TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson has issued the following statement:
"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 Iet you down. Moreover, I will say that Bruce [Franklin, guitar] and Rick [Wartell, guitar] 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 [Wagner, former TROUBLE singer].
"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."
Check out audio samples of Olson's RETRO GRAVE project at this location.
Singer Kory Clarke of WARRIOR SOUL fame joined TROUBLE in late April.
Fan-filmed video footage of TROUBLE's July 9, 2008 performance at Slim's in Francisco, California can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "Repro").