The Reverend Horton Heat brings the Psycho Strung Out Fish Fry tour to the Fillmore in San Francisco, California.

As the house lights go down and the stage lights illuminate, The Reverend Horton Heat (aka Jim Heath) saunters out onto the stage with his signature Gretsch guitar and slicked back hair, and immediately launches into “Big Sky”. Undoubtedly noticing the reaction of the packed room, he is already smiling as his hands effortlessly pluck away. Backed by his longtime stand-up bass player Jimbo Wallace and new drummer Arjuna Contreras, the Reverend is pacing the stage as his guitar does all the talking.

With the brightly lit up letters R E V behind him, Mr. Heat delivers a set list that is full of songs from his extensive back catalog. “Baddest of the Bad,” “Five-O Ford,” and Big Little Baby,” has the crowd moving their bodies to the surf meets rockabilly meets punk rock guitar tones, while the driving beat of “Zombie Dumb,” has a few fans on the floor attempting to start a circle pit. Of course, no Reverend Horton Heat show would be complete without “Psychobilly Freakout,” and as he broke into the song early on, the fans had already more than gotten their money’s worth.

As if all this wasn’t enough, the set was wrapped up by a surprise appearance by none other than San Francisco punk rock legend Jello Biafra, who joined the band for a rousing rendition of “House of the Rising Sun.” It was the perfect way to wrap up the evening.

Support on this tour comes from Fishbone, who delivers a spectacular set themselves. Opening with the guitar-driven “Sunless Saturday,” the band still have every ounce of energy they’ve ever had and get the crowd even more pumped up. Fronted by the one and only Angelo Moore, they take a few minutes to take a few jabs at President Trump, most notably before “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.”

Working up the crowd as Angelo switches from the Theremin to Saxophone, the band are joined on stage by NOFX singer Fat Mike during a particularly hectic version of “Ma and Pa.” The band are locked in at this point and as they leave the stage after “Party at Ground Zero,” the crowd is more than primed for the headliners.

After an all too brief set by the Tijuana based Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Southern California Punk Rockers Strung Out hit the stage for a quick but energy driven set that had the crowd gathering at the front of the stage. “Too Close To See,” “Bring out Your Dead” and a cover of the No Use For A Name classic “Soulmate” (dedicated to the late Tony Sly,) were all highlights and the perfect way to start the evening.

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Event Date: 13-SEP-2017

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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