Vintage Trouble touring continuously and gaining larger audiences, their music takes a hold of fans and new comers around the world.

Vintage Trouble is one of the hardest working bands around, having been on tour pretty much non-stop since 2011 and only recently completed a sell-out UK Tour in June. The band returned to Europe via Canada and an appearance at the legendary Montreal Jazz Festival where they played to an estimated audience of 100,000 fans.

Departing Canada, the band got to undertake their first Spanish tour, before finishing the second leg of their European tour with two sell out shows at the rather fitting and beautiful vintage surroundings of Islington Assembly Hall in London.

The band continuously challenge themselves through their creative process to evolve and develop their material and live shows. This has become particularly evident in their latest EP, The Swing House Acoustic Sessions.

One thing I’ve noticed with Vintage Trouble is it’s rare to see two shows alike. In that respect, they remind me of the likes of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen… you never know what you are going to get.

It tends to feel like they could play all night and, along with their high-octane show, it keeps their tight fan base community the “TroubleMakers” coming back for more. These two shows in London were no exception to the rule.

The first night kicked off with an amazing melody of “Gracefully”, “Not Alright By Me”, and “You Better Believe It”, from The Bomb Shelter Sessions, before they rocked their way through “Strike Your Light On Me”. VT frontman, Ty Taylor made his way through the audience during “Run Like The River”, all heads looking up as he made his way to the balcony, the crowd chanting back to him, “Run baby run”.

During the band’s encore, I witnessed one of the most original drum solos I’ve ever seen. Richard Danielson leaping from behind his drum kit during “Get It” to take front of the stage with the aid of his bass drum. His band mates held the drum whilst he continued to play. He then proceeded across the security fence and into the audience to bring the beat with anything he could find, ending up at the mixing desk. I’ve not seen anything like it.

The second night, the band started the show by entering the room from the back whilst playing “Worlds Gonna Have To Take A Turn Around”.

Ty Taylor lead the way through the audience, giving his trombone “Etta May” its début VT performance. Nalle Colt and Rick Barrio Dill each played their acoustic guitar/bass and Richard Danielson played his bass drum. This was a very magical start to the show.

Both shows combined the perfect mix of classic VT tracks from their début album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, newer material from their latest EP, along with yet to be released tracks like, “Before The Tear Drops”, “You Save Me”, and “Low Down Dirty Dog”.

After every show no matter how big or small, the band exit the stage from the front, scale the security fence, and walk through the crowd to meet personally with their fans.

Their once pristine suits now soaking wet from perspiration, their work ethic is second to none. This is a very special band. Words simply don’t do their live performance justice, you have to see them for yourselves. You better believe it.

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Tour Dates:
08/23 | Cultivate Festival | Minneapolis, MN
09/07 | LouFest | St Louis, MO
09/09 | Radio Radio | Indianapolis, IN
09/10 | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN
09/11 | The Thompson House | Newport, KY
09/14 | Phases of the Moon Festival | Danville, IL
09/16 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY
09/18 | The Hamilton | Washington D.C.
09/19 | Mill Point Park | Hampton, VA
09/20 | Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE
09/23 | Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON
09/24 | Maverick’s | Ottawa, ON
09/26 | Cafe Campus | Montreal, QC
09/27 | Higher Ground Music | Burlington, VT
09/28 | The Hollow | Albany, NY
09/30 | Brighton Music Hall | Boston, MA
10/01 | Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA
10/02 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
10/04 | Park West | Chicago, IL
10/24 | Life Is Beautiful Festival | Las Vegas, NV

About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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