The last time the Goo Goo Dolls played Boise, it was for the Grand Opening of the 8th and Main Tower. Now, they’re back, this time in a more intimate setting with an edgier sound.
Johnny Rzeznik sang the opening line of the band’s hit song “Name” acapella Tuesday afternoon. “And even though the moment passed me by, I still can’t turn away.”
He’s got a voice many have come to know after the past 20 or so years. While his music may have evolved some, Rzeznik said, “As soon as I open my mouth, everyone knows it’s us.”
Rzeznik has been the front man for the Goo Goo Dolls for more than two decades, but these days he’s just happy to be doing what he loves.
Rzeznik jokingly said that he sometimes finds himself complaining, but then he changes his tune. “I try to remember, I’m pretty lucky as far as guys who do what I do for a living.”
When Rzeznik is not on the road with the band, he has another love. “My wife and I are expecting our first little baby, baby.” We asked, “So, it’s a girl?” Rzeznik replied, “Yes, it’s a girl. Thank God!”
The singer says he can’t wait to take on his new role as dad. “I can hang out and have a tea party, and I kind of like being adored and manipulated at the same time,” said Rzeznik of his new little “tax break.”
For now, Rzeznik is prepping to kick off the Goo Goo Dolls tour in support of their new album “Boxes.” The album has a sound that some may find quite different from the Goo Goo Dolls hits of the past, but Rzeznik was really stoked about the sound and said, "I got with some interesting people as far as producers and guys to collaborate with on songs and we really pushed out a lot of boundaries."
The band’s also excited to debut this leg of the tour in the Treasure Valley at the Revolution Concert House in Garden City. “It’s a really cool place,” Rzeznik said.
The Goo Goo Dolls take the stage Wednesday at 8 P.M.