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LAST Saturday (18 September) my family and I went up to London’s Shepherds Bush Empire to see legendary guitarist Robin Trower and his band. Trower was once a member of Procol Harum (but didn’t play on that song).

Robin Trower

The support act – Aynsley Lister and his band – weren’t bad. They were certainly better than some of the bands they play on the radio station I listen to though.

But Trower just totally blew my mind. I’d seen him with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce last year at the same venue and the effect was much the same.

How do I put what I felt like at the concert into words? It was as if somebody had attached jump leads to my brain and hit the ‘on’ button. It was like there was a party in my head and ears and it didn’t matter if your name was on the list or not, you were getting in. 😀

I implore you dear reader, if you like rock music, and if you ever get wind of Trower playing within easy-to-get-to distance from you, just go and see him. You will not regret it one bit.

My future gigs:

  • Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, 16 October 2010 @ Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
  • Peter Frampton, 5 March 2011 @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
  • Roger Waters The Wall Tour, 12 May @ The O2 Arena, London.
  • Eric Clapton, 24 May @ the Royal Albert Hall, London.


On a slightly sadder note now, it is 30 years to the day that John Bonham – the drummer from Led Zeppelin – died in the early hours of the morning of 25 September 1980.

The day before he had been rehearsing with Led Zeppelin in preparation for the band’s first U.S. tour in three years. He had also drunk 40 shots of vodka, which caused him to vomit in his sleep and ended up asphyxiating himself. Bonham’s body was found by Led Zeppelin’s new tour manager Benji LeFevre and bassist John Paul Jones. He was only 32 years old.

John Bonham is considered by many to be one of, if not the, best rock drummer of all time. He is still sorely missed.

John Bonham (1948 - 1980)

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