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Exclusive: Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik on Buffalo sports, Los Angeles & more

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The Goo Goo Dolls at the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Goo Goo Dolls at the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

With over 12 million albums worldwide, four GRAMMY® Award nominations and 14 Top 10 hits at Hot AC radio -- "the most of any artist in history” -- the rock band known as The Goo Goo Dolls has been doing things at a high level for well over 20 years.

Last year, The Goo Goo Dolls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its Dizzy Up The Girl studio album with a big tour. In addition, in 2018 the group released a new live album, The Audience Is That Way (The Rest of The Show), Vol. 2 via Warner Bros. Records.

Currently, beyond working on its 12th studio album, The Goo Goo Dolls will be hitting the road for a big co-headlining tour with Train this summer. The tour -- kicking off on June 7th in Auburn, Washington -- is part of Live Nation's National Concert Week promotion in which select tickets are $20. That promotion launched today and runs through May 7th.

While speaking with Goo Goo Dolls singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik by phone, I threw in a few questions about sports on behalf of Sportskeeda. The full interview will be airing in the near-future via the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast.

I know that you've been living in L.A. for a lot of your life now...

John Rzeznik: I'm out of L.A...

Oh where do you live these days? Are you back in Buffalo?

John Rzeznik: No, I'm not back in Buffalo, though my wife and I were talking about it the other day. Yeah it might be cool, but we live in New Jersey, like a half an hour from the city [of New York] because my wife worked in the city. Yeah it's beautiful, it's a nice little town. I can take my daughter out and run around, you know? No worries. All the neighbors know each other, though, so it's different than Los Angeles.

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We decided to move back a couple years ago when my wife was pregnant and I was like, "That's it!" At least for me L.A. isn't a great place to raise a kid... I mean, I was in West Hollywood, in the hills. So it's kind of like, "I don't think that's a really great environment for a kid," you know?

Well your bandmate Robby also moved back to Buffalo when he had a ki . So I guess that's that's such a bad idea. But when I was in Niagara Falls last year I saw that in the back in the Hard Rock Cafe that they had a Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame and there was an item or two I think from Robby in there . I'm curious if you still feel connected in general to Buffalo.

John Rzeznik: Most of my family still lives there. Most of the people I call friends are still living there. I go there to see my family like four five times a year... I don't know, my mind, my heartstrings keep kind of putting me back in that direction...

My wife's family's lives right around us [in New Jersey]. Her whole family lives really close to us which is great... This is not very "rock star s**t to talk about. (laughs)

So being so tied to Buffalo, are you still a Bills fan? Or did your years in California turn you into more of a Raiders or Rams kind of guy?

John Rzeznik: I'm going to go with, "I love the Sabres." Back in the 90s, it was just the whole losing four Super Bowl thing I was just like, "This is it. I can't take it anymore. I'm never watching a football game again." It was just too much for me and I tuned out completely. I'm not a big sports guy, but you've got to root for the Sabres.

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