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The Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead, 12 Nov. 2005

I stagger to think where on earth the band managed to find that performance from tonight!

They drove seven hours from Aberdeen. Went straight to the sound check and returned two hours later to give one of their most memorable shows ever in front of an exuberant, 600-strong audience.

It was absolutely priceless. I thought the venue, sound, lights were perfect. Everything was absolutely brilliant from where we were standing.

The band may have been tired but any fatigue that they may have been feeling quickly melted away as the excitement and appreciation of the audience lifted their spirits. It was magic.

Robin’s response to the warm and rapturous applause was rapid and resolute. He immersed himself and his guitar in even deeper waters of expression and emotion, ‘Bridge of Sighs’ being a particular case in point.

Again, the choice of material caught the crowd completely by surprise. Robin really had everyone on his side by the end of the second number. ‘Hannah’ with its heartbreaker chords and up tempo middle section simply oozed confidence and passion by the bucket load. It was awesome stuff.

By the time we got to ‘Sympathy’ everyone was jumping up and down, clapping their hands or calling out their approval and appreciation. I’m sure the crowd would have been quite happy for the band to continue playing all night.

As it was, there was no let up from Robin, Davey, Pete and Dave until they’d completed both encore tunes ‘Lady Love’ and ‘Daydream’, the latter played tonight with full-on feedback, vibrato and intensity.

Thank you, Birkenhead for the biggest and best night of 2005 so far. I have no doubt we will be talking about this particular show for a long long time to come!

This is Alan Howard on the case for ‘Steve’s Place’!

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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