Nürnberger Nachrichten, March 23rd, 2009
Written by Steffen Radlmeier
English translation by Claudia Yildiz
Roger Hodgson caused happiness in Nuremberg.
Exactly 40 years ago Roger Hodgson founded the Pop group Supertramp , which he left in 1983. The concert in the “Meistersingerhalle” of Nuremberg proved the fact, that the magic of his songs is still alive.
For some years Roger Hodsgon cultivates the musical heritage of Supertramp and he himself is astonished about the magical effects of his songs. Where ever he is performing he conjures a smile on the faces of the audience and he is acclaimed with standing ovations. He appears onstage very natural, like an old friend, chats with the audience and invites everybody to a time journey back to younger days. They didn’t need to be told twice and follow him enchanted.
Where else in a concert do you have the possibility to wallow, to sing, to whistle, to hum and to clap in such a free and easy way?
“I’m a real lucky dog” beams Roger Hodgson with joy, “because my job is to make people happy.”
The recipe is quite simple and it works again for the second concert in Nuremberg within one year one day before his birthday.
Wherever he is performing he conjures a smile on the faces of the audience and he is acclaimed with standing ovations...But the most amazing thing is how effortlessly the 59-year-old singer with his remarkable voice still strikes the highest notes.
The message of such compelling “oldy but goodies” like “Give a little bit”, “It’s raining again” and “Dreamer” may be simple but it is certain that: Where someone is singing, there you can come to rest, evil men don’t know the songs of Supertramp.
Just today in times of crisis the old values “Love and peace” from the hippie era are more important than ever.