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Red Devils open Hollywood House of Blues 1994

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , on February 23, 2011 by J.J.

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. We’d already played at our good friend (and HOB investor) John Paul DeJoria’s wedding in Malibu the prior year (that’s a whole ‘nother story as Cher & Roger Daltry jammed with us). Anyway, we got the gig mostly because of John Paul and partly because Joe Perry had heard “King King” and liked us. It was a great night.  I remember playing fearlessly even though Aerosmith was up next. Sadly, I’ve never been able to track down any audio or video of it …

Devils celebrate New Year’s Eve

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by J.J.

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 China Club, where Jimmy Buffett joined his band for a 1 1/2-hour set, which ended when Steven Stills and Foreigner’s Mick Jones joined him on stage. …

Racer Danny Sullivan hosted a China Club party on Dec. 29 and it was a major blowout. Buffett provided the tunes again. The Dirt Band also played, as did guitarist Al DiMeola and Billy Idol, who crooned a duet with Stallone.

The next night, Bruce Willis and the Red Devils played, joined on stage by John Oats.

New Year’s Eve was no slouch on the China Seas. … (Idol) was later joined on stage by Stills and Gary ”Helmet Head” Busey.

1993: The Los Angeles Daily News advanced the Devils’ New Year’s Eve gig in its Dec. 29 and 31 editions, but the Dec. 17 Long Beach Press-Telegram really summed it up, in comparison to a competing B.B. King gig that night:

A harder-edged, wilder, and wildly less expensive blues year’s eve show can be experienced within the Polynesian-decored walls of Jacks Sugar Shack, 8751 W. Pico Blvd., in Los Angeles. A 10-dollar bill buys you an entire evening’s worth (starting at 9:30 p.m.) of the fiery hot sound of American Records rouser the Red Devils. For information, call (310) 271-7887.

1995: The ashes of the Red Devils helmed New Year’s Eve at Bar Deluxe in Hollywood, according to the L.A. Times:

Witnessing a good live show at Bar Deluxe was fun if not always comfortable on a packed night, but now the problem’s solved. Good thing. From the edgy surf-rock of the Bomboras to Rocket 88’s “sicko-billy” sound, Bar Deluxe mixes and matches musical styles with an affection for America’s darkest corners. In true Deluxe fashion, the Red Devils have been booked on New Year’s Eve to ring in ’96.

If you have any info on other Red Devils/Blue Shadows/Lester Butler New Year’s gigs, please share the details in the comments section.

Photos: Red Devils’ last King King gig, 1993

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by J.J.

Red Devils at the King King

Walk up to the door, and pay the cover — it’s Monday night at the King King club in Hollywood, and The Red Devils are on stage.

1kingkingFor those of us who missed it the first time around, these photos of the Devils at the King King, taken by Vince Jordan, are a great find. Jordan owned and booked the Blue Cafe in Long Beach, Calif., from 1992 to 2003. The club was another favorite haunt of The Red Devils and related bands; Jordan and Lester Butler were also good friends (he and his club get a thanks on the “13” disc).

Jordan said these photos were taken at the Devils’ last gig at the King King, probably June 14, 1993 (that was a Monday). The timing as a “last gig” makes sense; Paul Size would be out of the band later that summer, and the original King King would close shop for good by the end of the year.

7kingking_rubinBesides the great photos of the band and the scene, check out an ultra-rare photo of producer Rick Rubin and Butler hanging out on a bench outside the club (as seen on the “King King” album cover), as well as a couple with original Blue Shadows/Red Devils guitarist — as well as former Blasters and 13 member — Smokey Hormel sitting in.

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