Another two sell outs in musician Roger Hodgson's mainstay of Montreal. The roar of the audience's appreciation after songs such as "Hide In Your Shell" and "Dreamer" is absolutely deafening! What is it with Montreal where everyone is so hooked with these songs? There might as well be a sign affixed to the top of the stage that reads "Welcome to the Church of Hodgson!"
Perhaps the fine people of Montreal are not fooled, several months ago, Supertramp rolled into the Bell Centre and even with stellar muscianship they attempted to recreate seven of Hodgson's songs. It might be worth mentioning that these songs did get them the biggest ovations of the night, however the group totally missed the warmth and feel that their creator bestowed onto each and every one of them.
Roger for the better part of the year has been supported by a top notch band of three Canadians, and one American, and he hasn't disappointed. It is obvious that when Roger performs here that there is more of an emotional connection with the audiennce, this simply allows him to dwelve even further into the Supertramp songbook and play deeper cuts such as "Fool's Overture," "Child Of Vision," or "Sister Moonshine" songs in which his former bandmates wouldn't dare try to replicate. The heart and soul of these chestnuts are not to be taken lightly.
It is apparent just what the audiennce is receiving, and then giving back, whistling on cue to "Easy Does It," Applauding in just the right places during "Lord Is It Mine," and "School," they are following the true heart and voice of Supertramp. In fact it isn't even fair to call Supertramp, Supertramp any more. It is readily apparent that since Roger's voice hasn't lost any of it's original vigor and vitality that he sounds more like the group, then they do themselves. If any fans missed the two shows, then they missed a true showing of a musical craftman at the top of his game.