You Only Live Once…

Once again Reel Big Fish have left the UK after 16 straight days of playing at various venues around the UK, 23 if you include the few shows in Europe beforehand. Not content with going to one single gig I managed to get to four gigs overall.

Now if you don’t know by now (i’ll be very surprised). Reel Big Fish is a band I have known about since about 2006. After seeing someone on something called “MSN Chat” listening to it constantly I thought i’d give it a listen and was instantly hooked.

Shortly after hearing them for the first time their live album “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album” came out and I got myself a copy and loved everything about it. To this day I find myself listening to it alot. You can tell from my Last FM profile just how hooked I am on Reel Big Fish compared to other bands… Although recently it has been straightening out with other bands, who happen to be previous support bands for Reel Big Fish’s UK Tours. I can still easily rack a good number of listens in a week. When they are over here in the UK that figure can increase up to 300+ plays in a single week (mad huh?).

As usual when Reel Big Fish come around it creeps up on you and you find yourself arranging the first gig in a matter of hours, from buying the ticket to getting somewhere to sleep for the night. That’s exactly what I did for their first show at Rock City in Nottingham. Just so happens to be the most random gig i’ve been too, not because of the performers but because of the antics in the audience. Random is good by the way, it made for a really enjoyable night out.

Now, if you were in the 383 Project office you would know how indecisive I was about going to Nottingham and Bristol. Obviously I went and enjoyed every single minute, some may ask (and have asked) why I went to see the same bands over and over on the same tour. Each show is different, the set-list is/can be different as well as the atmosphere in the venue. Also the buzz from the show makes you want to come back for more.

Music highlight for me was hearing 241 being played live a few times was great, what I would class as an instrumental despite “241” being sung a few times throughout. If only I could hear them play Victory Over Peter Bones live. Was also amazing to get the opportunity thanks to Dan Reagan of Reel Big Fish and Jenn Ringrose (an uber fan) to snap them at Southampton University, you can see the results on my Flickr here. Also another thanks to Dan and Jenn for also getting me into the sold out Birmingham show.

I’ve said a few times in the past that i’d love to see them outside of the UK, hopefully next year i’ll get the chance to do that. Just need to insure I don’t plan it at the last minute like the UK Tours.

As a band that are celebrating their 20th Year Anniversary with only 1 original member left, they’re still awesome. If you like Reel Big Fish then feel free to head over to the Unofficial Fan site

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