Written by Connor Skelly
I think this was in 2012. Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut was having a Ska Fest. The lineup included Big D & The Kids Table, Goldfinger, and Reel Big Fish. I was stoked to find myself in the front row, at the barricade (yup, that happened.)
Big D killed it, especially just after coming back from a bout of throat cancer. The Boston band had such great energy. Next up was Goldfinger.
The set was underway and the crowd was obviously into it. Then, during what I think was “Open Your Eyes”, Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann stepped on the barricade and motioned for me to grab his legs for support. He then proceeded to palm my skull for further support while the ska-punk fans were jumping up and down. While I could not jump up and down, as I was promptly given a very important job, the performance of the song was quite incredible.
Feldmann returned my skull to my neck and went back onstage to finish out the set. It was then when he asked the crowd – at least as many as the venue would allow – to come up on stage to rage for the last song. A security guy lifted me up and over the barricade and I, with about 40 other fans, joined Goldfinger to finish out the set.