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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.

Show souvenirs

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2009 by J.J.

Christmas came a little early here at nofightin.com, thanks to some cool memorabilia shared by Andrew Rackauskas.

Rackauskas, who tells us he ran a ’90s fanzine called Spinal Column (his 13 review can be found on Jasper Heikens’ site), sent us an e-mail, relating stories about seeing the Devils every week at Jack’s Sugar Shack in L.A.:

I can’t tell you how lucky I felt getting to watch them virtually every Thursday for so long! Once Jack’s moved to the Hollywood/Vine location, the vibe was killed, and the Devils started playing far less. I was also really lucky to see them play as the house band at the “Ciao Def” party where Rick Rubin’s label got rid of the “Def” and made it “American Recordings.” They played in a bowling alley off Olympic in Koreatown in L.A. that is no longer there. It was quite the party! I remember waiters walking around w/ wheel-barrows of beer and booze!

Check out these photos he’s passed along:

Rackauskas has a harmonica signed by Lester Butler, "but I'm never going to part with that!"


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Red Devils on gigposters.com

Posted in red devils with tags , , on May 8, 2009 by J.J.

Found this cool poster by Psychic Sparkplug on gigposters.com.

It’s the only one available on a search for “red devils.” It’s most certainly the Devils: The right vintage (early- to mid-’90s EDIT: 1994), the right venue (Jack’s Sugar Shack), the right peers (Thelonious Monster). If anyone has more info on the gig, please let us know.

There are no 13 posters except for a gig for Sleazefest, which doesn’t look like Lester Butler’s 13. However, The Blasters are well-represented.

7/18/09 UPDATE: Got a bit more info on this gig, courtesy of the Oct. 15, 1994, edition of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and Tim Grobaty’s “What’s Hot” column:

The Jacks facts

Imagine our horror when we turn up at one of our favorite haunts on Sunday and find out it’s closed. In case you haven’t heard the awful truth yet, Jacks Sugar Shack, the Tiki-style beer barn and entertainment hall at 8751 W. Pico in L.A., closes tonight thanks to the fact that the building’s owners are selling the property, which will turn into a Chinese restaurant, of which the world, we’d thought, already had enough (although an hour later, yaddayadda….).

While Jacks’ll never have a building as cool as that one, it will, at least, live on in a new location, the old Brown Derby building at 1707 N. Vine, in Hollywood, with an opening set for mid-December.

Meanwhile, the closing bash at Jacks starts at 8 tonight, with a slate of L.A. greats, including Thelonious Monster, Sister Double Happiness, the Red Devils and special guests which could include, according to our secret sauces, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as openers. Jacks would neither confirm nor deny, but they did some good hemming and hawing. The cover is $10. Call (310) 271-7887.

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