In 2013 beloved alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket released their first album of new material in more than 15 years, and proved they've lost none of their energy or melodic sense with a series of electrifying shows. Frontman Glen Phillips and his bandmates can nail a harmony with the best of them, and they're musicianship really shines on cuts from the new album like "The Moment". While the band is excited about the new release, fans of their earlier work have nothing to worry about -- Toad the Wet Sprocket's sets consistently top the two hour mark, and their upcoming dates with Counting Crows will feature all their classic hits including "All I Want" and "Good Intentions".
Toad the Wet Sprocket was formed in 1986 by a group of high school friends in Santa Barbara, CA. The band achieved modest success on college radio with early albums like Bread & Circus (1989) and Pale (1990), but it wasn't until the 1991 release of their third album Fear that they really broke through to the mainstream. Top 20 singles "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" propelled the album to platinum sales, paving the way for extensive touring throughout the US and Europe. Their follow-up album Dulcinea in 1994 was a similar success, scoring the band their first chart-topper with "Fall Down". After breaking up in 1998 the band reassembled periodically over the years to play shows, and in 2009 they reunited full-time to begin work on a new album. The result was 2013's New Constellation, a critical and commercial success that marked their return to the charts and set the stage for continued touring.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"Toad the Wet Sprocket sound as good now, or better than they ever did. Great show with audience interaction - fantastic harmonizing - GO SEE THEM!"
"They sounded great and seemed happy and enthusiastic to be playing together again. The playlist included all the old greats and several from their latest release, which sounded even better live."
"Great show! The band played a mix of songs from the old stuff and new album. Kicked it off with "The Moment", best song from the new album. Fans sang along the whole way through."