Supertramp arrived in British Columbia, Sunday afternoon to kick off their 2011 Canadian tour. Anticipation was everywhere. Production rehearsals were underway and the city of Vancouver was on fire with Canucks fever. On Tuesday night, before a sold out 6000 plus crowd at the Save On Foods Memorial Center, the band returned to Victoria for the first time since 1977. Rick Davies, joined on stage by veterans John Helliwell and Bob Siebenberg, and the rest of the band who accompanied them on their fall 70-10 Tour of Europe, opened the tour in fine form.
With Jesse Siebenberg and Gabe Dixon rotating lead vocals with Rick Davies the band played favorite album tracks such as From Now On, Cannonball and Rudy and delighted the audience with a bundle of their hits, Bloody Well Right, Dreamer, Give A Little Bit and Goodbye Stranger, to name a few.
The Cunucks advancement into the Stanley Cup Finals led to a much publicized scheduling conflict with the Supertramp show slated for Wednesday, June 1 at Rogers Arena. After a bit of juggling the Supertramp show was rescheduled to Thursday evening and as guests of the Canucks, Rick, John and Bob attended the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. As they were introduced to the packed arena, the cheers were deafening. “It was magic to be in that building. Electric. What a game! It was something I will never forget. Go Canucks!”, said Rick after the game.
On Thursday, after a Canuck practice, the ice was covered and Supertramp’s crew was in overdrive to set up the show at Roger’s Arena. As the stage lights shone on John Helliwell, wearing the Canucks jersey that had been presented to him the night before, the crowd went wild. “I was sitting right there last night”, he said, pointing to the seats from where they had watched the Canucks victory. “You guys were really noisy. But tonight, we’ll be noiser than that!” And they were.
Read Mike Devlin's review of opening night from The Times Colonist in Victoria: http://www.timescolonist.com/Review+Supertramp+gives+everything+they/4871077/story.html
The tour continues across Canada, with stops in Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and Montreal.