Lapdog News

Santa Barbara benefit show with Nickel Creek announced, more shows added

October 31, 2002: The news just keeps getting better. Toad's first show since December 31, 1997 will be a benefit for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center with special guests Nickel Creek. Other unnamed "special guests" are also slated to appear at the Santa Barbara show. Tickets for the show, scheduled for Wednesday December 4, go on sale next weekend (Saturday November 9th).

Glen has been collaborating with Nickel Creek, a fantastic bluegrass (or "newgrass") band from San Diego for over a year now, with a joint album, Mutual Admiration Society, due out next spring. Toad has been a supporter of the S.B. Rape Crisis Center for many years, and before the band's breakup, they usually played one benefit show for the center each year.

In addition to the Santa Barbara show, the band also announced new tourdates in Los Angeles (Dec. 11) and San Diego (Dec. 13). Full details available on the Tourdates page.

A 20-city tour in February is also still a possibility, according to the band, so "for those of you non-west coasters, be patient, the new year could bring good news for you."

As always, stay tuned and keep an eye on Glen and Lapdog's official sites, respectively: and The Toad-L and Victim lists at Yahoo! Groups are also great places to look for the latest news and discussion.

More Toad Reunion News...

October 24, 2002: More reunion shows have been announced--five in San Francisco--and a 20-city Toad tour may follow in February. Also a possibility: new Toad songs!

Toad's been making news with their reunion over the past couple weeks, showing up on CNN's news crawl, many music industry news sites, and in a front page article on their hometown paper, the Santa Barbara News-Press. According to the News-Press article, Glen will still pursue his solo career, and Lapdog will continue to record as well, but the foursome may write and record new songs together.

In addition to the shows with Counting Crows and possible February tour, Toad is also trying to set up a benefit show for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center in the next few months.

In other news, Toad have set up a new web site at

In Lapdog news, don't forget: Lapdog's second album, Mayfly, is now on sale for pre-orders at Order now, and you'll be entered in a sweepstakes with prizes including a weekend in Vegas with Lapdog, and Toad's Taylor guitar (which he wrote much of Dulcinea with). In addition, a full track from Mayfly, "Staring at the Sun," is available for download at

A Toad reunion?

October 10, 2002: Will Toad get back together? They will, for at least a few shows with Counting Crows, and writes Todd, "maybe much more."

Today, Todd, Glen, Dean, and Randy got together in a LA studio for their first rehearsal since 1998. One show with Counting Crows has already been announced, with more (hopefully) to follow.

As for that one show, Toad will be opening for Counting Crows December 10 at House of Blues Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now at

Stay tuned, and keep an eye on Glen and Lapdog's official sites, respectively: and The Toad-L and Victim lists at Yahoo! Groups are also great places to look for the latest news and discussion.

Todd's post, from

You guys shouldn't get too excited about this one LA
show you know about. It now looks like there will be
several more California shows with the Crows. Plus, Toad
rehearsed today and we are talking about doing more in the
future- maybe much more. We'll see what happens. Stay

New album now available for pre-orders, new MP3

October 10, 2002: Lapdog's second album, Mayfly, is now on sale for pre-orders at Order now, and you'll be entered in a sweepstakes with prizes including a weekend in Vegas with Lapdog, and Toad's Taylor guitar (which he wrote much of Dulcinea with). In addition, a full track from Mayfly, "Staring at the Sun," is available for download at

New album soon... pre-orders next month?

May 14, 2002: The follow-up to Near Tonight just got a little closer. Word from Lapdog's manager, Joe Lyons, is that Todd is putting the finishing touches on the album. We could see pre-orders and samples from the new album as early as next month:

"Just a short note to update you all that recording the new CD is going slower, but better than expected. Todd is taking his time recording the finishing touches because, well, umm, he can! We are now planning to start taking preorders next month when we will also post a taste of the new CD."

In other news, Lapdog will be playing a few gigs in the Pacific Northwest later this month. Check the tourdates page for more info.

November update

November 8, 2001: Lapdog is on tour! Word from those lucky enough to see them, the shows have been fantastic.

A Thansgiving-eve gig and a December 8 show at the Gig in Hollywood remain. Shows in San Diego, the Bay Area, and Phoenix may follow in January. Stay tuned.

Live gig in Santa Monica announced, new MP3 posted

September 8, 2001: Lapdog has a live show coming up, Friday October 19 at 14 Below in Santa Monica, CA. The band should hit the stage around 10:30. Advance ticket sales may happen soon on the band's web site.

In other news, the band posted a new song, "No Way Out," at The song is an outtake from the Near Tonight sessions.

Finally, the band is holding a contest to help the band come up with fliers for their upcoming tour. If you design a flier they use, you'll get a free Lapdog t-shirt. See for details.
Lapdog lineup shuffled, but new album & tour coming up

August 20, 2001: Lapdog has relocated to Los Angeles, so Santa Barbara-based guitarist Rob Taylor has left the band. Johnny Hawthorn joins the band as guitarist, background vocalist, and driver of the Winnebago. The band also has a new bass player, Eric Holden. Randy Guss remains on drums, and of course, Todd Nichols on lead vocals and guitars.

In a recent post to the band's web site, Todd announced that the band is currently rehearsing songs from their new album, and "will work them out live at some soon-to-be-announced shows. We plan to sneak out and play somewhere in September as a warm-up (Bay area?), and we'll be announcing some west-coast shows in October. Everyone else don't feel left out , we1ll come out your way sooner or later."

The band has also released a new MP3, "Won't Let It." The song is an old Toad tune, an outtake from Coil. It's available for download from

New MP3 "So Long" released
April 23, 2001: Lapdog has released a song left off of their debut album, "Near Tonight." The song, "So Long," is available for download through A few other Lapdog tunes are also available at for your listening pleasure.

In other news:

  • Todd has written a dozen new songs and has already begun work on the band's next album. Look for a new batch of tunes at Lapdog's official site soon.
  • New t-shirts are available at the Lapdog store.
  • The band has added a section to their web site to give you a tour of Todd's studio.

If you don't already have a copy of Lapdog's debut CD, "Near Tonight," swing by their recently redesigned website, and order one today!

Debut album released, and Randy joins Lapdog!
1-01-01: There have been quite a few developments in the past few months, begininning with the album release October 20th and cluminating in an announcement on December 1 that Randy Guss, the former drummer for Toad, joined Lapdog in the same capacity. He replaced Erik Herzog, who was busy with work on other Santa Barbara bands.

In other news:

  • The Lapdog Store opened in late December. T-shirts and hats are now available, in addition to the band's debut album.
  • Several MP3s have been made available for download, including "Let It Out" (an unfinished Toad demo), "Have an Instrumental Christmas," and "Just When I Needed Someone." Check the band's web site and
  • Joe Lyons, longtime Toad and Lapdog "fan ambassador," has been promoted to manager. Congrats!
Debut album delayed by printing company backlog
7-27-00: Fans eagerly anticipating Lapdog's debut album will have to wait a few weeks longer. According to a note from Todd posted to, a backlog at the company Lapdog hired to reproduce the CD will mean the CD will not be out for at least another few weeks. The band will, however, soon begin taking orders for the new album.
Lapdog post new MP3, album out by August?
7-6-00: It appears the band will indeed press on, despite the departure of founding member (and former Toad bassist) Dean Dinning. A new song, "All Up To You," is now available for download in MP3 format from Lapdog's official web site,, and Todd says the band's debut album should be available soon, too.

In a note posted to Lapdog's web site June 30, Todd said the band hopes to have their debut album on sale by August. Initial plans call for the album to be sold via their web site, but the band is also trying to work out national distribution to get the album on store shelves.

Dean quits the band 
6-27-00: In a note posted to Lapdog's web site June 15, Todd announced that Dean left the band. Todd's note:
Well folks- sorry to say the rumors about Dean leaving Lapdog are true. It came as somewhat of a surprise to me and I am very bummed out by it. I can't tell you much about the reasons behind his decision (because he hasn't said much) but I think he is leaving music altogether. I think that after Toad broke up Dean saw Lapdog as an easier transition out of that situation. He is now pursuing a career in voice-over work and attempting to live a rock and roll-free life. As for myself, I will continue on with Lapdog, as music is what makes me feel alive. It is what I *have* to do- regardless of big labels and big money, and so-called success. The album will still come out so don't worry. I am really proud of these songs and can't wait for you guys to hear the CD. We have been set back by this loss, musically and even more personally, but we are starting to move on and hope you will stick with us. If it weren't for you folks we would be nowhere- so thanks again for your patience and support. - Todd
So, sad news indeed, but hopefully the band will press on. The samples they've posted to their web site (Why Believe, See You Again, and shorter clips like "Just When I Needed Someone") all sound great. Stay tuned.
6-11-00: Sorry this hasn't been updated in a while. There hasn't been much to report, except for the disappointing news that talks between Lapdog and various record labels were unsuccesful. The band has now set out to record an album on their own, perhaps selling it through their web site, with notes on their web site promising a release in "the next few months." The band has not been playing live gigs, but you can listen to a few samples of their early work by downloading some MP3s from the band's official web site
Lapdog lineup set; first concert announced
3-29-99: And then there were four. Eric Herzog and Rob Taylor will fill out Lapdog, with Herzog on drums and Taylor on guitar. The four have been practicing together and will soon play their first public shows. [more]
Record industry interest in Lapdog growing; Greatest Hits delayed?
3-23-99: A story at Rocktroplis has some updates on what Todd, Dean and Randy are up to and some disappointing news about the upcoming Toad greatest hits disc. On a happier note, public Lapdog shows may be in the not-too-distant future. [more]
Lapdog music is on the web!!
3-11-99: Joe Lyons, erstwhile Lapdog fan ambassador, has posted some awesome sound clips (in crystal clear MP3 format) to his new Lapdog page. Three songs from Lapdog's demo -- "Just When I Needed Someone," "I'm Not Impressed" and "All Up To You" -- are featured. You can also sign up for the new Lapdog mailing list and get the latest skinny from Joe. Check it out at
Todd sits down for Lapdog Q & A
2-15-99: Todd was nice enough to answer some questions on Lapdog, the new band he started with Dean. In his responses, Todd talks about progress on the band's album, their search for a record label, and, most importantly, the changes Toad fans can expect to hear in Lapdog's music and lyrics. [more]
Todd, Dean settle on band name
2-14-99: Todd and Dean have settled on Lapdog as their band's new name but are still looking for a guitar player and drummer. [more]

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