A rip roaring great time at the Commodore, early on in the New Year, but perhaps strong enough to rank of one of the best shows of 2014 at the end of the year?
For Reverend Horton Heat, And it Rocks says YES! YES!! YES!!!
The evening promised to be big, fast, and heavy with opening shows by Old Man Markley and the sublimely Lux powered group, Nekromantix warming up the crowd, and both these groups certainly fulfilled that end of the equation, but as exceptional as their performances were, The Reverend and his band mates, bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla, simply took everything to a whole new level with fierce guitar licks, pounding drums, and relentless stand up bass hooks all pushing The Reverend’s special form of Rockabilly music- the slightly darker Psychobilly.
The Devil’s Chasing Me
The lighting was perfect, the audio tack clear, and the stage presence of the performers stellar. Here is a list of the songs The Reverend performed on this evening:
Psycho billy Freakout
Devil’s Chasing Me
Never Gonna Stop It
It’s Martini Time
Spend A Night..in Box
Like A Rocket/Indigo
Let Me Teach…. Eat
Oh, By Jingo!
Run Rudolph Run
Baddest of the Bad
Big Red Rocket of Love
It was an added pleasure to see their Stage Manager, his name is Hoss, invited on stage by the band run through a song or two. At around 12:30 am, the band took a break and I had to make my way home, but I was told that the Reverend came back on stage to play another hour or so. This is stuff of which legends are made.
Hoss on guitar performing Hardscrabble Woman with Reverend Horton Heat
For more information about Reverend Horton Heat, you may wish to visit their home page: www.reverendhortonheat.com
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