Toad the Wet Sprocket With Lee Dewyze Opening!
When Monty 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 desperately needed to come up with a name to call their band for an upcoming gig ata Goleta, CA watering hole called The Shack. Since that day, "Toad the Wet Sprocket" has been the name of the four piece California rock band consisting of lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe.
After 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 are currently in the studio with producer Mikal Blue, and fans can look forward to a new release and extensive tour in 2013.
ABOUT LEE DeWYZE
With his rough-hewn voice and laid-back Midwestern charm, Lee DeWyze won over millions of viewers as a contestant and eventual winner of the ninth season of "American Idol." An accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter who had already built a following on the Chicago club scene by the time he auditioned, DeWyze displays his true nature as an artist on his major-label debut Live It Up. In January 2010, DeWyze found himself standing in line at Chicago's United Center along with 12,000 aspiring singers waiting to try out for "Idol." He was the only male contestant in season 9 never to wind up in the competition's bottom three. That August, DeWyze was back at the United Center, this time to headline the "American Idol Live" tour. Working with top-notch collaborators such as Toby Gad (Alicia Keys, Fergie), John Shanks (Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow) and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Weezer), DeWyze co-wrote nearly every song on Live It Up, which he recorded while on the road that summer with "American Idol Live." The title track captures the easy-going sprit of the album a breezy blend of rootsy pop, rock and folk, anchored by DeWyze's soulful, husky voice and bright-sounding acoustic guitar.
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