August 8, 2014
Story by Scott A. Smith / Photo courtesy of RogerHodgson.com
Supertramp co-founder Roger Hodgson is launching his new Breakfast in America Tour in the U.S., which promises to give more than just a little bit to fans of the acclaimed singer/guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter.
Hodgson and his gifted solo band will perform Hodgson’s best-known Supertramp cuts like Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song, Dreamer, It’s Raining Again, School, and “Fool’s Overture.” – Roger Hodgson (writer and composer) with Orchestra
The sets also will include numerous selections from Hodgson’s post-Supertramp solo career, which started with Hodgson’s 1984 LP, “In The Eye of The Storm.” Supporting Hodgson’s recent “Classics Live” CD release, the upcoming tour will kick off Nov. 4 in Wabash, Ind. before traveling to Detroit (Nov. 6), Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Nov. 7), Ridgefield, Conn. (Nov. 8), Bethlehem, Penn. (Nov. 9), Huntington, N.Y. (Nov. 11) and Rama, Ontario, Canada (Nov. 14-15).
Hailed by many for his musical abilities and recognized twice by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for his songs, Hodgson also is an often unsung guitar hero. Those distinct six-string solos on Supertramp’s 1970-1982 albums are his, possessing more of a George Harrison/Mike Campbell flavor than the frequently overdone shredding style of other ax-holders.
The “classic” lineup of Supertramp – Hodgson, singer-keyboardist Rick Davies, bassist Dougie Thomson, drummer Bob Siebenberg and saxophonist John Helliwell – helped cement the band’s reputation as one of the best – and versatile – of rock bands. Supertramp’s pop rock-meets-progressive rock sound would eventually equate to more than 60 million albums sold and counting.
Hodgson’s near-future dates most likely will mirror the quality of his gig at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino back on Feb. 28, 2012, where Hodgson delivered a note-perfect set to an appreciative, capacity crowd. The set included lively takes of “Hide in Your Shell,” “Lovers in the Wind,” “Don’t Leave Me Now” and “Child of Vision,” as well as “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit” and “Take the Long Way Home.”
Even Hodgson’s pre-show mingling with VIP ticket-holders was magical, with the musician posing for photographs and signing a few autographs. When Clayton McGill of Van Buren, Ark., told Hodgson how deep his love for Supertramp’s music flows, Hodgson grinned.
“When I was a kid, my father sold more radios and stereo equipment at his Radio Shack store by playing Supertramp music than any other band,” McGill told Hodgson. “My father passed away about a year ago.”
Hodgson then placed his left hand on McGill’s shoulder before speaking.
“Well, maybe your father is looking down right now, and, hopefully, he likes what he’s seen and heard tonight.”