The Reverend Horton Heat/Scotch Greens – Academy 3, Manchester (13 April 2006)

Once we’ve navigated the b-list celebs pretending to be apostles, and finally found which badly signed building it’s actually in, it would appear that the sound in the Academy 3 is better than that at the Concorde 2 the night before. So, hey!, Scotch Greens sound quite interesting. This time they only get halfway through the second track before sounding dull. So, thankfully we’d missed the start.

further away this timeSo, one more, to Big Jim Heath. And we get a very similar (the requests making the difference) but, if anything, better set from them tonight.

Now, the Rev may have his own signature Gretsch guitar (I told you he was a hero) , but mention must me made of Jimbo and his stand-up bass with flames up it. How cool is that? Not only that, but the guy’s a maniac with it. And there’s where the secret lies. Slap-happy and brilliant, but always tied in to the working, living, thing that is a band. There’s no bass solos here. Just strong consistant, astounding, but always necessary playing. Does that sound dull? Time for me to slip on the stripey shirt and grab that bag marked swag.


Written by Tony Kiernan

18 April 2006 at 11:44 pm

Posted in Gigs

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