Goo Goo Dolls dish on ‘Miracle Pill’ and their summer tour

Goo Goo Dolls talk Miracle Pill

Photo: Mark Dellas

Don’t let the sugary sweetness fool you: The new Goo Goo Dolls single “Miracle Pill” is a departure from their previous work in terms of sound, but the lyrical content goes against the grain, making a profound statement on the social media-crazed world we live in and its emphasis on instant gratification.

“Are your sad? Take a pill. Are you lonely? Get popular on social media. The fact of the matter is no one has 50 friends much less 5,000,” says Johnny Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “We are inundated by bullshit, cheap shiny objects, and false solutions to every problem and desire we have. I have no answers to these questions but I don’t believe hero worship, life hacks, short cuts and escapism are the answers.”

With social media being so ubiquitous these days, why aren’t more artists singing about its pitfalls?

“Because they’re all undeniably reliant upon it all,” says Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls co-founder and bassist. “It’s tough man. You need that monster to move your situation forward. It’s hard to bag on it and use it at the same time. We’re walking on a tightrope I guess.”

Takac isn’t completely against social media. He admits that it’s made being a musician even better in some ways.

“The most positive change is the communities of people bonded by your music through the internet. There’s been some unbelievable relationships made outside of the band,” he says. “It’s so easy to get around now and keep in touch.”

It’s also made performing new songs less scary.

“Before if you had a new song, you’d be really nervous about walking out with that song, because the only way people would know it was if it became one of the 40 songs that got on the radio that month — which is a long shot,” Takac says. “Now if we release a song, I can show you the statistics that at least a million people started listening to that song, so it doesn’t feel as weird walking out with it. The music gets to people immediately.”

Goo Goo Dolls have nothing to be nervous about when it comes to their setlist on August 10, however. Their BB&T Pavilion show is jam-packed with their many chart toppers.

“This summer tour is all about hits,” Takac says. “Our show is about 70 minutes and we barely stop because we’re trying to fill it all in. Hits, beers, beach blankets and sing alongs.”

And while not everyone may be a fan of the new sound, Takac says it’s important for the Goo Goo Dolls to make songs they’re excited about.

“A lot of bands in our position, they broke up 10 years ago and now they’re back together again because the 90s are hip again. The difference between us and those bands is that we never broke up. We never stopped. It never crossed our minds. A part of that is how you keep yourself doing something valid enough to move forward still, so you’re not just a casino band playing your old hits.”

You can buy tickets to the Goo Goo Dolls at BB&T Pavilion here. 

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