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Rolling Stone Live: Goo Goo Dolls Go Acoustic

Singer also talks early days on the punk scene, new song inspired by Iraq veteran

January 3, 2011 11:16 AM ET

The Goo Goo Dolls recently came by the Rolling Stone offices for an acoustic session featuring songs from their latest album, Something for the Rest of Us. Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik also regaled us with stories about his band's early days in the punk scene of Buffalo, New York, and explained how their new single "Not Broken" was inspired by his encounter with a fan whose husband was injured while serving in Iraq.

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