As I first reported, way back in September, Fort Worth rock gods the Toadies are spending much of 2014 celebrating the 20th anniversary of their major label debut, Rubberneck.
Now comes word that the reissue of said LP will come on April 1, via the bands Dallas-based label, Kirtland Records.
Hard to believe it's been 20 years since Rubberneck was released, drummer Mark Reznicek says in a statement. It seems like yesterday, but at the same time it was a lifetime ago. ... Of course, we never dreamed people would still be listening to the album 20 years later or that it would become a staple on radio after all this time.
This 20th anniversary version of Rubberneck, which will be released on vinyl for the first time ever, will also feature five new tracks, including three previously unreleased tunes from the Rubberneck recording sessions, as well as two live cuts, Tyler and (duh) Possum Kingdom, which Reznicek says, in a statement, is the earliest existing recording of the song.
As Reznicek told me last year, there are plans to tour behind the Rubberneck re-release (possibly with the band performing the record in full), and top it all off, Fort Worths Martin House Brewing will unveil a special Toadies-themed brew, Rubberneck Red, on April 1, in conjunction with the re-release.
UPDATED: Today, Martin House Brewing co-founder David Wedemeier unveiled a few more details about Rubberneck Red, due out in a few weeks.
"We had always been big fans of their music, and after a few samples they became fans of our beer," Wedemeier says in an emailed statement. "After trying them all, Vaden [Todd Lewis] and [Mark] Rez[nicek] seemed to like the hoppy, caramel, assertive-flavored Imperial Texan. Based on this input, Cody [Martin] came up with a beer that keeps many of those same elements, but is a much more sessionable 5% ABV [alcohol by volume]. We had a couple of more tastings with different versions of the beer, and once it was dialed in to everyones satisfaction, Rubberneck Red was born.
"The launch date has not yet been 100 percent set in stone, but we are confident that it will be late spring," Wedemeier continues in an emailed statement. "We plan on going statewide as soon as production allows us to get out of the Fort Worth/Dallas area. Depending on demand, we expect it to be available for a couple of months. Well be promoting the beer all over Texas in plenty of events - dates will be released as soon as we have them. One of those events will be a concert at the brewery we couldnt imagine a better place to do it!"
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