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Vintage Trouble's making the most of its Who break

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Vintage Trouble frontman Ty Taylor says he's "never apprehensive" when the Los Angeles soul-rock quartet steps on stage -- even when it's opening for The Who, as his band did for the British icons' recent Quadrophenia & More Tour.

"We've played big arenas before," says Taylor, 44, "but the most exciting thing about was it was The Who. It's every legendary song we've all danced to all our lives. And they picked us; they heard something in what we do that reminded them of their past and their R&B roots.

"So moreso than any apprehension or nervousness, there was a need there not to let them down. The idea of letting them down would have been not good. So it was just, 'Let's get our A game on.' It was one of those tours where we let the partying be second and make sure we were at least 100 percent every night."

It apparently worked; Vintage Trouble -- whose debut album, "The Bomb Shelter Sessions," came out in 2010 -- played both legs of The Who's North American tour and will accompany the group again in Europe. Taylor says he anticipates winning more new fans over there, much like the group did during its North American run with The Who.

"Their audience is very giving," he says. "What was happening as the tour progressed was little by little people started hearing about us and hearing The Who speak about us, so they'd come to the show early and consider it an evening as opposed to just going to see The Who.

"There were only a couple of cities where I felt like people had their arms crossed and were like, 'Show me what you got.' Besides that we were getting standing ovations after our first song and the places were 90 percent full. Now we have to go back to those places and let people see what we do with our own show."

Vintage Trouble and Leogun perform Sunday, March 10, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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