Show Review: Roger Hodgson 04.02.19

Published on, Feb 2019

Pic by Alan Holbrook

Roger Holbrook

Riverside Theatre

Feb 4

US rock legend Roger Hodgson wasted no time in getting the party started, strolling out to a sustained synth note as crisp and clean as the white suit he donned while some audience members where still finding their seats.

Bouncing, thick piano chords set the beat while a familiar harmonica line introduced Supertramp’s Take The Long Way Home, a fitting intro given the singer-songwriter was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album it’s taken from, Breakfast In America.

With small palm trees spaced around the back of the stage and lights between band members, the production resembled the set of a late night talk show, a scene that was elevated with organ from Ray Coburn and saxophone from Michael Ghegan.

Requesting the house lights turned on, Hodgson stepped away from the mic and to the front of the stage to chat with frontrow punters like he was getting reacquainted with old friends. “Who was here last time?” he asked, and a sea of hands quickly rose in response.

After dedicating the evening to birthday boy Chris Wilkinson in the nosebleed section, the celebrations continued, Hodgson taking punters back to School through a wall of washed-out guitar tones.

Single Breakfast In America (“A song that I wrote when I was 19.. three years ago.”) was an early hit that had the audience in ecstasy thanks to a riveting saxophone solo.

“I couldn’t write a song like that today if I tried,” Hodgson said. “I mean, ‘Not much of a girlfriend’ – what was I thinking?”

Hodgson’s voice was the most captivating instrument on stage, adding multiply layers to songs like folk rock number Easy Does It and piano ballad Lord Is It Mine.

Sister Moonshine showcased his eclectic songwriting style with Coburn forced to offer up a soaring guitar solo and harmonica parts from his keyboard to keep up with its demanding instrumentation.

Nothing compared to classics The Logical SongDreamer, Fool’s OvertureGive A Little Bit and It’s Raining Again, but relatively new single Death And A Zoo (2000) came close. It was a set highlight driven by a symphony of obscure sound effects that complimented the song’s powerful lyrics around animal welfare.

By set’s end, Roger Hodgson and co had well and truly delivered on their promise to take fans on an emotionally-charged journey.

Advertisements WA’s Iconic 78 Records Is Shutting Down: ‘It Was Such A Great Trip’

Published on, Feb 2019

Beloved WA institution 78 Records has announced it will close its doors permanently on March 3.

Speaking with The Music, manager Andrew “Fang” de Lang, who began working there in 1986 at the age of 19, cited high rent in Perth and the rise of streaming services as contributing factors.

“We gave it our best shot over a long period, but the time is nigh,” Lang said.

Over the past 47 years, the historic CBD record store has become a staples of the city’s music scene.

After opening in Forrest Place in 1971, 78 Records relocated numerous times around the city before landing at its fifth and final home in a laneway off Murray Street, all the while establishing itself as a thriving hub via its extensive vinyl range, live performances and more.

“There was a massive commitment to local music, particularly as [artists] were bringing out a release,” Lang said.

One memorable local launch, the first at 78 Records’ Mortlock Building location, included Perth legends Jebediah.

“We found out very quickly that we couldn’t have people jumping up and down on the [second story] floor because the floor might fall through.

“The whole floor was vibrating and this was a building we just got into. We had to frantically get on the microphone and tell everyone to stop.”

Other in-store performances came from Weezer, Powderfinger, The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope and Julian Lennon, the latter of which proved to be one of Lang’s more memorable days there.

“There were so many Beatles fans coming into the store and asking me to give him things,” Lang recalled.

“That was probably the weirdest day I can remember; seeing middle-aged people just go stupid and act like children.”

There’s been an overwhelming outpour of emotion from music lovers and artists across social media, which Lang describes as “heartening on one hand and sad on the other”.

“It just made me realise how important this shop was; it just reinforced that we provided a service for people and they had a good time meeting their friends here or just buying music.

“What I’ll remember most is just the enjoyment I had working here – just serving people, talking music, organising in-stores. It was just such a great trip.

“Time’s up and it’s a bittersweet thing, but I have no regrets.”