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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 nofightin.com 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.

HOOKER AT HIS VERY BLUESY BEST
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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