ACL '09: The Toadies Come From The Water

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Photos by Patrick Michels
Surely, it was with their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks that the members of the Toadies opened their 4 p.m. set at the festival's main stage on Sunday with longtime Rubberneck favorite "I Come From The Water."

But, a funny thing about the Toadies' set on Sunday afternoon: For the first time since Friday evening, audiences were treated to--get this--sunshine at Zilker Park. And with the light pouring down onto the band and its massive audience on Sunday, the Toadies offered up a set well worth trudging through the mud to catch.

For the most part, it was a set filled with the band's older material; Rubberneck easily dominated the set list. For festival-goers, these familiar sounds offered a comforting familiarity. Unlike with the competing Arctic Monkeys set at the opposite end of the park, fans scrambled to the Toadies to hear songs they knew they'd recognize--and they got as much that in spades.

And as the band launched into its two biggest hits--"Possum Kingdom," which came a few songs short of the full, hour-long set's end, and "Tyler," which closed the performance--the impressive sea of attendees showed their appreciation, belting out each song's lyrics at the top of their lungs.
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Fans take cover from the sun as the Toadies begin their set.

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