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Trowertastic opportunity to help UK Children’s Hospice

Calling all Trower fans! Here’s your opportunity to own a piece of Trower Band history. Robin, Davey, Pete and Dave are looking to raise much needed cash for a unique Children’s Hospice called Little Havens which is based in Thundersley, Essex, England.

The band, ably-assisted by Canadian webmaestro Steve ‘All Hail’ Shail, are offering a full colour poster, tastefully designed by Thomas Morris and signed by all the band, as the main goodie in an exclusive prize draw open to all fans.

The poster promotes this summer’s show at the famous Fillmore in San Francisco and the band want to raise as much money for the Hospice as possible.

For details, please visit Steve Shail’s site here!

 

Trower Bruce Thompson

Robin is back in the UK after an extensive tour Stateside. He is back in the studio and back with legendary Cream bassist and frontman, Jack Bruce. Together, backed by long-standing Robin Trower Band drummer Pete Thompson, Robin and Jack are rehearsing with the view to recording a third joint album following on from the great success of their collaboration in the 1980s on ‘BLT’ and ‘Truce’.

 

Happy Birthday Davey Pattison!

Many happy returns of the day to Trower band frontman, Davey Pattison! 18 November

 

All Hail Steve Shail’s UK 2006 Trower Tour Travelogue

Leading global expert on ‘all matters Trower’, Steve Shail has finally published the long-awaited account of his trip to the UK, earlier this year. The Canadian webmaster and author of ‘Steve’s Place’, the definitive Robin Trower band website details a crazy week ‘on the road’ following the Trower band from Abbey Road to Stonehenge. It’s an essential read for all Trower fans. For the full details visit Steve’s site here!

 

Bronze ending for Fairweather tour!

Congratulations to Trower bassist, Dave Bronze on what has been a gruelling year ‘on the road’. This month saw Bronzie complete a brief, whistle-stop tour of the UK with guitar and pop legend, Andy Fairweather-Low. It was all part of Low’s promotion for his excellent 2006 CD release ‘Sweet Soulful Music’.

For more info on the tour and the album visit our ‘News Archive’ page. For reviews from some of these shows visit Steve Shail’s pages here!

 

Custom Delivery For Neil After Fender Photo

Here’s Neil Calandra after receiving a very special package in the mail! The Long Island-based photographer and the long-time Trower fan recently took delivery of a beautiful deep cherry, RT signature Stratocaster after one of his pro snaps appeared in a magazine ad.

Part of the promo, celebrating Fender’s Sixtieth Anniversary, featured a shot of Robin Trower taken by Neil at the 2005 Mean Fiddler show. The free Strat, a wonderful gesture by Rich Seigle and all at Fender USA, like Neil’s photographic output, is simply priceless as far as our Neil is concerned! Rock on Mr C!

To catch more of Neil’s Trowertastic photography visit the Trower feature on the Fender website here.

 

Marine Hall Show in March 2007 Is News To RT

Further to our story suggesting the RTB will be appearing at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, next March, it would seem the announcement is more than just a little premature.

Contrary to the information published on the Ents24.com and Marine Hall websites, Robin and the band have no knowledge of this gig.

So the message to UK fans is simple - don’t buy tickets. If you do, you may just be adding to your small collection of ‘tickets for Trower shows that never happened’!

Now I know I speak for many people here in the UK when I say, the 2005-06 UK dates were out-of-this-world, tremendous!

Yes, that’s exactly what fans felt and thought, huge credit to Alan Robinson and everyone associated with getting the show ‘on the road’.

Here in Olde Blighty, we remain as passionate about the music, and loyal to Robin and the band, as ever, regardless of whether there are more UK shows in pipeline or not.

Remember, Robin never played so many gigs in the UK in his entire career until last year. I count myself very lucky indeed to have had the opportunity to see this band play so many shows here. It was just unbelievable, a dream come true. So if it never happens again, I’ll die happy!

But then again, I say ‘never say never again’. Clearly, there are reservations about the financial viability of touring in the UK, as revealed on the Official Trowerpower website, this summer. If it just doesn’t stack up, why do it? No business can survive if costs exceed income.

But monsters, lest we forget, it sounds to me like Robin is not saying “it will never happen again”.

If you have news and views on UK touring possibilities, do drop us a line here!

A
lan Howard, 16 Sept 2006.

 

‘Sweet Soulful Music’ Tours The UK

Dave Bronze will be on tour in the UK in November 2006 as part of Andy Fairweather-Low’s band. Booked to help promote Low’s brilliant new album ‘Sweet Soulful Music’, the ten-date tour includes two shows in Wales and one in Scotland.

The complete schedule of dates is as follows:

26 October Robin 2, Bilston
29 October Rhyl Pavillion, Rhyl
1 November The Brook, Southampton
2 November Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford
4 November Municipal Arts Centre, Pontrypridd
5 November The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
7 November Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
8 November The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester
11 November The Sage, Gateshead
12 November Queens Hall, Edinburgh

‘Sweet Soulful Music’, which features Dave Bronze on bass, is Low’s first solo release in years and is thoroughly recommended. Anyone who knows Low’s earlier album releases will love this fantastic set of songs.

Andy scored several hit records in the 60s and 70s with Amen Corner and as a solo artist [‘Wide Eyed and Legless’ - a No.6 in 1975 - and ‘Reggae Tune’ - a No. 10 in 1974].

“It’s going to be a really fun tour,” says Dave. OK, UK Trowerheads, you have been warned!

 

Bronze Cast in Fairweather Classic

RTB bassist and producer, Dave Bronze appears on the new album by Andy Fairweather-Low. For more details, click here.

 

Steve Shail’s Tale Untold

On behalf of myself and fellow Trowerhead Duncan Springall, I would just like to say a BIG thank you to Mr Steve Shail for being such great company this last week!

Steve, the brains behind the best Trower website in the known universe, flew over from Saskatoon, Canada to catch up with the Robin and the band and get to their shows in Southampton, Bilston and Manchester!

He returned to Canada with bags of material on all matters ‘Trower’. He will be posting a major write up on his excellent site in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, I know he would like to extend a BIG thank you to Robin and the band and all those fans he met along the way! As you will see, it was a blast!

April 2006

 

Stone Sole River Land Bonamassa Tour

Fresh from their suppport slot with Robin in Nottingham on 19 April, SSR frontman Michael Parker tells us his band have a tour booked with Joe Bonamassa. More here

 

On the road

Robin and the band are in absolutely awesome form!

The band kicked off the latest UK tour, their third in the space of a year, in Nottingham last Wednesday night. For the full write-up on the show read Ronnie Kerrigan’s review here!

We plan to cover other shows on this key pre-Stateside tour! But we want your views too. So, if you are going to a show please do send us your photos and comments!

Dates and venue info for the UK tour may be seen here!

 

Steve Shail Flies In For More RTB Shows!

El Supremo Steve Shail, the brains behind the best Trower website on the planet [no, not this one!] flew into Heathrow on Monday morning.

After a quick coffee in the airport lounge, Steve set sail for Abbey Road recording studios in North London to pay homage to his other lifetime heroes - The Beatles - and to get his photograph taken crossing the road!

He is really looking forward to seeing the Robin Trower Band live in concert and will be at the shows in Southampton, Bilston and Manchester! So if you are going along to any of these shows do come and say hello!

Steve Shail Flies In (for Robin Trower and The Beatles!)
click on above pics to enlarge

 

 

JUST IN: Sensational New Pics from Nottingham

Thanks to long-time fan David Bowen
Click here to view David’s pictures!

 

Photo by John Kerrigan, Nottingham 19 April 2006

Click here for Ronnie Kerrigan’s Nottingham Write-up!
together with some fabulous photos from John Kerrigan

 

Click here for details of Bass Guitar magazine’s feature
on Mr David Bronze

 

Steve Maddox from Workingham adds his comments
What’s Yours?

 

Ray Martin’s letter - the real voice of rock [below]  - published in the May 2006 issue of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine ends with a commitment by the publisher to print an RT article in the next issue of the magazine.
   UK fans need no reminding this will be Robin’s first major feature in a UK publication in years. So fans, please note, the June issue of CR will be on news stands on Weds 3 May 2006! Reserve your copy now!
   For the full James Dewar story referred to in Ray’s letter, Steve Shail tells the tale here!

 

Also in the May 2006 issue of ‘Classic Rock’, is this advert promoting the band’s 5 May gig in London! The ‘brand’ used is none other than Robin’s design for the cover of the original ‘LOOT’ release [2003].

 

2006 Tour Flyer - Thanks to Steve from Dudley and Dunc!

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Thanks to Catford’s very own Martin Hughes, we’re delighted to post this great article with Robin published in February 1976!

 

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