Monday, August 29, 2011

Robin Trower: UK/European Tour - August/October 2011 - "The Playful Heart Tour"

Robin Trower is currently undertaking a UK & European tour during August - October 2011. Some dates and venues remain to be confirmed. It will be interesting to see the full list of venues and the songs that comprise the set list. A revamped set would be invigorating for Robin and his legion of loyal fans. It would be great to hear live: 'Into Dust', 'Blue For Soul', 'This Old World' (great riffs and vibe), Living Out Of Time (classic song).

Personally I'm glad to see Robin tour as a power rock/blues "trio" again. While Livingston Brown is not on bass guitar and vocals, I'm pleased "the duties" are undertaken by Richard Watts; another fine musician, great vocalist and bass player, who has previously collaborated and toured with Robin. The trio is completed by the exceptional, flamboyant drummer, Chris Taggart, who played on two tracks of Go My Way & on three tracks of What Lies Beneath. Catch Robin while you can; a truly amazing musician, songwriter and guitar player.

A couple of dates in Ireland would have been great. I suggest The Spring & Airbrake in Belfast and Whelan's in Dublin. Both venues have hosted Michael Schenker, Peter Green and Jan Akkerman, and the crowds have been warm and appreciative. Maybe this tour will be extended, or Robin plans to tour in 2012? There is definitely a strong case for Robin to tour the UK/Europe & the US in 2012 with this line-up.

I'm attending the Edinburgh concert on 25 September and hope to post a review.

Tour Dates

28 Aug - The Stables, Milton Keynes
29 Aug - Festival, Colne
03 Sep - Weyfest Music Festival, Tilford, Surrey 
15 Sep - Assembly Rooms, Derby
16 Sep - O2 Academy Sheffield
17 Sep - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
22 Sep - Band On The Wall, Manchester
23 Sep - ABC Glasgow
24 Sep - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
25 Sep - The Caves, Edinburgh 
05 Oct - Robin 2, Wolverhampton 
06 Oct - The Brook, Southampton
07 Oct - Cheese & Grain, Frome
08 Oct - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth (Blues in the Bay from 3.00 p.m.)
12 Oct - The Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
13 OctMezz, Breda, NL
14 Oct - The Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NL
15 OctLaki, Helmond, NL
16 OctGigant, Apeldoorn, NL