“This is the first time that we’ve toured without releasing a record and this is our 24th year of being a band,” Takac said. “We’ve pretty much done things the same way. We’ve put a record out and there are singles and then people come to a show. And every once in a while we would whip out a new song just terrified that no one would know it.”
No longer in fear of the live performance unknown, The Goo Goo Dolls will be performing the band’s hits as well as the new material Friday at the Silver Legacy in Reno.
Although the Goo Goo Dolls don’t plan to release the band’s latest album “Something For The Rest of Us” until August, loyal fans have used technology to track down live versions of the new material Takac said.
“This is the first album that we’ve released in the era of ‘Where’s my copyright?’” Takac said. “I was getting e-mails from kids with clips of the new songs that are on YouTube and Warner Brothers would call them and try to stop it. There is no way to stop it.
“Then every night that we play the (new) songs, there is a room of 2,000 people singing the songs back to me,” Takac added.
Taking to the road with his band mates, including singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznick and Drummer Mike Malinin, Takac said doing things backward – touring and then releasing an album – hasn’t changed how fun the Goo Goo Dolls performances are.
“This has been a pretty quick start up for us here, we were working on a record up until the day we left,” Takac said. “And boom, six shows a week, but it’s a blast. It’s a very interesting time right now and all I know is that the audience is being awesome. I feel like the band’s been better than ever.”
Releasing “Something For The Rest of Us” comes as a follow up to 2006’s “Let Love In,” which marked the Goo Goo Dolls’ 20 anniversary as a band. With a slew of successful singles such as “Iris,” “Name” and “Slide” as well as eight albums under their belts, August’s release of “Something” will be the band’s ninth studio album.
Throughout the Goo Goo Dolls’ 24 years in the music business, Takac said he has seen the industry change.
The use of the internet as well as social media websites is the cause of the industry’s need for change, Takac said, although he added that it isn’t always for the better. The Internet has made it difficult for bands to sell their music because of illegal downloading websites but Takac said smaller bands are also able to manage and market themselves without the help of corporations.
“After this amount of time of doing, to see the business change the way it is, although frustrating, makes you come up with a new strategy,” Takac said. “Everyday we are able to reach out to the fans and we use technology to reach out to fans.”
Yet, Takac admits it’s not always easy to get used to using new technology, including social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. He said the band has been able to reach out to fans and get help picking singles to release from the new album.
“I think the first time we even started thinking about (Twitter) was when we were picking a single,” Takac said. “Within a couple hours I had more than 400 suggestions. Those are the things we find interesting about this process.”
The band has picked “Home” as the first single off “Something” and it will be available for fans to purchase on Tuesday.
In addition to getting fan suggestions, the Goo Goo Dolls have used the band’s website and social networking sites to help the less fortunate.
“We have been doing this for more than 10 years now, we have been working with Stan Curtis and USA harvest and we have been collecting canned food at our shows,” Takac said. “It’s a good old canned food drive. Since we’ve started with them, we’ve received millions of cans. It stays in the community and it’s as grassroots as we can be.
“Think about what an impact that can make on a community, even if it is one day.” Takac added, encouraging fans to bring canned food to Friday’s concert.
The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are $40, $50 and $65 and can be purchased by calling 325-7401 or visiting www.silverlegacyreno.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
“Take the opportunity to see a bunch of dudes who have played together their whole lives," Takac said. "You’re going to hear dozens of songs that at some point have creeped their way into your life,” Takac said. “We’ve been doing this a long time and really like doing it.”
For more information on the Goo Goo Dolls, visit www.googoodolls.com.