Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Roger Hodgson in Concert, Costa Mesa, 8/11/13
Reviewed by Anthony Servante



Breakfast in Orange County


The Roger Hodgson show at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Orange County Fairgrounds, was a night of energy and momentum, but above all else it was the perfect ensemble piece. With Hodgson in the lead, every band member shone as a individual musician adding his talent to the magic of the music. Bryan Head on drums was in command of percussion on “Death and a Zoo”, from Roger’s Open the Door CD. Kevin Adamson on keyboards masterfully played piano during “Child of Vision”, an old Supertramp favorite, while Hodgson played back-up keyboards. David J. Carpenter on bass not only led the crowd on clap-alongs but joined in percussion and back-up vocals, most notable on “Lady” from Hodgson’s Supertramp library. But the star of the night was virtuoso instrumentalist Aaron Macdonald, who was team captain on virtually every song, bringing to life the nuances of the songs as played in the studio, from whistles, bells, bonks on the head, flute and fife, saxophone, you name it, he played it, all to great effect. When he was introduced by Roger to the crowd, he received a standing ovation and rightly so.


Left to right: David J. Carpenter (bass, backing vocals), Bryan Head (drums), Roger Hodgson (grand piano, keyboards, 12-string guitar, lead vocals), Aaron Macdonald (saxophones, keyboards, harmonica, melodica, backing vocals), and Kevin Adamson (keyboards, backing vocals).


The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue and has a strict curfew, as Hodgson warn us during the introduction, so he dived right into the music, opening with “Take the Long Way Home”, a Supertramp favorite to end the night; Roger used as a ‘welcome home’ to his Orange County fans and fans who had traveled from afar to be with an old, dear friend and his music. And the faithful who came got two solid hours of Roger Hodgson compositions, from his solo masterpieces to his Supertramp hit songs.


Costa Mesa


After the concert, your writer here went backstage to meet with our music host for the evening and to take a photo with him. I asked him about playing more solo material, songs like “For Every Man”, “Puppet Dance”, or “Had a Dream”, and he said that he works in more solo material each show. As much as I love the Supertramp music, there’s so many Hodgson songs out there that it’s a shame to leave them collecting dust. When we consider that “Death and a Zoo”, a solo work, received a standing ovation, we must consider that fans are dying to hear “new” Hodgson music, even if it’s from his solo work. But I speak as a fan that can’t get enough of the Roger Hodgson oeuvre.


The Legendary Roger Hodgson


As usual, it was night of magic with Hodgson waving the magic wand of a maestro. There were fans of all ages, shapes and sizes. There was one goal: to Breakfast in American with Roger Hodgson. And, of course, band members Aaron Macdonald (instrumentalist), Bryan Head (drums), Kevin Adamson (keyboards) and David J Carpenter (bass). Visit Roger at www.rogerhodgson.com and join Roger on his Breakfast in America Tour (dates can be found on his website). 

The setlist is below for fans to compare to their concert’s list.
All songs solely written and composed by Roger Hodgson. 

1. Take the Long Way Home
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

2. School
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

3. In Jeopardy
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

4. Lovers in the Wind
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

5. Hide in Your Shell
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

6. Sister Moonshine
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

7. Breakfast in America
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

8. Lady
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

9. Rosie Had Everything Planned
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

10. The Logical Song
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

11. Death And A Zoo
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

12. If Everyone Was Listening
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

13. Child of Vision
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

14. Lord Is It Mine
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

15. Dreamer
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

16. Fool's Overture
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

Encore:
17. Give a Little Bit
(Composer Roger Hodgson)

18. It's Raining Again
(Composer Roger Hodgson)








4 comments:

  1. I was there!! The show was awesome, above and beyond amazing - you could feel the magic and uplifting vibes in the air, looking all around at all of the faces it was instantly realized how Roger's music touches so many hearts and souls and brings a lot of families together...there were several generations singing along word for word, it made the experience so sublime and unifying! Even with such a large crowd, Roger spoke to us as close friends - he deeply appreciates his fans and genuinely immerses himself fully in the music, it was a very powerful performance with standing ovations!! As soon as I got home I booked a flight for his East Coast leg of the tour in October and counting down every single minute!

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  2. I believe Roger Hodgson is one of the most underrated artists actively touring. He hit the road over 10 years ago to share his magic and collects more and more fans of all ages at every performance. Often he sells out venues and has performed to audiences numbering up to 20,000 with his band!! And his performance at the Pacific Amphitheater validates the growing fan base he is collecting in the US.

    How has Roger done this...... sometimes by great timing, people are attending a festival and hear familiar music playing in the background, which leads to needing to find it's source......to Roger. This is how more and more people join the many who have always known Roger's face/music, following him literally all over the world.

    While many have attended festivals where he is playing and experience his magic for the first time....becoming hopelessly hooked on the quality of his voice, musicality and close relationship he and his band have with the audiences. Yes I am a huge fan........

    Go........travel to feel Roger's gifts.
    Check out his website for Roger has more US shows in August and October.
    http://www.rogerhodgson.com/index.html

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  3. Roger already deserves to be known by his own name, his songs have been living with us for years. Who doesn't know his songs? An artist as Roger, with such awesome legacy is a gem. Nobody should miss his shows, they are pure magic.
    How many dreams, how many feelings... I've attended many diferent shows in my life with so many different artists, but, I must say, no one gives so much to his audience as Roger does.
    Songs that talk about us,a sound that surrounds you, a voice... what a voice!!! Roger has this unique voice I love so much, he grows and grows, he has not a ceiling!!!
    Give yourself a gift and go to see him. You'll repeat again and again. His shows are the best food for the soul

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  4. And I forgot, Aaron McDonald is awesome, he's bright every show. And I agree cent per cent with the author, I'm also a fan who "can’t get enough of the Roger Hodgson oeuvre. ". I love all his old hits from Supertramp, but he has great masterpieces in his solo work, and I'd love to hear more of these songs. And why not, new compositions, new albums, new solo amazing work!!!!

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