"It's really obvious," he said.
And opening for Matchbox Twenty isn't a step down for the Goo Goo Dolls.
"They're a really great band," he said. "They're an amazing band, and I have to work every night to keep up with them because they're really great live."
Rzeznik is fine with the competition. He's glad to be on the tour, which he called the biggest tour (at least by the number of shows) either band has been on. It's good to still be around.
"It's always been one of those things," he said. "We've never been the biggest band, never ever the biggest band, but we've always been able to sort of trudge through and maintain our own identity."
They've survived and kept the band alive to play another day, he said, while many other groups who came up in the mid-1990s have disappeared.
"Who's left?" he asked.
The Goo Goo Dolls are still making new music, too. "Magnetic," the band's tenth album, is a departure from previous albums, Rzeznik said. Partly, that's because their approach to the record was completely different.
"We used to have this bunker mentality," he said. "We used to say, 'OK, we're going in to the bunker and not coming out until we have an album.'"
It was a chore, and writing songs could be a chore. So, for "Magnetic," Rzeznik hit the road and went all over the country to work with different songwriters. He kept the pace light, didn't force it.
"If I didn't want work that day, I didn't," he said.
He listened to his co-writers, and if something didn't work, they didn't do it.
Rzeznik said, "I wanted my album to reflect where my life is at."
Where he's at these days is pretty good.
"I'm in a place where I'm still young enough to enjoy a lot of things and smart enough not to abuse them," he said and laughed. "I've got that wisdom that comes with some age."
He's also happy and in love. The singer married his longtime girlfriend in July.
Just because Rzeznik is in a good place and comfortable opening for another band doesn't mean he isn't without ambition. The Goo Goo Dolls have accomplished a lot, but there's still a lot left they could do.
"Just once," he said, "I want to headline Madison Square Garden and sell it out."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.