Tickle Me Pink played a big hometown show at the Aggie Theater on Saturday — complete with Santa hats, bows and presents. Photos by Matt Schild.
In a college town like Fort Collins, when finals week and commencement ceremonies wrap up in December, that means two things: The college students hit the road to celebrate the holidays with their families, and it’s the time of year when holiday cheer’s almost palpable in the air. Tickle Me Pink couldn’t have picked a better time for its year-end show at the Aggie, as the pop-punk outfit’s holiday extravaganza was chock full of holiday cheer and a legion of high-school fans ready to enjoy it with the band.
With Christmas lights ringing their stage gear and sporting Santa hats without the slightest shred of irony, Tickle Me Pink split the night careening through its sugary three-chord pop and tossing out wrapped gifts from stage to fans. While the band stuck versions of singles like “Typical” and “Madeline,” much to the mostly all-ages crowd’s delight, the night was as much about reveling in the locals’ success and rocking the last-minute holiday spirit as enjoying the music.
Here is Matt Schild’s photo essay of the evening.
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Matt Schild is co-founder and editor of Aversion.com, which has been grumpily chronicling the underground since 1999. He’s also written for most all of Denver’s weeklies at one point or another, as well as wracking up bylines in an ominous number of failed glossy music rags.