Concert Review: Roger Hodgson

I had a great time at the Paramount in Huntington, NY last night seeing Roger Hodgson perform. While a member of Supertramp, Roger wrote most of their hit songs and his distinct vocal is what fans most recognize. With an experienced band behind him, Hodgson mesmerized the audience. He played audience favorites like “Breakfast in America” but plenty of deep cuts like “Lady,” “School,” and “Even in the Quietest Moments.” Roger still carries over the progressive rock influences from those early albums, full of grandiose textures – a great example being “Fool’s Overture”.

The stage was decorated with various trees and greenery – all to add atmosphere to the epic “Death and a Zoo,” where the percussion and animal noises made the stage look and feel like a rainforest. Hodgson has a very deep spirituality that comes forth when he plays, and the complex arrangements of the song add to this impression. The band was also superb, and special mention goes to the exceptional Aaron MacDonald doing sax, clarinet, flute and backing vocals. And Roger can still hit those high notes! I can’t wait for Roger bring the magic back to New York on his next tour. In the meantime – let’s see what we can do to get Supertramp into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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7 thoughts to “Concert Review: Roger Hodgson”

  1. That’s it!. To attend a Roger’s show is always an amazing mix of wonderful stuff. Many different feelings came out each time. HBow lucky we are to can enjoy his shows nowadays. I can’t wait to see him again in his next tour.
    And, Sure, Supertramp and Roger Hodgson deserve to be into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s time!

  2. Thank you Roger for giving us the best present you could possibly give…yourself, and your fantastic band. I was glad to see Aaron MacDonald mentioned in this review. He is superb and a joy to watch! You can tell that each and every performer truly enjoys what they are doing, and their happiness really lifts the spirit of all in attendance! Can’t wait to see another show!

  3. I wish I could do more. All I can say is write to:
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
    1290 Avenue of the Americas, Second Floor, New York, NY 10104

    And request Supertramp be nominated!

  4. I was at the concert in Bethlehem PA on 11/9 and I’d have to say that it was probably the best time I’ve had at a concert in the 40+ years that I’ve been going to them. Roger and the band were fantastic, the setlist was great and the audience was electric. What a night! I agree that Supertramp deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame; they would certainly be my first vote in the fan voting ( Kraftwerk?? I love Radioactivity but really Hall of Fame???? Who do we write to?

  5. What a great time we all had… yes, Death and a Zoo was powerful, poignant, rich and full sound. Roger’s songs come from his own heart and soul and had a large impact on all of us last night, it was an outstanding concert to experience and surely will be watching for new tour dates!!

  6. Great call. Roger and Supertramp so deserve a place on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was lucky enough to get to see Roger play this week and was transported back to 1983 when I last saw him pick the electric guitar. And boy can he still perform! His songwriting, musicianship and sheer professionalism and entertainment warrant a place at the very top of the hall of fame.
    I can’t recommend his live shows enough. If only half those going to see him live write to Hall of Fame people then I’m sure it will happen. Let’s do it!!

  7. It always does !! Attend shows of Roger Hodgson is reunited with the best of each person inside. His talent and his music and songs bring us to our essence in every way.

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