Musik für Träumer
Roger Hodgson spielt im Stadtpark Musik wie einst Supertramp und begeistert Jung und Alt
Es gibt heutzutage nicht mehr viele Musiker, denen es gelingt, Generationen zu vereinen. Roger Hodgson, der einstige Sänger und Komponist der britischen Band Supertramp, der am Dienstagabend im Hamburger Stadtpark zu Gast ist, ist einer von ihnen. Er hat gerade das Eröffnungsstück "Take The Long Way Home" gespielt, da entdeckt der 62-Jährige unter den 1600 Zuschauern in den vorderen Reihen einen kleinen Jungen. "Weißt du überhaupt, wer ich bin?", scherzt er.
Für Artikel: Die Welt Online
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Die Welt 07-05-12
Music for Dreamers
Roger Hodgson plays at the Stadtpark - he plays like Supertramp did once and enthuses young and old
We don't have many musicians nowadays who have the ability to unite generations. Roger Hodgson, former singer and composer of British band Supertramp, who performs at the Stadtpark Hamburg is one of them. The 62-year-old has just finished the opening track "Take the Long Way Home" when he discovers a little boy in the front rows. "Do you know who I am?" he jokingly asks.
Of course he does. Hodgson has sold more than 60 million albums with Supertramp and up to today every little child knows pieces like "It's Raining Again" or "The Logical Song". That is why this boy in the front row is not the only young visitor who came with his parents tonight.
There's a man onstage who is a part of music history. Through an ad in the music magazine "Melody Maker" Hodgson got to know Rick Davies in 1969. Together they founded Supertramp. Whereas Davies was responsible for the more complex songs, the big hits were all penned by Hodgson. But in 1983 they had a quarrel and Hodgson left the band. One year later he published his first studio album. Since then he has been visiting Hamburg quite a couple of times but mostly only accompanied by sax player Aaron MacDonald.
But tonight at the Stadtpark, it's different. Hodgson, who makes you feel like 1970 with his long grey-brown hair and his hippie waistcoat has brought a four-piece band to support him on bass, drums, keyboards and saxophone. Together those five musicians come surprisingly close to the original Supertramp sound. Of course, Hodgson himself is very much responsible for that. His great voice has not been changed by the years and has this distinctive, youthful sound up till today. It's mostly Supertramp songs on the set for tonight, among them "School" and "Lady", but also pieces which Hodgson has not played in quite a while, for instance "C'est le bon". They are complemented by a couple of songs from Hodgson's numerous solo albums. "In Jeopardy", "Lovers in The Wind" and "Hide in Your Shell" are fitting in perfectly. Hodgson's band has brought along lots of toys and thus the pieces are nicely orchestrated, with glockenspiel and rattle, melodica and recorder.
But not only the songs are warming and pleasant but also the man himself. The Briton is probably one of the kindest musicians in this world. "It is so much fun to watch you", he says with a big grin.
"I love to see people who are dancing and having fun." His ex-bandmates did not appear to be so content when they played the O2 world Hamburg last year. They are mostly filling those stadiums due to Hodgson's songs. But even though tonight there's only a fraction of those crowds that Hodgson was used to be playing to together with Supertramp, he does not look as though he would prefer to be anywhere else in this very moment but at the Stadtpark Hamburg.
"The next song is for all you dreamers and especially for those little ones", that's what Hodgson says before playing "Dreamer" and he is once more addressing the young boy in the front row. "Are you having fun?" He does. For Hodgson is playing one song for eternity after the other during a varied and entertaining concert. Most of them are as light-hearted as "Breakfast in America", where Hodgson sings about his dream to perform in California one day, just as the Beatles did. But Hodgson has always been capable of writing profound lyrics as well. The ten-minute long, epic "Fool's Overture" which contains a quote from one of Winston Churchill's speeches, is highly political and deals with WWII.
And Hodgson and his band are always up for an experiment as well. During "Death and A Zoo" he hits a sampling pad and he actually acoustically transforms the Stadtpark into a zoo with his animal sounds. The song is from his solo album "Open the door" which was published in 2000. "Does anyone know the album?" asks Hodgson. "Yeeeeesssss!" yells some guy next to us. Supertramp was his first ever concert, he tells us later. In 1983, when he was 13, at the Volkspark stadium Hamburg. His parents took him along. That was "sheer happiness". And somehow he looks like he is experiencing the same today. His daughter is too small, but one day he is going to take her to a Roger Hodgson concert. Just like he was taken along back then and just like today the boy in the front row was taken along. This is something not many artists are achieving anymore these days.