New Book Peers Behind The Scenes of New Haven’s Toad’s Place
If you grew up anywhere in Connecticut, you've probably made the trek down into New Haven at some point of your life and saw one of your favorite bands play Toad's Place.
The legendary performance venue is located at 300 York Street right in the midst of Ivy League's Finest, Yale University. I started going to shows at Toad's in the late 80's and I've seen some of my favorite performers there over the years, including the Black Crowes, The Cult, Wild Flag, Public Enemy, and so many more shows.
That's just the tip of my iceberg. You've obviously heard by now that the Rolling Stones warmed up for their Steel Wheels world tour by playing Toad's in 1989 and if you've ever been in the venue and glanced up, you've seen basically every accomplished musical performer in the industry over the past 40 years on their playbill covered walls. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, the Ramones, etc. The bands are countless and so are the stories.
In the long year and a half that Toad's Place sat dormant during the pandemic, it seems that the owner of Toad's Place, Brian Phelps, took the time to reflect on all of the amazing situations and struggles that have happened over the years in his venue and put them into a book. The Legendary Toad's Place: Stories From New Haven's Famed Music Venue is available for pre-order now with a scheduled release date of October 1, 2021.
The pre-order tease mentions the Stones and Springsteen concerts and promises that those are only a taste of what Phelps and co-author Randall Beach have in store for us readers.
I'm really looking forward to reading it. I have such great memories of Toad's Place, Mike Lapitino was the first guy that ever took me backstage to a concert back when I was his intern and we spent so many nights working the room and giving out promotional items under the watchful eye of Big Mike. Should be a good read.