JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

September 24, 2015
First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN USA
Review by Jeff Mozey
Photos by Jeff Mozey

Reverend Horton Heat

Revving Up The Heat @ First Avenue!

Back in Minneapolis to play some hard hitting rockabilly, at the classic First Avenue, was Texas favorite sons, Reverend Horton Heat. Since 1985 the Dallas, Texas founded band has been gaining fans throughout the Midwest and they were about to gain some more, including myself.

Without much introduction, "Victory Lap" was the first song the group performed. The instrumental track got the whole front row staring in awe as guitar player Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath played speedy guitar leads with ease. Soon to follow was the bands arguably most popular song, "Psychobilly Freakout." Even a youngster like myself knew the song, it can be found on Guitar Hero II, but I'll never admit to having played that franchise.

Another notable song that the audience really seemed to enjoy was, "Jimbo Song." The crowd followed Reverend Horton Heat's lead and chanted J-I-M-B-O over and over again. From the grins on the faces of each member, it was evident they were enjoying this moment as much as the fans in the crowd.

I have listened to the music of Reverend Horton Heat prior to this event, but I gained a much greater respect for the band now that I have seen them perform. They were extremely tight in sound and the audience definitely agreed. During the show, one man told me that he had seen the band fifteen different times and this was the best performance yet.

If you are looking for a tight band with a rockabilly feel, I would highly suggest catching a Reverend Horton Heat show.