This timeline is meant to be as complete as possible, and will be based on the comings and goings of The Red Devils and Lester Butler and 13. Each item will link back to a source document or Web site, when possible. Others have been verified by nofightin.com or include information commonly found in web searches. This timeline will be a continuing work in progress.

Additions, corrections and amplifications are encouraged in the comments.


Dec. 19: Jonny Ray Bartel and Blasters Bill Bateman and Greg “Smokey” Hormel begin the Monday night jam session at the King King at Sixth and LaBrea in Hollywood. The band was called the Blue Shadows, with Dave Alvin and Gene Taylor sometimes sitting in. SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE


Summer: Lester Butler joins Blue Shadows, according to “The Greatest Music Never Sold.” SOURCE

Nov. 19: Lester Butler & The Blue Shadows play at the 1st Annual Blues Hall of Fame Festival honoring Little Walter at Spice in Hollywood. SOURCE


March 18: Lester Butler of The Blue Shadows, on bill with Rob Rio and the Revolvers with Smokey Hormel and Cash McCall, Spice in Hollywood. SOURCE

May 27: The Blue Shadows with Dave Alvin at Blues ‘n’ B-B-Q/Sunday Blues Jam at Crawford’s in Lakewood, CA. SOURCE

June 4: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig SOURCE

June 9: The Blue Shadows open with The Wild Cards for The James Harman Band, “James’ Birthday Party Bash,” at Bogart’s in Long Beach, CA. SOURCE

June 11: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig SOURCE

June 18: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig SOURCE

June 25: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig SOURCE

July 23: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig (Bill Bateman, Dave Alvin, Jonny Ray Bartel, Dave Lee Bartel, Lester Butler, with guest Gene Taylor) SOURCE

July 28: The Blue Shadows at the 10th annual Sunset Junction Street Fair, Los Angeles. SOURCE

July 30: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig (Bill Bateman, Dave Alvin, Jonny Ray Bartel, Dave Lee Bartel, Lester Butler, with guest Gene Taylor) SOURCE

Autumn: Paul Size replaces Smokey Hormel in Blue Shadows. SOURCE

Oct. 19: The Blue Shadows with Dave Alvin at the Toes Classic Brews & Blues in Canoga Parks, CA. SOURCE

Dec. 3: Blue Shadows Monday King King gig SOURCE


Summer & fall: Three live gigs recorded at King King club by Rick Rubin for band’s debut album, “King King” SOURCE


Monday nights: The Blue Shadows (or Red Devils) continue as house band at the King King. Bruce Willis and others guest. SOURCE

Feb. 20: The Red Devils open for John Lee Hooker at the Variety Theatre in Los Angeles. SOURCE

March 6: Red Devils open for the Four Horsemen at the Marquee in Garden Grove, CA. SOURCE

May 9: The Red Devils play private wedding party. SOURCE

May 18: Mick Jagger sits in with Red Devils at King King. SOURCE

May 23: Lightnin’ Hopkins tribute at King King, with Smokey Hormel and Lester Butler. SOURCE

May 25: Red Devils Monday King King gig. SOURCE

June 9: Red Devils win Best Blues Band at the Los Angeles Music Awards at The Mardi Gras, Long Beach, CA. SOURCE

June 17: Rick Rubin calls band, telling them to report to Studio B at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood at 10 a.m. next morning. SOURCE

June 18: Red Devils session with Mick Jagger (Jagger was in midst of recording “Wandering Spirit” album); the group cut 13 songs in about 13 hours. SOURCE

July 13: Bruce Willis and The Red Devils perform at Planet Hollywood in New York City. SOURCE

July 25: The Backstreet Crawlers with Lester Butler at the Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

July 28: “King King” released on Def American. SOURCE | SOURCE

Aug. 16: Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (Allmans) SOURCE

Aug. 18: Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY (Allmans) SOURCE

Aug. 19: Great Woods, Boston, MA (Allmans) SOURCE

Aug. 21: Stowe Mountain PAC, Mt. Mansfield, VT (Allmans) SOURCE

Aug. 23: Coliseum, New Haven, CT (Allmans) SOURCE

Sept. 1: Classic Amphitheatre, Richmond, VA (Allmans) SOURCE | REVIEW

Sept. 2: Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, NC (Allmans) SOURCE

Sept. 4: Paladium @ Carowinds, Charlotte, NC (Allmans) SOURCE | REVIEW

Sept. 5: Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA (Allmans) SOURCE

Sept. 6: Spirit Fest, Kansas City, MO (Bob Dylan) SOURCE

Sept. 8: Yacht Club, Iowa City, IA SOURCE

Sept. 9: Maintenance Shop, ISU, Ames, IA SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 10: Ranch Bowl, Omaha, NB SOURCE

Sept. 12: Buffalo Rose, Denver, CO SOURCE

Sept. 13: Tattoo Club, Aspen, CO SOURCE

Sept. 14: Boulder Blues Fest (@ McCabe’s), Boulder, CO SOURCE

Sept. 17: Tree’s, Dallas, TX SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 18: The Coyote Club, Wichita, KS SOURCE

Sept. 19: River Valley Music Festival, Lawrence, KS SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 20: Starwood Amphitheatre, Charlie Daniels Jam, Nashville, TN SOURCE

Sept. 21: The Blue Bird, Nashville, TN SOURCE

Sept. 22: Off day SOURCE

Sept. 23: Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO SOURCE

Sept. 24: The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN SOURCE

Sept. 27: Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL SOURCE

Sept. 29: Graffiti’s, Pittsburg, PA (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Oct. 1: Memorial Hall, Dayton, OH (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Oct. 3: Empty Glass, Charleston, WV SOURCE

Oct. 4: Leo Kottke, Red Devils, John Cale, Juliana Hatfield on “Mountain Stage” program, West Virginia Public Radio SOURCE | SOURCE

Oct. 12: Off day SOURCE

Oct. 13: Jake’s, Bloomington, IN SOURCE

Oct. 14: Sully’s Blues Bar, Dearborn, MI SOURCE

Oct. 15: Peabody’s DownUnder in The Flats, Cleveland, OH SOURCE

Oct. 16: Max’s On Broadway, Baltimore, MD SOURCE

Oct. 17: Off day SOURCE

Oct. 18: Bayou, Washington, DC SOURCE

Oct. 19: New York NY SOURCE

Oct. 22: Guitars and Cadillacs with Los Lobos, Kansas City, MO SOURCE

Oct. 23: Off day SOURCE

Oct. 24: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK (Los Lobos) SOURCE | SOURCE

Oct. 25: Off day SOURCE

Oct. 26: Rockefeller’s with Los Lobos, Houston, TX SOURCE

Oct. 27: Tippitina’s with Los Lobos, New Orleans, LA SOURCE

Oct. 28: The Varsity, Baton Rouge, LA (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Oct. 29: Off day SOURCE

Oct. 30: New Daisy Theater, Memphis, TN SOURCE

Oct. 31: TBA with Los Lobos, Tuscaloosa, AL SOURCE

Nov. 1: Off day SOURCE

Nov. 2: Florida theater with Los Lobos, Jacksonville, FL SOURCE

Nov. 3: Off day SOURCE

Nov. 4: Visage Theater with Los Lobos, Orlando, FL SOURCE

Nov. 5: Stephen Talkhouse with Los Lobos (2 shows), Miami, FL SOURCE

Nov. 6: Carefree Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Nov. 7: Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Nov. 8: Florida Theater with Los Lobos, Gainesville, FL SOURCE

Nov. 9: Off day SOURCE

Nov. 10: Myskyn’s, Charleston, SC (Los Lobos) SOURCE

Nov. 11: Spirit Square with Los Lobos, Charlotte, NC SOURCE

Nov. 12: Ziggy’s with Los Lobos, Winston-Salem, NC SOURCE

Nov. 13: Flood Zone with Los Lobos, Richmond, VA SOURCE

Nov. 14: Trax with Los Lobos, Charlottesville, VA SOURCE

Nov. 28: Texas Tornados and Red Devils at Slim’s in San Francisco. SOURCE

Nov. 30: Red Devils back at the King King club in Hollywood SOURCE

Dec. 1: Becker Amphitheater, Fullerton, CA SOURCE

Dec. 4: Red Devils record “Morning Becomes Eclectic” for KCRW, San Diego SOURCE

Dec. 4: Palomino Club, North Hollywood, CA SOURCE

Dec. 5: Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA (with Texas Tornados and The Convertibles). SOURCE

Dec. 7: “Morning Becomes Eclectic” featuring The Red Devils, KCRW, San Diego SOURCE

Dec. 7: Red Devils Monday King King gig. SOURCE

Dec. 10: The Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA (with the The Texas Tornados and D.D. Wood) SOURCE | SOURCE

Dec. 30: Bruce Willis and the Red Devils (joined by John Oates) at the China Club in Aspen, CO. SOURCE


Feb. 15: Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN (John Campbell) SOURCE

Feb. 19: Martini’s, Grand Rapids, MI (John Campbell) SOURCE

Feb. 20: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON (John Campbell) SOURCE

Feb. 24: Sully’s Blues Bar, Dearborn, MI SOURCE

March 6: The Red Devils and Rumble at Caravan of Dreams, Fort Worth, Texas SOURCE

Late March: London Borderline gig. Mick Jagger watches from audience. A few nights later, Devils play Roberto’s in Chelsea. Jagger joins in then. SOURCE

April 1: Jagger jams with The Red Devils at Roberto’s London, performing “Checkin’ Up On My Baby” and “Who Do You Love” SOURCE

April 11: The Red Devils perform on “Euro MTV Most Wanted” SOURCE

April 29: The Red Devils at De Haagse Koninginnenacht, Den Haag, The Netherlands SOURCE

May 1: Red Devils perform live at the Moulin Blues Festival, Ospel, The Netherlands SOURCE

May 2: The Red Devils at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOURCE

May 3: Red Devils perform live on “2 Meter Sessies,” Bullet Sound Studios in the Netherlands. SOURCE

May 4: Red Devils at London’s Borderline. SOURCE

May 30: Den Deel, Toornwerd, Netherlands SOURCE

May 31: Red Devils perform at Pinkpop Festival. Later that evening, they perform at Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Holland SOURCE

June 13: Red Devils play John Paul De Joria wedding. SOURCE

June 14: Red Devils play last gig at King King club. Smokey Hormel sits in. SOURCE

July 2: Mississippi Blues Fest at Le Claire Park, Davenport, Iowa SOURCE

July 4: Red Devils at Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, Ore.

July 7: Sully’s Blues Bar, Dearborn, MI SOURCE

July 9: Red Devils, two performances at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Scène Labatt Blues and Spectrum de Montréal) SOURCE

July 10: Red Devils, two performances at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Scène Labatt Blues and Spectrum de Montréal) SOURCE

July 16: Red Devils at Phoenix Festival at Long Marston Airfield (Stratford-Upon-Avon). SOURCE | SOURCE

Summer: Paul Size quits band, goes back to Texas. Band plays series of festivals in Europe. SOURCE

Aug. 27: The Red Devils are the house band at the “Ciao Def” party for American Recordings dropping “Def” from its name, at Shatto 39 Lanes in Los Angeles. SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 5: Red Devils at Blues on the Rocks series in Colorado, with B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy and Eric Johnson SOURCE

Sept. 6: Red Devils (with Smokey Hormel replacing Paul Size) record with Johnny Cash at Ocean Way studios in Los Angeles. Immediately following the Cash sessions, the band recorded what would have been their sophomore album. “Blackwater Roll,” “She’s Dynamite” and “Louisiana Blues” were all tackled with guitarist Zach Zunis; it is assumed that this is the version of “Blackwater Roll” appearing on the 1994 EP of the same name. Author Dan Leroy also notes this was the last time the band would record with Lester Butler. SOURCE

Sept. 10: Red Devils perform two sets at San Diego Street Scene ’93. SOURCE

Nov. 14: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Porgy & Bess, Terneuzen SOURCE

Nov. 15: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at The Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 16: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Noorderlicht, Tilburg, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 17: Red Devils at Dutch VPRO radio 3 program: De Stompin’ Velden. SOURCE

Nov. 18: Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Zalen Schaaf, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov 19: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at private MOJO party, Tivoli, Utrecht SOURCE

Nov. 20: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Canix, Lottum, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 21: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 22: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Nighttown, Rotterdam, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov  23: Off day

Nov. 24: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Stadsschouwburg, Sittard, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 25: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Paard, Den Haag, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 26: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 27: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at De Lantaarn, Hellendoorn, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 28: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 29: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Nov. 29: “Blackwater Roll” 10” single and CD EP released in UK. SOURCE

Dec. 1: The Red Devils (w/Zach Zunis) at The Garage, London SOURCE

Dec. 2: Canvey Island, Dr. Feedlgood’s Music Bar, UK SOURCE

Dec. 3: Leicester, Princess Charlotte, UK SOURCE

Dec. 4: Manchester, Solem University Bar, UK SOURCE

Dec. 5: Glasgow, King Tuts, UK SOURCE

Dec. 6: Newcastle, Riverside, UK SOURCE

Dec. 8: Birmingham, Breedon Bar, UK SOURCE

Dec. 9: Tunbridge Wells, Forum, UK SOURCE

Dec. 10: Sheffield University, UK SOURCE

Dec. 11: Bath, Moles, UK SOURCE

Dec. 12: The Red Devils open Planet Hollywood with Bruce Willis, Bloomington, Minn. SOURCE

Dec. 31: The Red Devils, New Year’s Eve at Jack’s Sugar Shack, Los Angeles, Calif. SOURCE


Feb 23: The Accelerators (John Bazz, Kid Ramos, Steven Hodges, Lester Butler), Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

April 22: The Red Devils and Aerosmith open Hollywood House of Blues SOURCE

May 6: The Viper Room, Los Angeles SOURCE

May 21: At the House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA, with The Blazers and C.C. Adcock. SOURCE

July 16: Red Devils at Phoenix Festival at Long Marston Airfield (Stratford-Upon-Avon). SOURCE

Sept. 3: Bluesrock Tegelen festival (Lonnie Mack, etc.) SOURCE

Sept. 4: Red Devils at Oosterpoort in Groningen, Netherlands SOURCE

Sept. 6: Tivoli, Dinsdag SOURCE

Sept. 21: Red Devils at Blues on the Rocks series in Colorado, with B.B. King, Dr. John, Little Feat, and an All-Star Tribute to Muddy Waters SOURCE

Oct. 15: @ Jack’s Sugar Shack’s last show, with Thelonious Monster, Sister Double Happiness and more, Los Angeles, CA. SOURCE

Oct. 27: Lester and the Devils (Lester Butler, Kid Ramos, John Bazz, Stephen Hodges), Foothill club, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

Nov. 19: Lester and the Devils (Lester Butler, Kid Ramos, John Bazz, Stephen Hodges), Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE


March 24: “Lester Butler & the Devils” open for The Blasters at the House of Blues in L.A. Bruce Springsteen is in attendance. SOURCE | SOURCE

April 23: BeachFest in Long Beach, CA. The Blues Meisters: Phil Alvin, Top Jimmy, Lester Butler, James Intveld, Rick Vito and other L.A. roots musicians. SOURCE

June 31: Lester Butler and the Devils perform at the Blue Cafe in Long Beach, CA. SOURCE

July 1: Lester and the Devils, Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

Nov. 22: Lester Butler, Guy Forsyth and the Radio Kings perform a Tribute to Little Walter at the Paradiso in Amsterdam SOURCE

Dec. 31: Red Devils play New Year’s Eve at Bar Deluxe, Los Angeles. SOURCE | SOURCE


May 4: Lester Butler at the Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

June 7: Lester Butler (“This Way Up Records”), Blue Cafe, Long Beach, Calif. SOURCE

Aug. 21: The Blue Shadows, “formerly the Red Devils. Lester Butler on lead vocals and harmonica, Bill Bateman on drums, John Bazz on bass, plus special guests.” According to the link, the post-Devil Blue Shadows performed each Wednesday at The Ashgrove, Santa Monica, Calif. SOURCE

Aug. 24: Lester Butler at Blue Cafe in Long Beach SOURCE

Aug. 28: The Blue Shadows, The Ashgrove, Santa Monica, Calif. SOURCE

Nov. 15: Lester Butler at Blue Cafe in Long Beach SOURCE

Dec. 12: Hightone Records announces signing of 13 featuring Lester Butler for release in 1997.

Dec. 28: House of Blues, Hollywood, CA. 10th Annual Little Walter Tribute featuring: Billy Boy Arnold, Lester Butler, King Ernest, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Rusty Zinn and more. SOURCE | SOURCE


March 18: “13 featuring Lester Butler” released. SOURCE

April 10: 13 record release party at Bar Deluxe in Hollywood SOURCE

May 7: Lester Butler & 13 at Blue Cafe in Long Beach SOURCE

June 6: 13 at Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ SOURCE

June 23: 13 in the Braskoer on Terschelling SOURCE

June 24: 13 in Rotown in Rotterdam SOURCE

July 15: 13 at the Continental Club, Austin, TX SOURCE

July 22: 13 (guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, drummer Eddie Clark and bassist Mike Hightower) at Lynagh’s, Lexington, KY

July 23: 13 (guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, drummer Eddie Clark and bassist Mike Hightower) at the Wild Beet, Bloomington, IN

July 26: 13 (guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, drummer Eddie Clark and bassist Mike Hightower) at Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN SOURCE

July 27: 13 (guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, drummer Eddie Clark and bassist Mike Hightower) at Grand Emporium, Kansas City, MO SOURCE

July 31: 13 (guitarist Enrico Crivellaro, drummer Eddie Clark and bassist Mike Hightower) at Brendan’s, Denver, CO SOURCE

Aug. 7: 13 at Boondocks Lounge, Tucson, AZ SOURCE

Aug. 8: 13 (listed as guitarist Alex Schultz, drummer James Intveld and bassist Mark Goldberg) at Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ

Aug. 9: 13 (listed as guitarist Alex Schultz, drummer James Intveld and bassist Mark Goldberg) at Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ SOURCE | SOURCE

Aug. 22: Lester Butler at Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA SOURCE

Aug. 29: 13 at 7th South Blues Festival, Tamines, Sambreville, Belgium SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 5: 13 with Alex Schultz @ Paradiso, Amsterdam. SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 6: 13, Boogie Boy, Guy Forsyth, Sy Klopps and The Seatsniffers perform at a blues-rock festival in Tegelen, Limburg, the Netherlands. SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 7: 13 at Oosterpoort in Groningen, Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 9: 13 at Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands. SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 10: 13 at Nighttown, Rotterdam, Holland SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 11: 13 featuring Lester Butler Decision Dutch tour at the Lantern in Hellendoorn, the Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE

Sept. 13: 13 at Crossing Border festival, Den Haag, Netherlands FESTIVAL | STORY | SOURCE

Sept. 17-28: 13 at Chesterfield Cafe, Moscow SOURCE

Oct. 1-12: 13 at Chesterfield Cafe, Madrid SOURCE


Jan. 29: 13, Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Holland SOURCE | SOURCE

Jan. 30: 13 at Het Bolwerk, Sneek, The Netherlands SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE

Jan. 31: 13 with Poppa Chubby, Den Haag, Holland SOURCE

Feb. 1: Blues festival with 13 Featuring Lester Butler, Poppa Chubby, The Urn and Lamar Trice McQueen, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Holland SOURCE

Feb. 14: 13 (listed as guitarist Alex Schultz, drummer James Intveld and bassist Mark Goldberg) at Smokin’ Johnnies, Studio City, CA. SOURCE | ALT INFO. SOURCE

March 3: Lester Butler, Eddie Clark, Chris Masterson and unknown bass rehearse “Business in the Streets” at Yo studios, Los Angeles. SOURCE

March 27: 13 at Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA SOURCE | SOURCE

April 4: 13 at the Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona SOURCE | SOURCE

May 1: 13 feat. Lester Butler, Boogietown Festival, Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium SOURCE | SOURCE | SOURCE

May 2: 13 at Moulin Blues Festival, Ospel, The Netherlands. This is Butler’s last concert; a DVD of the show is available. SOURCE

May 3: Nofightin.com reader Jeroen notes that Lester Butler sat in with the Paladins at a concert in de Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL; this gig has not been confirmed by nofightin.com. SOURCE

May 9: Lester Butler dies at age 38. SOURCE


Feb. 10: The Red Devils announce on nofightin.com the first date of a planned summer 2017 reunion tour. Get the details here and follow along on nofightin.com.

31 Responses to “Timeline”

  1. September 9, 1997: 13 at Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    It was a great show!

  2. Went to the Feb 15,’93 show at the Cabooze in Minneapolis. John Campbell was unable to perform that night,but the Devils put on an amazing show,one of the best I’ve ever seen at this venue.

  3. Thanks for the info, mahogma. Anything other details you remember about that show, let us know — we’d love to hear about it!

  4. Correction to 1988 & “Summer 1989” timeline: Bill Bateman & I started Blue Mondays at the King King together. I named the band the Blue Shadows after a great Dave Alvin-Blasters song. So, I didn’t join in the Summer of 1989, I was there the first night in ’88. Love your site. Very thorough to say the least.
    Salute !

    ~ Jonny Ray Bartel

  5. Welcome aboard, Jonny, glad to have you here!

    Thanks for the correction; we’ll get it fixed. We’ve tried to source everything on this site as best we can. But you can probably find all kinds of little fixes, because you were there!

    Feel free to jump anytime. Take care.


  6. I’m proud to say that I was in the audience back in ’88-89. These were some of the best shows around.

    I arrived at this page from a Google search for the Blue Shadows after Chas Smith mentioned Jerry “Skeeter” Mascot in an old photograph of the Radio Ranch Straight Shooters. I mistakenly thought Skeeter had played bass in the Blue Shadows back in the day. It was Bill Bateman on drums. 30 years can muddle things a bit.

    There were a lot of good times to be had back then. The Radio Ranch, The Blasters, The Blue Shadows, Trailer Park Casanovas and so many others. Thanks for this timeline, J.J. It brings back a lot of fond memories.

  7. Red Devils were the opening act at Pinkpop festival (the biggest annual festival in Holland) on May 31, 1993. See http://www.pinkpop.org/1993.htm. The text reads:

    “De kick ass-rock & roll van The Red Devils krijgt de slaapdronken meute waarachtig al in beweging waarna een straalbezopen Bob Forrest, na bijna een doodsmak van het podiumdak te hebben gemaakt, conform de verwachting het optreden van Thelonious Monster naar de filistijnen helpt.”


    “The Red Devils kick ass rock & roll veritably manages to get the sleepdrunk crowd in motion after which a p*ssed Bob Forrest, after nearly killing himself by falling off the stage roofing, meets expectations and ruins the Thelonious Monster gig.”

    Later that evening, the Red Devils performed at Doornroosje, Nijmegen. I attended the concert myself, and I can confirm on behalf of the venue. You can add this gig to your timeline.

  8. 28-01-1997 -> Hof Ter Loo in Antwerpen, Belgium.
    07-11-1998 -> Madrid, Spain.
    29-09-1997 -> Tamines Festival, Belgium

  9. @Jasper: Hey, I’ve not seen these dates before. Do you have fliers or links for them? Thanks!

  10. Johnny Morgan Says:

    The March 24th 1995 date at House of Blues opening for The Blasters, I’m not sure if it’s correct. I know we performed at HOB on Sunset Strip the weekend it opened. Kid Ramos was on guitar, James Intveld on bass, myself on drums, and Lester on harp. The Hollywood Fats reunion band opened for us with Jr Watson on guitar, Fred Kaplan on Piano, Al Blake vocals and harp, and Richard Innes on drums. Don’t remember Springsteen being there but maybe. This would be the first inception of 13.

  11. @Johnny: Hope you’re doing good man! Have fun at the tribute gigs (we’ll be blogging on those soon).

    Check here for the ticket stub for the 1995 HOB gig w/ The Blahsters: https://nofightin.com/2009/12/23/show-souvenirs/

    Also, I’d been sitting on an article about the Hollywood HOB 1994 opening, so might as well get that one up, too: https://nofightin.com/2011/02/23/red-devils-open-house-of-blues-1994/

    Would love to hear more about those early 13 shows sometime.

  12. M. den Besten Says:

    Hey guys,

    In the first place I want to say you made a brilliant site for the best bluesband and harmonica player in the last 4 decades ! Last time I saw Lester Butler perform live was in ’97 Nighttown Rotterdam , Holland. September 10th. The support act that night was Drippin’ Honey, a Dutch blues band influenced by The Paladins, Stevie Ray Vaughan and of course The Red Devils. The band’s lead guitar player/singer was Sander Kooiman and I thought the harmonica player was Kim Snelten. Listen to their first album called Drip Drip! and I think you’ll like it.

    I’ll keep in touch,

    Greetings from Martijn den Besten

  13. M. den Besten Says:

    Hello again,

    I can tell you that The Red Devils did a promotional instore gig at Tower Records, Picadilly Circus, London on friday 16th july 1993. I was on holiday with a friend of mine when we saw the announcement posters. We went there after first seen them on Pinkpop a couple of months earlier. Again we were completely blown away by them. There were about 25 people watching them in the corner of the basement. After the gig we talked for quite a long time with the guys and we had a good time with them.


    Martijn den Besten, Holland

  14. @Martijn: Thanks for the info. You wouldn’t happen to have a flier or any pics from that gig you’d like to share?

  15. Dave Melton Says:


    The personel that night were Eddie Clark on Drums, Michael Hightower on Bass, and Dave Melton on guitar. Alex must have been out of town or something so I got the call. That was the last time I saw Lester. I have a tape….

  16. @Dave: Thanks for the info. I knew you’d done some gigs with Lester around that time, so glad to have the facts to add to the timeline. Hope you’re doing well.

  17. 15/11/1993 The Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

  18. Jasper Heikens Says:

  19. John Crooks Says:

    Great site full of useful info

    i’m Looking for a couple of exact dates from the Red Devils if anyone can help/

    London BBC Maida Vale Studios 1993……..suggest around May
    Morning Becomes Electric -KCRW Santa Monica

    Also, One further addition to the timeline, and this will be a broaadcast date and not recording

    London BBC Paul Jones Session 12th Aug 1993

    Thanks in advance


  20. Hi John, thanks for the info. Don’t know anything about the Maida Vale 1993 show.

    Morning Becomes Eclectic: The host mentions a gig for the Devils that would place the airdate for the show as Dec. 7, 1992. He also mentions the radio broadcast was recorded earlier, on Friday, which would put the recording at Dec. 4, 1992.

    I have heard of the Paul Jones show, but know nothing else about it. Is there a link someplace? Thanks!

  21. John Crooks Says:

    Thanks JJ

    I’ll see if I can get the two BBC shows up on on rapidshare or something as I have just transfered them from my old cassette tapes, they are not on the web…………Some of which came from Jasper( I had the Tower records original).

    Here are my Devils

    Allright !
    Amsterdam Paradiso 2/5/93
    Blackwater Roll (Single)
    Geleen Pinkpop 31/5/93 Differen Source
    Geleen Pinkpop 31/5/93 Part 1
    Geleen Pinkpop 31/5/93 Part 2
    Into the spirit
    King King (Live)
    Lester Butler Compilation
    London BBC Paul Jones Session 12/8/93
    London Borderline, 4/5/93
    London Maida Vale Studios 1993
    London MTV ” Most Wanted ” 11/4/93
    London Tower Records 16/7/93
    Mountain Stage 1992
    Ospel Moulin Blues 1/5/93
    Ospel Moulin Blues 1/5/93 Different Shorter Source
    Portland Waterfront Blues Festival OR 4/7/93 PART 1
    Portland Waterfront Blues Festival OR 4/7/93 PART 2
    RCD – Classic Rock Collection Vol 9
    Santa Monica “Morning Becomes Eclectic” KCRW CA
    VPRO 2 Meter Sessions 3/5/93
    VPRO 2 Meter Sessions 3/5/93 Source 3
    VPRO radio 3 program: De Stompin’ Velden 17/11/93
    VPRO Studio Session
    The Famous Blues Sessions 5/92
    Mean Old World – Blues Sessions Rematerd
    More Blues Sessions

    Please let me know if there is anything out there that I don’t know about



  22. It always comes back to Jasper!

  23. Frank Verstappe Says:

    Hi there,

    I am currently trying to find out which concerts of Red Devils and 13 I have seen. My first one was Pinkpop in may 1993. I am also sure about Tivoli Utrecht on 28 november 1993. Paul Size was replaced by Kid Ramos at that time. This was the best concert I’ve ever witnessed! Later in 1994 (3th of september) I saw them at the Bluesrock Festival in Tegelen, but I can’t rember who played in the band exactly. To much beer and Dutch sigarettes I guess… I tought that I saw 13 also three times, but after having contact today with Eddie Clark and Mark Goldberg I am not sure anymore. I am completely sure that I saw Lester play with Mark Goldberg on bass again in Tivoli Utrecht. In the timeline above I only find the concert on 28 november 1993 and later with 13 in 1997. Eddie Clark shows a filmrecording of that evening in 1997, but this is with Mike Hightower on bass. So…Red Devils played another time in Tivoli, and this concert isn’t mentioned in the timeline. Mark also told me that he played with Kid Ramos and probably Steve Hodges on drums. They also played in Paradiso (A’dam), in the city of Groningen and at least two other places he can’t remember. This is what I think: This was a tour in 1994, with Lester, Mark, Kid Ramos en Steve Hodges or Bill Bateman on drums. I can only find two concerts in Holland in september on the above timeline, but there were more! Who has the exact info? You J.J???

  24. Hey Frank. We are only putting dates in the timeline that we can verify. Otherwise there are too many sketchy memories!

    I am quite sure Lester Butler did visit Europe etc. with some different lineups between the classic Red Devils and 13.

  25. Frank Verstappe Says:

    Ha J.J. I think this is the only right way to separate facts and fiction. So..I am looking for ‘evidence’ hahaha. I already find some in form of posters. I’m gonna send these to you. Thamks for your reply!

  26. On april 30th 1993 – The Red Devils played De Lantaarn in Hellendoorn – please add to the list.

  27. New dates I can’t remember I have seen this before it is not on the Timeline: 4/12/93PGN06 THE RED DEVILS : BLACKWATER ROLL ADVERT 4X11″ LIVE DATES http://www.ebay.nl/itm/4-12-93PGN06-THE-RED-DEVILS-BLACKWATER-ROLL-ADVERT-4X11-LIVE-DATES-/262665710084?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:NL:3160

  28. Frank Verstappe Says:

    Dear John Crooks,

    I am trying to find you on facebook, but I can’t. I dis some serious resurch myself and want to talk about it with you. Please mail me on: f.verstappe@outlook.com Thanks!!

  29. Frank Verstappe Says:

    Does anybody of you know John Crooks, who often left a comment here on Nofightin.com? And if so, how can I reach him? Contactinfo via PM please: f.verstappe@outlook.com


    Frank Verstappe

  30. Sometime probably between the 20th and 24th of Feb 1993 shows they were suppose to open for John Campbell at HOB in Cambridge (Boston) I went but Lester, I guess, was to shit faced to do the show so they canceled. John did play tho. Side note: I was in Falmouth, MA.around 1997/8 and saw Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish (from Martha’s Vinyard) and I was playing pool and heard them do a R. D. Cover. I looked around the corner and saw it was Paul Size playing guitar. Lost my mind.

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