Live review: Robin Trower & Joanne Shaw Taylor: The Live Rooms, Station Road, Chester – Thursday, 2nd April

Posted on: Friday, Apr 3, 2015

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Another sell-out at The Live Rooms in Chester saw British guitar legend Robin Trower – who turned 70 last week – roll back the years in the company of his young rhythm section – with a dazzling 100-minutes of his amazing guitar prowess, as the heady “Bridge Of Sighs” era was relived in fine style.

Surprisingly Trower chose to virtually ignore his current album, “Something’s About To Change”, in preference for a selection of vintage crowd pleasers which saw his unique guitar tone to the fore, and he was ably assisted by the rhythm section of Richard Watts (bass and lead vocals) and Christopher Taggart (drums). It’s always going to be a tough job to replicate the soulful voice of the late, great Jimmy Dewar, but Watts proved perfectly capable.

Highlights were the magnificent “Lady Love”; and then perhaps best of all, a pairing of the classic “Day Of The Eagle”, straight into the title cut of “Bridge Of Sighs”, with Trower taking a (very) extended guitar solo. Earlier the beautiful “Daydream” had the packed house ‘spellbound’ as Trower and band weaved their magic.

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Opening the evening in fine style was Detroit-based Joanne Shaw Taylor, accompanied by her band of Tom Godlington (bass) and Oliver Perry (drums), and the trio tore through a 40-minute set that included a dip into the back catalogue and also numbers from the latest album, “The Dirty Truth”.

The lady from the Black Country rocked hard, and highlights included the rockin’ “Watch ‘Em Burn”; with the pace taken down for the very nice “Tried, Tested & True”; with the set stand out being a really nice take on Frankie Miller’s “Jealous”, that both illustrated her fine guitar playing and also voice.

GRAHAME RHODES

https://www.theliverooms.com/

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http://www.joanneshawtaylor.com/

(Pictures courtesy of Jeff Price)

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