• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Downtown Las Vegas Summer Concert Series at Fremont continues this summer, once again focusing on bands of the 90’s. Last week, The Toadies, who were celebrating the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough record Rubberneck, hit the stage.

The Show.

Opening with “I Come from The Water”, the band quickly had the audience singing along.

Vaden Todd Lewis, the mastermind behind the band hasn’t missed a step. Sure, he looks a little older, but his vocals are still on point, straining just to the edge of breaking during songs like “Back Slider” and “Tyler”. His guitar playing, combined with Clark Vogler, is much the same way. They tie together the odd time signature melodies with licks that are just chaotic enough, but never go off the deep end.

The formidable rhythm section of original drummer Mark Reznicek and bassist Doni Blair kept a nice, solid beat that’s as the band was once described, “distinctively grungy and distinctly Texan”.

The music has always been a heavy groove Southern rock, and although the band never achieved the mainstream success they deserved, (mainly due to the inept record label they were involved with) fans of the 90’s era know the Toadies, and they know the songs. This being evident when the band launched into their biggest hit “Possum Kingdom”. The entire Fremont Street crowd screamed along.

Along with a surprise cover of “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, it was a blistering set. It matched the blistering heat of the evening.

The Toadies are currently touring the United States and are a must see for any grunge fan. 

Setlist.

I Come From the Water
Little Sin
Song I Hate
Backslider
Take Me Alive
Tyler
Polly Jean
Away
I Put A Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
Possum Kingdom

Gallery.

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos by Stephy Hayward for ZRockR Magazine – All Rights Reserved

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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