Toadies lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis
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Toadies rock Billy Bob’s in a hometown show

By Chuck Cox

Special Contributor

Even though I saw Toadies lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis play an amazing acoustic show at the Kessler back in March, I had not seen the entire band play live since 2001. And after Monday’s show at Billy Bob’s, I can assure you Toadies is still absolutely amazing live.

For 90 minutes, the band had the packed house eating out of the palm of its hands with a very solid set that included some of the band’s most well-known material, like “Backslider,” “Possum Kingdom,” “I Come From the Water,” “Tyler,” and “I Burn.” All of those cuts are from the incredible Rubberneck album, which turns 20 years old in August. Lewis said during the show he could not believe that it had been two decades since the album came out, and that there will be a re-issue this year with bonus tracks.

To me, Toadies has always had something that’s very difficult to achieve in the music world — an incredibly original sound. I don’t think any other band can replicate that edgy tone that Lewis and his band mates produce together. Even the latest material, which includes three new albums since 2008, played well in a live setting. The crowd was also way into the show, which was extra cool since Toadies is a Fort Worth band.

Eleven Hundred Springs opened the show, although the band was already playing its set when I got there around 8:30 p.m. The show was announced as starting at 9. I still heard about six or seven songs, and I really enjoyed the band. It was an interesting juxtaposition to hear a country band open for Toadies. And it completely worked — especially since Eleven Hundred Springs has a bit of a rock edge, too.

The show was my second rock concert at Billy Bob’s in 12 days. And while I loved The Cult show, it was nowhere near as packed or as enthusiastic as the Toadies’ concert. It was a really fun atmosphere. And since I didn’t go out on New Year’s Eve, it kind of served as my end-of-the-year show. Speaking of, I will have my top 10 concerts of 2013 for you later this week.

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