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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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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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Dragonlord Speak On European Tour Cancellation

DRAGONLORD, featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have issued the following update:

"Last October 2007 our former label, Escapi Records, asked Dragonlord to be part of a European tour with label mates "TROUBLE. We showed interest and have been waiting ever since to have someone (i.e., booking agent, label, promoter) get back to us to confirm it and everything else that goes with booking an overseas tour. That never happened. No e-mails, no phone calls, nothing. To clear the air and to let our fans know, Dragonlord will regretfully not be a part of the upcoming European tour with Trouble."

As previously reported, Dragonlord will embark on a string of West Coast dates in April. Dates are as follows:

17 - Walnut Creek, CA - Betty's Rock Bar
18 - Apple Valley, CA - Angeles Roadhouse
19 - Riverside, CA - Tremors
20 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat

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Trouble Announce New Support For Europe

Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have announced that Norway's SAHG and Germany's GORILLA MONSOON will support the band on their upcoming European dates in April. The acts replace DRAGONLORD and COVERED CALL, who have both dropped off the tour.

Trouble dates:

April (with ICARUS WITCH)
2 - RPMs Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA
3 - Jigsaw Saloon - Cleveland, Ohio
4 - Doug's American Grill & Bar - Aurora, IL
5 - Nite Cap - Chicago, IL

April (with Sahg, Gorilla Monsoon)
8 - Estragon - Bologna, Italy
9 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
10 - Rohstofflager - Zürich, Switzerland
11 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
12 - Turock - Essen, Germany
13 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
15 - Musikzentrum - Hannover, Germany
16 - Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
17 - Roxy - Saarbrücken, Germany
18 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands (Trouble only)
20 - Dingwalls - London, England

15 - Metal Rock Fest - Lillehammer, Norway
16 - Jalometalli Festival - Oulu, Finland

On February 12th, Trouble's long out-of-print 1996 classic doom album, Plastic Green Head, was reissued by Escapi Music. Digitally re-mastered with brand new liner notes, it also contains an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a live performance in Hamburg, Germany from 1996.

The tracklisting for the CD is as follows: 'Plastic Green Head', 'The Eye', 'Flowers', 'Porpoise Song', 'Opium Eater', 'Hear The Earth', 'Another Day', 'Requiem', 'Below Me', 'Long Shadows Fall','Tomorrow Never Knows', 'Till The End Of Time'.

The bonus live DVD contains the following tracks: 'The Sleeper', 'Fear', 'Plastic Green Head', 'Opium Eater', 'Long Shadows Fall', 'Psychotic Reaction'.

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Trouble Announce New U.S. Dates

Illinois doom legends TROUBLE have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

April 02 - RPMs Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA
April 03 - Jigsaw Saloon - Cleveland, Ohio
April 04 - Doug's American Grill & Bar - Aurora, IL
April 05 - Nite Cap – Chicago, IL

TROUBLE performed at the House of Blues in Chicago on January 27. Check out photos from the concert at this location.

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Trouble Announce U.S. Live Appearances

Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Jan. 26 - Vnuk's Lounge - Cudahy, WI
Jan. 27 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL

TROUBLE will team up with DRAGONLORD and COVERED CALL for a European tour in April 2008.

The band was scheduled to begin shipping its long-awaited "Unplugged" CD last month. The first 100 copies to be sold will be signed by the band. More...

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Kataklysm Announce Trouble Gig

KATAKLYSM has confirmed it will be playing the Rebel Radio Birthday Bash along side Chicago’s TROUBLE January 27th at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands are to be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM will be joining Jason Suecof in early February to start the mixing process for their new album Prevail.

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Trouble Drummer Seeks Bassist For Retro Grave

TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson is seeking a bass player to record and tour with his RETRO GRAVE project. Interested parties can contact RETRO GRAVE's management at LeighRush@aol.com for details of where to send the press kit.

RETRO GRAVE's full-length debut, "Again", is scheduled for release in the spring. These recordings will feature collaborations with established, high-profile musicians whose identities have not yet been revealed.

"Again" will be released in time for TROUBLE's appearance at the Roadburn Festival on April 18, 2008 at the 013 club in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Olson is currently writing an exclusive RETRO GRAVE "studio report" for the Roadburn web site, to be posted in the very near future at www.roadburn.com.

In other news, the previously announced re-arrangement of TROUBLE's "Run to the Light" album (originally issued in 1987 via Metal Blade) will now be recorded by TROUBLE rather than RETRO GRAVE. Details of this project will be revealed soon.

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