Reverend Horton Heat @ Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, MO, 11-28-98
St. Louis, MO
I discovered the Rev on Beavis & Butthead. He was given a huge seal
of approval by the boys. This was my second show. My brother and I
showed up about 10 minutes before the Amazing Crowns hit the stage.
They rocked it pretty good. We stayed a safe distance so my brother
would not have his ears blown away early. He wanted to save that for
the Rev. During the Crown set, I spotted Scott just off stage (he was
in a little pit just next to the stage in front of the green room.
The EXIT door behind him was open and you could see the river flowing
We moved closer for the Rev's set. As the stage was being set up,
Jimbo was rapping with some folks in front of the stage. The
instruments were set. The lights went down. We were up closer now,
and I could see down into the hole where I previously saw Scott. This
time all three were down there. A minute or two later They took the
stage to "2001." Jimbo waved to the crowd, could not see Scott behind
the set due to our position, nor Mr. Heath as he tuned up his guitar.
He turned around, smiled and stroked that first chord from "Big Sky"
I was going on and on about this last night, so here's a list of what
they played. This is not the exact order, except for the songs at the
beginning and the end:
Baddest Of The Bad
One Time For Me
Five O Ford
Texas Rocabilly Rebel
Bad Reputation (for the ladies)
It's Martini Time
Bales of Cocaine
Big Little Baby
Now, Right Now
The Devil's Chasing Me
Nuture My Pig (also for the ladies)
Psychobilly Freakout (w/sermon)
I Can't Surf
Big Red Rocket of Love
After they finished Rocket, Jim Heath announced that they would be at
the T-Shirt booth in 20 minutes. Only one other time have I seen a
band announce that after a show. We both a BAD headaches from the
bouncers seated in front of us. They must have smoked a pack between
them, and it all came our way! I was dying, plus I could not hear, so
hitting the fresh air outside was a priority, although I would have
loved to gone over and met the dudes.
There was one moment in the show when The Rev got booed severely by
the crowd. He referred to the Dallas Cowboys as "God's Team", and
although the Rams swallow, this is still a city happy to have the NFL
here, even if the team is really bad.
I enjoyed watching the Rev work his magic on his guitar. Some guys go
nuts up on stage, and they can't touch the Rev. He goes about it
really cool; doesn't go bonkers. He rode the bass not once but twice.
Jimbo surfed a little too. They also did their trick in which The
Rev plays the neck of the bass, and Jimbo fingers the frets of the
guitar. "Lie Detector" and "Jimbo" really rock live. Most of the
rest just flat out smoked. "Big Sky" didn't really, but hey it was
the first song out of the gate, plus they played with it a little,
varying the tempo in some spots.
My brother had to hit the head during the show, and while he was in
there, two long big haired guys that had a few tattoos (we were among
the few in the place that didn't) and he over heard this part of there
"You ever heard of this guy before?" "Uh Uh. But I will say this.
He's a bad ass." "Yes sir."
So, I think The guys picked up some new fans and really pleased the
old ones too.
St Louis, MO