You might think this is a step back, but it’s also a step forward. Toad the Wet Sprocket gained acclaim in the ’90s, charming radio with a number of hits. After their break-up, lead singer Glen Phillips built a solid career with solo albums and collaborating with Nickel Creek. Now they’ve reunited, and are coming to town to revive the old flame and open up the ears of previous fans. The show is this Sunday, March 14th at 7:00pm with opening act Truth About Seafood. We’re offering one lucky person a chance to win a pair of ticket to the show. Act now, because a winner will be selected later tomorrow afternoon, Friday, March 12th. Best of luck! Scroll down to enter to win.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Toad the Wet Sprocket was among the best and most popular of the adult alternative pop/rockers of the early ’90s. They harnessed R.E.M.’s jangle pop, smoothed it out, and turned it into something pretty, melodic, and accessible to a wide audience. Toad the Wet Sprocket never was as idiosyncratic or edgy as R.E.M., so they could reach a totally different audience, comprised equally collegiates and housewives. Their third album, Fear, arrived in the late summer of 1991 (after R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”), and they benefited from radio’s new willingness to play alternative bands, as “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” became staples on modern rock and adult contemporary stations alike. Their long-delayed follow-up Dulcinea appeared in 1994, and it spawned the hit “Fall Down”.
Glen Phillips launched a solo career several years after the band’s breakup. He remained the most visible member of the group, collaborating with Nickel Creek and issuing a string of solo releases during the early 2000s. Toad the Wet Sprocket reconvened for several tours during the decade’s latter half, with Phillips often serving as the band’s own opening act.