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Billy F. Gibbons touts The Red Devils on eve of tour

Posted in red devils with tags , , , on July 6, 2017 by J.J.

It’s getting real people.

The Red Devils first show of 20 will be starting in just a few hours.

Billy F. Gibbons has all the details on his site with the NoFightin.com release “The Return of The Red Devils.”

We are looking forward to getting out to shows later this month … keep watching NoFightin.com for more. Continue reading

Ready for 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 19, 2012 by J.J.

Thanks everyone for visiting No Fightin’ in 2011 — and thanks for letting us recover a little into 2012!

We have lots of plans for the blog this year, the 20th anniversary of The Red Devils’ “King King.”

Keep watching this space for some new Red Devils and Lester Butler goodies. You can also follow us on Twitter or watch a bunch of cool videos on our YouTube channel.

nofightin.com on YouTube

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by J.J.

For those who haven’t seen it on the righthand side of the page, nofightin.com is now on YouTube as nofightindotcom.

Right now, we’ve gathered some of the best Red Devils, 13 and Lester Butler clips in easy-to-use playlists, so you can hear things like Pinkpop all in one sitting (and in the right order). If we have time, we’ll try to upload some of our own personal videos, and collect up some other Devils-related music. And if any fans have videos they’d like us to upload to nofightindotcom, or found some vids we haven’t seen, please let us know.

You can find more about some of these videos here on nofightin.com, including reviews, background info and more.

New York Times on the Devils

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , on June 18, 2009 by J.J.

Here’s a trivia question: How many times were The Red Devils ever mentioned in The New York Times? Once, in the Sunday, July 19, 1992 “Tete-a-Tetes” column:

MIDTOWN, after midnight, Monday. Bruce Willis and his band, the Red Devils, had just finished bludgeoning eardrums at Planet Hollywood. Outside, on West 57th Street, an ice sculpture was beginning to melt, and a silver limousine pulled into the traffic.

At least it helps us put another date on the nofightin.com Timeline.

Timeline added: Tours, albums, festivals, more

Posted in red devils with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by J.J.

We’ve added a Red Devils/Lester Butler timeline to nofightin.com. The timeline will focus specifically on The Red Devils proper, along with Lester Butler and 13.

This will be a perpetual work in progress, with corrections and additions coming when appropriate. I’ve trolled the web to find opening slots and tour dates, along with other important chronology. And almost every item in the timeline will be linked back to a “source” for verification. (Some without links were independently verified by nofightin.com or are “common-knowledge” events.)

As always, your help is appreciated!

Discography, stage 1

Posted in red devils with tags , , , on January 22, 2009 by J.J.

We’ve just uploaded the first bit of discography to nofightin.com. This comprises “official” recordings by The Red Devils, 13 and Lester Butler guest slots.
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nofightin.com is live

Posted in red devils with tags , , , on January 16, 2009 by J.J.

Welcome to nofightin.com, our tribute/resource site for early-’90s California blues band The Red Devils and harmonica player Lester Butler.

Red Devils

Red Devils

For those who saw the band live, heard the album “King King,” or found a copy of the infamous Mick Jagger blues bootleg album with the Devils, you are well-aware of what made this band so special: Real blues played with a punk rock sensibility; a charismatic frontman whose harp style was a throwback to blues’ roots; and a small but fierce catalog of recorded material that became a template for bands around the globe.

Most haven’t heard the group, which is a shame. 1992’s “King King” is almost a litmus test for hardcore blues credibility; knowing looks and nods are exchanged by the small fraternity of music fans who have found this CD.

That its lifespan was limited doesn’t take away from the band’s story. With roots in California’s roots and blues scenes, The Red Devils were a sister band to the legendary Blasters and raised up with James Harman and associates. As their fame in Cali grew, so did their fans: They were the only blues band signed to Rick Rubin’s Def American label, and they were Bruce Willis‘ house band for Planet Hollywood openings.

After splitting in the mid-’90s, Butler went solo, releasing the intense “13 featuring Lester Butler” album. Butler died tragically in 1998, sparking several tributes in the Netherlands and around Europe, where the Devils and 13 had played several near-legendary gigs.

Information about the musicians is scarce online, though a devoted following remains overseas. We are hoping this site can be a repository for the good stories, photos and random links sprinkled throughout the world wide web.

A bit about the authors: I’m J.J. Perry, digital editor at a newspaper in Bloomington, Indiana; blues and roots drummer; and certified barbecue judge. Tom Harold is a writer, artist and musician, who can currently be found blowing harp and singing in Indianapolis’ Gordon Bonham Blues Band. We met in college at Indiana University in 1992; we first bonded over “King King.” Soon, we started our first band together, named after the Devils’ tune “Automatic.” But we’ll get into all of that later.

Until then, on with the show …

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