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Date
Friday
April 12, 2019
Time
Doors 8:00pm
Showtime 10:00pm
Location
Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (map)
525 S Beckham Ave
Tyler TX 75702

It’s  been  26  years  since  the  Toadies  started  playing  rock  music  in  Fort Worth,   Texas.   Through   lineup   changes,   shelved   albums,   member departures, band break-ups, one-off reunions and full-on reformations, the Toadies are an act that has experienced nearly everything.
After  bursting  onto  the  national  scene  in  1994  with  their  breakthrough Rubberneck  album,  which  begat  their  signature  single  “Possum  Kingdom,” the successful follow-up single “Away” and the immense fan favorite “Tyler,” the  Toadies  returned  to  the  studio  in  1998  with  the  pressure  of  trying  to match  their  first  album’s  success.  That  success  didn’t  translate  to  label support  when  the  Toadies  submitted  their  second  album,  Feeler.  Perhaps aptly,  things  in  general  just  went  wrong.  “We  got  approval  for  a  record,” says Vaden Todd Lewis, “and somewhere in the process of handing over the masters to get mixed, it got unapproved. So we went back to the drawing board.” Eventually some of the Feeler tracks made it onto Hell Below/Stars Above—a  sophomore  offering  that  came  seven  years  after  Rubberneck. Disappointed and dejected, the band dissolved just a few months after that album’s release.


Coming out of the Toadies, Lewis, guitarist Clark Vogeler and drummer Mark Reznicek  were  disillusioned.  Vogeler  went  to  work  as  a  film  editor  being nominated  for  3  Emmy  Awards,  Rez  hooked  up  with  the  country-western band  Eleven  Hundred  Springs.  Lewis  initially  thought,  “Fuck  this  whole business. I’m gettin’ out. I just wanted to do anything else.”
Toadies  fans  stuck  with  them  though,  often  inquiring  as  to  the  band’s activities. Says Lewis, “People just asked me “So, what are you doin’ now?” Soon it occurred to him that music was all he wanted to do. “I’m a musician. That’s what I do, and I’m not happy not doing it.”


Meanwhile,  “Possum  Kingdom”  never  left  the  airwaves,  enjoying  constant rotation  at  major  modern  rock  stations.  Fans  clamored  for  a  Toadies reunion. “The band never went all the way away,” says Lewis."

"A  one-off  show  in  Dallas  in  2006  became  a  full-fledged  reunion  with  the addition of former Hagfish bassist, Doni Blair. Ever since, the Toadies have steadily built momentum. A third album, No Deliverance, came in 2008 and saw the band selling out shows nationwide while also playing Lollapalooza and ACL. The “lost album,” Feeler, finally materialized in 2010 followed by Play.Rock.Music.  in  2012.  Highly  successful  national  tours  followed  each release. The band’s annual Dia de Los Toadies festival now in its 8th year – has featured the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Ben Kweller, Old 97s, Mariachi El Bronx, Helmet, The Black Angels, Centro-matic, Sarah Jaffe, The Sword and Black Joe Lewis.


In 2014, Toadies celebrated the 20th anniversary of Rubberneck by playing the album front to back for the first time ever on a U.S. tour. With 20 years and thousands of shows behind them, the Toadies sound even better. Lewis says “Performing these songs will never get old for me so long as I'm able to look out and see smiling, sweaty faces looking back,” says Lewis."

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