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|For Bad Habit's sake...
The 999 year old half vampire and half human man with the blood
essence of every major military figure in history flowing through
his veins. Red's mad guitar ingenuity, screaming vocals and
psychotic poses make the dead turn in their graves...
Red also recently featured as the lead guitarist in a music video
with Steve Grimmett during the Super Bowl XLI and in the commercial
that was created for Garmin GPS Systems. He has also featured for
Estrella Damm Primavera Sound Festival and Guitar Hero World Tour.
On a more serious note...
At the age of ten Red Butane was on holiday on the Isle of Wight
when his father took him to a field and he saw Jimi Hendrix, The
Free and Rory Gallagher and was bitten by the guitar bug. He started
playing professionally at the age of 13 in his cousins' band Gypsy
(guitar and bvs) supporting the Eagles in the USA. Coming back to
England he had a chanced meeting in the Onslow pub in Southampton
when the ledgendary Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac asked if he could
jam with the local blues band which Red was a member of. At one
point in his life Red stayed in a flat in Darby Road in Southampton
where he wrote the song "Anny" the true song of a
prostitute and her demise. A song which when he took and played live
with only voice and acoustic guitar to Richard Branson at Virgin
Records was declared to be discovered as"the new Cat Stevens/
Bob Dylan" but Red did not want to be just an acoustic artist
at this point in his life. He came up to London to play in Speakeasy
and through his contact Scotty English ("Bend Me, Shape Me")
he got to jam with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jimmy
Page as well as Ian Carr (trumpet player) and BB King. And at Ronnie
Scotts he landed a short 6 week stint with Ella Fitgerald and a few
gigs as second guitarist to Chuck Berry. He then went on to play
with his own band Bad Habits/Red Butane (late 70s early 80s)
producing songs which ended up in Sniff N Rock Magazine and Sounds.
He was signed to Don Arden's Jett Records as Red Butane where he met
and jammed with Gary Moore and Randy Rhoads and was tipped to be
replacement guitarist in Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osborne.
Then on TowerBell Records he made an album with Snowy White (playing
rhythm guitar), Ted McKenna (on drums) and Kumar Harada (on bass).
(This album will be re-released at some point in the future). A
production deal followed with Tony Clark (producer of Sky) which had
classical guitarist John Williams and renowned classical guitarist
Jullien Bream. Red toured with Survivor filling in on guitar and
backing vocals, and also with Brian Connolley's Sweet. Red became a
regular appearance at the Marquee and the Marquee Cafe and his best
work is as a three piece because he loves to play rhythm and lead at
the same time. His hard rockin' blues with acoustic subtleties and
hard bitten lyrics of life. He states,"Its been a hard life to
bear but the guitar has seen me through, my ever constant friend."