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Rock Group Toadies Breaks Up

August 24, 2001

DALLAS (AP) _ Five months after the release of their second album, the rock group the Toadies has broken up.

Singer-guitarist Todd Lewis told the weekly Dallas Observer for Thursday’s editions that the band made the decision during their last tour, when bassist Lisa Umbarger said she was quitting.

``She’s given a lot of reasons, but I haven’t been able to make a whole lot of sense out of it,″ Lewis said. ``You’d probably have to talk to her to figure it out, if you possibly could figure it out. She’s going through a lot of life changes. I don’t know how long she’d been thinking about it.″

Sales of the album ``Hell Below/Stars Above″ had been much lower than expected, Lewis said.

The Fort Worth-based band’s 1994 debut, ``Rubberneck,″ sold more than a million copies. They toured frequently with the Reverend Horton Heat and the Butthole Surfers, both Texas bands.

The Toadies will play a handful of farewell dates around the state.

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