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Formed: 1979
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Trouble News

Below is our complete Trouble news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Original Trouble Members Reunite On Stage

Three members of the original lineup of the legendary Chicago based doom metal band Trouble reunited on stage the weekend before last to perform the song, "Victim Of The Insane," which comes from the group's debut album, "Psalm 9." You can check out a video below. Vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Sean McAllister joined drummer Jeff "Oly" Olsen's band Retro Grave for the song at The Days Of The Doom Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More...

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Jeff "Oly" Olson Talks Possible Reunion w/ Trouble

Original TROUBLE drummer and RETRO GRAVE mainman Jeff "Oly" Olson was interviewed on the April 2, 2011 edition of the "Maximum Threshold" show. He discussed details of the upcoming RETRO GRAVE debut show, set to take place on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City as well as a possible live reunion with former TROUBLE bandmates Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner this June 18 at the Days Of The Doomed festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Olson also revealed that former TROUBLE bass player Sean McAllister will be present at the Days Of The Doomed festival, adding, "Who knows what could happen?" The chat is now available for streaming or download here.

RETRO GRAVE's debut full-length album, "Again", was released in February 2010.

In other news, RETRO GRAVE has scheduled an after party meet-and-greet at Idle Hands Bar on April 23rd in New York City immediately following their debut show at the Studio at Webster Hall.

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Trouble Updates Tour Schedule

Rick Wartell of Chicago doom act Trouble will guest on this Monday's (January 10th) edition of original and former Trouble drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson's Internet radio show, "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson." Wartell will discuss tour dates to include the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise coming up this month and the latest up-to-date Trouble studio report.

Trouble has scheduled the following tour dates:

Jan. 22 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 24-27 - 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
Jan. 28 - County Line - Melbourne, Florida
Jan. 29 - Plaza Theater - Orlando, Florida
Jan. 30 - The Coliseum - Daytona Beach, Florida

"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's website.

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Original Saint Vitus Drummer Armando Acosta Dies

Former TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson has issued the following statement about the passing of original Saint Vitus drummer Armando Acosta:

"Sadly, it has been confirmed that the original drummer for Saint Vitus, Armando Acosta, passed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58. I had scheduled an interview with Henry Vasquez (current Saint Vitus drummer) for this Monday's show before anyone had known of the passing. Therefore, this Monday's (December 6th) edition will be a memorial for the late Armando Acosta. The interview with Vasquez will be re-scheduled for a later date."

"Armando was one of my dear friends from Saint Vitus. The last time I saw Armando was when he ate dinner at my house after a Saint Vitus show in Chicago. He had a very kind heart and was funny. I'm saddened by this news. He will be very missed by so many. May he rest in peace."

"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's website. The encore runs on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

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Retro Grave Confirmed For Days Of The Doomed

RETRO GRAVE, featuring original and former TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, has been confirmed for the Days Of The Doomed Fest, set to take place June 17-18, 2011 at The P.L.A.V. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Commented Olson: "I'm very excited to play for our friends in the mid west for the Days Of The Doom Fest. It's going to be great to perform on stage again. I've missed that! In addition, because I live in southern Maine, I have not yet had the chance to see my longtime TROUBLE friends, Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner perform with their new bands, BLACKFINGER and EARTHEN GRAVE. I'm looking forward to see them again as well as the latest up and coming bands in the doom scene. Stay tuned for RETRO GRAVE's debut show to be held in New York City soon with my friends from GNAW."

The Days Of The Doomed Fest billing is shaping up as follows:

RETRO GRAVE (feat. Jeff "Oly" Olson of TROUBLE fame)
BLACKFINGER (feat. Eric Wagner of TROUBLE fame)
EARTHEN GRAVE (feat. Ron Holzner of TROUBLE fame)

Tickets are on sale now. Weekend passes are $40.00 through PayPalusing cosmic_doom_420@yahoo.com for payment.

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Earthen Grave Pays Tribute To Dio with "Stargazer"

Earthen Grave paid tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio with a cover of Rainbow’s "Stargazer" (written by Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore) in concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL on Sunday, July 11, 2010.

The members of Chicago-based thrash/doom metal band are Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), Rachel Barton Pine on electric long-range violin, Mark Weiner on vocals, Jason Muxlow and Tony Spillman on guitar and Scott Davidson on drums. Joining Earthen Grave for the Ronnie James Dio tribute were Hannah Barton on violin, Edgar Gabriel on violin and Mike Block on cello.

The rest of the set was highlighted with songs from Earthen Grave’s "Dismal Times" EP, and also featured Bruce Franklin (Trouble) joining Earthen Grave for two Trouble tunes.

Sunday’s concert was the first time a metal band has performed at the Pritzker Pavilion. The set was part of the Great Performer of Illinois Award Concert honoring Earthen Grave member Rachel Barton Pine. Pine played two classical sets earlier in the evening before closing the festival with Earthen Grave against an appropriate backdrop of pouring rain, thunder and lightning.

Earthen Grave - "Stargazer" Cover

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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Jeff Olson Comments On Trouble Album Misprint

Former Trouble drummer, Jeff "Oly" Olson has issued the following statement regarding the misprint of the first European vinyl pressing of Trouble's "Live in L.A." album:

"Many people have been writing and asking about the European vinyl pressing of Trouble's 'Live in LA' album from High Roller Records. The album states that Mark Lira is playing drums on that album, but it is indeed myself performing entirely. In addition, the band photo was taken at the show, but not printed on the album (Lira's photos were posted instead). Yes, it is also my kit on the back cover of the album from my last show with Trouble at The End Club in Nashville (July 2008).

"High Roller Records has apologized to me for this error and has promised to make the corrections if more albums are pressed in the future (500 have already been pressed). I understand that this was only a mistake and there are no hard feelings about it at all. I hope this now clears it up."

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Retro Grave Reveals New Album, "Again," Details

The debut full length album, “Again,” from Jeff Olson's Retro Grave (ex-TROUBLE), will be released on February 09, 2010. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Monstah
03 Lie Quickly Down
04. Mind March
05. Liar
06. Dead Ol Harp
07. Belly Crawl
08. Bad Train
09. So So Souls
10. Doldrums
11. Abomination
12. Entropy

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Video Interview With Trouble Available

PitCam.tv has posted a video interview with the members of Chicago's Trouble. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Devil's Blood Cancels London Show With Trouble

Satanic rock and roll act The Devil's Blood has issued the following statement about their planned performance in London alongside Trouble:

"The Devil's Blood will NOT perform in London's Underworld with Trouble.

"To avoid any further confusion we now have to make an official statement regarding our Ritual in London. We were informed that we are not welcome at this point to perform with US doom band Trouble at Camden's Underworld in London. If this is a decision made by the band or by the venue is actually totally unclear. A few day's worth of emailing, telephone calls and text-messaging not withstanding it seems no one in the entire organization was able to speak out in a definitive manner on this subject.

"Frustrating as it is we have decided to move on to more important things and leave this circus of confusion behind us. The Devil's Blood will make great efforts to invade the UK at a later date. Plans to this extent are being made as we speak. Our Hails to all individuals we have done so much to get us in London and to the maniacs active in the UK underground who have so diligently furthered our course of Chaos!"

You can still catch The Devil's Blood live on the following dates: More...

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Pentagram And Trouble To Tour Europe

Two of the biggest names in doom metal, Pentagram and Trouble, will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour in Europe later this year.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 30 - Knaack Club - Berlin, Germany
October 1 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
October 2 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
October 3 - Turock - Essen, Germany
October 4 - Glazart - Paris, France
October 5 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
October 7 - Diesel Club - Budapest, Hungary
October 8 - Masters Of Rock - Zlin, Czech Republic
October 9 - Rosenkeller w - Jena, Germany
October 10 - tbc - Bielefeld, Germany
October 11 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
October 12 - Club O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
October 13 - Kultuzentrum - Hanover, Germany
October 14 - Underworld - London, England
October 17 - Hammer Of Doom Fest - Wurzburg, Germany

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Trouble Posts New Album Update

Trouble are currently working on a new studio album tentatively set to be released later this year. The band has checked in with the following update: "Songs are coming together for the new Trouble CD tentatively titled The Dark Riff. As you can tell by the title, IT'S HEAVY!

"The band is resorting to the root of what made Trouble in the first place and what they are best at, DOOM! This will no doubt be the heaviest Trouble release since the mid-'80s when they crushed the masses with what is now known as Psalm 9 and The Skull.

"Trouble: 'We can write whatever we want with no pressure from anybody or anything. Therefor, we choose to write heavy.'

"The time is coming, brace yourself!"

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Trouble And Minsk To Team Up For Tour

Trouble have announced that they will be heading out on a Fall tour with Minsk with the following tour dates announced thus far:

September 11 - Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
September 12 - Toronto, ON @ Blue Moon
September 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
September 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
September 15 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
September 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
September 17 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
September 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 19 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
September 20 - Cleveland, OH @ The Jigsaw

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Trouble Parts Ways with Drummer Jeff Oly Olson

Trouble’s drummer, Jeff Oly Olson, has issued the following statement on his MySpace page regarding his departure from Trouble:

"Under great consideration, I have decided to part ways with Trouble. My reasons are justified. I felt like I was never taken seriously as a musician with the guys from Trouble, but I did the best I could in that 28 year effort with the band. That is all I would like to say for now. However, this is not a retirement from the music industry for I have my band, Retro Grave, with the full length coming out in a few months with fine players (the EP was a solo effort). I thank the Trouble fans for all their support and dedication and I'm sorry if I let you down. Moreover, I will say that Bruce and Rick are the drive and sound for Trouble and every one else are replaceable, so I'm sure they will carry on well. It's been an honor to have played with Bruce, Rick and Eric. I would also like to mention to Kerrang Magazine that I'm not leaving to become a preacher as you once noted many years ago and never corrected".

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Trouble Announces More U.S. Dates

Trouble have updated their tour schedule to include some more shows in the United States aswell as a show in Finland. Tour dates are as follows:

1 - Vnuks - Cudahy, WI **
5 - King's Tavern - Denver, CO
7 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
8 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
9 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
10 - Safari Sam's - Hollywood, CA
12 - The Sets - Tempe, AZ
15 - Emo's - Austin, TX
17 - Rockstar Sportsbar - Fort Worth, TX
18 - Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
19 - The End - Memphis, TN

9 - Double Door - Chicago, IL (Alehorn Of Power) **
15 - Jalometalli - Oulu, Finland **

** new dates

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Eric Wagner Explains Departure From Trouble

Former Trouble frontman Eric Wagner has checked in with the following:

"It is with my deepest regret that by mutual agreement that Trouble and I have parted ways effective immediately. I love them very much and I wish them nothing but the best. At this moment in time I just can't handle touring anymore. All I want to do is write songs and work on my new project BLACK FINGER. I am sorry and I love you all."

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Trouble Reveals Kory Clarke As New Frontman

Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have issued the following:

"Amidst many rumors it has been announced earlier today that Kory Clarke of WARRIOR SOUL will be the new frontman, effective immediately.

The news comes as the band returns to their Chicago homes following a successful European Tour.

Trouble founder/guitarist Rick Wartell explains: "It was a mutual agreement, you need to follow your heart in this business and if you are not into it 100% then it is time to move on. We all felt it was the best thing for all parties involved. There are no hard feelings. I'm sure Eric (Wagner) will continue making music and we wish him the best."

He went on to say, "We are very excited to have Kory step in and take over the vocals for Trouble. He's been one of my favorite frontmen in this industry for many years. He will add a new dimension that we can use. It's not like we just picked out some guy to fill in, this is one of rock's most dynamic and creative frontmen in the industry. I know that when Trouble fans get a taste of what Kory does, they will not be disapointed at all. Anyone who has seen Kory with Warrior Soul already knows what to expect, and it's awesome."

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Trouble To Embark On West Coast Tour In May

Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE are booking dates for a West Coast tour beginning on May 1 in Las Vegas with a worldwide live Internet broadcast from the Deep Rock Drive studios. The band will be touring in support of its newest release, "Simple Mind Condition", which is scheduled to receive its long-awaited U.S. release in April on the Escapi Music label.

The follow-up to 1995's "Plastic Green Head", "Simple Mind Condition" was produced by Vinny Wojno (KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD) and features vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL).

Escapi Music reissued TROUBLE's classic first two albums, "Psalm 9" (1984) and "The Skull" (1985), on October 24, 2006. Both were digitally remastered and are packed with rare photos and brand new liner notes. "Psalm 9" includes an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a public-access TV performance from 1982. "The Skull" comes with an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a 16-track live performance from 1984.

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