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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."
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