The Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls

There was a time in what seems to some of us the not-too-distant past (although I guess 15 years ago is a long enough time), when you could not turn on stations like the dearly departed Mix 98.5 (yes, I know it's still on the air, but 104.1 is BCN country) or WBOS and not hear the Goo Goo Dolls.

The pride of Buffalo, N.Y., where they started out as a punk band, amazingly enough, the Johnny Rzeznik-fronted band were radio mainstays with a stream of hits that included "Name," "Iris," "Slide" and "Black Balloon."

Although what's considered popular has evolved into electronic dance music and other forms of music, there's still a big audience of Goo Goo Dolls fans, as evidenced by their headline tour this summer with Daughtry and Plain White T's. That tour comes to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Thursday, Aug. 21.

I chatted with Rzeznik recently about the band, the tour, and all things Buffalo (including the pending sale of the Buffalo Bills) and here are some highlights.

He's beyond thrilled to be touring with Daughtry, who he has utmost respect for. "The dude can play and he works his tail off. He's earned everything that's come to him," Rzeznik says in response to some who feel Daughtry took a shortcut by going on American Idol.

Daughtry himself refuted that claim to me in an interview a few years ago, saying. "We had to go on the show. Record labels weren't coming to see us perform. We were playing bars in the middle of nowhere (actually rural Virginia).


This was our only shot."

When I joked that this tour was for people who didn't want to go see Train on their endless tour (they actually come to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook next week), Rzeznik said, "Pat Monahan is a hell of a musician. I'm so happy that they are doing well. They deserve it."

As for the package tour with Daughtry and the Plain White T's, Rzeznik said, "Get a sitter for the night, come out, see three awesome bands, spend money on beer and wine, or whatever you like, and enjoy yourself. You're going to have a good time."