It’s not often you see a band on TV that makes you want to rewind and watch again. And again. But that’s what happened in our house when Vintage Trouble appeared on Later… with Jools Holland back in April – and a quick look at the reviews of their debut album on Amazon shows it wasn’t just us. The LA band have been travelling up and down these shores pretty much ever since, first in support of Brian May, then Bon Jovi and now in their own right.
Last night’s show, at Glasgow’s ABC, was originally scheduled for the 350 capacity second room. But due to “incredible” demand for tickets it was moved to the significantly larger main hall, the one with the largest rotating disco ball in the world. And although not a sell out, the move certainly seemed justified – we guessed at about 3/4 full (900 – 1,000 people).
Support for the evening came from a (presumably) local DJ, spinning tunes in the soul/blues/RnB style of the main attraction, which was a perfect way to warm the crowd up.
Vintage Trouble themselves took the stage at 8.20, and didn’t leave it for the last time until after 10 – not bad going for a band who have only released one 10-track album! What we got in that time was a blistering set, which more than lived up to the promise of that Later… performance.
Singer Ty Taylor is a showman – no other word fits what he does. Comparisons to Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and James Brown aren’t unreasonable. He had the Glasgow crowd eating out of his hand, and even jumped down on the floor to join in at one point, joining us to back up his assertion that “this isn’t a show, it’s a party!”
Highlights for me included Nancy Lee, Not Alright By Me and of course the song that started it all, Blues Hand Me Down. The (possibly impromptu) final encore song – Joe Cocker’s version of With A Little Help From My Friends – was pretty good too.
There was talk of a return to these shores in the autumn (“or the fall as we call it”). Definitely worth checking out when they do – see you there?