Twenty-five years after the death of Lester Butler, No Fightin’ tells the story of those last days, using archival interviews, court documents and new sourcing.
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Lester Butler in 1997: ‘Blues is a healing thing’
Read this classic interview, “Blowin’ out reeds with Lester Butler,” from the March 28, 1997, Los Angeles Daily News.
Photos: Lester Butler, Bruce Willis and the Planet Hollywood band
Check out these rare photos featuring Bruce Willis and Lester Butler onstage in 1995.
Butler and Size share a laugh at Moulin 1998
Check out these two candid backstage photos of Lester Butler and Paul Size at the Moulin Blues Festival on May 2, 1998.
Intveld on Butler: ‘Taking something beyond where it’s been before’
Lester Butler and 13 were supposed to play their first gig at the Dixie Belle Restaurant in Downey on June 27, 1998. Butler never made it, but a tribute show was held for him that night. (An article that day noted Smokey Hormel, Steven Hodges and John Bazz all playing.) The man who promoted the show, EdContinue reading “Intveld on Butler: ‘Taking something beyond where it’s been before’”
Butler on Bateman: ‘He’s like a Marine drill sergeant!’
At the end of 1992, Lester Butler told the Los Angeles Times how this “blues bar band” was living the dream.
Catching up: Red Devils Pinkpop podcast; Lester Butler in OOR
Before we launch into a busy new year, here are a couple of quick items you might have missed toward the end of 2021.
Bukowski, drug busts and blues: Inside Lester Butler’s ‘lost year’ (1995)
In 1995, Lester Butler found himself picking up gigs and living with a “family” of bohemian creatives in Sherman Oaks. Rob Neighbors takes us inside.
The Red Devils’ story is tangled and troubled, to say the least. That the band has been able to take their show on the road this summer is satisfying for the musicians and fans alike. One Devil is not so lucky. Lester Butler was many things — artist, friend, brother — but he also couldContinue reading “Lester’s legacy”
Getty pics: Lester Butler in Europe 1993, 1997
There is a wealth of amazing photos in the Getty Images archives, including these pictures of Lester Butler. Pics from these gigs have been seen before, but these particular images don’t seem to be in wide circulation. From the Getty captions: The first two are from The Red Devils’ performance at the Paradiso in AmsterdamContinue reading “Getty pics: Lester Butler in Europe 1993, 1997”