Thursday was a party like it was 1994. The spirit of the 90s was alive and well at House of Blues Orlando when The Toadies celebrated their debut album Rubberneck, which was released in 1994. Performing the entire album was a treat as fans could hear songs that aren’t in the normal tour line-up. Rockabilly gods Reverend Horton Heat opened, performing the entirety of their album Liquor in the Front, also released in 1994.
As the crowd gathered closer to the stage, bass player Jimbo Wallace emerged and waved to a cheering legion of fans. The cacophony only grew as Reverend Horton Heat himself, also known as Jim Heath, came out, carrying a beautiful Gretsch guitar emblazoned with his name. They launched into “Big Sky”, the first song off of Liquor in the Front. Everyone sang along to every song (maybe even a certain photographer). They played a few songs from other albums and ended their set with a beyond belief cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”.
After a brief set change, bassist Doni Blair, guitarist Clark Vogeler, and drummer Mark Reznicek each came out and waved to the crowd. Lead singer and vocalist Vaden Todd Lewis walked to the center of the stage and thanked everyone for coming out to help them celebrate Rubberneck. Before that, the guys played a few new songs to help them loosen up and if that was them tight, then loose would be amazing. Once they launched into the first song from the celebrated album, “Mexican Hairless”, the evening really took off. Playing the album from beginning to end, it was a true celebration of 1994. Coning back for an encore, they played a newly released song, “The Charmer”, before ending the night with Screamin Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put a Spell on You”.
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