The Breakfast in America Tour
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
May 28, 2013
With a back catalogue boasting some of the greatest hits of the eighties, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson took to the magnificent stage of The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and held in thrall the sold out audience for nearly two and a half hours.
Kicking off proceedings with Take The Long Way Home, the sheer musical ability of not only Hodgson but also of his band – particularly Aaron MacDonald who started off on keyboards and then progressed through the show to play a number of instruments that easily mounted into the teens and all with equal aplomb – is something which, if possible, has improved with the passing of the years. Dreamer, Hide in Your Shell, School, The Logical Song and Lord, Is It Mine? are all given a right royal outing and bring in their wake individual acclaim from the masses assembled in not a little awe before the high-pitched master.
Yet, despite the majesty of these pieces – and make no mistake, magisterial is exactly what these songs are – it is two others that can lay claim to being the show’s highlights; one of which is a cover and another being one of Roger Hodgson’s solo pieces.
Being Liverpool, barely a show passes without a tribute being made to The Beatles and here Hodgson provided a rendition of Lennon’s Across the Universe that caused the audience to gasp in recognition of its beauty. Secondly, Death or the Zoo from his 2000 album, Open the Door, is a song that is, actually, nothing short of a mini-symphony which is yet further enhanced live by the sublime piano playing of Kevin Adamson who takes his seat at the Grand Piano centre stage and with quiet ruthlessness rips the roof from the building.
That Roger Hodgson is one of the seminal voices of twentieth century popular music is without question. However, to state that his live performances – and that of his superb band – are so consummately perfect, it also goes without saying that it can only be hoped that it is not too long before he once more walks out onto a stage in Liverpool sooner rather than later.
A quite phenomenal night’s entertainment.
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