The lyrical maestro behind some of Supertramp’s biggest hits is promising a show full of nostalgia this weekend.
Roger Hodgson, co-founder and voice of the pop-rock sensation, will make his way to Otago for the first time to headline the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert on Saturday.
His set features some of the English band’s classics, as well as songs from his solo career since leaving the group in 1983.
“People are in for an incredible experience,’’ Hodgson says.
During his 14 years with Supertramp, he wrote and sang most of the anthems that brought the band worldwide fame.
The 68-year-old says he’ll be “playing the songs that people want to hear’’, such as Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song and Breakfast in America, which helped the band sell more than 60 million albums.
“I never get tired of singing them, which is a miracle. People can feel that.’’
It’ll be his first time visiting the region, after his solo tour in New Zealand back in 2010.
“It’s a gorgeous country — I love the people.
‘‘Actually, the first lady I fell in love with was from NZ.’’
Nature’s always an inspiration for him and the Wakatipu Basin’s beauty could spur him on to write about his rare visit to the picturesque region, he says.
“I have written many songs when I have been out camping in nature, so in NZ I hope I get the chance to do that.’’
When he first picked up a guitar and started writing at the age of 12, he felt he ‘‘had a friend’’ that could help him express his true feelings.
‘‘I feel so grateful today to have had that — there’s a certain vulnerability with these songs that people can relate to,’’ he says.
Hodgson wrote fan favourite Breakfast in America when he was just 19 years old, 12 years before recording it.
‘‘It just brings a smile instantly to people’s faces the moment I play those first chords,’’ he says.
“Playing a concert is like a journey through my life.’’
He fancies a trip to Milford Sound after hearing all about its beauty, but jokes he’ll probably give Queenstown’s adrenaline-inducing bungy jumps and skydives a miss.
He says the concert’s going to be a “wonderful surprise’’ for the crowd, many of whom will be hearing his songs live for the first time.
The concert will also feature performances from Australian Crawl’s James Reyne, Mark Seymour, of Hunters and Collectors, and Toni Childs.
To catch Hodgson and the others, head to Gibbston Valley Winery, Saturday, 11am, $109