Vintage Trouble first came across our radar earlier this year when the news landed on our desk at TINAS Towers that they had signed a management deal with the legendary Doc McGhee (Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, KISS, Guns N’ Roses). This instantly alerted us, that this band might just be something special. Following a short run of UK dates in February the news broke that they were to support Bon Jovi and play Hard Rock Calling.
Ever since Vintage Trouble was confirmed to play this year’s Sonisphere at Knebworth, we couldn’t wait to finally see this band play live. So, when Saturday morning arrived we were so excited that the day was finally here… Yes, it may sound a little strange to be so excited to see a band you had seen briefly on the TV but we just had a feeling that it was going to be good! It wasn’t good… It was a million miles better than good!
Nalle Colt, Rick Barrio Dill and Richard Danielson launched into the set with the introductory track ‘Cash Train’ before Ty Taylor joined them. They were all dressed to the nine’s, suited and booted with a look that matched their early 60s bluesy soul rock sound. Imagine early Rolling Stones or The Who with a young, vibrant James Brown or Otis Redding on vocals and you get some way close to describing the sound of Vintage Trouble, yet they manage to bring a modern feel to the sound.
Their performance was full of energy with Taylor constantly moving and dancing, the smile never far from his face. Technically the band was perfect, a well drilled unit that clearly love the music they play and love to play it.
Vintage Trouble may not have been the biggest draw on the bill but those who caught them on the Bohemia Stage were treated to brilliant, top-tapping, uplifting set and, for us, one of the highlights of the whole weekend!
Vintage Trouble setlist:
Blues Hand Me Down
Still And Always Will
Love With Me
Not Alright By Me
Strike Your Light
Photos by Danny ‘Sambuca’ Ackerley