19:00 SLIPPERY WHEN WET
20:00 MADE FOR BROADWAY
21:00 GRASSY SPARK
22:30 BOWLING FOR SOUP
Finding their niche back in the 1990's would be tough when the musical climate was in serious shift. 'We were just the stereotypical, small town guys with nothing else to do - starting a band to keep ourselves out of trouble.' recalls Reddick looking back. There was certainly no current trend to follow, every other band seemed to be genre jumping to try and catch 'the next big thing' without even knowing what 'the next big thing' was, leaving the members of Bowling For Soup with no option to just go out and have fun. Brought up on a heady diet of 80s John Hughes Movies, LA Hair Metal, Steve Martin comedy routines (which spawned the band's name) and hook laden punk rock, BFS hit the ground running on the simple blueprint - have a good time and pretty soon, everyone else will join in.
This is no flash in the pan, gimmick band. Certified hit singles such as the Grammy Nominated 'Girl All The Bad Guys Want' and the US smash hit 1 1985' over consecutive releases, back to back, more than proved this. Even since leaving their long time relationship with Jive Records almost a decade ago, has seen the band thrive and go on to form their own cottage industry, recording and releasing albums on their own terms. 'We're in control of everything now. If we decide we wanna do something, we just do it - we don't need to ask anyone's permission. It also makes you feel super proud when you do something yourself and it's a success', reveals Reddick. BFS have been, without a doubt, one of the pioneers of the fan funding music platform by taking fan interaction to the next level with each project proving more and more rewarding and successful for both the band and their fan base.
Today that fan base consists of the most varied cross section of music fans you're likely to find at any rock concert. What began as spiky haired, skateboarding teenagers at a Vans Warped Tour Show has somewhat changed. Those fans are still there but don't be surprised to now see the occasional middle aged rocker who picks up on the numerous Mötley Crüe references dotted within the songs, and even parents with their children can be seen singing along, no doubt thanks to the band serving up the theme tune to the hit Disney cartoon 'Phineas & Ferb' and Reddick being the unmistakable voice of the iconic Chuck E. Cheese character!
Everybody LOVES Bowling For Soup - it's plain to see
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