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Supertramp: Blasts from the past served up a tad mellower

Published in the Vancouver Sun June 3, 2011


“When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful. A miracle. Oh it was beautiful, magical …”

The lyrics to Supertramp’s The Logical Song weren’t just words to mouth along to Thursday night. They meant something much more to the middle-aged fans at Rogers Arena — all you had to do was look into their glossy eyes to know they were happily lost in a completely different time.

OK, well, perhaps the few wisps of marijuana smoke that rose from pockets of the subdued crowd had something to do with the fans’ little trip down memory lane. But deep down, you could tell those notorious Wurlitzer chords triggered a feeling that many had lost with the departure of their youth. Zipping across America in a 1975 Chevy Corvette, partying without consequence, indulging in the intoxicating scent of long, windblown hair — Supertramp’s music brought back the magic the audience hadn’t felt since their freedom left them sometime in the ’80s for corporate jobs, responsibility and routine.

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