So for the third and last time on the current tour I went to see our man at the Limelight Club in Crewe. Whilst this
club has a propensity to promote tribute bands, tonight they got the real thing - the Master of blues-rock guitar, the legendary Robin Trower.
Now I'm not knocking the Limelight, it's a great place albeit a
little small [probably about half the size of The Robin 2 in Bilston]. The only criticism is that they banned flash photography so no pics I'm afraid. Also I think because of its size the sound was
a bit mixed during the opening two numbers, ‘Twice Removed’ and ‘Hannah’. This was soon ironed out.
Yet again, we were treated to a great gig by a man and band totally at one with one another and
totally on fire!
Whilst I've said it before about my liking for the older stuff, I have to say that ‘Too Much Joy’, ‘20th Century Blues’, ‘Go My Way’ and ‘Another Time, Another Place’ were
fantastic. Last night really brought it home to me that the whole set was great.
Maybe it was MY last night blues but I relished every single second, hoping that Robin and the Band do return to our
shores in a live format again in the not too distant future!
As usual I was blown away by the older, longer guitar workouts ... ‘Too Rolling Stoned’, ‘Daydream’ [the final encore] and ‘Bridge
of Sighs’ [Zzzzzzz ... I won't bore you again with my thoughts on this masterpiece]!
As I noted in my Manchester review, I took a mate with me last night. Steve Lloyd, a technically-gifted guitarist
playing in a local band called Rigsby's Cat on the Wirral [they used to be called Vienna which was the name of Rigsby's cat in the TV programme].
In case you haven't heard of him Steve's got a CD out
called ‘Guitar Accolade - a Tribute To Queen’ endorsed by Brian May himself, all instrumental covers of Queen hits. Check it out!
Well, Steve's an RT convert now so I've done a good job on
him. He's loves the older, slower stuff, particularly ‘Daydream’ which is his favourite, so much so he's seen Robin four times now.
Regulars at the Limelight were saying how packed it was last
night. It was chocker, in fact. The atmosphere was great as a result of this and the RT band went down an absolute storm. The whistles of delight from the crowd when he played the intro to ‘Bridge of
sighs’ just sent shivers down my back and it was certainly a gig to remember.
The set list was as previous gigs, so no blow by blow account is necessary. We just all stood there in amazement as the
Master controlled his weapon right on the limit and edge of feedback throughout the set. Steve commented on how difficult it was too do this yet remain in such total control of the instrument. Me ... I
just let that thick, rich Univibe driven sound wash all over me and thought how the past 12 months had in some way begun to make up for the previous 25 years of no Trower live in the UK.