|Saturday, February 26, 2011
Pechanga Casino and Resort ~ Temecula, CA ~ February 25, 2011 ~ Review by Linda Gianotti
What a glorious start to Roger's 2011 World Tour. A sell-out audience very warmly and enthusiastically greeted Roger when he walked out on stage. Many fans had travelled great distances for this most special evening. Fans were here from Montreal, Philadelphia, Hawaii, Wisconsin, and several cities in Texas, to name a few. Several had driven two days to get here. There was nothing that was going to keep fans from this concert.
As the first notes of Take the Long Way Home were heard, the applause was thunderous. Throughout the show, Roger regularly engaged his audience and talked about how some of his songs came about. He told us how Fool's Overture was actually three separate pieces of music that he had and that "one day they magically came together like a jigsaw." Every single song performed, such as Hide in Your Shell, Child of Vision, Fool's Overture,...was sheer perfection. Roger was in fine form and that soothing and velvety voice of his was flawless. His band, Aaron, Bryan, Kevin, and Ian were exceptional.
Tonight we got a very special surprise to hear a rarely performed song, London, from Roger's Hai Hai album. Sensational. Other songs on tonight's set list that are infrequently performed were Only Because of You, If Everyone Was Listening, and Know Who You Are. All magnigicent.
Roger closed the show with Give a Little Bit, which got everyone on their feet, dancing and singing along. It was a fantastic end to a most memorable show. I was watching the audience as they were leaving the venue and it was so touching to see people with such beaming faces and wide smiles. A most special evening, indeed.
**Comments published upon approval
Fridays show at pechanga was awesome !!!! The band was great, venue was acoustically sound and roger was what can i say perfect right on cue !!!!! thnx roger job well done again,again,again and again
Last night my wife and I took a little trip down memory lane and revisited one the best concerts we've ever attended. The year was 1983, The venue, the fabulous Forum! the group, Supertramp, one of the hottest groups of the time. It was an incredible evening! They were awesome! However the concert ended on a somewhat sad note, as co-founder Roger Hodgson, thanked the crowd he announced that he was leaving the band to spend time with his family. An audible gasp filled the Forum, then several moments of shocked silence, followed by a well deserved standing ovation. Hodgson was the voice, sound and backbone of Supertramp, and wrote nearly all of their biggest hits. It was sad, Supertramp had left the building... They were never quite the same band after his departure.
Yesterday afternoon we jumped in our time machine and drove out to Temecula. After a little wine tasting adventure and dinner at the Lazy Dog Cafe with my cousins Dave and Wallie, and good friends Dave and Barb, We headed over to the Pechanga Resort & Casino to see Supertramp's Rodger Hodgson! Backing Hodgson were four extremely gifted musicians, a drummer, bass player , keyboardist and a multi talented back up singer who also played keyboards and all the wind instruments. They were excellent! They added fullness and texture to Hodgson's songs and sounded as good as, if not better than, Supertramp of old, belting out tunes like School, Dreamer, Take the Long Way Home, the Logical Song, Give a Little Bit, my all time favorite, "Fool's Overture" and many more!
I was blown away! The music evoked a flood of memories. I smiled, cried, sighed and remembered, but mostly I enjoyed. Roger's songs are deeply personal and he sang them with a grace and style that brought true meaning to his lyrics! His stage presence is incredible! He is a sincere, humble English gentleman, and by the end of the evening you feel as though he has been your friend forever. I was deeply moved by his performance. He touched my soul. Being in attendance for the opening of Roger's 2011 American tour was one of the best concert experiences I've had in this new millennium. (Donavan would be a close second) If I had only known that it was going to be as fantastic as it was, I would have bought tickets for both nights! I can hardly wait til next time!
Thomas Wolfe was wrong, you can go home again, but be sure to take the long way home...