Former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson kicked off his first full-band U.S. tour in 30 years with a pair of shows at Pechanga Casino & Resort. After leaving the band in 1983, having becoming discouraged with the music industry and wanting to spend more time with his family, Hodgson is back and ready to embrace the stardom he abandoned long ago.
After opening with "Take The Long Way Home," Hodgson delighted the packed house with a wide range of his catalog of memorable hits like "The Logical Song," "Breakfast in America," and "Dreamer," along with deeper cuts such as "School," "Hide in Your Shell," and "Fool's Overture."
Frequently entertaining the audience with stories from his days in Supertramp, Hodgson connected deeply with the fans in a way few stars of his stature do. Picking up his Guild 12-string, Hodgson told of spending an evening out in the wilderness alone with his guitar and staring at the stars, strumming peacefully, when what would become "Even in the Quietest Moments" flowed from his guitar. What followed was one of the most memorable acoustic performances of any song I have ever seen. Just a man, his guitar, and the voice of Supertramp. And a roaring standing ovation.
Hodgson closed out the evening with encores of "Give a Little Bit" and "It's Raining Again," which had the whole theater dancing in the aisles.
Concert: Roger Hodgson
Date: February 25
Venue: Pechanga Casino & Resort
Seats: Orchestra B1
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