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Reel Big Fish Covering Musical Ground These Days
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Reel Big Fish trumpeter John Christianson wears a Detroit Tigers hat. Constantly. But not because he's a big fan.

"I'm not really a huge baseball fan," says Christianson, 33, "but we played the Warped Tour in Detroit and I had never seen (Comerica Park) before, and it's so beautiful. It's such a great stadium, with all the Tigers on the outside and everything.

"So I said, 'Oh, man, I've got to buy a hat!' "

Christianson is also a "huge" fan of the TV series "Magnum P.I." and was well aware that actor and Detroit native Tom Selleck sported a Tigers lid on the show. But there's a bit of a downside to sporting the olde English D, the trumpeter notes.

"I have people come up to me all the time and quote Tiger stats to me -- and I don't know them!" Christianson says with a laugh. "I just go, 'Yeah! Yeah!' and hopefully I can get away with it."

Reel Big Fish is gearing up for the Jan. 20 release of "Fame, Fortune and Fornication," a covers album that features ska-punk takes on songs by Poison, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Slade, Van Morrison, John Mellencamp, the Eagles and others.



Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto and Monkey Jacket perform Tuesday (Jan. 13) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $20 day of show. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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