City: Tarzana, CA
Set length: Around 45 minutes
Get Nervous @ 8:00 PM
Hour of Trower @ 9:00 PM
Hammer of the Broads @ 10:00 PM
Maiden LA @ 11:00 PM
Made the trek out to The Valley to see a night of tribute bands that included an Iron Maiden tribute, a Led Zeppelin tribute, a Robin Trower tribute, and a Pat Benatar tribute. I contacted Hammer of the Broads ahead of time and got a response from Andrea (bass player), who was really nice and said it would be cool to photograph the band that night. Even though I got there around 8:45′ish I still managed to miss The Pat Benatar tribute. I walked in right as the singer was saying “Good Night!” Okay, here we go…
I dig this place. The staff is friendly, the sound is good and it is fairly easy to maneuver around the stage. Also, unless you are being a complete douche-nozzle, the security just lets you have a good time – not many of these types of bars left these days. If you are in the area just drop by and mention my name… They won’t know who the hell you are talking about but it might be a good conversation-starter… hah!
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Hour of Trower…
A Robin Trower tribute band. The only thing missing in this performance were Mr. Trower’s facial expressions! Other than that I thought they sounded tight and like the real thing. Facial expressions you ask? Well, I managed to catch the real Robin Trower back in the late ’80s at Calamity Jane’s in Vegas (Salty Dog was the opener) and I remember Mr. Trower making the greatest rock-n-roll faces I had ever seen in my life. The music was great but the expressions he made were phenomenal. Once again, I digress…
I have seen a couple of other Robin Trower tributes in the past and I would have to say that these guys were, by far, the best I have seen or heard when comparing to the real thing.
Also, I met the guitar player/singer of the band (Rick Hunter) after the show and he was a really nice guy. Rarely do band members go out of their way to say hello and chat for a few minutes, so I thought it was pretty cool that he came over after the set. Make sure to check out his pages and support these guys. If you like classic rock then Hour of Trower is sure to deliver for you!
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