Supertramp Return – But Without Roger Hodgson
Supertramp have surprised everyone by announcing a 40th anniversary tour – and without co-founder-member Roger Hodgson.
No dates have been confirmed as yet, but the band will be led by Rick Davies (vocals/keyboards) with the possibility that both John Helliwell (vocals/keyboards/woodwind) and Bob Siebenberg (drums) will be involved.
However, neither Hodgson (vocals/guitar/keyboards) nor Dougie Thompson (bass) – regarded as being part of the band’s classic line-up – have been invited to be part of the celebrations.
This hasn’t gone down well with Hodgson. In a statement, his management say: “We’ve been told that they are billing the tour as the 40th anniversary tour of the band and we just find this very surprising, misleading and disrespectful of Roger since he is the only other member that was a part of Supertramp when he and Rick founded the band together 40 years ago. [Dougie joined the band in 1972 and John and Bob a year later in 1973.]
“It would seem that you would want to invite the other co-founder and the bass player of the classic line up for the 40th anniversary of the band. So, we’re really hoping it doesn’t create any confusion in the marketplace or mislead anyone into thinking that a 40th anniversary tour means a reunion tour with Roger Hodgson and Dougie Thompson. And with not inviting them, it seems it would have been more straightforward to simply call it a Supertramp tour.”
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