Supertramp is headed back on the road this year for its first tour in five years.
The 14-date trek, dubbed the Forever Tour, beings November 3 in Portugal and wraps up December 11 in the Netherlands, with a December 7 show at the O2 Arena in the band's birthplace of London on the docket. No other territories are scheduled at this point.
Supertramp is currently led by singer-keyboardist Rick Davies and still includes longtime members John Helliwell on saxophone and Bob Siebenberg on drums in its nine-piece lineup.
Co-founder Roger Hodgson, who wrote and sang hits such as "Dreamer," "Give a Little Bit" and "The Logical Song," tours actively with his own band and tells us he has little regard for what Davies does under the Supertramp moniker:
"I'm not demeaning Rock at all, but obviously Supertramp was a combination of the two of our styles; it just happens that my songs, for whatever reasons, seem to have stood the test of time a bit better and have been more of the hits. Ever since I left he's gone out with different versions (of the band) every five years or so. He owns the name. He trademarked the name and he owns it, but it's really more of a Rick Davies show when he does go out. It's very different to the band I was in."
Hodgson and his band will be on the road this summer in Europe.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.