If you were ever a lovesick teenager in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, then I am 100% sure at some point you dedicated “Iris,” the smash hit by Goo Goo Dolls, to your young love.
It was the pinnacle of 90’s love songs. We all did it. We are all guilty.
And I don’t want the world to see me
‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand
When everything’s meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
When I hear the opening riffs of the song today, almost 20 years after it’s release, I’m still able to remember what it feels like to be 15 and crazy in love (before it all became so, er, complicated).
Some bands fizzle out after such success with a song, overcome by the pressure of living up to the same level of popularity. “Iris” was the most played song of 1998 and the band hasn’t stopped writing new music, performing and playing live shows in its aftermath.
Thirty years and hundreds of live performances later, Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls are still thriving in the music industry and excited to bring melodic sounds to their millions of fans. Based in Buffalo, NY, their summer tour kicked off in May with Phillip Phillips, and they’re headed to the Virginia Beach Amphitheater on Friday, August 25th.
Robby tells me that fans can expect the old classics fans love as well as songs off their new EP, You Should Be Happy.
“It’s a 5 song EP we released a couple of months back, produced by Drew Pearson, who we worked with on our last full length album, Boxes,” Robby said. “The EP has three new tracks, an unreleased B Side from the last album, and a remix of the title track from the last album by Alex Aldi.”
One of my favorite tracks from the new EP is “Use Me,” a lyrically relateable song with the same soft rock-pop sounds the band is known for. I asked the band which songs were emerging as fan favorites. Robby told me, “The lead track ‘Tattered Edge’ has been doing great for us this run, and the single ‘Use Me.’”
“One of the upsides of the streaming services is that people can hear your new stuff on the way to the show,” Robby explained when we started talking about how fans are reacting to the new music. He says the reaction to the EP has been great; the fans are happy.
A lot has changed over the years for Goo Goo Dolls.
“As people, the music industry and the world in general,” Robby said, “but it’s just about keeping it together. And we’ve managed to make that happen and keep things interesting for everyone.”
And for all you love sick 90’s kids, don’t worry, the band always plays “Iris,” and, according to Robby, they love it as much today as they did in 1998.
Get your tickets here for their upcoming show on Friday, August 25th at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater.