For more than 20 years, Todd Park Mohr has fronted Big Head Todd and the Monsters. And each night, he is grateful for the fans.
"With each good show I play, I know the band has another year in its system, because the venue will want us to play again," Mohr said during a phone call from San Francisco. "It's funny because being on the road is one of the hardest things to do as a band. But it's also the most rewarding.
"We have some great and loyal fans out there. And they've been with us from the beginning. We're also gaining new fans because we play as many places as we can," he added.
This year, the band Mohr, bassist Rob Squires, drummer Brian Nevin and keyboardist/lap-steel guitarist Jeremy Lawton is on tour supporting its new CD "All the Love You Need."
The disc is the follow-up to 2004's "Crimes of Passion."
"Because we've been doing this for so long, making a new CD is not as nerve-wracking as before," said Mohr. "The last time we felt any kind of pressure was when we were following up (the 1993 platinum-selling debut) 'Sister Sweetly.' There were a lot of people from the record label telling us what we needed to sound like."
For more than a decade, the band has recorded albums independently, and that helped with easing the pressure.
"We don't have to answer to anyone except ourselves and our fans," said Mohr.
When Mohr and the boys went into the studio to record "All the Love You Need," Mohr had 75 percent of the songs written.
"We called in David Bianco (who has produced Tom Petty and AC/DC) to produce the CD," said Mohr. "He had some great ideas with arrangements and sound. So I worked with him quite a bit. He's got a great ear for what we were trying to do."
The next step for the band is simple "keep playing.""This is our job," said Mohr. "It's our career and we are fortunate to play music and make a living. I never thought we'd be together this far down the road. But there isn't another job I would want to do."
If you go
What: Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Where: The Depot, 400 W. South Temple
When: Monday, 7 p.m.
How much: $22
Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499
E-mail: [email protected]