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The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 30 March 2005

 

‘Nottingham? What are you doin’ in Nottingham?’ asks Russell.

To travel that sort of distance once, seems slightly odd. To have done it on more than one occasion is a level of interest the bank manager from Luton finds utterly inequitable.

We’re sitting in Anila’s enjoying the finest Kashmiri cuisine, right next to the scene for tonight’s rendezvous with Robin and his merry men. Yes folks, we’re in Robin Hood country.

There are fans queuing outside the front door already, many clutching album sleeves (‘Take What You Need’ seems to be the ‘di rigeur’ item on this tour) and its only 6pm.

As the main course is served, we catch sight of our intrepid hero through the window, nimbly jogging down the steps, Fender case slung over his shoulder like a bag of arrows, en route to his hotel.

The Rescue Rooms is a tiny, intimate club venue, a bit like the Life Café, except it follows a more traditional portrait rather than landscape layout.

It also has a balcony. I’m starting to recognise one or two faces in the crowd who, like us, look to be in strictly ‘no sleep ‘til Deal’ mode, seasoned, experienced Trowerites on tour.

Take me to the stars

‘Too Rolling Stoned’ sets the tone for the evening with Davey really getting stuck into his delivery and Robin’s blistering solo at the end of the number, some way better than that at the Bilston show.

‘Sweet Angel’ is still, for me, the best number on the new album and is sounding even better live, each time I hear the band play it.

Robin lets rip tonight with the feedback on some long notes in his devastating solo on ‘Daydream’. Magic! Pete’s rim shots towards the end and cymbals at the close, completely in tune with our hero’s intentions tonight.

Dave, sporting new a haircut and designer jacket, rolls his fingers stylishly up and down the fret board to give us the most luxuriant backdrop to Robin’s melody. Wow!

Huge applause greets both ‘Day of the Eagle’ and ‘Bridge of Sighs’. Robin’s extended solos at the end of both numbers are simply breathtaking.

The show closes with ‘Please Tell Me’ and ‘Little Bit of Sympathy’ with our hero throwing in the riff from ‘Madhouse’ in the ‘calm before the storm’ towards the end of ‘Sympathy’. Pete and Dave Bronze have their ‘drum n’ bass’ dialogue down to a fine art in this section too.

Robin and the band really cooked tonight. This was arguably the best show I’ve seen, outstripping the Robin 2 show, dare I say, on audience reaction alone.

You felt the crowd’s enthusiasm made a great impact on the band. They, in turn, gave us a truly stunning performance. Our hero really is in top, top form and getting better with each show.

Set List: Too Rolling Stoned; Sweet Angel; What's Your Name; Rise Up Like The Sun; Daydream; Living Out Of Time; Breathless; Day Of The Eagle; Bridge of Sighs; Close Every Door; I Want You To Love Me; Please Tell Me; Little Bit Of Sympathy. Encores: Come To Me; Secret Place
    

 

 

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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