I can say that up until this concert of Rogerís in Madrid, I had never been to a venue that is located on land with such a rich history. The outdoor venue sits on what were formally the hunting grounds for the Kings of Spain, with the Royal Palace in full view from the stage. I found the setting to be quite fitting. Royal grounds for our grandeur lyricist and composer, Roger Hodgson.
As soon as the doors opened, it seemed as if all of Madrid was entering - people of all ages. Plus, it was so nice to see so many families. Everyone was in such a jovial mood and waiting for what was sure to be a most memorable night. What had started as a very warm day turned into a cool evening with a strong breeze.
Roger came on stage at the precise starting time. Everyone jumped to their feet and went wild with applause. The wonderful welcome went on for several minutes. He stood on the stage with a beautiful smile just soaking in the love being sent his way.
Soon Roger sat at his keyboard and the opening notes of Take the Long Way Home could be heard. While under the lights from the Palace, everyone was dancing, singing, and having the time of their lives. Every song was performed with effortlessness and perfection. Rogerís voice soared from the stage.
As always, it was such a joy to see Roger perform his "babiesĒ such as Dreamer, The Logical Song, Breakfast in America, and Hide in your Shell, to name a few. After the second standing ovation I started counting them and throughout the concert there were a total of five. This got me wondering how many artists have come even close to five standing ovations during their shows. I would bet not many.
Two songs that are not often performed, Know Who You Are and Say Goodbye, were so wonderful to hear. After the brilliant Foolís Overture, Roger said his goodbyes and left the stage. The audience very quickly made it clear that they wanted Roger back. He didnít keep us waiting long. Once again, School got everyone on their feet. It was so great to see people dancing and truly enjoying themselves.
The last song of the evening, Itís Raining Again, was met with a burst of applause. There was one couple who could not contain themselves and were literally dancing up and down the aisle. What a night had by all. Roger thanked his audience and said he hopes to come back soon. His return will not come soon enough.