The Beat shared with you a bit of our conversation with Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac in our print piece. The conversation, while discussing the band's longevity, also touched a but on the march of time on the rest of his life.
Takac is now a full-time resident of Buffalo again. (The band started there in 1986 and are proud natives.) We asked him about living there and catching him on a break in the band's touring schedule.
"It was time for me to come back and plant some tomatoes I'll never get to eat, cut the grass and trim the hedges so they don't look like Sideshow Bob," he said. "I used to not mind when the neighbors raised an eyebrow, but I'm more sensitive now."
Takac discussed the decision to move "home" from a personal perspective.
"I moved to L.A. in the mid 90s and all I could think was the people sure do act weird. One day it started to seem normal," he joked. "We were living in L.A. and Buffalo, but my wife had only lived in three places - Tokyo, L.A. and Buffalo. When she could understand (living in Buffalo), the benefits of the community, we decided it was time."
Together, Takac and his wife, Miyoko, manage seminal Japanese punk band Shonen Knife, of whom he said "No band makes me happier." That band is marking its 30th anniversary this year.
Takac also founded and oversees the Music is Art nonprofit.