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Goo Goo Dolls at The Fillmore, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Goo Goo Dolls were certainly on the musical map before "Dizzy Up the Girl," but the Buffalo group's 1998 album planted a flag that makes the set its most enduring work.

The Goos' sixth studio album, "Dizzy..." was certified four-times platinum and launched a string of hits that are still actively played today -- "Iris" (from the film "City of Angels), "Slide," "Black Balloon," "Broadway." Co-produced with Rob Cavallo, "Dizzy..." also cemented the Goos' place in the pop mainstream after years as an alt.rock favorite.

The Goos have been going steady ever since, with five more albums and some EPs since. This year, however, the group is looking back and playing "Dizzy..." for the first time ever in its entirety and reveling in a particularly glorious part of its past...

• Singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik says by phone that the Goos first thought about playing just a few "Dizzy..." shows to celebrate the anniversary. "Somebody brought it up to us, and it was like, 'Let's do a show in Buffalo, one in New York, one in Chicago and leave it at that. But then, of course, the booking agent and the manager were like, 'Why don't we do a whole tour?' and, y'know, I can't resist a tour, so it was like, Let's do it' and I sat down with my laptop trying to learn a few of the songs I literally haven’t played since we were in the studio trying to get 'em down."

• Rzeznik, 52, says the 20 years since "Dizzy..." "feels like, 'Wow, that went by so quick.' I mean, we were working. We were all working really hard and keeping going and everything. I'm really proud of that and record; Listening back to it there’s a few spots I wish I could change, but whatever. All in all I'm pretty proud of it. And that was an important record for a lot of people, not just us. For a lot of people, that was THEIR album, for whatever reason."

• Rzeznik recalls that he and bassist and Goos co-founder Robby Takac were well aware that the sound of "Dizzy..." was markedly different than what they'd done before -- and were a bit apprehensive about how it would be received. “Any time you do something different you're running the risk of, 'Am I gonna lose what I have.' But you've got to take that risk, and I really sort of developed this attitude of, 'OK, I can't think about the outside world at all.' It scared me, but it didn't stop me. You can be afraid if you want, but you've got to keep going. That's just the way it is."

• "Iris," a Top 10 hit that went on to be certified platinum -- and named by Billboard as the top pop song released between 1999-2012 -- provided a bit of momentum coming out head of the "Dizzy..." album's release. "When we recorded that for 'City of Angels,' that orchestra came in and started playing," Rzeznik remembers, "Robby and I looked at each other like, 'I dunno, man...We've turned a corner and there's no going back. Are you cool with that?' 'Yeah, let's go...' It was lucky for Robby and me that we had each other to kind of sit there and look at and go, 'What do you think?' If he hadn't been there and I hadn't been there and we had not been together, who knows if that song wouldn't have just gone in a drawer."

• While the Goos celebrate "Dizzy's..." anniversary, Rzeznik and Takac are also working on a new album, the follow-u to 2006's "Boxes." "We're both working on some stuff and we're going to start putting that together. I've got about half of the album written right now, and I want to put a time limit on how long it's going to take to do it, like eight weeks from the first downbeat to the final mix -- that's not a lot of time, but I want to try that. I want the band to play live, all together, which a lot of people don't do anymore, and I'm looking for a weird studio to do it in, with just one producer this time."

Goo Goo Dolls perform Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. $40-$75. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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