Catching up with Goo Goo Dolls' Rzeznik ahead of Inaugural ball
January 21st, 2013
04:10 PM ET

Catching up with Goo Goo Dolls' Rzeznik ahead of Inaugural ball

The Goo Goo Dolls' headlining performance at tonight's non-partisan Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., shows that it really is all about who you know.

Although the multi-platinum pop trio played a benefit for the Obama campaign in 2007, frontman Johnny Rzeznik says the offer to perform at this year's gala didn't come through agents or managers. It came through a friend associated with the Hollywood-based organization.

"I was buying a new car, and I ran into him at the car dealer," Rzeznik explains. "He asked if I would be interested in playing their inaugural ball, and I was like, 'Sure, we'll do it!"

The Goo Goo Dolls' set list will include old favorites like "Slide" and "Iris," as well as a couple of tracks off their upcoming album, "Magnetic," which is scheduled for release in May. Rzeznick says the new CD is much more upbeat than their 2010 offering, "Something For the Rest of Us."

"I quit drinking," he tells CNN. "And that lightened up my perspective on the world quite a bit."

Rzeznik says this is the first time he's spoken publicly about his demons.

"It's a strange thing to even talk about because it's such a cliched thing. You're having trouble with alcohol and you're depressed. The whole world is depressed and has problems with alcohol, so it's just a question of whether you decide to do something about it or not. But when I was down in it completely, I was the most selfish, self-pitying person that I knew - and my life was amazing," he says shaking his head.

His new outlook has helped his relationship with his bandmates, bassist Robby Takak and drummer Mike Malinin.

"A lot of bands have friction. We just keep ours covered up really well," Rzeznik confides. "I've learned over the past two, three years that it's very important to say you're sorry. Admit you're wrong as soon as you can, if you ARE wrong. And try to be magnanimous when you're right."

"I think our last album was kind of a bummer," he adds, chuckling ruefully. "But the only way out is to go through, so that was going through. And now we're out on the other end. It's a pretty good day."

The singer/songwriter has something else to celebrate: He popped the question to his girlfriend of eight years, Melina Gallo.

"I'm getting married in July, and I'm looking forward to that," he says. "It was one of those situations like, 'I'm not going anywhere. Grow up, get married, have a good time. So that's what we're doing."

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  1. Jorge

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    July 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Is he nice or what!

    its was just too doz... he saw me and said boo hoo have not seen u much because i'm so busy...
    so he stuck focus in...

    January 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. T

    I remember them from that episode of "Charmed" w/ Doherty, Milano and Combs.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim beam

    Should have quit after Dizzy up the girl. There's no album that will ever beat that set list. The songs on there are amazing and soulful. So much feel, bro.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. the real goo goo dolls

    are number 1...not the trash goo dolls..who suck

    January 22, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. yes 6:15 A.M.

    lets put their low life ass up front tonight...

    January 22, 2013 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Your Management

    * preparing script for the 2pm crash and setup.....hacking at 6:15

    January 22, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Your Management

    * ready for the 2pm crash or setup

    January 22, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nerissa

    love them... one of the most talented bands out there and john is amazing!!

    January 22, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. cold people

    yes 2 or more

    January 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yo!

    next time bring it too me so i can say sorry-kay?

    January 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hey

    didn't i say do not give 100 the time of day...there is n0body here and there you are all glued into the boob tube shannigans...

    January 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tracie


    January 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yay

    they put on some show!

    January 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |

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