|Thursday, March 28, 2013
Melbourne, AU ~ March 28, 2013 ~ Reflection by Christine Carbone
Breathe in. Pause. Breathe out. Good advice when giving full attention to a Roger Hodgson song. The Melbourne audience at the St. Kilda Palais Theatre breathed in the salty, sea air to savour the full essence of Roger’s concert with his band. A wonderful musical performance produced a flow of contagious energy amongst the full capacity crowd. Perhaps that was due to the thoughts and discussions the beautifully crafted songs prompted or perhaps due to the songs helping us know ourselves better and taking us to the space between our thoughts. In any case, many of the audience members came back to enhance their memory of Roger’s 2010 concert. The others came to see what all the fuss is about. Sensing the mood, Roger invited us to hug the person sitting next to us, even if we didn’t know each other.
A Soapbox Opera and Sister Moonshine were some of the favourites we were treated to in the first set. To the delight of all, Roger performed C’est le Bon, its sultry, soothing melody melting into the waves crashing the shore outside the theatre venue. With the second set about to roll, a female fan gifted Roger a mascot which he hung up on the stage props for all to see before launching into Child of Vision. A male audience member yelled out "on ya Roger”, a strine version of "Good on you”. The celestial sounds of Dreamer drew claps & screams. Not only a great song, Dreamer could serve as a daily affirmation of choosing joy over life’s adversities. An encore rendition of Give a Little Bit became anthemic as everyone stood up with intention to apply its message.
The announcement last year of a 2013 Roger Hodgson tour to Australia drew superlative reactions from many. Serge Thomann, a native of Alsace, France, was very excited to have the chance to see Roger perform. "I have always loved Supertramp and went to Paris to see them in 1979 at the Palais de la Villette. I have never forgotten that night, one of my first concerts as I was from a French country town. I am looking forward to meeting Mr Hodgson and welcome him to the City of Port Phillip as I am the Deputy Mayor of the City”.
Roger doesn’t do it alone. His troupe includes Aaron Macdonald (saxophone, harmonica, keyboards, backing vocals), Kevin Adamson (keyboards, backing vocals), David J. Carpenter (bass, backing vocals), Bryan Head (drums, percussion) and Howard Heckers (doing a fantastic job engineering the sound). The managers, Linda and Shakti, evoke gratitude for their efforts. Also, Jan and Peter helping with the merchandise so that those who formed queues could purchase their souvenir T-shirts or a copy of the Classics live CD. Letting us know Aaron is a connoisseur of language, I bet he’ll be saying "G’day mate!” before leaving the country. As we wish them all well with their next adventures in Brisbane, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, there are no goodbyes. "No coming, no going, no after, no before,” Thich Nhat Hanh.
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