Caught Reel Big Fish’ tour this past Friday with a good friend. I had not seen these guys in a few years. I believe the last time I saw RBF was in 2009. The Fish did not disappoint. They’re amazing live performers. Every single RBF show I’ve been to sounds like a CD recording, and I mean that as a compliment. If you’ve never seen them live and love pop punk, 3rd wave ska goodness, they are a must see!
Their set-list was awesome. They opened up with Everyone Else Is An Asshole off their new CD, which I am not the biggest fan of, but primarily stuck with old fan favorites like Beer, Sell Out, and Where Have You Been? I was a little disappointed that Matt Wong, Dan Reagan, and Scott are gone and so are a lot of their cheesy jokes and staples. However, Dan did show up during the encore for a kick ass rendition of 241.
The first two opening bands were alright. Walked into the venue as The Maxies were playing their last song. Mighty Mongo played next and I found them to be too poppy for my tastes. I’m not a big fan of synth or keytars mixed with ska. The Pietasters played next and they rocked, as usual. Gotta love them soulful, rocksteady, ska beats.