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Rat Trouble. Trouble Pilgrims play The Radiators From Space TV Tube Heart Live at The Olympia Theatre Dublin as part of The Boomtown Rats 40th Anniversary Show.

TV Tube Heart was recorded in Lombard Studios in July 1977 and released in Ireland on CBS and on Chiswick in the UK in October of that year. The album was produced by Roger Armstrong and garnered positive reviews on it’s release. “A collection of 13 Spirited rock ‘n’ roll performances” – Sounds. Each song comes across as a classic … the album as an album is stunning”  – Mark Perry. “A great debut  … stands head and shoulders above so much currently going down” – Hot Press.

An opinion not shared by the house engineer who walked out of the session declaring he wasn’t going to work on this “shit”. A move which promoted tape-op Johnny Byrne to that position. Some 38 years later the album got it’s first airing in its original running order in Toners in Baggot Street. A street where the band had often played in the Baggot Inn in those heady days of ’77.

Founding Radiators from Space members Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid still head the band now called Trouble Pilgrims (after their third album and in acknowledgement that the loss of founding member, co-writer and friend Philip Chevron made continuing under the original name an impossibility given Philip’s major contribution to the band). The duo were accompanied by long-time drummer Johnny Bonnie and recent recruits Tony St Ledger and the latest in a long line of bass players Bren Lynott. Bren was in the audience for that performance but joined the band shortly after. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the band played those songs with fire and passion.

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However it had never been the policy of the band to look backwards and new material was constantly being written or sourced. The Trouble Pilgrims first release was a double A-sided 7″ single with a Pete Holidai original Animal Gang Blues sharing the spotlight with a explosive cover of the Bo Diddley classic Who Do You Love?. The band subsequently went into the studio to recording tracks for the debut Trouble Pilgrims album to be released in 2016.

Trouble Pilgrims play Radiators From Space TV Tube Heart

At the request of John Foley of MCD, Trouble Pilgrims were asked to again (for the what could well be last time) perform the TV Tube Heart album in it’s entirety while supporting the Boomtown Rats in the prestigious Olympia Theatre in Dublin (a venue that had previously played for the #chevronlives – Philip Chevron Testimonial). The Rats were doing the 40th anniversary. Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid were also sharing a 40th anniversary of working together as Greta Garbage and the Trash Cans back in 1975.

Being the punks that they are the decided to following their instincts and ditch the final album track Party Line in favor of a brand new song written collaboration by Steve Rapid and Tony St Ledger. Instant Polaroid (The Man On The Bridge). A recording that had been released via iTunes just four weeks before with a superb media response and air play from Paul McLoon, Pat James and Dave Fanning. The reaction confirmed that they were “the best new old band in Ireland” as one fan had posted. It was an exciting evening for the band who delivered the set with energy and conviction following a introduction from their friend and supporter Mr. BP Fallon. A good time was had by all with a lot more to come in the coming year. You can’t run from trouble there ain’t no place that far.

Boomtown Rats Trouble Pilgrims SOLD OUT at The Olympoa Theatre Dublin

Gerry “BITZY” Fitzgerald gets the final word.

Ok, so no one has bothered to write a review of The Trouble Pilgrims gig last Sunday….I ain’t seen any “journos” penning a review…so here goes…
The Rads/Pilgrims took to the stage shortly after 8pm to great anticipation…master of ceremonies BP Fallon eloquently introduced them…”I believe in trouble pilgrims”…
Q Phillip Chevrons ear splitting feedback intro into TV Screen and we were off…Hardly time to take a breath before Prison Bars and Great Expectations were scorched out in quick succession…Remember this was the last time this seminal Irish Debut was to be heard in its entirety…There was hardly any time for between song banter as the songs punctuated the Olympia like a machine gun…the crowd loved it…lapped it up…old men threw down their walking sticks and pogoed for all it was worth…the playing was superb….tight as a camels arse in a sandstorm…The band looked great….Steve rapid resplendent in a white 10 gallon hat accompanied by Pete Holidai in rock n roll jacket and specs…Enemies was the highlight along with Sunday World….Blitzin at the Ritz a cracker…Phillip must have been looking down on them…The Olympia being the last stage he was on…out with the old in with the new in the shape of Instant Polaroid….a classic stomping new record by the pilgrims…then they were gone…14 songs in under 40 minutes….as Steve Rapid closed with “we’re still alive” …and then some…if ya missed it…Tough!!

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Roddy and The Rads.

Roddy Doyle created the sketches,The Radiators from Space aka Trouble Pilgrims created the music and former Radiator Cait O’Riordan delivered the sublime Kitty Rickets on a plate to a beautiful lazy Sunday afternoon audience at The Electric Picnic in the Arts Council Literary Tent at Stradbally, Co.Laois.

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The Radiators from Space aka Trouble Pilgrims, Johnny Bonnie,Tony St Ledger, Steve Rapid, Roddy Doyle, Cait O’Riordan and Pete Holidai with Two Pints!

Trouble Pilgrims at Minfield at The Electric Picnic

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The Velvet Tongue is out at the Arts Council Literary Tent.

Kitty Ricketts with Cait O'Riordan on vocals at The Electric Picnic with Roddy Doyle and Trouble Pilgrims

Roddy Doyle reads from The Commitments at The Electric Picnic

After 28 years Roddy Doyle reads from his best-selling novel The Commitments.

Cait O'Riordan and Trouble Pilgrims,Pete Holidai, Johnny Bonnie, Steve Rapid,Tony St Ledger

Easy fortunes for fortune tellers,Cait O’Riordan delivers the sublime Kitty Rickets

Johnny Bonnie - Chevron Lives at The Literary Tent

Johnny Bonnie – Chevron Lives at The Literary Tent

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Trouble Pilgrims bandcamp.com site is now live. Download the double A single plus two bonus tracks.

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A new frontier for The Trouble Pilgrims as our bandcamp site goes live. Download our new double “A” single Animal Gang Blues and Who Do You Love? plus two bonus tracks The Girl In The Car and My Girl Is Red Hot. All track were recorded at Orphan Studios Dublin and are co-produced by Gavin A. Glass and Pete Holidai.

Trouble Pilgrims -Live at The Workman's Club Dublin-

Thanks to everyone for the amazing turnout and support at our The Workman’s Club live show.The Pilgrims delivered in style their unique and very potent mix of high energy rock’n’roll to a packed Workman’s with the sounds spilling onto Wellington Quay.Well done to our support band The Choir Invisible and to DJ Karl Tsigdinos for spinning the discs.

Trouble Pilgrims backstage at The Workmans Club Dublin

Trouble Pilgrims backstage at The Workmans Club Dublin

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The Workman’s Club certainly lived up to it’s reputation of one of Dublin’s leading live venues. We now look forward to news of more shows and live events throughout the summer – stay tuned to pilgrims sounds for more info!
Here is a selection of films from the night.

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Hot Press presents The Trouble Pilgrims at The Levon Helm Tribute Night. Sugar Club, Dublin,19th April 2013. Over €4,300 raised for the Irish Cancer Society.

The Trouble Pilgrims – My Girl Is Red Hot

The Trouble Pilgrims – Who Do You Love

The Trouble Pilgrims – Live at The Olympia Theatre Dublin

The Trouble Pilgrims are Johnny Bonnie on Drums,Tony St Ledger on Rhythm Guitar,Paddy Goodwin on Bass Guitar,Steve Rapid on Voice and Theremin, Pete Holidai on Devil’s Guitar and Vocals.

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The Trouble Pilgrims … “Well I’m a King Bee, buzzing around your hive “

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The Trouble Pilgrims are available for live engagements – Click HERE for Contact. 

The Trouble Pilgrims and Horslips The Olympia

The Trouble Pilgrims together with Horslips The Olympia Theatre

The Trouble Pilgrims – Live at The Olympia Theatre Dublin Review HERE

Their set list will be comprised of songs drawn from The Radiators from space albums TV Tube Heart, Ghostown, Trouble Pilgrim and Sound City Beat along with Pete’s solo LP – The Devil’s Guitar and any new songs that come along the way.

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