ROGER HODGSON in The Standard, Canada, Dec 2008

ROGER HODGSON in The Standard, Canada, Dec 2008


Former Supertramp mainstay Roger Hodgson returns to one of his favourite countries to help us bring in the New Year
December 27, 2008

Stick Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson in front of a Canadian crowd, and he feels bloody well right at home. It was Canada, after all, where Supertramp found some of its most dedicated followers in the early '70s, when the British prog-rock band hit it big. After two aimless albums to start (funded by a Dutch millionaire, no less), Hodgson and co-founder Rick Davies saw the future -- and it was pop music. Genesis and Yes were taking notes.

With the classic Crime of the Century, Supertramp became one of the decade's biggest bands, capped by sales of 18 million (and counting) for 1979's Breakfast in America.

Hodgson left the group in 1983, and appeared to be out of action for good after he fell out of a sleeping loft and broke both his wrists in 1987. It took him 10 years to return to the stage, and he's been serving up plenty of Supertramp ever since.

Before he plays a free show New Year's Eve at Queen Victoria Park (along with Kim Mitchell and Justin Hines), Hodgson gives a little bit of his time for some Q&A via e-mail:

Q: First off, how are the wrists doing? Any lingering effects from that fall 21 years ago?

Hodgson: "I am happy to say that there are no lingering physical effects from my fall and my wrists are as strong as ever."

Q: Canada has always been a big market for you -- is there something about us that clicks with you?

Hodgson: "I've always felt very at home in Canada. Obviously it is where Supertramp first broke in North America in the '70s and there's been a love affair ever since. I'm overjoyed to feel so welcomed back and feel the renewed affection for my songs that seem to have been such a backdrop for so many Canadians' lives.
I remember they told me one in 20 Canadians owned Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America. And now just recently, my DVD Take the Long Way Home went double platinum in Canada within months, which touched me very much."

Q: Supertramp seemed to be hanging by a thread when you guys did Crime of the Century-- what was the mood making that record?

Hodgson: "Actually, that was a very exciting time for us. Just prior to that Rick and I had looked at giving up and going our separate ways, but had decided to give it one more chance. So we put the word out to find a new band and we found Dougie (Thomson) and then John (Helliwell) and Bob (Siebenberg), and we felt we had the band we'd been searching for for years. The record company heard demos of some of our songs and heard the potential, and set us up in a farm in the country for three months to write and rehearse and get to know each other. That was where Crime of the Century was conceived.
After which we spent five months in the studio with Maestro Ken Scott and dove into the art and possibilities of recording for the first time."

Q: How did suddenly selling millions of albums affect your life in and out of the band?

Hodgson: "Even though we were fortunate that our rise to mega-success was gradual, it was still an intense adjustment when Breakfast in America hit it so big. It was No. 1 worldwide for almost half a year and has sell for decades. I think everyone dealt with fame, success and wealth differently. I always say it's a hot fire to go through -- it's anything but the glamorous picture that people imagine it to be.

There are a lot of casualties. There were many lessons and experiences I had to go through to regain my perspective on life. I'm grateful to have always had a passionate yearning to know God, to know love and to be of service. The biggest thing I learned from all the fame and success is how they are not keys to happiness. Usually the opposite, in fact. I do believe, though, that the more life gives you, the more you have to give back and it's in the giving back that you will find fulfilment and purpose."

Q: It's amazing how good Breakfast in America still sounds. Did you know it was something special while you were making it?

Hodgson: "I always felt Breakfast In America was going to be successful. I spent weeks trying to come up with the right combination of songs from what Rick had written and my plentiful backlog of material to create the best album, the best listening experience, and I knew the songs we'd chosen were very strong.

I knew I'd written something special in The Logical Song, and actually wrote Take the Long Way Home just before we started recording. Breakfast in America I'd written over 10 years before but it never felt like it belonged on any of the previous albums. And Rick had just written Goodbye Stranger so it was just feeling right to come with an album of strong songs.

I was in the studio producing the album for eight months without a break, long after everyone else had gone home. I eventually ended up sleeping in the studio parking lot in a motor home. I couldn't rest until it was right.

This was before the days of computerized mixing, remember."

Q: A lot of big '70s bands had a rough ride in the '80s. When did you know it was time to walk away?

Hodgson: "Well, I had been with Supertramp for 14 years, and it had been an incredible adventure, but I feel there are different seasons in one's life and at that time in 1983 I felt like that season had completed itself and there was another one pulling at my heart very strongly. I had two small children and I realized the priority for the next phase of my life needed to be my family, otherwise I would miss the most valuable years of my kids growing up.

So I moved out of Los Angeles, away from the music industry, to the mountains of Northern California to create a healthy home for my family. I left the band, came off the road, and changed my life. In hindsight, I know it was the right decision -- a very difficult one but a good one."

Q: Any time a band that huge parts ways, fans wait for the inevitable reunion. Have you and Rick Davies ever given it serious thought?

Hodgson: "In 2005 I asked Rick if he wanted to do a joint venture, a reunion tour, but he and his wife Sue, who is also his manager, were not interested at that time. So I moved on and I've been very happy touring the world and playing my songs. The fans love hearing the original voice, and since I wrote most of the hits we recorded with Supertramp, the fans hear the songs they want to hear.

That said, maybe something could happen with Rick and I in 2010. I never say never."

Q: After your fall, you weren't able to perform again for several years. How did you get through it?

Hodgson: "The accident happened the week my second solo album, 'Hai Hai,' was released. It was a major life change for me. It took a lot of faith and discipline and intense hard work to get through it and get my wrists to work again."

Q: Your last album was eight years ago -- at this point, is new music a priority or are you happy playing the classics?

Hodgson:"I have a wealth of material I haven't recorded, and enjoy occasionally throwing in different unrecorded songs in my concerts. I may stop for long enough to put together an album at some point. But you know, I didn't tour for over 15 years and I believe in playing what audiences want to hear. I have a library of songs that have stood the test of time very well, and have been the backdrop for so many people's lives. And I'm enjoying and appreciating these songs even more now than when I wrote them. Who wouldn't enjoy singing and playing Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Take the Long Way Home, Logical Song, Fools Overture, etc."

Q: If you weren't in Niagara Falls for New Year's Eve, what would you be doing?

Hodgson: "I would be spending a quiet evening at home with my friends and family."

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WHO:Niagara Falls New Year's Eve Concert with Roger Hodgson, Kim Mitchell and Justin Hines

WHERE:Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls

WHEN:Dec. 31 (8 p. m.) COST:Free concert


Os adjunto traducción de una de las preguntas que hice para la noticia de la pagina de cabecera, sobre una posible reunificación de Supertramp:

Pregunta: Cada vez que una banda se separa, los fans ansían una inevitable reunion.
¿ Habéis pensado seriamente sobre eso Rick Davies y tu?

Hodgson: "En 2005 pregunté a Rick si lo deseaba, una gira de reunificación, pero el y su mujer Sue, que también es su manager, no estaban interesados por aquel tiempo. Así que me puse en marcha y he sido muy feliz de gira por el mundo tocando mis canciones. A los fans les encanta escuchar la voz original, y como yo compuse la mayoría de los éxitos que grabamos con Supertramp, los fans escuchan las canciones que desean escuchar.
Dicho esto, algo podría ocurrir quizas entre Rick y yo en 2010. Nunca digo nunca jamás."





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