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Pete Davey and Glenn onstage at The Empire, Shepherd's Bush


Show Nine: Saturday 18 September 2010 at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Shepherds Bush Empire, with its ornate architecture and ample capacity, is an ideal venue for a show by the Robin Trower Band.


We are sitting in O’Neill’s wondering whether the night will bring any references to the great, late James Marshall Hendrix. It’s forty years to the day that the man, who changed everything, passed away not too many miles away from where we are sitting.

The Lister Band are a welcome addition to tonight’s bill. Backed by keys man Disco Dan Healey with bass and BVs from Midus Guerreiro and the highly effervescent drumming of new recruit, Tim Brown, Aynsley opens with the tune that captivated Trower fans across the country during his residency on the 2008 tour - With Me Tonight. Cuts from the band’s 2010 Tower Sessions CD feature, served up with the added panache provided by Tim Brown’s explosive drum lines.

This is Colin’s first Trower show since October 1976, a gig which promoted Long Misty Days and introduced Rustee Allen on bass. It’s a show I missed, a fact Colin takes great delight in reminding me about on a regular basis.

There’s a big, noisy crowd in tonight, family, friends and fans! The band walks on stage. There’s a strident ‘Yeah!’ from Davey then it’s straight into Confessin’ Midnight. Set the chorus pedal to ‘On!’ and it’s onto Lady Love with Davey in full flight tonight. Pete and Glenn bag Somebody Calling again. Wow! Davey thanks the crowd for coming to the show. Someone in the crowd shouts back ‘thank you for being here’. The night’s stand-out tracks are The Turning and Too Rolling Stoned!

Set List: Confessin’ Midnight; Lady Love; Somebody Calling; You Can Find Me; Twice Removed From Yesterday; Extermination Blues; Day of the Eagle; Bridge of Sighs; Shame the Devil; The Turning; Too Rolling Stoned; Little Bit of Sympathy. Encores: Rise Up Like the Sun; Not Inside - Outside.



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