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The Damned, X, and Reverend Horton Heat at the Pacific Amphitheater

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The Damned, X, and Reverend Horton Heat

Pacific Amphitheater – July 6th, 2019

The Damned were in Orange County at the Pacific Amphitheater on their 40th Anniversary Tour of their seminal and riotous album Machine Gun Etiquette, which The Damned played in its entirety along with a few other fan favorites! The entire evening was a high energy love-fest for all three bands. My friend Eric VonArab summed it up nicely (Love Canal guitarist and supplier of the “Marsha Marsha Marsha” Marshall Cabinets for Captain Sensible)…

“For anybody that sez Punk is Dead, could u please explain to me why 7,000+ people showed up to see The Reveren Horton Heat, X, and The Damned last night?”

He’s right, the venue was packed with fans there to see their favorite bands. I overheard people saying they wished The Reverend Horton Heat was scheduled to play longer, they wanted more and they were filling seats super early (in concert time) to be sure they didn’t miss anything. I have seen several shows at the Pacific Amphitheater and I don’t usually see such a full crowd at the early performance time of 6:30pm. The Reverend got people in the seats and away from the concession stands to see them play. The Reverend is amazing on his Gretsch, Jimbo shreds on the stand-up bass, and RJ is a drumming sensation (seriously, RJ is a pro). Also noteworthy was Lance Lipinsky on Keyboards. Lance has “showmanship” (and an amazing pompadour), he captivated and mesmerized the crowd with his playing. He would play the keys by sliding his elbow across the keyboard and then tilt the whole thing on edge so the audience could see all the keys, I loved it!

X (a personal favorite here at 13 Stitches Magazine) was the second band on stage. I actually liked the scheduling/play-times of the bands (not just because I’m getting older). The multi-talented John Doe, Exene, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake never disappoint. X is so amazing that members of The Damned lined up on the side-stage to be sure they got to see them perform. The crowd was a cohesive, eclectic mix of people… from punk rock to rockabilly to goth and more. I saw Liberty Spikes, Mohawks, Cowboy Boots, Siouxie looking kids, some Misfits look-a-likes, and some people that could be my conservative next door neighbor. X has a ton of songs they can choose from, I’m glad they always include my favorites while peppering in some songs that I haven’t heard in a while. This evening Craig Packham was able to cover on the drums while D.J. Bonebrake played the Vibes, so we were treated to some songs that X doesn’t always have the lineup to play! Another bonus is getting to see Billy Zoom stick his guitar pick to his forehead and move from his Gretsch to the Saxophone on songs like I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (see video below).

For your sake, I hope you made it to the show. If you didn’t, please check out the images and videos below so you can see what you missed. They don’t feature too many Punk shows at Pacific Amphitheater, but Eric VonArab predicts that we may see more in the future after last night’s success, I can’t wait!


Dave Vanian (vocals),Captain Sensible (bass), Monty Oxymoron (keyboards), Pinch (drums), Paul Gray (bass)

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Love Song
Machine Gun Etiquette
I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
These Hands
Plan 9 Channel 7
Lookin at You (MC5 Cover)
Smash It Up
Wait for the Blackout
New Rose
Neat Neat Neat

Curtain Call
Jet Boy, Jet Girl

John Doe (Bass Guitar), Billy Zoom (Lead Guitar, Saxophone), Exene Cervenka (Vocals), D.J. Bonebrake (Drums, Vibes)

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Beyond and Back
It’s Who You Know
Because I Do
When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch
Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis cover)
The New World
Year 1
True Love
Come Back to Me
I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Some Other Time
Los Angeles
Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not
Johnny Hit & Run Pauline
Motel Room in My Bed
Soul Kitchen (The Doors cover)
The Hungry Wolf

I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

Los Angeles

Jim Heath (guitar, vocals), Jimbo Wallace (upright bass), Arjuna “RJ” Contreras (drums), Lance Lipinsky (keyboards)

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Psychobilly Freakout
Hate to See You Cry
Big Little Baby
Let Teach You How to Eat
Whole New Life
Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
400 Bucks
Galaxy 500

– John Mairs
13 Stitches Magazine

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