After 33 years in music, Robby Takac is experiencing some firsts.
As a member of the Goo Goo Dolls, Takac and Johnny Rzeznik have never had leftover songs from an album – until now.
“I don’t know how that quite happened,” Takac says during a recent interview. “There are another four songs kicking around.”
Takac is referring to the group’s latest album, “Miracle Pill.”
The band will perform a few songs from the new album during its stop at Isleta Resort and Casino on Monday, Dec. 2.
The band rose to prominence in the 1990s with a string of hits that include “Iris,” “Slide,” “Name,” “Broadway” and “Long Way Down.”
It took Rzeznik a few years to put together the songs for the album – a process that has stayed pretty consistent for the band since its inception in 1986.
“Miracle Pill” also marks the band’s 12th album.
One could imagine what Takac and Rzeznik go through, with more than 100 songs in its catalog.
“We’ve been very lucky to have our share of hit songs,” Takac says. “Set lists get tougher; they don’t get longer. We were having trouble years ago with performing 90 minutes. Your tendency is going to play every hit song for the people. You don’t want to disappoint. It’s been one of the most tenuous parts of this job.”
Takac goes on to say that there are four or five Top 20 songs that don’t make the set list night after night.
“It’s been pretty amazing to put out a new album and see the audience singing it back to you,” he says. “This wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago. The way people consume music is very different. We’re still trying to be in the moment to experience all the love.”
Takac says some days on the road, it feels like 30 years has passed quickly.
“Some nights it feels like we’ve been doing this 70 years,” he says with a laugh. “It’s what we’ve been doing our whole life. I think we’ve been lucky enough that when a lot of people got pounded down by the new order of the music industry, we weren’t affected. We found that sweet crest in there, and the fans continue to come out and support what we’re doing. John and I have been prepping for another job for the past 25 years because we don’t know when it will end. That’s always been in the back of our minds.”