Goo Goo Dolls star JOHNNY RZEZNIK always takes time to speak to rockers he has helped inspire after an awkward meeting with Sting left him feeling sore.
The singer/songwriter felt sure the rocker would appreciate a pat on the back when he met Sting early in his career - but the sour superstar left him with a bad taste in the mouth.
Rzeznik tells, "I met Sting once and I didn't know what to say to the guy, so I said, 'I really love your band. You guys were a huge influence on us musically.' And he looked at me and said, 'Don't blame me.' I was like, 'Wow, you're a real d**k.'
"Now, I talk to young bands all the time and I get guys' CDs all the time. They want to talk about what to do in the music business.
"I love taking the time to talk to them and to impart whatever knowledge I have, my experience to them. You don't want to be that guy."