Gramercy Theatre in NYC welcomed a 90s-loving crowd when The Toadies brought old and new jams to the venue on October 18th. The Toadies are best remembered for their grunge staple, “Possum Kingdom”, though fans that have followed their entire career would consider Rubberneck to be a classic in its entirety. The album bled through with influence from 90s grunge, the Pixies but with a flare of punk in Vaden Todd Lewis’ vocals. The original lineup may no longer be in place but the energy and love from the fans remains the same.
Local H were the supporting act for the night and although members Scott Lucas (drums) and Ryan Harding (vocals) have been a duo since they signed a record deal in 1994, it is truly impressive how much noise they are able to produce. Best known for their hit “Bound for the Floor” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Charts, Local H had some hardcore fans in the house, all of whom sang along to lyrics from old school tracks on As Good as Dead (1996).
Members Vaden Todd Lewis (Vocals, original member), Marc Reznicek (drums, original member), Clark Vogeler (lead guitar, original member) and Doni Blair (bass, new lineup), brought a heavier performance than expected. Old tunes like “Possum Kingdom” and their encore of “I Burn” made more noise with a second drummer backing Reznicek on stage. Playing through much of Rubberneck to a nearly sold out venue showed the love and resilience of 90s music through today’s ever changing music world. The Toadies released The Lower Side of Uptown on September 8th. Visit their website for upcoming tour dates and follow them on social media: