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Robin Leonard Trower

9 March 1945, Catford, London SE.6 

Procol Harum albums

Procol Harum
Shine on Brightly
A Salty Dog
Broken Barricades
The Prodigal Stranger
The Long Goodbye

Paramounts (original!)
DVD: I'm Coming Home:
2005: click here to order

Photo: Robin Trower in 1967, before Procol Harum's
début departure to the USA. In 2010 Frans Steensma
showed the picture to Robin: "His reaction:
'But this is from Procol days!' he said. When I told
him he was 22 at the time, he laughed and quipped,
'I haven't changed a bit, have I?'"


Bridge of Sighs Scott Sutherland's impeccable Robin Trower website
Zigzag No 27 interview from December 1972
An informative RT page from California
Robin's 2003 album reviewed, Robin's 1973 album reviewed
An RT column mentioning PH, GB, Paramounts, etc.
RT talks to Circus Raves at the height of his popularity
1967 Interview with Robin Trower and BJ Wilson from New Musical Express
Robin Trower talks about Procol Harum in Guitar Player
Twice Removed ... / Bridge of Sighs review Q Magazine, June 1997
RT onstage in the 90s
Trower in rehearsal with his band, Jude
Trower: live photos from the 70s and from the 80s and from 1985
Robert Fripp praises Robin Trower
Was Robin Trower the secret benefactor of Syd Barrett?
Robin Trower photographed by Andy Warhol
Robin Trower's work on Repent Walpurgis
Steve's Trower page, which has many photos and worthwhile interviews
Robin Trower band, 2006Trower in Florida, 2001
Trower in Florida, 2008, and at Ridgefield, 2014
Trower in Karlsruhe, Germany, with Jack Bruce, 2009
Trower's comments in tribute to BJ Wilson
Trower songbooks online

Trower on stage on the eve of his sixtieth birthday
, and in April 2006
Trower on stage in June 2009, and at 4th and B in San Diego
Terrific Trower concert from the Ides of March 1975

Trower article in Spoken Spokane
All About Robin Trower (October 2009)
Ten tips to playing like RT (much good material here)
How Trower gets that sound

guitar links

Links to some interviews:
Trower in Guitar One, March 2001
1993 Guitar magazine: substantial interview
October 1997 interview by Vintage Guitar Magazine
July 1980 interview by Guitar Player
March 1988 interview by Guitar World
April 1987 interview in Guitar World ... interesting, but very inaccurate in places
20th Century Guitar Magazine, December 2001
Excerpt from Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer and Trower
Robin Trower interviewed by Steve Janowsky

Trower tour 2008
Trower, Bruce and Husband, Nijmegen, 2009
Trower UK tour 2010

Visit Funky Paul's website to see his artwork for several Robin Tower albums
Overview of Bridge of Sighs from the preface to the songbook
Trower DVD (2005): Living out of Time
Interview from the above DVD
Review of The Playful Heart ... and another (2010)
Review of Something's About to Change (2015)
Review of Where Are You Going To? (2016)
A fan's report on RT in concert, 16 November 2005
A fan's report on RT in concert, 20 September 2009
A fan's report on RT in concert, 23 September 2010
RT in concert, May 2011; photos from 5 June 2011; review from 11 June 2011
A nice estimation of Trower in The Lefsetz Letter

Robert Fripp on Robin Trower (at the time of the Red album, 1974):

'He's a little hairier and a little closer to rock than I like to operate but we have found a rapport," he said. "A lot of rockers I find aggressive and uptight but Robin has spirit, from the heart, and a measure of control. The rock & roll business is constructed on wholly false values, impermanent and mainly pernicious, though not in an obvious way, so it is fine to find a musician not really affected by it.

Trower studio albums:


Twice Removed from Yesterday (prod. Matthew Fisher)


Bridge of Sighs (prod. Matthew Fisher)


For Earth Below (prod. Matthew Fisher)


Long Misty Days


In City Dreams


Caravan to Midnight


Victims of the Fury


Back It Up




Take What You Need


In the Line of Fire


20th Century Blues


Someday Blues


Go My Way


Living Out of Time


Another Days Blues


What Lies Beneath


The Playful Heart


Roots and Branches


Something's About To Change


Where You Are Going To?


Time and Emotion


This portrait (above) was taken at the Robin Trower Band's Chicago Auditorium
gig in 1974 by Jim Summaria, who at that time was the photographer for a Chicago
concert promoter: 
visit his website; more of his work at BtP here

First Chrysalis promo photo for the Robin Trower Band (March 1973). 'Sadly both Jimmy Dewar and Reg Isidore
aren't among us anymore,' adds Frans Steensma, who kindly sent the photo.

First single from Robin Trower (April 1973). A rare Dutch picture sleeve, kindly sent by Frans Steensma

Frans Steensma writes, 'Saw Robin's A Tale Untold Tour in Boerderij, Zoetermeer (first gig European tour) and Paradiso (sold out!) early September 2010.
Good shows: only Davey Pattison was slightly below par, due to a cold. A surprise to hear three new songs (You Can Find Me, The Turning and Not Inside - Outside).
And it produced some nice signed items for the collection. Above, Zoetermeer ticket: only RT came out, so only one signature.

Paradiso ticket. Luckily after the show the band came out complete so next to RT there's Davey Pattison, Glenn Letsch and Pete Thompson


RT with shoes, hat, etc, in 2020; and a link to his Blues Podcast from the same year

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