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Reverend Horton Heat at Revolution Live: Santa, Sabbath, psychobilly

The unconverted must be few, but psychobilly preacher man the Reverend Horton Heat is still on a mission, proselytizing on the redemption to be found in a trashy lifestyle of guitars, fast cars, faster chicks, drugs, booze and smokes, if you got ’em.

Long on style, showmanship and irreverent humor, bandleader Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath and ace timekeepers Jimbo Wallace (bass) and Scott Churilla (drums) fortify their performances with tight musicianship and an obvious affection for such icons as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Chuck Berry. Clearly, they have done their homework.

The band has put out more than a dozen albums in the past 20 years, and original songs such as “Let Me Teach You How To Eat,” “Baby, I'm Drunk,” “Galaxie 500,” “Big Sky” and “Psychobilly Freakout” never fail to get the masses churning.

But the real fun of a Reverend Horton Heat show has always been the covers, a bottomless satchel of inspiration that might include the Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Nirvana’s “In Bloom” and Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades.” And, this time of year, the Rev is always good for a holiday trip on, say, “Run Rudolph Run” or “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

Not to be forgotten, the Horton’s Holiday Hayride tour that stops at Revolution Live on Thursday, Dec. 21, also includes the fiery retro rock of the Blasters, led by original singer-guitarist Phil Alvin, the great Junior Brown and Big Sandy.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21

Where: Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $28 (advance), $30

Contact: 954-449-1025 or

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