18th June 2013
Here it is... the official UK tour promo video!
4th June 2013
The Toy Dolls are coming back to Poland, this time Krakow!
The amazing Gdynia show was sold out in March, so don't miss out on this one!
3rd June 2013
May 28th 2013
There comes a time when things happen that we just have no control over, and this is one of those times.
Basically, in a nutshell and without going in to details, our very own Tommy Goober has had to be admitted to hospital in Germany today, for emergency surgery on his knee. This will require a week stay in hospital, a period of physiotherapy, followed by a few weeks on crutches as he can not put any weight on his knee.
Thinking long and hard about the next two shows (Hellfest, France 23rd June and Koln, Germany 29th June) it’s not going to be possible for Tommy to stand and do a show until July.
Anyway, rather than cancel the two forthcoming shows, we have arranged an extra person to travel with Tommy to carry his bags and equipment and drive him to the shows, where he will perform sitting down.
We know this is not ideal, and the choreography is an integral part of The Toy Dolls show, but we feel it's better than not turning up, and its only for two shows, after this we will be rockin’ as a three piece again, rather than a two and a half piece!
You can send Tommy your well-wishes . They will be forwarded onto him and appear here on the website soon.
We really hope you understand and appreciate the situation.
May 20th 2013
Well then you lot, Spring has finally sprung!
Great to see you lot supporting the lads at the festivals, the band are having a wicked time, next up is Hellfest on 23rd June.
Here’s a clip from Zikenstock in France a couple of weeks back:
Oh, and here’s another nice clip shot with Tommy’s camera in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in 2006:
So, ya might o’ heard on The Toy Dolls official Facebook that The Royal Ballet used The Toy Dolls version of Toccata at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for a week at the end of April! Every night was sold out, Olga was there on the first night, and to his surprise, found his name as arranger and editor in the Royal Ballets programme! Wild or what!
Ya also might o’ heard on Facebook, that our very own Tommy Goober became the latest endorsee of Rotosound strings.
Vive Le Rock magazine have also made “Decca's Drinkin’ Dilemma” their video of the month...
The UK tour tickets are selling fantastically, a massive thank you for your loyalty.
Crowdsurge, the main ticket outlet, have already sold out of tickets for Sunderland, Nottingham, Glasgow and London, and at the time of writing, they have 15 tickets left for Glasgow! A handful for Brighton and Bristol are still available, so get in quick www.thetoydolls.com/tickets.
I have been informed by the man himself, that Olga is just about to start recording the acoustic album, news on this VERY SOON!
Even though these are still yet to be added to the tour dates, these are the latest confirmed shows:
AUGUST 17th: CZECH REPUBLIC, FESTIVAL (Details soon)
AUGUST 30 and 31st: SPAIN ENVIVO FESTIVALS (Cities TBA)
OCTOBER 19th: POLAND, KRAKOW, (CLUB TBA)
OCTOBER 26th: PORTUGAL, LISBON, (CLUB TBA)
Full details of websites and how to get tickets will be included when these shows are added to the tour dates, VERY SOON!
DESIGN A UK T SHIRT COMPETITION
They can be very rough, basic, or finished designs. There are no rules, as many colours as you like or just black and white, but the competition does end on June 1st 2013 so get 'em in quick!
If your design is chosen to be used, you will win 2 free tickets to a gig of your choice on the UK Tour, plus pics, badges and a t shirt featuring your design!
Please send you jpeg designs to the messages section on The Toy Dolls Official Facebook, and best of luck!
So, catch the lads at the summer festivals, and don’t miss out on the UK tickets, we have already had a lot of you asking for Sunderland and Nottingham tickets, of which there are none left!
More news soon!
April 15th 2013
The Toy Dolls will be special guests to Die Toten Hosen on 29th June 2013 at Germany, Köln - Rhein Energie Stadion.
Click here for tickets.
April 8th 2013
Just a quickie to let you know that due to the success of the vinyl version of “The Album After The Last One” through Randale Records in Germany, they will now be releasing two further vinyl albums!
These will be released in the summer, specific date to be confirmed, but they are aiming for 29th June.
The albums will be:
These will both only be released in Germany, but we will put a link on The Toy Dolls webshop, so you can order it wherever you are. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on the exact release date!
There are still tickets left for the UK tour. T’would be wise not to miss out on this tour, I will say no more!
Good luck to the lads in Milan on 13th April, supporting Ska P, I hope some of you lot will be there to support our trusty trio!
More proper news soon!
March 22nd 2013
A new show confirmed for June in Germany...
March 19th 2013
Welcome to Spring You Lot!
So, the lads have just returned from a highly successful tour of Germany, they had a wonderful time, thank you so much for the welcome you all gave them.
Karlsruhe, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin were all sold out, and Bochum was only a handful of tickets away from selling out. Thank you so much.
For those of you who missed out on the latest tour T-shirts, you can get them here.
Here's a YouTube clip and a few pics from the Munich show.
The lads performed at Klub Ucho in Gdynia last Saturday, another sell out! This was the only show planned for Poland, I hope you managed to catch em’! A wicked time was indeed had by all!
There has just been a new festival added confirmed for August 4th in France, the Xtreme Fest in Albi, alongside Suicidal Tendencies & others.
While we are on the subject of live shows, the band would like to say a huge thank you to everyone buying tickets for the UK tour. Tickets are already flying out for every gig, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol are fast approaching selling out, and the Sunderland gig has already done so!
You can get your UK tickets here.
OK, enjoy the guitar lesson, and good luck getting your UK tour tickets.
Until next time, TTFN
February 27th 2013
New T Shirts Available
A wicked new 'crowd' design shirt will be available on the German tour from this week, and at The Toy Dolls shop.
Enjoy the Deutschland shows!
More news after the tour.
FEBRUARY 19th 2013
UK, The Actual Dates!
So, regarding the UK tour! Finally!
Pre-sale tickets will be available from Wednesday 20th February. Click the banner above for details.
We thought long and hard about the special guest for these shows, we have chosen someone who we not only really like as a person, but someone who is an absolute legend! I am so flattered that this guy wants to join us on the tour again! From The Adverts “TV SMITH”.
TV was featured on Later with Jools Holland last year, and here's a documentary that was shown recently on BBC4!
Thank you loads to TV, we are delighted and flattered he will be joining us for the tour, please get to the gigs early to catch his set, he is a brilliant poet, songwriter, and story teller! We are not worthy I can tell ya! Here’s TV Smith’s Facebook, please check it out.
Anyways, back to the tour! We know there’s gonna be some of you disappointed that we won't get to your town, but we have tried to cover as much of the UK as we can, so its still possible for you to drive to a show even if its not in your town.
Until next time, here we go...
FEBRUARY 14th 2013
New Show - Late Update...
The Toy Dolls have just been added to the Gazte Danbada Festival in the Basque area of Spain on the 30th March. THAT'S NEXT MONTH!!
Its unlikely that the lads will be back to this area for a while so catch em’ if you can!
FEBRUARY 13th 2013
The March 9th show at The S036 in Berlin, Germany has sold out so the promoters have moved the gig to a larger venue, The Astra Kulturhaus.
Click here for the venue’s website.
Tickets purchased for the S036 will still be valid at the Astra, and now that the show is in a larger venue, tickets are still available. So no need to panic!
UK Tour news IMMINENT!
JANUARY 31st 2013
A new date for France in June...
JANUARY 23rd 2013
Official Tour Announcement!
We just had to tell you this! It’s confirmed! The lads are coming back to the UK!
There will be a string of shows between November 1st -9th 2013.
Full details will appear here over the next week or so, and Olga will also keep you posted here.
This news has made my day!
And not only that...
There’s gonna be a tour of France too! This will take place towards the end of November / start of December. Full details soon!
There’s still life in the old dogs yet eh!
Welcome To 2013 You Lot!
Now then, January is a really quiet month for agents and promoters so it looks like its gonna be the next updates before we start getting some decent news for you.
I can tell you though that we should have some long awaited UK tour news VERY soon!
For now a few shows have recently been added to the tour dates:
Apart from the tour in Germany coming soon, the incredibly long awaited gig in Poland, and the huge Vina Rock festival in Spain alongside Pennywise and Sepultura, and a one off show in Italy supporting the lads' mates, the brilliant SKA-P our trusty trio have just confirmed a French festival on 4th May.
There’s no guitar lesson this month, but they will make a welcome return next updates. In the meantime here’s all the new ASK OLGA answers.
Here are a couple of pics from the great gig the lads did in Vitoria, Northern Spain last month.
We mentioned before that the highly talented front man from Rancid, Tim “Timebomb” Armstong, has recorded ‘She Goes To Finos”. Well, it will be available on iTunes from 22nd January.
And heres a rare pic of me and the man himself (or "The Boss" as I call him!) down the pub just before Christmas! Olga's hiding his green hair from the locals!
And finally to the Christmas competition:
First up, the answers!
1. Christophe Sauniere has just released “CLASSIC TOY DOLLS”, an album of Toy Dolls played Classical style! What are the titles of the two tracks that are opera versions?
Answers: FIREY JACK AND WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA
2. On the album “Anniversary Anthems”, which ex-Toy Dolls member says “Got some arshole speakin’ Spanish, he’s havin’ a laugh” on the track “I’ve Had Enough O’ Magaluf’? Clue... he had hair when he was in the band!
Answer: BONNY "BAZ" WARNE
3. Which legendary punk rocker supported The Toy Dolls on their UK tour in 2007?
Answer: TV SMITH
4. What is the make of Tommy Goober's spinning bass guitar?
5. How many times have The Toy Dolls played Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium?
Answer: 2 TIMES
6. Olga actually played bass guitar for 2 other punk bands, who were they?
Answers: THE DICKIES AND THE ADICTS
7. The Amazing Mr Duncan and Olga played only one acoustic gig together, which city was in it in?
8. Who was the drummer on the original version of Fisticuffs In Frederick Street? (not the Bare Faced Cheek album version)
Answer: LITTLE PAUL (or Paul Smith)
9. What was the name of the band Olga played with, just before forming The Toy Dolls?
Answer: THE SHOWBIZ KIDS
10. The singer from the band in question number 9, is now the singer with a legendary R&B band, what is his first name?
Answer: ROB (The band being Dr.Feelgood)
And the winner is...
Out of all the answers that came in there were only a handful of you with 8/10 questions correct, these were put into a hat and the winner is:
YVES from France. Your prizes are on their way!
Lots more news very soon...