Breakfast in Sögel
To be honest from the start: I am addicted to Roger Hodgsons music. Again! After not having visited a concert for more than one year! The symptoms are always the same: smiling all over the face at least for one week, not falling asleep without having this wonderful music in my head, dreaming the dream dreamers dream of Dreamer, looking for more RH concerts in the web, ignoring the fact that Sögel was the last concert in Germany for this year and hoping that RH will return next year with concerts in many little but beautiful venues like this one in Sögel.
But what happened? Nothing special! Just a concert like many concerts of RH. Nothing special? Every RH concert is something very special! I never joined (comes from joy!?) a concert that could be really compared to another. Every time RH concerts seem to be completely different even if the setlists are similar. The atmosphere, the venue, the audience, the weather… These components all together create their own special charme and that is what makes one addicted. Addicted to learning more and more about his music and how he brings it into our lives, so intense but very carefully, never being obtrusive but capturing the audience from the first note to the last and far beyond.
It was a few minutes past 8 p.m. Roger and his band entered the stage in Sögel and started playing Take The Long Way Home, the opener of the show. The song was almost finished when everyone of the 3.000 people found its seat at last. Roger couldn’t help making a comment about people drinking until the last second… But he did it with a smile, making jokes and asking the ones who joined the concert from the teraces of their houses (Yes this was possible!) if he could have a coffee there after the show.
Even when the power shut off at the end of Death And A Zoo it didn’t matter. Roger took the time posing with a young girl, even lifting her up on stage. The atmosphere was very relaxed and it was a public festival I think everyone enjoyed including Roger and the band. Although they had a little jetlag the band was playing perfect including Roger making jokes especially with Aaaron. Both improve their German continuously. It is really a pleasure to listen to them making jokes and Aaron telling the audience: "Es ist jedes Mal ein Abenteuer für mich, mit Roger auf Tour zu sein!” and Roger replying: "Für mich auch!”
The audience was a little bit reserved during the first half of the concert but this is a phenomenon you often have in the North of Germany. It is not telling anything about peoples emotions towards Rogers songs. It is their mentality. You should have seen them after Roger invited them to sing and dance and come to the front of the stage. A million horses couldn’ have kept them on their seats…
After the usual last song of the show It’s Raining Again (Roger was sure that it never rains in Sögel) we stayed on the area for some hours to talk to people and just enjoying the atmosphere. When we asked people about their impressions and their emotions caused by this concert we only got positive answers. We didn’t expect anything else. At the beginning Roger had promised "For the next two hours you are mine!” And man, he really got them! He touched everyone with his warmth and kindness. You can say he really left fingerprints on our hearts. Thank you!