With newer acts like Streetlight Manifesto to OGs like Rancid and Reel Big Fish all still touring, it's clear ska never died. But probably before these guys even picked up guitars, there was the Toasters. The two-tone act was one of the first American bands that emerged in the early '80s and is readying to celebrate its 35th year of existence. The band's only one consistent and remaining member is Robert "Bucket" Hingley. Two other originals have since passed away and the fourth is in a British monastery.
So how does a band tour with only one member? "There are a lot of local bands and guest members from local bands," Hingley explains. "There are 150 guys I work with, guys I've been working with for years -- it's been running pretty smoothly." And yes, Hingley picks all the temporary members himself.
"I'm in touch with everyone," he continues. "That's one of the useful things about Facebook. If we're in town and one of the guys wants to jump onstage in their city, we leave a hole in the lineup. Once a Toaster, always a Toaster. You're never allowed to leave." More »