Scott Klopfenstein Leaves Reel Big Fish

Trumpet player and background vocalist Scott Klopfenstein has decided to retire from Reel Big Fish.

The band broke the news on their website after releasing an official statement from Klopfenstein:

“It is with overwhelming mixed emotions that I write this letter to announce my departure from Reel Big Fish. This decision has weighed heavily on the heart and mind of my wife and I. We found out in September that we were pregnant with our first child. A baby girl. We spent many nights debating back and forth over the subject of how to best arrange our lives to create the most safe and comfortable environment for our daughter. After much deliberation, we arrived at the conclusion that there was no way to create the home we envisioned without us both being present, to watch over and participate in the building of that home. Brick by loving Brick. In light of this announcement, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all for making one of the most important phases of my life as beautiful and rich as anything I have ever known. The man I stand as today is a direct byproduct of all of you wonderful people who have allowed myself and the rest of the guys to be apart of your lives. Those of you who have allowed us to entertain you in an attempt to make real human connections through our music. You all are true blessings in my life and I will never forget all that you have done for the band, my bandmates, my family and for me. I will deeply miss watching you all, as you dance, smile, sweat and sing along. No one could ask for a better group of fans, (fans almost seems like too crass a word to describe you all, but i lack a better word at the moment). Your love and support have always been the fuel that make Reel Big Fish continue to move forward. And when I tell my daughter stories of my time in the band, I will probably become misty eyed, like I am now, when I remember all of your beautiful faces. Please take care of yourselves and those around you. And remember, don’t let your dreams stand waiting in the wings. Invite them center stage. They need to be seen.”

Reel Big Fish are set to resume their tour with Aquabats starting on January 13 in Little Rock, AR.

Tour Dates:

USA:

January 13th – Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas w/ TBA
January 14th – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 15th – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kanga
January 17th – Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 18th – Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 19th – Ybor City, FL @ the Ritz Ybor City w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 20th – Ft. Lauderdale , FL @ Revolution w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 21st – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 22nd – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live w/ Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Koo Koo Kangaroo
January 26th – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues w/ the Maxies, Trash Monsters
January 28th – Agoura Hills (Los Angeles), CA @ the Canyon Club w/ TBA

EUROPE:

February 4th – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo w/ TBA
February 5th – Vienna, Austria @ Flex (2 Nights, 2 Shows!)
February 6th – Vienna Austria @ Flex (2 Nights, 2 Shows!)
February 7th – Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna w/ TBA
February 9th – Moscow, Russia @ Tochka Club w/ TBA
February 11th – Neuenkirchen, Germany @ Kulturverein Sagewerk w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 12th – Stuttgart, Germany @ Wagenhallen w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 13th – Munich, Germany @ Ampere w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 14th – Berlin, Germany @ Magnet w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 15th – Hamburg, Germany @ Grunspan w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 16th – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
February 17th – Lessines, Belgium @ CC Rene Margrite
February 18th – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (Early Show) w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 19th – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 20th – Glasgow, UK @ ABC w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 21st – Inverness, UK @ Ironworks w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 22nd – Preston UK @ 53 Degrees w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 23rd – Manchester, UK @ Academy 1 w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 24th – Cardiff, UK @ Solus w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 25th – London, UK @ the Forum w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 26th – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 27th – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2 w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
February 28th – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 1st – Exeter, UK @ Lemongrove w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 2nd – Norwich, UK @ UEA/Waterfront w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 3rd – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 4th – Cambridge, UK @ Junction w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 5th – Southampton, UK @ University w/ Suburban legends, New Riot, the Skints
March 6th – Paris, France @ Glazart w/ Suburban legends, New Riot
March 7th – Eindhoven, Holland @ Dynamo w/ Suburban legends, New Riot