IM: You must get to hear and see many different viewpoints as you tour.
Takac: It’s funny, we spent the last few months traveling around some dinky little towns, we were playing cities that I had never heard of in twenty-five years of touring. They all had beautiful old theaters, and you get to talking to people, and you’re like, ‘Holy cow! There are some different viewpoints in this world right now.’ But they’re all cool people. It’s not like just because someone has different viewpoints than you, you can’t get along with those folks.
IM: That’s one of the many components of your music that is so beautiful. Your music is always about showing compassion.
Takac: There’s some level of acceptance that has to occur for people to get along. That’s something that I think you learn as you sort of mature.
IM: If the fans are “the rest of us” in your new album’s title, who is the bigger entity?
Takac: I think the other folks are the ones who are pulling all the strings. “The rest of us” is all of us. I think the majority has become the afterthought, and that’s terrifying, man. But I do think that’s there’s a growing consciousness of that that’s going on, everybody’s not handling it in the correct way. But there’s a growing consciousness that’s happening and I look forward to someone acting on that hopefully in a peaceful manner at some point.
IM: A tremendous number of bands that originated in the 80s are long gone, and the Goo Goo Dolls are still doing so well. Why do you think that is?
Takac: One, this is what we do. We’ve been doing this since we were kids. One angle of it is, ‘Why do you continue to do it?’ I guess the other angle of it is, ‘Why are you allowed to continue to do it?’ Because a lot of those bands would have still loved to have been doing what they were doing, they just couldn’t manage to keep it going.
I think a lot of those bands were awesome bands, and I can’t figure out why they wouldn’t still be successful and still be around, because they were making great music. But one thing leads to another and real life creeps in, and that’s what it is. I do think that we have tried really consciously to stay true to what we do as the Goo Goo Dolls, as this entity that has been putting out records for twenty-five years, and not go too far off the track with that, but still at the same time keep our head above water in that world of technology. That’s as important as the music these days.
You have to be out there in the ways that are available, and if you’re out there, and people feel like they can attach to what you’re doing, then you maintain that bond that was once just music. It was like MTV; MTV signified the end of the ugly band. You couldn’t just write good music anymore. You had to write good music and be hot. It really changed things, and I think that all of this social networking, and all the access that you have, that’s been the next huge shift in the way that you have to present yourself and you have to be competent at that, because people insist on it.