Photo: Rob ShanahanFormer Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson begins a new series of North American tour dates tonight in Morristown, New Jersey. The run of shows was supposed to have kicked off last week, but Hurricane Sandy has forced him to postpone four gigs, which he's rescheduling for early next year.
Fans going out to see Hodgson and his band perform will, of course, be treated to many of the classic tunes he wrote and performed with Supertramp. Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Hodgson discussed his relationship with his old band mates and about the possibility of him performing with the group again.
Hodgson, who left the group in 1983 to focus on raising a family and to launch a solo career, explains, "We've all kind of gone our own ways, [although] I stay in touch from time to time with most of them."
After his departure, fellow Supertramp singer/songwriter Rick Davies took over sole leadership of the band, which has been active on and off since then.
Most recently, Davies re-formed the group in 2010, and the following year Hodgson said he contacted his old band mate and offered to rejoin Supertramp for a handful of anniversary shows that were being planned.
"[I offered] just so the fans would have that opportunity to see us together, 'cause I think there's a romantic notion of seeing the two core members…together again on the same stage," explains Hodgson. "But, unfortunately, that offer was declined by Rick. So, I think the opportunity's passed now."
These days, Roger says he's more interested in working as solo artist anyway.
"To tell you the truth, I'm so fulfilled by what I'm doing solo, what I'm able to give through the vehicle I'm working with now, that there's not a real desire to go backwards," he declares. "I'm very proud of the legacy I left with Supertramp. It was a fantastic time, fantastic adventure, a great band and when it was done, it was done."
He adds, "It's hard to go back and recreate the magic of the past. So, right now, I'm creating the magic of now."
Included in that "magic of now" are shows Hodgson occasionally plays with orchestras. He has three such performances lined up for later this month in Canada -- on November 16 and 17 in Orillia, and on November 18 in Windsor.
"Orchestra shows are incredible. I mean, they give me goosebumps," he says. "I'm playing with sixty, a hundred musicians…that are so disciplined and skilled, and then to be playing all in unison with them and having that sound in my monitors is just electrifying."
Visit RogerHodgson.com to find out details about all of his upcoming concerts.
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