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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

15:28

Backstage Pass from Blainville Crevon, France ~ June 25, 2014 



Roger spent the day at the ruins in the heart of Normandy. The Archéo Jazz Festival is set in the small town of Blainville Crevon. It was so peaceful to drive from our hotel through the French countryside. 

When we arrived at the festival we were met by Jerome, the festival founder, who told us that this event has been ongoing for 37 years. The atmosphere here is magical. The entire festival is completely run by volunteers - itís truly a community and family event. 

Roger spent time sitting in the ruins, speaking with 30 students from three local music schools and their parents. He answered questions, strummed and signed a student's guitar, and sang a little bit. 

The audience here loves to listen to good music. They appreciated Roger singing his songs to them that they have passed down through the generations and as the grand finale, they awarded him with a ...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

14:34

 



Belgium welcomes Roger and his band for the first show this year. Roger and Aaron performed here at Le Forum two years ago with their duo show and this time have returned with the whole band. Roger pulled out some gems for the sold out audience here tonight as he followed his opening song, Take the Long Way Home with The Meaning - a fan favorite with a stunning melody. 

He also performed Along Came Mary Ė which is often requested, another song from his last studio album, Open the Door. 

And the grand encore Ė Roger had been watching a woman having a blast during the whole show, so he pulled her on stage to join him and dance and clap as the entire audience stood up and sang along to Give a Little Bit. 

Tonight we head off on the bus to France Ė see you at the Archeo Jazz Festival ...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

14:59

Backstage Pass from Oslo, Norway ~ June 19, 2014 



This is the fourth year of the OverOslo festival in Norway Ė one of the most beautiful open air festivals we have played.   Set in the woods overlooking the city of Oslo helps create the magic atmosphere that we all feel.  It rained off and on all day (which is why itís so lush and green here), but the sun came out when Roger took the stage.  Itís so bizarre to be almost 11 pm at night and have it still be light out.

The festival is run literally by 4000 volunteers from every walk of life.  Yet for the four days during the festival, they show up to do whatever is needed from driving to cooking to setting up the stage.  To me itís the people behind the festival that make the festival.

One of the founders, Lars, has been wanting Roger to play at his festival since the beginning. ...

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

21:58

Backstage Pass from Andorra ~ June 7, 2014 



Andorra! Andorra! Andorra!

After driving many hours through the breathtaking pyrenees mountains we arrived in the unique country of Andorra. Roger and Aaron last performed duo here in 2008 and this time the whole band joined them and literally blew the roof off. The crowd was incredible and the vibe of the rooftop outside the Consulate Generalís office was awesome and reminiscent of the Beatles performing on top of Abbey Road. The stage was literally built on top of the building, which was sure a surprise to us when we arrived for sound check.

The great spirited sold out audience was in full voice. They sang along on all the songs, even ones that are not played often on the radio. The show started at 11:30PM and the band was energetic and vibrant. No matter where you stood in the venue, you could hear and feel the richness in Rogerís voice - ...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

14:58

Backstage Pass from San Sebastian, Spain ~ June 6, 2014 



Here we are again in San Sebastian! We last played here on June 29, 2008 Ė the night that Spain won the European Championship. What a party that was!! We had a TV in the lobby and called an intermission during the show so everyone could catch the end of the match. 

This time we are back with the full band and the city is even more beautiful than I had remembered. It has everything from pristine beaches, to classic architecture, and exquisite food. The sad part for all of us is that we are here for only a very short amount of time. We arrived late this afternoon and will be heading to Andorra early in the morning for another show tomorrow evening.

Tonight Roger performed some songs that he did not play last night including, Hide in Your Shell, Babaji, and my personal favorite Ė Lord is it Mine.

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