Live review: Reverend Horton Heat @ the Bluebird TheaterBy Evan Semon | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments »
The Reverend Horton Heat commands the stage with all the grace and poise of a 1930s-style boxer. Shoulder length stance, fists in the air and a gaze like he’s done this before. And he has. For 25 years to be exact.
The Reverend Horton Heat brought his three piece stage act to the Bluebird Theater for two nights over the weekend, and it wasn’t because the group thought they would sell out each night. It was because the group knows the love they get when they play Denver and the Bluebird was the perfect spot for them to film a DVD to celebrate their birthday and preform a show that chronologically covered their popularity year after year.
From “Psychobilly Freak Out” to “Galaxy 500,” the Reverend’s brand of Hank Williams meets Nine Inch Nails rings truer than ever in an audience that ranged from under 21 to clearly in their 70s. In fact, if there was an argument to be had, it is that the Rev. should start his show a little earlier so his older fans could get to bed before midnight.
His show has more power than a shot of “5-hour energy” without the messy crash at the end. The music, though at times redundant, is methodical and timeless. Highlights of the night included new music with “Please Don’t Take the Baby to the Liquor Store” and a heart racing rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Because seriously, if you are going to sing that many songs about killing and drinking, you have to cover Cash.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.