The re-formed Red Devils are touring with ZZ Top this summer. When they visit the UK and Ireland they will have a few days open before returning to the US ..... and on one of those days they will play at London’s Borderline.
Twenty-five years after their seminal live recording “King King” THE RED DEVILS continue to inspire a generation of blues lovers drawn to their gritty Chicago and Texas-inspired blues, by way of Hollywood, California.
Members of the band from that album recording PAUL “THE KID” SIZE (guitar), BILL “BUSTER” BATEMAN (drums) and JONNY RAY BARTEL (bass) are joined by MIKE FLANIGIN (who toured with the band though didn't record). Taking the role of the late Lester Butler is Delta Groove recording artist BIG PETE, a monster harp player, front man and singer who attributes his entire musical existence to seeing The Red Devils in 1993.
From their Monday night haunt at Hollywood club "King King" they developed a cult-like following. Producer Rick Rubin was one of those regulars, eventually producing the band’s “King King” album (recorded live at the club).
Rubin then brought them into the studio with fan Mick Jagger. Years before the Rolling Stones returned to their blues roots on record, Jagger and the Devils laid down nearly two dozen rowdy blues classics that sounded raw and real. The sessions went unreleased officially, but circulated widely as a popular bootleg. One cut “Checkin’ Up On My Baby” finally was released on Jagger’s 2006 “Very Best” compilation.
After that session, Rubin again called on the Devils, this time to back the legendary Johnny Cash. Those recordings were also shelved until the Cash “Unearthed” box set. The Allman Brothers fell in love with the Devils’ sound taking them on their 1992 East Coast tour.
The red Devils disbanded in 1994 and front man Lester Butler died in 1998 aged 38, but a fervent fan base keeps The Red Devils’ fame alive.
Official Link: http://borderline.london/listings/the-red-devils/