Review: Vintage Trouble, The Sage, Gateshead

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IF you look up perfection in a dictionary there should be a section that reads “Vintage Trouble when they performed at The Sage in December 2011”.

This was almost two hours of superb blues led by the most incredible front man in music at the moment.

Songs like Nancy Lee, 24/7 365 Satisfaction Me, Still and Always Will and of course Blues Hand Me Down (which will probably always be their most popular song) all sounded absolutely mind blowing in the perfect setting of Hall Two.

In Ty Tayler they have a performer who is the modern reincarnation of James Brown. He’s got style, class, energy to burn and it’s impossible to take your eyes off him as he performs.

In fact this gig felt like the famous James Brown scene in The Blues Brothers where, as the preacher, he whips his congregation into a complete frenzy.

Taylor could have got the audience to do anything he wanted, they were completely at his beckon call. I have never seen a front man with so much control of an audience. However, this isn’t a one- man band, Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (bass) and Richard Danielson (drums) are the engine room that deliver a phenomenal sound that’s a breath of fresh air in a stagnant UK music scene.

If I was a betting man I’d put the mortgage on Vintage Trouble being one of the biggest bands of 2012.

If they aren’t, there’s something very wrong in the world.