The inimitable Tom Robinson, best known for hits like 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Don’t Take No For An Answer, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby, is back with a new album and an extensive tour this Autumn – including a visit to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on November 6.
The veteran rock star turned genial 6 Music radio presenter will be hanging up his headphones temporarily as he takes Only The Now – his first LP in 20 years – out on the road with an enviable backing band in tow (Gerry Diver, Faithless’ Andy Treacey) and as well as his Capital visit, he’ll also play Glasgow’s Oran Mor (Nov 7) and Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree (Nov 8) in a trio of Scottish dates.
Only The Now – made with award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver and released by Pledge Music this October – sees a star-studded cast join Robinson on the record with guest spots from Sir Ian McKellen, Colin Firth, John Grant, Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah and many more.
“I’ve had some of the best times in my life in Edinburgh – which for many years was a kind of home from home,” Robinson tells AAA. “Playing long runs of shows at the Fringe during the 80s and early 90s, I always loved living in flats in different parts of the city, especially the Old Town.
“I miss the wild nights at Bannerman’s, vegetarian breakfasts next day at Henderson’s – and even running the gauntlet of Lothian Road on a Saturday night.
“Working full-time at BBC 6 Music has kept me away for far too long, and I haven’t actually played the Queen’s Hall since the late 1980s.
In fact,” he adds, “this show on November 6th will be my first full band show this century anywhere in Scotland… I can’t wait.”
Tom Robinson plus special guests, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, November 6, doors 7pm, £20, 0131-668 2019