AEG Live

Toad the Wet Sprocket / Grant Lee Buffalo

August 22, 2013 | 7:30PM

The Mountain Winery Map It

Saratoga, CA

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Advance: $37.50 - $57.50

On Sale: Monday, Apr 22, 10:00AM

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All Ages

Doors Open At: 5:30PM

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Toad the Wet Sprocket - When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he...

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Toad the Wet Sprocket - When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name. Fast forward to 1986, when four California teens desperately needed to come up with a name to call their band for an upcoming gig at a Goleta, CA watering hole called The Shack. Since that day, “Toad the Wet Sprocket” has been the name of the four piece California rock band consisting of lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe. After breaking up in 1998, Toad would get together sporadically to play shows on a casual basis, but their hard core fans never gave up hope for a new album. After successful tours in 2006-2010, the band finally decided to put the last piece of the puzzle in place, and committed to working together on new music. They also decided to update their classic catalog, and created a new Greatest Hits album “All You Want”, which came out in 2011. Toad the Wet Sprocket are currently in the studio with producer Mikal Blue, and fans can look forward to a new release and extensive tour in 2013.

Grant Lee Buffalo- Famed in the 90s for albums Fuzzy, Mighty Joe Moon, Copperopolis and Jubilee, Grant Lee Buffalo was one of the leading lights of the American alt-rock scene. Now the original GLB line-up of Grant-Lee Phillips, Paul Kimble and Joey Peters have reformed and return for a very special select group of performances in New York City, Glasgow and London.

 Grant Lee Buffalo came to attention in 1993 with their debut album, Fuzzy. ROLLING STONE magazine called it one of the best debuts of the year, with Phillips receiving the Best Male Vocalist nod from the magazine in 1995. MELODY MAKER crowed “At the rate they’re going…we’ll have to invent a new language to describe how f***ing great this band is,” and the LOS ANGELES TIMES stated “The L.A. folk-punk trio's admittedly off-the-cuff, freewheeling debut has been touted as one of the year's best.”

 These type of accolades garnered a still-dedicated following on both sides of the pond, and while they all look upon their time together with great fondness, they never felt a need to reform until now. Says Phillips, "The allure of rediscovering Grant Lee Buffalo has never diminished. Time has allowed each of us to explore, to grow, and to appreciate the rarity of what this band has to offer."

 Grant-Lee Phillips (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Kimble (bass) and Joey Peters (drums), spent just six years together, earning the respect of music journalists, audiences and other artists based on four terrific albums and non-stop touring. With an organic and original sound, lyrical brilliance and the shared desire to go out and play incredible music, it was no wonder the BBC declared Grant Lee Buffalo as a band with “sparkling originality.”

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