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It has become a must, something of a tradition: Roger Hodgson on Montreal soil occurs approximately every three years, if not less. The former singer, writer, and co-founder of as taken none other than the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts last Thursday and Friday to offer two evenings that were absolutely electrifying, even life-saving.
The love story between the star, 65, and Quebec was visibly insane. In addition, a huge, warm welcome greeted him before the show, the audience gave a standing ovation several times during Hodgson of Supertramp's greatest hits, especially during
Take The Long Way Home and School that opened the show. Admirers both older and younger fans to become (a girl aged 5 handed to Roger Hodgson a nice bouquet of flowers!) cried, smiled, and sang wildly from beginning to end to the
Dreamer, Breakfast In America, or
The Logical Song. While the artist's newer material is from back in 2000 (the excellent
Open The Door), the crowd was excited to dive back into memories and sounds still as relevant today.
The acoustics of the hall served perfectly with the mesmerizing melodies of Hodgson and his band. Rich and varied arrangements literally overwhelmed the spectators inside the songs, creating the impression of living completely. The piano solo from Kevin Adamson in
School, his playful keyboards in Breakfast In America, the tropical percussion from Bryan Head in the powerful
Death And A Zoo, the incredible talent of David J. Carpenter at the bass and devilish saxophone from Aaron Macdonald in
Child of Vision gave right to extraordinary musical moments of rare intensity. The lyrics, even if they date back almost 40 years, are still very current. The ups and downs of love life were carefully translated into the gorgeous
Lovers In The Wind, existential torment contained in
The Logical Song still resonates in our increasingly crazy and confused world, and
Give A Little Bit embodies wonder that people need in the coming years: help and hope.
Frequently speaking in French, Roger Hodgson has shown great generosity with the audience. With the flowers of the young admirer prominently at the foot of the piano, Hodgson has offered an exclusive song to spectators who were present on 3 and 4 December. Through the guestbook available on its official website, the singer regularly takes the pulse of his followers town to town. On stage, he then mentions some testimonials and dedicate some songs to fans who expressed deep attachments to them. A special attention is touching to the credit of the seasoned multidisciplinary artist.
For me, the song that moves me most of Roger Hodgson repertoire is
Fool's Overture. When I was young, it exasperated me because my father played it repeatedly. Two decades later, I am able to enjoy the incredible musical transitions, and detect all the complexity and veracity of the committed lyrics. In addition, it concluded in a grandiose epic fashion which confirmed that I never tire me to hear the immortal contemporary classic Roger Hodgson!
Joy fills, we feel that the feeling is mutual. As rightly said Roger rallying after three encores, next year I hope!