With over 12 million albums sold and 19 top ten hits, the Goo Goo Dolls have come a long way since their garage band days in Buffalo, New York. The band was a staple on the Buffalo club scene playing long since shuttered venues like The Continental
and Mannequin’s. They began to make some real noise on the national scene in 1993 with their fourth studio album “Superstar Car Wash” and rocketed to superstardom in subsequent years with hits like “Iris” and “Name.” This spring the Goo Goo Dolls
released a 5 song EP “You Should Be Happy” and are currently out on the “Long Way Home” Summer Tour. The band is also involved in various charitable organizations with bassist and vocalist Robby Takac founding the “Music Is Art” organization which
has their annual festival coming up this September in Buffalo as well. BackstageAxxess had the opportunity to catch up with Robby and find out all about the tour, the festival, and what’s next for the Goo Goo Dolls. Please join us for a conversation with one of the best, Robby Takac.


We would like to thank Peter Quinn of BB Gun Press for setting up the interview with Robby. For more information on the Goo Goo Dolls please go to: Goo Goo Dolls. Anyone interested in the Music is Art Festival please click here: Music is Art. For more information on purchasing tickets to the show at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre please click here: Tickets.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.