Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the
program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone
would actually use such a silly name. Fast forward to 1986, when four
California teens adopted the monicker as a joke for their first gig at a
Goleta, California, watering hole called The Shack.
odds, the joke became permanent. Toad the
Wet Sprocket has been touring ever since with all four original members - lead
singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer
Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made five studio albums which combined sold
over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences
across North America and Europe.
breaking up in 1998, Toad would get
together sporadically to play shows on a casual basis, but their hard core fans
never gave up hope for a new album. After successful tours in 2006-2010, the
band finally decided to put the last piece of the puzzle in place, and
committed to working together on new music. They also decided to update their
classic catalog, and created a new Greatest Hits album “All You Want,” which
came out in 2011.
Toad the Wet Sprocket has released a new
EP, New Constellation (2013), with
producer Mikal Blue and will embark on a new tour in 2013-14.