Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have reportedly tapped Mark Lira — who plays in WET ANIMAL alongside TROUBLE guitarist Rick Wartell — to take care of the drum duties on the band's upcoming East Coast/Canadian tour.
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 11 - Casbah - Hamilton ON
Sep. 12 - Blue Moon - Toronto, ON
Sep. 13 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie NY
Sep. 14 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn NY
Sep. 15 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
Sep. 16 - Talking Head - Baltimore MD
Sep. 17 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster PA
Sep. 18 - Jaxx - Springfield VA
Sep. 19 - Volume 11 Tavern - Raleigh NC
Sep. 20 - Jigsaw Saloon - Cleveland OH
TROUBLE is expected to make its live debut with Lira this coming Saturday, August 9 at the Alehorn of Power III festival at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois.
Drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson announced his departure from TROUBLE last week. He explained in a statement, "My reasons [for leaving] 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)."
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").