Mick Jagger, live bootlegs, and a farewell: London’s Borderline club is a key part of The Red Devils’ story.
“Headed straight for the ceiling,” Lester Butler and The Red Devils look forward to a 1993 festival gig at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.
Listen as The Red Devils play a live set at Tower Records in Piccadilly Circus, London, on July 16, 1993.
Two soundboard-quality recordings shine light on The Red Devils’ 1992 opening slots for the Allman Brothers. The Sept. 1 Richmond, Va., and Sept. 4 Charlotte, N.C., recordings represent the band’s sixth and eighth opening spots (by our count) for the Brothers.
Before we launch into a busy new year, here are a couple of quick items you might have missed toward the end of 2021.
At the top of their game, The Red Devils performed its essential “2 Meter Sessies” set during its European tour in May 1993.
From the Sept. 3, 1992, Des Moines (Iowa) Register, we get this interview with Dave Lee Bartel. The occasion was a gig the next week, Sept. 9, at the Iowa State State Memorial Union’s Maintenance Shop (“M-Shop”) venue in Ames, Iowa. Tickets reasonably priced at $2 ($3 day of show). Where did the Devils play?Continue reading “‘A rowdy presentation of the blues’ … Dave Lee Bartel in 1992”
It’s Black Friday in the United States today, but No Fightin’ brings you some rare, unheard Red Devils for free. “Ridin’ in the Moonlight,” “Ride With Your Daddy Tonight,” “Pretty Baby” … whatever you call it, it’s The Red Devils Live at the King King club in Hollywood, California, 28 years ago, Nov. 30, 1992.Continue reading “Video: Ride With the Devils Tonight”
“What puts the Devils head and shoulders above so many other bands is their intensity, their ability to lock into a groove that sounds like their birthright and build a song to an ecstatic finish.”
A bootleg of The Red Devils live at the Mississippi Blues Fest at Le Claire Park in Davenport, Iowa, July 2, 1993, is a solid capsule of the band on the summer festival circuit. It’s not an essential set by any means, and may be of interest only to the most hardcore of collectors. MostContinue reading “Bootleg review live from Iowa, 1993”