It has become something of a tradition that Roger Hodgson, one half of the songwriting force behind legendary progressive pop/rock band Supertramp, spends a night or two in London in the spring. Hodgson and his four-piece band of exceptional musicians find a home under the dome of the Royal Albert Hall and audiences are delighted at every turn. Regardless of the weather outside, those in the know bring umbrellas and twirl them around with gusto during crowd pleaser It’s Raining Again.
Hodgson served with Supertramp during their most commercially and artistically successful period, including the release of albums Crime Of the Century, Even In The Quietest Moments, Breakfast In America and Famous Last Words. Although Hodgson shared Supertramp’s songwriting credits with fellow original member Rick Davies, the two men wrote apart and ultimately drifted in different musical directions.
Whilst both created some very fine compositions, it’s a fact that the most instantly recognisable songs from the period, such as Breakfast In America, The Logical Song, School, Child Of Vision and Take The Long Way Home were all written and sung by Hodgson. For this reason, he quite understandably goes under the tagline of ‘The Voice Of Supertramp’ and an audience can expect these wonderful pieces and the sound of Supertramp during a Roger Hodgson performance. Since leaving the band, Hodgson has released solo material and songs such as In Jeopardy from the album In The Eye Of The Storm are a regular in the live set list too.
RockShot has been fortunate enough to attend one of these shows for the past few years and it is always an incredible night of live music.
In 2019, Roger Hodgson plays the Royal Albert Hall on 23 and 24 May.
Both performances are very close to being sold out, but a limited number of tickets for each show are still available from the Royal Albert Hall website.
In the meantime, a taste of what to expect is below.