Exclusive Interview With Toad The Wet Sprocket Bassist Dean Dinning- Dean talks about new music, summer tour, their “storytelling” songs, and more

Toad The Wet Sprocket broke through commercially with their third album “Fear” which had the top 20 singles “All I Want” and “Walk On The Ocean” and hit platinum.  Both of those singles were huge, but more people tend to know the band from “All I Want.”  If you didn’t know this band and listened to this song now, you would know why as it would probably hit you emotionally.  The song also sounds like something really familiar from the 90s era and will probably give you some nostalgia (in a good way).

The band released two albums before “Fear” though with “Bread & Circus” and “Pale.”  The single “Way Away” was on “Bread & Circus” and the single “Come Back Down” was on “Pale.”  Before breaking up in 1998, the band released “Dulcinea” in 1994 and “Coil” in 1997.  With “Fear,” “Dulcinea,” and “Pale” though, the band was starting to get recognized by more and more people and got some songs in movies.  The song “Brother” was included in a Mike Myers movie and “Crazy Life” was included in the movie “Empire Records” about a bunch of record store workers.  This movie was a 90s classic about music so it helped them out a lot.  A lot of other 90s rock artists were included on the soundtrack inducing Gin Blossoms, Sponge, The Cranberries, Cracker, Better Than Ezra, and more.

Although the band broke up in 1998, they worked on and off with each other releasing things every now and then including some shows with the band Counting Crows.  The band didn’t officially reunite though until 2009.  In 2013 they created a Kickstarter campaign for their new album “New Constellation” in which the campaign did really well for them.  The album was released later that year.  The band stayed busy and landed an opening spot for the Counting Crows on their 2014 summer tour.  Dean talks great things about that tour in the interview.  Also, when the tour was announced around then, the band gave credit to Counting Crows for helping them reunite by inviting them to play shows when they were brokered up.  The band has been on numerous other tours since reuniting including with Tonic, Smash Mouth, and Rusted Root, as well as celebrating their popular albums in the 90s with tours dedicated to them.  The band also released an EP in 2015 called “Architect Of The Ruin.”  New music will hopefully be released next year and read the interview to find out more about that.

Exclusive Interview With Toad The Wet Sprocket Bassist Dean Dinning

DEAN: Hello this is Dean

AR: Hi Dean this is Scott from Alternative Revolution

DEAN: Hello, we have an interview scheduled for right now

AR: Yeah it is okay to talk now?

DEAN: That’s perfectly fine

AR: Cool.  So the band will be heading out on a summer tour pretty soon.  You have been touring mostly every summer seemingly since you guys reunited full time.  The last couple of summer tours I think you guys were celebrating the anniversary of some of your albums released in the 90s.  What can fans expect to hear on this upcoming tour?  I hear you guys might have new music out soon as well as a song for the movie Animal Crackers and a Roger Miller Tribute album.

DEAN: That’s right.  Those things are finally coming out which is great.  Those are two great projects.  The Animal Crackers is still looking for a US distributor.  But it is coming out this month on 12,000 streets of China.  Which doesn’t really do anyone in the US any good, but there are hoping to make a deal with possibly Netflix and they are looking for a distributor. They had problems finding distribution deal for the film, but that’s kind of exciting.  People really like that song and we were playing it on the road and when the movie lost its distribution we kind of sat on it.  And said “Hey let’s save this until the movie comes out.”  We have been sitting on it for a while, so I think we will bust it out again.  And the Roger Miller thing, do you know about that Roger Miller tribute album?

AR: Yeah I just looked it up actually and was listening to your version of his song and I like how it is like a rock version of it.  

DEAN: Yeah you know it turned out really great.  You know, it has a lot of harmonies in it.  People thought that it kind of reminded them of the Everly Brothers, but it’s more lie, we just did our kind of more driving rock kind of thing with it and you know it doesn’t kind of have the low beat feel that the original has.  You know which is very sort of cowboy movie ish.  And yeah I like our version.  Our version is good.  It has been going over great live.  Also, we play that one a lot you know when we hit Nashville or something or if we want to just pull out a cover.  A lot of people don’t know it, so it almost doesn’t count as a cover.  But I think our version is strong and if people don’t know it, they know it after the first minute.

AR: Will songs from the new studio album be played?

DEAN: Yeah we have been playing some new songs off of the “New Constellation” record just back in 2013 and we also did an EP, the “Architect for The Ruin.”  We are talking about playing a couple from that one that we haven’t been playing recently.  You know it is always kind of a fun process.  We get together for a couple of days before the tour and well for the current list of production, but for us it is really kind of building the set and deciding what kind of show that we want to do.  Everybody kind of reverses themselves on the songs and get together and play them and structure a few different ways and it is always a lot of fun.  So it is interesting to see what people are into.  We just got our own kind of Spotify playlist.  You know, it is kind of a big deal.  It doesn’t have that many followers yet, but Spotify went ahead, and when an artist gets to a certain point (I don’t know what their criteria is).  When an artist gets to a certain point, they create a playlist called “This is” and then the artist.

AR: Oh yeah I heard of that

DEAN: If it was Maroon 5, they would be like, oh this is new Maroon 5.  One person on the planet is new to Maroon 5.  You can click on this playlist and then get an introductory course into what that band is about.  And so it was interesting to see what they put on ours.  They put a lot of the newer material on there.  And even as far as back from the first couple of records.  So I’m going to refer to that and say “I think people want to hear that.”  We have also done things before we have taken a poll on Facebook or on the internet and said “hey everybody, what songs do you want to hear?”  “We’d like you to choose what songs you want to hear on the tour.”  And there is always one guy who says, you should skip playing “All I Want” this year.  And is like “you should play deep cuts that nobody has ever heard.”  Which works great for that one person, and it doesn’t work for about 98 percent of the audience.  I have been to shows where they don’t play the hits.  It is not what people are paying for in my opinion.  They expect certain things and we want to give them certain things.  It is not about pulling the rug out from anybody.  For everybody who says “oh you should only play deep cuts.”  For the most part, people say “play “Walk On The Ocean” or play “All I Want.”  It is always like the songs that are most popular are also people’s favorite songs.  So that’s kind of a cool thing.

AR: I think I heard you guys were recording a new studio album.  Will those unreleased songs be played at these shows?

DEAN: We are talking about recording new material.  We haven’t started yet.  It was kind of a difficult year because you know we had fires and then the mudslides and several people had been affected by that and you know Glen (our singer) was supposed to move in to a place.  He had a place where he was supposed to move into, but the place he was moving had  feet of mud inside of it after the mudslides.  I mean, everybody’s safe thank goodness.  There was a lot of loss of life and it all seems pretty trivial compared to when you’re talking about people losing their lives in a mudslide like that.  But it did kind of threw us off track, so hopefully we will get back on track and go in the studio to record new material for next year.

AR: Also since you reunited full time, you have played headlining tours, opened for Counting Crows, and shared the bill with bands like Tonic, Smash Mouth, and Rusted Root.  What do you like better, playing headlining tours playing more songs or sharing the stage with similar bands from when you guys started which makes for a more popular show among 90s fans?

DEAN: You know they are different.  I think they all sort of have their purpose.  We find ourselves in kind of a unique position.  We are a band that still has a following.  We still have people out there.  There is what they call hard ticket shows and soft ticket shows.  Festivals and things like that where you pay one price to see like 20 bands, that’s more of a soft ticket thing.  Or when the city puts on a show and it is free for the audience.  That’s what you call a soft ticket show.  We actually have an audience that is happy to support the band and that audience wants to hear an hour and a half of Toad.  Anything that would cause us to have to cut the show down, they will come to it if they like the other band.  The Counting Crows thing was a great matchup because we’ve done shows with them before.  And a lot of our fans, you know there is a tremendous amount of crossover between our fans and their fans.  But the most important fan of our band is  Adam Duritz (we both laugh).  If he is a fan of your band, then it turns out well for you.  Those guys like us and they treat us great and we always got a nice soundcheck and things like that, but our fans, its kind of like with a lot of bands, they can’t go out there and you know charge for an hour and a half show after doing it for as long as we have.  So we just don’t take that for granted.  We’re so grateful to have them as our audience after all of these years.  These people come see us and they are so dedicated.  We just want to give them more than what they are coming for.  So we want to give them a real Toad experience and that’s like the # 1 thing these days.  I think the rule is that if you can go out and headline and sell tickets, that’s what you should do.  Its good to stir things up and let you know that you’re not dead and that you’re still around, but we prefer to do our own shows.

AR: I know you said you haven’t really started on the new music yet.  Do you have any ideas on what it may sound like or no?

DEAN: It always ends up sounding like us.  Even when we start out listening to different things.  It is always a product of where we are and what we’ve been listening to.  It’s not going to sound like Christina Aguilera.

AR: (Laughs).

DEAN: It is always going to structure the band.  You know, two guitars, bass, drums, and some keyboards is always in there here and there.  It is not going to change that much.  It’s funny, after we did this Roger Miller song, I mentioned in an interview one time.  Someone asked me a questions and said, so if someone came to you and wanted you to do a country album, what would you say?  And I think I’d probably just go ahead and say yes because why not.  It’s just another thing to do.  If people think that because we play a Roger Miller song, that makes us country or that makes us sound country.  If we can do a country album like that, then that would be great.  And then all of a sudden, the word started going around that Toad’s going to make a country album.  Long behold, some guys that we know in a band called Sister Hazel.

AR: They kind of went country.

DEAN: And they did a country album.  And I think this is all coming from the fact that Darius from Hootie And the Blowfish went country.  And was successful at it.  Well, you know Hootie was kind of always country.  It is just a matter of branding, really for them.  And Hootie did it right.  I could see us doing that, but it is not like we are suddenly going to go country.  It will always sound like us.  We just kind of do what we do and things come around.  We didn’t really kind of change the music we were doing when quote unquote alternative got popular on the radio.  It was just that alternative music was happening.  It just happened and we sort of sounded safe enough that we wouldn’t drive their old audience away.  Honestly the most alternative thing about us is our name.

AR: (Laughs)

DEAN: But other than that, it wouldn’t make the radio stations old audience run for the hills.  We just do what we do.  That’s the bottom line.

AR: I liked what I heard for the “One Of These Days” song from the Animal Crackers movie.  Were you guys supposed to write a song in a specific way for the movie or did you already have it written and the producers of the movie just thought the song was a good fit?

DEAN: Yeah there’s a bit of a story there.  They always do a temp track for that sort of movie.  And then temp track for that movie was “Mamma Said” by The Shirelles.

Dean sings part of the song “Mamma said there will be days like this.”

DEAN: Which is the general idea of our song “One Of These Days.”  It is about nothing kind of going right.  And in a humorous way.  That was the temp track.  And that actually came about when the director of the film Scott, randomly put a message on Facebook.  On the Toad Facebook page that he was directing a movie and since he was the director, Toad was his favorite band, he was going to choose the music.  And he wanted to have a Toad song in the movie.  I got back to him.  I was like “okay of course we will do this.”  “What can we do?”  And they tried every single song of ours that was around the same tempo.  They thought “Something’s Always Wrong” might work there.  They tempted it for a while, but it just kind of wasn’t giving them the kind of you know vibe that they wanted.  And there we talked about two new possibilities.  We would write a new song or we could do a cover of “Mamma Said” by The Shirelles which we actually started a version of.  Before we got a phone call though from the producers of the movie who said “Whoa whoa whoa put the breaks on.”  It turns out the publishing for that song is owned by the Michael Jackson estate and it would be way too expensive to even license for doing it for that cover.  So we said “Okay okay.”  Now as a last resort, which probably should have been the first resort.  But at the last resort we went to writing an original song and we wrote this thing.  We already had the vibe of it going from the cover version of what we started.  But he wrote something and then we recorded it in about a day out in California, A Thousand Oaks with Michael Blue and it turned out great.  It is a nice moment in the movie and it is a good song.  So it worked out for the best even though it was third on the list that we tried to do a song for that movie.  But having a new song is nice.  They are talking about, that is possibly possibly possibly how you would go about I don’t know getting nominated for an academy award or whatever.  You would never do that with a cover song.  The song has to be written specifically for the movie for the to even consider it.  So and all of a sudden if it becomes part of a larger thing for the movie because it was an original song that written for the movie and then they could pitch it for an academy award or whatever.  So it is part of the business thing too.

AR: That would be cool

DEAN: It would be fun.

AR: Do you think any of the new music will have somewhat of a similar sound to “One Of These Days?”

DEAN: Oh gosh.  It is hard to say.  The feel of our music is so broad.  What we do, from everything like driving rock songs to lighter stuff like this.  I think that it is inevitable that we will have more things that sound like “One Of These Days.”  Sometimes I’ve seen reviews of our recent music and people say “well they don’t have as much angst as they did when they were in their 20s.”  And its like “well duh.”

We both laugh

DEAN: Like who does.  Things are still important, but they are just not as make or break as it was.  When we were in the twenties everything was on the black.  And we all just mellowed out somewhat and I mean we’re all wiser and we’ve been through a lot and we can never get back to the level of angst that we had as teenagers.  When we started or in our twenties I mean.  We can try.  I would have to go and live in a car for a month or something to capture the essence of what was you know what was disturbing back then.  But it is just like do I really want to do that.  Is that false, is that even real?  Whenever we make new music we reflect where we are now and what’s important to us now.  Looking at the country these days, I think it is more important than ever.  We’re more divided than we have ever been and music is something that can be a great tool to bring people together.  When you go to a concert, the guy three rows over from you, it doesn’t matter.  You guys are there because you both like the same music.  So I think this is one of the way we are going to get through it.  We will realize that we are not as different as what the news media and the politicians like us to believe.  I would like that to be how we get through it.

AR: Yeah well I think the music should always reflect how it is now.

DEAN: We need to bring people together and I still say an important idea you can offer people is hope and to never give up, that they are not alone, and we have always done for that people.  And we try to maintain that and keep that voice in the words and in the music.

AR: You answered part of my next question, but I’m not sure if you answered all of it.  Was it weird recording a cover of a country song in a version that sounded more like you guys.  Was it hard making it sound different than the original song?

DEAN: I always think that if you do a cover song, you should make it sound as much like what you would do with it as an artist, instead of trying to emulate the original.  I don’t really think that is the point of a cover to do it like the original.  Have you ever heard of our cover of “Rock And Roll All Night” by Kiss?

AR: I don’t think so

DEAN: Well if you want to have some fun, google that.

AR: Okay yeah

DEAN: And it will come up right away.  It was on the Kiss tribute album which as called “Kiss My Ass.”  This is one of this instances where it was kind of like “Animal Crackers.”  Kiss put together their own tribute album and one day I got a call from our manager saying “Gene Simmons is waiting for you to call him.”  I said “Oh my god.”  So I called him and he said “we’re making a tribute album and we could have anyone on it and I want Toad The Wet Sprocket to do a Kiss song.”  He said “you could do any song you want.”  I said for me there’s only really one and that’s the ultimate and that is “I Want To Rock And Roll All Night.”  I said what if we could do it completely like Toad and nothing like Kiss.  And that was exactly what they wanted in terms.  Gene and Paul flipped out over our cover of “Rock And Roll All Night.”  Kiss fans were like “this shit is for pussies.”


DEAN: We used acoustic guitars and really pretty harmonies and it was like a hippie camp fire song.  I guess it was meant to be ironic and it ended up being very pretty. And it split people because some said “that was the worst cover ever” and some people were like you know “they did it right.”  It didn’t sound anything like the original.  They told to us to put our own spin on it.  It is like “Rock And Roll All Night” gets “Walk On The Ocean.”  That’s what it is.  When Gene heard the song, he flipped out and said “this sounds like a brand new Toad The Wet Sprocket song.”  It doesn’t sound anything like Kiss.  He said you guys did it.  He said “I didn’t know how you were going to do it, but you did it.”  He said it was excellently perfect.  They loved it, so I think you should always put your own spin on things.  And if were thinking about doing a cover of know matter what it is, we got to think to ourselves, “what is the Toad thing and how do we lay it on top of this piece of music that is not ours and do it differently.  So it is a cool opportunity.  We’ve done a few covers for various artists before.  We did “Instant Karma” for the John Lennon tribute album, that was really cool.  And we did “Hey Bulldog,” The Beatles deep cut for the soundtrack of “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”  That was something that Glen was playing around with and he wanted to do a cover of that and it was sort of in the can and we finished it in literally like…..They Were like, “Do you have anything you want to put out yet” and we were like “We got this.”  So we gave it to them and that came out great too and like I was saying it always sounds like us.  Always.

AR: I’ll check that out, especially the Kiss song.

DEAN: Check out the Kiss one.  You know maybe you can put it in your article or something.  As long as we have the conversation we might as well make it interesting.

AR: That would be cool, yeah.

DEAN: Whatever you want to do.

AR: I thought the music you guys put out since you reunited full time with “New Constellation” and “Architect of The Ruin” was good with how it seems to have somewhat of a modern feel but still sounded like Toad The Wet Sprocket.  Can you talk a little about what influenced the sound of those albums after not recording a studio album in such a long time?

DEAN: Yeah we all kept up listening to modern things and you know Glen is always listening tot things that is very different from what the band does.  I remember he was listening to Santigold and MGMT.  And things like that before we made the record.  And you can hear a little bit of that influence in there.  As far as the songs that Todd and I brought in, songs like “California Wasted” and “The Moment,” I don’t think that was necessarily influenced by what we were listening to so much as what we were actually doing.  He and I started going to Nashville and writing with writers over there.  We would take trips over there a couple of times a year and we had a guy we worked with who set us up with songwriters and learned a ton about songwriting.  And we just put a whole other level of craft from what we were bringing in and we took things further than we had than the past.  A lot of the times when we brought songs in to finish with the band, we haven’t developed them as much as we had this time around with the songs that we brought in.  They were much farther along.  A lot of the melody was there and a lot of the words were already there.  Going over there to Nashville, working with people and actually realizing people recognized Toad for having good songwriting.  And then all these people wanted to write with us because they grew up listening to out records.  They were the big time writers over there.  We were just like “Wow I can’t believe this persona actually wants to sit down and write a song with us.”  So everyday we were learning more and more about how to do this.  So when we came back and did our demos for these two records, we had played all of this new stuff that we have learned about lyrics writing and structure and all of that.  All of that came out in our songs.  So I think in some ways Glen already learned that stuff and he probably needs to listen to things that are a little more out there.  Not that MGMT and Santigold are that out there.  It’s not like listening to Yoko Ono.  A thing for us was actually getting some tools to apply that into what we were doing with the band instead of giving things to the band and that didn’t have melodies and didn’t have the lyrical ideas developed.  Instead had them much really more on the path to a bigger step as opposed to the way we have done things before.  If that makes sense.

AR: One thing I like about your songs is how they are good storytelling songs.  

DEAN: Right

AR: Not only in the lyrics, the music seems to help tell the story.  One example of that I think is “Finally Fading” from the “Architect Of Ruin” EP.

DEAN: Right

AR: Can you talk about how the band has the songs come out to be good storytelling songs and maybe how “Finally Fading” came out to be like that?

DEAN: “Finally Fading” was a song….It’s interesting you picked that one out.  Because that was actually something that we resisted.  That was a song that Glen had put on a solo album of his in 2005.  And I think that the reason……..He was working with a record label at the time.  I think he had a record deal with Lost Highway.  I don’t even know if they are still around.  They might be (laughs).  It’s funny because I think that song he did for that album because his record company said we want something that’s more Toad like.  Okay, so he wrote that song, but the album didn’t get heard properly by the public.  I think it didn’t really find an audience, so that song was still a good song.  And it had been written as if he would bring it to the band.  I like Glen’s story songs.  “Walk On The Ocean” is a story song.  Those are some of my favorites and that’s a good one.  Those are the most honest and they resonate nicely with people. Did I address the original question?

AR: Yeah sort of

DEAN: What was the question again?

AR: Like how the songs become good storytelling songs?

DEAN: How they become good storytelling songs.  I think there are a couple of different ways that Glen writes lyrics like sometimes he has something that he written in a book, or a big idea that he wants to do a song about, and when he doesn’t have that, he does these story songs.  And that song is what “Finally Fading” is.  It’s really sort of a mixture of both.  It is two different ways of getting ideas for things and when one is from your life, people relate to that stuff, its great.  Yeah I hope that addressed it better.  I don’t know if it did.

AR: I know it’s been like 5 years since you guys fully reformed as a band, but how is it like being a band this time around?  Does it feel different and has a lot of things changed?

DEAN: Well yeah a lot of things have changed.  You know I think when we broke up originally, we took a lot of things for granted and certainly looking back after 10 years, just a thought that we still have an audience just blows me away, but we get to be one of those bands that people didn’t forget about, that people remember, and it helps that our stuff keeps getting used in a lot of films and things like that.  It seems like if anyone wants to do a flashback to 1993, just pull out a Toad song and everybody knows where they are in history.  We’ve had that happen a lot of times.  I think we are all much more appreciative of the fact that we actually get to do this. It is not the only thing we’re doing obviously.  Glen has a solo career.  I’m doing a ton of writing and producing.  I guess it is on the side, but I ended up doing that for more months than I am actually on the road.  But being able to go on the road.  I have a friend who was in a very successful band in the 70s. They still go out but they go out a couple of weekend shows and then they come home.  And I tell him that we are about to do 25 shows in a row and he goes “oh man I wish we could do that.”  There are people out there……..And this something we actually get to do and it is incredibly rewarding to go out there and play these songs.  The songs are good, they are challenging to perform, they are great songs vocally, just sinning them every nights and people just love them so much and we get to go out and see our friends.  A lot of the same people come to see us year after year.  We just had a couple in New Jersey, wait no Long Island NY actually.  They saw us for the 50th time last year.  So it is kind of like going out and getting to see all of our friends once a year and they all just love the band and they bring us regional delights from wherever we are.  In Long Island it is generally pizza.  In Memphis it is Gus’s chicken, so whatever it is they are good people who like to take care of us.  It is wonderful.  It is a really nice treat to gout and play for people.  That’s what I’ll say about it.

AR: Last question.  Do you have any idea what do you think the future holds for the band?  Are you going to keep putting out music and touring for a while?

DEAN: I think that we will continue to do that for as long as we can get away with it.  We’ve been given this wonderful gift and I think we, I think theres was a time when we had to realize how lucky we were and now we definitely do.  We are not going to squander this opportunity again.  Music is too powerful of a thing and the kind of music that we make really really makes people feel good and people can appreciate it on a deep and profound level.  They can also just enjoy it in the moment and it just makes people so happy and I really think that people need that.  Right now, we are able to provide that for people.  I don’t see anything to stop us from doing that, to somehow not being able to continue doing it physically.  If we are suddenly to get arthritis and not be able to play, well maybe we could hire a band to play for us and just go out there and sing.  I don’t know what we will do, but we will find a way to keep this going.  I think they would have to drag us off the stage.  When we’re in our 80s hopefully.

AR: That is definitely good to know.

DEAN: Yeah

AR: Yeah so thanks so much for doing the interview, and thank you for your time.

DEAN: My pleasure.  Alright man, take it easy.

AR: You too have a good one.

The band’s official bio:

Approaching 30 years as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket released their first LP, Bread & Circus, about 25 years ago on their own, independent label, Abe’s Records. A quarter of a decade later, they are still making music, including their most recent full length studio album, New Constellation, on the same label and in the same spirit of unwavering independence. The band is thankful for the continued help and enthusiastic support of their fans, which helped spur the release of All You Want, and also serves as inspiration for the band to tour and play live. Toad the Wet Sprocket share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course time. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilations along the way. While most will still feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, fans will also be well familiar with tracks with lyrics that resonate for so many life milestones like “The Moment”, “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” and so many more.

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Be sure to check out Toad The Wet Sprocket on Spotify HERE and iTunes HERE including their latest EP “Architect Of The Ruin”.

Official press release for the upcoming tour with the dates below it:

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET ANNOUNCES 2018 U.S. SUMMER TOUR SPOTIFY “FANS FIRST” PRE-SALE BEGINS APRIL 2nd Charity Campaign, in Support of RAINN, to Engage Fans and Raise Awareness

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Toad the Wet Sprocket is happy to announce their 2018 U.S. summer tour, and will offering fans pre-sale tickets on April 2nd, via Spotify “Fans First”. The general on-sale date is April 6th. Toad continues to support their latest releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015) and will be performing fan favorites like “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” and many more. These tracks are included on All You Want (2011), which will be available at shows and online. A full, new merchandise line and VIP packages will also be available.

On April 2 special code will be emailed directly to Spotify listeners who follow Toad the Wet Sprocket and have opted to receive Artist Update emails.

Fans can secure VIP Meet & Greet packages with a ticket purchase which will include: one pre-show meet & greet with the band, one photograph with the band, one live acoustic song performance, one exclusive VIP tour laminate, one autographed tour poster and one premium reserved seat ticket (or early access to seating if a general admission show, where available).

Be on the look-out for a full, new line of merchandise featuring brand new designs including T-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, tote bags and more. All will be available online and at shows.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will also have some new music coming this year and will be featured in two compilation projects. The track “One of These Days” will included in the upcoming animated motion picture Animal Crackers, and “Nothing Can Stop My Love” will be on the Roger Miller Tribute Album. Please check the Toad socials for updates on these projects.

Toad the Wet Sprocket is honored to have a long-standing relationship with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and this year’s collaboration seeks to raise awareness for this issue that impacts us all in some way. Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. On this tour Toad will be highlighting the fact that every single fan can make a direct, tangible difference, simply by making a $10 donation to RAINN. Every $10 donation will directly enable one survivor to get the help they deserve, including the National Sexual Assault Hotline, that is available 24 hours everyday at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Further information is available at: www.RAINN.org.

Confirmed tour dates as follows:

July 18-19 San Diego, CA Belly Up

July 20 Ojai, CA Libbey Bowl

July 21-22 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

July 24 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre

July 26 Portland, OR Revolution Hall

July 27 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre

July 28 Spokane, WA The Bing Crosby Theatre

July 31 Salt Lake City, UT Red Bute Garden

August 2 Fort Collins, CO Washington’s

August 3 Arvada, CO Swallow Hill Music

August 4 Kansas City, MO The Truman

August 8 New York, NY Sony Hall

August 9-10 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere

August 11 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre

August 12 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall

August 17 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater

August 18 Chicago, IL Park West

August 19 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens

For more information, please contact: THINK PRESS Monica Hopman / (323) 661-7802 / monica@thinkpress.net

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