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Early Thanksgiving morning, I grabbed my BlackBerry and about 30 layers, walked over to Central Park, and caught up with Gavin DeGraw, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Fallon, Fall Out Boy, and more at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik characterizes the band’s last LP, Something For The Rest Of Us, as a reflection of how the band viewed its surroundings: at times dark, depressed, and without hope.

“I mean, that’s one of those albums that every artist says, ‘Well, I had to make that album,’” Rzeznik told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “(The new album) is very upbeat, up-tempo.”

Many artists on a major label don’t have the freedom to simply record and release an LP simply because they feel the necessity to. And while Rzeznik quipped that he “almost got dropped,” from Warner Bros. Records, the front man is now looking forward to Magnetic.

“Most of it was written in New York,” Rzeznik said of the album, due out May 7. “The energy was just fantastic there; I’d never done anything like that before.”

It’s almost hard to believe that a 27 year-old band with over 10 million albums sold worldwide is still experiencing new things in the studio. Here’s something even more surprising: that same band has actually shared a stage with pop singer Ke$ha, twice. The last time was earlier in the year during the Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

“I was saying to myself, ‘Do I really have to go on stage after that?’” Rzeznik recalled after witnessing the “TiK ToK” singer perform. “There’s like 20 people on stage; everybody’s dancing around, playing tubas and stuff, and you’re like, ‘What am I gonna do?’”

The wait is almost over for legions of Goo Goo Dolls fans everywhere: the Buffalo, NY band completed its ninth studio LP, for real this time.

“I’m going to New York tomorrow to do the mastering, so I guess it’s finished,” revealed lead singer John Rzeznik. The front man along with fellow founding band mate Robby Takac sat down on “The Ralphie Radio Show” Sunday afternoon. Takac added that he’s heard a June release is planned, but is unaware of an official date. The LP is entitled, Something for the Rest of Us.

Even though the band has sold over nine million albums in the states alone, the standard for a successful LP hasn’t changed too much.

“I think at this point it’s one of those things where, you just have to be satisfied with the work that you did, and hope that you craft it into something that you’re proud of,” said Rzeznik. He then reaffirmed his first statement, but added, “That’s fine, but it would be really nice if it sold a bunch of copies. That always helps. If it gets on the radio… but, we’ll see what happens.”

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Yes, the music landscape has changed quite a bit since the ’96 release of Let Love In. In an interview last September with The Buffalo News, Takac noted that radio isn’t “there the way they were before.” Certainly the influence of the medium has decreased a little, but Rzeznik feels the airplay can still play an instrumental role in the band’s success moving forward.

“Even if you don’t sell a lot of records, getting played on the radio, yunno, keeps your touring business going and then you get out and play, make a living on the road.”

When I caught up with The Goo Goo Dolls, the band was in the midst of doing exactly that. The Goos extended the current tour to over 40 dates, playing mostly smaller, theater-type venues. Rzeznik confirmed that after the LP’s release, summer dates at primarily outdoor venues will be announced.

Coincidentally enough, my third concert ever found me sitting on the lawn of Artpark in Lewiston, NY watching The Goo Goo Dolls – right before Dizzy Up the Girl hit stores, in August of 1998. If I need another reason to head back home and visit the parents, Rzeznik did confirm that the show for the nearby Darien Lake Performing Arts Center is already booked.