Robin Trower released his incredible 21st solo studio album,Â Where You Are Going To, earlier this year via Manhatton Records.
Tonight Trower makes a planned pit stop in the North East of England at the equally impressive Sage Gateshead.
Stevie Nimmo, who also has a new album out titled Sky Won’t FallÂ opens the show. Nimmo is no stranger to the Newcastle area having performed here numerous times over the years as a solo artist and with the Nimmo Brothers. Long-serving partners in crime, Craig Bacon on drums and Mat Beable on bass, join Stevie on stage to collectively form his incredibly impressive power trio.
With a shorter set this evening, Nimmo wastes no time getting to business as he gives the audience a taste of his latest offering. His set includes the likes of the hard rocking “Roll the Dice Again” and “Still Hungry” alongside his sublime take on Storyville’s “Good Day For The Blues” before bringing the set to a close with the captivating “Running On Back To You” and the funky blues number “Change”. During the latter of which Stevie injects a little snippet of The Allman Brother’s classic “Jessica”.
Nimmo seems to be enjoying being on the road with Robin Trower, who he declares to the audience at the Sage Gateshead as “a master of guitar tone” and who could disagree with that.
Robin Trower’s experience speaks for itself, performing throughout the late 60s and early 70s with Procol Harum on their first five albums. In 1972 Trower left the group to pursue a successful solo career during which time he established himself as one of rock’s finest guitarists.
Tonight Trower walks the Geordie blues rock fraternity through a 90-minute set which traverses his solo career spanning the last four decades. He opens the show with “Too Rolling Stoned”, which is one of the several tracks in the show tonight from his seminal 1974 album Bridge of Sighs alongside “Day of The Eagle” and “Little Bit of Sympathy” and the epic title track itself.
Trower’s well-balanced set briefly touches upon his latest record, with only “Where You Are Going To” and “I’m Holding On to You” included in the show tonight. Bass player Richard Watts delivers the lion’s share of the vocals throughout the course of the night with Trower preferring to let his guitar do the talking, of course, he makes his trusty Fender Stratocaster sing like a bird.
Often regarded as the “White” Hendrix, it’s easy to understand why as the show ebbs and flows. Trowerâ€™s incredible tone, appreciation of space and wah infused fuzz-fueled guitar riffs encapsulate that distinct sound which Hendrix delivered so well throughout his career. However, it is Trower’s intricately beautiful number “Daydream” which leaves the audience transfixed and speechless.
The show closes with “Rise Up Like The Sun” and “For Earth Below”. At the age of 71, the legendary trailblazer is showing no signs of slowing down and long may he continue.