In 2001, the band Badfish formed to pay homage to the music of the ska-punk band Sublime, which dominated the ska-punk scene from 1988 until the death of its lead singer, Bradley Nowell, in 1996. While Sublime felt it could not go on with the loss of Nowell, its impact on music is far-reaching and did not go unnoticed by the members of Badfish, who seek to keep the music of Sublime alive through live concerts that are full of energy and deference to Sublime. Based out of Rhode Island, Badfish was nominated for the 2008 Best Tribute Act by the Boston Music Awards and has sold out venues such as the House of Blues, Toronto Opera House and Starland Ballroom. Fans who missed the opportunity to see Sublime perform live flock to see the Badfish perform in order to get a glimmer of what a live Sublime show would have been like, keeping them one of the most successful tribute bands of all time.
Badfish: Absolutely Sublime
You can easily find a tribute band for almost every major artist out there, and very few of them receive any recognition outside of the bar they are performing in. Badfish has set themselves apart from the run of the mill tribute bands that exist by not just singing Sublime songs, but by also embodying what Sublime was as a band and as live performers. When fans attend Badfish concerts, they actually feel as if they are experiencing a Sublime concert. Badfish did not start out with the intention of becoming a Sublime tribute band. The group did a one-off show and performed Sublime music at the show. It went well, and the band began playing at more local venues, which then turned into touring up and down the east coast and grew from there. Badfish now performs around 100 shows each year.
Where can I buy Badfish tickets?
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How long is a normal Badfish concert?
You can expect Badfish to perform a concert that lasts for around 90 minutes.
Where is Badfish playing?
Badfish has upcoming tour dates in Buffalo, N.Y., Boston, Mass., and Asbury Park, N.J. To find out when the band will be playing near you, go check out the tour dates at StubHub.
What does a Badfish setlist look like?
You can expect Badfish to perform favorite Sublime hits such as "Wrong Way," "Let's Go Get Stoned," "Ball and Chain," "Santeria," "What I Got," "Same in the End" and, of course, "Badfish." Sublime's first album, 40oz to Freedom, contained a lot of cover songs, which Badfish also performs. Some of these include "We're Only Gonna Die" by Bad Religion, "Scarlet Begonias" by The Grateful Dead and "Jailhouse" by Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Who are the members of Badfish?
The current lineup of Badfish includes Pat Downes on vocals and guitar, Scott Begin on drums, Joel Hanks on bass guitar, Quinn Carson on horns, and Dorian Duffy on the keyboard, guitar and samples. Former members include Badfish's original lead singer, David Ladin, and its original horns player, Ben Schomp.
Where did the name Badfish come from?
Badfish took its name from the number 8 track on Sublime's first studio album, 40oz. To Freedom, which was released in 1992. Sublime also released an EP in 1995 with the name Badfish.