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January 10, 2006 @ Club Ice w/ Reel Big Fish & Zebrahead
Club Ice (all ages)
108 S 500 W / Salt Lake City UT
6:30pm - $15
w/ Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead, Bottom Line
[buy discount tickets]
What did we think?
This show was absolutely amazing all-around. It was really good to see our friends in Zebrahead again -- it's been about 9 months since we played with them last. We showed up at the venue (Club Ice) around 2:30 in the afternoon and brought our equipment in, and hung out all day. The great thing about this show is that playing with Reel Big Fish has always been a dream of ours. It finally came true and we loved every minute of it. The RBF guys were really cool to us.

We set up around 6:30-ish and did a quick soundcheck and got off the stage. We were going on promptly at 7:00pm, and they had just opened the doors at about 6:45. Apparently the line of people was wrapped around the building and halfway down the street, which was pretty cool. By the time we got on stage, there were at least 350 kids in front of the stage, and upwards of 600 by the time we were done. We opened with Freedom and Young. As soon as Kevin started playing his drum intro, we realized Jeph wasn't on stage... apparently he was in the bathroom making sure his hat was set on straight. As a side note, Jeph was doped up on Valium and Percoset due to his reconstructive knee surgery he had only a week prior.

We played our set (about 30 minutes) and the crowd seemed to be loving it. This is the stuff we live for, to play a show and look out on a bunch of people having a great time dancing and singing along. What a rush! During the first song, Jeph broke a bass string (what are the chances?) and so Ben from Zebrahead rushed to grab his own bass and brought it back to Jeph and helped him switch it out. Who knew Zebrahead would be such great roadies? ;-)

Anyway, after we played our set we all felt really good about it. Most of the RBF and ZH guys were standing by the stage when we walked off. Everyone seemed to dig our set and we got a great response.

As for the rest of the show, it absolutely rocked. Zebrahead rocked the place of course, and Greg (guitar player) even wore his Side Dish shirt on stage, which was pretty awesome. I wish they could have played longer than 40 minutes, but that's alright. Reel Big Fish put on such a great show. They played for about an hour and a half, and it didn't seem long enough. During their song Beer, they had special surprise guests Erik and Palmer from Side Dish (that's us!) come out on stage and play horns with them. It was amazing! If you were there, you know what I'm talking about.

So all-in-all, it was one of the most fun shows we've ever played and we can't wait to do it again! -R

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