Ready for Classic Rock
Roger Hodgson, the voice and main composer from Supertramp, arrived in Sandnes on Tuesday evening
by Lars Petter Einarsson
After a 24-hour long journey, it was a jetlagged, but smiling, cheerful and gracious superstar who took the time to talk with Rogaland's Newspaper outside the Hotel Recidence in the evening sun.
Hodgson came with his crew, because of the strike, by boat from Haugesund and were transported by the organisers by car from the harbour. He has been to Norway several times earlier.
-- "I am looking forward to it. Let's hope for many people and good weather," says Hodgson and squints against the evening sun.
Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983, and the band was thereafter lead by the other songwriter in the group, Rick Davies. Hodgson started a solo career, in the beginning without much success, but has the recent years been touring, performing songs from his solo projects and, of course, with the part of the Supertramp material he has composed. Therefore, it's almost like listening to Supertramp when Hodgson begins his "Take the long way home" show.
He plays either the guitar or keyboard, and has only a saxophone player with him on stage. If he follows his setlist, the second and the last song he plays is "Give a Little Bit," characterized as the ultimate pop song.