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Carling Academy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne13 May 2006
A review by Alan Moss with pictures by Alan Howard

Having dashed up to Newcastle following the end of the FA Cup Final, I found myself waiting outside the Academy with a mixed-aged bunch, eagerly awaiting the chance to get inside and grab a good spot by the stage.

Once inside and my throat suitably lubricated I took up my position at the front-right of the stage only to find the wait was going to be about an hour. At least I wasn’t being forced to sit down primly.

The last two North-East concerts at Durham and South Shields had both been in newish theatres with proper seating and rules about standing etc. The wait was spent talking to others about the joys of Robin’s Music.

Those I talked to had once owned a Trower album back in the seventies and recognised but a few of the tracks I named. They thought I was a bit of a Trower freak until I pointed out Alan Howard and his friends and said how often they managed to see the man or how far they travelled to do so.

Not long after introducing myself to Alan the action got under way. It was great being so near to the band although I had to shuffle round a bit to see Dave Bronze as the speakers were in my way. I could see Robin clearly and was close enough to see every finger movement and pedal pushed.

The crowd were more than enthusiastic and welcomed each song’s end with whoops and crashing applause. Robin and the band were well and truly in the groove, the songs flowed and the new interpretations of old favourites had me watching Robin’s moving fingers like my life depended on it.

Davey Pattison’s vocal interpretations fit so well with Robin’s music and Dave Bronze and Pete Thompson were as tight as ever. As always ‘Bridge’ was awe-inspiring and ‘Victims’ brought the house down. My particular favourite of the moment, ‘Go My Way’ had me enthralled.

At the end of a brilliant version of ‘Little Bit of Sympathy’ with the band leaving the stage, the noise from a very appreciative audience showed how much Robin and his band have still got what it takes and we didn’t have to wait long for them to come back on and finish off the night for us with an amazing rendition of ‘Daydream’.

Throughout, my feet never stopped thumping out the beat and my air guitar screamed endlessly in imitation of the Master. It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to see the RTB three times in just over a year. I just hope I don’t have to wait long for the next chance.

Alan Moss

 

 

Reviews from Trower’s 2005 UK Tours

Southsea   Manchester   Bilston   Sheffield   Nottingham  
London    Gloucester   Southampton   Deal
Brighton   Cambridge   Glasgow   Aberdeen   Birkenhead
Dartford   Durham

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