Toy Matinee Live (aka “Live at the Roxy”)
Kevin Gilbert/ Toy Matinee
Toy Matinee recorded and released only one album, a self-titled studio effort. Patrick Leonard, who’d produced Madonna and Michael Jackson, was eager to get back to just playing in a band and had assembled Kevin Gilbert (vocals), Brian MacLeod (drums), Tim Pierce (guitar), and Guy Pratt (bass) for the project. All but Gilbert jumped ship when, as KG says, “Pat decided that he wanted to control it as an entity. He wanted Toy Matinee to be his company. He gave everybody a contract essentially saying, ‘You work for Pat Leonard, Inc.’” CH
Gilbert explains that then “we went through a really major legal spell trying to work out contracts that would allow Pat and me to be Toy Matinee.” EJ However, according to KG, the album then “sat on the shelf for about four months with nothing going on. There was no promotion because Pat had gone on to work with Roger Waters.” CH Gilbert “wanted to play live in support of this release,” MO-PA but “Patrick’s aversion to touring threw a wrench in Kevin’s plans to tour.” MO-KG As Kevin says, “Patrick is a multiplatinum [record] producer, so it’s totally understandable that Toy Matinee is not high priority for him.” SC “Originally, when we put the band together, Pat and I got together to write songs…Once we got signed and it began to be ‘putting records out, promotion and touring,’ Pat came to the realization he…didn’t want to be touring in a Winnebago with five sweaty musicians.” EJ
Gilbert found Marc Bonilla to help him out on guitar in doing promotional radio tours. Then they added bassist Spencer Campbell for a tour of about 30 radio stations, playing songs and taking requests. The next step was adding drummer Toss Panos and landing some gigs at clubs. Finally, to round out the touring version of Toy Matinee, Sheryl Crow signed on as the keyboardist.
There’s at least some suggestion that this lineup was only recorded live once. That long boot-legged document of “this brilliant performance, beautifully recorded at Los Angeles’ renowned Roxy on May 1, 1991, was mixed and produced by Kevin and mastered by John Cuniberti” PO and has now been made an official release.