The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by guitarist and vocalist
John Rzeznik, bassist and vocalist Robby Takac and drummer George Tutuska. Mike Malinin was the band's drummer
from 1994 until December 2013.
The Goo Goo Dolls have had 14 top ten singles on various charts, and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
Buffalo, New York, United States
Rock, alternative rock, pop rock, punk rock (early)
The band was originally called "Sex Maggots.” A promoter decided to book them. But he disliked the name and insisted
they change it. John Rzeznik, somewhat drunk at a bar, flipped through the pages of a True Detective magazine
and discovered an ad for a Goo Goo Doll.
On several occasions Rzeznik has said he felt the "stupid name" was a hindrance to selling records and that under a different title, they may have sold more.
Rolling Stones' Ramones, the English Beat, and the Clash.
Johnny Rzeznik — Vocals, guitar
Robby Takac — Vocals, bass
George Tutuska — drums (fired in 1994)
John Rzeznik - guitar, lead vocals (1985-present)
Robby Takac - bass, vocals (1985-present)
Current Touring Members
Brad Fernquist - guitar, mandolin, backing vocals (2006-present)
Korel Tunador - keyboards, guitar, saxophone, backing vocals (2006-2009, 2009-present)
Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. - drums, percussion (2013-present)
George Tutuska - drums, percussion, vocals (1985-1994)
Mike Malinin - drums, percussion (1994-2013)
Former Touring Members
Nathan December - guitar, mandolin, backing vocals (1998-2000)
Dave Schulz - keyboards, backing vocals (1998-2000)
Jason Freese - keyboards, accordion, saxophone, backing vocals (2001-2004)
Greg Suran - guitar, mandolin, percussion, backing vocals (2002-2006)
Paul Gordon - keyboards, backing vocals (2004-2006)
Scott Eric Olivier - keyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2009)
Goo Goo Dolls Trivia:
• Originally signed on by Metal Blade Records,
• Johnny Rzeznik is the fifth and youngest child of a working class family
• Johnny Rzeznik received lifelong love of music from his mother, a schoolteacher, and father, a postal worker, who were both musicians
Goo Goo Dolls Quotes:
I don’t like critics; I really don’t like them. I think most of them are ignorant and don’t have a clue!
Not at all. We got on with Bush and No Doubt, but it was more or less the audience. It just wasn’t our audience at all. The people who wanted to see us didn’t want to shell out a lot of money to see Bush and No Doubt, and their audience is different from ours. It just felt so bizarre, the audience...
Johnny Rzeznik (about touring with Bush)
That’s true. We didn’t plan to write something that was radio compatible, but it introduced us to a broader audience because there are so many different radio stations playing it.
Yes, we started out as the Sex Maggots, then became the Goo Goo Dolls, well, and we’re still the Goo Goo Dolls!
I think we got started like all bands. We wanted to make some noise, hang out, and have some fun. Remember, we’re from Buffalo - there isn’t really that much to do. When we started we were a cover band and slowly developed our own material.
"Nobody likes to hear a f**king rock star talk about his problems,"
"It just reminded me - this is who you are. This is where you're from. It's never anything to be ashamed of, and it actually gave me strength to have a sense of my own history,"
"I went to church six days a week for nine years,"
Goo Goo Dolls Awards
Nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year ("Iris").
WB Radio Music Award for Song of the Year (Contemporary Hit Radio/Hot Adult Contemporary) ("Iris").