El Periódico de Catalunya, 29 juny 2009
Roger Hodgson: "Vaig deixar Supertramp per la família"
L’afilada veu de Supertramp torna a Barcelona 12 anys després per reviure, dimecres que ve al Poble Espanyol, els èxits de la banda sonora de diverses generacions.
–En la seva actuació al passat Festival de la Porta Ferrada, va preguntar per què no actuava a Barcelona, una de les seves ciutats favorites.
Roger Hodgson: "I left Supertramp for my family"
The sharp voice of Supertramp comes back to Barcelona after 12 years next Wednesday at Poble Espanyol, the success of the soundtrack of generations.
By: Imma Fernández
Translation edited by Claudia Yildiz
-In your last performance at the Festival de la Porta Ferrada, you asked why you were not performing in Barcelona, one of your favorite cities.
Yes, I love your spirit, the people. It is so alive, passionate, unique ... I have many friends here, I said that to my manager and I am very happy to return.
-You showed a great sense of humor. During your time with Supertramp you were very shy.
Yes, I have changed a lot. In former times I was not able to talk to the microphone and now I like to laugh and laugh. It’s been 20 years that I am away from the band and I have become a new man. I have a security and a happiness that I never had. I am much more enjoying my life nowadays.
- How have you achieved that?
Spirituality is very important to me. It's not the success or the applauses that make me happy, but I feel grateful for my life and I live it with all my heart. Everyone must find his own way to God, and for me it is love and it is in our hearts.
-Your voice is still the same. It must be because you don't smoke ...
That may be a reason, but when I feel good inside then my voice sounds wonderful. If I feel stressed or unhappy it also can be felt in my voice.
-Your mother died recently.
It has been very hard. She was a great support for my music and my dreams. But when I’m on stage, I need to leave my problems apart, feel happy and give my best to people.
-Sincerely: you left Supertramp because of differences with the other leader, Rick Davies, because of a personal crisis or, as you say, for your family?
Many stories have been told, but the truth is that I had married and we had two children in two years and I could not do two things well at the same time. I had 14 wonderful years with the group, but my heart told me, that if I would have continued, I wouldn’t have seen my children growing up and I would have lost my family.
-You retired to the mountains ...
Yes, I went from Los Angeles to a healthier landscape, I bought some land in a beautiful place, Nevada City, surrounded by trees and nature. Everyone said I was crazy, but one must follow his heart.
-Have you ever regretted it?
It was a very difficult decision because Supertramp was my baby and so were my songs. Now only few people know who Roger Hodgson is and I want everyone to know, that the songs and the voice they heard for so many years is mine. But when I look back, I know that it was the right decision and that I saw my children grow up.
-Your wife was lucky. Are you still together?
No. Unfortunately, our marriage ended when our children have grown up. We realized there was nothing left... But I get along very well with my children.
- What's more difficult, being a parent or a rockstar?
Oh, being a dad is much more difficult! To be successful is difficult, it's like playing with fire, but being a father is much more challenging and complicated.
-Your parents sent you to an English boarding school. Perhaps it was the reason for you not to leave your children alone?
Yes, that is possible. I was there from the age of eight and it was very hard. My children were educated at home until the age of eleven and then they wanted to go to school. I went to boarding school too early, I was too young, but it was a great experience as well. I questioned many things, I started to write songs, I wrote “The logical song”, I was in a school rock band ... and the guitar became my best friend.
- You did a couple of tours together with your son Andrew, who is also a musician. Will you play together more often in the future?
He took his way, he has his own music. But yes, perhaps we'll repeat it.
-You are coming to Barcelona with Aaron McDonald on saxophone, keyboards, harmonica ... A small band of two wonderful musicians for times of crisis.
Yes, yes. We sound great, right? Aaron only played saxophone when he joined me and I encouraged him to learn harmonica, keyboards ... I like it because we make a much more powerful sound, but intimate as well, I can put more emotion in my songs than with a big band behind.
-Did it bother you that Rick Davies and company made a tour under the umbrella of Supertramp?
I didn't like it that they broke the agreement we had, and they played my songs although they promised that they would not.
-You wanted to make a reunion with Davies in 2000, but finally nothing happened.
He was not interested then, but I hope we will make music together in the future. I would like to complete the circle.
-Does it frustrate you that people are always requesting the old hits rather than your solo recordings?
No, they are all my songs, some are more known than others.
-Did you fulfill all your dreams?
I think I have to serve others. With my life or with my music. Every day I wake up very grateful for what I have. And now my dream is to share my heart with my audience, help them a bit ... Give a little bit ... to be happy.