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Supertramp's Breakfast in America Concert Tour 1979

Updated on March 9, 2015

Supertramp and Breakfast in America

Where were you on July 21, 1979? I know, likely some of you were not even born but I WAS and when evening arrived on that day I was at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, watching Supertramp`s Breakfast in America concert.

It is a day that will go down in history, my history, at least.

A day that I will never forget.

The album, Breakfast in America, is one of the most important albums of my life. Each of the pop music songs comes fully loaded with memories.

Four of the songs from the album of the same name were Billboard hit singles: The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, Breakfast in America and Take the Long Way Home.

The record and yes, we listened to records then, was released in 1978 and was the biggest selling album in the world in 1979, selling 20 million records. It even sold a million albums in France, which is pretty amazing given that it was an English album, and went on to win two Grammy Awards in the United States.

I just have to close my eyes and think of a Supertramp song in order to travel back to a blanket on the grass in the middle of the stadium in Toronto. I will never forget the music, the experience nor that great big train barrelling down on me.

Interesting but not really surprising is the fact that I still know almost all of the lyrics to a number of Supertramp songs. I am sure that when one comes on my grown children know what is coming...and no, I am not really able to carry a tune but I still love Supertramp!

Click here to see Amazon's collection of Supertramp: Breakfast in America recordings.

Supertramp: The Story So Far

The documentary film Supertramp: The Story So Far, is now an older recording. It was released on DVD and VHS videotape although. It shares the story of the band's success and subsequent decline, including songs from the albums Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America. This video will make you feel like you are on state and inside of the vast crowd and another review says that it features many of the great moments from the 1980s concert tour that include Roger Hodgson.

Supertramp: Live In Paris (1979) [Blu-ray]
Supertramp: Live In Paris (1979) [Blu-ray]

Recommended by Blu-ray.com, this is the blu-ray disc version of Supertramp, Live in Paris.

 

Supertramp: Live In Paris '79 - Available on blu-ray disc or DVD.

The Breakfast in America tour lasted ten months, ending in Paris in November of 1979. Fortunately for fans, the show in Paris was filmed and recorded and the album was one that I wore out in the 1980s. The film of the concert, however, was not released until 2012 when it was finally restored and made available to fans around the world.

As Amazon said this album recorded an amazing show by a band who was at a peak in its career. I agree. Blu-ray.com called the blu-ray release EXCELLENT stating that fans would really appreciate the audio supplements. Amazon customer reviews concur and I believe that all Supertramp fans should own this disc!

Are You A Supertramp Fan?

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Do you have a concert memory, like mine of Supertramp's Breakfast in America tour, that will stay with you forever?

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      Mercy Girl No9 4 years ago

      Brings me back to my high school years. A great album. Much different from the sounds of today.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @tobydavis: Obviously, I love Breakfast in America, too!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Meganhere: Peter Gabriel would have been awesome to see!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Hallie Collins: It's easy to love their music because it is so good, LOL!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @E Andrew Brandon: I sing along to Supertramp though I'm not sure my grown children appreciate it!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @HughSmulders LM: I agree.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @youthministry: I'm not very good at picking favorites, especially when it comes to Supertramp.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Richard-H: Hmm. We may still have the vinyl somewhere in the basement. We're listening, of course, to the CD version these days.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @lesliesinclair: I was lucky to go to the Supertramp concert!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks, Susan!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Jukebox LM: "All it takes is the opening chords of a Supertramp song to bring it all back." - I agree EXACTLY.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @ghoststorylover: The music is timeless. I'm glad you enjoy Supertramp.

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      Jukebox LM 4 years ago

      Believe it or not, I was at the same Toronto concert back in 1979 - a last blast with old friends before I picked up sticks and moved out to Calgary. All it takes is the opening chords of a Supertramp song to bring it all back. Yeh, I've really got to check out that DVD... :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @dellgirl: Thanks, dellgirl!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @scaguy: It was! The album was very popular and contained many popular songs.

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      scaguy 4 years ago

      I remember that album cover displayed in Woolworths for at least 3 years! It was a fixture!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Congratulations on making the front page and for getting the Purple Star for this great lens!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I was two and a half years old July 1979 so I was born too, but obviously too young to remember it. But I love Supertramp anyway!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've always wanted to see Supertramp as they're on my top ten favorites. I think I wore out the album Breakfast in America but I do have it on CD and on iTunes too. My favorite concert memories would have to be all the times I've seen Bruce Springsteen in Toronto. Enjoyed your lens!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Not so much, I mean I attended some small concerts in the 60s but experienced nothing like you did.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I didn't go to a Supertramp concert but I loved their music.

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      Richard 4 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I never got to see the band in concert but, like you, the album was on constant replay. I still have it somewhere...

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      My favorite Supertramp song just might be Cannonball.

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      golfspice 4 years ago

      Front row seat (1.25 less than $2) for an Elton John concert in Manchester, England in the early seventies when he was at his outrageous best. From that moment on I was hooked on "live" concerts. Great times, and so many memories...

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      HughSmulders LM 4 years ago

      It is so great to have a passion. If you are fond of something, you will never get bored while being alone.

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      Ean Brandon 4 years ago from United States

      My mom used to sing me Super tramp songs all day when I was younger, I still listen to super tramp! Visit My Chrome Cast Lens

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      Hallie Collins 4 years ago

      I have never been to an actual supertramp concert but people introduced me to the songs and I love some of them dearly!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Peter Gabriel at Earls Court in London in 1987. Awesome. Quite a few goosebump moments.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Grew up listening to Supertramp - Breakfast in America is a great album!

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Front row center - back in the days of general admission. Good times.

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      Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

      The Beatles, Red Rocks Amphitheater, August 1964....roughly 10,000 fans inside and as many outside

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Again, a little older than most of you guys, I did enjoy immensely Neil Diamond on 2 different occasions. One was in Philadelphia at the spectrum and the other was on Jacksonville, FL not that long ago.