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FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER 2016
THE GRAND CLITHEROE

Chris Robin and Richard in full flight tonight in Clitheroe

We have been warned. Andrew, Harry and I are sitting on the front row facing the stage at Clitheroe’s heart-of-town arts centre, The Grand.

Grand by name, grand by nature, we’re talking positively palatial here. The 1870-something building is both Grade II-Listed and multi-million pound refurbished, the latter thanks to a Clitheroe based charitable organisation, The Lancaster Foundation. Every town should have one.

Back to that warning! Something’s happened to the backline. It isn’t quite the same? It isn’t the 50W head, 4x12 cab and Bluesbreaker combo, as seen in Norwich?

Mellow moment - one of many at tonight's Trower concert

Andrew and Harry are two up on me. They were at Holmfirth and Manchester. They haven’t seen anything like it either. Word is the sound is going to be ‘lively’ tonight. We may not hear the vocals, if we stay where we are. The vantage point proves too perfect, as on this occasion, we choose vision over sound.

No sound problems for support act - the Steve Nimmo trio. We’re loving the funky shuffle that is Roll The Dice Again, the first number of the night and first of several numbers from Steve’s 2016 album Sky Won’t Fall – it’s a great album folks!

Robin and the band start early and what’s more he’s in a riotous mood. Too Rolling Stoned rocks ferocious tonight, especially the second half. Especially the second half!

Chris The Sticks Taggart gets stuck in

How Robin revels in a time change! We love the fact it’s something he’s done from the beginning and kept alive from ‘Hannah’ to ‘The Turning’ and beyond. What’s more it’s the colours and chords which are shaping the way he leads the charge tonight!

Robin’s heartfelt vocal on Where You Are Going To is perfect. Hearing this live is just so totally different to hearing it on the record, to my mind. It’s without a shadow of a doubt one of the standout moments of the night.

On this particular tour, I have to ask the question - Could Robin's playing on 'Daydream' be his best-ever?

I've heard Robin play 'Daydream' live on many occasions but I don't think I've ever heard him play it quite like he played it tonight in Clitheroe. It was the climax of the night’s set and very much a highlight that will last long in my memory.

More light and shade from the Trower band

Fabulous to catch up with my old friend, Andrew. Friends since shortly after it all began again, back in 2005, at Manchester’s Life Cafe, thanks to Trower. Great night Andrew and Harry!

Many thanks to Chris, Laurie and Alex also. Great to chat with you before and after the show. It really made the 400-mile-round trip all the more special. Onward ever onward!

Review and pictures by Alan Howard.

Set List: Too Rolling Stoned | See The Day | Not Outside – Inside | Where You Are Going To | Somebody Calling | Day Of The Eagle | Bridge of Sighs | The Turning | I'm Holding On To You | Confessin' Midnight | Daydream | A Little Bit Of Sympathy. Encores: Rise Up Like The Sun | For Earth Below.

 

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