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posted Friday, August 6, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 32

Toad the Wet Sprocket still hot after all these years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Toad the Wet Sprocket
July 29
Moore Theatre


When I was 14 years old, I had the biggest crush on Glen Phillips, lead singer and front man of Toad the Wet Sprocket. In my mind, Glen was coolness personified. He was a singer in a band, played the guitar barefoot, and looked absolutely stunning in denim jeans. I was, for all intents and purposes, in love with his voice, his band, and him.

Fast-forward to present day - 16 years later - and I still find myself singing along to the occasional Toad the Wet Sprocket song whenever they are on the radio. So it should come as no surprise that when I heard that Toad (which is how we real fans refer to the band) was coming to Seattle, I jumped at the chance to see one of my favorite bands from my youth.

When Glen Phillips, bassist Dean Dinning, guitarist Todd Nichols, and drummer Randy Guss first stepped onstage at the Moore last Thursday, do you know what I discovered immediately? I still have a crush on Glen, and, although they look a little older than in my teenage fantasies, Toad is a great live act.

First off, let me just say that I love any rock band that can entertain without all the fanfare of a multimedia stage show. Toad did just that. Glen's voice is as strong as ever, and the band is musically sound.

Toad opened the show with their 1994 radio hit "Something's Always Wrong." From then on, it was all gravy. The band played B-sides, rarities, and fan favorites, including "All I Want" from their 1991 platinum Fear album and "Fall Down" from the equally successful 1994 Dulcinea effort.

Glen's light audience banter was genuine. "Seattle has given us so much," he told the audience. "Thanks for always having us back."

The best number of the night was "Good Intentions" from 1995's In Light Syrup album. Other solid performances included "Come Down" and "Crazy Life" from Coil, the band's most mature album and "Torn" and "Come Back Down" from 1990's Pale.

Toad the Wet Sprocket may not have shared the same commercial success as their 1990s peers such as Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, or Pearl Jam - they did, however, create some pretty amazing songs that made more than one high school boy's mixed-tape collection. With songs like "Walk on the Ocean" the band moved into longevity, which is why the Moore was packed full of fans singing along to every lyric.



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