The Goo Goo Dolls’ next album, “Something For the Rest of Us,” isn’t due out until June 8, but that’s not stopping the veteran rock trio from hitting the road to preview its songs.
“Man, I want to go out and play,” says singer-guitarist and chief songwriter Johnny Rzeznik. “I’m getting sick of sitting around the in the studio and doing all of that. It’s time to go out and play again.”
“Something For the Rest of Us,” the Goos’ first set of new tunes in four years, has indeed kept Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin in the recording studio for a while. It even brought them back in earlier this year, after the band and initial producer Tim Palmer thought the album was already finished.
“We did the record and the band sat down and said, ‘This isn’t good enough,’ ” Rzeznik, 44, recalls. “It didn’t work. And so we were like, ‘OK, we gotta go back and dig a little deeper and re-do it and work harder on it.’ So that’s what we did.”
The resulting album found the Goos working with more producers — including longtime collaborator Rob Cavallo, John Fields and Butch Vig — and, Rzeznik says, mining deeper terrain lyrically as well as musically.
“It’s just everyday people kind of songs, everyday people who are dealing with the emotional impact of everyday struggles that they’re going through right now,” he explains. “There’s a lot of insecurity and a lot of anxiety out there, and I wanted to dig in and sing about the emotional impact of that.
“I’m not beating people over the heads with it, but these songs are about more than me and the latest problems I’m having with my girlfriend, you know?”
The Goo Goo Dolls and the Rocket Summer perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $37.50 and $75. Call 734-668-8463 or visit www.livenation.com
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