Toadies Hop Into X-Men Comic

Kermit says it’s not easy being green, but it sure is a good time to be a Toadie. The Fort Worth-based alternative rock band is celebrating being featured in a new Marvel X-Men comic, releasing two new batches of Toadies beer, and working on a new album.

Toadies star in Marvel Comics: X-Men 92, Issue 6 – which is available in stores now – as well as the upcoming Issue 7. The storyline goes that the X-Men are working security at Westchester’s biggest festival, Lilapalooza, which boasts a lineup including Toadies, Flaming Lips and Lila Cheney.

“Most fathers read their children fairy tales at bedtime. My dad would put me to sleep every night with the adventures of Nightcrawler, Colossus and Professor X so this is a dream come true for me,” bassist Doni Blair said.

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Drummer Mark Rezincek adds, “When I was a little kid, I would have my Mom read my brother’s X-Men comics to me. Then I would cut out my favorite panels with scissors (oops!). Even after I learned to read, the X-Men was always one of my favorites. Who would have thought that little kid would one day be a character in an actual X-Men comic??!! It’s a little surreal and the thrill of a lifetime!”

Toadies just recorded the follow-up to 2015’s Heretics at Arlyn and the Bubble in Austin with Chris “Frenchie” Smith. The as-yet-untitled album, which is being mixed this fall by Rob Schnapf, is due out in 2017.

“After trying on a quieter sound on 2015’s Heretics, I think we all expected this next record to include shades of that subtler, laid back sound but the reality is that this record is louder and more riff driven than our last several records,” guitarist Clark Vogeler said. “To me, it kinda feels like we got the quieter acoustic thing out of our system and got back to what we do best, loud heavy tunes.”

While you wait for the release of the new LP, here is where you can catch Toadies on stage in the next few months:  

Sept. 21 – Corpus Christi, Texas, Brewster Street Ice House           
Sept. 22 – Austin, Texas, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q   
Sept. 23 – Houston, Texas, Warehouse Live 
Sept. 24 – Dallas, Texas, Main Street Garden (Smoked Dallas)       
Oct. 21 – Tyler, Texas, Click’s          
Oct. 22 – San Antonio, Texas, The Aztec Theatre

Texas is also the place to be to pick up Toadies’ new batches of beer, produced by Martin House Brewery. “Hell Below” and “Stars Above” are named after the band’s 2001 album. Visit for more information.