Toadies, formed in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas, built a loyal fan base along with the rise of the grunge movement. Although they have experienced considerable success with six studio and three live albums, all while surviving lineup changes and a hiatus, Toadies remain best known for their grunge staple "Possum Kingdom." Fans awaiting the latest Toadies tour can certainly expect that song to be a rousing highlight of any live show.
Frontman/songwriter Todd Lewis formed Toadies in 1989. The 1993 EP Pleather (with its early version of "Possum Kingdom") caught the attention of major labels, and Toadies eventually signed with Interscope Records, with whom they released the platinum-selling Rubberneck in 1994. In support of Rubberneck, Toadies opened for some big-name bands, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bush, and also played at Edgefest in Dallas and Buzzfest in Houston.
Toadies' transition into the post-grunge era was hindered by label disagreements that shelved the release of their 1998 album Feeler and resulted in the band's breakup. Toadies reformed in 2001, salvaging some songs from Feeler and recording new material for their long-awaited sophomore album, Hell Below/Stars Above. The band embarked upon a national tour before once again disbanding. The break was followed, however, by the release of a live album recorded at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Ma., Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise.
Toadies would reunite sporadically for one-off shows and a 2007 mini tour before coming together in the studio to record 2008's No Deliverance. Their third album was praised as a stomping return to form and an enjoyable revival of the mid-'90s post-grunge sound. Around this time Toadies also performed at Lollapalooza, the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
In 2010, Toadies revived the album Feeler, re-recording its original songs and pleasing fans who lamented its previously forsaken status. Its release gave Toadies a revived momentum, and the band followed with 2012's Play. Rock. Music. In 2015, Toadies participated in the fourth annual Summerland Tour with Everclear, American Hi-Fi and Fuel, and released another new album called Heretics.