John Rzeznik: halftime hottie

John Rzeznik loves playing for a football crowd.

“Everybody is so amped. It’s like a massive party!”

So when he and the Goo Goo Dolls were asked to perform at the Orange Bowl halftime show, Rzeznik didn’t blink.

“I love the crowd. Their energy is so contagious.”

After the game, the boys will take a break before touring in Canada.

“I think my manager wants me dead!” he joked. “He sends me to Arizona and Florida in the summer and Canada in the winter.”

But really, he’s not mad.

“I’m happy to be working. I have a lot of musician and roadie friends who are looking for work.”

The Dolls’ music has changed over the years; the songs aren’t all like Iris anymore.

“We changed. We’re not in our 20s or 30s anymore. We evolved and progressed as people.”

What he enjoys most is the fans.

“It might be a story about how the music helped them get through a divorce or chemo,” he says.

“Those are stories that really make me feel like we’re still relevant. That we still have an impact on people’s lives.”

— MICAELA HOOD

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