Suburban Legends and Koo Koo Kanga Roo round out ska-tastic concert
Reel Big Fish and The Aquabats brought '90s ska-punk back to Denver Wednesday, a feat that defied all odds and reason but still managed to sell out the Ogden Theatre and get Colorado fans seriously psyched.
Reel Big Fish, perhaps the most famous SoCal "skunk" group this side of Sublime, have hardly changed a thing about their live show since "Sell Out" hit MTV in 1997. (That includes frontman Aaron Barrett's fashion sense — he took the stage in a Hawaiian shirt and cutoff cargo shorts.) The band leaned surprisingly hard on newer songs, but did not disappoint old-school fans with standards such as "She Has a Girlfriend Now" and "Snoop Dogg, Baby."
The Aquabats, grown-ass men still clad in blue spandex after all these years, couldn't be faulted for lack of enthusiasm or scope. Indeed, as fun as they were, their set seemed interminable no matter how many cartoons, robots and choreographed fistfights they pulled from their bag of tricks. Singer The MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs, who co-created "Yo Gabba Gabba!") seemed more than a little belligerent as he kicked water bottles into the crowd and spat his comic-bookish lines. But no one could accuse him or the rest of the band of slacking off: The Aquabats rocked their expansive setlist not just as if they themselves were the headliners, but as if the fate of the world depended on it.