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Ready to roll: Goo Goo Dolls head out on tour behind new 5-song EP

The majority of the kinks are out.

The light show is ready – and so is the music.

Robby Takac couldn’t be happier.

“I don’t know if anyone really notices those changes in our show,” he says with a laugh. “But once we get the live show set, we feel a lot better. We can then relax and put every effort into an amazing rock show.”

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Takac is half of the Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls. Over the course of 30 years, Takac and John Reznik’s band has become one of the heavy hitters on mainstream radio.

With hits such as “Iris,” “Black Balloon,” “Slide,” “Long Way Down,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Here is Gone” and “Name,” the band has gone platinum numerous times.

After releasing “Boxes” in 2016, Takac says, the band wanted more music.

It was also the impetus behind the five-song EP “You Should Be Happy.”

“John started to kind of pull songs,” he says. “He was working on one song with a producer with ‘Boxes,’ and they sort of had a nugget of for an idea. We’ve been toying with the idea of doing EPs, but never done it with any significance. An EP is a good choice for this climate – to hit people with something quickly and keep the momentum going.”

Takac and Reznik wrote three new songs for the EP.

“Then one of the songs was a B-side that we only released in Japan,” he says. “Then there’s a remix of the title track. It’s a pretty cool interpretation.”

With the Goo Goo Dolls an established act, Takac says there are times that he and Reznik get to look back at their 30-year career.

In the beginning of the band, the pair didn’t know what to expect.

“We wanted to play rock music, get loaded and meet girls,” he says. “After five or six years, we started to take things seriously. In the 1990s, bands like us were getting signed, and it was just our time.”

And after nearly a dozen full-length albums, Takac doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to music.

“You know it’s crazy to be able to still be doing it,” he says. “One day you turn around and realize that you’re not a kid anymore. We kind of have been progressing since we were kids. It feels great to get out on stage and leave our heart on the stage.”


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