Roger Hodgson at Centre in the Square – June 23, 2013
If you were anywhere else other than “Centre in
the Square” in Kitchener on Sunday June 23, 2013, you might want to kick
yourself! Roger Hodgson, co-founder of the band “Supertramp” played two
great sets to a sold out crowd.
The Legendary songwriter hit the stage at 8pm
and launched right into “Take the Long Way Home”, grasping the entire
crowd’s attention. He followed up with “School”. Also part of the first set
was “Hide in your Shell” and “The Logical Song”.
The sound quality was studio perfect. It was
almost like listening to record fidelity, but with the drive and energy of
The stage was very simple, with one screen
projecting Hodgson’s name and a few plants here and there. Anything more
would be a distraction to the show that was being produced!
The band is made up of world class musicians.
Bryan Head, on drums, was the backbone of Hodgson’s creations. He is a bass
players dream to play with! Next, David Carpenter was tackling the melodic
bass lines with ease while singing background vocals. He helped add to this
band’s huge sound. As a musician would say, the man sits in the pocket with
incredible groove. Torontonian, Kevin Adamson in the back of Hodgson, one of
the two Canadians in the band was no slouch! Coming out front on piano to
solo and then back to his keyboard, and his backing vocals, helped to show
the huge musicianship this band offers. And then there is Aaron Macdonald,
the other Canadian (from London, Ontario)…where do I start? Hodgson is
blessed to have this man on board! Watching him play sax, harmonica, keys
and a host of other instruments and percussive devices, oh yes AND backing
vocals, using many of them in the same song. He was on stage, so relaxed and
dancing, while changing instruments as fast as you can count. Listening to
him perform the sax solo in Logical Song” was one of the highlights of my
night. He is a band unto himself!
The sound was crisp and clear from start to finish. The power and dynamics of the classic tunes would take you right back to the 70’s. The background harmonies were an amazing foundation to Hodgson’s icing on the cake vocals.
We were graced with two great sets. And as an
added bonus, in his second set, Hodgson performed a new and as yet,
unreleased song called “The Awakening”. Also part of the second set was
“Dreamer”, which had everyone on their feet clapping, hanging off every
note! Roger Hodgson also performed a personal favourite song of his called
“Death and a Zoo” which was from a solo album he released in 2000. He
finished off the set with “Fool’s Overture”.
He closed the night by playing two songs for
the encore. The first song was “Two of Us”. For the second song, he invited
Aaron Macdonald’s six year old daughter up on stage to play tambourine
during the final song of the night: “Give a little Bit”. This was her first
experience in seeing her dad play since he is usually in other performing in
In closing I just want to say thank you to Rob Sonoda and Karen Lorenowicz from Centre in the Square for the opportunity to see Roger Hodgson! The venue, the band, the sound, and the staff and last but not least to Roger Hodgson and his incredible songs: all superb!!! THANK YOU!