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The Mean Fiddler, London, 16 April 2005

 

Before he had played a single note tonight our hero found himself on the receiving end of one of the loudest welcomes of this tour. And didn’t he just know it!

Yes folks, Robin returned to London in triumph tonight. The show, our man’s first in the capital in fourteen years, sold out weeks ago.

But would he turn in a performance which topped his stunning albeit brief appearance at that ‘Night of the Guitars’ back in 1991?

Was the ‘Passion’ band in the same universe as the DLT power trio, last together live in London in 1980 for shows at Hammersmith Odeon and the University of London Union?

The answer was emphatically ‘yes, yes, yes’! It was, without doubt, a homecoming to remember!

Robin walked on stage just after 8.30pm to rapturous applause, clearly delighted at the response. Someone shouted out “Too Rolling Stoned”.

”Hang on!” whispers our hero, reaching for his chromatic tuner. Seconds later comes the opening chord, bang! The band turn the ignition and we are away. Wow!

There’s an urgency about the playing tonight and a sense that everything will go perfectly. This band is on a roll heading towards the finishing line of an absolutely sensational reunion, back on the road but this time playing in Europe for the very first and, hopefully, not the last time.

I am the one and only

The highlights were Robin’s flowing solos at the end of signature tunes like ‘Too Rolling Stoned’, ‘Daydream’ and ‘Bridge of Sighs’, each night, totally different, nothing staying the same, improvisations of the moment, emotional, uncharted.

I do hope that one of the outputs of this great tour is the graduation of some of the numbers on ‘LOOT’ to ‘signature tune’ status by the fans. Every single song on the CD is tremendous. There really isn’t a duff song on there. Indeed, playing ‘em live just makes them stronger still!

‘Sweet Angel’ smashes head on, at the end, into a gratifyingly weird harmonic, which is not on the record. ‘Please tell me’ is straight ahead trademark Trower wah-funk stuff.

There simply isn’t another outfit on the planet which does it like this!

There’s a majestic feel to ‘Another Time, Another Place’ tonight. Placed towards the end of the set it has an air and grace about it of great distinction. 

The support band, whose name I don’t know, got things off to a rocking start just after 7pm opening with Frankie Miller’s ‘The Devil Gun’. 

‘Be Good to Yourself’ duly followed later on in what appeared to be an instant response to someone in the crowd who had yelled “play more of that Frankie Miller stuff”! None but the brave.
 

This review was originally published on Steve Shail’s excellent Trower website ’Steve’s Place’. Cheers Steve!
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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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