(CBS NEWS) – The Goo Goo Dolls have certainly got the “Rebel Beat.” The alt rock band’s most recent single has been getting heavy airplay on the radio, further solidifying the group’s track record of turning out memorable hits.
“I think it’s more exciting that it’s becoming a hit on the radio just because we’ve been around for so long,” singer and guitarist John Rzeznik said during a recent interview for CBSNews.com. “The way the music world works these days, it’s really a very quick turn around. There’s not a lot of artists who are allowed to have longevity. It’s kind of interesting that we’re actually still doing relatively well.”
Founded in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls scored their first hit with “Name” in 1995 and achieved even bigger success with “Iris,” one of the singles featured on the soundtrack for the 1998 film “City of Angels.”
The group has continued their success with “Rebel Beat,” featured on their latest album “Magnetic,” now available in stores and on iTunes.
Bassist Robby Takac said the secret to the group’s longevity was very simple, “Don’t break up. Like any relationship, it’s about making it work. It’s about figuring out what the people who are involved need in their lives and to make sure everybody feels like this is the right thing to be doing.”
Drummer Mike Malinin realizes just how lucky he and his band-mates have been, “Some bands don’t have the luxury…They’re labels go away. They’re fan base goes away. And they break up. So we’re really fortunate.”
Watch video above to see the Goo Goo Dolls speak about “Magnitude” and also what it was like to perform live in concert with Taylor Swift.
The Goo Goo Dolls will be launching a North American tour this summer that includes a stop at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord on July 23rd along with Matchbox Twenty. Check here for other dates and cities.
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