Roger Hodgson, the voice of Supertramp, will embark on his Breakfast in America Tour next month, kicking off with two sold out shows at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Hodgson and his band will perform all of Supertramp’s timeless hits, including “Breakfast in America,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home” and “School.”
“I love performing these songs, which continue to resound for me as a performer and for the fans,” Hodgson said. “My songs come from a very personal place inside me and they carry my beliefs and my dreams and my philosophy of life. I understand the deep connection that fans have with my songs that have been a part of so many peoples’ lives around the world.”
Founded in 1969, Supertramp would go on to sell in excess of 60 million albums. Although he departed the band in 1983, he is still regarded as the band’s spiritual and creative force. The announced new tour dates are below.
Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Roger Hodgson, and Supertramp. Click through the headlines for complete reviews …
ONE TRACK MIND: SUPERTRAMP – “SCHOOL,” (CRIME OF THE CENTURY, 1974): Supertramp often attempted jazzy prog rock with mixed results, but they never nailed it as well as they did here. “School” is also a rebellion against authority song, put in a clever context of rules foisted on schoolchildren. But the big draw is the performance: Rick Davies’ lonesome harmonica signals that this ain’t gonna be no uptempo song, and Roger Hodgson’s familiar pleading vocal emerges with just his lightly strummed electric guitar.
ONE TRACK MIND: SUPERTRAMP – SISTER MOONSHINE (CRISIS/ WHAT CRISIS?, 1975): Hodgson’s bread and butter has always been the cheery, melodic folk-ish tunes, and anyone with just a passing knowledge about Supertramp knows that the band’s success was built nearly entirely on that one particular talent of his. Sure, “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer” and “Take The Long Way Home” became some irresistible pop anthems, but whenever Roger pulls out his 12-string guitar, there’s no chance he’s going to play a bad tune. He’s just got an innate ability to coax the sweetest melodies from that instrument and sings with some genuine, heartfelt singing that with that high pitch just soars above the song. That’s a winning formula he performed to perfection with 1977’s “Give A Little Bit,” still my favorite Supertramp song among the hit songs, but two years earlier, he recorded what I consider a pretty fine dry run for that classic, “Sister Moonshine.”
[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Every one remembers Supertramp’s hit-making era in the late 1970s. There were other times, however, when we wanted to tell them: “goodbye, stranger.”]
ONE TRACK MIND: SUPERTRAMP _ “CRAZY” (…FAMOUS LAST WORDS…, 1982): One of the things that has long appealed to me about Supertramp has been their unconventional lyrics. While they’ve done a ballad here and there, most of their material has dealt with alienation, disillusionment, and general frustration — all emotional experiences that most people can draw from. Since “Hide In Your Shell” on Crime of the Century, Supertramp songs have been rife with questions of one’s sanity. The aptly titled Famous Last Words album was no exception.
ONE TRACK MIND: ROGER HODGSON – “MY MAGAZINE” (HAI HAI, 1987): Hodgson will forever be associated with his former band no matter much good music he’s made since he left the group. Still, that’s not to say he’s lost his touch. Rather, it’s the world lost touch with Hodgson. Of his solo work, the general consensus is that his solo debut In the Eye of the Storm (1984) is his strongest post-Tramp effort. Digging into the follow up Hai Hai, though, you’ll find a standout track in “My Magazine.” My affinity for the tune doesn’t come from the lyrics. Hodgson, who usually writes good lyrics and occasionally great, witty ones, mailed it in on this song. What it does have going for it is an in-your-face hard-rockin’ approach.
Roger Hodgson will perform at the following venues:
February 24 and 25: Temecula, California, Pechanga Resort Casino
February 26: Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Casino
February 28: Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino – The Joint
March 2: Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley
March 3 and 4: Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Casino / Northern Lights Theater
March 7: Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
March 8: Ft. Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
August 17: Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino Event Center
More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. For additional details, go to Hodgson’s Web site.
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