Playing music to accompany a bunch of ice skaters was — well, “weird, dude,” in the words of Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac.
But that’s just what the Goos did at the October taping of the “Amway Global Improv Ice” exhibition in Anaheim, Calif., which will be broadcast Friday on NBC. The group played a selection of its hits for the show and also used the occasion to premiere two new songs — “The Sweetest Lie” and “As I Am” — slated for the Goos’ 2010 album “Something For the Rest of Us.”
“It’s a very interesting idea,” Takac says. “We were, like, right on level with the skaters and it was freezing cold and they’re doing triple lutzes and stuff in front of us. It was a trip, but TV’s always a trip.
“We’ve never been big ice-skating fans or anything like that, but they brought it to us and it’s like, ‘Wow, Christmas Day ... and a lot of people are going to be watching TV.’ We thought it was a good way for people to hear the new songs.”
The Goo Goo Dolls perform as part of “Amway Global Improv Ice” at 3 Friday (Dec. 25) on NBC, WDIV-TV in Detroit. The group plays on New Year’s Eve at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $50-85.50. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www. motorcitycasino.com.