For a good period of time you would have been hard pressed to find a bigger Toadies fan than myself. I had some of the best times loading up with a close group of friends and seeing as many Toadies shows as we possibly could. We ended up becoming pretty close to everyone who was involved, traveling hundreds of miles to watch them perform and have a big party after the show. When the band unraveled and moved on to create new things we went right along with them. We were pretty hardcore with it. I honestly cannot count the number of times that I've seen the Toadies and Burden Brothers play. It's at least half a hundred. Made some damn good friends and had some unforgettable times.
Anyway, the Toadies have gotten back together once again and it looks like people are pretty excited about it. Their show at the Austin Music Hall on Friday is sold out, as is one of the two they have booked in San Antonio. They'll also be in Houston, Grand Prairie, Corpus, Little Rock, Shreveport, and New Orleans. (Dates & Tix) This isn't the first time they've done the whole "reuniting" thing, which tends to rub some hardcore fans the wrong way. In my opinion, if they can still pack a room, put on a great show, and in doing so cause a bunch of people to enjoy themselves, then what difference does it make?
To rekindle some of that good old-fashioned mid 90's post-grunge angst, here is a fan collected compilation of Toadies songs that you'd have a hard time tracking down otherwise. I seriously doubt that anyone will mind me sharing this thing, most of it is out of print anyway. You can always go to the store and pick up Rubberneck and Hell Below/Stars Above. Here's three tracks to wet your beak, and you can download the whole thing right here.