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Thats right, it’s official! We will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour 2016! Lots of our old friends will be there too like Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Pepper, Ballyhoo, Good Charlotte, the Interrupters and sooooooo many more!! For full band lineup and tour dates, check out www.VansWarpedTour.com !!! See ya all this summer!!
Our USA Winter tour was Skatastic!!! Thanks to everybody who came out in the cold and skanked with us at all these sold out shows!! We book more shows all the time so don’t forget to check the “tour dates” tab above to see if we’ll be playing near you!!
Here are some awesome pics of some unforgettable nights we had on the tour!!
25th anniversary!? That’s right everybody, believe it or not, Reel Big Fish has been around 25 whole years!! Who would have thought that when we started this band in high school way back in the early 90’s that we’d still be making music and touring the world in 2016! Thanks SO much to everybody who has supported the band over the years by coming to the shows, buying our albums and merch and allowing us to make playing music our job! All year long at our shows we’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary by playing songs from our first 1992 demo tape! You’ll hear songs like “the May Song”, “Soma Holiday”, High Chair” and all the great songs from WAY back in the day…JUST KIDDING, We won’t be playing any songs from our first couple of years as a band because NOBODY including us would enjoy that! Haha We’ll be playing songs from all the great albums we’ve made over the years, especially the classic 90’s albums “Turn the Radio Off” and “Why Do They Rock So Hard” as well as some other favorites and a few other surprises! So get your tickets now for our 25th Anniversary tour! We’ll See ya out on the road in 2016!!
2/9/16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
2/10/16 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
2/11/16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
2/12/16 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellies
2/13/16 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
2/14/16 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
2/15/16 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
2/16/16 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
2/17/16 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
2/18/16 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
2/19/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
2/20/16 – Reno, NV – Cargo
2/21/16 – Fresno, CA – Strummers
2/22/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
2/23/16 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
Did you know our band LOVES playing at colleges? We play lots of fall and spring concerts at colleges every year, if you want Reel Big Fish to play at your school, have your events people contact our booking agent!
We also love playing at breweries, beer festivals, and pretty much anywhere where there’s people who want to dance to fun ska music, we’ve even been known to play a wedding or two now and then! Get in touch with our booking agent today!
It’s been exactly 20 years since we debuted our song “Beer” at a small club in Long Beach, CA.
Our horn players at the time had just quit the band so Aaron Quickly scrambled to write a few songs with no horns for the upcoming show. The setlist also included “Go Away” and “Why Do All Girls Think They’re Fat”.
When we went in to the studio in 1996 to record “Turn the Radio Off” our producer/record label president INSISTED that we add horns to this song because we were a “horn band”.
Times sure do change because when we were recording “Why Do They Rock SO Hard” in ’98 that same guy who forced us to add horns to Beer asked us for a “No Horns Mix” of the album because horns were “Out” in the music industry. We of course refused as you can tell…any way, if you’re still reading this, you must be really bored! Have yourself a beer and enjoy the video!!
We just got back from our 7 week UK/Europe tour and we just can’t believe how amazing it was!
All the club gigs and festivals were so much fun, there wasn’t one bad show on the whole tour! We made lots of new friends and got to hang out with some old ones too! Awesome to see our friends from Sonic Boom Six, the Skints and Coolie Ranx too!
A reel big thanks to everybody who came out to see us play and support us, you guys rule!
A huge thank you to Ed Larsen from Suburban Legends for filling in on the drums this time around while the Rabbit AKA the Red Nightmare AKA Ryland Steen was off playing with the band America.
Ed is an awesome drummer, a swell human being and he makes one hell of a delicious margarita!
Also, huge thanks to the Magnus Puto and the Jellycats for supporting us at the UK club shows. Special thanks to Emma from the Jellycats for singing with us every night on “I Know You…” and “She Has a Girlfriend Now” too!
And a gigantic thank you to the Sigourney Weavers and Band Geek Mafia for their support on all our German shows! Great bands, great people, good times, that’s what a Reel Big Fish tour is all about!
Now it’s time for us to relax at home and have ourselves a beer before we head out on tour again!
Here’s some pics of our fondest memories of “the Don’t Stop Skankin’ European Vacation”:
Thanks to our new friends in Survay Says! for joining us on the 4th leg of the Don’t stop skankin’ tour! Awesome band and a fine bunch of gentlemen! It was a skatastic tour! Special thanks to all the local ska bands that opened up for us at the shows! Good to see that people out there are still keeping ska music alive!
Here’s some pics from the tour:
Photo by Krystle Merrow Asthetic Mag
Photo by Krystle Merrow Asthetic Mag
We’ve got some sad news everybody, Dan Regan, our trombone player for nearly 20 years has decided to retire from Reel Big Fish. The grueling, non-stop touring
lifestyle has been keeping him away from his wife and 2 babies too much and he wants to be home so he can concentrate on being a good dad (which is hard to do when
you’re out of town 300 days a year).
He’s also been rocking the trombone in this band since he was 16 years old (over half of his life!) and he’s decided he wants to make a change and pursue his dream of opening a brewery (ya gotta respect a man for wanting to make beer!). We are gonna miss the hell out of Dan, we’ve been doing this together a long time and we’ve been through so much together in the last 20 years. We are truly sad to see him go but we totally understand why he wants to leave and we wish him all the best in his new life out there in the real world (instead of the REEL world).
As for the rest of Reel Big Fish, we will continue to tour the world fronted by our original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett and hope to see you at the shows in 2014 and beyond.
Joining us on trombone for our upcoming tours will be our good friend Billy Kottage who has recently played with the Pilfers and Big D and the Kids Table to name a few.
Here is a message from Dan he wrote especially for all the RBF fans
Reel Big Dan Regan, here. Sad news, friends: I am retiring from Reel Big Fish. It’s been nearly 20 glorious, action packed years, with all of you. At this point in my story, I am needed at home. I have two kids who deserve to have a father around. While I’ve enjoyed watching you kids grow up (and keeping you older kids young), I feel that the best thing for me, right now is to jump off the road and get a job at home. I just miss my children too much, when I’m gone.
The Reel Big Fish guys, because they’re the best ever, have generously told me that I’m welcome back, any time. So don’t count me completely out. I may see you all yet again; especially at local LA/OC shows.This has been a great adventure and I couldn’t imagine spending it with better dudes. Aaron, Johnny, Ryland, Matt, Derek and the crew: Tom, Dave and Hoss – are some of the best friend I’ll ever know. Take care of them, for me. Show them you’re the craziest, most loving fans in the world. There’s lots more RBF touring in store: South America, North America, Australia, UK and Europe… it never ends. Go to these shows and rock out like maniacs. I want to hear your screams from all the way over here in Long Beach.Thanks so much for always bringing the party and treating this old trombone player like a rock star. From causing a riot at the Tower WOW record store, because we were just too handsome… to visiting nearly every brewery on planet earth, it’s been a wild ride.
I venture to Valhalla to feast with past members of RBF. We’ll link arms and sing the praises of our brothers still in the fray. By next year, I should have finished building a brewery. We’re calling her: Liberation Brewing Co. (LBC). If I cant tour and party with my friends, the next best thing would be to create a place and make them come to me. When you’re old enough, head to Long Beach for a pint and some tunes. I’ll be waiting with open arms. I love you all so much.
In the immoral words of one of my heroes:
“Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay,
I came to say
I must be going.
I’m glad I came
but just the same
I must be going.” – Groucho Marx (Animal Crackers)
Keep dancing crazy, Be good to each other… and I’ll see you all in another life.