Robin Trower Stockton Arc April 7th 2015

Robin Trower Stockton Arc April 7th 2015
trowertixRobin Trower pursed his lips, sucked in his cheeks, closed his eyes, gave that familiar grimace and squeezed sounds out of his Strat that only Trower can. The wah wah peddle rose slowly to prolong those chords, and the unique blend of rock, funk and soul that has become Trower’s trademark kept a packed Arc enthralled. Robin Trower celebrated his 70th birthday a few weeks ago, and he continues to tour and record. This was the first time I’ve seen Trower live for a few years and his band has reverted to the familiar power trio format that he favoured throughout the 1970s, and returning to that format seems to have injected renewed power and energy. trowerflyer
Robin has a new album, and the set includes songs from the new release along with those old classics he just has to play. Why, he even takes lead vocals on a few of the tracks, his deep, raspy voice adding a bluesy edge to the songs, and reminding me a little of Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs.
I was standing close to the front and was totally mesmerised by his performance; the guy is playing as fluidly as ever. And the band is strong and powerful with a young bass player from the James Dewar school of soulful voices. Highlights of the night were, for me, the old familiar tunes. “Bridge of Sighs” never fails to impress, and “Day of the Eagle” rocks the same as it always did. The first encore was the track that first got me into Trower’s music; “Too Rolling Stoned”. Excellent. Support came from Joanne Shaw Taylor whose blues rock set won over a lot of new fans.IMAG0924
Setlist: Somebody Calling, Rise Up Like the Sun, See My Life, Daydream, Lady Love, Something’s About to Change, Day of the Eagle, Bridge of Sighs, Confessin’ Midnight, The Turning, Not Inside – Outside, Little Bit of Sympathy
Encore: Too Rolling Stoned, For Earth Below

Many thanks to Mitch for his photo of Robin and band

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hockey on April 14, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Great review Peter, I agree Robin is playing better than ever in his 70th year! I went to the York Barbican and Holmfirth Picturedrome gigs last week, both were really great but Holmfirth was amazing, and Joanne Shaw Taylor practically made it a double bill. let’s hope he picked up on the warm reception once more and comes back soon.

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    • Posted by vintagerock on April 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks pleased you enjoyed it too. Holmfirth is a great little venue. I felt that Robin Trower is playing with renewed vitality and energy. Great to see Cheers Peter

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