The Goo Goo Dolls are coming to Riverbend Music Center next week on July 24 at 7:00pm for their summer tour with Train! We had a chance to chat with lead singer John Rzeznik about touring, their new single and what he likes about Cincinnati.

Q: How is the tour going so far?
A: The tour’s been going great! We’ve been having a good time with Train. The crowd has been amazing—it’s like a big sing-along every night. Everybody knows every song! Well, almost every song…

Q: Right, your new single! You’ve said “Miracle Pill” is about instant gratification and quick fixes. Do you have concerns about young people coming of age in this environment?
A: Yeah, I think that their living standard is going to be lower when they grow up. The 18-to-20 year-old kids that I know are amazing. They seem less surly than my generation, the Gen Xs, when we were that age. I think they’re more conscientious of the world. But I also think that they’re lonely and isolated in many ways. And I believe live music is one of the ways you can keep and strengthen human connections.

Q: What can we expect from the other tracks on the upcoming album?
A: There’s really only one sort of ballad on the album, so it’s kind of up-tempo. They’re just songs about being human. It’s fragile, it’s beautiful, it’s terrifying. Those are all things you have to face and cope with everyday, but also enjoy. 

Q: Do you enjoy that fans bring black balloons to your concerts?
A: Yeah, they should start bringing bigger black balloons! We always blow up a bunch of beach ball-sized ones, and I like that. Except that one will hit me in the face once in a while. I won’t see it coming because there’s a spotlight in my face, and bonk! 

Q: You’ve been to Cincinnati a few times (Rzeznik says it’s been over 150 times!), do you have time on tour to enjoy any of the city?
A: I think we have a day off. I’m not sure! But if I do have a day off I’ll go cruising around. There’s some really great architecture in Cincinnati! And when you go across the bridge, to Covington, that’s a cool area. There are a lot of cool things to do there. I love that building downtown, the Carew Tower. There’s something about it. That building’s got a good soul to it.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
A: The single is out and you can get it anywhere on the internet! The full album comes out in September, and we’re going to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in August. Come on out and see the show, man!

Click here for more information about the concert on July 24!