BEVERLY HILLS, California — Johnny Rzeznik enjoyed doing solo work for last fall’s “Treasure Planet” soundtrack, but his heart still lies in Goo.
“That was fun, but I missed my band,” the Goo Goo Dolls singer and guitarist said last week at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. “It’s like, you’ve got your own little gang that you travel with, sort of this safety in numbers, and I was out there by myself and it was like, ‘Maybe I should go home to my wife.’ ”
Rzeznik is back on the road with the Goos this summer, but he hinted that the band might be coming to an end. “We will hopefully go do another record — me, Robby [Takac] and Mike [Malinin] — but um, after that, who knows?”
So if the author of such hits as “Iris” and “Name” isn’t going solo or making long-term plans with his band, what is he doing?
For one, Rzeznik is producing the debut album from Dallas singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera, due later this year on Atlantic.
“I kind of lucked into it,” he said. “I was writing songs with him and then they asked me to produce it and I was like, ‘Yeah, are you kidding me?’ It’s great fun.”
Although he refused to name names just yet, Rzeznik has also been writing songs for other artists, mostly young singers.
“I get a vibe hanging out with girls and writing songs with them,” he hinted. “It’s more fun to me.”
The singer is also staying active with the Goo Goo Dolls, who just shot a video for “Sympathy,” the latest single from last spring’s Gutterflower, with director Tony Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s brother.
“We did a spoof on ‘Taxi Cab Confessions,’ and it turned out pretty well,” Rzeznik said. “We went to Vegas and shot it. We shot it all in like eight hours and then we just went out all night.”
The Goo Goo Dolls will spend the first part of the summer touring with Bon Jovi and then later hit the state-fair circuit (see “Bon Jovi Announce 16-Date Summer Tour” ).