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DECEMBER 25, 2014
BY SOMETHING ELSE! Webzine

Roger Hodgson collaboration represents road not taken for Yes: ‘One of those things that fizzled out’

The pop-focused single “Walls,” released on December 25, 1994, represents a road not taken for Yes. After all, co-writer Roger Hodgson — best known, of course, as a member of Supertramp — was rumored at one time to be a possible replacement for departed frontman Jon Anderson.

In some ways, it would have made a nice transition, since Hodgson’s vocal range would seem to fit the classic Yes style. Ultimately, however, Jon Anderson returned. “Walls” appeared on 1994’s Talk, with shared writing credits for Hodgson, Rabin and Anderson.

But just how close was this near-miss confluence of blockbuster rock bands?

“Yes, Trevor Rabin contacted me to see if I would like to join Yes,” Hodgson tells CBS. “Even though I did not think that was a good idea, he and I really hit it off and we did spend quite a bit of time in the studio and, yes, there is music that we did together that has not been released.”

Rabin later appeared on “The More I Look,” from Roger Hodgson’s 2000 solo album Open the Door. “Saving My Heart,” which earlier found a home on Yes’ 1991 album Union, was apparently intended at first to be another collaboration between Rabin and Hodgson.

Stalwart Chris Squire, however, says the collaboration evolved organically, before falling apart.

“It wasn’t so much to be the lead singer of Yes, but a different project,” Squire tells Innerviews. “Whether that would have evolved into Yes at some point, I don’t know. We weren’t looking for it to be Yes. Roger is a friend of mine. The band would have been Roger, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, and myself. I stayed at Roger’s house in Northern California once for a few weeks and worked on some material. It was one of those things that fizzled out and didn’t go anywhere.”

“Walls” certainly works in contrast to more explorative prog-leaning efforts found elsewhere on Talk, notably “State of Play” and “Endless Dream” — the latter of which unfolded as a segmented 15-minute narrative, the middle section of which gave the 1994 album its title. It was the Hodgson collaboration that was released, however, and keyboardist Tony Kaye thinks that may have doomed Talk.

“Maybe the singles that came from it were maybe not to people’s liking,” Kaye tells us, in an exclusive Something Else! Sitdown. “Yes fans didn’t want another pop single — even though the album was very much in a ’70s Yes style in a lot of ways, in that there were long pieces and intricate playing and all the rest of it.”

Talk failed to crack the U.S. Top 20, a first for Yes going back more than two decades. Trevor Rabin would soon depart, as well. But “Walls,” whatever the criticisms, actually rose to No. 25 on Billboard’s rock tracks list — becoming Yes’ second-to-last charting single, followed by the title track to Open Your Eyes, which went to No. 33 in 1997.

Roger Hodgson retained the magic touch that made 1979’s Breakfast in America such a huge hit. Who knows where this might have led? “It worked well,” Hodgson later said, “but when getting down to it, I’d rather continue my solo career.”

In an interesting twist, Chris Squire participated in an all-star tribute to Supertramp in 2012 called Songs of the Century, appearing with Billy Sherwood — who worked as second guitarist on the Talk tour in 1994-95.


Source: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/12/25/roger-hodgson-yes-trevor-rabin/ 


  

25 de diciembre 2014
SOMETHING ELSE! Magazine Digital

La colaboración con Roger Hodgson representa una de esas alternativas no tomadas por Yes: "Una de esas oportunidades que se desvaneció" 

El single pop "Walls", lanzado el 25 de diciembre de 1994, representa una alternativa no tomada por Yes. Después de todo, el co-autor Roger Hodgson - más conocido por supuesto como miembro de Supertramp, se rumoreó en algún momento que podria ser el posible reemplazo del vocalista Jon Anderson, que acababa de dejar la banda.

En cierto modo, habría sido una transición agradable, ya que el rango vocal de Hodgson parece ajustarse al clásico estilo Yes. En última instancia, sin embargo, Jon Anderson regresó. "Walls" apareció en el album "Talk" de 1994, con créditos compartidos entre Hodgson, Rabin y Anderson.

Pero, ¿ cuán cerca estuvo de producirse ésta confluencia entre éstas exitosas bandas de rock?

"Sí, Trevor Rabin se puso en contacto conmigo para ver si me gustaría unirme a Yes", dice Hodgson a la CBS. "Aunque no creía que fuese una buena idea realmente, sintonizamos bien y pasamos algún tiempo en el estudio y, sí, hay música que hicimos juntos que no ha sido publicada."

Rabin apareció posteriormente en "The More I Look", del álbum de Roger Hodgson en solitario "Open the door" del año 2000. El tema “Saving My Heart”, que anteriormente encontró un lugar en el album "Union" de Yes en 1991, fué aparentemente destinado en un principio a ser otra colaboración entre Rabin y Hodgson.

El leal Chris Squire, sin embargo, dice que la colaboración evolucionó orgánicamente, antes de deshacerse.

"No se trataba tanto de ser el vocalista de Yes, sino de formar un proyecto diferente, comenta Squire. "Hasta qué punto habría evolucionado el asunto dentro de Yes, no lo sé. No estábamos buscando que eso fuera Yes. Roger es amigo mío. La banda habría sido Roger, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, y yo. Me alojé en casa de Roger en el norte de California durante algunas semanas y trabajamos en algun material. Fué una de esas cosas que se desvanecieron y no llegaron a ninguna parte ".

"Walls" ciertamente funciona en contraste con los esfuerzos más explorativos de tendencia progresiva en el resto de temas del álbum Talk, sobre todo "State of Play" y "Endless Dream" - éste último se desarrolló como una narrativa segmentada de 15 minutos, la sección central del cual dió el título al álbum de 1994. Dicha colaboración con Hodgson se incluyó sin embargo, y el teclista Tony Kaye piensa que eso pudo condenar al álbum.

"Tal vez los singles que salieron no fueran del agrado de la gente," nos dice Kaye en una exclusiva. "Los fans de Yes no querían otro single pop - a pesar de que el álbum era más del estilo de Yes de los 70 en muchos sentidos, con piezas largas y de interpretación compleja, y todo lo demás."

Talk no consiguió alcanzar el Top 20 en USA, por primera vez en más de dos décadas en la historia de Yes. Trevor Rabin no tardaría en dejar la banda también. Pero "Walls", a pesar de las críticas, en realidad escaló hasta el Nº. 25 en la lista de rock Billboard - convirtiéndose en el segundo single de Yes en las listas, seguido de la canción que da título al "Open Your Eyes", que alcanzó el Nº. 33 en 1997 .

Roger Hodgson conserva el toque mágico que hizo del album Breakfast in America de 1979 un éxito mundial. ¿Quién sabe a dónde hubiera conducido todo ésto? "Funcionó bien", dijo Hodgson más adelante, "pero cuando trabajaba en ello preferí seguir mi carrera en solitario."

En un giro interesante, Chris Squire participó en un tributo a Supertramp lleno de estrellas en 2012, llamados "Songs of the Century", apareciendo con Billy Sherwood - que trabajó como segundo guitarrista en la gira de "Talk" en 1994-95.

 

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ROGER HODGSON, 2013, First Tour in Mexico! http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/1625-roger-hodgson-first-tour-in-mexico http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/1625-roger-hodgson-first-tour-in-mexico

Specially for the Mexican fans / Especialmente para los fans mexicanos

FIRST TOUR IN MEXICO! Wonderful news! Roger and his band will be touring Mexico in November! 

PRIMERA GIRA EN MEXICO! Fantásticas noticias! Roger y su banda estarán de gira por Mexico en Noviembre! 

 

November 6, Mexico City, Mexico
Roger Hodgson WITH BAND
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
Ticket Link: Ticketmaster

November 8, Guadalajara, Mexico
Roger Hodgson WITH BAND
Auditorio TELMEX, Guadalajara, Mexico
Ticket Link: Ticketmaster

November 10, Monterrey, Mexico
Roger Hodgson WITH BAND
Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Fan pre-sale begins tomorrow, June 28, at 10:00AM and will conclude June 30 at 10:00AM. Pre-sale password is "Dreamer".
General sale begins June 30 at 10:00AM.
Ticket Link: superboletos.com

 

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Roger's DVD Earns Gold Status in Germany! June 2011 http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/495-rogers-dvd-earns-gold-status-in-germany-june-2011 http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/495-rogers-dvd-earns-gold-status-in-germany-june-2011

Roger's DVD Earns Gold Status in Germany!

Friday, June 10,  2011

Roger's spectacular DVD "Take the Long Way Home - Live in Montreal" has received the prestigious honor of attaining Gold status in Germany, meaning it has sold over 30,000 copies in Germany alone!   After a recent concert, Roger was presented with the Gold Award.

"We are pleased with the success of this release. In these times a Gold Award is not an ordinary thing and so we are very proud that 30,000 copies have been sold in Germany alone.  We are confident that this great DVD is going to be an ongoing success." commented Lindsay Brown, Managing Director of International Operations for Eagle Rock Entertainment, during the ceremony.

GoldRecord
 

The attendants of the award ceremony (from left to right): Angelika Cisek and Kathi Wagmüller (both: Scout Promotion), Shakti Shivaya and Linda Tyler of Harmonic Management, Martin Ruder (Head of Label Management Metal & Rock Edel Distribution), Roger Hodgson, Lindsay Brown (Managing Director of International Operations Eagle Rock Entertainment) and Nicole Schnitzler (Label Manager Eagle Rock for Edel Germany).

Roger's chart topping DVD was filmed at Place des Arts in Montreal.   Roger will be returning for two performances at this magnificent venue on October 28 and 29.  


El DVD de Roger consigue un Disco de oro en Alemania

Viernes 10 Junio 2011


El espectacular DVD de Roger "Take The Long Way Home - Live in Montreal" ha recibido el prestigioso honor de alcanzar el Disco de Oro en Alemania, lo que significa que ha vendido más de 30.000 copias sólo en Alemania! Después de un reciente concierto, Roger fue galardonado con el Disco de Oro.

"Estamos muy contentos con el éxito de este trabajo. En estos tiempos un Disco de Oro no es una cosa común por lo que estamos muy orgullosos de que 30.000 ejemplares se hayan vendido sólo en Alemania. Estamos seguros de que este gran DVD va a ser un éxito continuo. "comentó Lindsay Brown, Director Gerente de Operaciones Internacionales de Eagle Rock Entertainment, durante la ceremonia.


Los asistentes de la ceremonia de entrega (de izquierda a derecha): Angelika Cisek y Kathi Wagmüller (ambos: de Scout Promoción), Shakti Shivaya y Linda Tyler, de Harmonic Management, Martín Ruder (Jefe de Gestión de Metal & Rock Edel Distribution), Roger Hodgson , Lindsay Brown (Director Gerente de Operaciones Internacionales de Eagle Rock Entertainment) y Nicole Schnitzler (Administrador de la Discográfica Eagle Rock, Edel, en Alemania).
 

El DVD de Roger, que encabeza las listas de éxitos, fue filmado en Place des Arts en Montreal. Roger va a regresar para hacer dos actuaciones en este
magnífico lugar el 28 y 29 de octubre.

 

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press@breakfastinspain.com (Press Review - Press Article) Press and Media Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:49:48 +0000
Roger Hodgson among the 100 Greatest Songwriters, April 2011 http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/482-roger-hodgson-among-the-100-greatest-songwriters http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/482-roger-hodgson-among-the-100-greatest-songwriters

Classic Rock Magazine’s Special Collector’s Edition honors Roger Hodgson for being among the 100 Greatest Songwriters.  Rock’s Greatest Songwriters themselves salute fellow songwriters who have shaped Rock.

La revista Classic Rock Magazine en su edición especial de coleccionistas honora a Roger Hodgson situándolo entre los 100 compositores más grandes. 

 

100songwriters

 

TRAMPY TUNESMITH
ROGER HODGSON
By Fish (ex-Marillion)
 
I always look for the songwriter who can write that one special song.  With rock artists it’s always the one who can write the big crossover song.  The pop song in the rock genre.  I know that’s often seen by fans as selling out, but I’ve never really understood that attitude.  We got it to a certain extent in Marillion when we had the big hits with Kayleigh and Lavender.
 
One of the best examples of that approach of songwriting is Roger Hodgson. I have always loved Supertramp.  I remember buying Crime of the Century from Preston Market. It made a strong impression on me.  It was a rock album, but it had these delightfully poppy melodies.
 
And then I played with Roger in Malta.  It was just him and his piano and he was amazing.  You just forget how many memorable songs he’s written.  Just listen to Breakfast in America – so many amazing songs on one album. And he’s incredible as a lyricist and songwriter.  His sense of melody is unsurpassable, and the way he writes is just pitch-perfect for his voice.  Sister Moonshine from Crisis? What Crisis?, is a particular favourite of mine.  And the song Breakfast in America.  He’s the only guy I know who got the word “kippers” into a rock song.


El VAGABUNDO FORJADOR DE MELODIAS
ROGER HODGSON
Por Fish (ex-Marillion)

 
Siempre me fijo en el compositor que es capaz de escribir una canción especial. En los artistas de rock es siempre aquel que puede combinar el pop y el rock en un tema. Se que eso es visto a menudo por los fans como una cuestión de "ventas", pero jamás he entendido esa actitud. Nosotros lo conseguimos hasta cierto punto con Marillion, cuando tuvimos dos grandes éxitos con Kayleigh y Lavender.
 
Uno de los mejores ejemplos de ese enfoque en la composición es Roger Hodgson. Siempre me ha encantado Supertramp. Recuerdo cuando compré el disco Crime of the Century en Preston Market. Me dió una tremenda impresión. Era un álbum de rock, pero contenía todas esas deliciosas melodías pop.
 
Y un buen día toqué con Roger en Malta. Eran sólo él y su piano, y resultó impresionante. Olvida cuántas canciones memorables ha compuesto Roger. Simplemente escucha el disco Breakfast in America – cuántas canciones increíbles en un solo album !. Y es además extraordinario en las letras y en las composiciones. Su sentido de la melodía es insuperable, y su forma de componer encaja perfectamente con su voz. El tema Sister Moonshine del album Crisis? What Crisis?, es una de mis favoritas.  Y la canción Breakfast in America ..... es el único tipo que conozco que consiguió meter la palabra "kippers" (arenques ahumados) en una canción rock.

 

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press@breakfastinspain.com (Press Review - Press Article) Press and Media Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:47:59 +0000
German article in ECLIPSED magazine, Sept. 2010 http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/452-german-article-in-eclipsed-magazine-sept-2010 http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/452-german-article-in-eclipsed-magazine-sept-2010 Feature article from Germany's Rock magazine "eclipsed" Nr. 123 (09/2010)
 
Crisis! What Crisis!
 
caption: High spirits - but appearances are deceiving: Bob Siebenberg, Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson, John A. Helliwell and Dougie Thomson (from left) were torn by success at the end of the seventies.
 
It could be the reunion of the year - that is if it were a reunion. But what is going out on "40th Anniversary Tour" this fall is not Supertramp but Rick Davies with backing band. And that will take place in that line-up despite the efforts of Roger Hodgson and Dougie Thomson (the ex-colleagues) to participate. During the "eclipsed"- conversation the two consequently make some unflattering statements.
 
The setting has an air of depression about it: Roger Hodgson gives a guest performance at the North Rhine-Westphalia horticultural show in Hemer in front of an audience of 500 - at a venue which holds up to the quadruple amount, but the continuous rain and the out of the question promotion are inhibiting a possible run. The usual territory of the attending audience seems to be the local "Schuetzenfest" (German "marksmen's festival"), they don't even know the titles of the Supertramp hit songs which Hodgson intones - except for "It's Raining Again" which the 60-year old presents in a well-behaved way, just as his other successful hits from the seventies: "Take The Long Way Home", "Give A Little Bit", "The Logical Song", "Breakfast In America", "Dreamer", "Fool's Overture" or "School". Pieces which - you have to acknowledge - have not suffered any loss of class to this day, pieces which still put a spell on you with their intense melodies and their playful arrangements. And Hodgson still presents them with the same passion, just as if it was 1983 - just as if he was standing up on stage at Dortmund's Westphalia-stadium. It is this resilience, which sometimes appears to be verging on masochism, which is Hodgson's very own method of proceeding against his former friend and partner Rick Davies: playing Best-of-Sets in the provinces, demanding comparatively small entrance fees, thus very adeptly undermining Davies' position. Because the latter's opulent two-month tour of the biggest venues in western Europe, where ticket prices are between 69 and 85 Euros (between 56 and 70 GBP / 88 and 109 USD), up to this point proves to be a financial fiasco with disastrous advance ticket sales, zero PR, but advertisement which makes use of Hodgson's songs and image and thus Hodgson declares this to be cheating the fans: "I have no problem with Rick going on tour as Supertramp but I get the feeling that he is deceiving the public in his way of bringing this to market. Because I'm hearing my songs and my voice in radio spots announcing their concerts - but I won't be there. That's pretty uncool. And the other thing which bothers me, is that he once again plans to have my songs sung by another singer, which is very clearly a breach of our agreement.
 
The name for you, the songs for me
 
In 1983, when Hodgson declared that he was parting ways with Supertramp to have more time for his family, there was a genuine gentleman agreement between the two band founders: Davies got all the rights for using the name Supertramp and in return he agreed not to play those pieces which his colleague wrote. Hodgson wanted to keep his songs as basis for his subsequent solo career. But Davies did not stick to the bargain - which in the end led to the quarrel with bass player Dougie Thomson as well as to the long lasting dispute with Hodgson. "Back then we shook hands, looked each other deep in the eyes and made this agreement. We were friends who parted ways with all due respect and in complete harmony. And it hurts quite a lot that he broke the agreement. With hindsight, I would wish I had it all put down in writing. But back then I simply did not think that would be necessary - I wasn't very good at business stuff. I trusted him. And now that is how it turned out." And yet both parties sat down at a table once again back in 2008 and they talked about a joint project and a tour, a conversation which according to Hodgson was very constructive - even if those talks did, at the time, not comprise the other members of the classic Supertramp line-up like John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg and Dougie Thomson because they had this lawsuit against Davies about outstanding royalties. "He was really hurt due to that legal stuff which was going on but I was hoping that he would soon get over that and we could do something together again. But then something incredible happened: He simply stopped talking to me and he didn't answer my phone calls. Instead I was told to talk everything through with his lawyer and his wife Sue who is also his manager. At that point I realized that this project would not come about." And that is why he (Hodgson)  is no more part of the current Supertramp line-up than bosom buddy Dougie Thomson. Messrs. Siebenberg and Helliwell are only going along because they need the money, not because they are best friends with Davies  - that's what Thomson shares with us, he now is manager for the metal-band Disturbed. "For me Supertramp is a closed chapter, once and for all" explains Thomson, born in 1951, he was the youngest in the former team. "I believe we had a great time, we've achieved tremendous things, but it's not the same band anymore. It's no longer those five guys, who go through all the ups and downs together and are at the same time best friends. It's all about egos and about the money - I don't want to cope with stuff like that. I want to remember it as something beautiful."
 
"Rick does not have any relationship with the fans"
 
Hodgson looks at things completely different, he still expresses interest in maybe joining Davies for a few special concerts during the tour: "If my schedule allows, I would immediately take part - he just has to let me know." But that is very unlikely to happen. Because at the same time he (Hodgson) cannot refrain from directing aplenty pointed remarks towards Long Island, where Rick Davies has settled in his retirement home. "Rick does no longer have any relationship with the fans - and he is totally unaware of what Supertramp means to the people. I believe that it has definitely grown into something much bigger than the two of us. This music is making so many people happy in all parts of the world for thirty, forty years now. And whereas I cherish that and try to maintain that with my shows, he rather looks at it as a trademark and a way to make more money - as if he didn't have plenty. And what is the most saddening, is that he plays my songs and he does not even like them. He never did. And most of them, he doesn't understand - because we stand for very different beliefs and philosophies. I mean, I have always been on a crusade, a spiritual quest for Love, happiness and the deeper meanings of life - he on the other hand wanted safety and steadiness. In that regard it is particularly sad that he does not show integrity here and is almost abusing my songs."
The question remains why Hodgson does not defend himself and put an end to the "Anniversary tour"- which is threatening to ruin Supertramp's reputation - via court order. "Because life is too short. And because I am a peaceful man - and he (Rick) knows that as well. So: Even though many people have advised me to consult a lawyer and file an injunction suit, I do not want to follow that path."
Instead - and he not only proves that in Hemer but also at many other festivals which he plays this summer - he is looking out for the sporting challenge - by presenting the same songs as Davies and in that discipline - he knows that very well - he can hardly be beaten: "I am older, wiser and a much better artist than ever before. And I wrote songs which have stood the test of time, songs which still sound fresh today."
Now it's for Davies to obliterate those arguments. Hopefully by giving us the interview, which "eclipsed" has requested for the next issue. But Hodgson is pessimistic about that: "I believe he will take cover - the way he always does. So: I wish you luck with that!" Says he and vanishes to meet mayor, Chief of Police, press and fire department of Hemer. That's what you call guerrilla marketing. And it works.

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ROGER HODGSON DVD, Rocktimes Review http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/229-roger-hodgson-dvd-rocktimes-review http://www.breakfastinspain.com/index.php/press-media/229-roger-hodgson-dvd-rocktimes-review

(German version follows the english one)

Roger Hodgson: “Take The Long Way Home Live In Montreal” DVD
Joachim “Joe” Brookes – Rocktimes
Review date 13.09.2007
English translation by Claudia Yildiz

Roger Hodgson is the voice of Supertramp. Take the Long Way Home is – what a surprise - a solo concert of the musician, singer and songwriter. OK, almost solo because he has with Aaron McDonald a congenial partner at his side who plays various wood-wind instruments and is also singing backing vocals.

In the home cinema, we become witness of a magnificent concert in which the protagonist not only came up with many classic songs from the Supertramp era but also gives a very personal performance.

There’s nothing wrong with performing the classic songs of Supertramp only with keyboard, piano and twelve-string. That was really unexpected, and over and above that, it is surprising how good the almost 60-year-old guy is in voice.

He shows himself as an emotional entertainer who remained well grounded, and it shows clearly that Supertramp, which was founded in 1969 by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, after Roger Hodgson’s leaving in the early 80’s only remained piecemeal, because the music of the group and Hodgson’s voice are an inseparable whole.

In the setlist, you only find two songs of Roger Hodgson’s solo career along with “Oh Brother,” a brand new one which cannot be found on any album.
The middle of the stage, which is laid out with carpets, enthrones a huge grand piano. Arranged in front of it, in the middle of the stage, are two acoustic guitars. The keyboard is on the left, and on the right side is the “workstation” of the saxophonist.

Various palm trees and other big plants decorate the huge stage. So it would seem to be the right atmosphere merely from the outward appearance.
Hodgson sings and plays songs from the Supertramp albums “Breakfast in America“, “Even in the quietest moments,” “Crime of the Century,” “Crisis? What Crisis?” and “Famous last Words” and the audience carries him on a wave of enthusiasm.

When he sings “Take the Long Way Home” or “Give a Little Bit” only accompanied by his twelve-string, the performance has something very special.
Even watching the DVD on the “boob tube” makes you deeply moved and thrilled.

To enjoy Supertramp classics reduced to their essentials is really awesome, and Hodgson moves the audience to already give standing ovations at the beginning of the second song.

Then he moves over to the grand piano and performs “Lovers in the Wind” from his first solo album, “In the Eye of the Storm,” which definitely also could be found on a Supertramp album.
The stage is flooded in a deep blue light and film cuttings are scarcely found. They work with gentle cross fadings.

The close-up view of Hodgson’s piano play is, as a contrast, filmed in black and white. This little something goes down well too.

You don’t have to make any words about the songs, because you catch yourself singing again and again – no problem for Hodgson to motivate the audience whistling “Easy does it.” Anyhow, the audience is, by clapping and singing, something like the third man in concert.

“Sister Moonshine” only performed with acoustic guitar brings to light another side of this track and listening to “Breakfast in America,” “Dreamer” or “School” really gives you chills.

Speaking of “School,” spontaneous or not, the audience wants the song, and Aaron moves over to the keyboard while Hodgson plays the guitar – terrific!

The concert is over and now we come to the rich bonus material, which is headed by “Even in the quietest moments.”

“Dreamer” played with orchestra reminds us of the “Night of the Proms” performance. There’s the “Logical Song” and “Fools Overture” in shorter clips but also with great orchestration.
It follows a 15-minute interview with Roger Hodgson, which is added with music and in which he gives us an insight into his way of thinking, writing songs – generally and with “The Awakening” particularly. He then plays and sings “The Awakening.”

Of course there is some info about Supertramp and “Breakfast in America.” The band is in the past but the songs are still alive.

“Dreamer” came into being in a back room of his mother’s house.
He is being asked as to the story of other classic songs and he gives broad information about them.
In “Behind the Scenes,” we get an insight into the soundcheck before the concert and some fans get a chance to speak.

In “Backstage Pass,” we see the obligatory small talk with special guests.
The “Photo-Gallery” shows shots from the concert which are added with music.

… I wouldn’t have guessed that this DVD would become so interesting.


Line-up:
Roger Hodgson (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, guitar)
Aaron McDonald (saxophone, Keyboards, backing vocals)

Tracklist
01:Intro
02:Take The Long Way Home
03:Give A Little Bit
04:Lovers In The Wind
05:Hide Your Shell
06:Oh Brother
07:The Logical Song
08:Easy Does It
09:Sister Moonshine
10:Love Is A Thousand Times
11:Breakfast In America
12:Don't Leave Me Now
13:Dreamer
14:It's Raining Again
15:School
16:Two Of Us
17:Give A Little Bit

Bonus Tracks:
Even In The Quietest Moments
Dreamer
plus exerpts from:
The Logical Song
Fool's Overture (with orchestra)

A Conversation With Roger
Montreal Interview
Roger's Repertoire

Behind The Scenes:
Sound Check
Fan's Impressions
Backstage Pass
Photo Gallery

 


 

Roger Hodgson / Take The Long Way Home
Live In Montreal

Spielzeit: 140:00
Medium: DVD
Technik:
Tonformat: Dolby Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo
FSK: ohne Altersbeschränkung
Sprache: Englisch, Deutsch, Spanisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Niederländisch, Portugiesisch
Bildformat: 16:9
Label: Eagle Vison, 2007
Stil: Pop/Rock
Review vom 13.09.2007


Roger Hodgson ist die Stimme von Supertramp.

"Take The Long Way Home - Live In Montreal" ist, welch Überraschung, ein Solo-Konzert des Musikers, Sängers und Songwriters. Na ja, fast solo, denn er hat in Aaron McDonald einen kongenialen Partner an der Seite, der diverse Holzblasinstrumente spielt und auch für die Backing Vocals zuständig ist.

Wir werden im Heimkino Zeuge eines grandiosen Konzerts, in dem der Protagonist nicht nur mit vielen Klassikern der großen Supertramp-Ära aufwartet, sondern auch eine sehr persönliche Vorstellung liefert.

Da gibt es nichts zu meckern, wenn man die Klassiker der Gruppe ausschließlich mit dem Keyboard, Piano oder der 12-saitigen Gitarre geboten bekommt. Das war wirklich unerwartet und darüber hinaus ist es frappant, wie gut der fast Sechzigjährige bei Stimme ist.

Er zeigt sich als ein emotionaler Entertainer, der bodenständig geblieben ist und verdeutlicht, dass Supertramp, 1969 von ihm und Rick Davies gegründet, nach seinem Weggang Anfang der Achtzigerjahre nur noch Stückwerk war, denn die Musik der Gruppe und Hodgsons Stimme sind einfach eine unzertrennliche Einheit.

In der Setlist finden sich eh nur zwei Titel aus seiner Solo-Karriere und mit "Oh Brother" eine brandneue Nummer, die es auf keinem Album gibt.
In der Mitte der Bühne, die mit Teppichen ausgelegt ist, thront ein riesiger Flügel. Davor befinden sich zentral am vorderen Bühnenrand zwei akustische Gitarren, das Keyboard steht links und auf der rechten Seite ist der Arbeitsplatz des Saxofonisten.
Als Dekoration schmücken diverse Palmen und andere große Blumen die riesige Bühne. So ist auch rein äußerlich für Atmosphäre gesorgt.

Hodgson singt und spielt Songs aus den Supertamp-Alben "Breakfast In America", "Even In The Quietest Moments", "Crime Of The Century", "Crisis? What Crisis?" und "…Famous Last Words…".

Das Publikum trägt den Engländer auf einer Welle der Begeisterung, die nicht im weißen Hemd des Musikers stecken bleibt.

Ob er sich für "Take The Long Way Home" oder "Give A Little Bit", auf einem kleinen Podest stehend mit der akustischen Gitarre begleitet… die Performance hat was. Selbst im Pantoffelkino fühlt man sich ergriffen und ist begeistert.

Supertramp-Klassiker, auf ihr Wesentliches reduziert, zu genießen, ist schon toll und Hodgson hat die Besucher im bestuhlten Saal schon beim zweiten Song auf den Beinen.

Dann wechselt er zum Flügel und spielt "Lovers In The Wind" von seinem Solo-Album "In The Eye Of The Storm", das durchaus auch von einer Supertramp-Platte stammen könnte. Die Bühne wird von tiefblauem Licht geflutet und Bildschnitte sind auf der DVD kaum zu finden. Man arbeitet mit sanften Überblendungen.

Die Nahaufnahmen seiner Tastenarbeit sind als Kontrast stellenweise in schwarz-weiß gehalten. Auch diese Kleinigkeiten kommen hervorragend an.
Über die einzelnen Songs braucht man wohl kaum ein Wort zu verlieren, denn man ertappt sich ein ums andere Mal beim Mitsingen.

Kein Problem, das Publikum für "Easy Does It" zum Pfeifen zu bewegen. Die Zuschauer sind Rhythmus klatschend oder singend eh so etwas wie der dritte Mann des Konzerts.

"Sister Moonshine" nur mit der akustischen Gitarre gespielt fördert eine neue Seite dieses Tracks zutage.

Darf es sein, dass man bei "Breakfast In America", "Dreamer" oder "School" eine Gänsehaut bekommt?

Apropos "School": Spontan oder nicht, das Publikum wünscht sich den Song und Aaron McDonald wechselt zum Keyboard, wobei Hodgson die Gitarre spielt. Klasse!

Das Konzert ist vorbei und wir kommen zum reichhaltigen Bonusmaterial, das von einem über dreiminütigen "Even In The Quietest Moments" angeführt wird. "Dreamer", mit Orchester und einem vielstimmigen Frauenchor, erinnert an einen Night of the Proms-Auftritt. "The Logical Song" und zweimal "Fool's Overture" gibt es in kürzeren Clips, ebenfalls in großer Besetzung eingespielt.

Im fast 15-minütigen Interview bietet uns Roger Hodgson, immer wieder von Musik unterlegt, Einblick in seine Art, Songs im Allgemeinen zu schreiben, oder bei "The Awakening", im Speziellen. Er spielt und singt den Song dann auch. Natürlich gibt es Infos zu Supertramp und "Breakfast in America". Die Band ist Vergangenheit, aber die Songs gibt es noch. "Dreamer" entstand in einem Hinterzimmer bei seiner Mutter. Dann wird er zu weiteren Klassikern befragt und gibt umfassend Auskunft.

In "Behind The Scenes" erhalten wir Einblick in den Soundcheck vor dem Konzert und es kommen Fans zu Wort.

Hinter dem "Backstage Pass" verbirgt sich der obligatorische Smalltalk mit geladenen Gästen. In der Photo-Gallerie kann man sich Shots vom Konzert ansehen, die auch mit Musik unterlegt sind.

Hätte ich nicht gedacht, dass die Hodgson-DVD so interessant werden würde.


 

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TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - DVD

When Mike Pinder left Moody Blues they lost the lessons-of-the-soul part of their band, I stopped buying their albums.
Same story goes for Supertramp. Hayward & Lodge can still pull a very good Moody's concert out of the hat, but You were Supertramp.
It is very obvious why Rick will not play YOUR music, this music is from YOUR heart and can only be brought forth by your fingers and those wonderful vocal cords.
Now, pull that orchestra together while those cords are still vibrating well. ...and use lots of good mic's.
The DVD made me smile a lot, sing along a lot, at times gave me chills, and put me in total amazement of how two men and an audience could recreate those fabulous Supertramp/Hodgson soul stories.
Thank you for such a wonderful gift!
Speaking of gifts, I'll be back to your site in a couple weeks to purchase a few more of the DVD's for Christmas gifts.
I can't wait to give'em.
Bravo Roger, Bravo!
Much love,
Warren


Roger, I have been a fan of Supertramp, and you, since I was a young adult on my own in Central Canada!
I can honestly say, from the first time I heard Superstramp, I was hooked! Your music was intoxicating! And still is!
I saw you with the band Supertramp in Winnipeg, Canada in the mid 1970's-my first "live" concert. WOW! What memories!
I continue to be a loyal fan...my wife and I still love Supertramp, your solo albums, etc. Congratulations on your DVD and such a diverse and successful career!
Best regards in your future endeavours! Rick & family.
I just love the new DVD ....playing it to death!! Brad

 


Roger,
I have watched your DVD a few times since the show and have to say I love having the touch point to such amazing music in a context that feels as though I am right back in my front row seat.
I am thrilled that from the little time I spent with you seeing you on stage, then seeing the DVD that you have such a wonderful demeanor. You come across as such a down to earth guy. This is wonderful to see in the context of how you
have lived your live. I work in the world of professional sports and many athletes could learn a thing or two on kindness.
I promise to be sitting somewhere in an arena on your next tour through Canada.
Bob
PS.......please record the song Oh Brother............I love it

 

What a wonderful experience it was to see you again this year at Casino Rama.
My fiancé and I were lucky enough to get second row seats and quite frankly; I have never sat closer to the stage in my life and we were not disappointed by any means. From start to finish, your personal love for your music and your fans was heart warming.
The sneak preview of Sister Moonshine set the stage for the evening and the love affair with your fans was apparent throughout.
Having purchased your DVD just a few weeks ago was a wonderful warm up to your live show and a great addition to my music collection.
The addition of the orchestra and choir for the Rama shows was also incredible and a joy to listen to. "Fools Overture" gave me goose bumps.
My fiancé’s love for the saxophone, which was utilized wonderfully. I as many others have grown up with your music and I am one of the every 15 Canadians that owns "Crime of the Century" as well as "Breakfast in America"; not to mention all Supertramp albums as well as your solo material. Cheers and thank you! It was a night we both will never forget!
Randy


My brother sent me the DVD concert in Montreal. It's just awesome. I started crying the minute I heard Roger's voice.
My brother and I have been long time fans of Super Tramp going back to the 70's. I live in Florida and would like to know if Roger has
any plans to tour the USA. I live in Ft Lauderdale, FL. I sincerely hope that Roger makes arrangements to come here sometime in the future.
Thank you for all your wonderful music. It means everything to me and my family.
Phyllis

 

Hello Roger and management,
THANK YOU for a brilliant DVD!! Any chance of making a cd version available?
I'd like to see some sort of Supertramp box set of demos, outtakes and unreleased songs, as opposed to a retrospective best of collection..
Or if this complicated, how about a box set of Roger's demo's, outtakes and unreleased songs!
As a long time fan from the 70's, I yearn and hunger for more of Roger's music.
Cheers and thanks for the music of my lifetime,
Rick


Hi Roger,
My wife and i have been fans of your music for years. I saw Supertramp the first time you played Toronto's Massey Hall! Great memories!!
I just wanted to say that we watched your new DVD tonight and were totally amazed and impressed by the show! Thank You!!!
Anyway, thanks for the grreat music and inspiring thoughts from your DVD. Yours Truly,
Paul and Denise


Hi, Great job with Rogers DVD, My kids just love it.
My daughter is 3 1/2 and my son is a year old. He dances and rocks to the songs
and sits on my lap and claps after each song. So cute to see.
I'll be at the Saturday show at Casino Rama, going to meet up with Rita and some other Fans. It would be great to have a DVD with Roger and the orchestra. Full version of fools overture, Babaji, Lord is it mine, etc. I'm sure it would be a top seller as well, but I am so glad to have this DVD. The sneak previews of Fools overture just made me want to hear the rest! Thanks once again and all the best!
Wally in Ajax, Ontario

 

"oh my god" is what i was saying when i first heard you sing this beautiful "Supertramp” type song on the new d.v.d which is awsome all the way through. I LOVE your classic trade mark melodic soft rock/pop with soulful vocals, and the new song, Oh Brother”, is classic Roger "AMAZING SONG". I’m very blessed to have seen you in London and Casino Rama and live now watched you solo
on d.v.d, its hard to say which I like better because there is something extra oomf LOL about the band with your beautiful melodic sound, and in saying that your melodies sound wonderful by yourself. I know you have many TRUE lifelong fans and I’m proud to say that I am one of them, I still love SUPERTRAMP very much, though without you they are NOT the same, you were the magic and you still are. GOD BLESS YOU MAN, you are the greatest singer/songwriter EVER in my and many peoples opinion. ROCK ON ROGER !!!! I love you from the bottom of my heart PEACE AND LOVE Andy

PS. PLEASE release the song Oh Brother, it is a melodic masterpiece, I absolutley LOVE it, one of your best in a while, though I loved many songs on the open the door c.d too. You are my hero, my inspiration, my favourite singer/songwriter on the planet. GLORY GLORY
Andrew


Hello Roger!
Bought your DVD and it's truly sensational. Your music and songs came from your heart and touched us both.
After the DVD was over, I "Googled" you and discovered you are coming to Calgary, Canada November 19th so naturally I bought two tickets. Your music has never sounded better Roger. It shows you are in a wonderful time of your life and we are very happy for you. See you in Calgary!!
Bill


I bought the DVD Live in Montreal of a deliverer in the South America, I saw and I adored. Fantastic! I would like that Roger came in Brazil and repeated this incredible performance here.
Congratulations to everybody that had participated in the production of the event.
Marcos

 

I am very glad to have this great DVD of Roger Hogson. It's such a heart warming DVD.
Florian, my son of four, also loves it. His favourite is lovers in the wind!
Jorhan

 

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