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Roger Hodgson at London's Palladium live review

Live Review

Venue: Palladium, London

Former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson stands proud at the Palladium.

Roger Hodgson is so out of step with the spiralling unpleasantness and impersonality of 21st century life that it’s almost impossible not to like him. “Gosh, I’m emotional,” confesses the 66-year-old former Supertramp frontman once a welcoming ovation subsides. “I haven’t been back in my home country for several years, and yet here I am on this iconic stage which I’ve dreamt of since childhood.”

For more than two hours Hodgson holds us spellbound, as he switches from acoustic guitar to keyboard, grand piano and even a set of electric drum pads. Chattering away, taking pre-planned requests and sporting a crisp white evening jacket and waistcoat that suggest an afternoon spent boating on the Cam, Hodgson exudes heart-warming naiveté. “Shall we leave our problems outside [the hall] for the next couple of hours?” he suggests. “Let’s just have fun and celebrate life.”

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