Up The Girl.’ This groundbreaking record went on to sell over 4 million copies and have 5 chart topping and radio play dominating singles: “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Black Balloon,” “Dizzy,” and “Iris,” (which was originally released months prior on the ‘City of Angels’ soundtrack).
Prior to the release of ‘Dizzy Up the Girl,’ the Goo Goo Dolls had their first taste of massive success with the chart topping 1995 hit single, “Name,” from the ‘A Boy Named Goo’ record. But with the release of ‘Dizzy Up The Girl,’ the Goo Goo Dolls went from playing clubs and opening for bands, to headlining some of the biggest arenas throughout the world. Band leaders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac had their lives changed, forever.
During the last twenty years, many of their peers have disappeared, while the Goo Goo Dolls have remained relevant, with more top charting singles and sold-out world tours. They became one of the most important bands in music.
On September 30, 2018, the Goo Goo Dolls embarked on the ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’ 20th anniversary tour. During this short tour, John and Robby decided to perform intimate shows in theaters, as oppose to the larger amphitheaters that they usually play in. They also decided, that in addition to performing the ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ record in its entirely, they would do a second set of some more obscure and seldomly performed tracks.
What follows is an exclusive audio interview with the Goo Goo Dolls bass player/ vocalist -Robby Takac. During this conversation, we discuss the current ‘Dizzy..’ 20th tour, the three sold out, home coming shows in Buffalo, NY, the ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ record, the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and much, much more.
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