013 – Tilburg – 1 November 2006
Every time you hear Walter Trout it is a real pleasure as he plays with so much enthusiasm and fun as if it were the first time that he is on stage. Walter has been coming to the Netherlands for 17 years and he still enjoys it as his Dutch fans are very loyal and dedicated. Walter is assisted by Sammy Avila on keys, Rick Knapp on bass and Joey Pafumi on drums. During a couple of songs former Sleeze Beez shouter Andrew Elt joins the band to do some lead and background vocals.
Walter’s last album “ Full Circle’ – which is a celebration of diverse styles within the blues genre – is of course the centre point of the set list. So, we were treated to some wonderful stories about the stars that Walter has played with on that album, like Jeff Healey, Joe Bonamassa and Guitar Shorty. Highlight songs of that album that were also played tonight were “Can’t Help Falling Apart” and “Workin’ Overtime”, the latter being introduced by a stand up comedian wanna-be Walter Trout (mister Bush eat your heart out!).
Of course the band also did some older stuff, like the magnificent “Life in the Jungle” and the brilliant “The Love That We Once Knew”, which was sang-a-long by the audience in great numbers. “Going Down” featured Sammy Avila and Andrew Elt on vocals turning it into a real rock killer. But of course Walter stole the show with his incredible display of guitar picking, his solos were sheer heavenly, played with heart and soul, making again clear that mister Trout is probably one of the most under rated guitar players ever.
If you like the blues and guitar playing then you should go to the next Walter Trout gig, you will not be disappointed.
Review & photos by Martien Koolen.
Official Walter Trout & The Radicals website www.waltertrout.com