Chicago Sun, Feb 3, 1986:
The Tones That Detonate: On its home turf of Washington D.C., Trouble Funk is known for playing more than three hours without taking a break between songs. Saturday night at the University of Chicago, the band played a little shorter and took a few more breaks, but its awesome musical arsenal almost leveled the place nonetheless.
Where Parliament/Funkadelic threatened to "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker," this horn-laden, bass-heavy, thump-happy band promises to "Drop the Bomb." Is Mandel Hall still standing? I pity the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were forced to follow such devastation.
Opening the concert were the Beastie Boys, who showed up late and couldn't keep the turntables that provide the backing tracks for their rapping from skipping. On the Madonna tour, the Beasties seemed brash and street-wise; in comparison with Trouble Funk, they simply sounded slapstick.