Roger Hodgson, 8th June 1998
Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Jerry van Kooten
It's quite a strange experience to see the Paradiso filled up with
chairs... Only three hundred people filled the space often
packed with one thousand or even more.
Roger Hogdson was, of course, one of the main composers, singer,
guitarist and keyboard player of Supertramp. A well-promoted
so-called reunion tour last year (Hodgson was not present) didn't make
a big impression on me. Er, didn't make any impression at all, to be
I had a ticket for Monday, June 8th, and didn't have any expectations.
As far as I know, he only released three albums after he parted with
Supertramp (The Eye Of The Storm and Hai Hai in the
Eighties, and, recently, Rites Of Passage). I simply didn't
know what to expect.
Well, I could have expected a lot, but not this... First, I cannot
remember when I last saw a live gig sitting down. Second, it was a
Yes, a solo gig. Hodgson used one keyboard, one acoustic guitar, one
organ, and one electronic drum pad. And the emotion that came from the
two and a half hour performance of a single man using these instruments
The audience was very diverse, although the average age was higher than
you would expect at a "regular" prog gig. The sweet smell of
marihuana tickled my nostrils while the man on stage was in a cozy
conversation with the audience between the songs from as early as
Indelibly Stamped through a yet unreleased track.
Since Hodgson hardly played the old Supertramp songs for about
fifteen years (this is his first tour since his final tour with the
band, in 1984), he wasn't tired of playing them. So we heard a lot of
them. His voice was only a little less than fifteen years ago, and
that's something not a lot of people can say. How does he sing that
After about 45 minutes, Hogdson asked the audience whether there were
any songs we wanted to hear. I think he played all of the requests,
although during one or two of them, he made clear he didn't remember
the lyrics that well. It takes a professional artist to make something
of a situation like this.
At the best of their time, Supertramp were a very original and
progressive band. Hogdson also wrote sweeter songs, but still very
melodic. I mean, once a hippy... :-) The more progressive songs are,
of course, difficult to play by only one musician, but the arrangements
were great, and at times, Hogdson used his voice to imitate the
Not your average prog gig, but still all elements of a wonderful
evening. A show like this proves again that music is about emotion,
something which many bands tend to forget... You need a musician, a
performer to make a show. Hogdson is one. A great one.