Supertramp as Ricky & The Rockets - 1986

Supertramp as Ricky & The Rockets - 1986 live in Mannheim im Flic Flac

It was more a party then a concert. After their big concert in Ludwigshafen (Twin City of Mannheim) in front of 5000 people Supertramp was playing in a little Club-Restaurant called Flic Flac in Mannheim. Only 10 people knew what is coming on that night. So in the little sideroom probably 50 people are sitting and waiting (they did not know who is coming ). Around 11pm Supertramp has arrived - that means RICKY & THE ROCKETS are on stage. This was their name for this night. Ricky and his boys were :
Mark Hart - k
Marty Walsh - g
Dougie Thompson - b
John Helliwell - sax
Ben Siebenberg - dr
Scott Page - sax
Carl Verheyen - g
Rick Davies - k,v
Beside them sometimes also on stage 3 musicians of the Herbert Grönemeyer Band -
Alfred Kritzer - k
Norbert Hamm - b
Gagey Mrozek - g
--- also on stage, with the earphone Wichtel a technican from Radio RPR. Sometimes you see Affendaddy standing in the door in the back always grinning. Sometimes 12 guys (and a grand piano !!!) standing on 12 square meters !!
The setlist for Supert....er Ricky & The Rockets was :
Happy Birthday To You , In The Midnight Hour, Don't You Lie To Me, Walking The Dog, Treat Her Right, Route 66 , Stormy Monday , My Babe - from Ron Holden - + Lucille. When they finished a song some of them asking what is the next song, but nobody knew that, so Rick says - have you ever heard a song called Midnight Hour ? Everybody is thinking - and then they said - yes we have heard that song. So Rick says : Let's play it.
For all the people in that little room - musicians + audience it was a unforgettable night.
Normally on this stage was my Discotheque equipment. That means Recordplayer, Reciever and a - Cassette deck - and with such an engine you can do pretty good recordings.....:-))))

See Ricky & The Rockets in 1986

 

SUPERTRAMP - All Concert Reviews

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2011 TOUR - Carhaix, France, July 16   press review  
2011 TOUR - Montreal, June 16              press review
2011 TOUR - Otawa, June 14                   press review
2011 TOUR - Toronto, June 12                press review
2011 TOUR - Winnipeg, June 8               press review
2011 TOUR - Saskatoon, June 7             press review
2011 TOUR - Edmonton, June 5              press review
2011 TOUR - Vancouver, June 2             press review
2011 TOUR - Victoria, May 31                   Lorna
2011 TOUR - Victoria, May 31                   Press review
       
2010 TOUR - Stuttgart, Oct. 24          Uwe Nessler
2010 TOUR - Paris, Oct. 28                 The dude
2010 TOUR - London, Oct. 6               press reviews
2010 TOUR - Berlin Sept. 27               Mark 
2010 TOUR - Manheim Sept. 23         Uwe Nessler    
2010 TOUR - Barcelona, Sept. 18      MAC
2010 TOUR - Barcelona 18 Sept.        Prensa          
2010 TOUR - Bilbao 17 Sept.               Prensa
2010 TOUR - Madrid 15 Sept               press reviews    
2010 TOUR - A Coruña 11 Sept          press reviews
2010 TOUR - Halle 2nd of Sept           fans reviews

2002 TOUR - Los Angeles 20th Sept.     MAC
2002 TOUR - London 21st July                MAC
2002 TOUR - Barcelona 28 Abril             Jordi Sabater
2002 TOUR - Benidorm 18 Abril              C. Sabater
2002 TOUR - Benidorm April 18              MAC    
2002 TOUR - Benidorm April 18              Jordi Sabater

1983 TOUR - Barcelona 5 Julio               MAC

London_soundcheck

Photo: Soundcheck in Hide Park, London, 2002, by MAC

 

     JOHN HELLIWELL

 
 
2010 Alan Parsons gig, Paris 1st of June                       MAC
2010 Excalibur Tour, with Alan Parsons, January         MAC
2005 Creme Anglaise, Giverny, Sept 11                           MAC
2004 Art on Ice, with Roger Hodgson, January               MAC
2004 Art on Ice, with Roger Hodgson, January               Roger Tanner
 
 
 
Paris15
Photo: with Alan Parsons and John Helliwell in Paris, 1st of June 2010
, by MAC 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Vieilles Charrues, July 16

Festival Vieilles Charrues 2011, July 16
Carhaix, France

Supertramp, pas si super que ça…

Musique dimanche 17 juillet 2011

Personne ne les attendait vraiment, d’ailleurs personne n’a pris de claque avec Supertramp. Même pas décevant, sans intérêt.

Sans Roger Hodgson, chanteur emblématique du groupe à ses débuts, la magie ne peut pas prendre. Imaginez les Rolling Stones sans Mick Jagger ou Noir Desir sans Bertrand Cantat et ça vous donnera une petite idée… Tout simplement, cela ne marche pas !

Sans compter que le public, inévitablement, attend les tubes. Supertramp en a plein les cartons mais a vraiment tardé à les offrir à la prairie de Kerampuilh, qui peinait à s’enflammer.

Entre un « Breakfast in America » et un « Goodbye stranger », le groupe a essayé de faire illusion, mais c’était trop peu péchu pour que prenne la mayonnaise. Il aurait aussi fallu que les membres du groupe se démènent un peu plus pour nous convaincre.

De la part de telles légendes de la chanson, on pouvait quand même espérer un peu mieux...

Mickaël Louedec.

 

Source: http://www.ouest-france.fr/actu/actuDet_-Vieilles-Charrues.-Supertramp-pas-si-super-que-ca...-_39382-1875913_actu.Htm


Software  translations:

Supertramp, no mas super que esto ...


En realidad nadie les esperaba, por eso nadie se quedó con Supertramp. Ni siquiera decepcionante, sin interes.


Sin Roger Hodgson, cantante emblemático del grupo en sus inicios, la magia no puede prender. Imaginar a los Rolling Stones sin Mick Jagger o Noir Desir sin Bertrand Cantant y os dará una pequeña idea ... Sencillamente, no funciona!


Sin contar que el público, inevitablemente, espera los éxitos. Supertramp tienen un montón, pero tardó en ofrecerlos a la pradera de Kerampuilh, que empezaban a impacientarse.


Entre un "Breakfast in America" y un "Goodbye Stranger", el grupo trató de ilusionar, pero con demasiada poca garra para ligar la mayonesa. También hubiera hecho falta que los miembros del grupo lucharan un poco más para convencernos.

De leyendas de la canción, por lo menos se podría esperar algo mejor ..


Supertramp, not as super as this ...


Nobody really expected them, however no one took snaps with Supertramp. Not even disappointing, without interest.


Without Roger Hodgson, singer emblematic of the group in the early times, the magic can not take. Imagine the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger or Noir Desir without Bertrand Cantat, and it will give you a little clue ... Quite simply, it does not work!


Besides the public inevitably awaits the hits. Supertramp are plenty of it, but they came too late to the audience, who got impatient.


Between "Breakfast in America" and "Goodbye Stranger", the group tried to illusion, but it was too little effort for light the fire. It would have also required that the group members were struggling a little to convince us.


From such legends of music, we could still expect a little better ...


 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Montreal, June 16

Supertramp au Centre Bell
Supertramp bat de l'aile sans Hodgson

Marie-France Pellerin
16/06/2011 23h26


MONTREAL -"Genesis survived the departure of Peter Gabriel, who was replaced by Phil Collins with great spirit. Supertramp, however, can’t overcome the departure of Roger Hodgson".

 

MONTRÉAL - Genesis a peut-être bien survécu au départ de Peter Gabriel, remplacé avec brio par Phil Collins. Supertramp, lui, se remet difficilement du départ de son chanteur, Roger Hodgson.

De passage au Centre Bell jeudi soir dans le cadre de sa tournée 70-10, la formation rock britannique a offert une prestation qui ne passera assurément pas à l’histoire, mais qui a tout de même été ponctuée de quelques moments d’envergure.

La tournée célèbre à la fois le 40e anniversaire du groupe et de la sortie de son premier album éponyme, Supertramp, paru en 1970, et un joueur de taille manquait à la fête. Le froid sévissant entre Rick Davies, fondateur, chanteur et claviériste de Supertramp, et Hodgson, qui a quitté la formation au début des années 80, n’est pas un secret d’État.

Aussi, Davies a affirmé ne pas souhaiter accueillir son ancien compatriote en ses rangs afin de préserver l’harmonie du groupe. On lui concède le point, mais reste que le registre vocal d’Hodgson demeure beaucoup plus étendu que celui de Davies.

Accompagné des membres originaux John Helliwell (saxophone) et Bob Siebenberg (batterie), Davies a attaqué You Started Laughing et Gone Hollywood. Il aura néanmoins fallu attendre Ain’t Nobody But Me avant un réel engouement du public.

«Nous avons une relation très spéciale avec Montréal. C’est ici que nous avons donné notre premier concert au Canada en 1975», a mentionné Helliwell –Davies ne s’est pratiquement pas adressé à la foule– avant de déplorer le fait qu’il ait dû prendre plus tôt son petit déjeuner à Toronto. L’anecdote venait évidemment d’introduire Breakfast in America.

Cannonball et Poor Boy ont pour leur part ramené l’énergie au point mort alors que From Now on a suscité une ovation partielle, au parterre. Les incontournables, tels que Give a Little Bit, Downstream, Rudy, Bloody Well Right et Another Man’s Woman, rythmée d’un solo de clavier endiablé de Davies, auront pour leur part empli l’amphithéâtre d’une certaine ferveur.

La magie a déserté / The magic has deserted

La machine musicale était définitivement toujours bien huilée, traduisant somme toute plutôt bien le caractère ambitieux des albums de la formation, mais il a manqué de cette petite touche magique et peut-être d’un peu d’enthousiasme, autant chez les membres que chez les 9469 spectateurs, qui sont demeurés sagement assis pratiquement l’ensemble du concert.

Les limites vocales de Davies se sont aussi fait sentir à quelques reprises, notamment sur Rudy. Il a d’ailleurs légué le micro à ses acolytes Jesse Siebenberg, le fils du batteur, et Gabe Dixon, choriste, pour Give A Little Bit, It’s Raining Again, Take The Long Way Home et The Logical Song, où les notes poussées à l’extrême ont été applaudies.

Bien que l’interprétation de ces pièces ait été particulièrement réussie, on ne remplace pas si facilement une voix qui a marqué l’histoire. Roger Hodgson demeure inimitable, et les fans invétérés pourront le constater les 28 et 29 octobre à la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts.

 

Source:
http://lejournaldemontreal.canoe.ca/artsetspectacles/scene/archives/2011/06/20110616-232629.html

 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Otawa, June 14

Supertramp clearly misses co-founder Hodgson

By Denis Armstrong ,Ottawa Sun
First posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:16:41 EDT PM

Supertramp’s so-called reunion tour rolled into Scotiabank Place Tuesday night, easily within short memory of co-founder Roger Hodgson’s solo tour here in 2009, with another gig planned for Gatineau’s Hot Air Festival in September.

The novelty of seeing the 1970s supergroup has clearly worn off and the Brits who put the pop in prog-rock are about as busy as they were in their heyday.

Arguably once the best songwriting team since Lennon and McCartney, Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson were, in their prime, a band that could create complex, sophisticated pop, alternating from the amusingly whimsical of The Logical Song and Dreamer, to tunes as mordant and haunting as Rudy, School and Crime of the Century.

Most telling at Tuesday night’s gig is how much they miss Hodgson, who quit the band in 1983.

This was supposed to be a reunion concert, after all.

Instead, what we got was Rick Davies with Supertramp.

Not that I’m complaining.

Surprisingly, the gig began with a whimper, not a bang, with Davies alone at the grand piano for You Started Laughing.

It might have been low-keyed as a concert opening gets, but it wasn’t without a sense of drama.

The small audience — estimated at an optimistic 6,500 — initially seemed to be put into a quiet reflection by Davies’ muted dynamics.

However, the situation brightened marginally on Gone Hollywood and built to a crescendo when horn player John Helliwell gave a thorough account of his Canadian breakfast to introduce Breakfast in America, and later, Cannonball.

It’s all coming back to me now. Supertramp never really was a conventional rock band, but a fusion of British concept rock with a twist of American jazz.

Nearly 40 years later, they sound much as they did back then, despite Davies’ distinctively reedy voice, which has only grown reedier after 66 years.

Like a band leader behind a keyboard, Davies carried the show, which has been subtly divided.

There’s Davies’ half, including Poor Boy, Downstream, Rudy and Bloody Well Right.

Meanwhile, drummer Bob Siebenberg’s son Jesse and backup singer Gabe Dixon shared vocal duties on Hodgson’s hits — Give a Little Bit, It’s Raining Again, Take The Long Way Home and Dreamer. While they did a credible job, they don’t have Hodgson’s pathos.

The band gave the Ottawa Sun an onstage plug as their paper of choice on Another Man’s Women, restaging the cover art of Crisis? What

Crisis? of a man reading the paper on a smouldering beach with an actor in a bathing suit.

Happily, the show picked up energy near the end and the setlist grew heavier with Hodgson’s and Davies’ best tunes, Goodbye Stranger and their encore — School, Dreamer and Crime of the Century.

The fans were flipping out, happy to hear these old tunes again. I suppose I’ll see many of them again when Hodgson plays here in September.


Source:
http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/06/14/supertramp-clearly-misses-cofounder-hodgson


 

Musicalement correct, vocalement pénible

Publié le 15 juin 2011 à 05h30 | Mis à jour le 15 juin 2011 à 05h30
Supertramp devant 6 500 spectateurs à la Place Banque Scotia

Marc-André Joanisse
Le Droit

 

Les Stones sans Jagger, une hérésie, Zeppelin sans Plant, une abomination, The Who sans Daltrey, un cauchemar.
Supertramp sans Roger Hodgson tous les synonymes du premier paragraphe et plus encore.

"The Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger is a heresy. Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant is an abomination. The Who without Roger Daltrey is a nightmare. Supertramp without Roger Hodgson is all of that and even more".


Et comble de malheur, une station de radio d'Ottawa faisait tourner Dreamer, en route vers la Place Banque Scotia. Rien pour nous inciter à se tenir loin du jeu des comparaisons. Le groupe se promène avec le nom Supertramp. Il doit donc s'attendre à être la cible de velléités. De tristes velléités.

Ses chanteurs, Rick Davies, là depuis 1970, Gabe Dixon et Jesse Siebenberg n'ont pas été trop forts, hier soir, à la PBS. Par moments, c'était pathétique de les entendre accrocher autant de fausses notes et de se retrouver loin, très loin, du registre vocal de Hodgson.


C'est dommage, car musicalement, la soirée a été bof, somme toute, correcte, bien que trop languissante à notre goût. Les deux premières pièces surtout. Elles ont été d'un ennui consommé. Vocalement parlant, il faut oublier ça.

Là où on a le plus souffert a été à l'occasion de l'interprétation de pièces avantageusement connues de l'impressionnant catalogue du groupe. Un peu pénible pour l'ouïe quand Supertramp version 2011 a abordé des titres chantés jadis par Hodgson. Le passage au xxie siècle de Breakfast in America s'est entre autres, avéré plutôt ardu.

Pourquoi ? En raison des notes aiguës si bien poussées par l'ancien collègue de Rick Davies. Des acrobaties vocales totalement absentes, il y a quelques heures.

D'autres chansons ont très mal franchi l'espace-temps avec cette nouvelle mouture du groupe. Prenez Give A Little Bit, Gabe Dixon a tout essayé, mais il n'y est jamais parvenu. Le saxophoniste John Helliwell dont le petit solo a été complètement raté, n'a guère été plus impressionnant. Ce même Dixon a été plutôt faible dans son interprétation de It's Raining Again, une autre chanson millionnaire de Hodgson. Son comparse Siebenberg n'a pas été plus fort avec Take the Long Way Home et The Logical Song.

Bon, on arrête ça ici.


http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-droit/arts/201106/14/01-4409249-musicalement-correct-vocalement-penible.php

 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Toronto, June 12

Supertramp impressively perseveres

By Jane Stevenson ,QMI Agency
First posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 2:42:32 EDT AM
Toronto Sun


And so do fans of the ‘70s British prog-rockers.

Faced with as long a lineup I’ve ever seen at the willcall for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre’s summer season opener on Sunday night, the diehard ‘trampers eventually made it inside for a surprisingly packed, verging on sold-out concert on a cool, grey evening. (I’m guessing the crowd was around 14,000.)

I only say surprisingly because it’s been nine years since Supertramp’s last album, 2002’s Slow Motion, and several decades since they had any hits - the last one being 1982’s It’s Raining Again with co-writer-co-lead singer Roger Hodgson leaving the group a year later and still touring as a solo artist.

Supertramp’s peak was all the way back in 1979 with Breakfast In America, their best selling album.

Still, group founder and pianist Rick Davies, now 66, who shared songwriting and singing duties with Hodgson, has hung in there and is currently touring with a fine eight-piece band including longtime members John Helliwell on saxophone/woodwinds and drummer Bob Siebenberg and managed to present Hodgson songs in a respectable and faithful way.

I had my doubts given Hodgson’s distinctive falsetto.

But Siebenberg’s son, Jesse, and backup singer Gabe Dixon capably shared lead vocal duties on Hodgson’s material representing some of Supertramp’s biggest hits - the title track from Breakfast in America, Give A Little Bit, It’s Raining Again, Take The Long Way Home, The Logical Song, and Dreamer.

Jesse Siebenberg also proved to be a trooper when his electric piano conked out right in the middle of The Logical Song and crew members brought another one onto the stage mid-song.

You could see him mouth, “I have no idea,” when one of the other band members asked what had happened during the song.

As for Davies, he was a serious and silent performer, who was in good voice and great on the ivories, but let the likeable Helliwell, sipping red wine on stage when he wasn’t playing, do all the talking to the audience.

“We’re very pleased to be back in Toronto,” said Helliwell, who encouraged the crowd to join in whenever possible.

“It’s not like Perry Como or anything like that. We’re older now - we just need a bit of stimulus.”

Supertramp finally hit their stride with the fourth song, Ain’t Nobody but Me, a meatier song than the first three, and Davies really got the audience on his side on the strength of From Now On, Rudy, the jammy, crowd-pleasing Another Man’s Woman, Bloody Well Right (with Helliwell holding a bullhorn with the word “right” on it), Goodbye Stranger and the ultra-strong encore numbers School and Crime Of the Century, the latter featuring some fine guitar work from Carl Verheyen.

Otherwise, the production was relatively low-key with no laser lights or wild videos with only a few filmed sequences shown on a screen otherwise kept mostly hidden behind curtains.

The only real theatrics was the onstage recreation of the band’s Crisis? What Crisis 1975 album cover featuring a guy in a bathing suit seated under a yellow umbrella and reading a copy of NOW (NXNE edition) during Another Man’s Woman.

The audience actually applauded when an opened bottle of Molson Canadian beer perched on his side table was shown in a close-up.

SET LIST:

You Started Laughing
Gone Hollywood
Put on Your Old Brown Shoes
Ain’t Nobody but Me
Breakfast in America
Cannonball
Poor Boy
From Now On
Give a Little Bit
Downstream
Rudy
It’s Raining Again
Another Man’s Woman
Take The Long Way Home
Bloody Well Right
The Logical Song
Goodbye Stranger

ENCORE:

School
Dreamer
Crime of The Century

  

Source:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/13/supertramp-impressively-perseveres

 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Winnipeg, June 8

Still Supertramp, but not like the old days
 

By: Rob Williams
Posted: 06/8/2011 10:19 PM
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION


To some, a Supertramp without the band’s main voice, Roger Hodgson, is akin to the crime of the century; totally illogical.

Yet, the remnants of the British rock group have been performing without its de-facto leader since Hodgson left the group for a solo career in 1983.

It was the Rick Davies-led lineup that visited the MTS Centre last night for a crowd of 5,500 who were either unaware Hodgson wasn’t in the band or didn’t care: they just wanted to hear the classic radio staples from the band’s 1970s heyday, no matter who was on vocals.

Supertramp trotted out most of their old hits and other album favourites during a show that had a bit more energy than when a similar lineup last appeared in the city at the Winnipeg Arena in 2002, but still somehow wasn’t as good as Hodgson’s solo show at the Burton Cummings Theatre in 2006 even though the former frontman only appeared with one other person – a saxophonist – and Supertramp was a nine-person ensemble Wednesday.

Despite the high quality of the band’s material, the show lacked a spark and genuine sense of excitement. Maybe a version of Fool’s Overture mid-set would have added a jolt of electricity to the evening, but unfortunately that song wasn’t part of the set.

Hodgson’s voice is a major part of songs like Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Take the Long Way Home and The Logical Song, but no matter how hard multi-instrumentalist Jesse Siebenberg tried his best to mimic him, it hit a little too close to karaoke for comfort.

The crowd didn’t seem to mind, though, and hooted and hollered for every hit in the band’s impressive catalogue.

The show started off slow with some "deep cuts," including You Started Laughing, Ain’t Nobody But Me and Gone Hollywood, but the energy, and mood picked up when John Helliwell introduced Breakfast in America, as he does at every show, by describing what he had for breakfast Wednesday morning, earning some extra cheers for talking about the return of the NHL.

"Congratulations on the hockey," he said to roars of approval.

Keyboardist Davies, the band’s only remaining original member from 1969, is the leader of the group these days, but he was quiet between songs, letting Helliwell – who has been in the band since 1973 (along with percussionist Bob Siebenberg) – do the talking.

The first half of the two hour show was as bland as some of the band’s extended prog jams, but thankfully picked up considerably in the second half when the group started dishing out the hits: Take the Long Way Home, Rudy, an anemic version of the pop gem It’s Raining Again, Bloody Well Right, The Logical Song and Goodbye Stranger before the encore of School, Dreamer and Crime of the Century.

In the end, Supertramp sans Hodgson wasn’t quite the crime of the century, but something about it didn’t feel bloody well right.

 

Supertramp

June 8, 2011
MTS Centre
Attendance: 5,500
2 1/2 stars out of 5

 

Source:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Something-doesnt-feel-bloody-well-right-123517524.html

 

2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Saskatoon, June 7

Supertramp still smashing after four decades
 
By Cam Fuller, StarPhoenix June 8, 2011


You know you're taking the long way home when your itinerary includes Saskatoon, but it was a welcome detour for fans of Supertramp.

Even in the show's quietest moments, there was plenty of nostalgia at Credit Union Centre as both band and audience looked back on 40 years of music.

No one is getting them as they were in their heyday, not without Roger Hodgson on hand, but Tuesday's show did give us the man who started it all,

Rick Davies on keyboards and vocals. He didn't speak much if at all, leaving what little banter there was to sax great John Anthony Helliwell.

Davies wouldn't have had the energy to talk anyway, not the way he plays piano - fast, hard, intense and loud. His solo and extended jam in Another Man's Woman was breathtaking. It came fairly late into the show and got a well-earned standing ovation.

Overall, this likely wasn't the show many were expecting. They didn't come out and play Dreamer, followed by The Logical Song, followed by Dreamer. They're a band, of all things, not a juke box. Thus the inclusion of Supertramp songs you didn't hear a million times on the radio - stuff like the bluesy Put on Your Old Brown Shoes, and diehard's dream Rudy which ran with vintage locomotive footage.

Then again, there was Raining Again, which is as close as this otherwise highbrow act ever came to bubblegum pop - a shallow, silly ditty which rhymes "fighter," with "up tighter." Some loved it, though, jumping up and dancing and looking around and wondering why everyone wasn't doing the same.

The band obviously still means something to Davies; he had a hand in building the show when it launched last year. He worked with lighting designer Michael Brian Duncan to create the staging effects. Duncan has worked with kd lang, B-52s, Alicia Keys and Goo Goo Dolls. The two conceived a cool live action version of the album cover Crisis? What Crisis? - a guy in trunks reclining under an umbrella while (on the album) the world around him is demolished. Subtler but clever were the searchlights during Gone Hollywood. Three video screens were used on and off. The centre one showed film clips while the others offered live action closeups.

Davies shared some of the singing with lead guitarist Jesse Siebenberg, who handled Breakfast in America at the Yamaha grand. He returned later on 12 string acoustic for Give a Little Bit - tentative vocally but absolutely smashing anyway.

There was interest and respect in the air from the smallish crowd of 4,000 or so but not a ton of euphoria until the hit-filled windup with The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, Bloody Well Right and, yes, Dreamer. Then it was into the night for the fans and, for Supertramp, breakfast in Winnipeg.

© Copyright (c) The StarPhoenix


Source:
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Supertramp+still+smashing+after+four+decades/4910442/story.html#ixzz1OgR1KWQX


 

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2011 TOUR - SUPERTRAMP Vancouver, June 2

Supertramp: Blasts from the past served up a tad more mellower


70-10 tour offerings were just a little bit slow to heat up inside Rogers Arena 
By Amanda Ash, Vancouver Sun June 2, 2011

 

Supertramp

When: Thursday night

Where: Rogers Arena


“When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful. A miracle. Oh it was beautiful, magical …”

The lyrics to Supertramp’s The Logical Song weren’t just words to mouth along to Thursday night. They meant something much more to the middle-aged fans at Rogers Arena -- all you had to do was look into their glossy eyes to know they were happily lost in a completely different time.

OK, well, perhaps the few wisps of marijuana smoke that rose from pockets of the subdued crowd had something to do with the fans’ little trip down memory lane. But deep down, you could tell those notorious Wurlitzer chords triggered a feeling that many had lost with the departure of their youth. Zipping across America in a 1975 Chevy Corvette, partying without consequence, indulging in the intoxicating scent of long, windblown hair -- Supertramp’s music brought back the magic the audience hadn’t felt since their freedom left them sometime in the '80s for corporate jobs, responsibility and routine.

Even the younger adult crowd, who no doubt grew up with their parents blasting vinyl like Breakfast In America, got caught up in the feeling. As much as young adults want to grow up, they still pine for the days when life was simpler, when they were youngsters dancing around to Bloody Well Right in their underpants, when heartbreak never existed and make-believe was real.

Rick Davies, one-half of the original soul to the British outfit, has helmed the famed band and continued to perform since frontman Roger Hodgson left in 1983. Back in March, Davies played his 1000th Supertramp show since 1970. Last fall was their first show in eight years, kicking off their 70-10 Tour in honor of 40 years of music.

And today, despite still going it alone, the 66-year-old Davies has managed to hold on to a little bit of what he and Hodgson created for fans with the release of their first album, Supertramp.

The start of the show was fairly underwhelming, creating an atmosphere that was more akin to a live jazz club than a classic rock concert. Fans perched on the edge of their seats, waiting out songs like the piano-based Gone Hollywood and From Now On for the better stuff.

Davies, wearing a crisp white shirt and black pants, wordlessly made himself at home either on his grand piano or his Wurlitzer. He seemed very rigid. Proper. No rock 'n' roll here. Maybe he thought he was at the orchestra.

But then saxophonist John Helliwell (wearing a Canucks jersey to boot) took to the microphone before the crowd could sneak in a nap.

"I was sitting right there last night," he said, pointing to the seats beside the stage where he sat for the big Canucks win. "You guys were really noisy. But tonight, we'll be noisier than that."

Noisier than the Canucks crowd? I don't know about that.

When Helliwell started describing his "$65 morning breakfast," everyone knew what was coming.

Breakfast In America finally got the crowd going. The rock show had arrived.

The hits, such as Give A Little Bit and The Logical Song (featuring decent Hodgson-esque vocals from Jesse Siebenberg, had the crowd on its feet, clapping and singing along. Some took to the stairs to bust a move. Even the band had the old man shuffle going on.

However, despite the band’s ability to put together a little piece of history, Hodgson (who co-wrote and fronted many of Supertramp’s hits) was still sorely missed.

It wasn’t a perfect show. There was a gaping sonic hole where Hodgson’s theatrical voice should’ve been, but like so many other bands that have kept themselves alive despite significant losses (think Alice In Chains without Layne Staley, Guns N’ Roses without Slash), Davies did a decent job recreating a two-hour rendition of the past as perfectly as possible.

If there were Supertramp lyrics to appropriately sum up the band's one-night stand with Vancouver, they would be from Goodbye Stranger: “Goodbye stranger, it’s been nice, hope you find your paradise.”

 

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