Hodgson Enchants Audience with Supertramp Classics
By Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen September 3, 2011
Roger Hodgson, formerly with Supertramp,
performed at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival,
held at Parc de la Baie, in Gatineau on Friday evening.
Photograph by: Jana Chytilova, The Ottawa Citizen
REVIEW: Roger Hodgson
sound of British rockers Supertramp, achieved instant lift-off as the headliner at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
concert Friday night.
lot different — well, maybe on some high notes — from the fellow who co-founded Supertramp with Rick Davies
four decades ago and before leaving in 1983 helped put the band on track to sell 60 million albums.
Scotiabank Place earlier this year.
of The Logical Song, Hodgson was in grand form on Friday, alternating between keyboards and guitar, leading his
well-oiled band, and enchanting his large audience.
Gatineau, Gatineau, c’est mon premier temps en Gatineau,” he said, adding in English, “I’m very happy to be back
home here in Quebec ... you are my people” (cue mammoth applause).
dedicated the mammoth Supertramp hit Breakfast in America to the festival’s volunteers. Someone had taken the
trouble to discover the number of volunteers so he could mention it on stage.
has a carnival atmosphere: bright lights, cotton candy and burger and temporary tattoo stands, don’t-do-this-if-you-
suffer-from-vertigo rides. It’s a relaxed and festive event with an enviable joie de vivre.
out on the thrust stage. Waving at his audience and smiling broadly, he snapped photos of his delighted audience
before returning to the keyboard for a soaring rendition of the inspirational Lord Is It Mine and an expansive
Child of Vision.
played the song at a recent Liverpool concert, he dedicated that song to the Beatles. Too bad the yahoo component
of the audience couldn’t stop hollering even for three minutes.
umbrellas and twirl them in time.
favourites in his set. Like Hodgson, he earned appreciative applause for his valiant efforts to introduce his French
tune Je Repars in his not-quite-perfected second language.