The Guest: Arnold Stonebrink - Supertramp
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Today's Guest is: Arnold Stonebrink
Hello! I am Arnold Stonebrink. Writing a blog is intimidating; I admire Mary, who is my old friend, for her bravery in doing this on a daily basis! I do have a little experience writing though; I was the sports editor of my college newspaper. I had a happy upbringing in Idaho, but now live in the high elevation and cool forest of Payson, AZ, where I am a middle school teacher. Next year I will teach English, yearbook, journalism, and Japanese (I served a Mormon mission to Japan). I just finished a career of coaching varsity volleyball—11 years. My hobbies are flying (I have a fun little 1956 Cessna 172 four-seater), and getting harassed by my bride of 12 years, Penni. She and I have 17 kids. You think I’m kidding, don’t you. I wish I was too. It’s a matter of hers, mine, and formerly theirs but now ours. It is a lot of work and often exhausting, but also a blessing and often a lot of fun. I am hopeful adopting several children makes up for my many shortcomings and gets me into heaven.
Supertramp had an origin other fledgling bands can only dream about—the backing of a millionaire. After Roger Hodgson answered an ad put in by Rick Davies in England’s The Melody Maker in 1969, Supertramp was formed, and received the financial support of Dutch millionaire Stanley August Mieseages. Unfortunately, the prog rock’s groups first two albums, Supertramp and Indelibly Stamped, failed to capture the public’s attention and money, and Mieseages dropped the band.
1975 saw Supertramp produce Crisis? What Crisis?, which enjoyed success, but had no hit singles. The group saw further breakthrough though, in 1977, with Even in the Quietest Moments. The album is kicked off by the infectious hit “Give a Little Bit”, which was honored years later by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as being one of the most played songs in the ASCAP repertoire in 2005--nearly 40 years after its release! The album finishes with “Fool’s Overture”, an epic exceeding 10 minutes that was Supertramp’s most popular concert offering. Penned as three songs put together by Hodgson, the song references Jesus, World War II, Winston Churchill, and even Spiderman.
Hodgson kicked off his solo career by playing nearly instrument of In the Eye of the Storm in 1984. Just before the release of his second solo album, Hai Hai, in 1987, Hodgson fell off the loft of his house, breaking both of his wrists, and prompting his doctor to tell him he would never play again. He took a long hiatus from the music business, but did recover from his accident, and was able to release the critically acclaimed Open the Door in 2000. In 2001, Hodgson performed with Ringo Starr in his All-Starr Band. In 2007, Hodgson played at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium. Princess Diana was a huge fan, and would often dance, with Princes William and Harry, to Supertramp tunes. Hodgson has spent the better part of the past three years on tour throughout much of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America with his current band (and occasionally, with a full-blown orchestra; and sometimes bare-boned, with just himself and his band mate Aaron McDonald), playing old Supertramp favorites, complemented by some of his solo work.
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