or the eternal nostalgia of the songs of Rick Davies & Roger
Spain, MAR 29th, 2018)
"The Logical Song" is one of the best-known
Supertramp songs, it is obvious that more than one tribute
band uses their title to be baptized. While in Spain we have
the Logical Group, Logicaltramp has just visited us from United
Kingdom. Their recent concert at the Palau de la Música
Catalana on March 27 almost reproduced the famous recital
that Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson and the band offered in 1979
and materialized in his well-known double live album. One
singer fighting against cancer and the second touring on his
own, the possibility of making peace has become difficult
and seeing them together on a stage is an utopia
For that reason, the followers of the "Even In The
Quietest Moment" (1977) architects, filled the beautiful
modernist building of Lluís Domènech i Muntaner.
The desire was to relive the impossible just by closing the
eyes and believing that this was that formation which swept
in the seventies through an ingenious mix of progressive Rock
In that aspect, the young Bulgarian Tamás Csemez
embroidered Hodgson's voice from the very first note with
his characteristic falsetto. Especially emotional in "Take
The Long Way Home", "Hide In Your Shell" and
"Fool's Overture", where the saxophonist Laurent
Hunziker, founder of the combo, showed why he has the
admiration of John Helliwell himself. Sublime.
The same can be said about Gary Hopkins, who played
the role of Davies in charge of one of the keyboards. Tremendous
in the energetic "Bloody Well Right" and
"Rudy", two examples of the most rhythmic side
of the Supertramp legacy that allowed guitarist Anthony
Clayton and the second keyboard player, Serge Sainte
Rose, to shine. If we had to summarize in a single word
the contribution of each and every one of the musicians, the
most precise adjective would be impeccable.
In short, and with a perfect rhythmic base formed by bassist
Alex Kundig and a precise Grant Wildy on drums,
we witnessed a nostalgic journey in time that fueled the current
controversy about the relevance or not of this kind of formations.
There is no doubt that the fans enjoyed the beautiful show.
Personally, I would have liked changes in the script - why
not some theme of the years in which Roger was no longer in
the group? - or arrangements other than the original cuts.
In two words, different versions, more groundbreaking and
not perfect reproductions. Anyway, let's park the debate for
a better moment, make a mute for the forum and conclude that
these songs were written to be eternal. Pure logic.
FEDERICO NAVARRO, DIRTYROCK -
(Translated from spanish. Original
Radio Choice Worcester (NOV
it comes to bands from the 70's with lasting appeal, Supertramp
is high on the list but whilst the band itself may no longer
be around, their spirit lives on in the form of Logicaltramp
who appeared to a hugely appreciative audience at the Hall tonight.
All the hits were there - The
Logical song, Dreamer, Breakfast in America, Goodbye stranger
and many more, including some of their longer pieces and lesser
known songs, brought to life by a talented bunch of 7 musicians
fronted by the excellent vocals of Hungarian Tamás Csemez
and Gary Hopkins, with the essential saxophone and harmonica
from Laurent Hunziker, ably assisted by Anthony Clayton and
Alex Kundig on guitars, Serge Sainte Rose on piano and keyboards
and Adam Aggiss on drums - a great mix of talented musicians
who worked well together to bring that very particular Supertramp
sound to life.
With a brilliant double encore
of Give A Little Bit and Crime Of The Century, this was an evening
of truly classic rock which left the audience wanting more...
The spirit of Supertramp
L'Impartial (Switzerland) (JULY
4th, 2014) - -TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH-
PROMOS IN LE LOCLE :
About to release an album featuring rare songs of the mythical
band, the british band will be playing on the main stage at
We are meeting Laurent Hunziker, who normally lives in Paris,
at the café-terrasse of Locle's Casino under a bright
sunshine. He didn't melt, despite our delay due to usual city
traffic lanes during this special week-end, the one of the
famous "Promos". He knows the town as he's coming
twice a year to visit his cousin here. Tonight, about midnight
he will be playing on the festival's main stage, with the
saxophone offered by Supertramp's John Helliwell himself.
«At my side will stand my six musician mates with
whom i share for about ten years now the Supertramp universe.
On tour we play the big hits like 'Dreamer', 'Give a Little
Bit', 'The Logical Song', 'Goodbye Stranger' and 'Breakfast
in America'. Together we formed the band Logicaltramp...»
The band features vocalist/keyboardist Gary Hopkins,
Tamàs Csemez, who sings the parts of Supertramp's Roger
Hodgson. «On guitar, we have Anthony Clayton. Matt
Love - his real name! - plays the bass. Serge Sainte Rose
is our pianist; Adam Aggiss, our drummer. They all come from
London, apart from me as a French-Swiss citizen. We all met
thanks to Supertramp, sharing for some of us a friendship
with original members».
Passion first: All copyrights are going to Supertramp.
«We go touring and playing concerts mostly for the
pleasure of it! Most of us are music teachers and make a living
with music. Today will be our first show in Switzerland».
It is after meeting John Helliwell, Supertramp saxophonist,
in a Parisian subway, that Laurent became his friend. «In
the French capital, i didn't dare talk to him that day. I
talked about this with my swiss cousin who said i should write
to him. Which i did. Not sending a letter to the offices in
Los Angeles, but rather at the Philharmonic orchestra he was
playing with at that time. He replied with a long message.»
Epistolary friend at start, then genuine friend, John invited
him later on to join Supertramp on stage one night. «And
there i met some of the guys i'm playing with tonight in Le
Locle. Finger crossed that the rain will just fall gently
during the concert to cool down the audience.»
- Review by:
Pacific Road, Arts Centre, Birkenhead.
Liverpool Student Media (SEPT.
music of Supertramp can easily send shivers down the spine of
their fans, from classics such as Goodbye Stranger to the dramatic
and sensual Lord is it Mine?, the band have long been touted
as one of the finest examples of British music from the last
It is strange and surprising that even though the band rarely
tour and Roger Hodgson has never been so popular with his touring
that there are so few musicians who seem willing to take on
the music and forever remind audiences how good the band’s
sound is live.
In Logical Tramp, the band lives on and with some great energy
and spirit thrown in for good measure. There were genuine moments
of pure delight for the fans that turned up in their droves
and when the lights finally went up at the end of the night,
the look on the faces of those who had kicked off their weekend
in style said it all; they had not been let down one bit.
From almost every era of the bands history, Gary Hopkins, Laurent
Hunziker, Anthony Clayton, Serge Saint Rose, Grant Wildy and
the very impressive Matt Love, thrilled the audience with renditions
of songs such as Breakfast in America, Bloody Well Right, Hide
in Your Shell and the Progressive stylings of Fools Overture.
Every song was greeted wildly and by an audience that didn’t
stop singing along with the band all evening. Even on some of
the more demanding of songs such as Its Raining Again and Rudy
it was evident that everyone was having a good time.
Tramp were joined on stage by vocalist and fellow Supertramp
fan Tamas Csemez for the show at the Pacific Road as usual mainstay
Willy Norton was indisposed for the evening, however in Tamas,
the band were as superb and technically perfect as it was possible
to get. Tamas’s voice was a joy to hear and it blended
well with Gary Hopkins whose position within the band was take
on the voice and words of Rick Davies. In this, the two men
succeeded beyond measure and it’s a shame in a way that
they don’t perform together all the time.
There are some bands that just shouldn’t be allowed to
be forgotten by time or the fickle nature of music trends and
in Logical Tramp interpretation of classic British band Supertramp,
there is hope that this is so.
- Review by:
Ian D. Hall -
Logicaltramp » réunit 3 000 personnes à
Ouest-France (AUGUST 5th,
attendant la rentrée possible sur une grande scène
parisienne, en 2012, c'est en avant-première, que s'est
produit vendredi soir : « Logicaltramp, The Spirit
of Supertramp » un groupe venu de Londres qui interprète
le répertoire intemporel de Supertramp.
Bien avant 21 h, et le début du concert, 3 000 personnes
se sont massées derrière les barrières
de sécurité pour un retour exceptionnel aux
années 70. En majorité, des quadras et quinquagénaires,
prêts à retrouver leurs vingt ans.
Sur la scène : William Norton, le chanteur et le guitariste-chanteur
Gary Hopkins sont dans le tempo. Les décibels résonnent,
les tubes s'enchaînent : « The Logical Song
», « Dreamer », « Breakfast in America
», « Goodbye Stranger »...
Au pied du podium, les fans reprennent les refrains, les mains
s'élèvent au-dessus des têtes, l'ambiance
est bon enfant. Dans la foule, Hubert, musicien à ses
heures, les « trouvent bon. Ils assurent », dit-il
en connaisseur. Les applaudissements nourris semblent lui
donner raison. Un peu plus loin, une femme qui n'arrête
pas de danser assure « revivre ma jeunesse. C'est
vraiment super d'organiser un tel concert gratuit, et en plus,
ce soir il fait bon.»
by OUEST-FRANCE Newspaper -
act pays homage to British super-band
The Mississauga News - Ontario, Canada (NOV
While Mississauga residents shouldn't
expect British prog-rock band Supertramp to venture into town
anytime soon, fans of the band can check out arguably the next
closest thing later this month. Logicaltramp, a seven-piece
tribute band to Supertramp, comes to the Living Arts Centre's
Hammerson Hall on Nov. 27. It's part of the band's first tour
of Canada, which includes stops in Hamilton (Nov. 18), Belleville
(Nov. 21), Montreal (Nov. 22), Brampton's Rose Theatre (Nov.
23), Ottawa (Nov. 24), Oshawa (Nov. 25), St. Catharines (Nov.
26) and Markham (Nov. 28).
Reached by phone at his suburban
London flat, Logicaltramp vocalist Willy Norton told The News
the act formed in 2004 out of a love of the original band. A
deep and abiding admiration for Supertramp's music shines through
via the tribute act at each live performance, he said. "We're
very respectful of Supertramp; the glory and the spoils belong
to them," he said. "After all, it's their
songs. We're just performing them. We try to get our
sound as close to the original as we can," he continued.
"Truthfully, you can't fail with most of these songs. They're
Over the course of its career,
Supertramp recorded and released a slew of hits including Dreamer,
Bloody Well Right, Breakfast in America, The Logical Song and
It's Raining Again, just to name a few. While all the big hits
will be brought out at the live show, some of the lesser known
songs will make the grade as well. For example, Surely
– the first song off the band's first album – will
be performed as will songs such as Rudy and Fool's Overture.
The band typically sticks to the songs off the albums between
their self-titled debut and 1985's Brother Where You Bound.
"Believe me, it's not
going to be a willfully obscure show; essentially it's the greatest
hits and then some," said Norton.
At the performances, Norton sings
the vocal parts of Roger Hodgson while Gary Hopkins covers the
work of Rick Davies. The live performance will also incorporate
video screens and a light show.
While Norton said he's an enormous
fan of the band, it was the tribute act's saxophonist Laurent
Hunziker who helped bring it all together. After he was invited
by Supertramp to accompany the band on a couple tunes during
a live performance, Hunziker set about forming the tribute act.
And, if any of the band's musicians start to go off in wild
directions, Hunziker is there to reel them back in. "He's
the guy who, if I sing a little too heavy metal, just looks
at me and says, 'Supertramp wouldn't have sung it like that,'"
said Norton, with a laugh...
- Review by:
Chris Clay -
on Classic Rock
page 17 of Classic Rock Magazine (JAN.
may not be the coolest band in the world [No shit! Ed], but
it's hard not to sing along when Logical Song or Dreamer comes
on the radio. They're infectious. And that is something that
acclaimed tribute band Logicaltramp have latched onto Having
received the blessing of many members of Supertramp, Logicaltramp
have been wowing audiences around the country while the real
band remain on sabbatical. Vocalist told us more.
CR: How did you start doing this?
The band started as a result
of Laurent Hunziker who's a French saxophonist and sort of the
band leader. He's very good friends with John Helliwell, who's
the saxophonist with Supertramp. Laurent was invited up to play
with Supertramp at a stadium in Paris. He came off stage and
decided to form a tribute band. I'm a jobbing singer and I auditioned.
CR: Do you concentrate on a specific
era or album, or do you play a 'greatest hits' set?
We do all eras, we do songs
from every album and we chuck in B-sides and things. Really,
people want to hear the big hits People are often embarrassed
to admit that they like Supertramp.
CR: Do you dress up and do the
No, we hate all that. No disrespect
to all the people that put in the massive amount of work required
to do that. Supertramp were never about the visuals. They looked
like mechanics, like they'd come out of a thrift store. You
don't have Slash's top hat or Freddie's yellow jacket.
CR: Do any of Supertramp know
of you, apart from John Helliwell?
Apart from Rick Davies, who
lives in LA, I think they all know of us. We've had a fantastic
reaction. Laurent knows Roger Hodgson well so they're aware
of us We're respectful to the music, and we make it clear that
we, as musicians, want to play these wonderful songs because
you won't have heard them live for a while.
- Review by:
at the ALFANDEGA -
Congress Hall of Porto - Portugal (MARCH
Last Saturday, Logicaltramp played
for the first time outside of England, Porto (Portugal). The
concert began +/- one hour late, don't know why and I didn't
care. The stage with the lights off, is very simple, but very
efficient when they're on, they used the screen behind the drums
where they run some pictures in some songs and a video on crime
of the century, very similar to Supertramp. They started with
"School" and played all the songs that the
audience wanted to hear, and it was good to hear some hits at
the beginning of the concert, we didn't have to wait to the
end to hear "Bloody Well Right", (Yair Schleider
was fantastic at the organ) or "It's Raining Again".
Here's the song list, and what a list!!!:
2. Ain't Nobody But Me
3. Breakfast in America
4. Take the Long way Home (Anthony played guitar in the harmonica
parts, surprised me, but sounded very good)
5. Cannonball (a great surprise!!)
6. It's Raining Again (William came from the middle of the
audience with the umbrella, of course we all knew the next
song would be it's raining again)
7. Bloody Well Right
8. Hide In Your Shell (Fantastic, they all sang the choir
at the end)
9. Surely (a great piano version)
11. Goodbye Stranger (congratulations to Anthony, what a solo
12. From now on (Gary sing the Rick Davies songs, but in this
one he made it very good)
13. You started laughing (Laurent made me forgotten John Helliwell
in this one)
14. Rudy (for me this was the song of the evening, very powerful
and very well performed, with great lights)
15. The Logical Song
16. Give a little Bit
17. Lord is it Mine (another surprise, very well performed)
18. Crime of the Century (the concert has to end with this
one, it's traditional like William said).
2 hours of excellent music played by great musicians. And remember
this is very probably the only way you will year many songs
like Dreamer, Lord is it Mine, Hide in Your Shell, etc, played
by a band.
After the concert, me, SuperCarlos and Joaquim, went to one
room to meet them, and I must say they are very nice people,
I had a little conversation with everyone, and was nice to see
the jacket full of logos from Supertramp albums that Laurent
dresses in concerts and more important I put my fingers in the
that belonged to John Helliwell ;-).
If you are a Supertramp fan, I "order" you to go to
a concert, you won't regret.
- Review by:
Flavio Castro -
at GROVE THEATRE -
Dunstable - (MARCH
Crime of the Century that more
didn't attend tribute to 1970s prog-rockers.
YOU have to feel sympathy for some of the acts that appear at
The Grove. They drag their bones around the country, win critical
acclaim from thousands of fans, give up a day rehearsing and
making last minute changes to their act – and go on to
a near empty auditorium. There were so few people at the venue
on Saturday night for The Spirit of Supertramp as performed
by Logicaltramp (a mammoth mouthful of a title) that we
could have all fitted into the performance space of the local
But that didn't stop the seven-piece
band led by charismatic and energetic singer Willy Norton from
putting their heart and soul into the show.
Those under 30 have probably never
heard of the 1970s British prog-rock band, Supertramp, and no
doubt think that us old duffers are getting them mixed up with
Supergrass. But mention Dreamer, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical
Song or Breakfast in America to anyone middle-aged and we become
misty eyed for a time when music carried you away with lengthy
concept pieces, arty album covers, long hair and falsetto voices.
Logicaltramp aren't, as Norton
says, "a bunch of impersonators" but an international
group of talented London-based musicians who love the unique
sound of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies' Supertramp. In fact
Norton and co probably weren't even born when the group first
came to prominence with albums like Supertramp, Crime of the
Century, Crisis? What Crisis? and Even In The Quietest Moments.
But that didn't stop them coming
up with a power-packed and entertaining show that covered pretty
much every hit, and a few of the more obscure songs, that the
Norton's voice was indecently
high, his harmonica-playing perfect and he even threw in a cheek
solo. In-between singing he bounded around the stage hot-wired
to the music. His fellow musicians, including French sax player
Laurent Hunziker, guitarist Tony Clayton, Caribbean-born keyboard
player Serge Saint Rose, Grant Wildy on drums and Gary Hopkins
sharing vocals and keyboard duties, were given their moments
to shine through a back catalogue that featured School, Bloody
Well Right, It's Raining Again, Goodbye Stranger and Lady.
The show finished with an impressive
if somewhat muted finale. The ambitious, stylised and lengthy
Fool's Overture featured guest appearances (via back projection)
from Hitler, Churchill, and the entire war-time armies of Russia,
Britain and Germany but it seemed a strangely weak choice for
a last piece... Good then that the lads came back for an encore
and ended, as Supertramp always completed their sets, with Crime
of the Century.
Logicaltramp deserved (Bloody
Well Right) more than 380 punters and let's hope that it doesn't
put them off a return gig.
- Review by:
Anne Coxx, Leighton Buzzard Observer
at PALAU DE LA MUSICA
- Barcelona, Spain (JAN.21,
Logicaltramp nos muestra su interpretación
de las canciones más vendidas del legendario grupo Supertramp,
como Dreamer, Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song and Breakfast
in America, en un concierto único.
El 23 de diciembre estará
en el Teatro Nuevo Apolo de Madrid y el 21 de enero en el Palau
de la Música de Barcelona, este grupo que trae el espíritu
de Supertramp con los mundialmente famosos clásicos de
rock que tanto éxito tuvieron y que nos harán
revivir aquellos años dorados. Seguro que aún
silbas de vez de en cuando alguna de estas canciones.
El concierto, que dura 2 horas,
incluye los grandes éxitos, canciones épicas de
sus discos y también algunas rarezas musicales para los
muy fans, en un homenaje apasionado a las composiciones de Rick
Davies y Roger Hodgson. Respaldados y animados por los miembros
de Supertramp, grupo que se formó en 1969, estos talentosos
músicos han tocado en la actualidad para miles de espectadores
por todo Reino Unido y Europa, y han sido muy bien valorados
por los críticos internacionales. Aprovecha esta oportunidad
para disfrutar de la emocionante recreación del sonido
clásico de Supertramp, no hacerlo sería el “crimen
del siglo” (“Crime of the Century”).
at Mr.KYPS -
Poole - Dorset (JULY
SUPER (LOGICAL) TRAMP (S)
!!! It's been nearly 30 years since the real SUPERTRAMP played
Poole - Yes believe it or not they did (just around the corner
at the bottom of North Road)! It was the days when the lads
played the college circuit! Last night tribute band 'LOGICAL
TRAMPS' rolled back the years with two totally amazing sets
packed with the unique sounds that made the original band one
of the all time SUPERGROUPS. Is it perhaps the 'Crime of the
Century' that SUPERTRAMP hasn’t performed together since 2002?
While their army of fans across the world is left to hope and
pray, last night the LOGICAL TRAMPS proved they can fill that
void with excellence!
An enthusiastic Thursday night crowd at Mr Kyps took to the
band from the word go. Rapturous applause followed the opening
number a rousing rendition of 'Dreamer'. From that moment the
crowd were hooked and literally reeled in as the band performed
OUTSTANDING covers of the unique SUPERTRAMP sound. Then they
just got better and better
as the night wore on. How good were they? Well, put it this
way - I had to keep reminding myself that this was not the real
thing! The Logical Tramps did absolute justice to some of the
biggest numbers in the SUPERTRAMP repertoire - Bloody Well Right,
School, Goodbye Stranger, Take the Long Way Home, Give A Little
Bit, Breakfast in America. These were just a few of the great
memories that rocked the house last night. If you weren't a
clued up SUPERTRAMP fan you possibly wouldn't recognise many
of the numbers by title (it's all part of the mystery you know)
but it was fun watching people experience that 'ah ha' moment
when their faces lit up in recognition. The highlight of the
night? Very difficult to say ... for me, possibly the jaw dropping
rendition of 'Rudi'? But to pick any particular song is almost
an injustice to the rest!
The talent on stage last night was exceptional. Keyboards wizard
(no exaggeration) G.Carrera and sax player L.Hunziker are both
good friends with SUPERTRAMP'S long time sax player, John Helliwell.
Such is John's regard for Laurent's playing that he invited
him to play live with SUPERTRAMP in Paris on their 2002 tour
- From last nights performance is there any wonder? Awesome
sax! Anthony Clayton's guitar solos were mesmerising. Bass guitarist
combined beautifully with lead vocalist William Norton to re-create
that unique SUPERTRAMP vocal sound. All this was backed up by
some great drumming from Philip Moss. If you missed last night
you missed something very very special! Lets hope Kyp brings
this fantastic band back in double quick time - I can imagine
that when word gets out it will be a sell out! Still need convincing?
Here's what members of the real SUPERTRAMP have to say. "I
want to hear this band live" (John Helliwell - sax). "We
are all very honoured having such fine musicians playing these
songs" (Carl Verheyen - guitars). "You guys sound
good" (Roger Hodgson (Singer / Composer) - All I can add
to that is..."Bloody Well Right"!!!
- Review by:
Dave Downing -
GIG at Mr.KYPS -
Poole - Dorset (NOV.
“The actors and jesters
are here. The stage is in darkness and clear. For raising the
curtain and no-one’s quite certain whose play it is”?…
then, Logicaltramp announced themselves on stage to thunderous
applause with ‘Aint Nobody But Me’. Next
came ‘Breakfast In America’ and ‘Bloody
Well Right’ which got the audience singing and ‘Its
Raining Again’ – which is not a personal favourite
but popular with the light core fans. ‘You Started
Laughing’ – a rare treat for the hard core fans
as was ‘Surely’ a beautiful song, sang superbly!!!
‘Give A Little Bit’ and 'From Now On’
from Even In The Quietest Moments – a gentle reminder
to the band on that – was sang authentically and the humour
of the band shone through which make them very amiable. I felt
there was genuine affection towards the band and audience –
both for the music and each other. The band clearly enjoy what
they do which is infectious. I could see big cheesy grins everywhere,
It was a wonderful night. The
best moment for me was ‘Goodbye Stranger’
– not generally a personal favourite but the instrumental
blew me away. I felt myself shaking my head in total gobsmacking
amazement at the authenticity and the vibe from everyone. By
the end, the audience were foot stomping, clapping and cheering
for an encore which they obliged with ‘Hide In Your
Shell’. I was left feeling… ”oh no,
please no, don’t let the curtain fall”. I can’t
wait for the next gig!!
Review by: Teressa Harris
Logicaltramp returned to Mr Kyps
(Poole) last Sunday. Word had spread and a large Sunday night
crowd waited with excited anticipation for the band's first
return gig, having played Kyps back in the summer (amazingly
their inaugural live performance).
This time around the guys even
surpassed their first impressive performance, probably due to
the fact they now had their 2004 UK tour behind them - They
were even slicker than before and just looked really comfortable
working together, a delight to watch. It was good to see Supertramp's
trademark props starting to creep in eg the whistle during the
'Logical Song'. Will we soon be seeing the 'saw' being played
during 'Hide in your Shell' ? .Now there's a challenge!
of 'Shell' - We didn't hear it in the summer but this time round
it made for a delightful encore. Great that 'From Now On' has
also been added to the play list of all-time Supertramp classics.
Yet again it's difficult to pick a highlight - there was so
many. Last time 'Rudi' did it for me and this time it did it
again. This was another amazing performance from a fantastically
talented band. every one of them! It's being said wherever they
play. Logicaltramp do absolute justice to the legendary Supertramp
All that remains to be said is
- When are they coming back again Kyp - It can't be too soon!
- Review by:
Dave Downing -
- South Wales (JULY 23rd.
I must say that I approached the
gig in South Wales with a mixture of excitement and foreboding.
Having been a big fan of Supertramp since 1974, and being a
bit of a pureist I hoped upon hope that I wasnt going to witness
a bunch of muzos stumbling their way through a set of Supertramps
greatest hits hoping to make a fast buck.
Well Im very pleased to announce
that the lads were absolutely tremendous. From the moment they
struck up the chords to the opening song, I got a warm fuzzy
feeling, the sort of feeling you get when you know that you
are in for a treat. I looked across the table at friends and
family who were looking back at me. They knew that I would approve.
How could I not approve when the Tramps sounded so good.
is a very brave and ambitious project. Its no coincidence that
its taken nearly 25 years since Supertramps 'peak' for an outfit
to have a serious stab at recreating the music of Supertramp.
Whilst they may sound simple, Supertramp songs are difficult
and complex to reproduce, even more so live!!!!. Supertramp
were/are renowned as a tight outfit with quality production
both live and recorded. These lads kept it tight and succeeded
in recreating the sound and atmosphere of a Supertramp gig.
The lads have the potential to
entertain the world with this project. If you have a chance
to see them dont miss out. Due to a change of venue at very
short notice (not the bands fault I understand) the crowd wasn't
as big as I had hoped. Nevertheless, what we lost in numbers,
we made up in enthusiasm, so much so that the band did 3, yes
3 encores. They certainly looked as if they enjoyed it. We certainly
did. I cant help thinking how utterly brilliant it would have
been with a full venue.
One last thing, and apologies
to the rest of the band for singling out Laurent on saxophone.
Close your eyes, and he is.... Mr Helliwell. As the song sort
of goes: When they're up on the stage they''re so unbelieveable,
oh unforgettable, how we adored them. Well done fellas B..B...B..B...B..BLOODY
- Review by
Ian Wales UK -
with Tamas Csemez
New Express Brno (Czech republic) (March
you remember the greatest glory of the Supertramp in the 1970s?
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I’m
not old enough to have been around in the 70s – I remember
seeing The Logical Song on TV a lot when I was growing up,
I always liked that and the other hits but I didn’t
properly discover the music of Supertramp until about 10-12
years ago, so it was a great pleasure to get the chance a
few years later to play that music with a band that does it
The Logicaltramp band is a tribute
band founded by John Helliwell. Why is he not currently a
There is a little misunderstanding here it seems – John
Helliwell didn’t start the band and was never a member
(he had the real Supertramp to play with ??).
The band was founded by fans who first met backstage at a
Supertramp gig in Hyde Park in London in 2002, John Helliwell
did set things in motion by introducing them to each other.
Our saxophone player Laurent is a good friend of John and
he has been very supportive of us, he did a very nice promo
and even joined the band on stage a few years ago
How did you get as a singer to Logicaltramp?
I met a couple of the guys through other bands playing around
London so when they needed someone to step in when their previous
singer was unavailable for gigs they asked me to give it a
go. I had a lot of fun doing those first couple of gigs so
when the opportunity came up six years ago to join as a permanent
member I was very happy to do it
Is it possible to say that you have
taken over the role of Roger Hodgson in Logicaltramp?
I wouldn’t quite put it that way. One, Roger of course
plays guitar and keyboards as well, those duties are handled
by other members of our band and I focus only on the singing.
I’m just privileged to sing all the great songs he wrote,
many of them are very personal and emotional so it is quite
a powerful experience
You are coming to Brno for the first
time. What are your expectations? What are you looking forward
It’s always great to visit new places. We hope to have
a bit of time before the gig to do some sightseeing. The Sono
Centrum looks like an amazing venue from the pictures I’ve
seen, and I’m sure the audience will be very enthusiastic
to hear all their favourite Supertramp songs
Have you concerted in Eastern European
countries already? And, if yes, how did the audience react
We have played in France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal among
others but it will actually be our first time in Eastern Europe
We’re really looking forward to it, I know Supertramp
themselves haven’t played in the region in a very long
time and I’ve always found that in Eastern European
countries fans of this era of music are very loyal and passionate
so we are very happy to be able to bring all the classics
Which kind of music so you listen
I’m a big fan of 70s classic rock and progressive rock,
all the greats like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Genesis, Yes
etc. I also listen to a lot of metal (more on the melodic
side) and other kinds of music.
Of course everyone in the band has very different tastes ranging
from jazz to pop
Do you think that music will play
an equally significant role for listeners in the future as
it did in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, or it will become some
sort of filler material that will be route by modern technology?
That’s a good question and something I think about from
time to time. I’m not really old enough to say “back
in my day things were different” but I do find that
nowadays for most people music is just something to have in
the background, just a way to avoid silence. They don’t
look for an emotional connection to the music and it’s
not something that affects them very much. Of course there
will always be some who are passionate about music but I think
it is now definitely only a minority
Brno has a long musical tradition.
Not only in jazz but also in rock. Did you have chance to
be interested in the local music scene?
Well, if we had a few days in town we would probably go and
check out some clubs to see local bands play, but we will
be travelling on to play in Zlin the day after so I’m
afraid we won’t have a chance to immerse ourselves in
the local music scene. Maybe next time
Which song from your playlist you
prefer to sing - Is It It´s Raining Again or the famous
The Logical Song?
Out of those two I would say The Logical Song, my other favourites
in the set are Hide in Your Shell and the end of Rudy. Difficult
to choose as there are so many great songs of course
I would like to wish you a great
deal of success and thank you for the interview,
Thank you for the opportunity, and we look forward to meeting
all Supertramp fans in Brno in a few weeks!
PETR GRATIAS, Music Editor, NEW EXPRESS -