The band Lapdog formed in late 1998/early 1999 and featured Toad the Wet Sprocket members Todd Nichols and Dean Dinning along with Rob Taylor and Erik Herzog. They played their first gig as Lapdog on the night of 4/10/1999 at Club Nym in Santa Barbara, CA. No known recording exists for that show but they played a second show the following night that was recorded. The setlist from that night was filled with songs that would form the core of their 2000 release “Near Tonight.” “Figure Out” was the first song they played.
Toad was a regular at Charlie’s during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This show occurred during the time where numerous songs that would form the backbone of the 1991 release fear were being honed. This particular track is one of the songs that didn’t make the album.
Glen covered the Richard Thompson classic at one of the sixth stop of 1998’s “Frasier Fair” tour.
Broadcasted live on C-SPAN, this performance by Toad in D.C. in front of a huge crowd of NOW supporters is filled with emotion. The emotional intro to “Hold Her Down” shows that Toad has always been socially conscious and active.
Toad took most of 1996 off but did play a few shows in North Carolina and Santa Barbara in August/September of 1996 (concerts that debuted songs that would become the foundation of 1997’s Coil). This is one of the tracks they were playing at that time that didn’t make the album. It was played for the first time in Charlotte, NC on 8/20/1996. It’s been on the shelf since their 11/21/1997 show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. This performance of “Dont’ Know Me” is from a small show they played in Santa Barbara as a warmup for that year’s Rape Crisis Center benefit concert.
A popular song during Toad shows from 1989 to 1991, “All in All” was a favorite that featured alternating vocals from Todd and Glen. It disappeared from setlists after 1992 and made a brief reappearance during the 1997 tours before disappearing once more. This performance is from June 1991 at The Shack, a local Santa Barbara venue.
The “Unsatisfied” intro to “Know Me” was the preferred opener during the fall 1997 tours. This performance from the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA on October 4th is among the best of the renditions from that year.