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Photos: Red Devils’ last King King gig, 1993

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by J.J.

Red Devils at the King King

Walk up to the door, and pay the cover — it’s Monday night at the King King club in Hollywood, and The Red Devils are on stage.

1kingkingFor those of us who missed it the first time around, these photos of the Devils at the King King, taken by Vince Jordan, are a great find. Jordan owned and booked the Blue Cafe in Long Beach, Calif., from 1992 to 2003. The club was another favorite haunt of The Red Devils and related bands; Jordan and Lester Butler were also good friends (he and his club get a thanks on the “13” disc).

Jordan said these photos were taken at the Devils’ last gig at the King King, probably June 14, 1993 (that was a Monday). The timing as a “last gig” makes sense; Paul Size would be out of the band later that summer, and the original King King would close shop for good by the end of the year.

7kingking_rubinBesides the great photos of the band and the scene, check out an ultra-rare photo of producer Rick Rubin and Butler hanging out on a bench outside the club (as seen on the “King King” album cover), as well as a couple with original Blue Shadows/Red Devils guitarist — as well as former Blasters and 13 member — Smokey Hormel sitting in.

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New York Times on the Devils

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , on June 18, 2009 by J.J.

Here’s a trivia question: How many times were The Red Devils ever mentioned in The New York Times? Once, in the Sunday, July 19, 1992 “Tete-a-Tetes” column:

MIDTOWN, after midnight, Monday. Bruce Willis and his band, the Red Devils, had just finished bludgeoning eardrums at Planet Hollywood. Outside, on West 57th Street, an ice sculpture was beginning to melt, and a silver limousine pulled into the traffic.

At least it helps us put another date on the nofightin.com Timeline.

13 rehearsal videos 1998

Posted in 13 with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by J.J.

Thanks to drummer Eddie Clark, much of 13’s history has been preserved on video, including excellent rehearsal videos of Lester Butler and 13 from 1998..

You should recognize these videos as the source of the “Business in the Street” clips from the 13 Moulin Blues DVD, recorded at YO! Studios, Van Nuyes, California, in March 1998.

The guitarist is Chris Masterson; in an e-mail, Clark tells nofightin.com that “Chris replaced Alex Schultz and Enrico Crivellaro and did most of the gigs in the Los Angeles area and short road trips outside of L.A. Alex Schultz was the ‘ringer’ for festivals and such, as promoters asked if Alex was in the band for those events. Hence his appearance on MBO 1998.”

Clark — who says he does not remember the bassist on this session — says he was the man who insisted on rehearsals, including three in 1998, “mostly going over old material and creating Lester’s new material. We had to make up our own parts for those new songs and try to make it fit.”

“Shake ‘Em on Down”:

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‘Blast furnace blues’: Dec. 3, 1992, ‘King King’ review

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by J.J.

Looking around a few months ago, I found this review of “King King” from the University of Houston Daily Cougar Online archives, Dec. 3, 1992. I really like the exuberance and imagery in this review.

As a bonus: A Jeff Healey review!

BLOSSOMING BANDS BESTOW PLEASING PLATTERS
by Manuel Esparza
Daily Cougar Staff

"King King"

How do you like it, live or studio? Well the Red Devils cut a live disc and the Jeff Healey Band is fresh from recording 12 new tracks.

Got your asbestos gloves handy? Good. Now get ready to handle some blast furnace blues. Captured on the Red Devil’s live album King King is blues in its most elemental form — fire.

The album, King King, takes its name from the L.A. club that has adopted the Devils. It is a beer sopped, cigarette stench, sweaty bodies, dimly lit, watch where you sit, graffiti ridden, wrong side of the tracks, eardrum rupturing disc.
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