Friday, September 26, 2014

Robin Trower Tour Dates: United States 2014 & European/UK Dates 2015

It's inspiring news that Robin Trower is touring the United States in 2014 starting in St Louis on October, 4, and culminating with a concert in Fort Lauderdale on November, 14. North American fans will also be delighted that Robin is planning concerts in the Southern and Western states in the summer of 2015.

Following a short tour of the Netherlands beginning on March 11, 2015 in Arnhem, Robin will play concerts in England and Scotland. The following tour dates are confirmed and 'Presale tickets' are available.

Robin Trower: UK Tour Dates March/April 2015 

26 Mar - The Engine Shed, University of Lincoln, Lincoln 
27 Mar - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
28 Mar - Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
29 Mar - The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester
02 Apr - The Live Rooms, Chester
03 Apr - The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
04 Apr - The Arches, Glasgow
05 Apr - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
07 Apr - Arc (Stockton Arts Centre), Stockton-on-Tees
08 Apr - The York Barbican, York
09 Apr - Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
10 Apr - Holmfirth Picturedrome, Holmfirth 
11 Apr - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
14 Apr - Hawth Theatre, Crawley, West Sussex
15 Apr - Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter
16 Apr - City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire
17 Apr - The Stables, Milton Keynes 

Robin Trower will be joined on the US & European tours by Richard Watts (bass and vocals) and Chris Taggart (drums). Robin has experimented, recorded and played concerts with this 'new' line-up, and appears to be satisfied that his music is best explored, created and delivered, at this stage of his career, with different musicians.

I hope Robin's 'present' musical vision is successful and, in terms of sound, quality, emotion, dynamics and group cohesiveness, that each concert on the United States & European tours highlight how revered Robin's guitar playing really is.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Jeff Beck: New Band, New Three-track CD "Yosogai", UK/Ireland Tour Dates 2014, Rolling Stone Magazine Interview & "Hammerhead" (Live in Tokyo)

The next phase of Jeff Beck's musical career and vision incorporates changes to the personnel in his band. On his refreshed website Jeff reveals his wish to explore unique and fresh musical territory. Rehearsals, recording, and recent 'live' performances feature an interesting line-up of musicians: Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums, Lizzie Ball on violin, and Nicolas Meier on guitar.

Jeff's follow up album to Emotion & Commotion (released in April 2012) has still to be finalised and a release date announced. However, to mark the beginning of Jeff's World Tour in Japan a three track CD titled Yosogai was released on 5 April. The tracklisting includes: "Loaded," "Why Give It Away" (featuring Sophie Delila), and "Danny Boy" (featuring Imelda May - recorded live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX). Click on the album cover to listen to track samples.

As part of his forthcoming 'World Tour' Jeff and his new line-up will play seven shows in the UK & Ireland. 

UK/Ireland Tour Dates 2014

13 May - Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
14 May - Royal Albert Hall, London
16 May - Colston Hall, Bristol
17 May - New Theatre, Oxford
19 May - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
20 May - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
21 May - Olympia Theatre, Dublin

I'm surprised that Jeff's 'new' band has a second guitarist albeit of the caliber of Nicolas Meier. No doubt Nicolas' guitar style and inventiveness will prove fruitful during the rehearsal and recording stages. I prefer Jeff with a rhythm section of drums, bass and keyboards - a line-up sound that has a different voice. One that suits Jeff's lyrical, graceful and compelling guitar virtuosity. 

I hope the music on the forthcoming album is inspirational and emotive and meets Jeff's expectations of producing a distinctive sound. Jeff recently talked to Rolling Stone magazine about the new album, his collaboration with Brian Wilson and the possibility of working with Jimmy Page.