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Monday, May 30, 2011

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Liverpool, England ~ May 29, 2011 ~ Review by Linda Gianotti 



I had so been looking forward to the Liverpool show and, oh, what an evening.  When the show was first announced, I had a feeling that it, along with all of the UK shows, would be most memorable.   Liverpool was the first of the UK shows to sell out and as the date drew nearer, I knew without a doubt that this show was one that would be talked about for weeks, if not months, later.  


Roger had not performed in Liverpool for over 30 years and was so eagerly wanted back.  My hotel room happened to overlook the venue and a full four and a half hours before the show was to start, people started arriving.   There was a buzz in the air and the hours to show time could not pass quickly enough.


Roger came out on stage to a thundering welcome.   With a beautiful smile on his face, he seemed a bit surprised at the outpouring of love that was being sent his way.  The applause and standing ovation could have gone on for several more minutes but it was time to start the show.    And what a start it was.


The first notes of Take the Long Way Home could be heard and Rogerís flawless voice soared to the highest levels of the balcony.  Liverpool finally had the artist they had been waiting years for.    It was as if every song performed brought back memories as people cried, laughed, sang, and even danced in the aisles.  


Breakfast in America brought the second standing ovation of the evening.    Absolutely breathtaking were Along Came Mary and A Soapbox Opera.   When Roger performed Lord is it Mine, the audience sang right along with him in unison, word for word.    What a site it was to see the full house singing along with Roger.   


The highlight of the evening for me was a treat that is extremely rare indeed.   As a tribute to the Beatles and specifically John Lennon, Roger performed Lennonís Across the Universe.   Rogerís soothing voice and beautiful rendition brought many people to tears.    I felt privileged to be able to see Roger perform this song live.   Stunning does not even come close.   The applause at the end was roaring.


Every song was performed with sheer perfection and freshness.  Roger gives his all to each and every performance as if itís the first show of the tour.   He pours his whole body into each and every song and sings with such emotion that one cannot help but be touched on many levels.    Whether he is performing the majestic Foolís Overture or the exquisite Two of Us, it is inspiring to be able to watch the Minstrel doing what he loves best; sharing his gifts with his fans and reminding us what true music is all about.



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[ Posted by Carl Fitzgerald, May 31, 2011 1:41 ]
     I agree with Linda's review. I have seen Roger often the last few years and i have loved all the shows.I have to say though that the Liverpool audience was by far the best i have witnessed so far.They were all so happy to have the real voice of supertramp in their city,they were so invoved in all of the sogs and sang along to all over them, i loved that.
Roger and his band were absolutely fantastic, they gave us everythingwe could of wished for.Roger as he always is was so relaxed and happy on stage and very appreciative of the outpouring of love coming his way.I heard grown men of 40'50'60 years old shouting "Roger we love you", it was amazing to see.
The setlist was just the best, the ovations came thick and fast as roger and his able band played through some of rogers wonderfull music.
I cannot pick out any favouites as there all great songs.Dreamer recieved a thunderous response as did lord is it mine, by the time give a little bit was played the place was bouncing, i really in all my years of attending concerts have never enjoyed myself so much.
Roger played the beatles song"across the universe", that was just marvelous and recieved the applause it deserved, it was great.
Then roger and his band left the stage for good, but this concert with live on in our hearts forever, it was superb.
Hopefully he'll add Liverpool into any english tour he does in future,because he was left in no doubt just how much his music means to the people of Liverpool.
I was then fotunate enough along with my son Oliver to go backstage and meet Roger,being a huge supertramp fan of many years this was so exciting and the man is just so friendly it took blew me away.Roger has always been my idol and he is a legend in every sense of the word.
We will see him again over in norway in july, we cannot wait.



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