Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roger Hodgson @ Olympia Paris May 23rd 2009

Roger Hodgson @ Olympia
Paris May 23rd 2009

All Pictures © Patrice Guino

After playing a sold-out show at the very same Olympia on March 24th , Roger Hodgson ( formerly of Supertramp ) is back for another sold-out show.
This guy wrote so many hits with Supertramp it's unbelievable.
Lots of member for the French fan club in the audience.
Difficult not to spot them they're wearing the same ugly t-shirt. ;-)
Well , he played all the hits ( setlist tomorrow ) plus a couple of songs from his last cd " Open the door" and a new song.
This gig was in two parts the first one of 45 min and a second part of 70 min +.
Lots of talking between songs in English and in French.
Roger still has the very same voice as 35 years ago , a high and clear crystal voice that is absolutely perfect.
The only reproch that I would make is that considering the price of the tickets between 60 & 90 euros, he could come with a full band instead of just one guy on brass, woodwind & keyboard.

Part 1
Take the long way home
Give a little bit
Lovers in the wind
Hide in your shell
Teach me to love again
Easy does it
Sister moonshine
Rosie had everything planned
A soapbox opera
Along came mary
The logical song

Part 2
the meaning
breakfast in america
the more i look
child of vision
lord is it mine
if everyone was listening
don't leave me now
fool's overture
-encore 1 :
two of us
it's raining again
-encore 2 :
give a little bit (reprise)
Roger doesn't really need 7-8 musicians to perfectly play his material that is so good even though some songs would have been enhanced with a couple more players.

A very good gig , see you on July 7th for his third show at the Olympia.

" Fool's Overture" :