Johnny Rzeznik, the Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman and chief songwriter, doesn’t consider the group’s new album — “Something For the Rest of Us,” due out Aug. 3 — to be “a concept.” But he did tap into the tenor of the times while he was writing its songs.
“It’s just about everyday people that are dealing with the emotional impact of the everyday struggles that a lot of people are going through right now,” Rzeznik, 44, explains. “Like being separated from someone that you love because they have to go fight a war that there’s no way to win, or people losing their jobs and their anxiety about that and men that I know who are really worried that their families are not going to do well because they don’t have the financial means that they did a couple years ago.
“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.”
But Rzeznik — who co-founded the Goos with bassist Robby Takac in 1986 in Buffalo, N.Y. (drummer Mike Malinin joined in 1995) — adds that the 14-track album, preceded by the single “Home,” is not entirely a downcast affair.
“I’m a sap in a lot of ways, and people think I’m corny,” he acknowledges with a laugh, “but I want to have hope in my life. I want people around me to have hope, and that’s one of the underlying themes of (the album) as well.
“You’ve got to give people a little bit of hope or at least something to listen to to help carry them through the day or give them a little strength to keep going. I think that’s really important.”
The Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot and the Spill Canvas perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $29.50-$75 pavilion and $25 lawn with a $60 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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