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    72 and Still Going Strong!

    Just got back from seeing this guy play in Chicago. 72 years old with white hair and still going strong!

    Anybody recognize this guy? He's one of my guitar heroes from the 1970s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob p View Post
    Anybody recognize this guy? He's one of my guitar heroes from the 1970s.
    Robin Trower?

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    I don't know how many times I listened to his solo on "Repent Walpurgis" from the first Procol Harum album, and tried to mimic his style. Trower has never been as adventuresome in his exploration as Jeff Beck, but he has never been a wanker, simply strolling aimlessly through his inventory of riffs. There is always something thoughtful in his playing, even if it isn't groundbreaking. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. One could say the same thing about Charlie Byrd or Joe Pass.

    Strum on, Robin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob p View Post
    Anybody recognize this guy? He's one of my guitar heroes from the 1970s.
    I can't place the face... but I think I recognize the shirt.

    -rb

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    My clue was the name Trower in the link.

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    Cheers to Robin, and 258 days before Robin entered the world this guy did

    74 on June 24th!
    also still going strong, though with miraculously black hair

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob p View Post
    Just got back from seeing this guy play in Chicago. 72 years old with white hair and still going strong!
    Caught the Trower show just over a year ago at the 500-seater in Ridgefield CT. Lots of terrific work since he left Procol Harum, but some of my all time favorite Trower tones & licks he did with that band.

    Good to see you back too bob!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    My clue was the name Trower in the link.
    Enzo, that's cheating. Once I realized that I left the name in the link, I changed the filename to keep the game honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hammer View Post
    I don't know how many times I listened to his solo on "Repent Walpurgis" from the first Procol Harum album, and tried to mimic his style. Trower has never been as adventuresome in his exploration as Jeff Beck, but he has never been a wanker, simply strolling aimlessly through his inventory of riffs. There is always something thoughtful in his playing, even if it isn't groundbreaking. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. One could say the same thing about Charlie Byrd or Joe Pass.

    Strum on, Robin!
    Great ideas Mark, and I have to say that I agree with you completely. Although Trower may not be thought of as being as groundbreaking as some other guitarists, but I think it's fair to say that he arrived in the right place at the right time in history with the right sound and the style -- even though he arrived with a really bad haircut!



    I always thought he was a great player, and he's the reason that I bought my first Cry Baby. Now that it's 50 years later I'm glad to see that he's still going strong. I was surprised to learn from the Wikipedia article that Robert Fripp took lessons from him!

    Like you, Leo, I was fortunate enough to catch his in a small venue. It was a rare opportunity to see one of the original power-trio Strat masters breathing fire through a 1987 Marshall, live and in the flesh. Unfortunately, the passage of time is making it harder and harder to catch an original act, so I was very excited about attending the show. It was every bit as great as I had hoped it would be.

    One thing that I had never realized until I had a chance to see him play up close: Robin Trower has to give the worlds greatest "guitar face" while he's playing. If you've ever had a chance to see him up close, then you know what I mean!

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    "Stand back, I'm holding a calculator." - chinrest

    "I happen to have an original 1955 Stratocaster! The neck and body have been replaced with top quality Warmoth parts, I upgraded the hardware and put in custom, hand wound pickups. It's fabulous. There's nothing like that vintage tone or owning an original." - Chuck H

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    Killer tasty player.

    As of the other issue, given that killer Rock Guitar as we know it was created late 60īs early 70īs , a little Math says that most Musicians (and Fan Base ) is within the 60/70 y.o. band , "+/-20% as Leo would say"

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