Goo Goo Dolls Ignoring Their 25th Anniversary

NewsJuly 25, 2011ABCNews Radio

2011 marks the Goo Goo Dolls' 25th anniversary as a band -- they first formed in Buffalo, New York in 1986.  They've had just one lineup change during that time, and they're still going strong, releasing albums, charting songs and touring.  But unlike other bands that have reached this milestone, the Goo Goo Dolls aren't planning to mark their anniversary in any way.  

Speaking to ABC News Radio after their appearance on ABC's Good Morning America this past Friday, the Goo Goo Dolls said that there aren't any special reissues or concerts in the works.  "At this point, we're just forging ahead, man, that's all," said guitarist Robby Takac.  Explaining why the band refuses to make a big deal about reaching this impressive milestone, frontman Johnny Rzeznik said, "It's like, the second you look back, you're done."

The Goo Goo Dolls, currently out on a lengthy summer tour with Michelle Branch, say one thing they do appreciate about their longevity is that it's given them plenty of hits to perform every night.   Mentioning the numbers that are always part of their set list -- "Slide," "Iris," "Black Balloon," "Broadway," "Let Love In" and "Better Days" -- Johnny says, "That's a great have that many songs to choose from that people know.  People are spending money to come see you play, [so] you have to play all those songs, y'know?"  

Johnny also doesn't take for granted for fact that people are still willing to spend that money to see them.  "I'm grateful that we're y'know able to earn a living in playing music," he says. "I mean, the way the music business is just sort of imploding all around us, and we're still able to go out and earn our living doing's becoming more and more rare."

While you wait for the Goo Goo Dolls' next CD, you can check out a new song, "All That You Are," which is featured in the new movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  The group also did a song for the first Transformers movie, called "Before It's Too Late."  That doesn't mean Johnny knows an Autobot from a Decepticon.  He admits to ABC News Radio, "I can't lie, I've never seen a Transformers movie."