The 30th Anniversary of the International Balloon Festival is coming to a close this weekend. Despite the tragic loss of a balloon pilot earlier this week, the Festival has continued, with attendance high and many people enjoying all the Festival has to offer, including many shows with entertainers such as Eric Lapointe, Marc Hervieux and Stephane Rousseau.
Tonight’s show with Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp, was, simply put, amazing! But no surprise there, Roger having been singer and songwriter for one of the most popular bands in music history.
By the late 70’s, Supertramp was one of the biggest rock bands in the world selling well over 60 million albums with numerous #1 hit singles and albums. Roger left the band in 1983 to concentrate on raising a family and pursue a solo career.
This evening’s show, continuing his Breakfast In America tour, which was his first one in the US and Canada in 30 years started with “Take the Long Way Home”, and didn’t let up for almost two hours, singing such favorites as “School”, “Hide in your Shell”, “Sister Moonshine”, “Fool’s Overture” and “The Logical Song”. The three-song encore included “Give a Little Bit,” and “It’s Raining Again”.
As a lifelong Supertramp fan, it was such a thrill to hear all my favorite songs come to life by the man who created them. Roger and his 4-piece band also played a few songs from his solos albums including “In Jeopardy” and “Lovers in the Wind”.
Roger interacted a lot with the audience, and I was surprised by his more than passable French. Roger said he has a special relationship with Quebec, but last night, us Quebecers were the recipients of something special.
The show took place at the Lotto Quebec stage. The sound quality was excellent, with a great light show and many screens projected the show to ensure there were no bad seats.
Walking around the site, you can appreciate just how large an event this is – the largest hot air balloon festival in Canada. What an amazing opportunity for the whole family. There are plenty of activities for children of all ages at very reasonable prices, and what better way to experience live music under the stars.
Don’t miss Saturday’s show – legendary Charles Aznavour in an exclusive Quebec appearance.