I wanted to let you know that I am touring again and am really looking forward to playing for you. It has only been the last few years, since my kids are grown, that I have been back out on the road. I'm pacing myself and touring in a very sane way, doing just 45 or so shows a year, so I can keep my life in balance. It's amazing to me how much I still love performing the songs I wrote and composed so many years ago - songs that you have come to love through Supertramp and now through so many cover bands.
As most of you know I left Los Angeles because I became disillusioned with the music business. Although some people thought I left Supertramp to pursue a solo career, one of my main reasons was to get away from the music scene and live a simpler, back-to-the-land lifestyle in nature. I created a studio at home so I could keep making music as I stayed home to raise my kids and lead a quality life. I have no regrets about my choice, and am happy that I was able to be a family man for all those years.
Although I let go of doing music as a career long ago, music has always been part of my life. I love performing while not being caught up in the music business. I am grateful for my talents as a performer, a musician, a composer, and a songwriter. And when I play now, it's because I love it and it's how I make my living.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you who are in the different cities I will be visiting this year. I try each year to go to different countries. This year, I have a few shows in the US, Canada, UK, Norway, France, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Italy, Brazil and Russia. And I will be touring more extensively in Spain and Germany - doing a combination of festivals and theatre shows. My German tour includes very special venues such as the Lorelie Freilichtbuehne (Night of the Prog Festival July 20) and the Berlin Zitadelle (July 22). In Spain I have 7 shows left including performing in Pollensa and at the Cordoba Guitar Festival, as well as shows in Alicante, Vigo, San Feliu, Atarfe, and Gijon. In my homeland of England, I enjoyed my reunion at my Alma Mater, Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, which was the inspiration for many of my songs, and will perform at the magical Orwell Estate in Ipswich this coming Friday. This fall I am doing a few orchestra concerts in Canada. So there is something for everyone.
I want to thank Kathy Jones, my webmaster, and all the fan websites who have been my lifeline to all my fans. I invite you to keep checking my tour page as new shows are being announced each week. Thank you for your support. I am touched each time I read the many messages that you have written me on my
guestbook. I and my management team always love hearing from you.