Toad the Wet Sprocket
Friday, January 6, 2012, 8pm / $ 45, $40, $35, $25
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
New Brunswick, NJ (December 16, 2011)—State Theatre presents Toad the Wet Sprocket on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8pm. Toad the Wet Sprocket hits include “All I Want” and “Walk On the Ocean” from the platinum album Fear; “Fall Down” from the platinum album, Dulcinea; and “Good Intentions,” featured on the platinum selling Friends TV show soundtrack. Tickets range from $25-45.
This 4-piece band from Santa Barbara, CA, made their debut in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound crowns them as one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s, and now beyond. They parted ways in 1998 but have regrouped and are working on material for their first album in 15 years while they tour the U.S. Toad the Wet Sprocket—named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe—is singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss.
Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band spent time honing their skills in area bars, and in 1988, they entered a nearby studio and came out with their debut LP, Bread and Circus. Recorded in just 8 days and for a cost of $650, this inaugural recording was originally sold in Santa Barbara area record stores as a homemade cassette. While the band was recording their second album, Pale (16 days and $6,000) they caught the attention of the LA offices of Columbia Records.
After agreeing to the band’s request to reissue Bread and Circus only in its original form— without any alterations or remixes—Columbia Records signed Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Then in 1991, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s commercial breakthrough came as the single “All I Want” (which had nearly been left off the 1991 album Fear) became a Top 20 hit. Gavin’s airplay reports also listed it as number one. After Fear was certified platinum, another single from the LP, “Walk on the Ocean,” also became a successful track for the band. They played over 300 shows on the Fear tour, a two-year marathon ending in throat surgery for Phillips’ overused pipes.
Three years later, Toad returned with Dulcinea, generating yet another Top 40 hit (not to mention a six week run as number one on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks) with the single “Fall Down.” Dulcinea then also sold enough copies to reward Toad with another platinum certification.
1995 brought In Light Syrup, a collection of unreleased material, B-Sides and movie soundtrack songs. Featuring “Good Intentions,” another hit single that’s also been featured on the platinum selling Friends TV show soundtrack, In Light Syruprecently became certified gold.
Coil, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s fifth proper LP, followed in 1997. Then in July, 1998, the group parted ways. Even so, in 1999, PS (A Toad Retrospective) was released. In 2004, Columbia/Legacy released Toad’s live CD Welcome Home, Live from the Arlington Theater.
Since 2006, the band has played to enthusiastic crowds of all ages across the country, proving that great music truly is timeless.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Fri, January 6 at 8pm
$ 45, $40, $35, $25
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Ticket Office – 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Online – www.StateTheatreNJ.org
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