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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach
Saturday, July 12, 2014 was a beautiful day for a hootenanny! The Reverend Horton Heat was joined by several guests for a day of classic cars, pin-ups, up-dos and music! Guests included Supersuckers, Phantom Slim Jim and Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame, Deke Dickerson, Larry Collins, and Jello Biafra.
Music Icon News was lucky to get behind the barrier and get some killer shots of all of the musicians. I was chilling, just getting ready to watch Supersuckers when some members of Nashville Pussy sidled up next to me to enjoy the show. I kept my cool until I got a chance to tell them how much I dig them! I’m hoping for some west coast tour dates! I will always be the nerdiest fan when I see someone famous that I totally appreciate ;D The Supersuckers destroyed their set, playing songs off of their ninth release “Get the Hell”. Do yourself a favor and get the new album.
Supersuckers kickin’ ass at Horton’s Hayride
Deke Dickerson and Sugarballs threw down some tremendous riffs, with Deke even requesting assistance from the crowd to hold Sugarballs upside down for a solo. Deke also sang a KICK-ASS rendition of Psycho Therapy in memory of the recently deceased Tommy Ramone. Check out Deke’s new album as well as his other discography here.
Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo
Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd
Slim Jim Phantom and his stand-up drumming were extremely well-received by fans as he ripped through his set of Rumble in Brighton, Matchbox, Race with the Devil, and Rock this Town. Well-known for his work with the Stray Cats, Slim Jim had zero problems throwing down with the Rev.
Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat
Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends
One killer aspect of this type of show is how the Reverend Horton Heat performed between the sets as well. It kept the late afternoon and evening flowing with music. Always great to hear Johnny B. Goode, especially before the amazing Larry Collins took the stage!
The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!
Lee Rocker took the stage with a set including Bulletproof, Built for Speed, Stray Cat Strut, and the Rockabilly Boogie. It’s always great to see him swinging that bulletproof bass around, and Stray Cat Strut is a crowd favorite.
Lee Rocker at Horton’s Hayride
Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans
The Rev rolled out once again for Baddest of the Bad and Big Red Rocket of Love. Somehow these song choices were befitting of the next performer, Jello Biafra. The crowd was already going wild and pressing the barrier closer and closer to the stage, and as Jello prepared for his entrance even the crowd outside of the fences was heard chanting his name. Jello bounded on stage in his brightly colored blazer and shirt with a zebra print fez, blasting into Jezebel. He shed his fez and blazer on his way through John Dillinger. No doubt the physicality of his performance was keeping him toasty! Holiday in Cambodia caused barriers and fences to sway, but the highlight for me was definitely the Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck. I think I had this classic on the B side of a 45. 😀
Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton’s Hayride
Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back
Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra
Despite a few wrinkles in planning and the last minute venue shift, the Hayride was well received. The Reverend Horton Heat conducted themselves as the true gentlemen that they are and seamlessly jammed with all of the awesome performers and legends. We look forward to next year’s show and the performers that will attend.
The Rev takes in adoring fans
The Reverend Horton Heat
My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat
Thank you to everyone who performed or otherwise assisted in Horton’s Hayride. What a great day!
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