Sounding as if they hadn’t missed a day together, Toad the Wet Sprocket started off the night with Something’s Always Wrong to a packed house at Showcase Live. Everything was right with a strong mix of songs from all albums along with the rare track Way Away from Bread & Circus for the “old school” fans.
About mid-set Glen Phillips said that a new album was in the works, great news for Toad fans that were hoping this wasn’t just a short-lived reunion like the ones since their official breakup in 1998. Asking if the fans wanted to hear a few of the new songs they launched into The Moment followed by Friendly Fire. The new tunes have the classic “Toad” styling with a little bit more rock and polish.
The set also included the song Finally Fading off of Phillips solo album, Winter Pays for Summer, which he stated the whole band was kind enough to learn. “We need to come back here more often” Phillips said to the rest of his band-mates with the fans cheering in agreement.
Closing out the night with Walk on the Ocean, which Phillips requested we all sing a long with, it reminded me that even with age Toad the Wet Sprocket just keeps getting better and better like a fine red wine.