An interview with Reverend Horton Heat, who play the Beachland on Sunday


While the Reverend Horton Heat has just released 25 to Life, a DVD of a live show that celebrated 25 years of raising rockabilly hell, that’s not the impetus behind the band’s current tour, which comes to the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. (Goddam Gallows and Lords of the Highway open and tickets are $20).

“We tour for the sake of touring,” says frontman Jim Heath, who adopted the name Reverend Horton Heat years ago. “We tour regardless of any album release. That’s my art form is playing music as opposed to some technology thing where I’m in a studio doing stuff. I like to do the studio stuff. I’m working toward building my place. Music is about the crowd and the moment. That’s what we do. We play a lot of shows.”

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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