Red Devils launch social media channels 

Posted in red devils with tags , on July 27, 2017 by J.J.


Back in 1992, bands still sent out hardcopy press kits with black-and-white 8-by-10 band photos.

There were no “event pages,” “likes and shares,” text alerts or even cellphones or the internet for most of us.

Without a record label, marketing team or management, The Red Devils have been putting together their 2017 tour and promotion through their own social media and web presence under the brand “Red Devils Music,” ostensibly managed by Big Pete:

REDDEVILSMUSIC.COM: The band’s URL redirects to Big Pete’s own site, which has a lot of backstage stuff, tour dates and merch news.
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Bluefunk, Borderline shows will close Red Devils tour

Posted in red devils with tags , , on July 26, 2017 by J.J.

We are in the last week of Red Devils reunion shows, and everything winds down with two club dates.

These will be can’t-miss shows for hardcore fans: Not only will the band be able to stretch out in longer sets, but they will certainly be amped up for their return to clubs. Besides, who knows when this group might get together again, if ever?

Nofightin.com will be at these two shows — will you?

JULY 29: Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton

We have heard nothing but cool things about this little club, and are excited to be down there. The place is in the little “provincial” town of Poynton, according to Garry White, who operates the club.

Poynton is about 15 miles south of the O2 Apollo in Manchester, where The Red Devils opened for ZZ Top Tuesday, just a few days earlier. Locals for sure will want to attend the ZZ show, but don’t overlook the Devils on their own — they made their rep in clubs like the Bluefunk. Downhome and righteous.

Garry tells us that DVL — featuring Guy Forsyth and Robin Davey and other members of The Hoax — sold out the club last year. Time to do it again!

DETAILS: Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton Legion, SK12 1JY Poynton. Showtime is 8-11:30 p.m. Tickets: bluefunkclub.wixsite.com


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First look: “Return of The Red Devils”

Posted in red devils with tags , on July 25, 2017 by J.J.


When is a CD review not a CD review? When you don’t have a CD player on your European trip.

That’s us with the new tour disc “Return of The Red Devils” (BPRDCD1-2017). We have the album, but nothing to play it on. That technicality won’t stop this first-look review from happening.

The disc was recorded live at De Bosuil, Weert, NL on June 3, with one track, “Wish You Would,” coming from the June 2 gig at Fluor, Amersfoort, NL, the first gig of this summer reunion. Good strategy to have this product recorded and out by the time the ZZ Top tour rolled around in July.

Track-by-track observations from the sleeve:

1. “Time to Cry.” Credited to the original lineup, it seems that a name has been agreed upon, as this song has been credited in various places at “Time to Cry,” “Your Turn to Cry” and “The Backstreet Crawler” on 1994’s “Blackwater Roll” EP. In fact, on tour, Big Pete has been singing “backstreet crawler” on the first verse, and then switching it up to “your time to cry” after that.
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25 years on, the Devils’ power remains

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2017 by J.J.


[words: J.J. Perry; all photographs by Tina Hanagan]

An evening rain Friday cooled and soaked the thousands waiting in line for the Stimmen Festival in Lorrach, Germany. The crowd was patient under ponchos and umbrellas and canopies on Lorrach’s historic streets, waiting in line to get into the marketplace stage area.

But we couldn’t help but wonder, as heavy raindrops rolled down our heads and into our eyes: Did we fly to Germany only to have our first Red Devils concert in 25 years be rained out?

Pushing forward through the crowd in the Lorrach square, we took our spots. As if on cue, the rain trickled to a stop moments before The Red Devils took the stage at 8 p.m. Big Pete stomped his feet and the band launched into a pounding “Mr. Highway Man.” I jumped in my spot yelling, taken back to 1992, when I saw this band for the first time. 

This was exactly where I wanted to be.
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#NowPlaying: “The Roots of The Red Devils”

Posted in red devils with tags , on July 14, 2017 by J.J.

UPDATED JULY 18 with Willie Nix number.

The Red Devils’ backstory includes classic blues, arty punk and the best of California rock ‘n’ roll.

Nofightin.com presents this curated mix of “The Roots of The Red Devils.”

Some of the songs will be obvious, and others are “in the spirit of” the original Red Devils.

Listen up, and let us know what songs you would include. And turn it up!

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Red Devils & ZZ Top fans: Welcome to nofightin.com

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2017 by J.J.

For ZZ Top fans and those just discovering The Red Devils for the first time, we’re glad you could make it to nofightin.com. What took you so long?

We’ve been here since 2009, cataloging the music and stories of The Red Devils and the late, great Lester Butler.

Wander around and find rare music, videos and reviews from the Devils’ heyday, and meet other fans — and some of the musicians who made the records we love so much. Later this month, we will be in Europe for several Red Devils shows, so watch for nofightin.com exclusives.
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Start here with some of the most popular and essential posts and pages on nofightin.com:

Reunion tour: Keep up with the 2017 reunion tour here.

Lyrics: You will want to start a band. Learn the lyrics to “Automatic,” “She’s Dangerous,” “Devil Woman” and everything on “King King,” most of “13,” live stuff and more.

2 Meter Sessies: In lieu of a second Red Devils record, this live radio set from 1993 can fill the void.

“Lester’s Legendary Last Gig”: Full coverage of the DVD release of 13’s classic 1998 Moulin Blues performance.

“Lousiana Blues”: The story behind one of the most rare songs in the Devils’ discography, released on a promo tape before “King King” came out in ’92.
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Billy F. Gibbons touts The Red Devils on eve of tour

Posted in red devils with tags , , , on July 6, 2017 by J.J.

It’s getting real people.

The Red Devils first show of 20 will be starting in just a few hours.

Billy F. Gibbons has all the details on his site with the NoFightin.com release “The Return of The Red Devils.”

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