Mike Mullahy in Wigan, England, cc’ed us on an email he sent to Paul Rees on the Classic Rock article. It would be great if Devils fans keep the conservation going in letters like this to Classic Rock.
Just wanna say thanks to you (and Billy Gibbons!) for the great article on The Red Devils in Classic Rock 195.
I bought the “King King” album the week it came out in ’92 (think I must’ve heard a track on Paul Jones’ blues show on Radio 2?) and was immediately blown away by its power and rawness. I think I played it every day for the next six months.
My mates were hooked too and so you can imagine our surprise and delight to see the band were playing at the 1993 Phoenix Festival that we already had tickets for. So on the Saturday afternoon of the festival we all stumbled into a tent where the band were due to play and waited eagerly along with only a handful of others to hear the “King King” album in all it’s live glory. However, the band didn’t play any of the songs from “King King” so we were slightly disappointed, but the band were still smoking’.
Then in 1994 I read in Sounds that the band were due to tour the UK so I bought a ticket for Manchester University — ticket number 0001! — only to hear on the radio that the band had canceled the tour. When I went to the box office to get a refund I asked why they had canceled and was told they landed in London, did a gig that night, fell out with each other and went back home. Should’ve kept a photocopy of the ticket!
Anyway, thanks for the article and thanks for the mention of the nofightin.com website, great resource.
PS: I’ve got the “Blackwater Roll” EP, if there is a dirtier blues riff out there than the one on “The Hook” then I ain’t heard it!