Reel Big Fish trombonist Dan Regan has announced that he has decided to leave the long-running ska band. The band made the announcement via Facebook, while also letting Dan have his say and explain his decision. You can read Regan’s official statement below.
Reel Big Fish released their eighth studio album (and final album with Regan), Candy Coated Fury in August 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.
Reel Big Dan Regan, here. Sad news, friends: I am retiring from Reel Big Fish. It’s been nearly 20 glorious, action packed years, with all of you. At this point in my story, I am needed at home. I have two kids who deserve to have a father around. While I’ve enjoyed watching you kids grow up (and keeping you older kids young), I feel that the best thing for me, right now is to jump off the road and get a job at home. I just miss my children too much, when I’m gone.
The Reel Big Fish guys, because they’re the best ever, have generously told me that I’m welcome back, any time. So don’t count me completely out. I may see you all yet again; especially at local LA/OC shows.This has been a great adventure and I couldn’t imagine spending it with better dudes. Aaron, Johnny, Ryland, Matt, Derek and the crew: Tom, Dave and Hoss – are some of the best friend I’ll ever know. Take care of them, for me. Show them you’re the craziest, most loving fans in the world. There’s lots more RBF touring in store: South America, North America, Australia, UK and Europe… it never ends. Go to these shows and rock out like maniacs. I want to hear your screams from all the way over here in Long Beach.Thanks so much for always bringing the party and treating this old trombone player like a rock star. From causing a riot at the Tower WOW record store, because we were just too handsome… to visiting nearly every brewery on planet earth, it’s been a wild ride.
I venture to Valhalla to feast with past members of RBF. We’ll link arms and sing the praises of our brothers still in the fray. By next year, I should have finished building a brewery. We’re calling her: Liberation Brewing Co. (LBC). If I cant tour and party with my friends, the next best thing would be to create a place and make them come to me. When you’re old enough, head to Long Beach for a pint and some tunes. I’ll be waiting with open arms. I love you all so much.
In the immoral words of one of my heroes:
“Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay,
I came to say
I must be going.
I’m glad I came
but just the same
I must be going.” – Groucho Marx (Animal Crackers)
Keep dancing crazy, Be good to each other… and I’ll see you all in another life.
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