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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

16:48

Backstage Pass from Nantes, France ~ June 30, 2015 



We just left Nantes where Roger performed tonight and weíre on the bus to Paris. The show was fantastic. Many standing ovations and such a beautiful connection between Roger and the audience. Roger not only played most of his biggest hits but also fan favorites such as Donít Leave Me Now and A Soapbox Opera. He also played four songs from Open the Door, his last studio album which he recorded in Nantes - Along Came Mary, Death and a Zoo, Love is a Thousand Times, and Say Goodbye. Another special surprise tonight was a performance of Rogerís beautiful unrecorded song, The Awakening. 

La Cite, Le Centre des Congres de Nantes is a lovely venue by the river here in one of Rogerís favorite cities. The sound was great and the lights were beautiful. All in all a magical evening, capped with a fond farewell from the fans waiting outside to see ...


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Friday, June 26, 2015

15:13

Backstage Pass from Steinkjer, Norway ~ June 26, 2015 



Tonight we are in Norway and what a crowd we had for Rogerís show at Steinkjerfestivalen. This was a big celebration weekend for the 10th Anniversary of the festival. The director, Svein BjÝrge, asked for Roger to return for this special weekend, as many fans has been asking for Roger since he first performed here in 2007. It is so wonderful to see the whole community coming together for this event. There are over 500 local volunteers who assist with driving, catering, etc. Such a warm family atmosphere all around. 

It is interesting to note that when we arrived in Norway last night, it was very late although youíd never know it by looking outside. Even at 2:00AM it was still light! Also, although we are now at the end of June, it certainly does not feel like summer time here. They often say there are two seasons in this country - winter ...


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

13:09

Backstage Pass from Munich, Germany ~ June 24, 2015 



Tonight, Rogerís show on this beautiful summer evening was the opening performance of the Tollwood Festival here in Munich. This fourth show of our summer tour was a burst of emotion from the audience. Although it was a seated show, as soon as Roger took the stage, the full house was on their feet and stood in front of the stage. Many even rushed toward the stage and stood in front for the whole show. So very many people were happy to have Roger back at Tollwood for the third time in recent years. We saw not only the audience members but also the festival staff singing along word for word and dancing in the aisles. 

Roger was in great spirits, joking with his audience. He performed Love is a Thousand Times, from his Open the Door album, which is not often played and many in the audience stood the whole ...


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

11:28

Backstage Pass from Clam, Austria ~ June 21, 2015 



What a gorgeous evening we had here tonight in Clam, Austria at the Clam Music Festival. People have come from all over Europe for the 25th Anniversary of the Festival. The promoter just had to have Roger back for the celebration since he is one of the all time favorite artists who has played here.  Itís a massive family event and multi-generations are in the audience. This is our third time to play here. Many people we spoke to said they have seen Roger here before and made it a point to come again. 

The last time we played this festival it was a scorching 109F or 43C. The guys had to put their show computers on ice to keep them working. This time, the weather is beautiful and cool to the point of needing a light jacket. Rogerís show warmed the hearts of the audience and the crowd especially loved his ...


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

14:52

Backstage Pass from Hinwil, Switzerland ~ June 20, 2015 



Another great show tonight here in Hinwil, Switzerland at ROCK THE RING - a wonderful festival where we had over 11,000 people of all ages in the audience - many were dancing and singing along to every song. The rain which poured in the afternoon stopped shortly before Rogerís concert and held off until he completed the final song, Give a Little Bit, which Roger dedicated to the "Smiling GeckoĒ foundation. The foundation, started by Hannes Schmid, is raising awareness to help the children and families living on the dumps in Cambodia. Roger invited the audience to sing along in support of Smiling Gecko which is holding a special event at Zurich Hallenstadion Sept 23.

Roger also got to meet up with his friend from years ago, Steve Lukather of Toto, who watched Roger's set from the side of the stage. Roger then enjoyed some of Totoís set and will meet ...


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