Wednesday April 30, 2008
Band for Robin Trower -
by Dave (www.ten-years-after.com)
opening act is David Gogo from Canada. I was
watching this man setting up his equipment prior to
plugging in and playing. He just put a new set of
strings on his well travelled guitar, and during the
show he kept tugging on them in order to get them
stretched out and loosened up a little bit. David is
wearing a black shirt and leather pants, he looks
like a likeable person showing no signs of arrogance
in his body language. He goes about his business as
he’s probably done a thousand times before.
be honest, I’m not big on opening acts – thus
the unfortunate phrase “Warm Up Band”.
it has been my personal experience that these folks
that open for the main event are sometimes as good
if not better than the headliner – so I try to
overcome this ingrained
prejudice and listen to what they have to
comes on stage, introduces himself
and proceeds to announce “I’m just going
to bore you for twenty minutes or so” so here goes.
He wasted no time in getting up to speed as he jumps
right into the first song, with hard driving force
and excellent guitar work – full tilt onward.
now set the pace and heads right into the second and
third songs. He takes a minute to tell us that the
song “She’s Alright” featured the late / great
guitarist Jeff Healey on the cd version, but David
doesn’t elaborate on the subject, or about Jeff’s
sudden passing – as time is ticking away quickly.
Right into the next song he goes, this time it’s
blues time, but first he needs to chug down his beer
so that the empty bottle can now be used as a
“bottle neck slide”.
of my pet peeves is sloppy bottle neck guitar
playing – David is far from that category – in
fact he’s more than just proficient in the art of
slide guitar, he’s a confirmed expert in the field.
last song and his portion of the show is complete.
– his backup band and the audience are all happy,
and it’s thanks to David Gogo that the right
atmosphere is now set for Robin Trower.