SALT LAKE CITY — For some fans, it was the first time they had seen Toad the Wet Sprocket since their last visit to Salt Lake in 2011. For others, it was the first time they had seen the band in more than a decade.
On Friday night, fans filled The Depot to celebrate the music of Toad, both their classic songs and their first album of new material in 16 years. The band did not disappoint, as they delivered a strong mix of old and new.
Toad started the night with their latest single, “The Moment,” off their great latest release, New Constellation. From there, the band dove into Toad classics, “Woodburning” and “Good Intentions.”
Lead singer Glen Phillips, who aside from cutting his hair, hasn’t aged since the band released their first record in 1989, was in fine vocal form. The barefoot singer delivered with album-like quality crowd pleasers, “All I Want,” “Come Down,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” “Fall Down” and “Walk On The Ocean.”
Phillips and bassist Dean Dinning kept the banter between songs brief and easy-going. Phillips recalled the band’s early visits to Salt Lake playing at the State Fairpark Horticulture Building. During another break, he joked that despite Salt Lake having the “most logical street system” in America, he still gets lost unless he gets directions in the voice of Yoda.
The addition of “Whatever I Want’ to the set list (something not played at previous shows) was a huge bonus for Salt Lake. Toad also did a fine job of picking some of the better tracks off the new album to play, including the title track and “California Wasted.”
With the show clocking in at about 105 minutes (21 songs), most fans were out the door and on their way home before the Utah Jazz had even finished across the street. Band members were gracious with meeting with fans after the show and signing autographs.
Overall, Toad seems to have their batteries recharged and are sounding as good as they did during their hey day in the ’90s. Here’s hoping their next visit isn’t far off. and maybe they’ll stick around and play a little bit longer.
Jonathan Kingham, the band’s current keyboards, mandolin and steel guitar player opened the night with an entertaining solo set that was well worth the time of fans who showed up early.