WANT TO GO?
Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty, with Kate Earl
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
TICKETS: $37, $57 and $77INFO: Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
The gazz also talked to Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas. See that story here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Rzeznik said he and Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas, have no trouble figuring out which of their bands should go first on their current summer tour.
"You check your ego at the door," Rzeznik said. "We go first."
It could go either way, really. Both bands, which perform Aug. 21 at the Charleston Civic Center, come with a fairly impressive pop music track records. Each has its fans, awards and greatest hits.
That song was a monster.
Featured in the movie "City of Angels," "Iris" spent 18 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and was a huge international hit. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998 and has since been frequently covered or sampled by everyone from Taylor Swift and Beyonce to New Found Glory.
Last year, "Iris" was named the number one song on Billboard's Top 100 Pop Songs from 1992-2012. The Goo Goo Dolls also have two other songs on the list and are the only band to do that.
But while that's all great stuff, Rzeznik said the math doesn't lie. Matchbox Twenty is just a bigger band.
"They've had a way bigger career than we have," he said. "They've sold a lot more records."
Matchbox Twenty, by Rzeznik's estimation, has sold four times as many records as the Goo Goo Dolls.