still laughing myself to tears when i think about someone bringing a whole box of milanos to that aquabats show
That was courtesy of Nutty, and remember, she brought three (or four?)boxes of Milanos. The Cadets got to them first. -_-
Not that I’m attempting to take credit for it, but I’m very glad I decided to return that last bag to her at the end of the line party rather than trying to give them away, otherwise my life - and really, all of our lives - would have remained considerably emptier without a Van Halen song parody.
The Aquabats fighting some villains, catching a bunch of cookies and granola bars being thrown on stage, launching into an impromptu and partially improvised version of Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away” and then infamously licking that Clif bar.
"Snack the Night Away" starts at 3:51. Seriously, I was a little bit too giddy when they started playing that song. Next to Poison’s "Ride the Wind", it’s easily one of my favorite ’80s hard rock guilty pleasures.
I’m very glad I didn’t hear anybody say anything to the effect of “Dude, it was so awesome when they played that Forces of Evil cover!”, otherwise I would be in jail right now for aggravated assault.
Everyone’s pretty much covered every aspect of the show last night (such as bumblingb and eaglebuns), so I don’t have that much to add. Here’s a few pictures, regardless.
From the eyes of a more-or-less veteran fan, there weren’t that many new punches thrown, though hearing “Doing Science!” for the first(?) time was a treat and I was quite surprised to hear them debut a new song, as usually they only play new material after it’s already been released. Plus, we got a lot more stage banter than the previous LA show, and getting Ricky to sing more songs is always a pleasure, though, considering Jimmy’s solo performance at the San Diego show, I’d be curious to hear some songs from Bones and Crash in the future.
Honestly, my highlight of the night was probably their impromptu rendition of Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away” as “Snack the Night Away”, the prelude to the now-infamous Clif bar licking video (yes, a CLIF bar, NOT a granola bar. Not that it’s anything to get in a huff about, but still). On top of the one show a few years ago where EagleBones played “Eruption” in its entirety (or near-entirety), The Aquabats playing Van Halen scores a big thumbs up from me. If only they’d bring back the Kelly Clarkson songs.
The top images are from the pre-show game of Duck Duck Goose. DDG is a staple of every large Aquabats show, but I was disappointed the turn-out was so small this year. I’ve been to Fonda shows before where it’s taken up most of the floor. Maybe next year I’ll try my hand at organizing a venue-wide DDG game.
Bottom image is MCBC meeting a fan after the show. Watching a gaggle of starstruck children come to meet him was one of the greatest things I’ve seen all year.
As most of the Tumblr posts about last night’s show are about the actual show, here are some snaps from the line party. More of them have been posted to the Facebook event page. Go ahead and tag yourselves, you little varmints!
Despite the unpleasantly cold (but pleasantly non-rainy) weather, the line party seemed to be a total success. A whole box of toys, four large pizzas, half a case of bottled water and three boxes of candy canes all vanished in just under two hours, and that’s only what I brought. Other Cadets were kind enough to bring fried chicken, cookie cakes, Fruit Roll-Ups, grapes, cookies and candy. You guys rock! And best of all, everybody put their trash in the proper waste receptacles! Kitty Litter was foiled once again!
I think the cold prevented people from moving around and mingling a lot as everyone pretty much stayed in a single-file line the whole time…it wasn’t the kind of hootenanny jamboree the Irvine picnic was, but at least I managed to get some much-needed exercise from walking up and down the line every few minutes handing everything out. Next time you see me, feel free to check out my calves!
Never would I have imagined myself organizing a street-side pizza party and toy drive for 50-ish people. It really makes me happy to see the fandom returning to a community of sorts after a lull of several years, because that’s one of the things I’ve always valued about The Aquabats. I once explained at length in an old blog about how my involvement with The Aquabats’ dedicated fan community drastically helped my personal and social development as a teenager; adding the chance to hand out toys to kids made the whole night a lot more special and meaningful to me (and hopefully to you, too!). This was an awesome night and I extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed towards it.
Try tweeting the Aquabats about the preshow party, Ian's normally pretty good at retweeting fan stuff. just a suggestion :-)
Thanks. As excellent an idea as that is, I have to sheepishly admit that I don’t have a Twitter account. Obviously I’m already sending messages to those who do and humbly asking the same of anyone reading this.
The irony of someone as illiterate in social networking as myself trying to utilize social networking is not lost on me. Look, I’m old; I remember back whenever we wanted to throw Cadet parties, all we had to do was post about it on the Aquabats’ message board and maybe the OC Ska forums and boo-ya, instant party. Things have changed since the days of GeoCities and I don’t like it. >:[
Hey guys if you want food there’s a thing happening and you SHOULD GO TO IT. HERE’S HALF THE POSTER I PROMISED CAUSE I DON’T HAVE TIME TO DO THE DRAWING (WOW I SUCK)
PLEASE GO!! Bring things!!! IT’LL BE RAD!
There’s a plan to bring some capes, guitars, and mustaches for the kids. Pizza for the everyone! Man pizza, we all love pizza. Wanna help out with an old and true cadet tradition? Well line party sidewalk picnics are totally the thing to do! It’ll be cold, but we can keep warm with friendship!
this event is in no way affiliated with the fonda or the aquabats!
Fantastic! Thanks a lot. The check’s in the mail, and by “check” I mean “ska crap” and by “mail” I mean “manilla envelope”.
I have to admit, I’m a little concerned over the lack of interest this event is seemingly generating, but being the relentless optimist I am (when I’m on my meds), I think it just needs a little more time and word of mouth. I probably should have started advertising this earlier, but the idea didn’t even really occur to me until the day before I created the event page.
Facebook event page for The Aquacadet Pre-Show Street Picnic before the show on the 7th.
I have the ambitions and abilities, but not the connections. RSVP if you can! Spread the word! Let’s one-up those ’90s Cadets by throwing the biggest and awesomest fan party this side of a Jimmy Buffett tailgating (though hopefully without the beer guts and Hawaiian shirts)!
The Aquabats long-sleeved sweater shirt: the whole design, the design up close, the shirt put into slender-bodied action and then put into super dweeb-tastic posing action. This is literally my favorite shirt that I own.
Don’t worry, I plan on sewing an Aquabats patch onto the white trim of that Santa hat in time for the concert. I can’t have anyone thinking I’m not a complete dork.
they arent even supposed to be teenagers canonically ricky is 19 hes the only teenager and irl hes like 35 or something ?? ???????????? wh
The Aquabats used to call themselves teenagers quite a lot back in the day. It wasn’t canonical to their mythology (though I’ll have to check the old site bios), just a tongue-in-cheek joke. When I first started going to shows in 2005, the voice-over for their intro videos referred to them as something along the lines of “these costumed teenagers” or “these teenaged superheroes”.
At first I was mildly bemused at what a big deal Tumblr was making out of some site calling them “teenage superheroes”, but I actually can’t find any online evidence of the band themselves calling themselves such, even though I know for certain that they did (albeit not for a good several years).
I guess it’s one of those Aquabats in-jokes that have been lost to all but those few fans who experienced them first hand, much like “Burt Reynolds” and “Curtis, the Boy Who Could Fly”.
Veteran Aquacadet (#120350), exploitation cinephile, diehard Tromite, Blue Blaze Irregular, prog junkie, zydeco nerd, Crystal Pepsi defender and Windows 95 whiz kid.
I joined Tumblr to keep up with the current Aquabats fanbase, and as such, most of my activity revolves around them and similar bands who wear unusual things on their heads. Occasionally I will blog about equally nerdy stuff relating to the topics above. Sorry.