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Reel Big Fish Last Night at House of Blues Anaheim
Written by Laura Smith   
Friday, 28 January 2011 00:58
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In my years of concert goings I have learned several life lessons, the most important being that you can fall in love with a band you do not know or closely follow by the end of just one of their shows. Going into Reel Big Fish I did not know what to expect and little did I know I would be leaving the House of Blues in Anaheim with several of their albums!

The energy last night at the House of Blues in Anaheim was incredible from beginning to end. The second the Reel Big Fish opened on stage playing their hit song “Sell Out” (the one song I knew), the entire audience was singing along. The HOB turned from a music hall with a concert, to one with a big party – and it continued like that until the very end of the show.

Even though there were reports of drummer Ryland “The Rabbit” Steen, having food poisoning earlier in the day, he played the complete set. And what an incredible set it turned out to be.

The 1 hour and 45minute show included 21 songs from many of Reel Big Fish’s previously released albums, including “She Has a Girlfriend Now” and “Trendy” but it also included some pleasant covers as well.  As explained by singer Aaron Barrett, “We are a band that has many, many, many, many, many hit songs… that we cover” as he started with Reel Big Fish’s version of “Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison).

Reel Big Fish was all about crowd interaction, including brief lessons throughout the night on how to properly “skank”, line dance routines and an ode to the jumping jack, inviting all attendees to join in. All in attendance got quite the workout. The non-stop entertainment train kept this old man up and wanting more by the end.

The House of Blues security guards got a workout as well, dealing with a steady flow of crowd surfers of all shapes and sizes. The circle pit which while tame most the night, non-stop nonetheless, seemed a bit much for some of the younger people around the pit who looked frightened of being sucked in.

The energy from the main level of the venue traveled upstairs at the HOB. Usually a quiet, relaxed crowd tonight turned into small groups of dancing fans that grew larger and larger as they influenced fellow concert goers to join along. There were several inebriated fans that overindulged scattered about but the dancing crowd paid no attention to any of them.

The strong positive energy was 100% on stage. Apparently it was Reel Big Fish member’s defense mechanism which required them to avoid the many bras, men’s socks, water bottles, and underwear being thrown up on stage.

During the song “Beer”, the crowd went to the next level of crazy. Not only due to the confession of the band loving Orange County, but because everybody there was pleasingly buzzed or completely inebriated and having a great time! An abrupt end and exit after “Beer” caused the rowdy fans to cheer for an encore excruciatingly loud for over four minutes. I participated as I did not want the show to over either.

Reel Big Fish complied, playing “Trendy”, “I want your girlfriend to be my girlfriend”, “Suburban rhythm 5x”, and closed with a cover of, “Take on Me” (a-ha).

All in all, I didn’t want the night to end. And being an old fart, that’s saying a lot! “Everybody’s doing the fish!”

Setlist:

Sell Out, Another F.U Song, Everything Sucks, In The Pit, Kiss Me Deadly, Somebody Hates Me, Join the Club, Ban the Tube Top, New Version of You, The Bad Guy, 241, Don’t Start A Band, Where Have You Been, Snoop Dog Baby, Brown Eyed Girl, Good Thinking/Your Guts, She Has A Girlfriend Now, Suckers, You Don’t Know, The Setup, Beer. Encore: Trendy, I Want Your Girlfriend to be My Girlfriend, Take On Me.

 

 

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