Former Goo Goo Dolls Member Sues Band
Mike Malinin

Mike Malinin

Former Goo Goo Dolls Member Sues Band

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on November 17, 2014

in News

Michael Malinin was the drummer from the Goo Goo Dolls from 1995 until 2013 when his wife had a baby. At least that is the reason he is now alleging for his dismissal from the band.

Malinin became a member of the Goo Goo Dolls after original drummer George Tutuska was fired, starting a nineteen year relationship with founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. That all came crashing down on December 27, 2013 when Malinin wrote on Twitter “Got some news today. Just wanted to say thank you to the fans who’ve supported me for 19 years! Best of luck & happy travels to the band.”

The next day he followed with the message “Thanks for the kind words and support! To clarify, it was not my decision to leave the band. But no grudges held. I wish them all the best.”

Evidently, in the long run, there were some grudges as, according to TMZ, Malinin has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the two original members of the group. In the suit, Michael alleges that he was fired mid-tour when he had to take some time off to be with his wife who was in labor with their twins. According to Malinin, the situation and his leave had been discussed and agreed to in advance but, when he went to leave to be with his wife, he was informed by the band’s manager that he was finished.

Malinin goes on to say in the suit that it was Rzeznik who wanted him gone, their relationship had soured over the years, and that he never received any kind of severance or benefits from his nineteen years of service. Michael wants his share of the profits to be reinstated, at least a part of the one-third that he shared when he was a full member.

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