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WALTER TROUT, 12 Bar Club, Swindon 11 October 2009
rock has come of age when someone like Walter Trout is celebrating his
20th anniversary tour.
all is the same Mr.Trout whose T shirts ironically proclaim ‘Too many
notes, Too Loud!’ and who has made light of the ‘Too rock for blues and
too blues for rock’ tag. In fact none of the former is true as he
seamlessly wove his way through several career highlights from his
prodigious 17 album solo career.
balanced set drew on some intense high’s - think cascading notes over
Sammy Avila’s rumbling Hammond fills - as much as on some down in the dirt
For as this
sell out audience proved Trout is a man for all seasons. He did indeed
launch into several startling volleys of notes clusters, particularly on
the reactivated ‘Fast Moving Traffic’ on which he brought out the very
best in his band.
On the night
‘Traffic’ was brilliantly transformed from a polished studio outing into a
fiery rocker with maximum band interplay. Trout himself stood back
extended an arm and called for appreciation for his band members, a
gesture that perfectly summed up a magical moment.
other career nuggets were dusted down and rejigged including his early
career signature tune ‘Life in the Jungle’ and the impressive ‘Under My
Skin’ with some lovely four part harmonies.
still, the audience quickly picked up on the FM rock favourite ‘Motivation
of Love’ on which Walter produced some outstanding ascending guitar lines
and the emotive ‘Crying in the Darkness’ one of three new songs on the
‘Unspoiled By Progress’ anthology album.
got even better when Walter invited the support band’s guitarist Billy
Walton to jam with him. Billy had earlier received a great reception from
the crowd with his own power trio and he further enhanced his reputation
on a slow blues that had everything from contrasting tone colours to
intense vibrato and sustain, as well as a sparring finale worthy of the
meeting of New Jersey’s finest.
measure of Trout’s experience and sheer class that he was able to channel
the climactic response into a further 45 minutes of scorching rock/blues,
cruising past the 2 hour mark with a ripping encore in the shape of Don
Nix’s ‘Going Down’.
notes, Too loud? Not tonight as this was a consummate performance by a
stellar guitarist with a road tested band who still have thousands of
miles left in their tank.
by Pete Feenstra
Richard Boyles, except where indicated
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Features Editor Pete Feenstra talks to Walter Trout