January 12, 2009 – 4:23 am

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Live At The Roxy 1991 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Roxy, Los Angeles, May 1, 1991. Excellent soundboard stereo.

The pop rock sounds of Toy Matinee are being re-discovered and winning fans over the years and this recording has certainly been making its rounds among the group’s fans.

While the “big” synth sound dates Toy Matinee somewhat, the touring band/sound is probably an approximation of what took place in the studio. As the late Kevin Gilbert put it, Toy Matinee came about because of composer and keyboardist Pat Leonard. But when the Toy Matinuee self-titled album was released in 1990, Leonard had drifted off the band and project, which left Gilbert trying to salvage something of the record.

Gilbert wrote: “Toy Matinee, ‘the band’ existed for about six months in 1989. We were funded by Pat Leonard who wanted to have a band like Giraffe. He saw us at the Universal Amphitheater and came backstage and said, ‘Man. I’ve always wanted to be in a band like this. Let’s be in a band.’

“The record came out and sat for like four months, did nothing. I went to Warner Bros. and said, ‘Look. This is my career sitting here on the shelf. It’s not moving anywhere. If this record doesn’t sell anything I’m going to look like a pariah in L.A. because I made a record with Pat Leonard for a lot of money with all these people working on it, it cost a lot of money…’

“We didn’t have a keyboardist and I hunted all over the place for a keyboardist for a long time and this girl at my publishers had sent me tapes of Sheryl Crow. I had known her from song writing. She was the only person who could play the Queen of Misery keyboard part, so I gave her the gig and we went out.” [Click here to read Kevin Gilbert’s take on Toy Matinee.]

Gilbert died on May 18, 1996. He was 29. The coroner listed the cause of death as “asphyxia due to partial suspension hanging.” Friends and MTV more explicitly reported the cause as autoerotic asphyxiation.

While Gilbert would probably be known as the person who “discovered” Sheryl Crow, he made a great frontman for Toy Matinee (the enthusiastic audience certainly helped) and Elton John’s fans would certainly relish his cover of Funeral For A Friend.

Thanks to Greg Allen/ for the cover art.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Last Plane Out (8.8MB)
Things She Said (7.2MB)
Remember My Name (8.4MB)
There Was a Little Boy (11.1MB)
Queen of Misery (6.5MB)
Turn it on Salvador (10.1MB)
The Ballad of Jenny Ledge (11.2MB)
Toy Matinee (7.6MB)
Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) (10.6MB)
We Always Come Home (8.0MB)

Kevin M. Gilbert - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards and bouzouki
Marc Bonilla - guitar and background vocals
Anastasios “Toss” Panos - drums and percussion
Spencer Campbell - bass and background vocals
Sheryl Crow - keyboards and background vocals
Tim Pierce - guitar on The Ballad of Jenny Ledge

Click here to order a copy of the Toy Matinee album.

  1. 11 Responses to “TOY MATINEE - THE ROXY 1991”

  2. Thanks for sharing this, goes to show that Kev’s memory remains strong among music afficionados. Can’t wait to download this!

    By Jaan Wessman on Jan 12, 2009

  3. I can´t believe it !! TOY MATINEE is one of the jewels of 90´s pop, the ROIO is just as great as the studio album, a million thanks for it !!!

    By Sven on Jan 14, 2009

  4. I was in a DC record store on day when the Toy Matinee album came on. I was taken by it and bought it right there. Nice pick. They did a good job.

    By hfs fan on Jan 20, 2009

  5. Although the Roxy set was never officially released to the public, it was partially released (on vinyl) as a live promo album for radio stations. Side A was Toy Matinee, Side B was Tears For Fears. Occasionally, this LP turns up on ebay. I actually saw Toy Matinee at the Strand in Redondo Beach days after this performance. It was every bit as great as this recoding. Thanks.

    By Rob on Jan 23, 2009

  6. Wow, very cool. I had the pleasure to witness this tour in N Cal. Thank you very much for sharing. Marc and Kevin continue to be at the top of my list. What a genius Kevin was…

    By GLB on Nov 20, 2009

  7. Thank you very much, this is gold!
    Is the by a change any possibilty for lossless .flacs, torrent perhaps?

    By Huezo on Feb 2, 2010

  8. I was cleaning cars after high school the year this came out. Heard “Last Plane Out” on the radio twice over a two week period and searched high and low until I found this album. I’ve been through 3 CD’s through out the years. I absolutely LOVE THIS ALBUM! It is #1 on my all time favorite and if I’m ever in a bad or down mood I just play this and remember, no one has it as bad as the guy in the “Ballad of Jenny Ledge”

    By Todd C on Mar 1, 2012

  9. Hey! That is my cover artwork! Where did you get it?

    By GiaPhoto on Aug 8, 2014

  10. Very good soundboard, thanks !

    There’s a little problem with “The Ballad of Jenny Ledge”. I can’t download it. So I don’t know if the guy has it really bad…

    By zak on Jun 4, 2015

  11. i used to trade tapes with a guy who was cousins with sheryl crows guitarist. i think that was their relationship. its about 1985 thru 1992 or so. he had the best collection of audio tapes of zep i ever saw. this is way before the shows started to come out and everyone got hold of em. willie if youre out there.. ^5 to u forever!! he used to play in a polynesian band. ha. he was a drummer. but anyway.. interesting story at least to me. i never heard of this band before and had no intention of dl’ing this. guess i should give it a listen and see if it has any merits huh. i do like me some crow. i might even eat me some.. oh stop it.

    By darth on Jun 4, 2015

  12. I was a financially strapped student at the time the Toy Matinee album came out. I was listening to the Mark and Brian show on KLOS and heard The Last Plane Out while driving to work in Van Nuys. When I heard Mark and Brian interview Kevin Gilbert and he played live on the radio with Mark Bonilla, I went out to buy the CD in the long box at then Tower Records located on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. I am a big KG fan and have most of his stuff. I have the Roxy CD that KG’s estate released, but would love to hear the 1st show if anyone has it to share. KG mentioned in the second show that the 1st show audience was “industry people” and they were not as “loud” as the 2nd show audience. Anyway, to this day, 28 years after the Toy Matinee was released, I still listen to it on the same CD player I first played it on. I do wish I would have had the opportunity to she KG play live before his untimely passing. At least we have some great captured music of his, including Shaming of the True, Thud, The Kaviar Sessions, and his Led Zepplin tribute song Kashmir, etc. So if anyone has any of the live Toy Matinee stuff that is not the 2nd show at the Roxy, please let me know, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

    By Mark and Brian on Nov 15, 2018

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