Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls first became really popular in the '90s. But don't think that the fact that they've teamed up for a huge summer tour together means that they're trying to evoke memories of those bygone days.
"We've been getting a few questions about, 'Oh, is this like a '90's nostalgia tour?' And I'm like, 'Not really,'" says Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik. While the singer acknowledges that "both bands, at the turn of the millennium, were probably at their biggest," he also points out, "We both have current albums out and we both have current songs on the radio. So in that respect, it's not a big nostalgia thing."
Indeed, Matchbox Twenty will be promoting their current album, North, while the Goo Goo Dolls will be highlighting songs from their just-released disc, Magnetic, including their latest hit, "Rebel Beat." And for Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, this tour is all about the fact that both acts have huge catalogs of material that have stood the test of time.
"I think that's, you know, three or four hours of really good songs," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think that's it's two bands that are just about writing good songs and that's what the fans are hopefully coming to see."
And if Johnny has his way, he and Rob will get together during the tour and create some more good songs.
"To write a song with him would be amazing because he's one of my favorite writers," Johnny tells ABC News Radio. "He's such a great craftsman of songs and he knows, [you can tell] just by listening to the songs that he writes, that guy knows music. He knows a lot of music. He's a real deep sort of knowledge of what's going on."
Besides songwriting, Johnny has something else to focus on during the tour: he's going to get married. Some time in July, he plans to wed his longtime girlfriend, Melina Gallo. Asked how he could possibly fit in a wedding while on tour, he shrugs and says, "I'm taking like five days off and we're going to do it. And then at the end of the summer she and I are going to go away."
"We've been together for almost eight years," he adds. "So she understands what's going on and she knows that this [tour] isn't forever."
But another Goo Goo Dolls member is going to try to avoid having his personal life intrude too much on his life during the tour. Guitarist Robby Takac is a new dad -- he has a 16-month-old daughter -- but she won't be spending the summer on the bus with him. "A little bit probably, but not too much. You know? It's a man's world out here," he laughs. "Not a lot of room for little tykes to be running around."
"I want her life to be as normal as possible," he adds, "So we'll bring her out every once in a while, but I don't think a bus is a great place for a baby."
The Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls tour kicks off tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire and is scheduled to wrap up in Canada at the end of August.
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