IM: Green Day has a major hit right now with American Idiot on Broadway. Is there any chance you guys would bring your music to the Broadway stage?
Takac: We have a song called “Broadway”. It could be like “Broadway” the Musical. (Laughs) Nah, I don’t think that’s something that you discuss, I think it’s something that someone comes to you with. I’m sure if the opportunity presented itself it would be something we would talk about, but you know man, the world’s changing. About ten years ago I remember us arguing because they wanted to use a song of ours in a commercial. And it’s kind of a dumb thing these days, you really have to be out there and have people see what you do, and be proud of what you do. As the business changes you have to sort of morph with it, just try to stay your own band, don’t do too many things that you know you shouldn’t be doing.
IM: What can people expect from you when you take the stage on your tour?
Takac: We’ve been really crafting a great set over the past couple of months, trying to hide away out of the major markets as much as possible so we can walk out with a new set, something cool. We’ve got amazing big steel mechanisms with lights on it and stuff that’s over our heads that moves all over the place, so a lot of really cool and interesting presentations of the songs. We’ve added a couple of new songs from the new record.
It’s funny, when you start to put out a lot of records, we’ve got about fourteen, fifteen songs that we just have to play. That only leaves us five, six songs to play around with! Obviously we can’t play everything, but we try to hit the things that we know people want to hear. The band’s tighter than I think we’ve ever been. We’ve got a great show going, and our crew is firing all cylinders at this point because we’ve been out for a while touring. It’s going to be a good show from when we hit the ground running.
IM: Real Goo Goo Dolls fans know you always perform barefoot, and that you have an enormous collection of Pez dispensers. Is there anything left that we don’t know about you?
Takac: I just signed five Japanese bands to my record label. They’ll be here in September doing a bunch of shows. That’s my new foray into J-Rock music. That’s really something that I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to. I haven’t been doing much else, man. I’ve been doing Goo Goo Dolls and listening to Japanese chicks scream over rock music!
IM: You’ve mentioned that you haven’t seen Transformers yet, despite the fact that your single, “Let Love In”, is on the soundtrack! Which movies have you been seeing instead?
Takac: I did go see Despicable Me the other day because I got taken in by those little yellow dudes. They’re pretty cute man, they really are. They’re like, ‘Eeeh! Eeeeh! Eeeeh!’ My wife wanted to see Karate Kid. Sometimes I go to see really bad movies because I think it will be funny to watch them. So I go with my wife and we sit next to each other and we laugh. So we went to see Karate Kid, and there weren’t any seats together. It was horrible, man. I felt like it was some sort of torture. I couldn’t laugh with anybody! The people around me were weeping and stuff, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ I hope somebody put poison in my slushie. Maybe I won’t make it to the end of this.
IM: Every year you encourage fans to donate food to USA Harvest when they come to see your shows.
Takac: Yes, we’re doing a new thing this year too, where whoever brings the most stuff to the show ends up getting a meet and greet and a picture with the band and all that kind of stuff. It’s pretty awesome, we’ve had a great response.