2010 TOURS, Roger Hodgson, Temecula, March 27

2010 TOURS, Roger Hodgson, Temecula, March 27

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Temecula, March 27
Phoenix, March 28

                                                    Text and photos: Miguel Angel Candela 

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Temecula, Casino Pechanga, March 27

Again, one more year, I decided to cross the water and see the first gigs of the tour and meeting old friends.
As the song says, you know "Take a jumbo, cross the water, like to see America. See the girls in, California ...."
And it was fantastic! I never get tired of exploring the far West......

First gig was in California, a huge casino, and the next day in Phoenix, Arizona, about 600 km I had to drive across the desert (and Roger's team too!)
The first show was sold out, and the Casino theater was spectacular, large, comfortable, with two large video screens .....
The set list was the usual, though that night was not "Hide in your shell", surprise. But other great classics like "If Everyone Was Listening" or "A soapbox opera".
It's pretty clear to me that Roger and Aaron and sound engineer have been working on songs during last this winter, and small but important details have been added (more instruments in some parts, more vocals ,..... and how to synchronize all that for a perfect sound, that implies more work for Aaron and sound engineer on stage.)
Look at the two keyboards next to Aaron, Nord and Yamaha Motif 7. He's playing "hammond" sound and "strings" in most of the songs, at the same time he's singing and playing harmonica, flute, saxophone and clarinet solos .... Amazing...
His contribution in most of songs is very important, like "A soapbox opera", "School", "It's raining again" or "Child of vision" among other numbers.

Moreover, in "The Fool's Overture" number, I was astonished when Aaron, while doing one of the sax solos, and at certain point he kept playing saxophone using one hand, blowing, while the other hand played a few notes on his Nord keyboard, using the trumpet sound ...... amazing!
Then we joked about it after the show. I reminded him that his legs were free for other instruments, hahaha

The fact is that with all these details, together with the sound engineer's work at the mix table (reverbs, echoes, settings, etc ...) show is great and plenty, everyone in the audience very satisfied, and only in a few moments a band could be missed.
Although for whoever likes a full band sound, Roger will perform some shows with band in this tour, so you can check the tour agenda.

Roger was great, fantastic, and chatting with the audience as usual, and at the final encore people jumped from the seats and dancing, some people at the edge of the stage in order to be closer.
As usual he was telling stories and jokes about his songs and feelings. For example he was laughing himself talking about lyrics of "Breakfast in America" song, he said "Take a look at my girlfriend, she's the only one I got..." "so simple,....it is what it is" he said. Well "that was my inspiration at that moment, these Lyrics works for me..." hahaha (or something similar... I'm sorry I'm not native english) and empathize with people. It had been some years since he played in California last time, his home, so he felt very comfortable.

If you have the chance to see some videos from this concert in youtube ( I saw some) you will check how great the sound is. Chilling !

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Phoenix, Marriott Hotel, March 28

Something similar for the second concert, in Phoenix, and that night he played "Hide in Your Shell." Show was in a large garden within a Marriot hotel patio, so even from the rooms and terraces audience were able to see the concert.
Here the atmosphere was more festive or casual and people were jumping and dancing even more than previous night (but smaller venue and audience anyway). It was a real summer-night (in meddle of March !), so it was a fantastic night in the gardens, with fountains and water and plants around, and the magic from Roger sounding and floating in the air.

The Set list was similar to the night before, with just few changes, as already commented in "Hide in your shell" and he also performed "Even in the quietest moments", a true magic song for an outdoor show in a summer-night..... Total relax ! Thank you Roger !!!

Now, with all new details added, it's a wonderful experience listening songs like "A soapbox opera" or "Child of vision", terrific !!!

After show Roger attended to all fans who were waiting impatiently, one by one, photos and autographs, and so I saw many happy faces: o)
Some good friends from California who had been the previous day's show also moved to Temecula for this show in Phoenix (by flight) so we had a great time.
After the concert, Roger and his team went in a few days to Australia and New Zealand where he had not acted since his times of Supertramp. (And I went the Grand Canyon and Utah's National Parks, hiking around again)

The bad new was from bass player Jesse Siebenberg. He had plans for touring with Roger this year (band shows), like previous years, but suddenly he cancelled days ago after Rick's call for joining unexpected Supertramp tour 2010.

Anyway, Roger looks happy and pleased, encouraged with the new tour, shows-booking is going well and it's expected to be very complete and wide tour, with concerts of different types (with Aaron, with band, orchestra)
Don't miss it!
MAC

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SET LIST, Temecula

Take the long way home
Give a little bit
Lovers in the wind
Soapbox Opera
Easy does it
Sister Moonshine
Breakfast in America
Along came Mary
The Logical Song
Lord is it mine
The Awakening
Child of Vision
If Everyone Was Listening
Don't leave me now
Dreamer
Fool’s Overture
******
School
It's Raining Again

 

SOLD OUT in Temecula

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El concierto de Temecula

De nuevo, otro año más, he decidido cruzar el charco para ver el inicio de la gira y encontrarme con viejos amigos.
Como dice la canción, ya sabeis "Take a Jumbo, cross the water, like to see America. See the girls in, California...."
Y ha sido fantástico !! Nunca me canso de recorrer el lejano oeste...

El primer show fué en California, en un gran Casino en Temecula, y al día siguiente en Phoenix, Arizona, a cerca de 600 km que tuve que conducir cruzando el desierto (y el equipo de Roger también !! )
La primera noche estaban las entradas agotadas, y el teatro del Casino era espectacular, grande, cómodo , con dos grandes pantallas de video.....
El repertorio era el habitual, aunque esa noche no estaba "Hide in your shell", sorpresa. Para compensar estaba por el contrario "If everyone was listening" o "A soapbox opera".
Se nota claramente que Roger y Aaron han estado trabajando sobre las canciones este invierno, y han ido añadiendo pequeños detalles (más instrumentos en algunas estrofas, más segundas voces, sincronizar todo eso, ..... y más trabajo para Aaron , claro ! )
Fijaros en las fotos en los dos teclados Aaron tiene junto a el para su uso, un Nord y un Yamaha Motif 7.
El va tocando sonidos de "hammond" y "strings" (cuerdas,violines) durante la mayoría de las canciones, y al mismo tiempo hace las segundas voces a Roger y va tocando los solos de armónica, flauta, saxofon y clarinete .... Alucinante...
Su contribución en la mayoría de los temas es muy importante, como en "A soapbox opera", "School" o "Child of vision" entre otras.

Es más, en el tema "Fools overture", Aaron nos dejó a todos de piedra mientras hacía uno de los solos de saxo, y en un momento dado deja una nota fija con una mano, soplando, mientras con la otra toca unas notas en su teclado Nord, con el sonido de trompeta...... alucinante !!
Luego bromeamos sobre eso tras el show. Le recordé que tenía las piernas libres para otros instrumentos, jajaja

El caso es que con todos estos detalles, y con el trabajo del ingeniero de sonido en la mesa (con las reverbs, ecos, etc,...) queda un show muy redondo y completo, que deja a todo el mundo muy satisfecho, y en pocos momentos se echa de menos una banda.
Aunque para el que le guste el sonido completo de banda, Roger tiene algunos concertados en esta gira, lo podeis comprobar en la agenda del tour.

Roger estuvo muy bien, fantástico, y charlando con el público como siempre, y al final en los bises la gente saltó de las filas al borde del escenario para estar más cerca de el.

Como hace habitualmente contó algunas pequeñas historias y bromas sobre sus canciones. Por ejemplo bromeó con la letra de "Breakfast in America", que dice "mira a mi chica, es la única que conseguí,..." y cosas por el estilo, y se reía diciendo que bueno, era lo que se le ocurrió en ese momento, jajaja y empatizaba con la gente. Hacía ya unos años que no tocaba en California, su casa, así que se encontraba muy a gusto.

Si teneis la oprtunidad de ver en youtube videos de este concierto ( yo he encontrado varios) comprobaréis que bien suena todo. La piel de gallina !


Along came Mary in Phoenix

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El concierto de Phoenix

Algo parecido el segundo concierto, en Phoenix, donde esa noche si tocó "Hide in your shell". Era en un gran jardín interior de un hotel Marriott, así que incluso desde las habitaciones y terrazas se podía seguir el concierto. Aquí el ambiente era aún más festivo y la gente bailó y saltó al borde del escenario bastante antes del final. El tiempo allí era ya de verano, (a mediados de Marzo !!!) así que fué una noche fantástica en los jardines, con fuentes y agua alrededor, y la magia de Roger sonando y flotando en el ambiente.

El repertorio fué similar a la noche anterior, con unos pequeños cambios, como el ya comentado de "Hide in your shell", y también interpretó "Even in the quietest moments", que es una auténtica canción mágica para escuchar en un concierto al aire libre en una noche de verano. Relax total. Gracias Roger !!

Y con los nuevos detalles añadidos, es una gozada escuchar temas como "A soapbox opera" o "Child of vision", tremendos !!!

Roger atendió tras el concierto en una sala anexa a todos los fans que esperaron impacientes, uno por uno, foto incluida, y por tanto se veían muchas caras felices :o)
Unos buenos amigos de California que habían estado el día anterior en el show de Temecula se desplazaron también a este show (ellos en avión) así que lo pasamos genial.
Tras el concierto Roger y su equipo marchaban en unos días para Australia y Nueva Zelanda, donde no había actuado desde los tiempos de Supertramp. (y yo marchaba al Grand Canyon y los Parques Nacionales de Utah, a explorarlos de nuevo)

La única mala noticia viene del bajista Jesse Siebenberg. El ya tenía contratada la gira con Roger este año (los shows con banda), pero repentinamente lo canceló todo hace solo unos días tras la oferta de Rick de unirse a la gira 2010 de Supertramp.

De todos modos a Roger se le notaba contento, feliz y animado con la nueva gira, las contrataciones van bien y se espera una gira muy completa y amplia, con conciertos de diferente tipo (con Aaron, con banda, con orquesta)
No os lo perdáis !!!

MAC

Roger telling stories about his songs, Phoenix

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Nice shots in Phoenix !

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