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A baby named Goo: John Rzeznik is a dad

John Rzeznik is a Goo Goo Dad.

As first reported by People, Rzeznik, the Buffalo native and Goo Goo Dolls' lead singer, and his wife Melina welcome their baby girl Liliana Carella just in time for the holidays. Melina gave birth in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Both mother and daughter – who's 7 lbs., 9 oz. – are "gorgeous and healthy," as Rzeznik told People. 

I interviewed Rzeznik, who's 51, late last summer while working on a profile on his Goo Goo Dolls co-founder, Robby Takac. We talked about his upcoming fatherhood. Here are excerpts of the conversation:

Most new dads' heads are flooded. What's on your mind? 

Rzeznik: For me, the two things I keep thinking about are “Don’t screw this up” and “I have to work a lot harder.” I know it’s not about money but I just want to make sure that we’re covered. I just want my daughter to be respectful and nice to people. I want her to understand the importance of being humble. I don’t want to raise someone who feels entitled.

Have you talked to Robby about these things? (Note: Takac and his wife Miyoko have a 4-year-old daughter, Hana.)

Rzeznik: Yeah. The thing is, how do you discipline them? In my family, my earliest memory of you get out of line is — BAM! It was a lot of corporal punishment. But you can’t do that. I don’t want to do that. I figure there’s got to be a way to outsmart the kid. I always ask him, and just watching him is really interesting. Because we’re gone so much, he had a very interesting perspective on it. He has to defer to his wife a bit at times, because she’s in the mix of it every single day.

Knowing you'll be on tour next spring and summer, do you plan to bring your daughter on the road?

Rzeznik: Well, considering she’ll only by three months old when we start next summer’s tour, I don’t know if I can bring her. I’d love to. Robby got to bring Hana and she’s old enough now that she’s on the side of the stage listening to the music, and she dances and all that kind of stuff, and she really gets it. I would love for my daughter to be able to see me in that capacity at some point.

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