We've just received copies of reviews from the local papers in the cities where Supertramp played their first two shows in Germany.
Translations in English are posted here. Links to the original articles in German are at the end of each review,
TRIP THROUGH THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUTH
The cult band Supertramp enthuses 4,500 spectators of the 40+ generation in Halle with its lyrical stories
by Heike Krüger
They disappear from the stage as unpretentiously as they stepped on. Two packed hours lie in between during which the 8-man band around Supertramp founder Rick Davies draws storms of applause again and again from the audience of 4,500 fans with many old hits. Supertramp is on a world tour and picked Halle in Westphalia for its first gig in Germany. Saxophonist John Helliwell bought himself new shoes for the evening in the Gerry Weber Stadium and Rick Davies is obviously delighted to be in the region again after eight years.
You can see from the fans, who paid high ticket prices to see and hear the cult band of their youth again, just what Supertramp still means today for the 40+ generation. Songs like “Give a little bit”, "School” or "It’s raining again" quickly bring the audience to their feet with frantic applause. The opus “Crime of the Century”, accompanied by unobtrusive, artistic film backdrop sequences, unfolds a fascinating density of sound and gives the well positioned musicians room to demonstrate their own individual strengths. Besides Rick Davies with the eternally young, somewhat buzzy voice so typical of the Supertramp sound, there is the amazing Jesse Siebenberg, the son of the long-standing drummer Bob Siebenberg, cutting a fine figure on the guitar and his similarity with ex-Supertramp Roger Hodgson’s falsetto voice is totally fascinating, but to which he adds his own expressivity. Davies’ staccato piano, a relaxed band obviously playing with enjoyment, convinced the sceptics that even after 40 years Supertramp is by no means ready to retire. And Supertramp of course remains Supertramp –
with its smooth acoustic aesthetics, the fusion of catchy with more sophisticated music and enigmatic lyrics. Almost like old times with the black vinyl disc, isn’t it? Almost, if not for the brass sections giving added dynamics to the driving rhythm of Davies’ piano/keyboard. The lyrical stories told by Davies and Siebenberg in Halle are accompanied by spontaneous applause. At times bedded on a carpet of sound, and then fine and fragile with virtuosic piano accompaniment.
SUPERTRAMP ROCKS THE STADIUM
by Angela Rietdorf
The cult band enthused with its show in the Hockey-Park. It was also precisely the saxophone riffs that moved the fans. Mönchengladbach. While the sun set and the sky finally held the promise of a dry open-air concert, the Hockey Park filled on Saturday evening with the fans of the legendary rock band Supertramp. The 40+ generation, who spent their youth with Supertramp, clearly predominated among the public. People like Holger and Tanja Dall, who saw the band in Cologne in 1982 and have now come from Aachen with their two sons to see Supertramp again live on stage.
“These are timeless classics”, says 45-year old Holger Dall. “But we had hoped that Roger Hodgson would have rejoined the band.” Distinctive voices and hits that sweep you away However, the ex-vocalist and songwriter of the group did not oblige. But nobody was disappointed with the band. With Supertramp founder Rick Davies on piano and Jesse Siebenberg, son of drummer Bob Siebenberg, the group has two distinctive voices that carry the audience away.
True to the announcement “Greatest Hits Tour”, for two hours the musicians played absolute classics such as “Breakfast in America”, “Take the long way home” or “Dreamer”. The public was in no doubt that they still have that groove. The Hockey Park rocked. The fans were especially enthusiastic with the saxophone, clarinet or trumpet riffs, so typical of Supertramp. Monika Pribic, 60 years old and surely one of the oldest visitors at the concert, was simply enthralled. “It’s absolutely great”. Her 14-year old grandson Felix, who was probably persuaded into going with his grandmother and had no clear idea was Supertramp is all about, was obviously content with his fate by the end of the concert. He liked it very much. The Hockey Park was not sold out, but well filled for this second concert in Germany after an eight-year break. The band had rehearsed the stage show for two weeks in Paris before now starting their tour in Germany. From Mönchengladbach, the cult rockers continue their European tour that ends in Paris on 28 October