Hodgson issues statement regarding a competing tour
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roger Hodgson, the writer, composer and legendary voice of such classic hits as The Logical Song, Breakfast in America, Give a Little Bit, Dreamer, and Take the Long Way Home, brings his World Tour to Canada this week, appearing in two sold-out shows at Fallsview Casino Resort here, April 22-23.
Early this month, Roger filled venues throughout Australia and New Zealand, and after his appearances here this week he continues on to Europe and South America to begin a summer-long tour. Concerts in the Middle East, US and Canada are also planned for later this year. Details at: www.rogerhodgson.com/documents/tour.html
About Roger Hodgson (www.rogerhodgson.com)
Roger Hodgson, widely regarded as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time, co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp with Rick Davies in 1969.
Roger wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim, selling over 60 million records. His is the voice still heard on the radio today where the group’s classic hits have become evergreen standards. His songs are part of the soundtrack in the lives of millions of ‘boomers’ and their children and grandchildren.
Roger announced his World Tour last November. When he heard recently that Rick might do a Supertramp tour this fall as well, he was surprised and immediately sent an email to ask Rick if this was true. Rick never replied, so, obviously, Roger is not part of that tour. Nor was Dougie Thompson from the classic line up invited. Other musicians scheduled for the Supertramp Tour expressed surprise when they were invited so soon before the first dates were announced.
According to Roger, "Over the years, many fans have said they'd love to see us perform together again. So we suggested to Rick's agent that we might play a few special shows together on our respective tours."
But Rick's agent declined the offer, saying that would only benefit Roger. Roger and his management disagree, saying it's really the fans who would benefit.
Roger went on to say that "Since this is the first time we are touring simultaneously since we split up 27 years ago, I expect Rick to honor the agreement he and I made that the band would not play my songs.
“Since the current Supertramp is a vehicle for Rick’s music, which is very different from my style and songs, it’s important for Supertramp to stay true to Rick’s style and songs and avoid doing covers of my songs. Rick and I both knew that doing that would help create a clear delineation between Supertramp and Roger Hodgson when we agreed to part ways.”
Roger hopes to see his many fans at one of his shows in the months ahead: the magical duo shows worldwide; full band shows in South America and Europe; orchestral shows, and a few special appearances. www.rogerhodgson.com/documents/tour.html.
Videos of Roger’s hits are at:
Roger Hodgson Montage www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIKpiYbUdvs
Take the Long Way Home: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAjYoe63MSA
The Logical Song (Band): www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gGisF4-xRg&feature=related
Dreamer (Orchestra): www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2NVlpmoAVc
Fool's Overture (Orchestra): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aWDxuhD0FI
Breakfast in America (Band): www.youtube.com/watch?v=ale7K7wFYoI
Lovers in the Wind: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNcY1mcRlKk&feature=related
Give a Little Bit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz31Ioi1vx4
What the critics say about Roger’s music:
“Roger Hodgson showed that it's the voice that matters as he brought Supertramp to life again in Auckland… If you've got the voice, who needs the band? That's certainly Hodgson's theory. His high-pitched voice is indeed unique and when he's got most of Supertramp's extensive playlist up his sleeve it's a winning formula that has survived the test of time…Sister Moonshine, The Logical Song, and Breakfast In America were all belted out with such precision that if you closed your eyes you'd swear you were back in the 70s with the turntable in full swing.” Stuff.Co.NZ, Auckland, New Zealand, April 15, 2010 Duncan Johnstone
What the fans write in the Tour Guestbook
“Certainly worth the wait...it was such a special privilege to hear the songs that have meant so much to me, and so many others, over the years. I was completely stunned by how many people have such a deep connection with the feeling and the meaning in your songs. Thank you so much for a wonderful night, and a wonderful life's worth of music!”
“Your voice better than ever. Your obvious delight in the audience’s response was humbling. The best concert ever!!!”
“My whole life's memories and emotions played out last night!! You touch a lot of souls.”
Linda Tyler, + 1(530) 906-1206
Shakti Shivaya, +1(530) 906 1484