In the course of logging six years and five albums, the Reverend Horton Heat has turned on a number of fans to his potent psychobilly cocktail, among them comedian Drew Carey.
Fans of the portly, Everyman comedic hero are no doubt familiar with the Rev. from his appearances on Carey's "Mr. Vegas" HBO special (which found the band sharing the stage with the Muffs, David Cassidy and Wayne Newton) and on his ABC sitcom (where he and his band played the heavies that Carey and his Herb Alpert-loving band of friends lost to in a battle of the bands competition).
"He's just a fan," Jim Heath, the artist currently known as the Reverend Horton Heat, recently told MTV News Online of the comic. "He and some of the people that work on his show are fans of ours. Quite a few people who work on the show are now, so that's pretty cool... They just called us up and said that they wanted us to do this Vegas thing, and they wanted us to play 'It's Martini Time.'"
"We got to meet
Wayne Newton on that show," Heat bassist Jimbo Wallace added.
"That was great, that was awesome," Heath said of the band's time on stage with the Vegas icon. "It was really funny too because he so nice about everything. He had done two shows that night in Branson, Missouri and then flown all the way to Vegas."
"I was sharing my area with David Cassidy, and I was enthralled," Heat drummer Scott Churilla said of the experience.
Heath said that he hopes that Carey will lend a hand when the band shoots the first video from their new album "Space Heater." The band noted that given their extensive tour schedule (which includes their current tour with Face To Face and a run on this summer's Vans Warped tour), there's no telling when they'll have a chance to shoot a clip for the song, titled "Lie Detector."