WORLD CLASS VENUE HOSTS WORLD CLASS ARTIST
Kitchener – June 23, 2013
by Karol Wickert
ROGER HODGSON is the co-founder of Supertramp, the
instantly recognizable voice, and writer responsible for
most of the mega hits that led to 60 million album sales.
Over two hours of his
timeless Supertramp classics
tapestry of emotions into the audiences’ hearts at Centre
in the Square last night.
He opened the concert with “ Take the Long Way Home“
and immediately followed it up with the 1974 classic,
“School." A rare treat, “Death and a Zoo" from his solo
album released in 2000, “ Open the Door," had the sound
system at the Centre in the Square rocking to his African
flavoured masterpiece. Hodgson has a real affinity and
love for Canada. Aaron Macdonald from London, Ontario
is an amazing
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that’s been in Roger's band
for nine years. Another Canadian member, Kevin Adamson, is a
talented keyboard player from Toronto. He received a standing
ovation for his spirited and creative solo on “ Child of Vision
“ a Hodgson created classic from Supertramp's most successful
album from 1979 " Breakfast in America." David J. Carpenter on
bass and Bryan Head on drums were each spectacular as well.
Roger once again awed and completely connected with
his adoring audience. As two of the four members of his group have families a short drive away from Kitchener,
this concert held a lot of meaning for Roger, the band,
and his adoring fans. The encore included “Two of Us“
and “Give A Little Bit“ where Aaron Macdonald’s young daughter got up on stage and played a tambourine to
the joy of the singing and dancing crowd.
Wow!! Oh, what a memorable evening in Kitchener.
After all that, Roger was so kind and very humble to meet some of his adoring fans after the show. Two members
of the Canadian tribute to Supertramp, Crisis What Crisis,
had an opportunity to meet the man that inspired them
to start their musical project. “It was a rare pleasure
and an honour to meet the man responsible for shaping
my personal and musical life as a teenager growing up in the 70’s“ said one of the tribute members after the concert.
Roger is coming back to Canada in August so make sure you check out his busy concert schedule and don’t wait too long, as his shows always sell out. See all of his tour dates at https://www.facebook.com/rogerhodgson/events.
by Karol Wickert