Goo Goo Dolls’ Inescapable 1998 Hit “Iris” Passes 1 Billion Spotify Streams; New Album ‘Chaos in Bloom’ Out Now

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The Goo Goo Dolls are out on the road celebrating the release of their 13th album, Chaos in Bloom, this past Friday, Aug. 12 — but John Rzeznik and Robby Takac have also reached another major milestone in a career full of them.

“Iris,” originally released in 1998 as a single from the band’s smash-hit album Dizzy Up the Girl, recently eclipsed 1,000,000,000 streams on Spotify. That’s one billion, if you got lost in the zeroes.

In addition to featuring on Dizzy Up the Girl, “Iris” was also on the soundtrack to the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan film City of Angels, which boosted its popularity tenfold. Here’s the now-classic video for the song, which itself has more than 370,000,000 views on YouTube:

Per a news release, “Iris” commanded the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and was later named No. 1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.

The song was also all over MTV’s TRL — here’s a wonderfully warbled VHS transfer of host Carson Daly introducing an in-studio performance of the song from back in the day — representative of how strong the song’s hold was over the pop culture climate of the era:

And a Letterman performance from 1998:

It’s a song that won’t die, and remains the most successful, enduring classic of the Goo Goo Dolls’ reputable repertoire.

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As for Chaos in Bloom, it’s the 13th album from the alt/pop-rock band, and finds them “in the zone,” so to speak. The first Goo Goo Dolls record to be produced by Rzeznik, it was led by the single “Yeah, I Like You,” and its video taking aim at “celebrity culture”:

“In a world that is just drowning in social media and internet stars, many of whom are certainly talented, but many confirm that in 2022 you can be famous for doing nothing,” he said in a statement. “Celebrity in this age has a very quick burn. It was hard not to be consumed by it during the pandemic.”

The album’s back story, per a news release:

To record the album, Rzeznik and Takac retreated to Dreamland Studios just outside Woodstock, New York during the pandemic. An environment as remote as it is rich with historic rock music roots, the location proved to be the perfect setting for clearing the noise and creating such a record, which carries a true live quality that the band captured by blending vintage instruments and gear with new-age recording processes and techniques.

While Rzeznik is the band’s “lead singer,” Takac takes up lead vocal duties every now and then, at least once on each album. On Chaos in Bloom, he powers through one of the album’s strongest tracks, the shimmery, power-pop gem “Loving Life,” his slightly raspy voice a complement to Rzeznik’s, which has become synonymous with the Goo Goos’ many, many FM radio hits.

Simply put, Chaos in Bloom is an especially solid late-era release from the Goo Goo Dolls, one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the past 3+ decades. Sure, their commercial peak may have reached it apex in the mid-to-late ’90s with “Name,” “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon” and several other hits, but they’re still pumping out earnest anthems with sweeping hooks and that boundless energy, not to mention Rzeznik’s knack for sardonic, thoughtful lyrical phrases that hold the mirror up to our shared experience.

The album’s track listing:

Yeah, I Like You
Save Me From Myself
Let The Sun
Loving Life
Going Crazy
Day After Day
Past Mistakes
You Are The Answer

Catch the Goo Goo Dolls on the road with special guests Blue October. Of course, you can expect “Iris,” “Slide,” “Broadway,” “Name” and several more of the band’s hits — as well as a selection of Chaos in Bloom tracks.

August 16, 2022 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
August 17, 2022 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
August 19, 2022 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 20, 2022 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 21, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 23, 2022 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 24, 2022 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
August 26, 2022 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 27, 2022 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
August 28, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
August 30, 2022 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
August 31, 2022 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
September 2, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
September 3, 2022 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
September 4, 2022 – Palo Alto, CA – Frost Amphitheater
September 12, 2022 – Waite Park, MN – The Ledge Amphitheater
September 13, 2022 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
September 15, 2022 – Grand Rapids, MI – Mejer Gardens
September 17, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
September 18, 2022 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
September 20, 2022 – Doswell, VA – After Hours Concerts at The Meadow Event Park
September 21, 2022 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
September 22, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
September 24, 2022 – Buffalo, NY – Keybank Center
October 28, 2022 – Eau Claire, WI – Pablo Center At The Confluence *
October 30, 2022 – Ames, IA – Iowa State Center – Stephens Auditorium *
October 31, 2022 – Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion – Mary W. Sommervold Hall *
November 2, 2022 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theatre *
November 3, 2022 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – Thrivent Hall *
November 5, 2022 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center *
November 6, 2022 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre *
November 7, 2022 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center *
November 9, 2022 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre *
November 11, 2022 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts *
November 12, 2022 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa *
November 14, 2022 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater *
November 15, 2022 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts *
November 16, 2022 – Lubbock, TX – The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences – Helen DeVitt Jones Theater *
November 18, 2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium *
November 20, 2022 – El Paso, TX – Plaza Theatre *

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