Bringing an end to what was either a genuine squabble or a happy bit of mutual promotion, the Goo Goo Dolls performed for shock jock Howard Stern on Wednesday after being banned from the host’s New York radio station K-Rock.
As we first reported on Monday, the self-appointed “King of All Media” originally took the band’s hit “Iris” and its new single “Slide” off of the air after the Goos had declined to perform “Iris” on his nationally-syndicated radio show. Stern had suggested that the band perform while he and producer Gary Delabate dressed up like sailors and Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling and Eric “Fred” Norris danced around in thongs. The band initially passed on Stern’s request, which came about because he said that the group’s soft-rock music sounds “gay.”
Stern then dropped the act’s tracks from the station’s rotation, replacing them with pre-recorded spots detailing the request. The group finally agreed to appear on the show to perform the “City of Angels” soundtrack
song as well as “Name” while the Stern cast danced in costume, and consequently the Goo Goo Dolls’ music is expected to come back to K-Rock’s playlist shortly.
A spokesperson for the Goo Goo Dolls says that they had always planned on doing the show being that they are, in fact, Howard Stern fans, and that the dispute was actually a miscommunication.