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Red Devils go to school for noon concert

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by J.J.

The Red Devils were a band built for smoky bars, but even they might have had some trouble conjuring that mojo for the noontime lunch crowd at a college campus.

The review from the Daily Titan [PDF] recaps the band’s Dec. 2, 1992, performance at California State University in Fullerton. Interesting details on guitarist Mike Flanigin, described here as replacing Dave Lee Bartel in the “traveling line-up” of the band.

Red Devils perform Chicago-style blues
By Matt Cliff, Daily Titan Staff Writer
Dec. 3, 1992

The Red Devils’ laid back, gimmick-free stage demeanor let their music do the work Wednesday at Becker Amphitheater in the last noontime show of the semester.

The band’s gritty Chicago-style blues, flavored by singer/harp player Lester Butler’s wailing harmonica, revealed why they have attracted so many fans, celebrities and music industry types to their regular shows at the King King club in Los Angeles.

Drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of blues covers by artists like Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and others, the Red Devils have a raspy, roots-rock element to their sound that pumps up its intensity.

The band is on tour to promote its debut Def American album “King King,” named for the club where they’ve played since their formation in 1988.
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Boogie with the Hook, 1992

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , on September 21, 2009 by J.J.

JohnLeeHookerAn important blurb in The Red Devils’ bio is the band’s opening slot for blues legend John Lee Hooker. That phrase — “opened for John Lee Hooker” — is Blues Credibility in Five Words or Fewer.

As far as can find, the Devils opened for the Hook one time, on Feb. 20, 1992, in Los Angeles.

This is a review of that show, courtesy of the Daily News of Los Angeles.

By Fred Shuster, Daily News Critic
Feb. 22, 1992

Judging by the amount of money changing hands outside the Variety Theatre on Thursday for tickets to the sold-out John Lee Hooker concert, you would think the latest post-punk sensation from Seattle was giving a recital.

Inside, though, it was business as usual for Hooker, who at 74 is the last of the great Delta bluesmen. Sitting center stage, face shadowed by a wide-brim hat, Hooker pounded out the one-chord boogie riffs that have been approximated by three generations of blues-rockers, from Humble Pie to Robert Cray.
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Legendary Cleveland rock writer on the Devils, 1992

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by J.J.

Two great articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in October 1992 give more history of the Red Devils (winning 1992 Best Blues Band at the Los Angeles Music Awards) along with a review of a live gig at Peabody’s DownUnder in The Flats Oct. 15.

Both articles come courtesy of reporter Jane Scott, who has her own interesting history. Born in 1919, she was known as “The World’s Oldest Rock Critic,” working in the hometown of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to the Plain Dealer, she covered everyone from The Beatles all the way to Nirvana before retiring in 2002. For the Devils to be the subject of the 70-something Scott’s writing — not once, but twice — may demonstrate their status and potential in late ’92.

Check out the level of detail here, especially in the review — this woman knows her Devils! She doesn’t slack off, even when reviewing a bar band.

By Jane Scott
Plain Dealer Rock Reporter
October 9, 1992

CLEVELAND — It happened unexpectedly in a converted Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles called the King King, a a tiny, smoke-filled club with a 12-by-15-foot stage and a battered old upright piano.

The Red Devils fire up Peabody's DownUnder Thursday.

The Red Devils fire up Peabody's DownUnder Thursday.

The Monday night regulars there, the bluesy Red Devils band, spotted a familiar figure standing in back. He seemed to be enjoying himself, bassist Jonny Ray Bartel remembered.

Suddenly the man moved up to the stage, jumped up and sang Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” with the band.

“It was Mick Jagger. What a surprise! The crowd went nuts,” said Bartel. “And what made it nicer was that he asked us first. He said ‘Would it be all right?'”

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