Robin Trower came to fame with an influential progressive rock group in the late 1960s, but this guitar legend has been even more successful as a solo artist, touring extensively with his backing band and making many successful records.
In 2014, Robin Trower will play more than 20 shows in the United States. He returns to Europe this year to play in Netherlands and Belgium. His UK appearances include Engine Shed in Lincoln, The Live Rooms in Chester, The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, the York Barbican, and the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London.
Robin Trower mostly just played guitar with Protocol Harum, but he can be heard singing back up on 'Wish Me Well' from the album Shine on Brightly. He sings lead on "Crucifiction Lane" on the 1969 record A Salty Dog, as well as "Song For A Dreamer" and "Poor Mohammed" on the 1971 album Broken Baricades. For many years Trower mainly played Gibson guitars, but more recently, he's played Fenders and has a custom-made Strat. He usually retunes his guitar down a tone to get access to a lower bass note.
Guitarist Robin Trower comes from Southend-on-sea. His professional career began in the early 1960s, and since then he's been a staple on the rock scene. He came to fame with Protocol Harum but left the band in 1971 after the group when through many changes in personnel and sound. He formed The Robin Trower Band in 1973 and has recorded about 20 studio albums with the group. Trower credits the quasi-vocal playing of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker as influences on his guitar style. He's also influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Scotty Moore.
In the late 1960s, Trower was a member of bands called The Paramounts and The Jam. He started to come to public attention when he joined Protocol Harum in 1967. The band is noted for contributing to the development of British progressive rock, and their sound was influenced by blues, R&B, soul and even classical music. Trower joined after the release of their successful single "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
He appeared on the band's next single "Homburg" along with the band's new drummer B.J. Wilson. The song peaked at No. 6 in the UK and No. 34 in the United States. Trower stayed with Protocol Harum until 1971, and they recorded five albums during that time.
Protocol Harum's 1968 album of the same name has been listed as one of Classic Rock Magazine's 50 Albums that Built Prog Rock. Trower also featured on Protocol Harum's Shine On Brightly and A Salty Dog. Trower left Protocol Harum in 1971, and in 1973, he formed The Robin Trower Band. Several of his early albums from this solo project achieved gold status in the United States, including Twice Removed from Yesterday, Bridge of Sighs and For Earth Below. Tower has recorded dozens of studio and live albums including reunion records with Protocol Harum in the 1990s and projects with Brian Ferry and Jack Bruce.
This guitar legend's skills are well-honed. Trower told Guitar Player that he's as passionate about music as ever. Fans with Robin Trower tickets can expect loud, energetic performances with great ensemble work and amazing solo playing. Trower's fans can expect to hear old favourites and hidden gems of his back catalogue.
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