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The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, 15 November 2005

Tonight’s show at Dartford’s Mick Jagger Centre is another steamy affair with 550 packed-in punters facing the tastefully lit stage. But it takes the band some time to bring their audience to the boil.

‘Bridge of Sighs’ (again!) is the turning point with Robin’s outstanding, soulful guitar-playing at the end of the number. This Trower anthem has definitely enjoyed something of a revival on this tour.

I don’t think I’ve heard ‘Rise up like the Sun’ played as well live as I’ve heard it tonight. Davey’s vocals, Pete’s drums, Dave’s bass lines and Robin’s lead breaks combined for what was a truly great rendition, played with unusual gusto too.

Whenever I hear ‘Too Rolling Stoned’ I always imagine that Robin has four or five guys with trumpets, horns and saxes playing behind the stage curtain. The vibe on this number is decidedly funky tonight with Robin adding great new harmonies and counterpoint to his extended solo at the close of the number.

Tony C tells me afterwards that he thinks Pete was absolutely brilliant on ‘Daydream’. Mrs Walters may well join husband John on the road to Norwich on the strength of tonight’s performance. Dave Smith from Strathaven is here too and is next off to Bristol, Newport, Leeds and Norwich.

Wow! Please cover the concert review writing chores for me folks as I can’t get there! The incomparable Martin Hughes has managed to get Robin to sign (in white pen) a rare collector’s item, a 1976 issue of ‘Beat Instrumental’ magazine. Priceless.

I think I said it last time, back in April, the more shows the band play, the better they play. Robin is on a roll tonight but he’s the first to acknowledge the invaluable parts played by Pete, Dave and Davey. Once again, this is Alan Howard blazing a trail for Steve Shail. Next we set sail for Durham!

Set list: Twice Removed From Yesterday; Hannah; Roads To Freedom; Fine Day; Islands; Day Of the Eagle; Bridge Of Sighs; Rise Up Like The Sun; Victims Of The Fury; Too Rolling Stoned; Go My Way; Another Time, Another Place; Little Bit Of Sympathy; [encore] Lady Love; Daydream

 

This report first appeared on Steve Shail’s excellent Trower tribute site ‘Steve’s Place’. Click below for the link.

More 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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