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THERE are few vocalists instantly recognisable from the first few bars of a song but Roger Hodgson is certainly one of that unique band.

The singer/songwriter of Seventies and Eighties band Supertramp, his voice is as unmistakable as the distinct keyboard sound of their early hits.

The mainstay of a band selling more than 60 million records worldwide, Hodgson quit to lead a more spiritual existence.

Having not toured the UK since 1983, he could be forgiven for being a little rusty, but that was not the case as he worked his way effortlessly through his former band’s wonderful back catalogue along with a few of his solo efforts.

Playing mostly solo, support was provided by the excellent Aaron MacDonald on sax and backing vocals who complemented Hodgson perfectly, most notably on superb renditions of The Logical Song and Breakfast in America.

Hodgson looked genuinely touched by the reception he had from a very enthusiastic crowd on his opening night and responded with stunning versions of Dreamer, Give A Little Bit and Sister Moonshine.

Having taken more than 20 years to get him on the road in the UK, hopefully this welcome will ensure a swift return.

- South Wales Echo


By Karl McLaughlin

Supertramp legend Roger Hodgson fulfilled, in his words, a lifetime ambition to travel down to Tenerife and he did not disappoint the 5000 fans who turned up to see him perform.

Despite the language bagier separating him from the vast majority (virtually all except for a small but noisy British contingent)Hodgsonendeared himself to the audience -made up largely of people in their late-40s and 50s, although the occasional fresh-faced new recruit to his music was spotted - and gave the lie to the oft-repeated criticism that singers who still cling on to their past, particularly if from 30 years ago or more, are to be avoided like the plague.

Nobody would argüe that the fans who packed the impressive indoor Santiago Martín stadium between Santa Cruz and La Laguna were delving into their ' memories for the night and were prepared to pay 30 euros for the privilege. But Hodgson demonstrated from the wood go that he is not a man of the past in terms of voice or stage 'savoir faire'. The highest compliment he can be (and was) paid is that he probably sounds better live today than in the recordinq studio more than a generation ago. - Tenerife News



By Jeff Miers NEWS POP MUSIC CRITIC
Updated: 05/26/07 6:46 AM
Nearly 40 years ago, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies cofounded Supertramp.
The group’s sound — a poetic blend of Beatles-based harmonic complexity, the grandiosity of the best progressive rock, and an intellectual and spirited strain of pop — spawned several of the finest rock albums of the 1970s, and became a cornerstone in the musical educations of a generation of listeners.
Hodgson’s songs have aged incredibly well, the compositional sophistication, incisive and intelligent lyrics and bountiful soulfulness sounding perhaps even more powerful in an age when very few songwriters set their standards so high. Like his songs, Hodgson remains a real life force in person, his beaming intensity and cleareyed generosity as both musician and host bearing the indelible marking of a light still burning brightly.
On Friday, Hodgson, — with only saxophonist and harmony vocalist Aaron MacDonald for company — held a full house inside the Avalon Ballroom in the palm of his hand for two hours. During the show, he was far from stingy with his bestknown songs and generous with new compositions, as well.
This was not a casual crowd assembled here. These were longtime fans of Supertramp and Hodgson, and what appeared to be a healthy portion of 20-somethings who might’ve nicked “Crime of the Century” and “Breakfast in America” from their parents’ collections.
The evening was incredibly emotional, both onstage and out front, where several members of the audience seated near me wept openly during such yearning-laced bits of musical poetry as “Lord Is It Mine” and “Hide in Your Shell.” This might sound corny, but it certainly wasn’t — Hodgson’s songs boast airy melodies that are easy to love, but he digs deep and hits hard, marrying melody to lyric like few other writers this side of McCartney and Lennon.
Dressed in a flowing white shirt and black slacks, Hodgson looked pretty much the same as he appeared 30 years ago, when he strode onstage to a standing ovation, sat down at the electric piano, and sounded the opening left-hand chords heralding “Take the Long Way Home.” Immediately, it was apparent that time has done nothing to weather Hodgson’s voice, a high tenor able to reach for [and fully grasp] incredibly elevated notes with grace.
Grabbing one of two mouthwatering [for the guitarists in the audience, anyway] Guild 12- string acoustics, Hodgson led the crowd through a spirited “Give a Little Bit,” one of the tunes that deservedly earned the man his reputation as a writer of incredibly uplifting songs that are simultaneously musically adventurous.
“Lovers in the Wind,” from “In the Eye of the Storm,” Hodgson’s first solo album after leaving Supertramp in the early 1980s, was an elegant ballad performed at the grand piano. “Hide in Your Shell,” from Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” album, found MacDonald spraying gorgeous tenor sax lines around Hodgson’s vocal, which was spot-on. The early tune “Rosie Had Everything Planned” featured some textural melodica playing from Mac- Donald. Another newer piece, “Along Came Mary,” boasted a haunting Celtic melody, and MacDonald underscored it as he switched between tin whistle and soprano sax. This was one of the set’s high points.
Another — not surprisingly — was “The Logical Song,” the pop song equivalent of James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” It came as a shock when Hodgson revealed that he wrote this tune while still in high school, trapped in an all-male boarding school he described as oppressive at best.
Hodgson’s set was absolutely flawless, but more importantly, it was inspiring. His is clearly a generous spirit, one that serves his prodigious talent well.
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Roger Hodgson
Friday night in Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ont. Another performance at 9 p. m. tonight.
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- Buffalo News


Discography

Roger Hodgson’s Selected Discography with Supertramp
The songs listed below each of the Supertramp albums are the ones that Roger composed the music and wrote the lyrics for:

Supertramp (1970)
Includes
Indelibly Stamped (1971)
Includes
Crime of the Century (1974)
Includes
• Surely
• Aubade – and I am Not Like Other Birds of Prey
• Words Unspoken
• Try Again
• Surely • Travelled
• Rosie Had Everything Planned
• Potter
• Aries • School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• If Everyone was Listening


Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
Includes
Even in the Quietest Moments (1977)
Includes
Breakfast in America (1979)
Includes
• Easy Does It
• Sister Moonshine
• A Soapbox Opera
• Lady
• The Meaning
• Two of Us • Give a Little Bit
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Babaji
• Fool’s Overture
• The Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• Lord is it Mine?
• Child of Vision


Paris Live (1980)
Includes
Famous Last Words (1982)
Includes
The Very Best of Supertramp Vol. 1
Includes
• School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• A Soapbox Opera
• Two of Us
• Fool’s Overture
• Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home • Crazy
• It’s Raining Again
• Know Who You Are
• C’est le bon
• Don’t Leave Me Now

• School
• Hide in Your Shell
• Dreamer
• Give a Little Bit
• Logical Song
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• It’s Raining Again


The Very Best of Supertramp Vol 2
Includes
Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology (2005)
Includes
• If Everyone was Listening
• A Soapbox Opera
• Lady
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Babaji
• Fool’s Overture
• Don’t Leave Me Now • Surely
• Land Ho
• School
• Dreamer
• Sister Moonshine
• Lady
• Two of Us
• Give a Little Bit
• Logical Song • Even in the Quietest Moments
• Breakfast in America
• Take the Long Way Home
• It’s Raining Again
• Don’t Leave Me Now
Though all songs recorded by Supertramp up until 1983 were legally credited Davies/Hodgson, Roger and Rick wrote separately on all of the above songs except School. They shared the writer's credit, much like Lennon & McCartney did with the Beatles.

Roger Hodgson’s Solo Discography


In the Eye of the Storm (1984)
Hai Hai (1987)
Includes
• Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)
• In Jeopardy
• Lovers in the Wind
• Hooked on a Problem
• Give Me Love, Give Me Life
• I’m Not Afraid
• Only Because of You Includes
• Right Place
• My Magazine
• London
• You Make Me Love You
• Hai Hai
• Who’s Afraid?
• Desert Love
• Land Ho
• House on the Corner
• Puppet Dance


Rites of Passage – Live (1997)
Open the Door (2000)
Includes
• Every Trick in the Book
• In Jeopardy
• Showdown
• Don’t You Want to Get High?
• Take the Long Way Home
• Red Lake
• Time Waits for No One
• Logical Song
• Give a Little Bit Includes
• Along Came Mary
• The More I Look
• Showdown
• Hungry
• The Garden
• Death and a Zoo
• Love is a Thousand Times
• Say Goodbye
• Open the Door
• For Every Man


Take the Long Way Home – Live in Montreal DVD (2006)
Includes
• Take the Long Way Home
• Give a Little Bit
• Loves in the Wind
• Hide in Your Shell
• Oh Brother
• Logical Song
• Easy Does It
• Sister Moonshine • Love is a Thousand Times
• Breakfast in America
• Don’t Leave Me Now
• Dreamer
• It’s Raining Again
• School
• Two of Us
• Give a Little Bit

Bonus Features
• Even in the Quietest Moments
• Dreamer (with Orchestra)
• Logical Song (with Orchestra)
• Fool’s Overture (with Orchestra)

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Bio

Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, song writers and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Dreamer”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Breakfast In America”, “It’s Raining Again”, “School”, and “Fools Overture” and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives. His trademark way of setting beautiful introspective lyrics to upbeat melodies resonated and found its way into the hearts and minds of people from cultures around the world. His songs have remarkably stood the test of time and earned Roger and Supertramp an adoring worldwide following.
During the time that Roger led the band, Supertramp sold well over 60 million albums and became a worldwide rock phenomenon. In Canada alone, sales for “Crime of the Century” and “Breakfast in America” reached Diamond status; meaning one in fifteen Canadians owned both albums. The wildly successful “Breakfast in America,” with 3 of its 4 top ten hits written and sung by Roger, hit number one in every country and stayed on the top of the charts for a full year, becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Roger spent much of his childhood at boarding school where his guitar became his best friend. Self-taught, he began writing songs at the age of twelve, eventually adding piano, bass, drums and even cello to his musical accomplishments. It wasn’t long after his final school year that he recorded his first studio record called “Mr. Boyd” with a session band that included pianist Reg Dwight, later to become known as Elton John. It was during this time that Roger met Rick Davies and the nucleus of Supertramp was born. Their initial collaborations attracted the attention of A&M Records and their first album “Supertramp” was released in 1969. Roger was 19.
Shortly after their second album Roger and Rick began writing separately; though like Lennon/McCartney they maintained a joint writer’s credit throughout their Supertramp career. In 1973 the band released “Crime of the Century” with Roger’s song “Dreamer” becoming a #1 hit and driving the album to the top of the charts. Supertramp had arrived.
For the next nine years, dubbed by fans as the “Golden Years,” four studio albums and numerous tours culminated in the worldwide success of “Breakfast in America” which sold 18,000,000 copies. Roger’s songwriting, arranging, and producing skills resulted in three classic hits from the album - “The Logical Song”, “Take the Long Way Home” and “Breakfast In America”. Many awards followed with “Logical Song” being named best song musically and lyrically at England’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in 1980. “Logical Song” also had the distinction of becoming one of the most quoted lyrics in schools.
Roger parted company with Supertramp in 1983 after the “Famous Last Words” album and mega rock stadium tour. Following his heart, he chose to live a simple lifestyle in nature with his new family and pursue his spiritual values. He built a state of the art recording studio at home so he could still work and be with his children as they grew up. His first solo album, “In the Eye of the Storm”, was released in 1984 and became an international hit, selling over 2 million copies. Turning down offers to tour, Roger instead kept his focus on home and family. In 1987, the same week that Roger’s second album “Hai, Hai” was released, Roger took a bad fall and shattered both his wrists. Doctors told him he would never play music again. After a long period of self-healing and physical therapy, Roger proved them wrong, his passion and natural genius once again being expressed through his music.
Roger would wait 10 years before releasing his next album, “Rites of Passage” in which he was proudly accompanied by his son, Andrew. This 1997 live album fulfilled fans’ yearning for new material, as well as including a few of Roger’s classic hits. In 2000 Roger’s next studio album, “Open the Door,” brought more of his creative lyrics and composing, with songs like “Love is a Thousand Times,” which he recently recorded live on his DVD.
The 2005 release “Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology” is a 2- CD collection of Classic songs recorded by Supertramp from 1969 to 2005. Roger wrote and sang lead on 14 of the 32 tracks, and either played or lent his creative touch to all but one track of this anthology.
To this day Roger continues to write music and lyrics and has over 60 unreleased songs. He compares his writing process to an artist painting a picture, keeping it close to his heart until the picture is complete before he shares it with the world. Often drawing upon his own life experiences, Roger’s songs convey a very personal message to audiences around the world.
It is only since 2002, with his children grown and a spiritual rebirth, that Roger has felt the call to tour again. The legend i