Over the years, the band has evolved through several iterations and line-ups of great musicians and artists. Roel Vertov has a rule of never playing as a solo act, though some of the bootlegs from live gigs have been simply labeled Roel Vertov or Vertov. In fact, these shows were most likely different incarnations of the RLB, or Roel Vertov’s Retro Legion Band. Known by fans as the Retro Legion, or, alternatively, The Legion. Prior to playing with the RLB, core members of the band played in The Mighty Hundreds (from Poland). 

In all of these variations, Roel and his bands have had the honor of playing shows (as headliners or as the opening act…) with The Dead Quimbys, Chrome Grandma & the Shakes, Los Muertos Muchachos, Urizen, The BurnOuts, Blue Chili, 2-Ton Heavy Thing, National Pornographic, Bill & the Kung Fu All-Stars, Walrus, The Mighty Dutch Diaspora (the MDD), and, as Roel mentioned recently during a local news interview about the band, “with, I can’t remember the name, but it was an ABBA tribute band in Budapest.”

Here is a calendar of the most recent shows played by Roel Vertov and the Retro Legion:

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Roel Vertov and the Retro Legion

Café Leningrad, Kr. Valdermara, Riga

Once we finish up in the studio, we’ll upload photos from these concerts. For now, please see our Tumblr feed and, if you add us on Snapchat, you won’t miss us when we post photographs in real time…

Aug23

Roel Vertov and the Retro Legion

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania

Once we finish up in the studio, we’ll upload photos from these concerts. For now, please see our Tumblr feed and, if you add us on Snapchat, you won’t miss us when we post photographs in real time…

May4

Roel Vertov and the Retro Legion

Bar Rock, Tongersestraat 27, Maastricht

We were paid, as is custom, with a crate of beer for this gig.

Once we finish up in the studio, we’ll upload photos from these concerts. For now, please see our Tumblr feed and, if you add us on Snapchat, you won’t miss us when we post photographs in real time…

Live (Bootleg) from Poland

This raw recording was from an early gig in Szczecin, Poland. Our thanks to ANKA ŚLĄZAK for holding on to this recording and for sending it in--& to 2pi Creative Studios for cleaning up the track! Enjoy the salute to Gene Krupa...

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Roel Vertov & the Retro Legion are currently not on tour. We are in the studio working on a new album (Liefdesliedjes voor de overvliegende bommenwerpers/ Love Songs to the Bombers Flying Overhead) and a limited edition series of 10” LPs (4 LPs in all) entitled Late Night Karate Movies. We look forward to playing in your neighborhood, or, if necessary, to your neighborhood fascist. Until then…Tot ziens!]