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Soldering on stage
Guitarist Robin Trower has his axe to grind

by Timothy Tilghman

Veteran guitarist Robin Trower appeared in Baltimore at Rams Head Live before an appreciative audience on Saturday, March 8, 2008. Weaving through extended stage jams and brief bursts of incendiary guitar playing, Trower was supported by Glenn Letsch on bass and Pete Thompson on drums with Davey Pattison on vocals.

The compact power unit delivered a rock solid performance in Charm City. Mostly an older rock'n roll crowd, Trower's concert was sold out and a few fans were caught outside the Inner Harbor venue, scrambling to secure tickets on the blustery night.

Trower, in conjunction with bassist Jack Bruce, recently recorded and released Seven Moons, but none of the material that appears on that album found its way onto the Baltimore stage. Pattison was aided by Letsch on harmony vocals; however, Trower added his backing vocals into the mix sporadically.

Trower exhibited a taste for musical diversity in his choice of genres, playing an assortment of styles. Occasional issues arose with faulty microphones, but the impact of the band's intense sound competed with the volume of the vocals infrequently. After the gig, Trower graciously greeted his fans with left-hand and signed autographs.

Baltimore setlist: Twice Removed * Shame The Dead * For Earth Below * No Time * The Fall And Me * Roads To Freedom * Islands * Day Of The Eagle * Bridge Of Sighs * Rise Up Like The Sun * Victims Of The Fury * Gonna Be More Suspicious * Hannah * Little Bit Of Sympathy * Encore: Too Rolling Stoned * Go My Way * Another Time Another Place

RockonTour   Issue #78
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