Lemon Tree date for rocker

Robin Trower
Robin Trower

British rock guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower will include Aberdeen in a UK tour next spring with a brand new studio release to follow last year’s critically-acclaimed Roots and Branches album.

He will play the city’s Lemon Tree on Sunday, April 5, as one of only two Scottish dates.

Hailed as one of the finest guitarists in rock history, Trower’s career has spanned more than four decades.

In the early 60s, when he played guitar in various London-based bands, his fans included The Rolling Stones and in 1967, he received his big break when he joined Procol Harum, and remained a member until 1972.

After leaving Procol Harum, his solo career included forming a power trio that transformed him into a celebrated guitar innovator. His early albums share a tough, explosive guitar style mixed with his trademark “soft psychedelia” that made him stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Throughout his solo career, he has been regarded as the ‘white’ Hendrix due to his uncanny ability to channel Jimi’s bluesy, psychedelic, Fender Strat playing style.

His second album Bridge of Sighs skyrocketed into the US Top 10 in 1974, peaking at number seven selling a million and a half copies. It still sells 15,000 copies yearly worldwide.

Although Bridge of Sighs was to be his most popular solo release, Trower’s stock continued to rise throughout the 70s and 80s, including a brief stint with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce which spawned the albums B.L.T. and Truce.

In the 90s, Robin returned to Procol Harum for a brief reunion, before backing ex-Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry on a few releases and touring the USA with his power trio.

After linking up with Bryan Ferry again, to work and play on Bryan’s Frantic album in 2002, in the following years he concentrated on writing and producing film music for releases such as Good Humour Man.

Tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by calling 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s.