Two things were apparent very quickly Thursday night when Roger Hodgson appeared at Ravinia in Highland Park for his first show in the Chicago area in more than 30 years: He was genuinely having fun, and his voice is as strong as ever.
After completing his first song, a man was heard to say to his companion: "Roger sure hasn’t lost his pipes.” At age 62, Roger’s hair is longer than it was 30 years ago (grayer, too), and his voice seems to defy Father Time with its strength, sharpness and tone.
"Sometimes it surprises me, too,” he said after the show.
However, even before his pipes were booming throughout Ravinia – a top-notch outdoor venue that was filled with baby boomers, some of their parents and some of their kids – Roger’s smile indicated that everyone was in for a night of fun. Sure, ...