If you go
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood
More info: gothictheatre.com
Not all records can hold interest for 20 years, and it's a little tougher for records that aren't Important. Toadies' Rubberneck has hung on to hearts for two decades, though, and the band is having a blast celebrating.
"To go into a room and play this album at high volume, straight through and watch these people jump up and down screaming and smiling — there's no other experience in my life as fun," said guitarist Clark Vogeler.
Over a little more than two decades, the band has been through some lineup changes. Vogeler, frontman Vaden Todd Lewis and drummer Mark Reznicek are the remaining original members in the quartet that now includes Doni Blair on bass. Still, the 20th anniversary of Toadies' breakthrough album is cause for celebration. Vogeler even made a short documentary, "Dark Secrets: The Stories of Rubberneck," from some interviews and eight hours of Rubberneck recording footage, just to commemorate the occasion.
"Well, of course, it's crazy that 20 years has gone by so fast," he said. "The really remarkable thing to me is that the crowds are still as enthusiastic today a they were 20 years ago, maybe more so, because people had time to live with this album, and it seems like the album is a part of these people's lives."
Like anything, it's hard to say why Rubberneck is still important to people. It's hit song, "Possum Kingdom," gets included in magazine pieces like NME's "The History of Rock 'N' Roll in 100 Riffs," spins plenty on classic rock radio, landed a spot on "Guitar Hero" and found it's way into Girl Talk's All Day. It wasn't an album designed for mass consumption, but sometimes aggressive rock finds it's way into the heart of popular opinion, anyway.
"There are albums that I grew up with that still mean a lot to me, but for some reason, some of them disappear or lose power, but some of them seem to stay," Vogeler said. "There was grunge, alternative rock and all that. Then there was years of Limp Bizkit and Korn and all that shit, and it took a back turn into rock with the White Stripes and The Stokes, and its been pop music with Lady Gaga for a while, and rock is kind of gone.
"But it goes back to that people still go back to this album. I don't know what it is that sticks with people."
Though the band has had many more records — Hell Below/Stars Above, No Deliverance, Feeler and Play.Rock.Music — Rubberneck remains the biggest, and a mainstay in the band's live shows.
Vogeler said that over the years, the nuances of songs change on stage, so the band studied Rubberneck closely to prepare for this tour. They want it to be as true to the original music as possible.
Colorado fans should especially appreciate the last bit of festivities surrounding the anniversary: beer. Toadies are releasing their own beer, Rubberneck Red, with Texas brewers Martin House Brewing Company.
"We are a beer drinking band and we have a lot of pride in our Texas home, so it made a lot of sense," Vogeler said.
Unfortunately, the beer won't be available until April 1, just after Toadies play the Gothic Theatre this Saturday. Not that that should stop you from going.
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: @AshaleyJill.