Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, May 28
Roger Hodgson, the voice of Supertramp, is quite simply one of the finest
exponents of his craft to have ever graced the stage of the magnificent
Philharmonic Hall. With a laid back ease that is mesmerising, from the
opening strains of the sublime Take the Long Way Home to the closing strains
of Its Raining Again – a quite appropriate closer in the circumstances, as
it goes – Hodgson has the sell out audience in the very palm of his hand and
keeps them there as hit after hit is pumped out.
As good as Hodgson is, however, the whole experience is rounded off by a
superb backing band who are nigh on faultless in their delivery. This is
particularly true of Aaron Macdonald who
not only plays keyboards and sax with seemingly consummate ease, there at
least a further 10 instruments to his playlist and when Hodgson announces
that the man can also speak several languages fluently one realises that
envy is a terrible emotion to own.
Dreamer, Hide in your Shell, Lord is it Mine and the
exquisite Fool’s Overture all mesmerised yet it was Hodgson’s solo
tune, Death and a Zoo which will live long in the memory. A thought
provoking song concerning whether animals in captivity would prefer this to
being killed outright, it is the closing section in which Kevin Adamson
leaves his place behind the electronic keyboards to take a seat at the
onstage Grand Piano that truly sets proceedings alight and so makes the gig
more than just a little special, as does Hodgson’s version of The Beatles’
Across The Universe which quite literally sends shivers down the spine.
Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit and The Logical
Song rekindled memories beautifully and by the gig’s end the entire
auditorium was on its feet to salute not only one of the greatest
songwriters and voices of the twentieth century, but also a band of such
highly talented musicians it can only be hoped that it is sooner rather than
later that they return to Liverpool and captivate us again.
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