Robby - Got A Minute?
Interview with Robby Takac of the
(As told by Debbie
Well . . . well .
. . well . . . You just never know who you are going to run into in the
Rock n World. You never know when you are going to find yourself
in someone's neighborhood, even if it takes an airplane, a subway and a
taxi cab to get into that neighborhood! Always thinking of you guys,
I have been searching for the perfect little something to tuck in your
holiday stockings this year and I just happened to stumble across it .
. . or did he stumble into me? Yeah, that's what happened . . . here
I am, minding my own business back stage on the MP3 Technology Tour recently
when down the halls comes Robby Takac of the Goo
Goo Dolls, riding on a beach bicycle, an infectious grin on his face.
I stop him to tell him I like his bike and he can't contain his delight
when he confides that "It's not mine, I stole it from him," as he motions
towards a group of people stooped over a cache of audio equipment.
Some of you regular
Rock n World readers may remember the Goo Goo Dolls feature we ran
this summer when we asked you to be the armchair interviewers and tell
us what you would ask the members of the band if you had the chance.
Of course there is no way to guarantee that we can make your dreams come
true . . . but I've always said that anything can happen in the Rock n
World. Now, as luck would have it, and completely by coincidence,
I happen to find myself in the same city and the same building with Robby
Takac. And, you wouldn't believe what I have in my brief case
. . . the Goo Goo Dolls interview questions! What are the chances?
(Its my job to make sure those chances are pretty good!) Those of
you who took the time to put your imaginations to work and submitted virtual
questions to Robby this summer are now going to be calling me your best
friend . . . and those of you who didn't - shame on you! Don't
you feel like you missed the train?
So, Rock n World
readers, here is my little stocking stuffer to you. Your interview
with Robby, just the way you wanted it. I had it pretty easy.
I didn't have to do the usual preparation for an interview. I could
get used to this! Your questions for Robby were taken from
the web site feature and I used them to have a great conversation with
him. It turns out he was very happy to hear what our readers had
to say when they reached into the cyber void at him. Now here he
comes, reaching back at ya . . .
what is he like" you ask? Well, while some rock stars are dark and
brooding, Robby Takac is the kind of guy that makes you want to run out
onto the playground with him and swing upside down on the monkey bars.
The barefoot Goo bass man seems to have the spirit of a child who just
wants to have fun. He is funny, thoughtful and serious about making
music. I can't wipe the stupid grin off my face as we talk.
Pull up a chair and get comfortable, here's how it went:
N World: The first question is from Nigel, and Nigel wants to
know when you will be doing your next album, and the overwhelming opinion
is - Lets hear some rockers!
"Well I think, I know that weíre gonna start writing for the new record
probably soon, like within the next month. We have to sort of land
ourselves first, sleep in the same bed for a little while. Start
concerning ourselves more with real life than this odd world that weíve
been put in for the past five years, you know? This isnít the real
world and I think us sitting here and writing songs about this is sort
of inappropriate. Iíve always sort of felt that, so every time we
come back from tour we sit down and try to regroup a little bit before
we start making decisions about what our next move is going to be."
Are you most comfortable doing that back home or do you get away to Jamaica
"It just depends where home is. Home is always Buffalo and someplace.
Thatís sort of the way its been working for us over the last bit.
The business end of this makes us be in a lot of different places so weíll
probably spend most of our time between Buffalo and Los Angeles."
What about the comment about the rockers? Do you have any good rockers
left in you?
"Well, thatís generally what I do, period."
I know. Iíve noticed that about you.
"For me its sort of more of the same. For John, John is going to
move as he always does, in both directions. I think Dizzy
had some of the heaviest stuff, as well as some of the most melodic and
interesting acoustically put together songs that weíve ever done.
I think that thatís sort of what we try to do with every record.
We try to push the walls up in both directions, instead of just going one
way or the other because you tend to limit yourself at that point, I think."