Toast

Toast

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Toast is a band that is all about fun with a variety of original, contemporary, and classic rock music that makes you want to smile and dance! From opening for Collective Soul to playing at many Chicago and North Shore live music clubs, we're having a rockin' good time...let's share the fun!

Biography

Influences:
Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Greenday, Steve Miller, Garbage, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, to name a few

Jim O’Connell - Vocals & Guitar

Jim got his first guitar when he was 7 (an acoustic with action so high it cut his fingers). In high school and college, Jim played folk music on his guitar (CSNY, James Taylor), and performed in musical comedies. After college, Jim crossed paths with Alex Vesselinovitch, who saw him in a musical and asked Jim to do the vocals for a band that evolved into Mea Culpa, a Chicago cover band. With Mea Culpa, Jim performed at venues from the Glenview House to Grant Park during the 1990s. Jim recently finished a CD of original songs, distributed by his own Mystical label (and on amazon.com), and played in clubs including the resurrected (Biddy) Mulligan’s under names such as Collectively Unconscious and the Jim O’Connell All-Star Band.

Paul Trottier - Lead Guitar

Began playing guitar at age 11 (Beatles, right?). On to bands & rock'n tunes in High School with bands Damien, Ambivalence, and others on stage for school dances and parties in the Burlington, VT area. Continued on to form Bacchanalia, and later, The Frank Band, playing at frat parties and ski lodges. In those wild days of ‘79 Paul moved to Chicago and joined The Slammer Band, then Sidekix and The Fabulous Beyondos playing Chicago nightclubs. Influences include Eric Clapton, BB King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Santana, Jimmy Hendrix, Alvin Lee, Joe Walsh, and others. To this day playing guitar is a passion that’s still exciting. Playing with Toast is where the Rock-n-roll hat is currently hung, and loving it!

Howie Winestock - Drums & Vocals

Howie has been a mainstay on the music circuit for 25 years, starting with bands back in 1979 in Canada. For 15 of those years, Howie played with Hansen Records recording Artists, Adam and Kris, and Coral Records top twenty hit singles recording artist, Richard Samuels at clubs in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Maui, San Diego, and Manhattan Beach, California. Following a move to Chicago in 1993, Howie continued his musical pursuits playing with the Greg Walters Band where club stops included Biddy Mulligan’s, US Beer, North Beach, Mickey Finns, Chasers, The Glenview House, Whiskey River, Burton Place, CJ Arthur’s, and XRT’s Friends of the Park, Buckingham Fountain Concert. Howie now focuses his efforts on the band, Toast.

Brian Murphy - Bass Guitar

Dateline 1964: Ed Sullivan and the Beatles inspire me to play guitar at age 9...not alone here. It was a delightful National solid body resonator.....God how I wish I still had that one. 5 years of classical, jazz and pop lessons and Brian joins first high school band but too many guitar players but no bass players......enter the 3 string junk ball bass. .....Hey I like this thing.......sounds really devastating. Plays just like a guitar but Sooooooooo Looooooooooow. 10 years of party and wedding bands and the school of hard knocks is over: Now I play for fun and profit. Brian is also a member of The Fabulous Beyondos, and Father D. & The Disciples of Soul. Brian has recently been spotted on stages as remote as Oregon with his wide nework of musician friends.

Chris Zeman - Vocals

Chris played a ukulele four-string banjo as a child and made some dollars singing harmony on a couple of songs with her little sister singing and playing a ukulele. A claim to fame for Chris is that her second cousins are the Lennon Sisters! Chris entertains her kindergartners with piano playing on a regular basis and has recently begun guitar lessons. Chris's vocal harmonies and Grace Slick emulations now a special part of Toast's sonic texture.

Toast Websites: WWW.TOASTMUSIC.NET
http://www.unsigned.com/toast

Lyrics

Skippin' Day

Written By: Paul Trottier

Skippin' Day

Freedom, Freedom,
To get be by
Freedom, Freedom,
To let me try
Movin' to what I want
Strechin my wings to fly

Thunder and Lightnin'
won't get in my way
It's all too far away
You know it's gonna be
a Skippin' day

Sunnin' Sunnin'
Waves crashing by
Runnin' Runnin'
To catch the day
Cruisin to what I want
You won't pass me by

Too Long

Written By: Howie Winestock

Too Long

There’s a voice that’s calling in Chicago
There’s a train at Union Station at half past three
Well the newspaper says she’ll be a warm one,
And the thoughts of a lady rescue me.

Turn the page another chapters waiting
The last one almost choked the life from me
The pictures on the wall are just are just a memory
Another grand piano out of key

Too Long
I’ve been searching for someone like you
Too Long
Do feel it in your heart

Too Long
I’ve been hoping for someone like you
Too Long
I’ve been waiting for someone, someone

Another night, it’s going to be a long one
For now my shadow keeps me company
If only I could have you here beside me
There’s no place that I would rather be

No Way Out

Written By: Drew Hosfield

No Way Out

Pieces of paper that cover her knee -
Things she would say were she talking to me -
All about dad and what he did to her,
Places inside she thinks he meant to hurt

Did it start slowly, one more will feel good?
Was it on purpose, much more than she should?
What’s happening to me?
She’s set herself free, ‘cause she sees

No way out

Needing release from that battle with him,
Thinking that peace would soon come rushing in,
Trying to feel, sadly she sees

No way out.

Discography

The ‘EKSTREEMLEEBURNT’ album shows three distinctly different sides of the versitile classic Rock band, Toast.
Skippin Day is an up-tempo feel-good rockn' boogie with steely smokin' guitars.
Too Long is a pop anthem rock'in ballad with an R&B feel, catchy hooks, and a guitar solo based on the original saxophone instrumental when the song was first recorded by Howie's band in Canada.
No Way Out is a haunting metal-grunge foray into forbidden ensnaring secrets.

Set List

Toast Set lists differ for each performance! The set lists can accomodate up to a four hour show (Whew)! We select the best for each venue from our repetoire below...

By Artist:

AEROSMITH
SWEET EMOTION

ALL AMERICAN REJECTS
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

ALLMAN BROTHERS
BLUE SKY

ALLMAN BROTHERS
ONE WAY OUT

AVIRIL LAVIGNE
SK8TER BOI

BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

BAD COMPANY
SHOOTING STAR

BEATLES
I SAW HER STANDING THERE

CINDI LAUPER
TIME AFTER TIME

CHRIS ZEMAN
Could've

CHRIS ZEMAN
TRAPPED IN YOUR TRIP

DIRE STRAITS
SULTANS OF SWING

DIRE STRAITS
MONEY FOR NOTHING

DOORS
ROADHOUSE BLUES

DREW HOSFIELD
NO WAY OUT

EAGLES
TAKE IT EASY

EAGLES
LYIN EYES

ERIC CLAPTON
AFTER MIDNIGHT

ERIC CLAPTON
LAY DOWN SALLY

ERIC CLAPTON
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE

FASTBALL
OUT OF MY HEAD

FASTBALL
THE WAY

GARBAGE
I THINK I'M PARANOID

GREEN DAY
BASKET CASE

GR