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SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER
THE ASSEMBLY LEAMINGTON SPA

Robin Trower - class act for a class venue

It’s absolutely chucking it down! We’re standing in the pouring rain waiting for the doors to open, wondering why tonight’s show is running early?

Another show, another road trip. There are fans here from Leicester, from Nottingham, from Northampton and beyond. We’re speculating as to why the early doors? There’s a notice which reads support act at 7:30, Robin at 8:30. All is revealed later. The Assembly becomes a Propaganda nightclub, hosting Radio One DJ Greg James at 10:30 until 3am.

The Assembly is packed

Royal Leamington Spa is a beautiful town and one which commands a return trip when it’s not a Trower-night. It turns out we have Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen to thank, in part, for The Assembly. The Art Deco, multi-function venue re-opened its doors in 2008 after a multi-million-pound redevelopment.

Steve Nimmo says it as it is. The Assembly is like a giant ballroom (albeit without the sprung floor found in many a ballroom, not least the infamous Barrowlands in Steve’s ‘home’ city). Big room, big crowd!

Steve and his band have been winning over Trower fans on this tour. Right on! For me, Running On Back To You is the band’s stand out track tonight. It’s a sultry, mid-tempo, minor blues type of track – minus the 12-bar yet plus subtle riff. It’s just perfect for a three-piece - drums, bass, chorused Strat and Steve’s soulful, infectious vocal.

Richard Watts belts out the vocal on Confessin Midnight

How is our main man? After the forced cancellation of the show in Stockton due to illness, the band played The Cheese and Grain in Frome, last night. Has Robin blown away the flu bugs that temporarily laid him low?

No problem! Robin was in formidable form as he and the band delivered an absolutely stonking, full-on performance to the packed and appreciative Leamington audience. Robin, Chris and Richard came out and gave us a blistering set not least Day of the Eagle, Bridge of Sighs and A Little Bit of Sympathy.

Is that a little Hand Jive creeping into Somebody Calling? Yeah! Bring it on. Sadly, there is no I’m Holding On To You tonight.

Crash bang wallop from Chris The SticksTaggart

Once again, Daydream steals the show. It’s the number everyone’s talking about at the moment and quite rightly so.  This penultimate set number, nestling between the pride and passion of Confessin’ Midnight and A Little Bit of Sympathy, Daydream takes us to yet another mesmerising place – the tone, the heart, harmony and staccato. Best ever Daydream on this tour!

Robin takes the mike for Where You Are Going To

Great to catch-up with Karen and John Wilson reminiscing about Trower shows at The Robin 2, a uni lifestyle and getting down to the front of the stage! Heading home, well happy!!

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 | Confessin' Midnight | Daydream | A Little Bit Of Sympathy. Encores: Rise Up Like The Sun | For Earth Below.

Daydream steals the show

Here’s a photo and comment from Karen Wilson: “Brilliant! I really enjoyed it. I staked my claim right down the front as it's my default position at a Robin gig. I got a photo, particularly nice one of Robin which is atmospheric rather than close-up or particularly considered.”

Photo by Karen Leamington 2016

 

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