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Reel Big Fish Heats Up St. Louis 01/15/2012 The Pageant.

Reel Big Fish, The Pageant 01/15/13 St. Louis, Mo
Photo’s and Words By BeezNutzSTL

I have been lucky enough to call myself a Reel Big Fish fan for many years. They always make me laugh, their shows are high energy and most of all they are FUN. So with a show announced for the first month of 2013 in my hometown. I had no choice in the matter. During the weeks leading up, I kept suggesting that my girlfriend come out and see the show with me. She wasn’t that hard to convince. It had been a year since I had seen The Fish so there was no way I could miss this show.

Reel Big Fish released ” Candy Coated Fury ” on July 31st 2012 on Rock Ridge Records. They have been very busy since embarking on a world tour that had already included a St. Louis date. Well that didn’t stop the fans from showing up again. Arriving at The Pageant a bit after 8:30 my girlfriend and I parked and hustled through the cold to the venue. After a brief search we were in and Dan P and MU330 were finishing their reunion set which I sadly missed.

Up next was a band that I was at the time unfamiliar with The Pilfers from New York City. I was unprepared for the level of energy, and the show they brought with them. They got the crowd moving as soon as they hit the stage, and the floor soon reached capacity.


The Pilfers took the stage as the loyal fans none as ” Pilfer Crew ” filled the pit area. The fusion of the different styles of music melted into a crazy stream of energy felt throughout the venue. The band lead by ex-Toasters singer Coolie Ranx on vocals, Billy Kottage on Trombone, Nick Bacon played Guitar and did back up vocals, Ben Basile on Bass and James Blanck behind the kit. They all sounded great together, and had my lady and I dancing to the beats.


My girlfriend told me after their set how compelled she felt to dance during the whole set. Before leaving the stage Coolie came and paid the crowd a visit. First he did a entire song from the pit, then he walked the length of the crowd on the counters of the venue. Very cool and made for a highlight of the show for myself.


After a brief sound check and set change, the crowd grew louder in anticipation. The lights fell black, and a epic sounding intro song blasted through the speakers. The Orange County Ska Legends took the stage. Notable missing Little Johnny Christmas (congratulations on fatherhood) and Matt Appleton (whom is sick). The band led by Aaron Barrett on Vocals/Guitar, Dan Regan on Trombone, Derek Gibbs on Bass, and Ryland Steen on the Drums took their places. A few of the Pilfers helped fill in the void of the 2 missing members. They chose to open the set with the opening song from ” Candy Coated Fury “. The song ” Everyone Else Is A Asshole ” started the crowd on a nonstop skankin’, dance marathon that was this entire show. Next were the fan favorites ” Trendy ” and ” Everything Sucks ” which are always great live.


Reel Big Fish is a great live show, for one the jokes are different every time. And two the setlist will be different every time no matter what. So every show is fresh and new, which I love most about this band.


Midway through the set, Aaron told everyone about how cool the 90’s were. Before jumping into the song ” Sell Out ” he told everyone that the next song was written before Instragram. Which made for a great intro to popular hit song.


The highlight of the show for me was them breaking out the 2002 classic song ” Where Have You Been “. It had been far, far too long since I heard that live. Last time I saw that song was 2008 on the Warped Tour. They dropped many gems throughout the show.


Before breaking into everyone’s favorite drinking song the band had a identity crisis on stage. First they played ” Tequila ” before they realized they don’t know that song. Then they tried “ Red Red Wine ” but sadly didn’t know that one either. Finally they gave ” Margaritaville ” a try but that didn’t fare any better. Before giving up they played a awesome version of ” Beer “.


They left the stage for 5 minutes with chants of Reel Big Fish filling the dark room. Getting the crowd charged up again with ” Don’t Stop Skanking ” Reel Big Fish got the crowd moving again. Which was followed up by one of my favorite ” The Many Faces Of Suburban Rhythm ” which is where they play a quick song followed by different musical versions of the same song (Country, Death Metal, Disco). Before ending the bit, Aaron remarked that was the first time for that joke. Funny guy.


They sent everyone home with a classic cover of the 80’s song ” Take On Me ” which was a fitting way to end a great night. This show was awesome, Reel Big Fish never lets me down and I always feel great when I leave.

Reel Big Fish are on tour NOW! Through April 2013 and BEYOND!!!! Check the dates here: http://www.reel-big-fish.com/tour-dates/

The Album ” Candy Coated Fury ” is in stores/online now. Go support locally owned record stores. Or shop online by clicking here

Thank You to : Reel Big Fish, The Pageant, Dan P and MU330, The Pilfers, Mike at Ear Shot Media, Nick Bacon and everyone else who made this night so great.

Reel Big Fish, The Pageant 01/15/13

1. Everyone Else Is A Asshole.
2. Trendy
3. Everything Sucks.
4. She’s Famous Now.
5. Your Girlfriend Sucks
6. All I Want Is More
7. Everybody’s Drunk
8. Sell Out
9. Your Guts ( I Hate Em’)
10. Good Thing
11. I Hate You, Fuck You, Leave Me Alone.
12.Where Have You Been
13. Candy Coated Fury
14. She Has A Girlfriend Now
15. Another F-U Song.
16. In The Pit
17. I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore.
18. Tequila, Red Red Wine, Margrataville – BEER.
19. Don’t Stop Skankin’
20. Suburban Rhythm (Many Faces Of)
21. Take on Me.

Reel Big Fish Sept US Tour Dates

Reel Big Fish Sept US Tour Dates

So Ska-Punkers Reel Big Fish are currently on tour in the UK, supporting their 1st album in 5 years “Candy Coated Fury“.  But never fear fans of the Ska because they’ll be back in America for five dates in September, focusing on the West Coast. Those dates lay below, along with the new video for the song “I Dare You To Break My Heart”.

September 6th – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

September 7th – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

September 8th – Ska Brewing World Headquarters – Durango, CO

September 9th – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

September 14th – The Boiler Room – Redlands, CA

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger Team Up For Summer of Ska 2012

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger Team Up For Summer of Ska 2012

Sure Warped Tour has gone all emo, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be live ska music crossing North America this summer. Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger have teamed up for the Summer of Ska co-headline tour. The trek kicks off June 16th in Quebec and wraps July 28th deep in the heart of Orange County. Joining Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger will be the likes of Suburban Legends and Big D and the Kids Table. Take note that Goldfinger will be dropping off the tour on July 2nd and will be replaced by the Maxies. Dates, artists and venues are all posted down below.

Summer of Ska 2012 North American Tour:

06/16/12 – Montebello Marina – Montebello Quebec (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/17/12 Sound Academy – Toronto , ON   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/19/12 Toad’s Place – New Haven , CT   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/20/12 House of Blues Boston – Boston , MA   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/21/12 the Lost Horizon – Syracuse , NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/22/12 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence , RI (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/23/12 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo , NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/24/12 House Of Blues – Cleveland , OH (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/25/12 –Upstate Concert Hall (Formerly Northern Lights – Clifton Park , NY (w/ Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/26/12 9:30 Club – Washington , DC (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/27/12 Best Buy Theater – NewYork , NY (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/28/12 The Chance – Poughkeepsie (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/29/12 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville , NJ   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

06/30/12 Crocodile Rock – Allentown , PA (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/01/12 The NorVa – Norfolk , VA   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/02/12 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte , NC   (w/ Goldfinger, Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends)

07/04/12 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale , FL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/05/12 House of Blues – Orlando , FL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/06/12 Masquerade – Atlanta , GA   (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/07/12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati , OH (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/08/12 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus , OH (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/9/12 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Pontiac ( Detroit ), MI (w/ Big D and the Kids Table)

07/10/12 – House of Blues – Chicago , IL (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/11/12 – First Avenue – Minneapolis , MN (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/12/12 – The Pageant – St. Louis , MO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/13/12 – Wooly’s – Des Moines , IA ((w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/14/12 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City , MO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/15/12 – House of Blues – Dallas , TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/16/12 – Backstage Live – San Antonio , TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/17/12 – House of Blues – Houston , TX (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/19/12 – Ogden Theatre – Denver , CO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/20/12 – Belly Up – Aspen , CO (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/21/12 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City , UT (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/22/12 -the Knitting Factory – Reno , NV (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/23/12 – Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco , CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/24/12 – Fat Cat Music House – Modesto , CA ((w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/25/12 – House of Blues – West Hollywood , CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/26/12 -House of Blues – San Diego , CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/27/12 – House of Blues – Las Vegas , NV (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)

07/28/12 – The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim , CA (w/Big D and the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, the Maxies)




I remember being on facebook, bored. When I got the notification that I had been invited to see my buddy’s band open for none other that REEL BIG FISH and it was FREE! After spending 40 plus dollars to go see RBF only months prior I was in.

Only one problem, I was supposed to be at work. A little sweet talk and shift switching later. I had the entire saturday off. That left me with the entire day to go see Reel Big Fish and party St. Patricks Day style in Rolla!

Day of, I went to the gas station for some papers and beer. Then I came home and made Blueberry Pancakes, Hashbrowns and Bacon. Before I knew it my longtime road trip partner in crime Chris arrived.

After a very nice breakfast we were off, well not yet. We had to make the tradition stop at Starbucks so Chris could get his crack, I mean coffee. Even more of a mindfuck was when Chris was handed his drink without PAYING!!!! He didn’t steal it either, dude is just connected. Free Crack, I mean Coffee, is unheard of in this economy.

Chris had his coffee and about a half hour down the road. I started cracking beers, and drinking them out of my starbucks cup. Then the ride started to get interesting.

A brief car trouble had us pulled over while we figured out that the car was tripping. Back on the road now running LATE. Hwy 44 hates us, last time we made this trip we ran out of gas at our exit.

We got to Rolla and it was truely GREEN everyone was out having a great time. The venue was a small pavillion inside of a small city park. Which sat pretty much in the center of downtown Rolla.

I also noticed my friends band “Wild Tiger” was on stage finishing their set. By the time we made our way into the crowd they were leaving.

Which left a Grateful Dead cover before RBF. Instead of watching a cover band we explored downtown.

A few people asked me if I was actually drinking beer out of starbucks cup? Without missing a beat I would rattle off my friends coffee order and told them it was a ” Venti Iced Mocha No Whipped Cream”.

We actaully ended up parking in the High School lot, which was funny. After a bit of meditation and MORE BEER! It was time.

I was shocked at how easy we got the rail for this show. We were a bit to the side but we were front. After a brief soundcheck Reel Big Fish took the stage.

After singing the lyrics to “Trendy” All day long seemed fitting thats what they would open with.

” This next song is about a girl who left me for another girl, and I should of known because everytime we played rock, paper, scissors she would always go right for the scissors!” was a nice intro to: ” She has a Girlfriend Now”

( Video By: http://www.youtube.com/user/tkmm2″

The crowd was packed in for Reel Big Fish and it was obvious everyone came for a good time. Lot’s of crowd surfers were flying over head.

Staying on the topics of Girlfriends and how much they love yours. They played the classic ” I WANT YOUR GIRLFRIEND! ”

They played a solid 60 minute set, playing fan favorites such as ” The Set Up”. True Reel Big Fish fans, and the people of Rolla were treated to a great setlist.

The security was quite interesting at all. Real mellow guys many of whom were rocking the previous security passes from St. Pat’s concerts prior.

After promising they were really out of good songs, they played ” BEER ” . And the beer was flowing. I still had my Starbucks beer front row the whole show.

(Video by http://www.youtube.com/user/locomike1219 ) Check him out!

The park was almost entirely full during Reel Big Fish. Lot’s of new and old fans were out in the crowd.

“We played all our good songs, and this time we mean it” started out the last song ” Take on Me”

(Video by http://www.youtube.com/user/locomike1219 ) Check him out!

I enjoyed this set a ton, being free, outside, awesome weather and one of my favorite bands playing. It doesn’t get much better. I had consumed way too much Beer. I got in the car and proceeded to pass the fuck out until I was home. Sorry Chris, that Cd put me to sleep. Good times. Till next time.

BeezNutz Presents Top 10 Shows Part 1 (10-6)

10. St Vincent, 2/15/10 Bottleneck Lawerence KS.

After catching her twice the previous year. I made a little trek across the state to see her at a venue I had not been to for 8 years. She did not disappoint.

It was a awesome set, the one that makes you want to come back out as soon as possible and see another. I ended up doing that and almost died in the process shitty story, moving along.

9. Foxy Shazam, The Old Rock House St Louis.

Foxy Shazam 10/20/10

What can I say about this band. I first got to know them by checking out a free instore at my favorite record store Vintage Vinyl. I bought their CD and got two tickets to see them open for Hole. I ended up getting to the show late and only caught the last two songs. I couldn’t wait to see them again.

A few months later they were back and I knew I had to go. Even if that meant missing various other great shows that evening. When he told this Jack Nicolson story I knew I had made the right choice.

Foxy Shazam’s live show can be pretty crazy sometimes a perfect example comes around 5:31 in this next video. I couldn’t believe what I had seen……

They have a show lined up already next year for Janurary you know where I’ll be.

8. Drive By Truckers
Drive By Truckers The Pageant St. Louis, MO. 10/02/10

Sometimes I am spontaneous and go to shows on just a whim. That was certainly the case with Drive By Truckers. After seeing a great opening set during the summer Tom Petty Tour. I ended up being off of work the night of their headlining show here. I had no choice, I had to go.

Everything about this show was great, everyone including the security was relaxed. They put on a great show alternating singers between songs really gives a nice variety to the show.

I enjoyed the occasional slide guitar they played during certain songs.

They played great and everyone enjoyed as you can clearly see by the crowd reaction as they retake the stage for the encore.

7. Jackson Browne and David Lindley

I didn’t expect this show to be so good or make my top ten but surprises are sometimes fun. It was either mothers day or close to my mom’s birthday when I got the email saying Jackson Browne was coming to town. I knew he was one of my moms favorite musicians so I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.

I enjoyed the set and got a first hand education on the talented David Lindley who mostly played the slide guitar throughout the set.

While I enjoyed the set my mom loved it, it felt good to be able to see her so happy. She really enjoyed ” Rock Me On The Water”

Needless to say she enjoyed her gift and the show very much. Well worth the money spent, Jackson Browne is a great performer.

6. Van’s Warped Tour 2010 Bonner Springs KS

This one is tough to write about as it was the most life changing moment in all of my year of 2010. It started off so innocently and ended so tragically.

First I made the 5 hour drive in less than 4.5 hours, I was skating to Kansas. I pushed about 75-80 the entire way with minimal stops. I made it to the gas station right before the venue. I picked up two tall boys. I remember sitting in the car, AC blasting pounding these beers as mass amounts of kids waited in line.

As the line moved I pounded my ritual 2 bottles of water, snuck an entire other bottle of Vodka in with me and proceeded to get warped.

First band on my list at the bright and early time of 11 a.m was the almighty PENNYWISE, I scored a rail spot and enjoyed myself as the oven of the day started to preheat to a heat index of 105 +. I knew what Pennywise would close with but did not expect the special guest that joined them for ” Bro Hymm”

Epic to say the least. The next band on my to do list for the day was Shawn The Clown from Slipknot’s Side Project ” DIRTY LITTLE RABBITS”. Sadly the singer was suffering from a broken foot and Shawn had a family situation and couldn’t make it. That didn’t stop them from playing a amazing set and I watched the entire thing. My favorite song they did was called ” Happy”.

After that set I needed some shade and warm shots of Vodka to ease the pain of the intense heat. Followed by some healthy water doses I was ready to endure more heat. The next band I had to see was The Dillenger Escape plan. You wouldn’t know it was insanely hot by the way they played. Intense doesnt even begin to cover it.

After a bit of wondering and more warm vodka shots I was ready to find something else to watch and found it in the form of IWRESTLEDABEAR once. I will be honest like a lot of bands on the tour I watched them because of the cool name. The wall of Death was the highlight of their set for me.

After A bit more shade it was fun time for me. I love seeing the Reel Big Fish, A Lot. They always make me smile and put on a great show. This one was no exception.

Always full of fun and humor this set was my favorite of day, The band Tip The Van Joined them for ” She Has Girlfriend Now “.

The ended their set one a high note with a brief cover of ” Enter Sandman” right into the crowd favorite ” Beer “.

At this point it was about 6 p.m still two hours of warped to go, but what to do? I needed to sober up so the answer was easy, go see more bands.

I remember this part of my day crystal clear as if it was a HD movie playing over and over in my head. I saw this photographer throughout the day on crutches with a broken foot. I went up to talk to him and commend him on his dedication of his craft.

We are walking he is trying to tell me about his website and out of the corner of my eye I notice something disturbing. It was a lifeless body with one person at his side, and everything else just became backround noise.

After a moment the lady at his side was yelling for paramedics who were on the scene in a flash. I watched for maybe 5 minutes as they beat on his lifeless chest. I felt horrible and helpless. Soon after a great crowd gathered around the area as people stood by gawking.

I felt horrible seeing that, and felt worse walking no more than 20-30 feet away to watch Suicide Silence. I figured that would be better than watching the other scene.

It felt so wrong trying to enjoy a show, while someone else is dying in the backround. Every now and again through the pit you could see his lifeless shoe’s still on the ground as Paramedics tried to bring him back. I left that show feeling sick. The entire way home all I could picture was me laying in his spot and being the one that wasn’t as lucky.

I came home went to bed, and awoke to the new’s I was dreading hearing. The man had passed away, to hit closer to home he was my age and in good health. The heat can kill, we all need to respect that and be careful out there.

His name was Curtis Alan Deforest or just Alan to his friends and family and I will never, ever forget him. R.I.P Alan, I am sure you will be at the next warped in spirit.


Reel Big Fish/The Aquabats 11/14/10

The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Words/Photos/Videos by BeeZnutZ


It has almost been 10 years since I have been going to Reel Big Fish Shows. I went on a fateful road trip I believe in 2001 to see Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, and many others. It was another great birthday road trip.

I have seen Reel Big Fish about 5-6 times since then. Mostly at festivals or warped tours over the years. I had not had the chance to see a headlining show. So when I saw the show announcement months ago I eager to go.

I started cracking beers around 4 p.m and by 7 p.m I was ready to roll. I would of loved to see the openers but it just wasn’t going to work out that way.

beer in pocket trick

I was 6 beers into my pregame celebrations when I walked into the pageant to the most lax pat down I have encountered there. Normally its pretty thorough , but they didn’t even make me empty my pockets this time.

Next stop say Hi to my favorite bartender. Always good to see him and as a bonus I scored a free beer. Beer Number 7! I sat there beer in one hand, camera in the other right behind the soundboard and filmed a few aquabats songs.

Now I had never seen the aquabats before this and was pretty impressed. I enjoyed there stage humor and outfits.

The Aquabats had videos playing above them instead of a backdrop, mostly it looked like old 80’s movies but at this point I was a little drunk to pay attention or care.

It seemed the aquabats had brought a decent chunk of the audience as a lot of people knew the words and some were even dressed as a aquabat. Then I had to piss, badly.

After I left the bathroom, they had all these kids onstage. Even with a good buzz on my instinct told me to start filming what was about to happen. Then much to my drunken amazement he let one kid fly after another into the waiting arms of the st louis crowd. He tossed out about 4 children ranging from about 10 to 5 years old.

Before he chucked each kid the singer would ask permission from the parents. To one he said ” Don’t worry, I have a kid and I throw him all the time”. It was a funny moment.

Then he got to the last kid who was 5. He lifted him high over his head the kid spread his arms like wings and was tossed into the abyss. Then dad jumped in after him narrowly missing his son. All in good fun the kids had fun, nobody got hurt.

Then it was beer time again during set changes. Midway through beer number 8, I had a grand vision. It involved me putting my beer into my pocket and walking down to the no alcohol pit. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

After a very brief wait, the horns blared as Reel Big Fish took the stage. I called it when I said the day before they would open with ” Sell Out “. It got as rowdy as Ska show could possible get.

Rowdy enough to draw security into the pit, one spotted me and my beer and escorted me back to my 21 and up habitat.
Things happen for a reason, I had a much better video advantage from my new spot. They played lots of my favorite songs and one I hadn’t seen live before. A cool cover of Brown Eye Girl was a fun live treat.

Then after a few songs they brought up a local singer from the band “Dick and Jane” to help sing ” She Has a girlfriend now”

Reel Big Fish has fun playing each night and it shows. I always enjoy their humor and stage banter. As a intro for the song “The Setup” They played a brief version of “Enter Sandman” which always gets the crowd pumped.

Towards the end of the set is that scramble in your mind as you start to wonder…. are they going to play my favorites.

They didn’t let me down as I got a awesome version of “SR, the many versions of”. Which has always been one of my favorite parts of their live show.

At this point I was at 2 minutes left on my 4gb card. I was going to try and delete one of my lower quality videos as I knew what would be next in the set.

I predicted that they would open with “Sell Out” and end on “Beer”. Those predictions held true and I enjoyed the setlist quite a bit this time. I wish they had played “Where Have You Been” but you can’t get everything you want.

Then I proceeded to the Halo Bar where I bought another drink followed by 2 more purchased for me by friends.

After sobering up for 10-15 minutes I drove home doing 85 the whole way to the TACO BELL.

Just kidding, I didn’t drive I was a passenger. The next morning was one of those where you are wearing one shoe and can’t find your hat, camera or another shoe.

However when you scroll back through your videos and picture you know it was alright………

The End.

From The Vault: Warped Tour 2008 Hits Ventura, CA

Warped Tour 2008

Seaside Park – Ventura, CA 06/22/08

Words/Photos/Videos by Justin

(With Warped Tour kicking off this week, and things a tad slow here I figured we would look back at my experience on the long running festival last summer.  Note, this first appeared on MTVnews.com)

A good rock festival is very similar to a good meal at a buffet. If planned correctly, you can get a nice sample of everything you love, try something new, and hopefully avoid items that you simply don’t agree with. As Southern California was hit with another day of record heat, I escaped 60+ miles up the coast from Hollywood to VenturaCalifornia for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour where the high was only 80, and a nice ocean breeze kept the crowd cool. Armed with a camera, VIP pass and a very empty stomach, I hit the pavement hard at SeasidePark, and left a very satisfied and fulfilled customer.



Cobra Starship 06/22/08
Cobra Starship 06/22/08

Myself and several lady friends arrived to the venue around 11:00 am and quicky started drinking. With the ticket saying doors at noon, I was very bummed to find out I missed up and coming metal band August Burns Red who took the stage at 11:30. Running into one of the guys later, it sounds as though I am not the only one to feel this way. After warming up in the lot, we made our way to the beer garden as The Bronx played one of the main stages. After another round, our timing could not of been better. As we made our way over to the Hurley Side Stage, I encountered Cobra Starship playing the Snakes on A Plane jam from a few years back. This is the only song I know of theirs, and really the only song I care to hear. That worked out pretty well.






Evergreen Terrace 06/22/08
Evergreen Terrace 06/22/08

Evergreen Terrace tore up the Hurley Side Stage with a 30 minute set of pure metalcore madness. I had not heard these guys before today, but was very impressed with the band out of JacksonvilleFlorida. Singer Andrew Carey could be mistaken for Angels pitcher Jared Weaver, held down the stage and had the crowd going the entire time. Their cover of Mad World sounded nothing like Tears of Fears or Gary Jules, but was dedicated to myspace celebutard Jefferee Star. As the band wrapped up their set, I made my way back to the main stage for Every Time I Die.


Hung over from yesterday San Francisco’s show, Every Time I Die was the first main stage act to truly get the crowd into a frenzy. Playing a mix of their last three albums, the bands set was sweet and to the point. Lead singer Keith Buckley, informed the crowd that many bands would tell them what to do on this beautiful day, but really they should only listen to him. They indeed did when before the last song of the set (No Son of Mine) they split the thinner “Emo” crowd in half to attempt the crawl of death. Moshers got onto their hands and knees and charged Braveheart style at each other as the band launched into the song. The crawl lasted all of about 12 seconds as the young crowd quickly returned to their feet and continued to mosh under the California sunshine.

Not to be outdone, Southern California metal band As I Lay Dying got the crowd to form a circle pit around the soundboard for their 2003 hit “94 Hours”. I had last seen this band in early 2004 down in Anaheim, and they have grown leaps and bounds since then. The band sounded tight, and managed to cover just about all their singles, as well as material from their latest record. From what I can tell, As I Lay Dying drew the biggest main stage crowd of the day, which makes you wonder why they played so early in the day?

Taking full advantage of the VIP access granted to me, I ended up taking a break by relaxing on one of the bands buses, watching the end of Vacation, and the start of Caddy Shack on VH1. Missing Story of The Year and some other main stage band I had never heard of was worth it in the long run. I did head back out and I caught the last two songs from Anberlin. I had never heard of them before today, and they were not my thing. No harm, no foul, as I was on the other side waiting for Against Me! so really it was more background music than anything.



Against Me! 06/22/08
Against Me! 06/22/08

A week removed from their set at Bonnaroo, Against Me! took the stage at 4:20pm and for the first time all day, the place smelt more like Bonnaroo then the Warped Tour. I am pretty late to getting on the bandwagon of this Florida based band. Late, as in last week bandwagon jumper. So the only songs I know, were the show opener Stop and the show closer, Thrash Unreal. Everything in between won me over and made me a fan. The crowd was very into these guys, who sang their politically charged songs to a mosh pit full of Obama T-shirts.


All day, fans of punk rock had complained around me, as they felt the Warped Tour had sold out, by having more Emo and Metal bands then punk and ska. It was interesting to see the crowd, as most of the fans of Emo & metal were open to all bands, while the punks cried like little children. So looking over the board, I decided to try to find any random punk band and ended up checking out 3OH!3 on one of the side stages. Boy, was I wrong to guess off of a name. Instead of punk, I found two white rappers, shooting off t-shirt cannons and singing dirty lyrics about a move called the Helen Keller I love bad white rap as it’s a total guilty pleasure. You see, it gives me hope that even in my old age, I could get up and do that. These guys were energetic, and had the crowd eating out of their hands. Definetly check 3OH!3 out if you get the chance.



3OH!3 - 06/22/08
3OH!3 – 06/22/08

I caught the tail end of Norma Jean on the main stage. It was much heavier than I expected, but didn’t strike a chord with me. A late addition, playing only the VenturaCalifornia stop of the tour was FEAR. I am familiar with FEAR, but have never seen them live. Not having anything to compare too, the band seemed a bit rusty and it felt as if the band could fall apart and need CPR at any second. I was depressed to see that the crowd for their set was rather empty (however, every crusty punk did make a rather large circle pit for the Los Angeles punk legends). Opening with “I Love Living In The City”, most Warped attendees missed a history lesson from the punk rock veterans. Lead singer Lee Ving joked with the crowd through the set, clamming that their record More Beer is the reason he lives in Bel Air next door to director Steven Spielberg, and dedicated Foreign Policy to our current administration.




Reel Big Fish 06/22/08
Reel Big Fish 06/22/08



There was a bigger crowd waiting for Reel Big Fish to start then watching FEAR. The band opened with their biggest hit Sell Out, which took me back 11 years to senior year in high school. Trendy, followed that before the band moved into new territory. A quick cover of Enter Sandman got the crowd all pumped up, but no where as pumped as the set closer – a cover of the A Ha song Take On Me.



Katy Perry 06/22/08
Katy Perry 06/22/08





I made my way to a small stage with my lady friends. They were all dying to see Katy Perry, Americas newest conservative sell out SLUT hypocrite christian cash cow popstar. I realize this is mean, but the 10 minutes I watched was pure garbage, as I find it tacky to sing about kissing gals (something Jill Sobule did SO much better) yet being afraid to do so on a press junket. Heck, even a hug from a gal sent this trashy pop wreck heading far far away from whomever was interviewing her on the E! network. I love the fact that the barely legal daughter of two ministers (hailing from Santa Barbara just up the coast from Ventura) flashed her undies (which were part of her dress) whenever she could to the crowd of pre-pubescent sheep looking for a new false pop idol to worship. Just standing in the beyond packed crowd full of underage females, I had this really bad feeling that Dateline NBC host Chris Hansen would bust me any moment simply for being there. I had to escape and high tailed it over to Pennywise.

Pennywise was the perfect way to end my day of music. Despite guitar issues which probably cost the band an entire song, Pennywise blasted through a set for the old school fan, more or less void of any type of radio hit. As three underage punks threw trash into the pit, Fletcher flowed his unique style of trash talk from his mouth. Fuck Authority got the biggest rise from the crowd until the set closer Bro Hym, a tribute to those who meant so much but are no longer with us.



Pennywise 06/22/08
Pennywise 06/22/08


Beat from the long day of music, I found my way backstage where I lounged around for a few hours with friends and bands. A perfect way to end a perfect summer day out at the Warped Tour.





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