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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Robin Trower for the First Time Last Night



Mar 31st, 2016 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure where to post this but where else but under Stratocasters.

I saw Robin Trower for the first time last night in Ft. Lauderdale for the opening show of his current East coast tour. Will only say this to keep it short................I thought he was amazing.

He was my first real guitar hero after I first started playing in 1975 (in Jr. High) and was turned on to Bridge of Sighs and Trower live around that same time. And my high school drummer got the tickets and I drove down 400 miles to see the show.......The seats were in the 3rd row directly in front of Trower and his mike-Marshall half stacks.

For the players here (and Trower needs no further introduction as to his signature tone and vibrato); a) he now sings a few songs so the monitors in front of him completely hide his pedal board and you cannot see what he is doing pedal wise except for the obvious wah-wah motion-sounds; b) maybe it was where we were sitting but his guitar drowned out the rest of the band where we were sitting (which was fine by me); c) he does play mostly on the middle pup; and d) he picks most of his leads and chords close to the neck (over the neck pup) and picks some phrases and harmonics close to the bridge for effect (which was awesome to see in close-up).

The old man (71) smoked the guitar and looked very happy on stage. So glad I finally got to see hi live and playing so well.....I will never forget it.

His tour started yesterday and goes on until May 7th I believe.............Do yourself a favor and go, or better yet, take a younger player who likes blues-rock to the show so they can understand the power of a great strat player.



Mar 31st, 2016 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

And he only played one Strat for the entire show (and not sure if was one of his signature models).

A sunburst strat (with lots of red in the burst) with a very glossy 70's large head stock neck. The inlays were pearl or pearloid because they flashed when the lights hit the neck just right.

(This message was last edited by celius at 03:22 PM, Mar 31st, 2016)

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Mar 31st, 2016 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Robin is a true legend of the Stratocaster and guitar playing in general.



Mar 31st, 2016 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Trower is probably the main reason I got into Strats. I saw him at a guitar raffle at a Detroit area music store in about '79, and I saw him play at Chene Park in Detroit in '87. Very much a legend.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Mar 31st, 2016 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Always a fan, I saw him at a small venue in San Diego ten or so years ago. I'll never forget it. 1974 Bridge of Sighs, doesn't get much better for this 58 YO.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Apr 2nd, 2016 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've seen him play a couple of times over the past several years and he seems to just get better with time.

We sang him happy birthday at The Birchmere a few years back.

Mr. Trower is a true guitar master with a very personal signature sound on the Stratocaster.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Apr 5th, 2016 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got to see him back in my college days - with that original "Bridge of Sighs" lineup in all it's psychedelic, blues-rock glory.

He was great then. And as Peegoo said, he continues to build on that legacy. Love his style.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
May 29th, 2016 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...The old man (71) smoked the guitar and looked very happy on stage...."

I'm amazed at the vids (usually taken by audience members using cell phones)of Trower these days posted on YouTube. Trower always looks happy, even when playing very small clubs.

How many (former?) Guitar Gods used to playing in sold-out arenas and stadiums grin ear-to-ear playing small clubs?

I saw Trower live twice, on the Bridge of Sighs tour and the Live! tour. I'd love to see him in a small club.

(This message was last edited by Tony Salieri at 12:31 PM, May 29th, 2016)



May 31st, 2016 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

And he signed autographs for the fans after the show. About 100 of us lined up outside after the show and he sat in the Black SUV as we were brought up one by one. He waited on everyone (I was in the middle of the line) and I got to chat with him (to thank him for his influence), got his autograph, and a friend snapped a few pictures of us chatting. A totally awesome experience between his playing and getting to shake his hand after the show. Others had guitars, albums, and pictures to sign and the "rule" was three autographs and no selfies.............. :)

(This message was last edited by celius at 08:50 AM, May 31st, 2016)


New Jersey USA

May 31st, 2016 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice to see an artist who appreciates his fans in this way.

Indiana Mike


May 31st, 2016 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Big fan. Saw him live three times. Never disappointed.


Kentucky, USA

Jun 14th, 2016 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

My band opened for him back around 1989 or '90. Brilliant player. Every note has emotion and feeling. Also a very nice man.


Charlotte, NC

Shiny dog
Aug 5th, 2016 12:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've seen Robin Trower 5 times, last time in the 90s at college. Not only the loudest concert I've ever been to, but the loudest *thing* I've ever experienced. 4 JCM 800s, all in use and cranked to 10, in a small club. My ears rang for 3 or 4 days.


Charlotte, NC

Shiny dog
Aug 31st, 2016 02:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry about your ears.


Purple Valley
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Sep 1st, 2016 12:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

True story:

Back around 1974, my older sister's husband was partners with the legendary Norman Harris, of Norman's Rare Guitars. She called me up one day, saying, "Hey, Robin Trower's coming by the store this afternoon, do you want me to pick you up?" Um, yeah! I was a shy 13-year-old kid, didn't say much besides hi to him, but a memorable moment it was. He seemed pretty shy himself, didn't say much at all. He was very chill and smiling, but very businesslike. Norm brought out (as I recall it) five pre-CBS Strats. Robin picked up each one, and played some licks on it, immediately settling on two that he liked. This all took about five minutes. No plug in, just acoustic. As I remember it, he bought the two that he liked. The whole thing took about twenty minutes. I remember him mostly jamming away, acoustically, on this Oly White Strat with a rosewood neck, and smiling like a little kid. He never bothered plugging into an amp.

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 02:23 AM, Sep 1st, 2016)

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 1st, 2016 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

GREAT story, PV.



Sep 5th, 2016 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Trower said in an old interview that that's how he picked great guitars, by playing them unplugged. He reckoned, if a guitar doesn't sound good unplugged, it will never sound great through an amp. I've remembered that since I first read it, around 1980.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Sep 6th, 2016 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only seen him once, back in the mid to late 80s in Elgin, IL. I'd love to see him again!

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