photo by Howard Heckers
Another wonderful show in the English countryside on the edge of the Cotswolds. What beautiful scenery we are surrounded by. Roger's show tonight in Oxfordshire at the Cornbury Festival took place just 12 miles from where he spent his childhood and teenage years and wrote many of the songs that would go on to become classic hits. This event brought many families out for a day of not only great music, but fun. Children were all around with their faces painted and women had garland in their hair. Everyone enjoyed the variety of fine food that was available by the many vendors. Speaking of food, Roger even stopped in the kitchen to tell the chefs that his meal tonight was the best he has had so far on the tour.
When Roger took the stage, he was very warmly greeted by the audience and he stated that it was good to be back in his home country. The crowd loved the show and the kids were dancing right along with their parents. We know the show ended abruptly. We had been contracted to do a 75 minute set but we were suddenly told it had to end at 60 minutes. Roger is sorry he did not get to play Give a Little Bit or It's Raining Again for you but he does hope to return and play a longer set. In fact, after the show, Roger told me that it was quite emotional for him - not just that he was playing the area he grew up in but seeing all the English faces. He said that he realized how much he missed the English and said he wants to do more shows here. We will return to the UK next spring when Roger plays Albert Hall on April 29. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!
Shakti and Linda
Photo by Shakti Shivaya
We had a great night at the Cornbury Festival ...Roger sang so many of his great songs in 60 minutes! Roll on 29th April 2016!!!!
Photo by MC
Roger recently gave an in-depth interview.
Roger discusses listening to his heart and playing his songs live for fans around the world, his intimate connection to his multi-generational audiences, his songwriting, and so much more.
Why not visit Roger's merchandise store... Check out the new format! Aside from Roger's shows, this is the only place to find authentic signed merchandise. Free shipping to most countries and the store ships worldwide!
Don't miss seeing Roger perform live on tour. Details at: http://
Here is a recent interview Roger gave to a Canadian radio station CHOM 97.7 discussing his love of performing at Place des Arts in Montreal, where his live DVD was recorded.
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Royal Albert Hall May 25, 2013.
See Roger again at the Royal Albert Hall next year on April 29
Ticket links below.
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Royal Albert Hall
.....April 29th 2016!
CRIME OF THE CENTURY
1 CD /2-CD DELUXE EDITION/ BACK TO BLACK 180gm vinyl / PURE AUDIO BLU RAY / 3-LP 180 gm BOX SET / DIGITAL EQUIVALENTS
Featuring the cream of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies' songwriting, Crime Of The Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp's illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove, full of tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album's cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.
Crime Of The Century is not only one of Supertramp's greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of 70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after three years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters - Hodgson and Davies' - work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson's 'Dreamer' - the band's first big hit single - with the grit of Davies' similarly beloved 'Bloody Well Right.' In 'School,' 'Rudy' and the title track, the band - Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson - helped define what would soon be known as 'Adult Oriented Rock.' This was - and is - not just an album that showed Supertramp's increased maturity, but a timeless gem, crammed with incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
This 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?
The 2-CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-1983 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime Of The Century is also available in single CD, LP and digital formats.
There is heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180gm LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander's essay, download card, and two 10x8 prints.
Crime Of The Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles' 'White Album', David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination and became one of the 'go to' albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime Of The Century, one of their landmark recordings.
ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man's Woman / Lady / A - You're Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
Buy it here
Roger performs with electric guitar!!
This performance of Had a Dream from Roger Hodgson is from a September 3, 2014 show in Hanau, Germany and is the first time Roger performed the song live. Had a Dream has long been a fan favorite and is frequently requested. This fun, rocking classic is from Roger's 1984 album, In the Eye of the Storm, which was called "the lost Supertramp album" by one reviewer. Roger periodically performs several other songs in concert from the album such as 'In Jeopardy', 'Only Because of You' and 'Lovers in the Wind'. This spectacular album is available directly from the artist through Roger's store at http://www.rogerhodgsonstore.com/in-the-eye-of-the-storm-cd-remastered-series/
Read (and write!) all about it...
If you have been to one of Roger's concerts, Roger and his team would love to hear your comments on the show. Why not go to the guestbook page on Roger's website and share your thoughts and feelings... this page also makes a great read too!
Great feature on Roger's Website!!
"When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh, it was beautiful, magical"
Roger's website now includes a lyrics page!
The songs Roger sings that are often referred to as Supertramp songs are songs that Roger wrote and composed alone - many of them before he met Rick Davies and co-founded Supertramp in 1969. Although Roger's songs that he recorded with Supertramp were credited Hodgson/Davies, Roger and Rick wrote and composed separately with each singing lead on their own songs.
"I have been blessed with the gift and passion to be able to express my heart and soul through music, whether it be with an instrument, my unique voice, producing albums, or through the creative process of songwriting. Songwriting is an amazing process and feeling. For me, the music always comes first. There are usually a few lines of lyrics that come at the same time. For a two or three week period I sing the new song every opportunity I get. It's like a brief love affair; the emerging song just goes round and round in my head the whole time. It has that consuming quality to it, like falling in love. The structure and melody come to me relatively quickly - the lyric usually takes much longer." ~ Roger
You can find the lyrics to my songs on my new lyric page:
Thanks everyone for sharing your stories re what the songs mean to you.
and you can tweet the lyrics to your Twitter.
Breakfast in America.....
Check out this great interview Roger gave... it tells a fascinating story about Roger's passion and commitment to the making of the album 'Breakfast in America'
Keep it live!!
Enjoy this montage video from Roger's YouTube Channel. All footage was taken from Roger's shows around the world. What wonderful audiences Roger has! See Roger live in concert this year. Details for announced shows are on the Events tab on Roger's Facebook page or directly at:
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