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Toad the Wet Sprocket has been playing music together off and on since 1989. (Special to the American Press)

Toad the Wet Sprocket has been playing music together off and on since 1989. (Special to the American Press)

Toad the Wet Sprocket to open for Counting Crows June 19

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:50 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Toad the Wet Sprocket will be opening for the Counting Crows at L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Liquid Society concert series on June 19. The band’s hits include “Good Intentions,” “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean”among others. Lead singer Glen Phillips, who admits to being “geographically challenged” cannot say if this is the band’s first trip to Lake Charles.

“I remember driving across from Lake Pontchartrain; but, this can be totally different.”

The group, which has played over 120 shows this year alone, describes touring and performing simply as just being a part of life. Phillips describes the Toad The Wet Sprocket show as a very personal experience.

“It’s a very straightforward thing. We’re not real showmen. We’re the kind of band you hear and think ‘Well, I could’ve had a band like that.” Phillips says laughing at his comment. “It’s vulnerable, it’s personal and it’s not a huge rock show. We’re just a bunch of guys up there playing some songs we like.”

Formed in 1989, the group thought that they wouldn’t be a success.

“We were all surprised that we ended up in a band and that band ended up getting a record deal. Even when we got a record deal we all kind of assumed that we’d make a couple of records and we’d get dropped, since that’s what happens to most everybody. For some reason, they just let us keep making music, and we did.”

Touring over the years has changed drastically for the group. Phillips remembers a world without cell phones and tours where the band used a paper map to navigate on the road.

“I didn’t have FaceTime when I was little, and I know now there’s a ton of people who have to have FaceTime to see their baby every night, and it’s a great thing.”

Though, through the changes in technology, performing on stage is still the same. The band still has its four original members, and briefly broke up when tensions within the band were running high, according to Phillips. Now, on an independent label after coming back together after individual projects, The band is working well together again.

“It’s a pretty intensive relationship; but, we treat each other well. It’s also complicated as anything.”

After 20 years, Phillips is still grateful for the fans and opportunities he thought they would never have.

“We wouldn’t be here if people weren’t listening to songs still,” Phillips said. “It was good to have the exposure through a major record label, and since now an indie band, the reach isn’t as wide. It makes me feel good to go to shows and have people singing the new songs too. If it was just about the past, it would be a little sad for me. Just the fact that there is a balance makes me thankful.”


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