Reel Big Fish had their first release in 1995. When going to see a band that has been together this long, it’s natural to worry if they are just going through the motions at this point like it’s their job. This is definitely not the case with RBF. They still put on a heck of a show. Multiple times during the set, the lead singer, Aaron Barrett, says “I bet you thought at the beginning that we were going to play ‘Beer””. It seemed like he wasn’t ever going to play it. So, when he did, it was that much more fun. The whole show he was joking around with the hometown audience.
When they announce that there is only one song left, someone yells “Another cover?” Aaron replies, “Ya, it’s another cover! Our songs suck!” This self-deprecating humor is hilarious and goes well with their ska/punk blend of music. The originals that they play, such as “Sell Out” and “She’s Got a Girlfriend”, are as well received as their ska style covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the show closer, Aha’s “Take on Me”. It was a incredibly entertaining show and it’s clear how their talent and personality has allowed them to have such a long and successful career.