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Pics: 13’s day off at North Sea Feb. 1998

Posted in 13 with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by J.J.

Our friend Eddie Clark provided these photos of 13 from what he said was the group’s second to last tour of the Netherlands and Belgium in February 1998. “We had left Sneek, NL and had to go way north to the Nordzee to get back to Amsterdam,” Clark wrote. “That is a massive dike we are on and the North Sea behind us.”

These photos have been posted on other sites for years, but these are all-new scans from the original hard copy pictures. It’s interesting to see what the band — Lester Butler, Alex Schultz, Mike Hightower and Clark — did on a day off.

Also note the tag on Butler’s jacket for Royal Tattoo. We’ll guess it’s this same shop in Denmark.

Outtakes from famous Lester Butler photo session

Posted in lester butler with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by J.J.

Photographer Rens Horn sheds light on how he captured an iconic image of Lester Butler.

Based in The Netherlands, Horn shot Butler during his 1997 tour through Europe. The photographer has posted some outtakes, and explained to us how the elements came together, from concept to session:

The pictures were taken in Rotterdam on Sept. 10, 1997, just across the artist entrance of Nighttown where 13 would perform that night.

The first time I saw Lester play I had this picture in my mind: While playing you couldn’t see his face, and while singing you couldn’t see his tattooed arms the way you would when playing, and I wanted to see both at the same time. … (D)ays before this portrait was made I took some pictures at a concert in Tegelen, on stage with Lori’s backstage pass. After the concert I asked Lester if I could take his portrait when he was playing in Rotterdam and he agreed.

I brought my own harp (the one in the picture is mine) and prints of the pictures I took before, just average concert pictures but “messed up” in the darkroom (I call it “rensomatic”). He loved the way they looked as did Alex Schultz who happens to love photography as well and was actually related with some of my photographer heroes through his dad. So he was willing to pose and we shared a couple of minutes in front of the garage door.

After a few frames it occurred to me that the holes in the door resembled that of the holes in the harp so we shot two or three more and that was it. He liked the picture a lot and on one occasion, years later, he gave me his T-shirt and said “thanks for the pictures and your friendship.”

Block magazine fills in 1993 calendar holes

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , on January 16, 2011 by J.J.

Our good friend Feelgood has sent us a number of magazine clippings that help fill in some of the dates on the Red Devils timeline.

Much of these come from the Agenda section of Block, a blues magazine based in The Netherlands. There are several clippings available, but we’ll start with 1993. The first two images are from the same edition of Block, though we don’t have publication dates for either magazine.


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More Netherlands ticket stubs, 1993-97

Posted in 13, red devils with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by J.J.

We are continuing to sift through Feelgood’s fantastic collection of Red Devils and 13 memorabilia. He’s sent us a lot of great stuff to look at, including images of several ticket stubs, and the really cool handbill at right. It is from the Nov. 18, 1993, gig at Schaaf, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Appears that Paul Size and Dave Lee Bartel were unceremoniously scratched-out from this promo item; Size had probably already left the band a few months earlier.

Feelgood also sent us these two ticket stubs, one Devils and one 13:

Both tickets are from the venue Oosterpoort in Groningen, Netherlands, three years apart; ABOVE LEFT is the Devils Sept. 4, 1994, and ABOVE RIGHT is 13 Sept. 7, 1997.

Finally, Feelgood shared his own ticket collection with us: Chuck Berry, Flaco Jimenez, Bo Diddley, Georgia Satellites, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, the Paladins, Billy Joe Shaver, and many more. That’s an impressive resume!

Watch for more from Feelgood’s collection, soon on nofightin.com.

Hard-to-find Devils & 13 T-shirts

Posted in 13, lester butler, red devils with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by J.J.

There is no better way to show your devotion to a band than a concert T-shirt. Unfortunately, there are very few options for The Red Devils or 13; when we saw 13 on tour in the Midwest in 1997, they really had no merch to speak of (and unfortunately, the Devils’ 1992 tour is something of a blur almost two decades later). Nofightin.com reader Feelgood sent us some images of the handful of tees out there.

Above left is a fan tribute shirt that Jasper Heikens says is by Chris Wobben; above right is the Red Devils’ Planet Hollywood-style tee, which Feelgood said he bought when he saw the Devils on Nov. 18, 1993, at Zalen Schaaf, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; below left and right is the front, sleeve and backside of the 13 T-shirt, with damn slick tattoo-style artwork, purchased Jan. 30, 1998, near Feelgood’s hometown, Het Bolwerk, Sneek, The Netherlands: “I bought here the 13 T shirt, Lester was after the show present on the stand with T shirts and Cd’s for a chat and a autograph.”

Jasper Heikens has more T-shirt images and info on the Lester Butler tribute page.

2 Meter Sessies — Red Devils live 1993

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by J.J.

In lieu of a legit Red Devils sophomore album, fans should look to live performances such as 1993’s outstanding 2 Meter Sessies recording to fill the void.

The 2 Meter Sessies is a Dutch radio series, a live-in-the-studio “unplugged” session. Performers over the years include Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Cranberries, Blind Melon, J.J. Cale, Jackson Browne and many others. Of course, the Devils didn’t unplug at all, giving one of their essential performances — all caught on tape. (Read more about the Sessies on this English translation on Wikipedia.)

The Devils’ performance was recorded May 3, 1993, at Bullet Sound Studios in the Netherlands, just 2 days after their infamous Moulin Blues Festival appearance. This time, the band sounds rested and ready; it’s just as compelling a performance as Moulin, but without the debauchery. It sounds like a hardworking blues band on top of their game.


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