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The Astor Theatre, Deal, 23 April 2005

 

Wow! This tour has been something else, absolutely sensational. What more fitting way then to celebrate its passing than with another concert beside the seaside, beside the sea.

The Astor Theatre is a beautiful, ornate building just a stone’s throw away from Deal’s pedestrian-friendly shopping streets and is arguably one of the Kent coastal town’s most precious gifts.

Like so much of the fabric of our lives, this particular gift is here thanks to the selfless contribution of a loyal band of volunteers.

The trustees and staff of The Astor Theatre lovingly amass a formidable array of talent for the good people of this south eastern-most tip of England, on a regular basis.

Davey Pattison is enjoying a quick fag break with roadies Steve and Laurie outside the stage door as we roll up outside the theatre on Stanhope Road, time for a few words of thanks from us.

He, as the band’s voice, has conjured up the memory of late great and sorely missed, James Dewar throughout this tour. His vocals on this tour have been a revelation.

And we will meet another time,

Switching to the Royal Hotel, we are reunited with fellow Trower nomads Martin, John and Keith for a few pre-show beers. Then its back to the Astor to catch Jon Amor’s set. It’s his best performance of the tour, without doubt.

And so we face the final countdown. One or two minor technical hiccups, notably some intermittent and unwelcome feedback has Pete getting up from his post like a flash of lightning.

another time,
another place

Robin’s sweet solo in ‘Rolling Stoned’ is full of sharp staccato snatches towards its end. Dave Bronze’s lines ebb and flow freely on ‘Daydream’ and ‘Bridge of Sighs’.

Pete crashes through to the next level of pure funk fusion on ‘Come to me’. Once again, ‘Another Time, Another Place’ makes its mark. Davey’s blistering vocal lines on this song are a joy to behold.

And we will meet another time, another time, another place.

We very much hope so. In the meantime, Robin, Davey, Pete, Dave, Jon, Laurie, Steve, Derek, Alan and colleagues – thank you, thank you, thank you for an unforgettable experience these past few weeks, simply Trowertastic!!!

Thanks also to Steve Shail over there in Canada for keeping us all up-to-speed on what’s new and what’s next! Keep up the good work, Steve!

 

This review was originally published on Steve Shail’s excellent Trower website ’Steve’s Place’. Cheers Steve!
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Now see take a look at Tony Mottram’s pics from the Deal show. Cheers Tony!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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