The death of Def, 1993

A couple of articles in the Los Angeles Times give a little detail of the “Ciao Def” party Aug. 27, 1993, which featured The Red Devils as entertainment at the “funeral.” And with the funeral, Rubin’s Def American became American Recordings . (“King King” was issued as Def American 9 26795-2 and American 65660.) [EDIT:Continue reading “The death of Def, 1993”

Blue Shadows gigs 1989-90

We are catching up with several Blue Shadows dates for the timeline section. We start with several great clippings from the Eddie Clark collection, snapshots of the late-’80s/early-’90s California blues scene. Included are an ad for the first blues hall of fame festival and a postcard for blues night at Spice, both organized by RandyContinue reading “Blue Shadows gigs 1989-90”

“Better Cut That Out” lyrics

While the closer “Better Cut That Out” is a favorite on the “King King” record, one question remains: Just what is Lester Butler singing? This song is a little rough — Butler sings the second verse twice — and even the album credits are confusing. On the first Def American pressings, the song is calledContinue reading ““Better Cut That Out” lyrics”

Lyrics: She’s Dynamite from European MTV performance

These are the lyrics to “She’s Dynamite” as performed by the Red Devils in Europe for MTV’s Most Wanted in 1993. The date of the performance as far as can be determined at this point was April 11, 1993. Two songs were aired, “She’s Dynamite” and “Your Time to Cry” in that order. The videoContinue reading “Lyrics: She’s Dynamite from European MTV performance”

Red Devils open Hollywood House of Blues 1994

Jonny Ray Bartel sent this Daily Variety article on the opening night at the Hollywood House of Blues April 22, 1994, featuring Aerosmith and The Red Devils: Bartel also shared his recollections from that show: We were offered the warming slot for Aerosmith on the opening night of Hollywood’s House of Blues on Sunset Blvd.Continue reading “Red Devils open Hollywood House of Blues 1994”

Hard-to-find Devils & 13 T-shirts

There is no better way to show your devotion to a band than a concert T-shirt. Unfortunately, there are very few options for The Red Devils or 13; when we saw 13 on tour in the Midwest in 1997, they really had no merch to speak of (and unfortunately, the Devils’ 1992 tour is somethingContinue reading “Hard-to-find Devils & 13 T-shirts”

Blue Shadows 1990 dates added to timeline

We’ve tried to verify all the material you see on nofightin.com with links back to source material. In this case, we think the source might have it wrong. In the King King club Web site’s history section, they have several old fliers and handbills with dates. A calendar labeled “July 1990” lists several Blue ShadowsContinue reading “Blue Shadows 1990 dates added to timeline”

Rubin bio gives hints of producer at work

Simply calling Rick Rubin a “producer” misses what has made him such an important modern musical figure: He has been a guru, shaman, caretaker, curator, therapist and friend for many artists, coaxing some to produce their greatest music ever. What he does simply cannot be reproduced. Using already-published interviews as a backbone, author Jake BrownContinue reading “Rubin bio gives hints of producer at work”

Devils celebrate New Year’s Eve

Hope everyone had a great New Year’s holiday this year. Seems a good time to look back on what the Red Devils were doing this week in year’s past: 1992: The Devils were among the stars in Aspen, according to the Jan. 6 Rocky Mountain News: (Don) Henley was spotted later that evening at ChinaContinue reading “Devils celebrate New Year’s Eve”