To my delight Roger Hodgson opened his 2011 tour right here in the United States at Pechanga Resort at Temecula, California. Traveling from Wisconsin to experience both shows was so worth the adventure for Roger and company delivered.
This was the first time I had seen Roger with a full complement of musicians and if you had closed your eyes you would have been hard pressed to distinguish between the sound of this group and Rogers former band.
Roger along with Aaron McDonald (multi-instrumentalist), Ian Stewart (bass), Bryan Head (Drums), and Kevin Adamson (Keyboard player) offered flawless performances. Friday night February 25th, you could feel the first show of the season excitement, the chemistry of between the players and their interactions with the audience, it was electric. Saturday February 26th, Rogers humble presence filled the room and his appreciation for the 2nd sold out performance, was give to his enthusiastic fans. With his voice completely in form and the his heartfelt dedication to his mentor, the show ended way too quickly while I struggled to regain control over my emotions.
I now sit planning when I could possibly experience another evening of Roger Hodgson offering a personal journey through his life in the form of his gentle and humble music.
Thank you Roger (thatís never a big enough word to express my appreciation for his gifts).