1997 Scheduled Featured Guest – 7th annual LA Music Awards “Reel Big Fish”
Played his last show with Reel Big Fish on February 1, 1999 in Ventura, CA. Chose Carlos de la Garza as his replacement, who took over the following night in Petaluma, CA.
I’m Andrew Gonzales. Thanks for comming to the site.
The oppertunity to be creative in life is an honor. I have made many mistakes. I am greatful for the chance to correct some of them.
In terms of music my first love has always been the drums. I got my first drum set when I was 4. Since then I always had some crazy idea that I could play the drums. When I was 11 I went with my sisters to Disnyland and heard the all female band, Ain’t Miss’Behavin, The drummer was awesome. The next weekend I was at a Pep jam. They did’nt have a drummer. My brother told them I knew how to play. They let me play for three hours. I figured if I could fool them I could fool anyone into thinking I can play the drums.
My mother bought me a kit for my 15th birthday. One of my best friends at the time Matt Wong told his new friend Arron Barret that he know someone who could play Whipe Out, on the drums. That was me and in 1990 we formed a band. I was the original drummer for theSka/Punk band Reel Big Fish. I recorded the drums on the albums “Everything Sucks”, “Turn the Radio Off” and “Why Do They Rock So Hard?”. Inbetween we toured long and hard. Those albums sold over 1 million copies and “Turn the Radio Off” went Gold.
On Feb. 22nd of 1998 I played my last show with Reel Big Fish @ the Ventura theater.?It was just time. I recommended former Suburban Rhythm drummer Carlos de la Garza to replace me for the album “Cheer Up.
Amongst other things I did alot of playing. Doing cover gigs and a bit of touring with “The Neville Staples Project”( of The Specials), y