The Goo Goo Dolls‘ John Rzeznik penned some of the most enrapturing pop-rock songs of the 90s and early 00s.
From Broadway to Slide and back to Iris, the love song that defined an era, Rzeznik and his band were ahead of the curve.
Listen to Goo Goo Dolls' Iris here:
They are back on the road with a new album, Boxes, and will headline Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Thursday.
It is their first UK tour since 2013. Rzeznik gets great joy from writing songs that live long in the memory. “It’s a tangible piece of work. The world is overburdened with people who are famous and doing nothing. When you’re a songwriter, that’s something that lasts forever. That’s what it’s all about.
“It’s so funny, I was watching a documentary about – who was it? – New Kids on the Block. They made a documentary about when they got back together, and they’re sitting around a room picking songs that they want to do. And as a songwriter, I just felt so offended by that.
“Like, okay, a bunch of male models are going to pass judgment on something that someone who has talent has sweated over? You treat the writer as if he’s the help? Nah. That was the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen as a songwriter.”