Robin Trower can, â€œStill Back It Upâ€ and that he does, with a sold-out show in St. Louis.
By the age of seventy-two, most men have retired to a golf course. Or they are spending time with the grandkids, but not Robin Trower. In fact, if anything heâ€™s upped his game, putting out three albums in the past three years. Overall, he has performed on fifty plus albums with the likes of, Procol Harem, Jack Bruce, Bryan Ferry, and as a solo artist.
The intimate, River City Casino is the setting for this, the third show of Trowerâ€™s six-week spring tour, 2017. The six-string icon wastes little time displaying his talents on the guitar. As he opens the show with the timeless classic, â€œToo Rollin Stonedâ€. The appreciative Trower fans give their due respect to the opener, with a standing ovation.
Trower gels nicely with his bandmates, Richard Watts on vocals and bass, and Chris Taggart on drums. This trio makes much of its sound with minimal effects and gimmicks, recalling the old saying, â€œitâ€™s not how many notes you play but how you play themâ€. Trower occasionally takes the lead on vocals with a voice that is still very strong.
The machine gun riffs of, â€œDay of the Eagleâ€ kick off a solo marathon that casually transforms into the slow, spooky tempo of, â€œBridge of Sighsâ€. Trower admirers raise their beer bottles and lighters in appreciation of the magical, mid-set moment, they have just witnessed. Taking a bit of break, the guitar god slows the pace with, â€œThe Turning,â€ from his 2010 album, The Playful Heart.
â€œCanâ€™t Turn Back the Clockâ€ from Trowerâ€™s new album, Time and Emotion, makes an appearance on the setlist. This song provides a spark, that reignites the capacity crowd, and keeps them glowing right up to the main set closer, â€œLittle Bit of Sympathyâ€. Not making his fans work too hard, Trower makes a hasty return to the stage for his two-song encore. Smiling widely, the senior axeman wows his fans one last time with, â€œRise Up Like the Sunâ€ and â€œFor Earth Belowâ€.
As the house lights come up, you could see a room full of smiling faces. Smiling faces that had all been melted of course, by one of the worldâ€™s finest, classic rock guitarists.
Event Date: 30-APR-2017