Totally Sold

Man standing on a Phoenix staircase holding up a sign which says '1 or 2 tickets required'

Man standing on a Phoenix staircase with a sign which says ‘1 or 2 tickets required’


Friday 9 May 2008, Phoenix Arts Centre, Gandy Street, EXETER EX4 3LS


Picture the scene. There’s a man standing on a staircase holding a hand-written sign aloft towards the crowded bar below. It reads ‘1 or 2 tickets required’.

Just like last night, I notice a marked change in the crowd. Is this a function of the venues selected or has Robin Trower suddenly begun to breakthrough to the breadth and diversity of audience he so richly deserves in his own country?

Musically, tonight’s revelation is Glenn Letsch. I am stationed right in front of him for most of the show, watching his every move.


Davey and Glenn. Photo by phone.


Put simply, Glenn Letsch is the ‘King of the Dance’. No, I don’t mean actual dancing but dancing bass lines. A very good example of this is the ‘James Brown’ quality to his playing on ‘Victims of the Fury’. Tonight, this approach really lifts the hit single Robin Trower never had.

There’s raw power and light / shade in abundance throughout the set. The secret, I suspect, is great musicianship, great songs and refreshingly, a spirit that, in fact, less is actually more.

The whole set is a massive success with tonight’s audience. Their warm and vocal applause is infectious and really gives Pete, Glenn, Davey and Robin a huge lift. The sound quality is absolutely crystal clear from pretty much everywhere in the hall. This is one of the best shows I have ever seen.

This is Alan Howard for ‘Steve’s Place’ reporting from the Phoenix, Exeter in south west England. 9 May 2008.


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