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Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson
Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson

Vocalist brings his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston

Tuesday's Artpark concert will be wonderful.

A miracle.

Beautiful.

Magical.

And all the fans in their seats, well, they'll be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp.

An acclaimed singer, Hodgson also wrote the tunes that fueled Supertramp's 60 million record sales (including "The Logical Song"). He is bringing his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston on Aug. 21. Hodgson will headline the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark.

"I've been touring mostly internationally for years and now it's time to come home and play for my fans in America," he wrote in an email. "Fans in the U.S. have been asking me to perform in their cities and we are trying to fit in as many shows as possible. I am calling it the 'Breakfast in America Tour.' This is my largest tour in the U.S. in 30 years -- since departing Supertramp -- 34 shows. Some people have written in that they are coming to several shows, so I am excited to see familiar faces and new faces in my audiences."

Hodgson, a native of Portsmouth, England, and vocalist Rick Davies formed Supertramp in 1969. After a pair of less-than-successful albums, the band hit a hot streak. From 1975 to 1985, Supertramp released hit songs "Bloody Well Right," "Give a Little Bit," "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," "Breakfast in America" "It's Raining Again" and "Cannonball."

Chart-toppers then, these songs still resonate with fans today.

"I think the reason these songs have stood the test of time so well is because they came from a very pure place and were not contrived," Hodgson said. "My songs have always expressed who I am and what I was feeling at a certain point in time. And because they were very self-honest with my longing for love, longing to know God, feelings of loss or confusion or joy, I can understand why so many people can relate to what I sing about. Because they are common emotions that people feel. I have never known how to write a song any differently. They are and have always been what my heart and soul needed to express, and that is maybe why they have touched people in such a deep way."

Read the full article on the Niagara Frontier Publications website.

Artpark is located at 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston. Tickets for Rodger Hodgson, priced at $10, are available at www.artpark.net.

Grand Island's Stacy Clark will open for Hodgson. The video for her song "Sign" is featured on the MTV platforms.

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