Reel Big Fish/Goldfinger - live in Portland (Cover Artwork)

Reel Big Fish / Goldfinger

Reel Big Fish/Goldfinger: live in Portlandlive in Portland (2001)
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Contributed by: ChrisGorman2Chris Gorman
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With all the news on here lately about RBF and Goldfinger, I thought it only appropriate to do a live review of their recent show at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on 10/07/01. This was an experience that I approached with some trepidation. I was psyched for Goldfinger, one of the first b.

With all the news on here lately about RBF and Goldfinger, I thought it only appropriate to do a live review of their recent show at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on 10/07/01.

This was an experience that I approached with some trepidation. I was psyched for Goldfinger, one of the first bands to really get me into punk AND ska, but I wasn't sure about the rest of the line-up. Reel Big Fish I have seen a bunch of times, Mest I thought was boring and I had never heard the Movielife. However, this show ended up being pretty cool.

I would have got there right at the 7:00 starting time, because I was mildly curious for the Movielife (or for Sugarcult-I wasn't sure which band it was going to be, but I would have settled for either). However, I had to wait for some of my friends to get ready. Then I had a hell of a time getting a parking spot. We didn't get into the show until almost the end of the Movielife's set. Anyway, the crowd wasn't too in to the Movielife, but they still sounded pretty good. Kind of like A New Found Glory only a little harder and quite a bit better. I only wish I had heard more. Still, I was anxious to hear Goldfinger, and so I was glad they finished up.

Next up was Mest. They were better than the last time I had seen them with Goldfinger and The Urge, but still not the greatest. Basically, they are a rip-off of Goldfinger with bad lyrics. To their credit, they sounded pretty good, they were tight, and both of their singers did really well. Their new material was probably the highlight for me, I liked it better than the old stuff they played. Not much ska in their set, which was different from the last time I had seen them. They didn't even play "What the Dillio" which is actually ok by me.

After a fairly short wait, Reel Big Fish came on. They proceded to play a couple on new songs, and I was really pleasently suprised. I had expected that with the death of mainstream ska, RBF would probably abandon their ska-pop-punk roots, and go in a more "rock" direction. WRONG! The songs, which I unfortunatley dont have the names of, kept with the original RBF style of cheeze-metal meets ska. They were both good songs, and I look forward to hearing their new CD next year. they also played some tried and true faves, including "The Kids Don't Like It", "She Has a Girlfriend Now" and "Sellout". The best part, and I had seen them do this before, was the way they played around with their songs. Most likely, they are bored with playing their songs the way they are on CD. So, they mess around with them a bit. They went off on an extended bridge in "Girlfriend" and they played different variations of "Suburban Rythem", including blues, death metal, disco, and emo versions. It was pretty funny to say the least. I was quite happy with RBF.

Lastly, the highlight of the evening: GOLDFINGER! By this time, my friends and I were pretty tired, so we sat down for them. They came out in costumes, Darrin and the new stand-in guitarist as hockey players, John as a fat stripper, and Kelly in a diaper. They proceded to rip through a variety of Goldfinger faves including "City With Two Faces", "Question", "Superman" and "Here in your Bedroom". Feldmann was missing some lyrics, I found myself wondering if he was a bit plastered, but it kind of worked. I don't mid a little bit of raw sloppiness. They, by the way, also debuted two new songs. Both were great, so I am pretty stoked for their next release as well. They played two songs for an encore, one of which was pretty shitty. "The Innocent", recoreded with memebers of Good Charlotte and Mest has to be the worst thing ever recorded. I applaud the intention, and I am happy that they addressed the issue, but the song still sucks. Mest came out and provided backing vocals. Wa-hoo. Then of course, they ended on "Mable". They invited everyone up on stage to sing along, which is a crazy sight. It seemed like there were more kids on stage then in the pit. Incidently, I noticed that Feldmann was complimenting NOFX (and specifically, Fat Mike) all night long. I say this, because there was a lot of talk on this site about Fat Mike hating Goldfinger. I dont know about that, but I definitely got the impression that Goldfinger LOVES NOFX. Who knows. All in all, a good night.

Highlights - Goldfinger, RBF's emo version of Suburban Rythem, new songs, The Movielife, cheap water and food and finding out that Big D and the Kids Table are playing Maine soon.

Lowlights - Much of Mest's set, the amount of injuries from stupid shit, expensive merch, and the backed up toilets smelling terrible.


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Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

never heard the album, but this reviewer sucks ass. I am a decent fan of most of the bands, but he made them sound bad, and then still gave five stars

sickboi (October 12, 2001)

A friend of mine got free tickets to this shit during the summer through a radio station he works at and I must say I'm glad I didn't pay. Goldfinger were decent, although they were much better when I saw them at a small local collge 6 years ago. RBF are pretty lame. That cheesey gimmick has to go. I just can't take a band like that seriously. Its like they are doing a really, really, REALLY bad Less than Jake impersonation.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

ok...what? you "got kelly depends that he wore on stage". what the fuck does that mean, and why was it worth giving away all those records? Anyway, with that out of the way, I saw reel big fish and goldfinger live on the crouching fish hidden tiger tour, and I must say, it was amazing. We got there a little late and missed homegrown, who i wanted to see because I dont' know much of their music and wanted to see what they were like. oh well. we got there in the middle of zebrahead, who i'm a fan of, but I can't say they're any good live. i couldn't understand one fucking word and the singing seemed a little flat. whatever, they're still a good band on cd. Anyway, Goldfinger was on next, and they fucking ROCKED. that is a band that knows how to do a live show. they played a great set, complete with mable, superman, miles away, and so on. i can't remember all the songs they played. the only problem with them was that the set was too short. So next came rbf, but by that time i was exhausted, so i sat down for part of it. I've seen rbf before, so it wasn't as big a deal to be seeing them. In the end, i'd say goldfinger did a better set, even if it was half the time. that's all.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

way to fucking go. you're cool now.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

All that i have to say is this:
I was 1st in line. no big deal. BUT............................ I GOT KELLY DEPENDS THAT HE WAS WEARING ON STAGE!! Want to know how i got them, well i gave goldfinger like a bunch of old 80's records. Twisted sister, black foot, triumph just to name a few. Great time RBF kicked ass! And the movielife is so fuckin boaaring them sound them same as everyother fuckin emo pussy punk band out there. end.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

I gave this show a good review because I like RBF and Goldfinger. Besides, I didnt say they were drunk, I said I thought maybe Feldmann was drunk.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

Great sounding show...Big D And The Kids Table kick ass!

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

those bands are all so bad. how could you give this show a good review? shitty bands playing drunk and stupid. go hang out at the mall.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

hurray for the bar and nofx cd playing
too bad RBF are hella lame.

when i was waiting to see RBF at livid there was some gay DJ on the speaker that felt the need to say the words "yeeeah b-boys 2001 yeeeah" over and over again. I would loved for a someone to have wacked on a NOFX cd instead.


Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

when I saw this show (Crouching Fish, Hidden Finger), it was the tour opener in Philly with Homegrown, Zebrahead, and RX Bandits alongside of em. The show rocked, and Zebrahead made a girl show her boobies to the crowd...but thats another story. But on the NOFX issue, while we waited for Goldfinger to go on, they played the WHOLE ENTIRE cd of NOFX punk In Drublic, it was insane because everythere sang along with the cd while waiting. And then RBF played last and played Take on Me...requested by me! They rocked out and did an encore which included Trendy and one other song...I forget which one. All in all, the first show was AMAZING, every band ruled...whereas on this 2nd leg, all the bands blow and Charlie isn't with Goldfinger.

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

Movie Life fucking rules.

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

The movielife sucks, a lot.

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

i liked that review. it did a good job of describing the music and not trying to sound too elaborate. however, i probably would have camped out at the bar after the movielife.-fathead

sickboi (October 9, 2001)

Good review, awesome picture, too bad you had to suffer through RBF and Mest...

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