Paul Size got robbed at Mick Jagger’s birthday party. Then Dave Lee stepped in

Even the guitar player blinks with a knife at his gut.

Just ask Paul Size. Or listen to this audio clip from Marc Spitz, author of the 2011 book “Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue.”

Size was a prime source for Chapter 19, “The Red Devils’ Blues,” which once again tells the tale of the Devils, the King King, Mick Jagger’s blues mojo and the ill-fated Jagger/Devils album that never really came to be.

In this clip, Size talks about playing Jagger’s birthday party in London — and getting robbed for his troubles. The elusive Dave Lee Bartel makes a cameo in the story to save the day in ultimate rhythm guitar fashion.

Spitz next draws comparisons to The Red Devils to two other blues-based “color” bands: The White Stripes and The Black Keys, then Size gives his take on the Jagger sessions, and if he’d like to see them released officially.

‘Footprints on the moon’

The Red Devils guitarist knows that the band he was in three decades ago will always be a part of his life. “There’s too many extraordinary things that went down that it’s not going to go away,” Paul Size tells

Note: A version of this post was published on Feb. 7, 2012. Mick Jagger photo taken from “Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue”; Paul Size photo by Bert Lek from the 1993 Moulin Blues Festival.

Published by J.J.

Drums and barbecue ribs. Blues music.

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