It's not your fault. The fact is, Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up in 1998 and, save a few reunions for a tour here and a gig there, the band has remained broken up for much of the past 16 years. But not so long ago, in part due to a request from fellow '90s rockers The Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket officially got back together for an album and a new summer tour.
That tour will be rolling through
JG: How did the tour with Counting Crows come about? Did you guys know one another back in the day?
GP: Strangely enough, one of the first shows Toad played together was with them. We met Adam when we went on their first tour, and he knew about us. He asked if we would open a few shows after five years of being broke up, and we went ahead and reunited Toad to open for the Crows in 2004. Those were the first shows we played together after breaking up, and we didn't play together for another year. So, it seemed right and familiar to do it with them when we got back together.
JG: What's easier for you, writing songs for the band or writing songs for yourself?
GP: I really enjoyed that process of writing for Toad this time around. I was able to directly write for the band, which I never did the first time. I asked myself what Toad was and what I wanted the Toad album to be. Back then, we would write 30 songs and pick the best ones and make a record. We didn't ask ourselves what we sounded like and what we want to say. This time, we got to start with that so it was a lot of fun to write this album ("New Constellation").
JG: What kind of experience do you get at a live show for Toad the Wet Sprocket today that fans didn't get to see or hear 20 years ago?
GP: I don't know. I think we are happier and there is more of a sense of fun on stage than there was back then. I think we are better overall. Now we are happy to have a song like "All I Want" and people who want to hear it. It means people care about it. I remember Pearl Jam wouldn't play songs because they said that radio ruined it. It was a weird '90s thing we all had back then. These days, we are having a good time playing and it's a good combination of deep cuts and new stuff and the stuff everyone knows.
Who: Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket
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