Alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket performs live in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band Toad the Wet Sprocket for “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name. In 1986, four California teens desperately needed to come up with a name for their band for an upcoming gig at The Shack, a Goleta, CA watering hole.
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 released five 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 by assembling a new greatest hits album, All You Want (2011).