On the cusp of a looming world tour, and currently in full swing for Australia’s Warped Tour, it is sure the Californian lords of ska, Reel Big Fish are showing no signs of slowing down. With 2013 marking their 22nd year as a band, after releasing eight studio albums and touring the world relentlessly, the ever-charismatic trumpet extraordinaire John Christianson, better known as Johnny Christmas takes some time off to reflect on all things Warped and the recent departure of fellow fish, Dan Regan.
“We are hoping Australian dates will have less heat stroke. When we were in the states doing the US Warped Tour dates; it was so crazy hot when we played in Las Vegas they took 200 kids to the hospital for heat stroke. We hope everyone will be hydrated, wearing sunscreen and having a good time (and beers).”
Prior to returning to Australia and starting their world tour, the band also said goodbye to their long-time trombone player, Dan who after 19 years in the band has decided to understandably spend more time with his family.
“We played our last show with Dan at the Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare show. We had a party at my house which was really cool, and was great to see him off, but it was sad, we all had a bit of a cry and shed tears for him, especially me, I am so emotional.” He admits.
“It’s very difficult saying goodbye to your best friend who you’ve been hanging out, sharing memories around the world and making music for so long together. He was the guy who was always down for what I like to call serving the greater good of Reel Big Fish. We, all in the band exist to serve the entity that is Reel Big Fish and make that go on. Anytime, anywhere, we will be there to play and have a great time, and to lose somebody who is down for that cause is really sad.”
While Dan’s departure will leave a hole in the bands aura, aside from spending more time as a family man, he will also be living out his dream of opening his very own brewery, a career choice that cannot be more suited for a member of a band that lives and breathes all things carbonated.
“We are all beer snobs, or beer connoisseur as we like to call it! We have been all around the world and visited as many breweries as possible, we’ve been to XXXX in Australia, Heineken in Amsterdam, New Belgium Brewery in Colorado – so we are really lucky to drink all of these great beers and it’s been Dan’s passion to start his own brewery in his home town of Long Beach, California and we are really rooting it all works out for him.”
Be sure to catch Reel Big Fish with a beer in hand on the rest of their Australian dates for Warped, alongside The Offspring, The Used, Pennywise and Millencolin. Tickets for Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide dates are still available through the official webpage.