Murphy decided to pull from his vast rolodex and ring up his drummer friend Craig Macintyre, who is currently touring for the Goo Goo Dolls.
Craig recalled growing up just outside of Boston in Worcester, MA, and gigging around with a bunch of Berklee cats, before relocating to Los Angeles. While out in LA he landed a gig with Vertical Horizon, and then later Josh Groban.
Macintyre filled us in on the Josh Groban gig, saying that Josh was just starting when he played with him. Groban’s genre was still undefined when Craig was creating the drum parts. He landed the gig because he knew the bass player and researched the style by watching a PBS Special where JR Robinson laid down the drums for Josh. He also recalled that orchestras are way louder than Marshall stacks… who knew!
Craig then told us about landing the Goo Goo Dolls gig, particularly about knowing the bass player (sensing a recurring theme?). He said he didn’t even have to audition – but that didn’t guarantee him the gig after a month of shows. It was obvious that he could play the drums, but the question was more about the vibe and the hang. Replacing a founding band member after 18 years is clearly complicated.
We found a pretty amazing clip on YouTube where the Goo Goo Dolls played in Milwaukee the night after a Brewers game and the “Racing Sausages” came out during the concert. John Rzeznik changed the lyrics of the song “American Girl” to say, “…raised on Sausages…” We had a good laugh over that. Check it out.