Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime and Fayuca at House of Blues Anaheim

Badfish
Fayuca
Date:
April 15, 2016
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
This concert turned out to be more of a hangout with friends then for the music. Plans for this concert came about last minute as I tagged along with my friend and his girlfriend. Through an app I obtained free tickets for myself and partner and we were ready for the evening. The four of us met up outside right when Fayuca started their setlist. My friend and partner became acquainted with each other as Fayuca’s music filled the venue. We all ended up missing their performance, but caught a small glimpse of them. I enjoyed what I heard and would love the opportunity to witness their performance in the near future. The four of us found my friend’s girlfriend’s cousins and settled for a spot on the second floor. For the entire duration of the concert me and my partner viewed the show from the back benches. We watched the concert through a big screen TV suspended on the wall; my first time experiencing that.

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime were on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sublime’s self titled album release. Playing with the band that night was original Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh. Within a spam of three months I saw the two living members of Sublime perform, all within the same venue. Throughout the show I just spoke to my partner and friend so I can’t comment on the band’s performance. What I do remember is I enjoyed hearing classics such as What I Got, Santeria, and Caress Me Down that night. We all screamed the lyrics for these songs loudly like everybody in the room. Overall I enjoyed the night and would see this band again if they’re in the area. I have to take more decent photos of the band next time.

Badfish Setlist
1. Garden Grove
2. What I Got
3. Wrong Way
4. Same In The End
5. April 29, 1992 (Miami)
6. Santeria
7. Seed
8. Jailhouse
9. Pawn Shop
10. Pawn Shop
11. The Ballad of Johnny Butt
12. Burritos
13. Under my Voodoo
14. Get Ready
15. Caress me Down
16. What I Got (Reprise)
17. Doin’ Time

Trivia

  • 24th concert at the House of Blues, Anaheim.
  • 1st time seeing Badfish and Fayuca.

The Pixies and Public Access TV at Fox Theater Pomona

The Pixies
Public Access TV
Date: April 21, 2017
Location:
Fox Theater Pomona

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Story
The Pixies ventured on a 2017 United States to promote their latest album Head Carrier; released on September 20, 2016. Prior to this announcement the last time The Pixies played in Southern California was in 2014 when Paz Lenchantin joined the band. She replaced Kim Deal, though Lenchantin is a terrific bassist being able to see Deal would have been an unbelievable Pixies experience. The initial tour announcement had the House of Blues, Anaheim as being the first stop. That show sold out within a short period of time causing me to miss out. Luckily more shows were added to the tour including the Fox Theater Pomona show. I grabbed my ticket the moment tickets went on sale not wanting to miss another opportunity to view the band.

This concert turned out to become the weirdest concert experience I have encountered to date. This being The Pixies, I should have expected it. The oddness of the night started with the opening band, Public Access TV. The band played on stage a good 70 minutes after doors had opened. The four male members of the band by far were the tallest males I have yet to witness on stage; all easily over six feet. The band performed well, however they did not catch my attention or engage me. I’ve listened to better opening bands, not to say that they were terrible or anything. In the end their performance will not be memorable to me unfortunately. The weirdest aspect of the concert had to be the audience that evening. Some guy in front of me started barking like a dog expressing his excitement for the band. A fight broke out between two male attendees where they were holding each others fists. It would be a good minute before a security guard came in broke it off with the guard and kicked out the guy who started it.

The fog machines on stage flowed on stage signaling the band’s entrance. Once all the members were settled in they dove right into Gouge Away. The rambunctious audience brightened up as the first note rang across the venue. Hits were played throughout the bands 30 plus year career which caused me to realize the numerous songs I failed to recognize. It had been years since I actually listened to their albums; of which I own their first three albums. Surfer Rosa and Bossanova rank high among my favorite albums, while I never got into their Doolittle album. Regardless, I experienced moments of bliss as the band’s performance reintroduced me to these songs. Emotions overcame me as I instantly thought of my college years when I stumbled upon their music for the first time; I know I’m a late bloomer. Wave of Mutilation, Crackity Jones, Vamos, and Brick Is Red were among the tracks that hit me with nostalgia.

The odd aspect of the band’s performance had to their lack of communication among the crowd. What I mean is the band never addressed the audience or spoke to us, they just sang. Even towards the end before the encore the members of the band just waved to the crowd and bowed. They did all that without saying anything to us, I wonder as to why. The band did an incredible job performing yet felt as if they were not on the top of their game. Their performances sort of felt off, but that could have been due to me having higher expectations for this band. What took me by surprise though was how fast Francis Black sang the lyrics to most of the songs. He seemed to sing the song as quickly as he could which caused a few songs to sound strange. This became noticeable through the performances of  Where Is My Mind? and Here Comes Your Man. It bothered me however it did not take away from the experience of hearing these classic songs performed. Nothing compared to seeing them perform Velouria; my favorite song of The Pixies. Though Kim Deal left big shoes to fill,  Paz Lenchantin holds on her own and the chemistry she posses with the other members blended well. Her solos were a highlight of the evening, the high mark being the last song. After taking a minute break the band grouped together to perform the final song of the evening; Into The White. The fog machines were on full blast as the whole room became blanketed in a deep fog. It came to the point where Lenchantin became the only visible member on stage. The fog atmosphere intensified the performance as I understood what it felt seeing a band in a thick fog. Suddenly the lights started flashing rapidly  making these final moments seem like a dream. Soon the dream came to an end as the venue’s lights turned taking me back to reality.

The Pixies Setlist
1. Gouge Away
2. Wave Of Mutilation
3. U-Mass
4. Um Chagga Lagga
5. Caribou
6. Bel Esprit
7. I’ve Been Tired
8. Classic Masher
9. Monkey Gone To Heaven
10. Crackity Jones
11. Isla De Encanta
12. Cactus
13. Magdalena 318
14. Velouria
15. Havalina
16. Snakes
17. Where Is My Mind?
18. All The Saints
19. Vamos
20. Brick Is Red
21. Here Comes Your Man
22. Nimrod’s Son
23. Mr. Grieves
24. Indie Cindy
25. Winterlong
26. Ed Is Dead
27. All I Think About Now
28. Debaser
29. Head On (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
30. Tame
31. Planet Of Sound

Encore
32. Into The White

Trivial Notes

  • 1st time seeing The Pixies and Public Access TV.
  • 4th concert at the Fox Theater in Pomona.
  • Sold out concert.

Dreamcar and Sharp/Shock at The Constellation Room

Dreamcar
Sharp Shock
Date: April 5, 2017
Location:
The Constellation Room

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Story
Dreamcar performed their first official show on April 5th at The Constellation room in Orange County. For the past three years the band members have been creating music together which until tonight had never been performed in public. The band consists of No Doubt members Adrian Young, Tom Dumont, and Tony Kanal with AFI singer Davey Havok. Prior to this concert the band debuted their first single Kill For Candy on KROQ 106.7FM on March 2; tickets for their tour went on sale that day. Within minutes all of their shows sold out! Luckily for myself the band released the last few tickets of this concert two days prior to the event. Determined, I refreshed the page until I beat the odds and bought a ticket.

Excitement loomed over the crowd that night as family, fans, and friends chatted among themselves in the overcrowded venue. The Observatory is notorious for overselling their shows with this night being no exception. Concertgoers who arrived late were stranded outside unable to step foot in the room. A worker of the venue went on stage advising people to make room for them. Moments later Sharp/Shock jumped on stage to give an entertaining performance.  The punk band set the mood of the night as their rambunctious sound won the crowd over. The British (I think) singer added lively moments as he would tell hilarious jokes here and there. The most memorable moment of their setlist was the cover their did of The Clash’s Police On My Back.

Around 9:30 pm the moment had come as Dreamcar made their grand debut to the public. Surrealism barely describes the moment I experienced seeing the three members of No Doubt in person. That particular band holds tremendous significance to me as the first album I bought was Tragic Kingdom. As stated previously, the band up to this point had only released one song, Kill For Candy. Anticipation ran high as fans were eager to know how their other songs would sound like, but above all see the chemistry among themselves. As the night unraveled the strong chemistry along with their mesmerizing music made for a memorable debut.

The band started their live performance with After I Confessed which took the audience by storm. From that moment until the end the whole audience became engulfed in pure bliss. The band knocked it right out of the park as they exceeded everyone’s expectations. Davey Havok is such a talented singer which makes sense why he fronts five different bands. For his performance he actually acted out the emotions that each individual song contained giving off a theatrical element to the night. His flamboyant attributes reminded me of the late great David Bowie. In fact they covered one of his songs, Moonage Daydream, who Havok referred to as one of the most important person ever. He channeled his inner Bowie with that performance which would have made the late singer proud. Havok also reminded me of another late singer; Scott Weiland. The reason for that is his fashion sense; Weiland being the only other fashionista singer I’ve seen live. Havok rocked it with his outfit wearing the same shade of purple from head to toe. He looked extremely incredible professional and heated in the outfit. It got to the point where Havok started taking off his clothing in an almost seductive way. Off came the tie and suit which he laid down on stage which revealed that his belt had the words DRUG FREE on it. As he bent down one fan in the front took the opportunity to take a photo of Havok’s butt providing one of the funniest moments of the night. Tom Dumont masterfully played the guitar that night as grooved to the music. The most memorable moment of the night with him was when he jammed together on stage with Tony Kanal. As a No Doubt fan, seeing these two guitarist’s chemistry with one another brought a huge smile on my face. Adrian Young rocked it out as usual as he delivered a magnificent job. Just like Havok, Young took of his shirt due to the rising temperature of the venue. One thing that bothered me was that due to where I stood I could not get a proper photo of him. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get a decent shot due to the drum set. Last, but not least, Tony Kanal did an incredible job as the other three did. I noticed that he would jam to the music with his eyes closed. Seeing that one could understand how invested he is in this music. I loved seeing that because it displays how much he loves doing this; making music and performing live.

Back to the actual music, one could hear the 1980s rock scene that influenced the band. Through the night I could hear the influence that Duran Duran, Tears of Fears, and even The Cure had on the band. INXS were another band that influenced them to the point that they covered Don’t Change. Highlights performances of them included the catchy Do Nothing and All The Dead Girls (which would later be released as a single). In addition to the guys there were three female singers on stage. Two of them were backup singers who blended well with Havok’s voice. The other female singer played the piano, but also gave an impressive saxophone solo. These guys are brilliant overall with the songs that they created within the band. These guys blend well together and their chemistry is spot on. One has to wonder why these guys did not get together sooner to create this music. The band closed out the night by playing their very first single Kill For Candy. The whole room sang tremendously loud as everyone knew the lyrics to the song. What better way to end the night than play the only song they’ve released up to this point? For this being their very first show they ever did, the band a superb job. This band has huge potential and I am so excited to see what the future holds in store for them. This night solidified me as fan of theirs forever and will definitely go see them whenever they’re playing in Southern California.

Dreamcar Setlist
1. After I Confessed
2. The Assailant
3. Born To Lie
4. Slip on the Moon
5. The Preferred
6. Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)
7. On The Charts
8. Do Nothing
9. Ever Lonely
10. Don’t Let Me Love
11. All The Dead Girls

Encore
12. Don’t Change (INXS cover)
13. Show Me Mercy
14. Kill For Candy

Reviews

AXS. April 6, 2017. “Review: Dreamcar shifts into high gear for first show at Santa Ana’s                                                    Constellation Room” by Lucas Villa.                                                  https://www.axs.com/review-dreamcar-shifts-into-high-gear-for-first-show-at-santa-ana-s-co-117004

The OC Register. April 6, 2017. “Dreamcar has fun with fans at its live debut in Santa Ana”                                            by Kelli Skye Fadroski.                                                http://www.ocregister.com/articles/night-748642-energy-waiting.html

Trivial Notes

  • 3rd concert at The Constellation Room.
  • This is Dreamcar’s first concert!
  • 1st time seeing Dreamcar.
  • Sold out concert.
  • Tom Dumont’s official Instagram page liked the two photos I tagged him in.
  • Dreamcar’s official Instagram page like three of the photos I tagged them in.
  • Tony Kanal’s official Instagram page liked the two photos I tagged him in.

Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, and Starpool at House of Blues Anaheim

Reel Big Fish
Mad Caddies
Starpool
Date:
March 31, 2017
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
Took the risk of driving down to the venue hoping that the concert was not sold out. Had no Plan B, would have wasted my gas driving there and just go back home. Luckily, that never happened as tickets were steadily available. This concert turned out to be my first one at the House of Blues, Anaheim in the main venue since they moved to the Garden Walk.

I became consumed in shock as I stepped foot into the venue. It was extremely larger than the old venue’s location at Downtown Disney. I arrived an hour after doors had opened, so by the time I arrived the whole place was packed. I settled in a spot to view the last few minutes of Starpool’s performance. The band’s performance benefited from their strong enthusiasm  each member gave in their deliverance. Skanking on stage, jumping wildly, and getting the audience dancing were some of the memorable moments of this energetic band. The lead singer’s passion undeniably left a strong impression on me to keep an eye out for this band.

Arriving on stage next were the fabulous Mad Caddies. To be honest, I’ve never listened to this band’s music prior to this event. I had no idea what their music would consist of other than sounding ska. My first impression of the band as they entered the stage was that this band is laid back. The singer arrived in a plain blue shirt wearing a green hat. Without a doubt I have never seen a more relaxed singer than this man. After viewing them that night, I understood why this band has such a devoted following. Their mellow, ska sound combined with their easy going performance is worth a view. “I’m talking ’bout the right state of  The right state of The right state of your mind.” The State of Your Mind performance became one of my favorite moments during the night. I still listen to that song nonstop since that night.

The moment came to fruition as Aaron Barrett hit the stage with the rest of Reel Big Fish. Before diving into playing the hits of Turn Off The Radio, the band played four of their biggest hits. The band at the moment were on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary release of their second album. I actually own the album which I got for a steal for 50 cents.  Back to the band, the crowd roared with excitement as the band played hit after hit. The moshpit turned crazy as fans started skanking around, pushing and shoving each other around. Towards the end of the night one man in the moshpit did something I never witnessed before. He actually was being held up by his feet in the crowd making it appear as if he was walking above everyone. He took a few “steps” towards the stage before the people under him couldn’t take it anymore and collapsed down. The energy of the room changed once the band actually started playing songs from the album. The atmosphere shifted to a cheerier mood as the room became transported to 1996. One letdown I had surrounded the performance of She Has A Girlfriend Now. On the original recording Monique Powell of Save Ferris provided the female vocals for the song. A few days prior to this concert Save Ferris performed at the House of Blues, Anaheim playing the final show of the tour. With the end of the tour part of me hoped that she would make a guest appearance for this performance. Alas, that did not occur and one of the male members of the band performed the part in a high pitch voice. Beside this little fact, Reel Big Fish were outstanding that night. Sell Out, She Has A Girlfriend Now, and Skatanic ranked among the highlights of the night. Re-listening to this album reminded me why I ventured out tonight to see them perform. The hilarious jokes in between songs added to the relaxing mood of the venue. The trombone player held a sign that stated “BRIAN SAYS SUP.” As soon as the band finished playing the album they started playing different hits. One of my favorites was the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ The Impression That I Get which they mistakenly contributed to Squirrel Nut Zippers. Right before they were went on a small break Barrett mentioned that they forgot to perform one of the songs from the album. That’s when the crowd shouted with glee as they knew which one; Beer. As the song neared to an ending the band switched to playing an instrumental version of The Offspring’s Self Esteem. With that I decided to call it a night skipping out on the band’s encore performance. I instantly regretted my decision once I found out that the band ended their set with a performance of a-ha’s Take On Me. How great would that have been to see that performance live! I’ll have to wait for the next time that they’re in town to see it.

Reel Big Fish Setlist
1. Ole Chant
2. I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend Too
3. Another F.U. Song
4. Your Guts (I Hate’Em)
5. Sell Out
6. Trendy
7. Join The Club
8. She Has A Girlfriend Now
9. Snoop Dogg, Baby
10. 241
11.  Everything Sucks
12. S.R.
13. Skatanic
14. All I Want Is More
15. Nothin’
16. Say Ten
17. I’ll Never Be
18. Alternative Baby
19. Cool Ending
20. The Impression That I Get
21.  Beer (Interlude of Self Esteem)

Encore
22. I’m Cool
23. Everyone Else Is An Asshole
24. Where Have You Been
25. Take On Me (a-ha cover)

Mad Caddies Setlist
1. Backyard
2. Lay Your Head Down
3. Tired Bones
4. Brand New Scar
5. Dangerous
6. Leavin’
7. State of Mind
8. Love Myself
9. Shoot Out The Lights
10. Silence
11. No Hope
12. Drinking for 11
13.  Road Rash
14. Coyote

Reviews

The Orange County Register. April 1, 2017. “Reel Big Fish shakes up House of Blues Anaheim with 20-year album celebration” by Kelli Skye Fadroski.  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-748269-21st-turn.html

Trivial Notes

  • 1st time seeing Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, and Starpool.
  • 1st concert in the main stage at the recently opened House of Blues, Anaheim at the Garden Walk.
  • Starpool’s official Instagram account liked the photo I tagged them in.
  • Reel Big Fish’s official Instagram account liked the three photos I posted of this night.
  • Reel Big Fish’s official Twitter account liked the post I tagged them in and followed me on Twitter!