Roger Hodgson at the Royal Albert Hall - live review

Supertramp founder picks the classics to please this crowd

Roger Hodgson singing with his keyboard live
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Hodgson has become a magnificent onstage communicator. In his Supertramp days, he never talked to the crowd, but he’s slowly grown from an initial diffidence as a bandleader into someone who has an easy rapport. He doesn’t so much work the crowd as work with them. After opening song Take The Long Way Home, Hodgson asks for the house lights to be turned up, so that “I can see my beautiful audience. I think I know most of you!”

This betrays his intimate charm, while he gently chides a few latecomers by wryly observing, “You’ve missed the best song. But I can’t do it again as time’s short!”

The humour immediately gets everyone into the right frame of mind for what’s to follow.

School leads into the solo tracks In Jeopardy and Lovers In The Wind from his overlooked 1984 album In The Eyes Of The Storm. Both slot in beautifully with the iconic material, as does Along Came Mary, from his most recent solo release, 2000’s Open The Door. But it’s classic moments from those Supertramp days that get the fans on their feet, with Breakfast In America and The Logical Song simply stunning.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021