|Thursday, March 24, 2011
Copenhagen, Denmark ~ March 19, 2011 ~ Review by Morten Andersen
Roger Hodgson visited Copenhagen the 19 of March. It was a great show, but let me start somewhere else.
More than 30 years ago I was introduced to Supertramp. It was in my early teenage years. And of course I thought the music was great. But to me it was just music like music from other great bands, like Pink Floyd, Queen, Chicago, Toto and David Bowie.
I didn’t think that album was a need to have, when Roger Hodgson released In The Eye Of The Storm in 1984. But I knew he was the voice of Supertramp, and the album sounded just like Supertramp to me. So the album went in to my collection of music. I must admit, I didn’t have the album in the house for a long time before I knew, the music was very special. It made me go back and listen even more to Supertramps music. And at that time I realized when Roger Hodgson is involved; it’s so much more than just music.
Years went by – and suddenly Roger Hodgson should play in Denmark . It is three years ago, and my wife and I was at the concert. It was amazing. At first I thought the concert was a play back. No one could play like this live. But it wasn’t.
When my wife saw Roger should play a concert in Copenhagen , she very quickly bought tickets for us. We hadn’t forgot our first concert and hoped to get the same experience once again. She bought the tickets four months prior to the concert. Wait, wait and wait. But we were excited and we looked forward to the concert.
Meanwhile I saw a competition on Facebook. Set a list for Rogers concert and win access to a soundcheck. I participated. And I won! Me – I’m the one who never wins any thing. I went all the way to the skies and back. The only thing: It was for a concert in Germany . A couple of emails later, the prize were changed to the concert in Copenhagen.
Time went by – slowly. But then it was the day. We arrived by the concert hall at 4.30 PM, as told. First we talked to the man who got the concert to Denmark. A while before 5 PM a Danish guy showed up. He gave us "access all area" cards. Was my eyes big or what! He told us he would show us to the soundcheck, and he said he would pick us up after the concert so we could meet Roger.
I did really have a problem believing it. Meet Roger!!! How great is that?!
We vent down to the soundcheck. For al most an hour and a half we saw Roger checking sound, assembling a new keyboard and play a little – and try to figure out the manual for the new keyboard. Maybe it sounds crazy, but it was amazing to see a man, a musical genius in my opinion and a world wide superstar, do so much by him self. Hard to believe he is just a human like us. In my wife opinion he is an angel. (Don’t tell her – I think she is right).
After the soundcheck: Dinner. And then the show.
I do not think I need to write about the show. You all will know, it was a great great show, with moments saved in my heart. As by the first concert I went to with Roger, I still think, the man can write the words and the music, but he is also a great performer. Plays and sings like it was only for me. You all properly know what I’m talking about.
Then the big moment arrived. It was time to meet Roger. The guy who got us into the soundcheck showed up and escorted us to a hall, where we had to wait. There were a few other people who also should visit Roger. We all could feel, something very special was near by.
After a short waiting we got in to a little room. I don’t remember much about the room. The only thing who filed my memory was the fact that Roger stood there in front of me. I knew there wouldn’t be time to fix all problems in the world. So I told Roger a little of my life with his and Supertramps music. It was truly a big experience to meet the man, who is gifted with talents so special.
And now a couple of days later, I think, what happened? Why was the meeting with Roger so special? Why can’t anybody understand, I meet a very very special man? But asking that, I’m sure most of the readers of this will know, how I’m feeling and what the answer is.
Finally: Thanks to all who was involved in getting us to the soundcheck, concert and meeting with Roger.
**Comments published upon approval
Thank you for your sharing.
Yes, I know exactly what you mean and what you experienced. I have met with Roger music four years ago in special circumstances, through my dying friend who loved music of Supertramp.
Fascinated me this incredibly beautiful, pure and inimitable Roger's voice.
I did not know a word English, and so with a dictionary in hand, word by word I discovered the content of his songs, and the more I understood, the more I loved them.
Two years I have tried over the internet, facebook, letters somehow contact with the management of Roger - without success.
And so I just dreamed and yearned ... and then it started.
Roger first concert in Vienna two years ago I received as a gift from my sister. It was the first miracle.
Then I came to work stay in London, and thence to a concert in Paris with a personal meeting with Roger after the show.
It was the second miracle. There fascinated me the incredibly beautiful, pure Roger's spirit.
Yes, it's exactly as you described it.
Roger is not only a singer and musician. He is a man gifted with a special charisma. His music and songs are a message for everyone. The power of his personality is in his modesty .. The more talent the more humility. So it should look like a true artist.
Every person leaving his concert happier, better with a desire to giving.
You say you bought tickets four months in advance. Myself I did it seven months in advance.
I didn´t know, whether I will still be in London.
But my life is full of miracles...
And so I´m waiting and looking forward to the concert at Royal Albert Hall.
I wish you both a lot of beautiful moments while listening to Roger's songs and also - God willing - many strong meetings with him on his concerts.
Greetings to your wife. I agree with her ...
Hello from France
I read with great interest your story, and I felt all the emotion you described, believe me I like you the same sight the hen that I found myself in front for ROGER HODGSON the firft fois.tu have a adventages about me is that you speak English and not me making it even harder and stronger emotion because you can not contact him or if can. so it's amnesia parceille happens, both emotion and his paroxysm of tears but also lots of joy for the overflow drained of emotion, love and joy to see him so near me. since May 25, 2009 I met Roger Hodgson in concert 10 times and is always the same love the same wonder that occurs in my heart fan. you're right Roger Hodgson and bontée angel of love and humanism.
Hello de France
j'ai lus avec une grande attention ton récit, et j'ai ressentie toute l'émotion que tu as décrite, tu peux me croire j'ai comme toi véue la même chose l'orsque que je me suis retrouver devant ROGER HODGSON pour la premiére fois.tu as un aventage sur moi c'est que tu parle anglais et pas moi ce qui rend la chose encore plus difficile et l'émotion plus forte car tu ne peux pas communiqué avec lui ou si peut. donc c'est une amnésie parceille qui se produit,tant l'émotion et à son paroxisme mais aussi beaucoup de larme de joie, pour évacuée le trop plein d'émotion, d'amour et de joie de le voir si prés de moi. depuis le 25 mai 2009 j'ai rencontrée Roger HoDGSON en concert 10 fois et c'est toujours le même amour le même émerveillement qui se produit dans mon coeur de fan. tu as raison Roger Hodgson et un ange de bontée d'amour, et d'humanisme.
I found out that Roger Hodgson was going to play in Copenhagen in March, but 2 weeks before the concert and I was going to buy tickets, I realized that he also was going to play in Sønderborg in july and this time with his band and open air. So instead of buying tickets for the concert in Copenhagen I have bougt tickets to Sønderborg, Denmark.
Last time mr. Roger Hodgson was playing in Sønderborg was a magical experience.
Looking forward to see Mr. "Supertramp".
I missed the concert with Supertramp in Copenhagen 1983. This time I will NOT miss the best songwriter, performer and musician in the world. God bless Mr. Roger Hodgson.