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Interview:
Robin Trower at the Royal Oak, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Forty-five years ago Robin Trower released his first solo album, “Twice Removed From Yesterday,” and he hasn’t looked back since. With good reason.

Coming out of the ranks of Procol Harum, Trower forged a path rooted in rock and blues with, early on, a Hendrixian embrace of psychedelic pyrotechnics. It’s served the 73-year-old British native well over the course of 22 albums, as well as collaborations with Jack Bruce and Bryan Ferry.

More recently, too, Trower’s voice has come from more than his fingers, as he’s picked up the lead singing mantle on his most recent albums, including last year’s “Time And Emotion”...

• Trower ascribes the longevity of his solo career to that fact that “I really enjoy playing those songs. They’re still very potent pieces of music, which is great after such a long time. There’s a lot of ingredients that go into making them work -- passion, soul, energy -- and I think that’s why they’re such a challenge. My attitude is I’m still trying to play them as good as they can be played rather than trying to reinvent them in any way.”

• Noting that “every time you finish an album you always think, ‘The next one I’ll really get it right’,” Trower is, in fact, almost done with his next project. “I’ve got a few more days’ work on it,” he says. “It’s my usual combination of blues, Rhythm & blues, rock ‘n’ roll, that combination. But I think there’s strength to it -- an authority, maybe. I think it’s got some pretty deep stuff on it, to be honest. It’s too early to say whether any of those tracks are going to be my favorite of all time, but there’s some potent stuff on there, I know that.” Trower has also started working on a project with reggae singer Maxi Priest that he says leans in more of an R&B direction.

• In addition to his solo career anniversary, Trower is also tied in to Procol Harum’s 60th anniversary, which the group is observing this year. “I always thinking back as that being my schooling,” says Trower, who played on the group’s first six albums. “I learned everything I needed to know about the studio and touring and all that kind of thing. That gave me a great basis to start my own career from.”



If You Go:

• Robin Trower

• Saturday, April 7. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

• Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show, $75 reserved.

• Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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