Trouble @ Tailgaters, Bolingbrook (US)

TROUBLE

Date: 02nd November, 2014
Venue: Tailgaters Sports & Grill Bar
Ticket: $12 (€10)
Promoter: n/a


MariaV: I really don’t remember how many times I’ve watched TROUBLE live in my life (inside and outside the US), but what I do remember is that after every TROUBLE concert I’m left with that inextinguishable thirst for the next one, and the next, and so on. So, the opportunity of watching (again) Chicago’s finest Doomsters was immediately grabbed by the mighty METAL KAOZ crew, especially because this one was an intimate concert, since the killer guitar-duo had chosen the cozy-feelin’ Tailgaters Sports & Grill Bar for their second warm-up show, a couple of days before the ‘Resurrection’ tour that has already started on the other side of the Atlantic in the context of the 30th anniversary of the monumental “Psalm 9”.

So, in front of friends and family, the Wartell / Franklin killer machine, the stellar (and humble) frontman Kyle Thomas and the rest of TROUBLE took over the stage, 20 minutes after 9pm, and it didn’t take much for “The Tempter” to set the perfect mood for some high quality Doom. Yes, we were ready to listen and celebrate most of the “Psalm 9” tracklist, so having the album’s opener and “Assassin” coming back-to-back was the best way to open the set. “How’s everybody feelin’?” asked Kyle after having nailed the vocals of the two TROUBLE classics, and without further ado, the self-titled track of the TROUBLE debut set the time for some headbanging action. The lineup was energized in a level I haven’t seen in other +30 years old bands performing with some TROUBLE trademark moves/poses, and to me, Kyle looked like he was having the time of his life. Of course, it’s really important to have a frontman who connects at ease with the audience but when he seems like being onstage with his favorite band is the most enjoyable and important thing in the whole world, then the visual result is beyond words. And that’s exactly what Kyle has brought in TROUBLE anno 2014.

It seems that the TROUBLE banner that was duck-taped behind the drum-kit couldn’t handle the heavy Doom tunes of “Bastards Will Pay” and somewhere in the middle of the song collapsed but this minor mishap did not affect the band at all while they were staying focused on the music-playing; after all, one loves TROUBLE without any bells and whistles. Then, the heavy-as-the-gates-of-Hell “Endtime” hit us hard and it was a sight for shore eyes (and great for the photographers) watching Rick and Bruce and their guitar-playing moves while having Kyle at stage left putting the spotlight on this legendary duo. “Make some noise for Mark and Rob said Kyle, and seconds later the epic intro of “Revelation (Life Or Death)” shook Tailgaters, being the last song from “Psalm 9”. “It’s time to go to the new album even though it was released about a year and a half ago” Kyle added as a short preamble for “When The Sky Comes Down” underlining the need of new (and good) music even for a band that has tons of classics in its quiver. What I am trying to say is that I had enough from all these musicians who have became performers of their own music. But no, TROUBLE is still a living 'n kicking hard entity! By the way, and contrary to my initial thoughts, the audience was not comprised by fans of the old stuff, because this one was welcomed with the same level of enthusiasm with the “Psalm 9” material.

“Flowers”, from “Plastic Green Head”, and “Wickedness Of Man” with the killer bass intro were next highlighting TROUBLE’s intent to play songs from their entire  career, passing the baton to two more ‘new songs’ - and I am quoting Kyle’s words - with “Paranoia Conspiracy” and “Hunters Of Doom”, with the latter seeing more headbanging action. No matter how hard I prayed to hear my personal favorite “The Wolf” live (actually there was a guy next to me who requested this one out loud), Kyle’s line “this will make you happy” introduced the TROUBLE classic “At The End Of My Daze” that surely did, and there’s no doubt about that. Plus, the BLACK SABBATH cover on “Supernaut” was really embraced with spontaneous enthusiasm by the Doom-maniacs, even though and in full disclosure I’d prefer one more TROUBLE track instead of a cover (but again, this is just me talking). On the good side, the entire band seemed to have a killer time with their version of this BLACK SABBATH up-tempo track and personally I loved the way Bruce delivered the trademark riff. Isn't it amazing how he works with the amp's feedback to create and expand the Doom way of guitar sounding?

The fans’ cheering and clapping brought the band onstage for “one more song”, as it was demanded, so “R.I.P.” was the one to drop the curtain that night, but before doing so, it put us inside a time capsule and sent us once more back in time. Yeah, everyone was fully satisfied and blessed for witnessing TROUBLE giving the best of themselves making the one hour and twenty minutes seem like a ten minutes drive. The smiling faces, the sweaty foreheads and the talking for days after a live event is what makes a set successful, and this is what I witnessed after (one more) TROUBLE concert. I have one objection though: I don’t think that the European tour of TROUBLE for the celebration of “Psalm 9” should have been named ‘Resurrection’ tour, but ‘Kicking Your Ass Hard For 30 Years And Still Doing It’ tour.

TROUBLE setlist:

01. “The Tempter”
02. “Assassin”
03. “Psalm 9”
04. “Bastards Will Pay”
05. “Endtime”
06. “Revelation (Life Or Death)”
07. “When The Sky Comes Down”
08. “Flowers”
09. “Wickedness Of Man”
10. “Paranoia Conspiracy”
11. “Hunters Of Doom”
12. “At The End Of My Daze”
13. “Supernaut” (BLACK SABBATH cover)
14. “R.I.P.”

TROUBLE

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