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2013-02-22 – Philadelphia Daily News

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Vintage Trouble will open for The Who in Atlantic City on Friday.

The Who run into
Trouble on ".8. tour


Daily News Staff Writer, 215— 313—3134

concert by The Who at Atlan—

tic City’s Boardwalk Hall, do
yourselfa favor and get their ear—
ly enough to see show—opener Vin—
tage Trouble, the youthful, Los
Angeles-forged quartet support—
ing the legendary Brit rockers on
their current U. S. tour.

Although still flying under the
radar here, the unit has made con-
siderable noise in the United
Kingdom by combining old—
school R&B with an almost New
Wave-y attitude, and having it all
delivered by electrifying front-
man Ty Taylor.

During a recent phone call, Tay—
lor seemed a little put—off when a
reporter told him he’d been de-
scribing the group to friends as
“J ackie-Wilson-me ets—the-origi—

“I would have to say the music
style would be in the ’50s and ’605

I F YOU are going to Friday’s

where rock ’n’ roll and soul are
meeting, like the early Stones,
but more so like Chuck Berry
meets Etta James and Little Ri-
chard. For us, it’s more about the
time When there was a thin line
between rock ’n’ roll and rhythm

An explosive live presentation
and some sharp, new—but—in—
stantly—familiar tunes should be
enough to propel the 21/2—year—
old group to the pop-music fore-
front. But Vintage Trouble also
boasts a savvy marketing sense
that so far has borne plenty of
fruit. Although American, the
band took its debut album, “The
Bomb Shelter Sessions,” on a
transatlantic trip.

“We decided to release our
record first in the United King-
dom,” Taylor said. “There’s some—
thing about the American rhythm
’n’ blues sound that’s been accept—
ed so well by England.”

The group’s first break was an
appearance on the influential TV
chat-’em-up hosted by former
Squeeze keyboard player, Jools


Holland. That led to an opening
slot on a tour by Queen guitarist
Brian May, which in turn got
them on a UK. road trip head—
lined by Bon Jovi.

According to Taylor, who
counts Otis Redding and Jackie
Wilson among his influences, the
invitation from The Who was a
result of their involvement with
the charity for teenage cancer
Victims created by Who front—
god Roger Daltrey.

“We went to hospitals and did
a lot of work with teenagers with
cancer, playing music, having
conversations with them — just
hanging out, basically,” he said.

About a year later, when The
Who staged a benefit concert for
the cause, “they remembered we
did something good, so I think
that helped us stand above some
of the other” groups hoping to
land a spot on the prestigious bill.

It’s common for bands opening
tours for mega—acts to have little
or no contact with the headlin-
ers. But Taylor said that certain—
ly isn’t the case with Daltrey and
Pete Townshend.

“We see them backstage every
day,” he said. “We have conversa—
tions With them every day. After
we did the show the first day,
[Townshend came] to our sound
check [the following day] and
told the production staff to give
us the whole wall of projection
for our show. He wanted to make
sure our show was as amped—up
as his was.

“I never heard of that before.
Usually, [headlining acts] tend to
hold things back; they don’t want
to give away any surprises. He’s
just beenthe kindest person.”

But, apparently, even Town—
shend is no match for Daltrey
when it comes to supporting Vin—
tage Trouble.

“Roger and I were backstage
one day,” Tyson said, “and we
were walking from the stage to
the dressing room. He pulled me
over — he had a bunch of friends
there — and he said, ‘I was telling
my friends that if this were many
years ago, I would leave The Who
and follow you on the road.’ ” I

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