"Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical..." - hardly the sort of lyric to trouble most punk bands in its day, but Roger Hodgson's observational 'The Logical Song' is perhaps more socially-aware than you might think. And that was Supertramp's forte - despite sounding a little like a radio-hogging MOR outfit at first listen, the very British outfit formed in 1969 by Rick Davies, Richard Palmer, Keith Baker and Hodgson, were a cut above when it came to lyrics and melodies.
Perhaps their finest and most memorable album to this day is 1979's 'Breakfast in America', a metropolitan travelogue through childhood upbringing, global events and wry commentary, courtesy of Hodgson's pin-sharp lyrics and melodramatic high-pitched vocal. Coupled with a band at the peak of their game, the hits such as the title-track, the aforementioned 'The Logical Song', 'Goodbye Stranger' and, in the U.S., 'Take The Long Way Home', are good enough to please crowds and win awards ('Logical..' won an Ivor Novello).
Sadly since the late '80s, due to various breakdowns in dialogue, Supertramp and Hodgson remain separate entities - which has become something of a double whammy for fans of the band - two acts playing music from the same source (it seems to be working for New Order, at the moment). The songwriter has just announced his intentions for 2013 - a UK tour. Expect Davies to do the same at some point...
First stop for Roger Hodgson's Breakfast in America tour is his old school in Buckinghamshire. Stove School will host a one-off concert, with full band, on 24th May 2013 with ticket details due to be announced soon. Afterwards, Hodgson will then embark on a more conventional jaunt calling at London's Royal Albert Hall on 25th May and then similar grand venues in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and finally Glasgow on the 30th. We will have tickets on general sale for all shows from 9am Saturday 6th October, prices vary.