We recently caught up with Johnny Rzeznik – Goo Goo Dolls frontman and newly minted Long Islander – before the band's upcoming shows at The Paramount on Saturday and Tuesday. He also let us in on some of the band's plans, calling from a tour stop in Fort Myers, Fla. (Read the main story here.)
You've been working with Robby Takac in The Goo Goo Dolls for 25 years now.
It's a big deal for us. I've been in this band for a longer part of my life than I haven't.
Will there be a celebration?
There will be. I don't know what it will be yet. Maybe we'll pick a bar in the dead center of the country just for our hardcore fans.
Will you play some new songs on this tour?
We've played some unreleased material and the songs work OK, but the audience seems to get a little nervous. They're not sure what they're supposed to do.
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How will the shows at The Paramount be different from your show this summer at Jones Beach?
We've changed some songs out of the set. It's more laid-back and more about the songs. When you play the bigger places, it's gotta be a huge spectacle. For us, this tour is like getting on a first-name basis with our fans.