Supertramp co-founder Roger Hodgson electrifies audience in Bethlehem, PA
By: James Wood | AXS Contributor | Nov 10, 2014
I was born in the same year that Roger
Supertramp in 1969. And in the forty-five years since, Hodgson's music
has become an integral part of the soundtrack of my life. His songs have
left an almost indelible mark on me as a person. Comforting me during
tough times as well as seeing me through many summers of childhood
reverie. So Hodgson's visit to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Sunday night
was a bit of a milestone event. A chance to rekindle acquaintance with
an old friend while bringing back those innocent memories of youth.
Arriving on stage to a standing ovation and accompanied
by a sensational four-piece band, Hodgson would spend the better part of
the next two hours captivating an audience at The Sands Event Center
with his trademark blend of melody and introspective lyrics. Equally as
impressive is the fact that all of the songs performed were written and
composed by Hodgson and are part of his own catalog and are not "Supertramp"
From the opening notes of "Take The Long Way Home" fans
were engaged in an arsenal of hits that span more than four decades.
Songs like "Breakfast In America," The More I Look," Hide In Your
Shell," "Lord is it Mine" and "The Logical Song". Along the way, Hodgson
told stories of his own musical journey and spirited song creation. At
one point, he even remembered that it was nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania
where Supertramp played their very first show in America back in the mid
After a short intermission, Hodgson returned to the stage
with "Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)". An infectious track from
his debut solo album "In the Eye of the Storm" and a song which had
somehow become lost in my sporadic subconscious for years. The memories
recalled from listening to that song again after all of this time
cemented a smile on my face that would last for the remainder of the
Hodgson's second set was equally on par with the first.
Songs included "Death and a Zoo," "If Everyone Was Listening," "Dreamer"
and concluded with the hauntingly surreal progressive classic, "Fool's
Overture" - which received yet another standing ovation.
But Hodgson wasn't finished. He returned to the stage for
an encore performance of "Two Of Us" and the quintessential Supertramp
favorite, "Give A Little Bit". By this point, dozens of colorful
balloons had begun to rain down upon the event center audience, giving
Hodgson the perfect opportunity to include the song "It's Raining Again"
from Supertramp's "Famous Last Words" to close out the show. A fitting
end to an unforgettable evening.
As I exited the event center and into the chilly November
night, I was reminded that real music still exists in the hearts and
minds of us forty-somethings. Thankfully, we have someone like Roger
Hodgson to help us find it.
Roger Hodgson Set List (Bethlehem, PA)
Take the Long Way Home
Breakfast in America
The More I Look
Easy Does It / Sister Moonshine
Hide in Your Shell
Lord Is It Mine
The Logical Song
Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)
Death and a Zoo
If Everyone Was Listening
Child of Vision
Two of Us
Give a Little Bit
It's Raining Again
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