Supertramp Add Some Canadian Bacon To Their American Breakfast

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Save-On_Foods Memorial Centre
Victoria, BC
May 31, 2011

Photos: Jen Warnock
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Canadian bacon is great, but not as good as Breakfast In America

Supertramp began the continuation of their acclaimed 70-10 Tour in Victoria BC May 31, celebrating over 40 years since the release of their first album “Supertramp” in 1970. This being the first time the band has played Victoria since 1977 marks a nostalgic revisit of an era still present in the lives of local fans. Many of which made it a family event bringing their children both young and adult. Over 6000 fans greeted Supertramp’s founder, lead singer and keyboardist, Rick Davies. Davies was once again joined by legendary Supertramp members; John Anthony Helliwell, saxophones and woodwinds, and Bob Siebenberg, drums. Veterans of past Supertramp tours, Jesse Siebenberg, lead vocals, guitars and percussion, Cliff Hugo, bass, Carl Verheyen, guitars and Lee Thornburg, horns, fill out the lineup.  Cassie Miller and Gabe Dixon, who joined the band last year on tour have also returned.

It was a simple set with a bit of razzle dazzle. No psychedelic laser show but the man in the lawn chair sitting under a yellow umbrella reading a news paper was a trip for those familiar with the cover of “Crisis? What Crisis?” They certainly gave it their all with a mostly solid musical performance, over all a delight for the senses. However some songs fell flat lacking in the energy that past member Roger Hodgson might have brought to the stage. Fans and even Davies himself have been hopeful that he would return. Unfortunately due to recent personal events that now seems impossible.

The band performed a plethora of classics, including Bloody Well Right, Dreamer, From Now On, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song, Rudy and many, many more. See the set list for complete details. All in all it was an experience to be had. If you closed your eyes and just breathed deep and listened it could have been 1977 all over again. Reviews of the shows were very positive covering the 2010 European tour, feeding the demand for these new shows in 2011. From Victoria the tour will include stops in twelve Canadian cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City. In July, Supertramp returns to France visiting, Rouen, Strasbourg and more. The band will also perform at the legendary Monte Carlo Sporting Club.

 

Set List:

You Started Laughing
Gone Hollywood
Put on Your Old Brown Shoes
Ain't Nobody but Me
Breakfast in America
Cannonball
Poor Boy
From Now On
Give a Little Bit
Downstream
Rudy
It's Raining Again
Another Man's Woman
Take The Long Way Home
Bloody Well Right
The Logical Song
Goodbye Stranger

Encore:

School
Dreamer
Crime of The Century

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