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Gary Backstrom's Road to Utopia is doing a Todd TR-ibute/benefit in Boston to raise money for Alzheimer's patients, though The Alzheimer's Music Project. A portion of the proceeds will be used to provide them with free music players, loaded with music they love. This is often one of the few things they respond to.
The date is Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Regent Theater, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA. Tickets are $28 ($3 goes to the Theatre Restoration fee) and are available through Regent Theatre site.
Gary's site is www.garybackstrom.com.
If love's what we want, if love's what we need Why can't we make love from suspicion and greed? If love's what we want, if love's what we need Why can't we make love?Todd Rundgren: 2nd Wind
We are often saddened to hear of the passing of a Todd Rundgren fan, many of which have been close friends in our community. If you would like to honor a fan, please visit Remember Me to view those already being honored and to receive instructions for how to submit.
Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel on SiriusXM will broadcast a special honoring the music of David Bowie. The show will air on SiriusXM on Friday, February 9, 2018. Todd performs "Life on Mars?"
SXSW in Austin, TX announces appearance by Todd at the 2018 music festival.
|Warren Hewetson||Warren's CD-R List||Frequently||The essential most complete place for Todd Rundgren Audio Rarities. Warren took over for Tony Roger's entire collection (tapes & CDs) in 2008. With Tony’s and Warren's collections together, and 100 serious collectors that contribute, it's without doubt the largest most thorough collection on the planet! And Warren freely shares.|
Songwriting: Interview: Todd Rundgren
Todd's new CD will be called "White Knight" and will be available May 12, 2017. It is said to be a "game changer."
Cleopatra Records is pleased to announce “An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At The Ridgefield” on August 26, 2016. Get ready for an incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza available on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Blu-ray, starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren.
Watch the video clip of Todd’s electrifying performance of “Black Maria” as featured on the upcoming release.
Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut on December 15, 2015, Rundgren's new release includes some of his best known songs including “Hello It's Me”, “I Saw The Light” and “Bang The Drum”. Plus, hear/watch fan favourites that haven't been performed live in decades, including songs from TR’s unforgettable Utopia and Nazz anthems.
The set list consists of milestone Rundgren classics taken from his rich back catalogue, including songs from the albums “Something/Anything” (1972), “A Wizard, a True Star” (1973), “Faithful” (1976), “Hermit of Mink Hollow” (1978), “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect”(1982), “A Cappella”(1985), “2nd Wind” (1991), “One Long Year” (2000), “Liars” (2004), “Global” (2015), plus key cuts from the Utopia albums “Oops! Wrong Planet” (1977), “Swing To The Right” (1982) and “POV” (1985), as well as from the first two albums by Todd’s seminal 60’s band The Nazz (1968 and 1969).
For full track listing, artwork and live photos, visit the official “Live At The Ridgefield” UK web release page - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/toddrundgren/live-at-the-ridgefield.htm.
Rockcellar Magazine:Todd Rundgren on: Touring, Songwriting, Utopia and David Bowie (Q&A) by Ken Sharp
Carson Van Osten (Born September 24, 1946. Bass guitarist for Nazz.) died December 22, 2015.
BAM South:Todd Rundgren Heading To Jackson
LIVEDESIGN: Todd Rundgren Goes Global with Robe
The Portland Mercury: A Wizard, a True Star - Todd Rundgren Proves He Still Matters
A searchable song information database is now available. It's still being improved and suggestions are welcome. You'll find lyrics and a lot more, including (where available) guitar tabs, MIDI files, samples, publishing information and commentary. Lyrics to all of TR, Utopia and Nazz releases can also be found by selecting the appropriate release below.
The New Cars
Todd has recorded a studio version of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" for the upcoming Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles. Take a listen!
Park City News: Todd Rundgren will launch his new tour in Park City
Glide Magazine: Todd Rundgren Goes Global
A new interview by Carl Wiser (Songfacts)
The legendary artist, producer, and software developer chats about the Mythic Pacific Retreat, the importance of music education, his most difficult production, and his lifelong fascination with tech.
It will be streamed and archived and can be found at WABCRADIO's website. Look for the podcast pull down menu, Saturday Cafe.
Todd will be talking about his career, his Spirit Of Harmony foundation as well this summer's Mythic Pacific Retreat.
Todd Rundgren will formally announce the launch of the Spirit of Harmony Foundation at NAMM's Support Music Coalition webcast, on Friday, January 24, starting at 2 pm, Pacific time.
The webcast is free, but you must register to attend. Please click here for more information and to register.
Later that same day, at 7 pm Pacific time, there will be a webcast of Todd receiving the Les Paul Award, followed by a short performance (he will be joined onstage by Jesse Gress and Prairie Prince). This webcast is also free, and will be streamed at www.namm.org.
Please join us for this historic and joyous occasion!
Australian TR fan Jason Stuart Kamasz originally created this four part documentary called TODD and posted it on September 9, 2013.
It is with great honor and enthusiasm that, on Todd’s behalf, we announce the formation of The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, his vision for continuing, escalating and expanding the work ignited by his global fan base. To date, the charitable endeavors of Todd and his fans have been informal, however, inspired by the collective experience in support of the Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward, June 19, 2013, plans began to take shape for a formal not-for-profit organization.
As President and Founder, Todd signed the Articles of Incorporation on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, along with co-founders Ed Vigdor and Jean Lachowicz. Co-founder, Michele Rundgren, adds her indomitable spirit to The Foundation. The corporate entity has been established and the application for formal recognition as a tax-exempt charity is being processed.
The vision of The Spirit of Harmony Foundation is rooted in the conviction that music plays an essential role in our human experience and that music education plays a crucial role in the positive development of young people in areas of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity: individuals and groups alike.
The Foundation will leverage Todd’s philanthropic inclinations and recent professorial activities, as well as his vision, talent, celebrity and professional resources. With his leadership and starting with the enthusiastic support of the global fan family, as well as colleagues, the foundation’s goal of supporting and nurturing programs and individuals that embody the Mission of the Foundation will be realized. There will be abundant opportunities for everyone who wishes to participate through hands-on activities, special events, donations, and much more.
It is Todd’s desire that his fans and family be the first to be informed about this exciting new chapter, however the mechanisms of the foundation and our website are still under construction, not ready to be introduced to the general public. Todd plans on making a formal public announcement of the Foundation’s Kick-Off at the NAMM Convention, in January, when he receives The Les Paul Award.
Youth Orchestra of Lower 9th Ward performs "Bang The Drum All Day" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwWlWWaLc5s
The Todd Rundgren Museum was opened nearly three years ago, and underwritten by visionaries that wanted to provide a virtual location to preserve images of Todd Rundgren memorabilia for the enjoyment of fans worldwide. It has been developed and operated as an independent site under the stewardship of the TR Connection. To continue to provide this resource, it’s necessary to renew the web hosting service for another three year period. As a result, funds are being solicited to cover those hosting costs: $250 for three years of free, unrestricted museum access to all fans.
If you would like to see the Todd Rundgren Museum continue, please consider making a small donation to keep the museum alive. The Todd Rundgren Connection is conducting this fundraiser.
To make a donation via PayPal, just visit the site and click on the PayPal link at the bottom of the page. You may also donate through the TR Connection site. Any excess funds collected will be used to support the TR Connection site.
You may also contribute your own virtual collectibles to the Todd Rundgren Museum. Contact me if you’d like to be a curator. email@example.com
Ping Me (Anthony McGarrigle)
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Todd Rundgren toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Fidelity (Sean M. Hall)
Feel It (Sean M. Hall)
Todd Rundgren is a true original in popular music. A highly creative and diverse musician, his work has earned him a vast and loyal global following and immense respect from his musical peers. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. His production work with such stylistically diverse artists as MEAT LOAF, NEW YORK DOLLS, PATTI SMITH, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THE TUBES, XTC, CHEAP TRICK, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, AND HALL & OATES has firmly placed him among the gifted elite of musicians and producers.
Esoteric Recordings label manager Mark Powell said; “It really is an honour for all of us at Esoteric and Cherry Red to be given the chance to work with such a ground-breaking icon as Todd Rundgren on his next studio album. Throughout his career Todd has continually thrilled and surprised with his music and I’m sure his next album will continue this fine tradition and legacy.”
The accompanying tour "Official State Visit" follows beginning in May
Alone (Sean M. Hall)
Where Does The World Go To Hide? (Sean M. Hall)
I Just Wanna Touch You (Sean M. Hall)
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Jesse is interviewed for the Artist Connection podcast.
A Wizard, A True Star: The Unusual Career of Todd Rundgren By David Nichols is a new e-Book now availbale for Amazon Kindle as well as iOS devices. It's only $1.99.
Todd Rundgren is a musical enigma — seemingly even to himself. How can one man travel so far from the mainstream, yet continually interact with that mainstream in ways so interchangeably valid and inexplicably ham-fisted?A Wizard, A True Star: The Unusual Career of Todd Rundgren
www.fixyourgaze.com is a new site created by Jens Trode and is featuring a lot of new fan-friendly interaction, plus it's the place to go for new scoop on Tiki Iniki and Toddstock 2!
RSVP to attend the Fest by 7/6/2012 to ensure your customized laminate - tfw2012@ToddFestWest.com
Subscribe to the ToddFest/West FestCast podcast to experience
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|Artist||Title||Catalog Number||Format||Amazon Release Date|
|Todd Rundgren||Back To The Bars||EDSD 2125||2 CD||March 6, 2012|
|Todd Rundgren||Hermit of Mink Hollow + Healing + The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect||EDSD 2126||2 CD||March 6, 2012|
|Todd Rundgren's Utopia||Todd Rundgren's Utopia + Another Live||EDSD 2127||2 CD||March 6, 2012|
|Utopia||Adventures in Utopia + Deface the Music + Swing To The Right||EDSD 2129||2 CD||March 6, 2012|
|Roger Powell + M.Frog (Jean-Yves Labat)||Air Pocket + M. Frog||EDSS 1064||1 CD||March 6, 2012|
|Felix Cavaliere||Felix Cavaliere + Destiny||EDSS 1065||1 CD||March 13, 2012|
Exclusive InTheStudio: MEDIUM RARE audio interview series streamable now at "http://www.inthestudio.net"
Dallas, TX- Feb 19, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Todd Rundgren
Something/Anything as part of its exclusive online only InTheStudio:MEDIUM RARE Series. Even before the February 1972 release of Rundgren’s third solo album Something/Anything, Todd was being hailed by some rock critics as a wunderkind, that rare combination of left-brain creative and right-brain analytical talents, able to write charming pop lyrics, blessed with an innate ability to play practically any musical instrument, while adept at understanding and utilizing the technical intricacies of the modern recording studio. Something/Anything would have been a monumental achievement under any circumstances, yet Rundgren admits, in this interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard, to neither reading nor writing music!
The InTheStudio radio program is syndicated on over 50 radio stations throughout North America. The 'InTheStudio.NET/ Todd Rundgren MEDIUM RARE’ show is an online ONLY exclusive available now on the homepage at “http://www.inthestudio.net”
Shout Factory is set to release Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 concert CD on April 10. Recorded on October 9, 1975, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 captures the band performing their first UK concert. The recording has never been commercially available until now.
The recording features the lineup of Todd Rundgren, John Siegler, Roger Powell and Willie Wilcox, which would later become Utopia, with backing vocals by Luther Vandross and Anthony Hinton.
Today Ringo Starr announced his 13th All Starr Band, which will launch June 14, 2012 from Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario and conclude July 21, 2012 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. New to the All Starrs are Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey) who will join All Starr alumni Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette.
The tour is being produced by Dave Hart and as always fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits. Ringo classic’s such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, “Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Wings", from Starr’s just released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 (Hip-O/Ume). All Starr’s hits include “Rosanna,” “Broken Wings,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Black Magic Woman.”
Thank you for reforming Utopia and letting us fans listen to this great music live. It was a treat for sure. The band played great but as we all know there was one key guy missing on the tour. RIP Moogy you were a unique talent. I know getting these guys together wasn't easy as they all have other jobs but the story can't end here. There is another guy who needs to be pulled out of his day job to make this band whole again. Calling Roger Powell, you are wanted on stage with the rest of Utopia. Todd I double dog dare you to do this again and blow our minds one more time. The Utopia stuff is so good. Even my cat sits right by the speakers when I put it on and cats are finicky. Ok, I have managed to work in dog and cat references into my plea. That has to count for something.
Happy Holidays Everybody
PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE
“The Archive Audio & Visual Recordings 1976 - 1995”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cherry Red Records and their imprint Esoteric Recordings are extremely proud to announce the acquisition of TODD RUNDGREN’s unique and extensive personal audio and visual archive of live and studio recordings covering material recorded and filmed between 1976 and 1995.
Todd Rundgren is a true original in popular music. A highly creative and diverse musician, his work as a solo artist and with the band UTOPIA has earned him a vast and loyal global following and immense respect from his musical peers. His production work with stylistically diverse artists such as MEAT LOAF, NEW YORK DOLLS, PATTI SMITH, THE BAND, THE TUBES, XTC et al has also set him among the gifted elite of musicians and producers.
The extensive Rundgren archive features a host of unreleased audio and visual concert recordings, of Todd’s solo work and Utopia. Esoteric Recordings label manager Mark Powell said; “It really is an honour for all of us at Esoteric and Cherry Red to be given the chance to work with rare recordings of such a ground-breaking icon as Todd Rundgren. As a fan of Todd’s, the chance to prepare a series of unique releases of unreleased material, beginning in the early months of 2012, is a privilege”.
Further announcements will be made as releases are prepared, but Esoteric plan a series of CD and DVD collections with deluxe packaging, extensive liner notes and the finest audio and visual quality. Aside from TODD RUNDGREN and UTOPIA releases, Esoteric’s release programme will also include a full release of the rare and unreleased DISCO JETS album, a UTOPIA side project from 1978.
Email: email@example.com A Cherry Red Records labelPower Road Studios, 114 Power Road, Chiswick, London W4 5PY
For additional info, see Todd Rundgren's Live Performance of Classic album 'Todd' Coming On DVD and CD
A new album by Joe Guido Welsh features three Utopia musicians, and sounds like it could have been a Utopia album in itself. Check out "Nothing Left to Say" at the Amazon.com MP3 store and on CD. Also available in iTunes.
For immediate release, London, England -
Todd Rundgren, rock and roll icon, guitarist, interactive progenitor, singer-songwriter and record producer, plays the Manchester HMV Ritz on Saturday October 1st. The Manchester date is the first of several UK concerts billed as "An Evening With Todd Rundgren". the shows are described as "The greatest hits tour Todd fans have been waiting to see for years."
Tickets for the Manchester HMV Ritz concert on October 1st are available from the 24 hour ticket hotline: 08700 603 777, www.seetickets.com. Meanwhile, Rundgren's three night residency at the London Jazz Cafe (October 3-5th) is completely sold out.
These are Rundgren's first UK dates since 2010's sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert where he performed his 1973 album A Wizard, A True Star.
Rundgren is widely regarded as the godfather of music and multimedia. Having founded and The Nazz, the quintessential `60's power-pop psychedelic band, in 1969 he left them to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the classic Runt. It was 1972's seminal Something/Anything, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight.
Among Rundgren's impressive 50+ production projects are albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, New York Dolls, Hall & Oates, and Meat Loaf's multi-platinum debut Bat Out Of Hell.
Read the official online press release - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/ToddRundgren.htm
www.rundgrenradio.com is the site supporting Rundgren Radio. Rundgren Radio announced in Septembber 2011 that it is taking a hiatus from producing weekly shows and will only occasionally produce special shows as the situation merits.
Legendary musician/producer Todd Rundgren is the latest artist to lock themselves into the massive Loft Music Library with Program Director Mike Marrone. That’s right, “Mr. Wizard: A True Star” himself is the guest on a brand new edition of Playing Records with Mike. You’ll hear all about Todd’s new album of Robert Johnson songs, take a trip back to the early days of Nazz, the birth of Utopia, Mike and Todd’s shared love for all things Prog Rock, get some inside stuff on Badfinger, Hall & Oates and much more during this two and a half hour extravaganza.
Playin’ Records with Mike and Todd Rundgren debuts Saturday August 20 at 3 PM (ET), with encore presentations Sunday August 21 at 6 AM (ET) and Friday August 26 at 6 PM (ET).
Prior guests on Playin’ Records with Mike include Robert Plant, Booker T., Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Steve Cropper, Paul Weller, Robbie Robertson, Steve Earle and Jenny and Johnny.Mike Marrone
If you are a true Todd Rundgren fan, then you don't want to miss out on this exclusive live broadcast through TodoCast TV of Todd Rundgren Live at the Coach House on July 16! You can enjoy Todd Rundgren from the comfort of your own home.
Todd Rundgren, rock and roll icon, guitar genius, interactive progenitor, consummate singer-songwriter and record producer, will get up close and personal with four rare UK concerts in October 2011.
Todd will be performing “An Evening with Todd Rundgren”, universally described by the US press as “The greatest hits tour his fans have been waiting to see for years.”
Dates include HMV Ritz, Manchester on Saturday October 1st, and the London Jazz Café on Monday October 3rd, Tuesday October 4th and Wednesday October 5th. Tickets go on sale from 10:00 GMT on Tuesday June 28th. Ticket Hotline: 08700 603 777, www.seetickets.com.
The October 2011 dates mark Rundgren’s first UK shows since 2010’s sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert where he performed the entirety of his 1973 milestone album A Wizard, A True Star.
An acclaimed record producer, composer, songwriter and recording artist, Rundgren is widely regarded as the acknowledged godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia. Having founded and fronted The Nazz, the quintessential `60's power-pop psychedelic band, in 1969 he left them to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the classic Runt.
It was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight. Among Rundgren's impressive 50+ production projects are albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall & Oates, and Meat Loaf’s multi-platinum debut Bat Out Of Hell.
Read the official online press release and download hi-res photos - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/ToddRundgren.htm
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 7:00 P.M.
HAL WILLNER’S FREEDOM RIDES PROJECT FEATURING ROSANNE CASH | TOSHI REAGON | STEVEN BERNSTEIN & MANY MORE
The maverick music producer Hal Willner brings his singular network of artists and his genius for curating multi-artist concept shows to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. This concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. The evening begins with a pre-performance artists’ discussion.
Come and enjoy "Good Vibrations" with your TR friends and family!
We'll be partying & picnicking in the sun prior to the concert featuring "our American Idol" and future Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren on Saturday July 9th. This is a "pre-Todd concert" - camaraderie, music, food and friends fest for our Todd Rundgren focused rock & roll family. Jack Fiocca and I are planning the event and anyone is welcome to attend. We're planning on having famous Brunswick chicken, Pizza (of course), typical Toddnic fare, snacks and plenty of cold drinks (warm too if you so desire). We promise that you won't go hungry. We'll have a corn hole tournament and other fun things to do. Bring a dessert or a covered dish if you wish!
It wouldn't be a Toddnic without TR tunes playing at the appropriate volume, so count on great pre-show music too.
We're requesting voluntary donations from attendees where 100% of the profit will go to a local charity, so it's for a good cause too. What more could you ask for? All this and benevolence too. We'd like to make sure that we can help provide some "Bread" to those that can use our help.
We'll be working on a group rate a local hotel and also will make sure that there is protected transportation to and from the show so that everyone can have fun AND stay safe, Golden Goose style, just in case you become a "Drunken Blue Rooster"
Invite your family and friends here by clicking on the + Select Guests to Invite Tab on this page. PLEASE RSVP and let us know how many folks you plan on bringing so that we can make sure that there is enough food etc for all.
Create new TR-i fan history at the 1st "Eva" Ohio Toddnic, we're looking forward to having a great time together!
Baby Let's Swing and when we're done you'll wonder "Where Does The Time Go?".
"Rock Love" y'all, please join us - Check out the event on Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=234541326562396
Todd Rundgren will be interviewed Monday 3/21/11 on WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show. On Monday's show, Colin will take a look at the healing properties of music. Guests include musicians Todd Rundgren, Moogy Klingman, and Kate Callahan, along with Certified Music Practitioner Kathy King.
The show airs live from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on WNPR in Hartford, CT, and can be heard at 90.5 FM locally or streamed at www.wnpr.org. It rebroadcasts at 8:00 p.m. and is archived at http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/channel/colin-mcenroe-show.
Nevessa is proud to announce a webcast concert by Utopia in a special Reunion performance on February 2, 2011 at 8PM EST. Recorded at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on January 30th it will include musicians Kevin Ellman, Jesse Gress, Moogy Klingman, Todd Rundgren, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler and Kasim Sulton.
This is a not to be missed event for every Utopia fan.
Each $19.95 webcast ticket includes access to the webcast and video on demand for 30 DAYS.
The webcast will be available in three stream rates.
You can switch easily between them to see which works best for you. A 400k stream for those with slower machines or connections, an 800k stream and a new pristine 1200k stream for near HD quality. Our 24/7 customer support can assist you with any connection issues.
If you live in a timezone for which the live event is inconvenient or wish to view it again and again the video on demand is perfect for you and will be available a few hours after the live performance finishes.
This webcast is produced by Nevessa Production Woodstock. If you have further questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ENJOY THE SHOW!
Whether you are veteran player or an avid music consumer, this 5 day inter-disciplinary romp with one of the "industry's" most notorious survivors will open your mind and prepare you for the future. The man behind the 5th all time best-selling album Bat Out Of Hell, the 8th video played on MTV, the 1st interactive music disk, and predictor of the current demise of the music business has assembled a stellar staff of counselors and guest speakers and a curriculum of activities that will leave you informed and energized to face the challenges of making and consuming music.
A typical day at camp includes 3 meals, morning and afternoon counselor-led activities, free time and one-on-one counselor sessions, evening entertainment and late night jams. All this set within the beautiful Catskill Mountains Full Moon Resort grounds, just a stone's throw from Woodstock NY.
The curriculum includes not just the mechanics of music making, but the full range of issues facing today's performers, songwriters and support personnel.
For more information: http://www.toddstore.com/trsurvivalcamp/ or contactRundgrenSurvivalCamp@fullmooncentral.com Amy Carpenter
For maps, see Todd Rundgren 2011 Tour.
Also, all evening events will be broadcast live over the internet.
There are a few packages for this:
Finale Concert only: $19.99http://www.todocast.tv/gigatone/final/
Esoteric Recordings, a label of Cherry Red Records based in the UK, will be reissuing the Utopia albums "Oblivion", "POV" and "Redux '92 - Live in Japan" on January 31st 2011.
All releases are deluxe packages and feature liner notes with a new exclusive interview with Todd Rundgren. "Oblivion" features a bonus DVD with a remastered version of "Live at the Royal Oak" and the "Cry Baby" promotional film. "Redux '92" will also include a remastered DVD of the Tokyo concert. The DVDs are NTSC Region Free and can be viewed in the USA. The "POV" CD features the tracks "Man of Action", "Fix Your Gaze" and "Monument" as bonus tracks.
For further information please visit:www.esotericrecordings.com
Reports of a new album in the works are revealed in the article Gigatone Signs Rock Icon Todd Rundgren. Todd will reportedly record the album at the Track Shack Studios based in Sacramento, CA and there will be some level of fan participation in a three-day Fantasy Camp.
|For Lack of Honest Work||Todd Rundgren||(2010)|
Todd will be donning the professor's cap and lecture at Indiana University on October 28, 2010. He is also expected to present a "storytelling" concert on October 31. See the write up at The Indy Star.
Todd's lecture is entitled "LONGHAIR: TR on the Beatles Effect." The intimate concert's title is "CLUSTER: The Birth of the T Chord." Todd says this about it: "I'm going to focus on the development of my harmonic sensibility, with performed examples."
by Jeff Maziarek
Right up front I have to say that owning up to having a “man-crush” on someone isn’t something I’d ever expect myself to do at my current age (i.e., 54), or at any other previous time of my life for that matter. The truth is I have only my wife Andrea to blame for this very public admission, for if it wasn’t for her calling me out on it I probably would have been able to keep it under wraps. Ah, the joy of having a life partner who forces you to be really honest with yourself!
In any event, this whole “man-crush” subject came about earlier this year, even though the positive feelings I’ve had for Todd Rundgren have been around for nearly three decades now. It was back in February when a friend recommended that we check out Episode 23 of “Live from Daryl’s House,” the Daryl Hall website that features monthly mini-concerts at Daryl’s restored country farmhouse somewhere in the eastern U.S. That particular episode, which featured Todd, was initially aired in September of 2009.
After just a few minutes of watching the video, we were both drawn completely into it and couldn’t resist viewing the entire show. When the final song was sung I looked over at Andrea and said very sincerely, “You know honey, I really love Todd Rundgren.” In a very tongue-in-cheek tone she quickly replied, “Jeff’s got a man-crush, Jeff’s got a man-crush!” Although for a split second I felt annoyed that my sincerity had been violated, I knew she was only trying to be funny and actually started to chuckle a bit about it.
The thing is, even though she was just goofing around, she really did have a point. At some level, I had to admit it; I did have a man-crush on Todd. This is not, however, a man-crush based on physical attraction, or one based on some starry-eyed rock star worship, but a true crush (if you will) on the soul, spirit, philosophy, and talent of an exceptionally gifted musician and lyricist. In an article called “The Voice of the Spirit in the Night” that I originally wrote in 1995 for “The Nexus” (a printed newsletter for Todd & Utopia fans), which was later posted on TRConnection.com (click this link to read it), I referred to Todd as “a somewhat more advanced soul.” This is not in any way to suggest that because of his musical talents and fame he is superior to the rest of us in the grand scheme of things. On the contrary, he is a human being just like we are and subject to the same challenges and ups and downs as the rest of us.
The difference is, based on the example he has set through the overall manner in which he has lived his life, and the philosophy he has espoused through the lyrics of many of his songs, he is simply operating at a higher level of spiritual awareness than much of the population. In some sense that makes him a type of “role model,” though I figure he’d probably cringe at the thought of actually being considered one! My so-called “man-crush” is actually based on these two factors: 1. a deep admiration for the man because of this “example” he no doubt isn’t even consciously trying to set, and 2. the truly profound (and often quite timely) inspirational and/or thought-provoking messages within his lyrics that have deeply touched my heart over the years.
In the balance of this article I’ll look more deeply into both of these factors.
With respect to the way in which he lives his life, I obviously cannot speak to how it is to be around him on a day-to-day basis, for the truth is he probably could be as big (or bigger) pain in the ass than any of the rest of us can be on any given day. (I’m sure his wife Michelle could tell some stories there!) What I can say with confidence is that in his public life Mr. Rundgren sets a powerful example that being true to one’s self is one of the keys to true contentment in life. Just casually observing him it’s patently obvious that early on he learned the importance of, as the well-respected psychologist Abraham Maslow once wrote, “Living one’s life independent of the good opinion of other people.”
Rather than following the crowd and corrupting his art as a means of fitting into the traditional music business, he has consistently thumbed his nose at the establishment, listened to his heart instead of his head, and stuck to his principles. Did it cost him some coin? You’re darned right it did, perhaps even millions of dollars; but obviously in Todd’s mind principle was more important than capital. And, nonetheless, he experienced success on his own terms without selling out like the vast majority of musical artists do. This commitment to being “the Individualist” has allowed him to continually evolve himself and his music, and it also granted him the freedom to innovate and follow the whims of inspiration wherever they might lead. Music fans in the mainstream have no idea how important Todd’s creative musings have been to the overall evolution of the music business itself.
For example, as far as I know he was way ahead of everyone else when it came to the use of personal computers in creating and playing music. In this regard, I still remember a solo show he did at the Park West in Chicago back in the mid 1980s that featured just three guitars, a piano, and an Apple computer. This was groundbreaking stuff my friends, and though he deserves to be honored by the recording industry with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award for his many contributions, he is instead minimized and, to some extent, largely ignored. And what is Todd’s response to all of this? He continues to create music that is distinctive and fresh, and in the process he figuratively thumbs his nose at all of these small-minded folks. All I can say is, bravo Mr. Rundgren, and thanks for demonstrating how important it is to follow one’s heart despite the objections and ignorance of those with such limited vision.
Todd also sets a positive example in the way that he “does what he loves to do and puts as much love into it as he possibly can.” Anyone who has ever been to see Todd perform in person gets to see firsthand the beauty of watching the love and spirit of the God-force itself channel directly through the man. From the 20 or so live shows that I’ve seen over the years, it’s very apparent that Todd is not simply going through the motions in order to complete the gig; he is committed to giving the audience their money’s worth – not just out of obligation, but because he truly loves to perform and be in that space where that amazing energy can flow through him.
In some sense it’s as if he’s really childlike at times, seemingly saying to himself, ‘How cool is it that I get to do this?’ It’s really uplifting to watch that type of energy flow out of him, as it reminds me that I, too, can have access to that type of joy if I just follow my heart. One great example of this joy emanating from Todd can be found at the very end of the encore of Just One Victory on the Liars Live DVD (2005) – the camera catches him turning back to look at Jesse (or perhaps Prairie) for just a split second and the smile on his face in that moment is truly infectious – like the proverbial kid in a candy store. It’s really heartwarming to see. And, you don’t have to be a rock star on a stage to experience the same thing, you just have to find something you love to do and do it as often as you can, just for the sheer joy of it.
A third way in which Todd sets a positive example is through his consistent application of humor. Let’s face it; he can be a really funny guy sometimes, and he’s very quick witted. At times his wit is quite dry and sarcastic, while at other moments he can be downright cynical about something. In all cases it’s obvious he’s just having a good time, and he even pokes fun at himself occasionally. There are some great examples of Todd’s humorous side during Episode 23 on LiveFromDarylsHouse.com, with my favorite one being during the banter prior to the song “Wait for Me;” it occurs after Daryl corrects him a bit for the tone in which he’s singing the opening of the song. If you haven’t seen it, do check it out because Todd’s response is hysterical. Even though I’ve seen it numerous times I still laugh whenever I watch the video again. In the end, I believe that Todd’s humor demonstrates that he really doesn’t take himself so seriously, and that’s something all of us need to strive to remember to do as well.
Over the years I’ve learned that a person’s choice in music is very personal in nature. For whatever reason, each of us is drawn to certain types of music, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that two people who like the exact same song like it for the same reason. For example, one person might be into the beat of the song, a second is hooked by a particular guitar riff or piano (or other instrument) sound, while a third is only drawn to the song because of the lyrics. Of course, it also can be a combination of these things that drives a person’s preference for a particular song.
In my case the most important aspect of any song is by far the lyrics (i.e., What is the exact message the writer is trying to communicate to me through his or her words? What are they trying to get me to think about? What emotions are they attempting to stir within me?) While I am an avowed “lyrics-hound,” occasionally I’ll be drawn to a song for its catchy beat or guitar solo or the like, but for the most part I’m really looking for the message. Since discovering Todd’s music in 1981, the fact is no other musical artist has provided me with more inspiration and more things to ponder on, than he has. Moreover, some of his work stirs powerful emotions within me that often bring me to tears, and it happens regardless of how many times I’ve heard the song. The lyrics have, in fact, meant so much to me that I even included five brief passages from Todd’s songs in my first book, Spirituality Simplified.
A very interesting thing about Todd’s lyrics is that he essentially leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to fully express himself. For example, he can write beautiful romantic ballads (e.g., A Dream Goes On Forever, Fade Away, Can We Still Be Friends, Fidelity, Kindness, The Past), craft tunes that feature what some might consider to be irreverent and that include biting social commentary (e.g., Bag Lady, Bread, Jesse, Public Servant, Liar, Soul Brother), and pen thought-provoking numbers that inspire serious contemplation about topics such as spirituality and religion (Love is the Answer, Hawking, Can’t Stop Running, Fascist Christ, Mammon, God Said [see my earlier article for more discussion about these types of songs]). He has also written wonderfully inspirational songs such as Just One Victory, Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel, I Love My Life).
Of course these examples are just the tip of the iceberg; so to speak, as I’m sure even more popped into your mind as you were reading this. The bottom line is that Todd is an exceptionally talented and versatile song writer. He can bring tears to your eyes, stir anger in your gut, put a smile on your face, and warm your heart with joy – sometimes all on the same CD! That my friends, is a tremendous gift and we are so blessed to have been able to benefit from this present for so many years.
In the past, many people have asked me, “What is your favorite Todd Rundgren song?” and my answer always is, “Just One Victory,” because of its powerful message about perseverance in the face of obstacles. Throughout the course of several entrepreneurial ventures since the early 1990s this song has served as a key motivational anthem for me. There have been many times I’ve listened to it and found myself crying heartily as I allowed previously trapped emotions of frustration and disappointment to just pour out of me. And yet, though the song does evoke such intense emotions of sadness within me, it also inspires me to keep moving forward in pursuing my dreams by reminding me that, “If you believe it’s true, it will surely happen.” In addition to that very inspiring quote, there are many other of Todd’s lyrics that have really impacted me, and that contribute heavily to my having this “man-crush,” including the following:
So there you have it, I’ve admitted to my crush on Todd and feel relieved to be in full admission of these previously unexpressed feelings. Seriously, though, I can say with confidence that the quality of my life has been enhanced because of Todd Rundgren’s music and lyrics. I feel very fortunate to have discovered it and to have had the pleasure of enjoying it for so many years. It’s also wonderful to know there are multitudes of other people out there who feel exactly the same way I do, and if you’ve read this article, then you know exactly what I mean. Long live Todd!
Jeff Maziarek is an author and inspirational speaker. His first book, Spirituality Simplified is an easy-to-understand work that provides an ideal starting point for anyone interested in the path of personal and/or spiritual growth. His second book, Codi's Journey, is a memoir about his Border Collie who passed away in 2005. It is slated for release as an eBook in December 2010. Jeff also operates a free daily inspirational message website at Pondercentral.com. To contact Jeff via email click here.
Nevessa Productions is once again providing a webcast from one of the dates on the Todd/Healing tour. This is the only webcast from the tour. It will originate from the show at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA on September 14th at 7:30 PM (EDT). As well as the concert performance of the complete Todd and Healing albums it will include an excerpt of his interview with Roy Firestone and some coverage of the Toddstock movie premiere and party. The price is only $19.95 (lower than the AWATS and Johnson webcasts). The subscriber will be able to see the live show plus watch it repeatedly for the following 30 days.
The URL to buy tickets is easy. It's http://www.toddhealingshow.com.
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Pre-press and reviews from Todd/Healing tour
I have been supporting his music since I was 16, so it was inevitable he would eventually remember me from the many times he met with fans after the shows. I also met his Mother, Ruth, at a Texas gathering and she and I have been corresponding via snail mail since 1978. She enjoys the support and loyalty from the fans and I was happy to see her singing along at some of her son's shows when he plays near her. Todd invited fans to come camp out on his property in Hawaii for his 60th Birthday Camporee, and that of course, bonds you closer -one week of pure bliss and a concerts just for us. Thanks to him I now have an extended "family" of 300 plus folks!
I attended the Wedding of one of my camp mates and made very close connections with many of these people.
What a diverse and interesting group of people from ALL walks of life!
One works for MGM and produced a video of this birthday event called "Toddstock" which is premiering in Michigan after the Akron show. We are all very excited to relive this dream. I am happy to have "made the cut" in this movie, as i did Face Painting and Tropical Body Art for the happy campers and their kids, including Todd's niece and nephew.
Purely a miracle! Last minute help really-- I left a message with Todd's wife, Michele ,offering my services as a costumer, mask maker, dresser, whatever. She took me up on it !!! First, she asked me to find the Multicolor Hair Dyes for Todd, which i found in Kent. When I delivered it to their room-I saw sewing machines and fabric strewn about and offered to help. I spent many hours working with Michele and Deb C.S Christian, who were furiously creating costume magic while Todd was rehearsing at the Civic Theater....he would pop in for fittings and adjustments. Michele entrusted me with a Vintage 1972(?) feathered harness made by Nicky Nichols that needed feather repair, and I created a matching mask for it as per Todd's instructions. This was for the song " Zen Archer".
It was a huge honor and and a dream come true for me to make Something/Anything for Todd , who was a key inspiration for me to become an artist when I first saw him perform "A Wizard, A True Star" at the Akron Civic Theater in 1974! Full circle 35 years later! Can you say "Holy Grail"?
I must* mention, this year Michele hired some talented costumers to help her with this "Todd" and "Healing" tour. Sa Winfield ,Rachel Culp (Actor Robert Culp's daughter) and Michele are sewing as we speak. They always keep things a secret to surprise the fans- but rumor has it the costumes for the band will be phenomenal!
Everything! His diversity~ from Gilbert and Sullivan stylings to Electronica to Techno to Rock to Soul to Jazz to Blues (recently covering Robert Johnson) to Pop Love songs and virtually all genres. He has a unique ability to write meaningful lyrics that can be interpreted individually. People can relate personally to a song and yet it still sells and gets airplay -that speaks volumes. Todd covers so many styles and always keeps things fresh! He rarely repeats himself, with the exception of the last 2 tours he did specifically for his fans here and in Europe. Todd is a true innovator in music, video and computer technology, and a well known record producer..
Even if you are not a fan of his music -you probably like something he has produced! Badfinger, The Band, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Bette Midler, etc. the list is endless! His body of work is outstanding! I challenge anyone to Google his work and not find something to like!
Brilliant ~"A Wizard A True Star" ... Intense, hilarious, sarcastic, kind and inspirational---a genius. The fact that he is willing to play these shows produced by Rundgren Radio at The Akron Civic Theater speaks to his generosity and is bringing much needed income to our area. All his fans spend a lot of money with the local businesses.
Any amusing anecdotes you would like to share? Some are inside jokes-had to be there kind of things. I enjoy waxing philosophical with him and was fascinated with his hair dye stories from the Mod 70's in London when they actually used carpet dye to stain the hair!
Kids! DO NOT try this at home! (LOL)
Another inspirational moment hit me after seeing George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Akron Civic Theater not long after Todd's show. What they had in common was purple glitter eyeshadow and pink platform boots! This was in the Glam days, and no one questioned your masculinity. Pure Glam showmanship, like Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel etc. and well before Kiss . I again had the light bulb over my head "I want to make costumes for rock stars when I grow up".
Well it did not happen exactly as I dreamed as a kid. But little did I dream I would ever meet my musical Icons much less create for them. I made the Neptunian Octopus cape for George Clinton's Induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It was televised on VH1 and in the AP Press worldwide and made the Front Page in Color of both the Akron Beacon Journal and The Cleveland Plain Dealer! I am still pinching myself over all my good fortune and blessings . Very surreal to me to this day. Bernie Worrell (who co -wrote "Burning Down the House" with the Talking Heads) bought 3 of my headdresses. Bootsy Collins and his wife Patti live in Cincinnati and I get Christmas cards from them!
I keep in touch with many of the band mates, and they treat me as a little sister.
The P.Funk Family thinks I dyed my hair in honor of George's multicolored locks and the Todd Family thinks I did it in honor of Todd's multicolored hair!
Both and ..Funny! Basically, I did it because of artistic freedom- "got a wild hair" and it is temporary .
These 2 bands, of course , and my love for costuming. I worked for Morgan's Studios in Galveston for 10 years and Danny taught me all I know about costumes, headdresses and masks. Sadly I lost my Mentor this year to cancer. But I hope to continue his legacy.
I started my business 16 years ago as a Professional Face Painter, Mask Maker and Milliner~ Hence the name: "Art for Your Head!" It morphed into me becoming a booking agent for all types of talent when i realized most of my friends were Caricaturists, Jugglers, Magicians, Clowns, Stilt Walkers, Dee Jays, Musicians, Face Painters, Balloon Twisters,etc. A "Mott-ly Krewe" indeed!
We work for many corporate and private events, grand openings, festivals, and masquerade balls. I count my blessings every day that I love my fellow artists, the work I do, and I truly believe that is what makes it successful!
My sister Terry and her husband, Greg, have an Americana Folk band called Magpie. They now reside in the Woodstock area. They have done benefits for the Cuyahoga River Clean Up, and recently performed music from their musical play: "Sword of the Spirit" for "The John Brown Society" in Ohio, and also in Harper's Ferry. They are a force to be reckoned with and I am extremely proud of their work. They have over 20 albums out and continue to support Environmental and Civil Rights issues. Their next CD will be produced by Chris Anderson who has also worked with Todd at Bearsville Studios. Small World~One World!
Any other artisans in your family? My sister Kathy is the one who inspired me to start drawing as a child. Aunts and Cousins are gospel singers. Mom and my sister Mary sang as well. My cousin Jimmy is a comedian. All of the family appreciates the arts!
Yes! I love Austin, which is very open minded,and a creative town.The ONLY place to be in Texas in my humble opinion. We have a motto here: "Keep Austin Weird!"- so I am just doing my part!
Work/Gigs, music, (esp. Todd), The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame,etc. Visiting dear friends and high school pals from St.Vincent- St.Mary's. Also the nostalgia of my childhood stomping grounds, the Lovely Gorge/Cuyahoga Falls, and various parks, the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley, and the yummy Szalay's sweet corn!
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I got the new Paul Gilbert CD, "Fuzz Universe" and there is a guitar instrumental version of Todd's "Blue Orpheus" from A Capella on there as song #5. It's pretty cool.You can buy the album from iTunes or from Amazon.com
Yer buddy great Todd Rundgren was in town (LA) this weekend performing at the Hollywood Bowl as a part of the big Beatles Celebration w/ The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Being the BIG Beatles fan that he is, the "Runt" was kind enough to stop by and visit Breakfast w/ the Beatles (95.5 KLOS-FM) during Sunday's show ... we talking in depth about Badfingers's Straight Up, John Lennon, George Martin and Deface The Music...he was the nazz.
To hear the clips from the show go to www.breakfastwiththebeatles.com - after Tuesday the 13th.
Breakfast w/the Beatles
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Other live "bootleg" Todd Rundgren have come out before, but this is the first one officially sanctioned by Todd. And, not coincidentally, none of those cheap impostors have offered the breadth of this exclusive 3-CD set, both with respect to the material, geopraphy and chronology! Inside this 3-CD set are 42 tracks spanning the years 1971-2006, taken from shows in the U.S., Europe and Asia, so you get to hear a lot of different tours, a lot of different bands, and a whole host of Todd treats! Among the highlights: 'Hello It's Me' from the Bottom Line in NYC 1978; 'It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference' from Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia 1971; 'Black Maria' and 'Open My Eyes' from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 1973; 'I Saw the Light' from Levon Helm's Studio in Woodstock in 1981; 'A Dream Goes On Forever' from the Agora in Cleveland in 1982; 'Bang on the Drum' from the Park West in Chicago in 1993; 'Love of the Common Man' from the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL in 2003; 'The Seven Rays' from the Shaboo Inn in Willimantic, CT in 1978, and much more. A must for Rundgren fans!
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Todd brings a completely new show on the road this spring featuring many Robert Johnson classics and many other rarely performed Todd songs. This not-to-be-missed event will be broadcast live from The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut and available only to fans who subscribe. Todd's band will include Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Prairie Prince on drums and Jesse Gress on guitar.
Each $24.95 webcast ticket includes 6 hours of viewing for the live event and video on demand for up to one month. The webcast will be available in a 400k stream for those with slower machines or connections and an 800k stream for near HD quality. You can switch easily between the streams to see which works best for you. Our 24/7 customer support can assist you with any connection issues.
If you live in a timezone for which the live event is inconvenient or wish to view it again and again the video on demand is perfect for you and will be available a few hours after the live performance finishes.
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Can't get enough of Todd? TR will be interviewed on Absolute Radio's The Ian Lee Show at 23:20 GMT (6:20 PM EST) on Thursday February 4th. Listen live online and see the light - http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/djs_shows/shows/iain_lee/index.html
On the following day, Todd Rundgren will be interviewed "live" on "The Lauren Laverne Show" on the UK's BBC 6 Music Radio at 11:40 GMT (6:40 AM EST) on Friday February 5th. Listen to the show live online - http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/lauren_laverne/.
12/10/2009 - Asheville, NC - After a seven year gap, much to the anticipation of Todd Rundgren fans worldwide, A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren vol. 2 is to be published by Golden Treasures Publishing on December 15. 2009. There is no more consumate musician than Todd Rundgren. There is no more complete collected account of his sonic accomplishments than A Dream Goes on Forever. This second volume of the biographic series tracks his history from the triumphant mid-'70s atop the golden pyramid to the challenging mid-'80s when he faced the demise of Utopia. Follow the album-by-album coverage from Todd's landmark 1977 production of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell through to the persistence of vision which allowed him to continue creating music after the end of his video studio, record label and band. From Utopia to Oblivion and beyond.
No account of Todd Rundgren's second decade of creativity would be complete without extensive coverage of his pioneering efforts in music video. From his first forays into live TV to the founding of his state-of-the-art $2 million studio, Todd poured as much energy, money and talent into the advancement of music video as he did for his audio adventures. Relish the highs such as when "Time Heals" becomes the second video ever played on MTV, or Utopia presides over the channel's first birthday celebration with Nina Blackwood. Be there as Martha Quinn and Todd announce results of a Basement Tapes session, and when the band produces award-winning videography for "Feets Don't Fail Me Now". Follow along on the rollercoaster ride as Utopia's TV show plans get foiled by lost RCA satellites, and the studio ultimately and tragically goes up in flames.
Learn how, despite it all, Todd continues to forge ahead producing his own landmark solo albums along with pop gems like Skylarking by XTC and Forever Now by the Psychedelic Furs. It's all here, disc by disc, frame by frame, covering all the developments in unparalled detail. It's the continuing story of the one - the only - Todd Rundgren marching boldly through the Utopia years.
A Dream Goes On Forever vol. 2, featuring a foreword by Utopia member Kasim Sulton, is available through Amazon as well as directly through Golden Treasures Publishing (who, along with publishing the first volume of the Todd Rundgren biographic series, has released Beyond & Before - The Early Years of YES by Peter Banks).For more information:
Todd Rundgren, the legendary rock musician and record producer, who has worked with everyone from Patti Smith, Meatloaf and the New York Dolls, today announced that his February 2010 London and Amsterdam "A Wizard A True Star" concerts will be released on USB stick.
The European AWATS concerts will take place at the HMV London Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 6th February, followed by the Paradiso, Amsterdam on Monday 8th February. Fans who attend the concerts will be able to buy the entire two hour concert on USB stick at the merchandise stand directly after the shows. The USB stick will include two hours of live performance audio, including "Todd Rundgren's Johnson"; a 45-minute set of Rundgren performing Robert Johnson songs, followed by a 75-minute set of the highly anticipated "A Wizard A True Star" album performed in it's entirety.
For further info about, and to pre-order the 'Wizard' USB stick - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/concert_online/toddrundgrenwizardusbstick.htm
The Rundgren "Wizard" USB concert sticks are the brainchild of Cologne-based live recording entertainment company Concert Online whose live recording concert USB stick roster includes KISS, Simply Red, Madness, Foreigner and Simple Minds.
The all-star line-up for the European AWATS gigs includes former Utopia band members Ralph Schuckett (keyboards, vocals) and Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals), plus former Cars member Greg Hawkes (keyboards, vocals), Jesse Gress (guitar, vocals), Bobby Strickland (saxophone, vocals) and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.
BBC 6 Music radio will air a fascinating 90-minute documentary on "The Record Producers: Todd Rundgren" on Saturday January 23rd at 22:00. As part of BBC Radio's critically acclaimed "Record Producers" documentary series, the 90-minute special will air on BBC 6 Music two weeks before Rundgren performs the British concert premiere of his psychedelic 1973 album "A Wizard, A True Star" at the HMV London Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday February 6th (Box Office: 08700 603 777 / Book Online: www.seetickets.com).
Read the official BBC 6 Music Todd Rundgren documentary page here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qbzqv
The Record Producers documentary will also include dialogue of Rundgren discussing some of his most popular albums including A Wizard, A True Star and Something/Anything, and will give listeners exclusive access to the original multi-track tapes of two songs from Rundgren's most successful production as a record producer - Meat Loaf's multi-million selling "Bat Out Of Hell". The documentary will be followed by a 30-minute companion programme "The Producer's Playlist" where, Record Producer Steve Levine will present a selection prime cuts from Patti Smith, New York Dolls, Hall & Oats, Bourgeois Tagg and Utopia, all produced by Rundgren, whose own solo recordings also feature on the show.
Click here to access further information about the "The Producer's Playlist" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qcjyv
Visitors to the BBC 6 Music website can listen live or play the show via BBC i-Player - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_6music
A 60-minute edition of the Rundgren documentary will be aired on BBC Radio 2 on February 27th at 22:00 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072fbv.
Don't miss the British concert premiere of Todd Rundgren's "A Wizard, A True Star" live at the HMV London Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday February 6th.
For further details about Rundgren's only UK concert - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/Todd_Rundgren_wizard.htm
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The UK's Get Ready To Rock radio website is going to stream a new Todd Rundgren "AWATS" interview on their website this weekend. Todd recently spoke with GRTR to celebrate the forthcoming London AWATS concert at the HMV London Hammersmith Apollo on Friday February 6th!
TR Live From Daryl's House, September 15 - http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/ - begins its one month airing online
FELLOW PHILLY SOUL LEGENDS DARYL HALL AND TODD RUNDGREN HARMONIZE ON A BRAND-NEW LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE SEPT. 15
23rd edition of acclaimed web show features the duo performing an eight-song set of originals and classic covers, including songs by The Soul Survivors, Average White Band
NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2009—Both Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren shared a love of the street-corner doo-wop harmonies and soulful R&B they grew up listening to from the groups in their hometown of Philadelphia, and now the two will join their equally distinctive voices for the 23rd and latest edition of the acclaimed, groundbreaking web series Live From Daryl’s House on Sept. 15 at www.livefromdarylshouse.com.
Says Daryl: “Todd and I grew up almost in the same neighborhood and as kids we listened to and were influenced by pretty much the same musicians that were part of the creation of the sound of Philadelphia.”
The two join forces on an eight-song set that includes Daryl Hall’s War Babies song “Better Watch Your Back” (a 1975 live version from London of the War Babies track is included on the Sony Legacy four-CD box set, Do What You Want Be What You Are, coming Oct. 13 – the original 1974 LP was produced by Rundgren) and “Wait for Me” (a fans favorite from their 1979 album, X-Static, also featured on the compilation). In addition, Daryl and Todd perform Rundgren originals “Sweet,” “Want of a Nail,” “Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel” and “Can We Still be Friends” and must-see versions of the Soul Survivors’ hit, “Expressway to Your Heart” and Average White Band’s “You Got It.”
"It was great working with Daryl again, bookending the 37 years since my producing War Babies," says Rundgren of the Live from Daryl's House experience.
Rundgren also produced the recent New York Dolls album, Cause I Sez So, on Rhino/Atco, 37 years after he did the honors on the mythic band’s debut. Four of his current first-ever A Wizard, A True Star performances were streamed on the web, with one being shot for a live DVD/CD. In addition, Rundgren just attended the opening of a Celebrity Spotlight Exhibit featuring highlights of his career in Cleveland on Sept. 7.
Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett and the Bacon Brothers, along with newcomers such as Philly soul singer Mutlu, Canadian techno-rockers Chromeo, MySpace pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson, Cash Money rocker Kevin Rudolf, Wind-up Records’ Chicago rockers Company of Thieves, Bay Area singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson, Charlottesville, VA’s rising Parachute and Chicago rock band Plain White T’s.
Live from Daryl’s House started with Daryl’s “light-bulb moment” idea of “playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has subsequently been praised by such varied media outlets as Rolling Stone, Spin, Daily Variety, CNN, BBC, Yahoo and the influential Lefsetz Letter.
For a photo of Todd Rundgren and Daryl Hall from the episode, please click the link below:
Photo credit: Mark Maglio
Hi All,The likely location appears to be the current display case for Eric Clapton memorabilia, displayed here. Todd is expected to make an appearance at the HOF on Monday, September 6, along with Roger Powell and Kasim Sulton for a photo op and autographs.
Just so we are all clear and there are no misconceptions..... This is what the Exhibit will look like for Todd at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's not a retrospective but a display. In fact, I think we are bumping Eric Clapton out of his glass apartment and taking over the lease! See ya in Akron and then Cleveland!Aloha,
Todd Rundgren - rock'n'roll icon, guitarist, interactive progenitor, singer/songwriter and record producer, will perform his paradigm shifting 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star in its entirety for the first time ever in Britain on Saturday 6th February 2010 at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo. This marks Todd's only UK performance of the album which is hailed as an influential masterpiece by many of today's new bands, including Hot Chip.
Tickets for the concert go on sale at 9am on Wednesday May 27th. Tickets are priced £48.50, £45.00, £40.00, £32.00 (Agency and credit card bookings subject to a fee). Ticket Hotline: 08700 603 777, Book Online: www.seetickets.com.
For the official online press release, click here - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/Todd_Rundgren_wizard.htm
Although Rundgren's breakthrough 1972 album, Something/Anything? is considered by many to be his masterpiece, the psychedelic impact and bordering-on-disturbing innovation of the follow-up, A Wizard, A True Star is arguably Rundgren's most experimental and influential album and is regarded as one of the most pioneering progressive rock albums of all time.
This will be the first time in Britain that he will perform the whole record live onstage, from start to finish. The first half of the concert will feature a selection of Rundgren's songs throughout his career, while the second half will consist of the entirety of A Wizard, a True Star. Originally released in 1973, much of the album is an extended medley after the fashion of The Beatles' late recordings. The effect of the songs merging one into another was immediate, infectious and dazzling; the lyrical content was often at once both tongue in cheek and hallucinogenic.
Roger Linder: In listening to AWATS on headphones, I was jarred to discover an apparent flaw during the medley. At 3:44 into the song the lyrics are:
Mistakes, I know I've made a few...And during the singing of the word "mistakes" the sound level on the left channel drops almost completely out.
The universe is abuzz with the news that Todd will perform "A Wizard, A True Star" live for Rundgren Radio Birthday Bash II this coming Labor Day Weekend. Tickets will go on sale for this event-not-to-be-missed on Monday, May 4. The show will take place in the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, OHio on Sunday, September 6, 2009. For the latest information, check out www.awatslive.com and keep an ear to RundgrenRadio.com.
Update: The new New York Dolls CD will be available in the UK on May 4, and in the US on May 5.
For album artwork, full track listing of the album, visit http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/atco/newyorkdolls.htm
The New York Dolls' today confirmed the U.K. release date of Monday May 4th for their highly anticipated fourth studio album 'Cause I Sez So. The band has reunited with Todd Rundgren, producer of their influential 1973 debut. The new album will be released by Atco Records (U.S. release date is Tuesday May 5th).
The album was recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, and features original Dolls David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar), plus Steve Conte (guitar), Brian Delaney (drums), and Sami Yaffa (bass). The album cover artwork is designed by Matt Taylor at Varnish Studio Inc, with photography by Max Lakner.
The 12-song track list features 11 original compositions, including the first single "'Cause I Sez So" and a new version of "Trash," which was on their 1973 debut album. "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," says front man Johansen.
Rundgren is currently touring Europe with his new album "Arena", and will play Norwich Waterfront (Saturday November 22) and London Kentish Town Forum (Sunday November 23).
For further info, please contact: Peter Noble and Noble PR Consultancy: 0207 272 7772, firstname.lastname@example.org
Noble PR Consultancy, 1 Mercers Mews, London, England, N19 4PL
SAN FRANCISCO - Roger Powell releases Blue Note Ridge, a collection of improvisations that embrace classical melody, contemporary harmony and impressionist forms on this debut solo piano album. A stream of consciousness merging styles and eras, Blue Note Ridge is pure, elegant and honest.
In the 70's and 80's Roger Powell's groundbreaking electronic synthesizer albums Cosmic Furnace (Atlantic) and Air Pocket (Bearsville) were hailed as masterworks. Powell has always been held in high esteem by his peers. "Even among the keyboard titans of the prog-rock Seventies, Roger Powell always stood out." (Future Music U.S. Ed.- June 2006).
2006 signaled a welcome return of Roger Powell with the retro-futuristic, groove oriented, Fossil Poets (Inner Knot CD/Vinyl LP). The critically acclaimed release was produced by award winning producer Gary Tanin, who along with Powell, produced the 2009 solo piano offering Blue Note Ridge.
Fossil Poet Records is releasing Blue Note Ridge as a Limited Edition CD through CDBaby as well as digital download by way of iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and Mindawn (offering a cutting-edge lossless format for superior audio fidelity).
My name is Abby Rea and I am raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS provides funding and research for those battling blood related cancers. Their goal is a cure for cancer.
My connection to LLS is through my twin brother Cliff. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1998. He did not respond to chemo or radiation. In 2000, he had a life-saving bone marrow transplant and has been cancer free for 8 years.
I am training to walk a half marathon for LLS through their Team in Training program. I need to raise $4500.
Michelle has graciously donated the flannel shirt and bunny ears that Todd wore on the Liars CD cover. Did you know that Todd made the bunny ears himself ???
They could both be yours !!!!!
I am counting on the compassion and generosity of Todd fans. Why not donate in honor or in memory of someone you know whose life was touched by cancer.
I am having an opportunity drawing for the shirt and bunny ears...
Simply click on the link below to donate. Make sure to include a way for me to contact you (email or phone). http://pages.teamintraining.org/ntx/anchor09/abbyrea
The drawing will be held on April 1, 2009.
Please pass this email on to anyone you think may be interested in helping. You can contact me via email - email@example.com. There will be a link on trconnection.com as well - a picture of bunny ears - click on it to get to my LLS website.
Thank you so much for your support.
Press Release BEYOND IN CONCERT, Wednesday February 25, 2009.An audio stream (Windows Media format) is now available. First half hour is only Ethel, then Todd with Ethel for 75 minutes, it ends with an interview with Todd. In Concert Beyond's web site is at http://beyond.radio6.nl/
On November 15, 2008 was under the Tromp Festival in Eindhoven a particular place of Todd Rundgren concert with the American String Quartet Ethel.
Rundgren is an anything: gifted songwriter, producer, performer and an innovator and pioneer in the history of the (pop) music. Still it refreshes itself. For the concert in Eindhoven, he avoided the beaten paths of the greatest vocal hits and took the necessary risk, thereby developing an exciting evening.
Prior to the deployment of integrated Rundgren concert a conversation between Todd Rundgren and Co de Kloet.
Todd Rundgren, with the Ethel String Quartet (Dufallo Cornelius and Mary Rowell - violin, Ralph Farris - viola, Dorothy Lawson - cello) and percussionist Colin Currie.01. ARRIVAL - (MARCELLO ZARVOS) 02. STARRY NIGHT - (STEVE MARTLAND) 03. MOUNTAIN TOP 04. SOUL BROTHER 05. AFRAID 06. MERCENARY 07. COURAGE 08. FLAMINGO/ZEN ARCHER 09. WEAKNESS 10. BLACK MARIA 11. PRETENDING TO CARE 12. STRIKE 13. THE LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG
Thanks for voyt23 on the GroknRollUtopia list for the link to the stream.
(page 71 of issue 1071 - 2.5.9 Rolling Stone)
Todd's Atomic Arena Rock "Welcome, shoppers!" Todd Rundgren said with a cackle, greeting the crowd two days after Christmas at The Blender Theater in New York. "Tonight's special is"-he paused for a half-second-"in your face!" It was apt warning. Fronting a quintet including his former Utopia bandmate Kasim Sulton, Rundgren jumped into a half-hour of vintage atomic pop-including his 1968 Nazz single "Open My Eyes" and the heavy-Seventies grenades "Love in Action" and "Black Maria"-then started the saturation bombing, playing the whole of his new power-chord celebration, Arena (hiFi), front to back. The album is a bright, bullish return to Rundgren's specialties - paisley-mod punch, Who-ish guitar fireworks, and white-soul-boy woe - and this live recital was a close-quarters throwback to the best Utopia shows I saw in the Seventies and early Eighties, minus the sparkling eyeliner, rainbow hair and Egyptology. In fact, Rundgren sings and plays everything himself on Arena, piling up the fuzz and harmonies in the red-alert opener, "Mad", the Second Amendment smackdown "Gun" and the spiritual cock-strut "Mountaintop". But you get it the same way he served it with the band: in your face.
Todd appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on December 22, 2008.
On Monday November 3rd, Todd Rundgren attended the Classic Rock Magazine Awards in London. Todd presented the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award to the late Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. Todd presented the Award to Syd's sister, Rosemary Green.
Click on the following links to read the official press release about the Awards - http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/page/classicrock?entry=classic_rock_roll_of_honour
Click here to see a photo of Todd at the Awards - http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/page/classicrock?entry=yet_more_photos_from_last
The Cream's Jack Bruce went on a tirade about Led Zeppelin and mentioned Todd's name here - http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/page/classicrock?entry=led_zeppelin_you_re_crap
The Awards attracted a host of rock stars including Ozzy Osborne, Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck, Anvil, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Primal Scream, Gary Moore, Jack Bruce, Wishbone Ash, Airbourne, The Zombies, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Thunder and many more.
For the full coverage of the Awards, click here - http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/
Strike (Brian Canfield)
Mercenary (Brian Canfield)
Afraid (Brian Canfield)
Gun (Brian Canfield)
I Think You Know (Brian Canfield)
Todd Rundgren's "Strike" was played on BBC 6 Music's The Bruce Dickenson Friday Night Rock show on Friday September 19th between 9-10pm GMT.
A transcription of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson introducing "Strike" on his radio show on BBC 6 Music in the UK this past Friday evening -
You can play back the entire show until Thursday 25th September - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dhljd
Click here for more info about Bruce Dickinson's Friday Night Rock Show on BBC 6 Music Radio
Here Comes The Flood Arena review
Here Comes The Flood Tour photo
"Arena" is now available on Amazon.com
Burning Wood - by Sal Nunziato
The Spark of Life (Brian Canfield)
Todd Rundgren Arena - by ma4utopia
For immediate release, London, England -
Todd Rundgren's new album, "Arena" has been licensed to Cooking Vinyl for UK release on Monday 29th September (the album will be released in North America by Hi-Fi Recordings on Tuesday 30th September).
"We are delighted to be releasing Todd's new guitar rock album in the UK," says Cooking Vinyl MD, Martin Goldschmidt.
The album will be followed by a UK tour in November, with Rundgren playing dates at Manchester Academy 2 (Nov 6), Edinburgh Picture House (Nov 7), Norwich Waterfront (Nov 22) and London Kentish Town Forum (Nov 23).
Former Utopia bass guitarist, Kasim Sulton, is confirmed to play guitar, keyboards and sing vocals on Rundgren's forthcoming American and European "Arena" tours. Sulton, who recently was the musical director for Meatloaf's North American and European tours, will join Rachel Haden (bass), Jesse Gresse (guitar), former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince and Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar).
Read the online press release for the tour and new album - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/todd_rundgren/toddrundgren.htm
For interview opportunities with Todd Rundgren, album review copies and information about the UK tour, please contact: Peter Noble at Noble PR Consultancy Limited, Tel. 020 7272 7772, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ikon (Brian Canfield)
Lino Terlati's Special Interest
Mad (Brian Canfield)
It's a unique opportunity! The newly crafted Todd Bobblehead was fan-designed, approved by Todd and Michele and looks fantastic! The first (and possibly last) production is limited to only 500. The completed Toddlehead will be mounted on a silver base.
The Rundgren Radio allocation is now SOLD OUT and the only way now to get one of these limited to 500 Toddleheads will be at the merch counter at Todd shows. The Toddleheads are on their way to the USA and shipment to purchasers is expected by the end of this month or early August.
All profits from the sale of the Toddleheads will be going to the Rundgrens as a house warming gift!
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A review of Liars Live DVD by Boomer Media
Brent Bourgeois - Nearly Human, Bourgeois Tagg - A new Interview by retroDan
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Gary Tanin writes:
In support of all the great press and airplay Fossil Poets has been receiving a new e-card sales promotion is beginning today.
We've made it easier than ever to get copies of Roger Powell's - Fossil Poets in CD or Limited Ed. Clear Blue Vinyl LP. There are even a few autographed vinyl copies still available!
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An online interview with Michele debuted September 26, 2007.
I know it's only been a few short years since we pooled our efforts to celebrate 30 Years of Todd (the album). But since I discovered 2007 is the 40th anniversary of Rolling Stone Magazine AND the 40th anniversary of the birth of NAZZ, I am compelled to mark the occasion. As you no doubt recall, last time out we gathered enough fans and enough money to run a quarter page full-color ad in issue #965 of Rolling Stone. It would not have been possible without the support of each and every participant. So I will take this opportunity to say thanks once again for that great success.
This time, I believe it is possible to generate enough interest and enthusiasm to run a full page ad for 40 YEARS OF TODD. As before, a prize table will be set up for different donations amounts. And some great offers are being finalized as I write to you. However, a full page ad is a big goal, and funds are needed throughout the whole campaign to get to the finish line by the reserve date of October 12. That is the latest date to assure inclusion in the November special issue which will focus on the innovators in Rock history. In my book, that's a perfect fit for TR.
October is a long way off. However, it is a mistake to wait until then to opt in. It takes a bit of advertising and promotion to make this all happen. There are things to do right now to help this come about. First and foremost, Todd is on tour now. This means thousands of fans who might not hear about this project are congregated at venues across the country. The immediate need is for printing announcement post cards to send to all fans who are willing to get them to show locations. I have already produced an on-line PDF for any highly motivated fans to download, print, cut, and distribute. But it is more cost efficient and easier on everyone if I use some of the early proceeds to get a big run of cards made.
I guess I buried the lead, but the big news is at the start of this round in order to get the most fans involved as I can, I am only asking for a $5 donation to qualify for getting name listing in the ad. I am hoping the idea of doing this again with the goal of a full page ad is something you want to support and support early on.
Please visit www.toddata.com for all the details, and don't wait to send your contribution to TODD40@toddata.com via www.paypal.com. You may also mail check or money order to the address below. And also please consider printing and distributing post cards if you are going to see the Power TRio or the New Cars. As cliché as it sounds, this can't happen without the fans behind the idea.
Regards from Charlottesville,
3445 Seminole Tr, Ste 275
Charlottesville, VA 22911
New to Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies is the "New Cars Showroom" Check it out!
Michael Pluznick - Michael Pluznick Nearly Human
Doug Legacy - Doug Legacy A Capella 11 voice choir
Only Human (Rob Farrish)
Dr. Demento Archive links updated and corrected
Wolfgang's Vault offers concerts through their web site. TR's appearance at the Bottom Line in 1978 is available.
Chuck Williamson's site has been rediscovered
Todd Rundgren/Utopia: The Todd Rundgren and Utopia archive features approximately 2,000 never-before-released live recordings, demos, out-takes, and alternate versions from 1977 to 2000. It also includes a significant array of never-before seen video footage as well. Rundgren, both an accomplished songwriter and producer whose hits "I Saw the Light," "Can We Still Be Friends," "Hello, It's Me," and "Bang the Drum" vaulted him from a cult following to stardom, formed Utopia in the mid-1970s. The archive includes never before seen or heard rare audio and video performances from both Rundgren as a solo artist and Utopia. The first of these previously unreleased audio and video performances will be released in the summer of 2007.
Jay Laush, Lynnwood, WA notes
The "Baby Let's Swing" medley on the B-side of the "We Gotta Get You a Woman" single has a different mix than the album. After the "1-2-3-5" count-in, it starts immediately on "Laura I saw you open in LA", skipping the little Latin bit. Also, the transition into "The Last Thing You Said" is not so abrupt and even sounds like the pitches have been matched. Ditto on the change to "Don't Tie My Hands". It's almost like it was slopped together for the LP but someone put more work into the single, even if it was just a B-side. As much as everyone wants the "lost" Runt tracks to see the official light of day, I hope this version of the medley can see a digital release.
Chain Letter (Steven Britt)
any todd fans in prescott az. jfk email@example.com
Ethel, the string quartet which toured with TR and Joe Jackson, have a new CD out. It's called "Light." People can grab it on iTunes, Amazon, or on the Cantaloupe site.
I'm looking for Pam Snyder from St. Louis, MO. She moved to Seattle, WA about 16 years ago. I have been trying to track her down and haven't had any luck. Maybe you will.
Roger Powell's new collaboration Fossil Poets came out in Fall 2006. A feature article on the project can be found at OnMilwaukee.com Roger Powell Returns! is a new extensive interview from "Electronic Musician" on the "Fossil Poets" project.
The CD is now available for pre-order at
It's been around for a while, but not linked here before. From Rehearsals.com, three videos of the New Cars at work.
♫ The TR Connection Music ToddCast features original music by TR fans and those influenced by TR and Utopia. We are actively looking for artists who are willing to place their unrestricted (non-RIAA) music online to promote via this podcast.
If you are an independent TR-influenced artist and would like a track or two featured on the podcast, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A companion podcast, The TR Connection Music Sidecast, is under development and will go a bit further into depth about the tracks featured in the Music ToddCast. Watch for it soon!
Tom Dunlop writes:
I noticed the cover version section is missing a few things. Terry Hall does "I Saw the Light" on 'Laugh" from 1997. I think it may have been a single too, or at least it was a track on a single. Alison Krauss did "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" on "Forget About It".
Steven Tuttle - Ector Colliseum
From May/Jun '06 Being There -
"Getting to Know: Todd Rundgren"
a very nice overview of Todd's discography.
In a couple of upcoming releases, TR's work is featured. On the "Bat Out Of Hell III" release from Meat Loaf (due out October 31), TR provided the vocal arrangements. On the Harry Smith 4-disc tribute (out October 24), TR duets with Robin Holcomb on "House Carpenter."
Time Heals (Brian Canfield)
Pretending to Care (Brian Canfield)
Vince Welnick died Friday, June 2, 2006
Brian Leonard notes: The final two notes of "Le Feel Internacionale", the end of Side 1 of the elpee, are missing on my CD (AWATS). (Is this the case for all CD pressings??)
Charlie Olver writes:
No - just the Rhino (US) and Castle (UK) ones. (Castle used Rhino's digital master for this album, although most of their Todd reissues were newly remastered.) There's an old ('80s) Dutch pressing on Bearsville that has the ending intact (and also has a gap before the beginning of what-once-was-Side 2); so does the Japanese mini-LP-sleeved remaster, which is still available. Incidentally, I'm not usually a sucker for these mini-LP-sleeve things, but this one is really nice - the cover is die-cut, and inside is the original inner-sleeve/lyric sheet, the Patti Smith poem insert, AND the postcard (the one that the names on the Todd poster were derived from)... all miniaturized (but printed very clearly). Let's hear it for attention to detail (Ra, Ra, Ra)!
International Feel (Trace Reed)
Todd's first recording Rising from obscurity He hints at genius Influenced by blues, Rock, pop and a capella He finds his own style Tuneful songs and an Amazing stylistic range Become his pattern If you are lucky Then you own the rare version It has extra songs
|The Ballad of Todd Rundgren|
A few lite rockers But the best songs are ballads Not afraid to feel
Twenty-five songs of Love, loss, passion and humor Todd's pop masterpiece Sonic wunderkind He played and sang everything On seventeen songs Some radio hits Todd found a nation of fans That he can't let down
|A Wizard, A True Star|
Covers of soul songs And many strange song fragments What was he thinking? Musical mindtrip Cacophany and weirdness Ahead of its time Among the chaos Astute listeners will hear Some of Todd's best songs
Worlds of tomorrow On two LPs worth of tunes Only one pop song Numerous song styles Multi-colored recording That matches his hair
Todd goes synth crazy Another challenging set For his diehard fans
Side one has exact Copies of classic rock songs Stunning mimicry Why did he do it? An impressive achievement But kinda pointless Side two is better Six new rock, soul and pop songs That are now classics
|Hermit of Mink Hollow|
Concise and tuneful My favorite Todd album Pure pop perfection
|Back To The Bars|
Career summary On this greatest hits album Rundgren Comes Alive
Dark, deep, intense songs Heal the wounds no one can see Shine, you diamond, shine Listen to the sound Of Todd's new age trilogy Feel that pulse, that pulse
|The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect|
Nine pop songs, my faves Are Influenza, Drive, Chant And Don't Hurt Yourself Todd was surprised when "Bang the drum" became a hit In sports stadiums
All sounds from Todd's voice Life is a wonderful thing When Todd sings his heart Pretending to Care A seriously sad song Yet so beautiful The Lost Horizon An ideal Todd knew was real Now gone forever
Ten soulful pop songs Live studio recording Beauty in the world
Goofy cover art Live audience recording Please hold your applause
|No World Order|
Interactive Todd Another wacky concept Taken to extremes Pop, rap and techno The sounds of 90's culture All mashed together
Todd rants about war, Sanity, morality, And hypocrisy Attention Dan Qualye We've got yer famlee values Right here, pal, right here
|Up Against It|
Broadway the Todd way Sings all male and female parts Demo recording Released in Japan Costs a bundle to import Diehard fans only
|With a Twist|
Todd reworks his hits In the bossa nova style The tour was way cool
|One Long Year|
Promised in one year Usual mismatch of styles Three years to finish
Simply outstanding Concept album about truth His best since Hermit
When The Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd. (Trace Reed)
Parole (Brian Canfield)
Boat on the Charles (Brian Canfield)
Hearing on "Parity, Platforms and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in the Digital Radio Revolution"
Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary April 26, 2006 9:30 AM EDT
Additional photos and commentary in the TR Connection Forums (free registration required to view).
Chairman Specter, Senator Leahy and members of the Committee:
My name is Todd Rundgren, I am 58, and I am a professional musician. I have also been employed as a record producer, composer for film and television, technology spokesman and computer programmer. I am the designer and developer of PatroNet, an internet-based subscription service that allows audiences to provide direct underwriting of artists in exchange for insider information, direct communication, discounted merchandise and first-look experiences of the artists' work, all within a community structure.
This is my 40th year as a musician, and 18th year as an independent. I left Warner Brothers in 1998 with the conviction that the major labels were unprepared for, and were indeed hostile to the inevitable changes that digital technology would effect in the way that music would be created, marketed and experienced. I wasn't so prescient that I foresaw the rise of the internet, but I was convinced that I would be hindered in any attempt to use new developments to alter the ground rules.
One of the first cutting edge projects I was involved in concerned digital rights management, a concept that did not yet exist. I was hired by, ironically enough, the Warner Full Service Network, an interactive television pilot project that sought to merge video, computers and high-bandwidth home delivery. The plan was to create on-demand music services that could be navigated on one's home TV -- kind of like an iTunes for the early '90s. When it came time to plug the music in, everything I had suspected about the savvyness of the industry was crystallized. To a label, every one of the majors refused to consider the possibility of putting music they controlled onto a server. Ironically, even the music division of Warner Brothers would not cooperate, even though this was only a demonstration project.
Ever since then, the behavior of the majors has been that of a mindless parasite, contributing nothing, yet trying to get it's snout into the bloodstream of any new development. The knee-jerk justification is "protection of artists", which would more accurately be represented as the interests of highly bankable artists still under contract. For every one of those, there are a hundred with a lifelong bad taste in their mouths over the way they were treated when sales began to lag. I have striven to tie together the "replacement parts" an independent musician would need to build enough audience for a sustainable living. Amongst these is, of course, the internet and a raft of contractors who can press and distribute discs for you and, if you can afford it, take on the promotion and marketing normally provided by a label. The only problem is getting heard. Terrestrial radio, especially of the syndicated flavor, is not available to most artists even if they do have a traditional label deal.
I am opposed to any measures that would insinuate the major labels into an area that they have failed to husband, and to capitalize off of artists they have abandoned or never had any interest in. The myth that you could survive very long on record company advances has long been debunked. Players need to play to get paid and need audiences to play to. All the majors have ever done is try to claim the audience as theirs alone, and to lower expectations by exposing them only to the generally substandard product the majors begrudgingly underwrite.
Worse yet, across the board fee structures like those proposed discourage the exposure of new talent in deference to audience favorites as broadcasters try to recover those fees. And worst of all, syndicated radio, the majors partner in neglect, does not deserve exemption for the abysmal quality of product they deliver. The fantasy that this type of legislation helps music or musicians should be summarily exposed for what it is: yet another futile attempt to turn back the clock to the days when they were the sole gatekeepers to an artist's future.
Thank you for inviting me here to testify today. I would be pleased to respond to your questions.
ML Dumka writes:
My wife is a romance novel fanatic and I am a Todd Rundgren fanatic. Our obsessions crossed paths when she recently read a book called "Hello It's Me" by Wendy Markham. Todd and his song are mentioned on the third page, setting up the title and plot for the story.
|Swing To The Right||What's more important when the cows comes in||What's more important when the count comes in||Roger Linder|
|Jeff'weavil'Gauss||toddlist||3/22/2006||TR RARITIES on CDr + photo gallery (many updates to TRading page including new (recent) photos and shows)|
The press conference starts with the New Cars logo on the pull down screen. Upon entering we see about 50 seats with representative names taped to the chairs. It was assigned seating but as close as 9:50 a.m., the seats are not all filled. Empty seats such as Hustler, LA Weekly, Tabloid City, & Rock City News to name a few, are empty, but they start to fill as the time gets closer to the 10:00 a.m. hour.
At the press table, the promoter name tags are in order from left to right: Hits, Ticketmaster, Emusic.com, William Morris Agency, 10th Street Entertainment, VH1 Classics, House Of Blues, Rolling Stone.
At 9:55 a.m. the promo video teaser we've all been seeing on the internet flashes on the screen! Then the old cars tune "Drive" starts playing in it's entirety over the speakers, and I suddenly realize it's Kasim on lead vocal. Brilliant.
Roy Trakin, Senior Editor of Hits Magazine (honoring and hosting this press conference) starts the show saying we are having a very historic event this morning. Talks about the New Cars CD and the track songs and that we have top gun promoters with us today.
Roy then introduces Jeff Varner, the General Manager from 10th Street Entertainment. Jeff states a few comments: Having Todd involved as well as Prairie and Kasim has helped make this a super group. They are striving for doing something different and unique and speaks of their pioneer efforts from the past.
Eric Sherman from VH1 Classics is next and tells us that their involvement is demonstrating multi-platform. Tour spots on the station, promoting both the New Cars and Blondie, with interviews of a Blondie special as well. They are also pursuing wireless platforms so VH1 Classics can be viewed from anywhere.
Suddenly the VH1 Video splashes on the screen with "Not Tonight" and is played in its entirety. You won't be disappointed in Todd's performance in this video!
The next promoter to speak is Alex Hodges, the Executive VP of House Of Blues Concerts: Alex commented that when he was informed about the New cars he said 'it's about time'. People want to see this music live and he feels that this package with Blondie is a fantastic package. When they got a glimpse back in January in Burbank, CA they all thought it was fantastic. People go away from live shows with memories and a great feeling - the live experience is totally unique.
Brad Goodman from William Morris Agency tells us they were responsible for bringing Todd into the mix. The bottom line for WMA is that's it's about the songs, the music and the live experience. The concept was sold when they heard the live CD -- there's pent up demand for The Cars music and coupling with Blondie, it just puts it over the top. WMA felt the timing was right to re-establish this band. The band hasn't toured in 17 years - with 6 "top 10" singles and returning with new hits fans will again be able to experience this band in concert, as a live experience
David Packman from Emusic.com lets us know that this site is the number one online site for downloads of independent bands (and the number two site for music downloads after iTunes). He recognizes that TR has been instrumental and a pioneer in the digital music landscape. Emusic is very happy to be involved in this project and comments that this is the first time music downloads will be offered in conjunction with concert ticket sales.
Ticketmaster is up next and Vito Iaia (pronounced Yah-Yah) wants us to know that if you buy tickets from them, they will throw in a New Cars membership and a digital music album (10 songs from Blondie and the New Cars) to download from Emusic. You will get a membership and song downloads with each ticket purchase - for example, buying 4 tickets means 4 memberships and 4 digital albums. This concept allows the concertgoer to sample the music before the live show. This tour is standing out because it is the first time TM is assisting in enabling the delivery of digital music to the ticket consumer. They are excited to call this a one-stop shop.
Next up is David Wild, contributing editor from Rolling Stone. He (painfully) admits he has no financial stake in the New Cars but is endorsing this new group with much praise and then proceeds to tell us that his first concert was the Cars. He then tells us his third concert was Utopia. He's embarrassed to say he felt this would never work and because he didn't have the idea himself, it's very easy to be cynical since he is an aging rock critic. When he received a sample of the reformation, he was stunned at how well it works -- that these new parts soup up the Cars and make it really remarkable. He also comments on the charisma that will be added to this group with Todd, Kasim and Prarie on board.
Roy Trakin breaks in to tell us that as we speak, tickets are now on sale, pre-sale that is, on Ticketmaster and VH1.com (note: we've heard you don't need a pre-sale code to buy these tickets).
Questions start to emerge from the press but from where I am sitting, I can't hear anyone. Only a few had a microphone brought to them. The ones who didn't, just shouted out from their seat too quickly before Roy could get over to them with the mic. Those were the questions I couldn't hear, but I could clearly hear the answers. Here are just a few:
Q: Why do you think so many bands are reuniting?
A: Every fan remembers their first show and their last show. The impression of the live performance contributes to the phenomenon of recreated bands.
Q: What can we expect ticket prices to be?
A: Don't have info here, and prices will vary with venues, but you can expect tickets to run $50-75.
Q: Will Todd be singing any of his songs?
A: Yes, he will be playing two or three of his own songs.
Q: Are there any plans for a tour in Australia?
A: Nothing's out of the question. The tour will start in North America.
There are more questions, but I couldn't hear them. It's now 10:40 and the industry speakers leave the table. The New Cars nametags are being arranged on the table as the band enters the room. Photographers run to the corner (stage left) to take pictures as the band approaches the table. They are then asked by Roy Trakin to step to the other side of the table (stage right) so the press on that side could also get shots. They oblige. Then they take their seats.
They sit in order from left to right: Prairie Prince, Elliot Easton, Todd (OH), Greg Hawkes, and Kasim Sulton.
The questions start once they take their seats but once again, from where I'm sitting, I cannot hear the press questions unless they have a microphone brought to them. Here's a few I caught:
Q: Are you guys loving each other up there?
A: Todd replies: "Can't you feel it?"
The next question asked why the remaining two original band members (David and Ric) did not reunite with them and Elliot replies that they weren't interested in participating and Ric's least favorite thing is performing. However they did say that both Ric and David have been supportive.
Q: For Todd: Who initially contacted you and what was your first response?
A: Todd answers: The first Car that I talked to was Elliot. Although I was aware of the fact that there was a rumored reunion of the Cars, I certainly had no idea that I'd be a part of it originally. But when Elliot approached me and the realities of what the line up was going to be I was intrigued by the idea, and we took several necessary steps to find out whether it was viable, including playing together, go figure, and nothing went wrong during the course of that so here we are. It's evolved more or less naturally at least in terms of the internal dynamic of the band. We are familiar with each others work from years of listening to each other and from playing on stage with each other. There was nothing particularly strange about the idea, it was all in the execution.
Q: With the new lineup do you think you can be as popular or more than the original Cars and do you think as the New Cars, you obviously have an older fan base, do you think you win over a younger fan base as well?
A: Greg answers: It's been brought to our attention again and again how many current bands have been influenced by our music and I find that very encouraging. As far as the bigger band than the original I don't think that's really upper most in our minds, the point of it really is to create something new it, and this is a starting point but we have some very creative people in the band, and a great songwriter in his own right is Todd, and there'd be no point to have somebody like Todd in the band if all we were going to do for the rest of our careers is just rehash the hits. The whole point of it is it's a new band and a new line up with new influences brought into the music, and we'd like to think this is our band, our version of it in the 21st century.
Q: And do you think there will be a younger fan base as well?
A: Greg replies again: Well it will be nice wouldn't it? There's nothing calculated about it. Hopefully they'll hear our music and relate to it. Perhaps by listening to some of the bands their listening to and hearing some strains of our music they might be encouraged to do some archeological and see where some of that came from.
Greg answers another question about the band's new name. He says the point of calling it a variation on the name is to avoid any misleading, any confusion as to the fact that this is a new band with some new personnel. Todd chimes in... "and we had lots and lots of alternatives to choose from as well....including the Hybrid Cars, CarTopia, Funny Cars, Nazz Car, Reincarnation...." Lots of audience laughs....
It's 10:50 a.m. and the band leaves the table so they can get ready to perform for us. While we are waiting, Roy Trakin announces that he has a surprise for us. Suddenly on the big screen emerges Debbie Harry from Blondie for a live feed to answer questions that Roy is asking. She talks about being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and how exciting that is. She also mentions how difficult it's been with her prior band mates suing her and how unpleasant that has been. She also tells us that this will be the last tour for the band. They weren't expecting to tour again after their last tour in December, but when they were approached to double bill with the New Cars she couldn't pass up such a great opportunity. After this tour, Blondie and her mates will continue to do music but in their own entities and evolve into new adventures. She mentions that a solo career for her is very real possibility, though she doesn't discount the possibility that Blondie (the band) may do some recording in the future as well.
In addition to the press, a number of lucky winners of radio station promotions were also present at the House of Blues for this press conference and premiere New Cars performance. Around me were a number of Todd fans, including Monica Eakin and Johnny Kuhar - lucky 106.5 radio station winners who were flown in from Cleveland, Ohio! Here are some TR fan comments:
I'm really excited to see this performance!
I didn't know what to expect and thought it was all pretty cool to see Todd perform in another light! !
Great that he's back out [on tour] again! !
The performance was awesome - I might become a New Cars fan! !
They rocked! !
So there you have it - the tour dates are up, presale tickets are available now, general tickets available on Saturday.
See you at the shows!
TRC scouts were at the House of Blues bright and early on Tuesday, March 14 for the New Cars press conference and performance.
About the performance...Todd looked and sounded great! His voice and style fit right in with the original Cars songs to create a hybrid that fans from both sectors are sure to enjoy!
More information is available in the full report, but here are some highlights to whet your whistles....
Rumored reports of a Genesis reunion are also debunked and explained.
Some general reaction and commentary to the New Cars reunion
can be found on Curlio.com.
A featured article in Billboard is
The long-awaited/expected collaboration of Todd and Donald Fagen is about to bear fruit. On March 14 (a familiar date for another TR event) will see the release of Donald Fagen's latest solo effort "Morph." Digital retail versions will also include a bonus track of a TR-produced/Al Green-penned "Rhymes" which also features Todd in some capacity. News releases don't give much detail about how to acquire it otherwise. The specific quote is
According to Warner Bros. VP of marketing Eric Fritschi, the label will sweeten the pot for digital retailers by offering "Morph" with a bonus cover of Al Green's "Rhymes," produced by and featuring Todd Rundgren.
|When I Pray||Go on deuce let go my gun. Got to reak and confusion.||You know I'm just like all my kind- got a weak and confused mind||Michael Racioppi|
Michael Cotten writes:
I'm producing a documentary about my band The Tubes. I interviewed Todd, Michelle and Kasim Sulton for the film. I have a website, http://thetubesproject.com with a trailer and picture of Todd in the "production photos" section. I thought Todd/Utopia fans might be interested.
|Just One Victory||Eyes and Visine, if ya know what I mean||Eyes that have seen, will know what I mean||Dave Kohrumel|
Bag Lady (Brian Canfield)
Forget All About It (Brian Canfield)
|You Don't Have To Camp Around||You're ABOUT to try it||You're ALLOWED to try it||Lydia|
Back Of Your Mind (Brian Canfield)
See What You Can Be (Brian Canfield)
Open My Eyes (Brian Canfield)
Hang On Paul (Brian Canfield)
Who's That Man? (Brian Canfield)
Long Flowing Robe (Brian Canfield)
Bleeding (Brian Canfield)
Letters Don't Count (Brian Canfield)
|I Can't Stop Running||My kids are burning||I can't stop running||Magnus Haengsle|
The Ballad (Denny & Jean) (Brian Canfield)
Wailing Wall (Brian Canfield)
Hope I'm Around (Brian Canfield)
Chain Letter (Brian Canfield)
|Robert Knight||Megacalm Trading||1/1/2006||
The Megacalm Trading site (with "Todd Rundgren: Music Live")
Also, desperately looking for Todd and 4 piece Utopia Massey Hall Toronto 75-76. Any quality okay!
Another note from Moogy:
I got kind of over excited when I read no more Utopia ever from Todd. and I did say some things in the wrong way. Two things first -
First thing- I certainly do owe an apology to Kasim. He's a good guy and we've recently done shows together in the Utopian spirit. When I said that Todd and Kasim were disrespecting themselves and their fans by shelving the Utopia reunion permanently, I made a big mistake. Kasim, as he has told me on many occasions, would love to do a Utopia reunion (with or without me). It has nothing to do with Kasim because it's Todd's decision. Kasim sang and wrote Utopia's biggest hit, "Set Me Free" and he'd love to get back to that music, if only for one tour.
Kasim, please accept my apology. If we Utopians up here in the Ikon make mistakes, and we do....please forgive us. (or in this case...me)
Second thing - I think it's fine that they're doing the Cars - Unfortunately Todd seemed to be saying that they would be doing that instead of a Utopia reunion. So I, like many of his fans, was hostile to the Cars thing. The truth is Todd could still do a Utopia reunion. No matter how many rock tribute bands or Dinosaur reunion bands he plays with.
So it's not an either/or thing. And for Todd to imply that somehow that a Utopia reunion is a money loser is, I feel, wrong. I think fans would flock to the shows. And to whatever DVD/CD came out of it would probably have more than respectable short and long term sales.
When I said that Todd is disrespecting himself by permanently dumping the Utopia reunion - I only meant this - That the musical legacy Todd and the Utopians created was a rich one and one worthy of revisiting. And he should give that Utopian legacy the respect it deserves. It was his baby.
When I said "Todd should take a chill pill and cool out" - How long can he stay mad at Willie? I played with Willie for a year or two and hung out with him often. He's a mellow fellow. The last Utopia reunion was in 1990. It's been 15 years. Bury the Hatchett, Todd.
For that matter, whatever problems Todd and I had back in the day...... It was 25 years ago.
Dust in the wind, OK? .... Our problems were settled decades ago (literally). Time to bury that hatchet too. I too, would like to be part of the reunion that will now never take place, unless the fans make it happen.
Once in the early daze of Utopia when we were recording one of our 15 minute songs, I asked Todd if it shouldn't be more commercial. He said to me "It isn't about how many records we sell, it's about creating a band that will influence music and that people will long remember."
I think we Utopians and Todd especially, accomplished that.
Gentle prodding sometimes works.... so why not start a quiet revolution? Whisper, "Utopia now, Utopia now, Utopia now!"
I hope this doesn't escalate into a "Melody Maker" incident, but here's
It was announced and anticipated that there would be a Utopia tour next year and now that's permanently put off for a Cars tribute band. No wonder some TR/Utopia fans are pissed off.
Some of us believe that Utopia was a band of musically significance and influence and that it's legacy and legend spread far beyond it's record sales. To have Todd and Kasim dump a Utopia reunion so they could make a few more dollars doing essentially a Cars tribute band, seems not only to disrespect their fans, but also seems to show disrespect for themselves and their musical legacy.
It assumes that Utopia's music and legend are far less important then making a few more bucks doing a sound alike band of Cars hits.
Maybe they should work it out to do both. What if John Lennon were still alive and he and Paul had a shot at doing a Beatles reunion and say they never got paid what they were due as Beatles. Suddenly on the eve of a promised tour, someone is putting together a "Culture Club" reunion tour with just the drummer (no boy george) and Lennon and Mac decide to sing Culture Club songs under the name "Culture Club" instead cause the tour may pay a few dollars more.
That's what this feels like.
Obviously Todd and Kaz get along. So probably Todd is still mad at Willie? I spoke to Willie a few years back and he definately wanted to reform the group at least for a tour or record. So TR should take a chill pill and cool out.
And oh yes. I want in on the Utopia reunion. My keyboard chops are up and as a founding member, I'm willing to let begones be begones and let's get back to the music. And If Todd is worried about losing money working with a band that's not the Cars, I'll work cheap. I did way back then in Utopia as well.
The question is would a reunion of the Cars without the folks who sang the songs - Ocasic and Orr - be seen as a real reunion at all - or just another tribute band with Todd as the major draw? If so, might not a real reunion of a real band that did the music back then draw even more people and more respect? I think so.
So my opinion is that Todd would make more money and get back to his legacy with a Utopia tour of real Utopians rather then a tribute band doing Cars hits. Or he and Kas can do both. He's worn many hats in the past. Why not the future?
Brian Ungaro writes:
Watching an ER rerun on TNT -- Anthony Edwards is driving with his daughter. "Hello, It's Me" is on the radio. His daughter, making a face, asks what he is listening to and he says, "Todd Rundgren, I like this!!"
Includes Rare Performance Of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Sanctuary Visual Entertainment UK is pleased to announce the Monday January 30th 2006 release of Todd Rundgren Liars Live, the state-of-the-art concert DVD - produced, edited and mixed by in 5.1 Surround Sound by legendary singer/songwriter, Todd Rundgren.
Liars Live was filmed in concert on June 9th, 2004 at 'The Empire Centre at The Egg' (aka The Centre For Performing Arts) in Albany, New York, and features two hours' worth of material totaling eighteen songs; eight taken from his critically acclaimed 2004 Liars album, including 'Soul Brother' and a haunting cover of George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', both of which also appear on newly released 'Best Of Todd Rundgren Live' album.
The DVD includes an additional 40 minutes worth of special bonus features including a scrapbook and an exclusive Video Diary filmed on location during the Liars' Japanese leg of the tour.
On a recent episode of "The Office" on NBC, Steve Carrell's character sings
"I don't want to work, I just want to bang on this mug all day."
In a press release from the UK, Peter Noble writes:
London, England -
Castle Music will release the electrifying new live album from one of music's greatest singer/songwriters and performers, Todd Rundgren. Entitled 'Best of Todd Rundgren - Live', and digitally remastered by Rundgren himself earlier this year, the album includes 13 of his best songs culled from the Rundgren archives over various tours from 1979 to 2004. The album will be released in North America by Sanctuary Records on Tuesday November 15, 2005, while Castle Music via Sanctuary will release the album in the UK and the rest of Europe Monday November 21, 2005.
The album includes two recent live tracks recorded during 2004's Todd Rundgren & The Liars tour - 'Soul Brother', originally released on 2003's critically acclaimed 'Liars' album, and a stunning rendition of George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', both of which will be included on the forthcoming "Todd Rundgren and the Liars - Live" DVD (the latter released in the US on Tuesday November 29, 2005, and released in the UK/Europe early 2006).
From the UK, Michael and Veronica Brown give us episode #1 of "A Brief History of Todd," which will be a monthly feature on the TRConnection ToddCast. The episode is titled "Jazz to Grunt."
Liars LIVE is now available at Amazon.com
for pre-order. Release date is set for November 29, 2005.
Greetings from the Will Powers Institute.
We're happy to announce the re-release of the 1983 album, Will Powers Dancing for Mental Health in CD format. This new CD package comes complete with credit to Todd (who mixed the album, co-wrote one of the songs and sings with the chorus on many of the other songs) for his participation. To purchase the Will Powers Dancing for Mental Health CD go to:
Thanks and remember - Where there's Will, there's a way!
Adam Curry played the TR Connection ToddCast promo on his Daily Source Code podcast on October 11, 2005.
Two new ToddCasts by ToddMaster Linder are available at the ToddCast page featuring
the new occasional segment "What's the TR Connection?" Check it out, but be warned, the latest is not a family-oriented show.
According to an entry on TRBazaar.com:
"Best Of Live" to be released 11/15/05
Notes: This CD is a collection of 11 classic Rundgren tracks stretching over a 25 year peiod from 1979 to 2004. The most recent tracks are "Soul Brother" (from "Liars") and a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The rest are 100 per cent Rundgren classics. Hear 'em and weep as the crowd goes wild to "Real Man," "Love Of The Common Man," "I Saw The Light," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," "Can We Still Be Friends," "Something To Fall Back On," "Hello It's Me," and "Love Is The Answer" - generally, some of the greatest songs ever written.
A recent interview with John Ferenzik is on Mizar 5.
October is looking to be a banner month for the ToddCast. No fewer than four separate podcast projects are being readied for
distribution. Several are being serialized for distribution over several weeks or months, so plenty of content will be available.
Be sure that you visit The ToddCast to listen directly, and consider the opportunity
to subscribe so that future ToddCasts are delivered directly to your own Mac/PC. You can subscribe.
It's Not That Easy (Austin Shields)
When I Pray (Brian Canfield)
Lin also has a number of tabs at his own site.
Hi, Kelley Arnold and all,
I attended the Todd get-together in 1987, and someone gave me a recording of "God And Me," which at the time I thought was my Last Chance. If anyone would like to correspond and reminisce, give me a hello.
"Give Them Love, Give Them Bread", the first-ever TR-ibute cookbook, is proud to announce the first-ever USPS official TR postage stamp!! Depicted on the stamp is a pastel drawing of the Todd lp cover by Todd's late father, Harry Rundgren (who was not only a phenomenal artist himself, but just happened to be color blind!).
The TR-ibute cookbook project began as a way to support PatroNet directly. Todd, as well as members of his family, friends, musical associates and fans have collaborated to bring you their favorite recipes and artwork presented in a unique Rundgrenesque style.
Run, don't walk, to http://www.cafepress.com/trcookbook for your one-stop source for holiday gift giving and the perfect postage to adorn those cards and packages!
Brian Ungaro writes: I just got back from a Royal Caribbean cruise on the "Voyager of the Seas". One of their show presentations was the theme of "Music of the 50's, 60's and 70's".
"We Gotta get You a Woman" was worked into a melody
Richard J.Atkins writes:
LIARS is named on Neilpeart.net as a must-listen. Check the "Bubba's Book and Music Club" link (top right) under "Listening." There's TR - first artist named!
Todd is in Guitar Player magazine in a ad for Babicz guitars. The Sept. 05 issue. Page 162 i believe.
Rick Springfield just released an interesting compilation of remakes, ("songs he wished he had written"). Titled "The Day After Yesterday", Rick's website is offering a limited edition version that offers a bonus track: Todd's Love is the Answer!! Haven't heard it yet, but it should have made the cd!! Here's the link to the track listing:
As many already know, Luther Vandross died on July 1, 2005. Luther toured briefly with Utopia as a background singer in 1975.
Influenza (Brian Canfield)
Shine (Brian Canfield)
If you're interested and want to provide an "audition tape" (actually an MP3 of you doing what you think might be good content) please let me know. If you put together some material and would like to upload it to the TR Connection FTP service, please send it, via ftp to ftp.TRConnection.com, using
Username: anonymous Password: Your e-mail address
Place files in the incoming/ToddCast directory and follow up with an E-mail message (to ToddCast@TRConnection.com) to let me know they are there.
or alternatively, send a URL (not the file itself) where your MP3 file may be picked up to ToddCast@TRConnection.com
Mailing lists have been set up for additional information/discussion. Please join if interested.
I Don't Want To Tie You Down (Brian Canfield)
Wed., June 15 was the first of 2 shows celebrating Casey Fox's 15th anniversary on WORT. Jeff'weavil'Gauss provided a TR report. from Jeff'weavil'Gauss:
That was MUCH FUN-I am pleased to be a part of such an elaborately diverse gathering of die-hard musicheads ...and even greater to know I am still "Guilty Pleasure's Todd Rundgren correspondent"
We began with the ever-classic Love of the Common Man off Faithful vinyl, Casey IS Captain Analog, and then chatted about the current tour, mainly about Joe, over much of the rest of that side (skipping and all :)
We naturally dove into a current show-5/21/5 Redwood City, CA- for the closer, While My Guitar Gently Weeps from (thanks LISA). Besides being a great example of the shows 'encore set', Casey is a big Beatles fan and had a guest on earlier (Jim Birkenstock) that spoke of the Fab Four.
Next we segued into the most recent release's closer, Liar, to show musical diversity and promote the most recent release.
Finally we rapped up over most of the rest of Faithful side two by speaking a bit of Liv and her "spiritual father", the origin of the name The Nazz, and Todd's upcoming tour plans with Hall and Oates and Donald Fagen.
Overall we filled about 22 minutes of airtime with TR!
THANKS CASEY and CONGRATS on 15 YEARS!
Baby Let's Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands (Brian Canfield)
From: Kari Pearson Subject: Roxy shows 1978 and 1979 Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 02:17:05 -0700I attended all 28 performances those two years and met a couple called BRUCE and MARIE the first year, who lived in West LA and attended a lot of those shows, both years. (At one show they gave Todd a bird!) I never knew either's last name but we kept in touch for a while and nearly went up to San Francisco together the second year. We last saw each other in the late 70s/early 80s (in line for the Clash, and I was thanked for introducing them to The Only Ones), then in 1983 I got a phone call from Bruce, now living in Long Beach I think (on a boat?) I wasn't able to speak long and took his number, then immediately misplaced it. By the time I found it (a few years later!) it was no longer valid. I'm back in LA at the moment, although I've spent most of the past two decades in the UK. Would love to get back in touch!
Hawking (Brian Canfield)
This news from Noble PR, Todd's PR firm in the UK:
A full page colour interview with Todd Rundgren hit the UK newsstands Friday in the June 2005 edition of Classic Rock magazine. Todd mania continues to sweep the UK.
Please note - Todd's big interview in the Liverpool Echo newspaper was published today (Friday April 29th) and has just gone live on the icLiverpool website. The interview was conducted by Peter Grant, who recently interviewed Lou Reed for us for the same newspaper. You can read the "new" Liverpool newspaper Todd interview here -
Please note, there is a lot of media interest in Liverpool for Todd, as the latter cites the Beatles as a major influence on his music.
Todd and the gang took some time out from the tour to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien Thursday night, April 28, 2005.
US and UK Press on the 2005 tour:
The Waiting Game (Brian Canfield)
Change Myself (Brian Canfield)
Wanted to make you aware that in my new book (out May 1, 2005) called Elvis Presley Passed Here... Even MORE Locations of Pop Culture Landmarks from Santa Monica Press, in the Music Chapter I include a visit to the former loft where The Secret Sound was located in NYC. This to me is a very relevant pop culture landmark given the incredible music that was created there. A very strange experience taking the elevator ride up to the top floor to the old loft. It looks to be configured pretty much the same as back then, except now a candy company occupies the space. Where once Utopian amps, keyboards and guitars were arranged, where Wizard, Todd and War Babies were recorded, there are now boxes of chocolate stacked up. Current owners had no real idea of the place's history. Anyway, that's one of about 700 other places included in the book, which you can see on amazon here
or at my author's site: www.chrisepting.com
Ethel is a 21st-century realisation of the classical string quartet model featuring uptown and downtown performing stalwarts Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, Todd Reynolds, and Mary Rowell. Their credentials read like a who's who of classical, contemporary, and popular music. From the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Steve Reich Ensemble to the Sheryl Crow Band and the Roger Daltrey Band, Ethel brings together a vast spectrum of performing and recording experiences. They have performed on Joe Jackson's "Night and Day II" album, and Todd Rundgren wrote a piece of music for them in 2000.
Unencumbered by convention, genre or style, the tastes, talents and experiences of these four musicians come together to create a flexible entity that is committed to exploring new possibilities in string quartet performance. Their debut album has been critically acclaimed by John L.Walters of the Guardian newspaper.
"I wish there were more rock bands that played like Ethel," says
Walters. "What you get from Ethel is the sense of the performers
participating in the act of making a living, breathing music that brings
the format back into contemporary life and culture while remaining an
acoustic string quartet."
Phillip Ballou, background vocalist on Another Live, died March 19, 2005
TR waxes lyrical to 'Get Ready To Rock' about the forthcoming US and European Tour
Press release - March 11, 2005
Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren today announced details of their forthcoming UK and European Tour. The internationally renown-recording artists and singer/songwriters will undertake a joint solo tour where they will be backed by US string quartet, Ethel.
Tickets go on sale Friday March 11 at 9am for the following 8 UK concerts: Portsmouth Guild Hall (Monday May 30), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday May 31), York Opera House (June 2), Leicester De Montfort Hall (Friday June 3), Carling Apollo Hammersmith, London (Sunday June 5), Newcastle The Sage (Monday June 6), Edinburgh Usher Hall (Wednesday June 8) + Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Thursday June 9).
Todd, Joe and Ethel will also be performing concerts in Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. The above listed press release web page/link will be refreshed daily with the latest tour developments.
A new label deal with Sanctuary promises some major content over the next three years, including DVD/CD of the upcoming TR/Joe Jackson tour and new studio album in 2006 or 2007 and a 30th anniversary Utopia tour next year (Can it be true?)
From: paul stringer email@example.com
Subject: Janine From NJ
We met at one of Todd's solo shows. It was at Toad's Place in New Haven CT on 8/1/02. I always regretted not asking you for an email address or phone number.
We seemed to really click that evening, with our mutual interest in Todd, as well as playing music ourselves. If you remember me fondly, as I remember you, send me a line. If not, well...
Paul From New York
The IMDB has a comprehensive listing of Todd's TV and film appearances.
From: Chuck Colson
Subject: Long lost friends
Way back when the Nexus published Utopia Times, I did alot of buying and selling Todd items and all the while creating some very nice friendships. Now that I moved 5 miles south of Lancaster, Pa. in the small village of Willow Street, Pa. I have lost touch with these people. I would very much like to hear how you are and what you're up to now. These people are David Gay from Tennessee, Merf Sohmers (did I spell that correctly?) from Connecticutt, Liz Wilkinson (I believe) from the great state of Texas and Bob Stanislowski from San Fransisco. I can't forget about Deron Bissett from Austin (Mr. Information). I learned alot from you all and although our friendships were through letters in the mail or a conversation over the phone, they were meaningful. Please drop me a line if you see this and tell how you're doing. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (717)464-8800 I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Chuck Colson 505 Woodhall Dr. Willow Street, PA 17584
From: CMNDCR in Jacksonville
Subject: Looking for someone/anyone!
I am looking for one or more TR fans here in the Jacksonville area. I know there has to be someone besides me here, because he does and has played concerts here! I am looking forward to his concert in April, and would love to meet up with some others going. I thought it might be a little early to start asking around, but what the heck! CMNDCR@AOL.COM.
Greg Hamby - email@example.com
Lookin' for Lenny
When I was living in Philly in the late 80's the only place to buy CD's was at the CD store on Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, I think. Anyway, the guy who ran the store was named Lenny, esteemed Todd fan and all around good egg. I lost track of him when we moved from the area in '90. Lenny if yer out there, or if you know where he is, give me a shout!
Walton O. Walker:
Rick Andrews, do you remember me? I was your 15 year old Assistant Manager at Record Town in Northline Mall in 1973. We've been to so many Todd shows, but never together and we lost touch years ago. Write me if you want to catch up sometime. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Utopia synthesist "M. Frog" Labat released a couple of post-Utopia solo
albums plus did some session work with John Holbrook (AKA Brian Briggs). He's
reportedly in France, recording church organs in the great cathedrals of Europe.
Me and Todd" is Jeff'weavil'Gauss' contribution to TR
fandom, and highlights photos of fans with Todd.
After looking over "Give Them Bread" for a few days and salivating I decided to make something. Trying to choose which recipe to cook first is no easy task. Everything in that book looks really tasty. Well after some heavy contemplation and deep meditation I decided to try Todd's "Worlds Best Chicken." Let me tell you this recipe alone is worth the price of the book. If you want some savory....herb.....fall off the bone.....melt in your mouth chicken, whip this up. It's easy, and when you invite Todd over for dinner you will be able to make something he is gosh-dang-guaranteed to like. In fact this chicken is so good I have another batch in the oven right now. The smell of roasting chicken is wafting through my entire house. Man does it smell good. - Jack Keske, San Diego, CA
Got my copies today! Great job! Glad to see so many contributions. I was expecting a plastic-spiral bound book, but this is much better. My wife (the non-Todd fan) was even impressed - and wants to contribute to Volume 2!!
What a great Christmas gift for all your semi-Todd-fan friends! And for those relatives that you never know what to buy - they won't have this! I am going to have a couple of surprised friends this year at Christmas - I usually send them Todd DVDs or CDs, this year they're getting cookbooks!
If people reading this havent picked up a copy (or more), what are you waiting for?! Do so - as a Todd fan (and assuming you actually EAT!) it's a must! Where else will you ever see a recipe for a hamster smoothie?! - Mike Birch, Methuen, MA
Just want to let you know I absolutely love the cookbook! I received my two copies last week (one's for my mom). You and Lys did a wonderful job on it...You should be very proud! Thanks again! It was great idea and I'll enjoy it for years to come. - Cindi DeCotis, Niskayuna, NY
Just wanted to tell you that I received the 2 copies of the Cookbook yesterday, and it's a blast !! I love the witty way you tied in Todd's album names with the food subject matter !! You and Wendy did a fine job !! - Cherry Rayden, Brooklyn, NY
'Give Them Love, Give Them Bread'. . . . . .
gives both casual and competent chefs a quality source of great ideas for new dishes. While the stimulus for publishing this cookbook seems to have been to bring the greater Todd Rundgren community together by providing a vehicle for sharing great recipes, the book succeeds quite nicely when considered alongside mainstream cookbooks. There are a number of reasons for this, but they can all be distilled into the phrase, "The Devil Is In The Details."
A collection of recipes from a variety of sources does not a great cookbook make, without an attention to detail. The details in this cookbook have been addressed carefully:
 the Typeface was chosen to be easy on the eyes,
 the Font size was chosen to be easily readable by the average person at a reasonable distance, in my case nearly feet,
 The paper is a heavier-duty paper that promises to stand up to the natural wear-and-tear that a cookbook inevitably suffers,
 The text is not packed tightly on the page, which further enhances readability and also allows personal notations to be added easily,
 In addition to the Table of Contents listing chapters at the beginning of the book, there is a compete, well-organized index in the back that lists each recipe several times by each major keyword (for instance, "Salmon in Crock-pot" is listed in the S's, the C's and the F's (for fish)), and
 Only rarely does a recipe require a page to be turned in order to get to the end. Recipes are organized into chapters, making it easy to find appropriate dishes when planning a meal. Of course, the chapter names were selected to have special meaning to the TR community, but many of them are just as meaningful to the general population, for example: "Runt" contains recipes for kids, "Initiation" comprises appetizers and dips, "One Long Year" catalogs crock-pot and slow-cooked dishes, and my favorite, "Liars" offers lots of sinfully-sweet desserts about which we can lie about having eaten later! In all, 22 chapters containing well over 200 recipes make this tome a weighty entry into the cookbook field, and it weighs in at only 13.82716 ounces (392 grams).
Scanning through the book is a real visual treat. Artwork abounds throughout, giving a lively, happy, feel to the book, and there's plenty of humor as well. So, Whether you are "into" Todd or not, 'Give Them Love, Give Them Bread' is a real gourmand's treasure. The receipt from www.cafepress.com describes the book as, "Manual/Large Paperback-7.5 x 9.25, Perfect-Bound, 220 pages." But I think there's more perfection here than just in the binding. - Grady Moates A member of the TR Community
Todd was a featured keynote speaker at the "Billboard 2004 Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards" on November 4, 2004 in Los Angeles.
Karen Pals attended and prepared this report on his comments.
For you gearheads out there interested in the technical aspects of Todd's Liars
touring equipment, look no further than the October 2004 issue of
Front of House and the article by Bill Evans,
Todd Rundgren and
the Liars: A Triumph of Cobbled-Together High Tech. For scans from the magazine itself, see
Special thanks to Darnelle Corbett for the article.
|Mike Birch||Mike Birch's CD Trading Page||11/05/2004||TR, Utopia and others|
Uncut in the UK lists Liars as #19 in the top 100 albums of 2004.
The TR-Produced Straight Up from Badfinger ranks as #17 in the top re-issues of the year.
Ruth Karch writes:
I saw a one-woman show last night about a flight attendant called "Around the World in a Bad Mood," written and performed by Rene Foss. The show, which was highlighted throughout with music, concluded with a TR's "Bang the Drum."
Jason Thompson's PopMatters review of "Liars"
Press coverage from the Portland Tribune.
What starts out to be a review of Bjork's newest, really turns into a laud for
Todd's A Cappella.
A 5.1 DVD-Audio mix of "Liars" is out. Todd did the mix in April, 2004. One source is DVD4Music in the UK.
An extremely detailed and informative technology article
about the production that goes into the Liar's tour.
Scanned concert reviews from the UK -
The Independent on Sunday,
The Sunday Express,
The Times and finally,
Todd Rundgren's "Liars" album is voted in the Top 10 Best Albums in
this month's reader's poll in Mojo magazine.
Latest coverage from the UK
[Updtd annoncement with photos and TRB CD re-relase info]
Twenty-five years after Todd Rundgren produced the Tom Robinson Band's second studio album, "T.R.B. Two", Rundgren and Tom Robinson will be reunited in London, England at BBC 6 Music digital radio on Thursday July 15, 2004.
Utopia Live in Boston 1982 (released in the US July 27, 2004) is reviewed.
Venue magazine in Bristol just published this full page interview with Todd Rundgren. The interview was done by Campbell Stevenson, who originally reviewed the "Liars" album for the Observer newspa per in the UK back in April.
An interview with Todd that was just published in The List magazine in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A preview of Todd's tour published in the Wolverhampton Express and Star on July 2nd.
Fan alert! - Todd is being interviewed in Amsterdam today by British journalist Tony Quinn. The interview will be published in the
Independent newspaper in the UK on Wednesday July 14th. It's going to be a major two-page colour feature and for those of you who c
an't buy an original copy of the paper, click on to the Independent newspaper's website, as the feature/interview will be online in
the entertainment section at 7am on Wednesday July 14th onwards - www.independent.co.uk.
More scans from the UK:
Classic Rock magazine ran a spectacular 8 page deluxe A-Z feauture on Todd in their August 2004 issue. To order the magazine
More news from the UK:
Three of Todd's US gigs have just been reviewed by Paul Lester in the new July 2004 edition of UNCUT.
In the Times newspaper, a feature about the seminal pop group Sparks, who, are performing as part of Morrissey's Meltdown music festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. If you go to the second paragraph, there is a reference to TR as Sparks first record producer in the guise of "the eccentric rabbit-boy Todd Rundgren."
Mojo features a new photo of Todd on his current US tour as the lead image on their concert listing page (out this weekend).
Hi-Fi Choice magazine have just published a double page spread interview with TR about music and technology.
Total Music magazine, a new magazine that is given away free at all Virgin Megastores in the UK,
went Todd crazy in their current issue with Alanis Morrissette, citing Liars as one of the best albums of the year,
raved on about the TR DVD Box Set from BMG, and even ran a photo of Todd and listed all his July concert dates.
Todd was interviewed an Austin's KGSR on May 25, 2004. Three parts (1, 2, 3) from the interview are available on their web site. Todd also mentions that the tour will have a couple of Japan dates in October.
Todd also gushes over the TR Connection in part 3 :) .
In Todd We Trust Again from The Scotsman
The Australian Financial review gives Liars Ten Stars in its
From: Frank Delle
WMMO in Orlando (www.wmmo.com) has played Truth.
Classic Rock will be running a feature on the Promowest Pavilion show in Columbus, OH (April 14) and is soliciting
high-quality photos for publication in the piece.
If you have some good shots to consider, please contact me .
Do not send the photos themselves,
just let me know what you've got. The photos must be 300dpi resolution and at least 1000x1000 pixels in size.
A recommendation from Gavin:
While I have been listening to and lovin' "LIARS" ....I recently came across a cd well worth discovering and listening to if you are into melodic but quirky pop.
It's called "SKYMEADOWS" by "THE PEARLFISHERS"... A British band...I believe.. and the brainchild of musician DAVID SCOTT.
He is obviously influenced by BEN FOLDS/PREFAB SPROUT and throw in a little BURT BACHARACH and of course...our hero...Todd.
In fact, track 2 is a catchy little number entitled "TODD IS GODD!" Worth checking out!
It's released on MARINA RECORDS and was released in Oct. 2003.
Todd was in the Studio LIVE for the 2PM Broadcast on May 7, 2004. For a limited time, the show will be online at
Preview of Todd Rundgren U.K. 2004 Tour Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 15:40:10 +0100 For Immediate Release *********************Famed guitarist and producer Todd Rundgren has announced his first U.K.tour for 10 years. And he's going to carry the whole production in a trailer that's hitched to the tour bus. There will be no lorries for the staging or the backline.
The mobility is a byproduct of Rundgren's use of LED (light emitting diode) lighting, which is believed to be a first for a rock 'n' roll performance. LED lighting is used all the time in trade shows, illuminating products on display. It emits very little heat. Not only this, but because of the compact nature of this technology, the whole production can be carried in a small trailer!
Phil Little writes:
Kim Wilde does a very good version of Todd's song, "Lucky Guy" (from the "Hermit Of Mink Hollow" album) on her album, "Close". IMHO, she really makes the song sound like it should sound.
The Letterman Show is always aired a day late in Europe on "ITV 2". This week's appearance will be aired on ITV 2 on Thursday night/Friday morning at 1.55am, and then repeated at 5.10am.
Washington Post (Free registraton required)
Daily Tar Heel Rundgren sees the light on LP ****
WORT fm 89.9 Madison, WI
GUILTY PLEASURES (VINYL GESTALT) 8-11pm
Wed., April 14 2004 w/ Jeff'weavil'Gauss
i was invited into the studio to join casey for his excellent show - guilty pleasures. casey fox, madison's king of vinyl, played a very interesting set to lead in to
which we featured as the new disc at nine.
how much i lied - elvis costello
liar - three dog night
*martin balsam from 1000 clowns*
little lies - fleetwood mac
*jim carrey from liar liar*
generals and majors - xtc
*ron liebman from slaughterhouse 5*
masters of war - bob dylan
*bill cosby from himself*
it's a sin to tell a lie - steve goodman
liar, liar - castaways
*=bits from movies that all pertained to liar(s) on one level or another.
not only did this theme fit in with todd's new release but it all seemed to make big sense considering last night's presidential address.
around 8:45 i heard him mention (on my way to the studio) that "our todd rundgren correspondent is on his way to the station with tonight's new disc at nine" so i felt as if casey had loaded the bases with these tunes and my introduction and i just needed to step up to the plate (wearing my new rundgren junkies baseball jersey) and i'd knock at least one in.
well, this was a homer...a grand slam
we began with a small intro/interview in which we spoke of when the album was released, the covers - the us/uk cover had casey cracking up, the great press it's been getting, the tour which just started here in the midwest, and the cover again - as he was still laughing.
then we kicked into the opening of the disc with
we then dropped in with a short interlude that began with casey saying,
"men are stupid,
women are evil..." and then i filled in the rest as we read the set (so far) backwards. the mentioned lyrics allowed a great spot to tie into michele (the inference to the household in the chorus) so i plugged her upcoming show in milwaukee next week.
we spoke a bit more of the tour then as we prepared for the onslaught of the closing stretch:
then followed as we layed down the message heavy.
we spoke more of this amazing album and tour as we wrapped up the disc and the evening's theme to make room for over an hour of some of the finest vinyl tunes from the great band
the entire show seemed as thematic, congruent, and cohesive as todd's new masterpiece,
unfortunately, they/we do not have sTReaming internet (yet)
some may recall wort-fm from the 3 hour todd special casey, george quinn, and i did in '99
what a great evening!
i sure wish there were more stations like this around the country
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review With 'Liars,' Rundgren returns to his old honest sound
Philadelphia Inquirier "Ever the maverick"
Mojo May 2004 Interview/article and
Observer Music Monthly - Helplessly Devoted
Sunday Express - Return of the Wizard Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Mowing the Lawn, and other holy sacraments
OK! - Hot Stars
The Independent On Sunday
David Kulczyk, who interviewed Todd about "Liars" also did
this August 2001 interview with Kasim.
Todd Rundgren and the Liars Tour started April 8th!
Kennedy Street by arrangement with The Agency Group Limited today announced two new dates to Todd Rundgren and the Liars July 2004 UK European Concert Tour. The tour marks Rundgren's first live concerts in Britain in 10 years (since 1994's 'No World Order' tour).
Subject: Entertainment, Weakly...
The April 16th issue of Entertainment Weekly on page 79 has a review of Liars by Marc Weingarten, who gives it a disappointing C+ rating and says: "Rundgren has been woodshedding it with high technology for too long. On his latest, a state-of-the-world address (guess what state it's in), he drowns decent melodies in a miasma of digitized keyboards and electronic drum sounds that are as strident as his screeds. It sounds hermetic, as if Rundgren's a crank who locked himself into his home studio and threw away the key."
Friday April 9, 2004
Rock critic: Marcus Dunk
"Ten years since his last release, musical nomad Rundgren returns with a daring record that veers from electronica through to soul and back again. Although such jumping between styles could be annoying, Rundgren's solid songwriting allows him to pull it off."
Michele's comedy tour is about to get underway. For the latest on her tour dates, see
Chicago Sun-Times - Hello, it's Todd, with first new disc in 10 years
All Music Guide - review
Uncut - Q & A
Maximum Ink - Interview (now complete)
Todd Rundgren - Man of Integrity - From the Scotsman
Amazon.co.uk review "Liars": http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001MXT14/026-6091192-8005257
Steve Rudd's 5-Star Review of "Liars" http://www.geocities.com/kidjuxta/toddrundgren
Live Daily: http://www.livedaily.com/news/6232.html
Look's like it's been around for a while, but a virtual newsreel on Todd can be found at the
Todd is God Blog Spot. Nice job, Scott!
Congratulations to Mike Shell and Jon Sympson, the winners of the contest!
|1) Who besides Todd appears on the "Liars" CD?||Ken Emerson and Garn Ian Thomasson|
|2) What date will Todd and the Liars appear in London, England?||July 15, 2004|
|3) What promotional single has been selected from "Liars?"||Soul Brother|
|4) Which radio personality premiered the song "Happy Anniversary?"||Michele Rundgren|
Todd was interviewed live on BBC on the Johnny Walker Show March 31, 2004 at 6:20pm GMT on BBC Radio 2 (England's national radio station). he was online for about 30 minutes.
He spoke of the new CD, Nazz, Patronet, and announced the London date on July 15. More European dates will be announced soon.
For those of you who never heard the Todd/BBC Radio 2 interview, click on this link and activate the interview online - it is now archived for everyone to listen to!
by Geof O'Keefe
A Todd-fanatic friend and I got together to have our own little listening party to the Japanese import that I'd just received. Coincidentally, we had also obtained a US copy the same day, so we could compare the covers and so on.
We decided to listen to the Japanese import, just because it came out first, Japanese pressings are always rumored to sound better (which in reality isn't always the case) and so on. When I put the disc in, it showed the total time as 73:35 , a nice long album.
We listened to it, stopping track-by-track to review each song. The overall feeling after it was over: a masterpiece, combine today's technology and modern sound with the chord changes, melodies and background vocals of old Todd. It is truly a Todd solo album and I even wish he hadn't brought in the two extra players on two songs. Todd couldn't have ripped out a nice guitar solo on "Anniversary" himself instead of having a guest slide player? That in general was the only VERY slight disappointment: the lack of any real killer Todd guitar solos. I'm sure they'll be there in concert, and hopefully a live CD/DVD will be in the works for this upcoming tour...
Anyway, after my friend left, I decided to pop in the US version just to compare the sound and was stunned when the time counter showed the disc as being 74:20 in length, :45 seconds LONGER than the Japanese version! What on earth could account for this large a discrepancy? My first guess was that maybe one track faded out a lot longer. I had noticed as we listened to the Japanese version that a number of the songs had rather abrupt fades...so, I decided to go through each disc and jot down the times to each song and was again stunned to discover that the individual song times did not match up on a SINGLE song, and that on the US version eight songs were longer, the most striking being the twenty-four second difference of "Past" at 5:55 on the Japanese CD vs. 6:19 on the US.
So, I began listening to the US version and here is the difference in a nutshell: On the Japanese CD, the songs are all individual. They fade out to silence and then the following song starts clean after a second or two. On the US edition, the album flows a la No World Order or A Wizard, A True Star, with the songs either directly connected or cross-fading into one another.
Here then is a track-by-track comparison of the albums and what you'll hear if you select a single track to play:
|1. Truth (Japan 5:12/US 5:13)||Fades to total silence||Continues full-volume to final chord synth wash, and as the final chord fades, the 2nd song begins|
|2. Sweet (Japan 5:52/US 5:53)||Clean intro starts on first chord, lacking hits on the bongos. Long fade-out to silence at end.||As end of track 1 rings out, a few hits on the bongos start song that are not present on the Japanese edition. The song does not fade at all at the end, instead continuing right up to the start of the synth-bass start of track 3.|
|3. Happy Anniversary (Japan 4:24/US 4:21)||Clean intro, final chord rings to total silence for a second or two before "audience" intro to cut 4 starts.||Last note of track two blends in to first note of this track's intro. Final chord of song is actually indexed as the first chord to track 4. So, if you program your player for just track three by itself, it'll cut off right before the final chord ends the song. Likewise, if you want to play just track 4, it starts with the final chord of track three. I honestly believe this to be an index mastering mistake by either Todd or Sanctuary. Anyway, as this final chord is ringing out, the audience for "Soul Brother" fades in.|
|4. Soul Brother (Japan 4:15/US 4:21)||Clean fade-in of audience noise and drum intro. Ten-second fade to silence at the end as the chorus is repeating and Todd is vocally riffing ("Can I get a witness"? "Somebody tell me now..." etc.)||Opens with final chord of track three, with crowd noises heard as chord rings out. No fade-out. Band stops at 4:18 as drums continue and then they fade over intro to track five.|
|5. Stood Up (Japan 4:42/Japan 4:45)||Clean intro of the keyboard riff. Fade out to silence at end.||Intro riff has drums from previous track still fading over first two measures. No fade at end; Connects right to track 6.|
|6. Mammon (Japan 4:53/US 4:46)||Clean intro, end of song crashes final chord and has a long cymbal fade-out to silence.||Clean intro, although connected to previous song. At the end, track 7 starts quickly after the final chord as the final cymbal crash is just starting to ring out, which is why the Japanese version is longer.|
|7. Future (Japan 6:05/US 6:22)||Clean intro of synth chord, fades out at end with "The future is now" chorus.||Synth chord at beginning has cymbal still ringing out from previous song. Song stops cold at 6:04 and then the two lush synth intro chords repeat four times leading directly into start of track 8.|
|8. Past (Japan 5:55/US 6:19)||Clean intro, twelve-second fade at end with Todd vocal riffing.||Clean intro, although directly connected to previous track. Song basically stops at 6:04, but then an acoustic guitar (or more likely a keyboard) plays this staccato riff you can hear in the background during the intro, but here it's by itself and plays for about fifteen seconds before the keyboard bass riff intro to the next song starts on top of it.|
|9. The Wondering (Japan 5:12/US 5:05)||Clean start of the keyboard bass riff. Fade-out at end.||Keyboard bass riff intro has previous song still fading during first seven seconds. Song just starts to fade at 5:02 and then the next song starts right on top of the fade.|
|10. Flaw (Japan 4:42/US 4:57)||Clean intro, fade during chorus at end.||Starts with previous song still fading during first few seconds. At end, music continues on (beyond point where Japanese version fades) but without vocals and no fade, right up to start of next track.|
|11. Afterlife (Japan 3:57/US 3:54)||Clean intro, end fades during chorus.||Clean intro, although attached to previous song. No fade at end; instead, ends cold with final chord like the track 3 & 4 situation, where the final chord is actually indexed as the start of track 12. The synth-wash ring-out of track 11 is over the start of track 12 after the final chord crashes.|
|12. Living (Japan 5:37/US 5:36)||Clean synth-riff intro. Ten-second fade out during the majestic guitar solo.||Starts with the crash of the final chord of the song before it. No fade at end; instead, song stops and Todd slides down on the guitar string after the final lead solo note as synth-wash and tropical jungle noises for the next song start.|
|13. Godsaid (Japan: 7:41/US 7:36)||Clean start of synth-wash/tropical jungle noises. End has rather abrupt-sounding five-second fade during chorus.||Starts rather awkwardly with the final guitar note and a bit of rhythm track to the previous song over the lush intro of this song. This song ends with easily the worst indexing choice- or mistake - on the whole record, cutting off in full mid-chorus with the last "get over, get over yourself" over a drum roll lasting a full five beats being indexed as part of track 14. So, if you play just track 13, it'll abruptly end in the middle of a line. If you want to play just track 14, you get a full line of 13's chorus before 14 actually starts.|
|14. Liar (Japan 5:08/US 5:12)||Starts clean with the opening ominous chord. Ends with cold stop and cymbal ring-out.||Time difference is due to previous-explained annoying indexing of end of "Godsaid" starting out this track. Same end.|
What baffles me is why the US version wasn't given the separated track edition. This version as released in this form will severely hamper radio airplay chances for many of the tracks because - and this comes from a former DJ myself - DJs hate dealing with crossfaded intros and outros. You want a clean start and finish to the track. You don't want to push the "play" button and hear the tail end of the previous track!
If Sanctuary is smart, they will service a promo of the separated-song edition to US radio.
The biggest question of all: why was this done in the first place? Was one of these pressings a mistake? I certainly think the US edition has some indexing mistakes on tracks 4 and 14, but the album definitely flows better as a seamless masterpiece. Only Todd, his management or Sanctuary can answer this one...
The lyrics are now up for all of "Liars."
Sanctuary Music Group wants to keep you informed on upcoming TR releases and Billy "Ant-Bee" James
(author of the great TR biography A Dream Goes On Forever)
is working with them to contact fans.
If you'd like to join Sanctuary's mailing list, please send an e-mail to Billy at
Tom Wolfe writes:
I've been a huge Todd fan and actually worked with him on Dumb & Dumber (I was music consultant). I just finished a cd that was produced by Andy Chase (Ivy, Tahiti 80) that I think would be of interest to Todd fans.
John Kinsey writes:
Greetings. I'd like to draw your attention to a CD I've just released entitled Twisted Roots. TR is one of my musical heroes and I think this influence comes through strongly in my work. Blaise Barton, who has engineered for Bob Dylan among other artists, has called it an album of "heartbreaking music." You can check out the record online at www.cdbaby.com/johnkimsey.
I just heard the new album and it is really phenomenal. Very spiritual, electronic and is kind of like a full circle to Initiation/Real Man and Todd era. A stunning, powerfully emotional and beautiful piece of work. Makes David Bowie's last album seem really lame. Liars is the album everyone has been waiting for and for anyone who felt that One Long Year fell short, Liars will blow their minds. Lyrically, it's a work of art, and the vocals are incredible. I've only heard it once but once you get halfway through the album, Todd hits you with three killer tracks, and as you progress with the songs, everything suddenly becomes very clear - we're all liars but we're all too afraid to admit it.
Catalog Number: CRCL-7717 Price: Yen- 2476, US$(23.21)
Todd Rundgren's 18th solo album is the first studio album in nearly three years. Advanced release in Japan. Track listing courtesy HMV Japan (site mostly in Japanese):
1 Truth 2 Sweet 3 Happy Anniversary 4 Soul Brother 5 Stood Up 6 Mammon 7 Future 8 Past 9 Wondering 10 Flaw 11 Afterlife 12 Living 13 God Said 14 Liar
CD Japan also has information in English.
Michele debuted two tracks from Todd's Liars CD on her weekly radio show broadcast 2/13/2004.
The tracks were "Happy Anniversary" and "Soul Brother."
"El tiempo cura" italian time heals single,
"Wolfman Jack" single and
"I saw the light" picture disc single
"Nearly human tour" cd
or "Utopia live at the royal oak 1981" dvd
Guldbergsgade 12, t. tv, DK 2200 KBH N, Denmark
Brian Little: From the first Nazz CD, a definite cough on When I Get My Plane at 0:28 & a
maybe cough (something) on See What You Can Be at 1:57.
Larry E. Brooks writes:
Todd [was mentioned] on "E" channel on the program "Rock Star Daughters" BeBe talks and thanks Todd concerning Liv's childhood.
Joseph Ugalde writes:
The current issue of RS list their Top 500 Albums of all time. S/A comes in at 173.
|Todd Bootleg Series - KSAN 95FM Live '79||Utopia||(2002)|
Michele Rundgren - Michele is Todd's wife, but she has long been a backup singer and dancer for many
of Todd tours, dating back to the A Cappella tour.
Michele kicked off her standup comedy career and has her web site at http://www.michelerundgren.com/.
Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that on select aircraft you can hear Utopia performing Can We Still Be Friends from the Silverline KSAN release.
Pretty cool, they are even listed in the United in flight magazine.
Carol D'Amico writes:
Joe Jackson did a cover of 'Couldn't I Just Tell You' on his latest cd 'Volume 4' as an import only. It's an incredible version, I must say! It really rocks
Bob Michael writes:
Mandy Moore has a cover of Can We Still Be Friends on her new CD Coverage (which is all covers).
Anyone from Austin, TX get-together - 1987
I am looking for anyone who attended the Todd get-together we had in Austin, Texas in 1987. The only names I recall are Mary and Alan Elsen and a red-head named Melissa who we called "Lizzy-Strata" and an awesome woman from Houston named "Mott". I had moved back to NY in Aug 1987 and lost touch with them, but am now living in the south/midwest again and would love to hear from them. Thanks!
|Second Wind||Todd Rundgren||(1991)|
Many readers will be saddened to learn of the death of Ian MacDonald, the music journalist most famous for the brilliant "Revolution in the Head", an analysis of all the songs of The Beatles.
Mr MacDonald was also a champion of Todd's music, and reviewing the re-release of "Todd" in the UK's Uncut magazine 4 years ago, he called it:
...the tragic-transcendent "Todd", Rundgren's only clear-cut masterpiece. One of the towering works of the Seventies, this double-album goes against the grain of its self-adoring glam-rock era by resurrecting the global idealism of the late Sixties counterculture. Haunted by his predecessors' failures, Rundgren presents a vision of hope shaded with a melancholy perhaps partly induced by his Ritalin come-downs, yet braced by determination and his finest assembly of songs: work of depth, passion and confrontational engagement inhabiting an astounding synthesised sound-world wherein wit, anger, sadness, avant-garde sonics, and lyrical beauty co-exist in mature balance. Few records can plausibly be called great. "Todd" is pre-eminently one of them.Elsewhere in the review, he writes:
Three and a quarter minutes into 'Heavy Metal Kids', something happens which you don't hear much any more: an eruption of musical feeling so passionate that it rocks you right back on your heels ..... all hell breaks loose, bassist John Miller busting out of the riff into raging double-time while Kevin Ellman switches both sticks to his snare-drum, driving the coda to self-immolating consummation under Rundgren's demented lava-spewing guitar. All the expressive power of modern rock explodes in this mad minute - all the feeling, the ambition, the frustration, the megalanova mind-detonating excitement. Future generations will, one trusts, look back and recognise that, in moments like this, rock expressed crucial aspects of being alive in the late 20th century which classical music either gave up on or lacked exponents talented enough to capture and reproduce.Mr MacDonald's latest book, "The People's Music", published in the UK this year by Pimlico, collects several of his musical essays and mentions Todd twice. (It also includes an excellent essay on Laura Nyro, saying "it's time her fountainhead status was recognised, acknowledged and appreciated.")
It could'a been yours. The Sacramento Bee reports the sale of a house in Folsom, CA at 340 Rundgren Way - $320,000.
Rolling Stone #930 - 9/4/2003 - Pg. 140 - In a review of the soundtrack for "Camp": "...and Todd Rundgren's
gospel-style "The Want of a Nail" becomes a roof-raiser."
A "testimonial" from Todd is to be found in a new Spinners retrospective CD box set.
The radio station's promo:
Bob Brainen's Show
Sat. July 26, 2003 7-9 P.M. E.S.T.
Special Guest: Stewkey Antoni-lead vocalist and keyboard player of The Nazz.
The Nazz were a legendary late 60's Philly quartet who's guitarist and main songwriter was Todd Rundgren. We'll be reminiscing about the old days with Stewkey and also talking about the new days and some upcoming gigs that he has.
Broadcasting at 91.1 in the NYC area.
In the Hudson Valley at 90.1
Live airstreams, and archives at: www.wfmu.org
LiveDaily article about bootleg series and Todd's touring activities.
John Branning wrotes:
I just saw an ad on IFC for a new movie called "Camp", which features a cover of "The Want Of A Nail" on the soundtrack, and also uses that track in the ad.
John Branning writes:
I just saw an ad on IFC for a new movie called "Camp", which features a cover of "The Want Of A Nail" on the soundtrack, and also uses that track in the ad.From the site:
And in the rousing, soulful finale of the film, "The Want Of A Nail" - the kids explode with a hard won sense of self-esteem, while remaining unsentimentally realistic enough to recognize how precarious those victories are:
"For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost For the want of a horse, the rider was lost For the want of a rider, the message was lost..."
Unfortunately, the site completely fails to mention that the song is written by Todd Rundgren.
Hiroshi Kawauchi's Japanese Fan Club "One World" has a new URL.
Howard Stern 6/26/2003
A listener writes:
Did you happen to hear Howard Stern this morning???
Lots of Todd stuff, very funny though some was not nice but still the whole crew knew alot about OH.
|Todd Bootleg Series - Nearly Human Tour Japan '90||Todd Rundgren||(2003)|
From: Don MacGillivray
Re;Re-Rundgrenized, I know you'll be hearing of other covers or the same ones over and over but here's my two cents
Exile's first album on Wooden Nickel in 73 had two!
Todd covers, "Devil's Bite" and J.O.V.
Producer was Bill Traut which may have had something
to do with it!!!! All the best - Don in Vancouver
Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies - Re-Rundgrens is a thorough list of
Todd's remakes and covers, songs done by him originally by other artists and tunes other artists have done of his. Happy GROKing!
Columbia House Flyer - 0307-INS-800
"WAREHOUSE BLOWOUT" advertises "Bat Out of Hell" (produced by "Todd Rungren") for $.99 and Splender's "Halfway Down the Sky" for $3.99 (they got Rundgren right on that one).
The Onion A.V. Club
...more great stuff! - Jeff Gauss
Came across this interview today, if you're interested... - Jim Young
Found a great interview in "the Onion A.V. Club" on 5/21/03. - Linda Probst
Six Feet Under - HBO - 5/11/2003
Others may already have sent this, but at the end of last nights riveting episode of "Six Feet Under" on HBO, the star of the show is sitting in his wifes abandoned car at the beach (we are led to believe she has offed herself)....and he is listening to the cassette left in her car stereo....playing "I saw the light"....they lyrics of which were particularly appropriate for the story line in that episode. - Eric Lund
Don't know if you caught it or not but last nights episode of HBO's Six Feet Under featured "I Saw The Light." Episode 37 "Death Works Overtime." They played two thirds of the song during the last scene and over the credits. Very nice. - George Crandall
just wanted to let you know that "i saw the light" was played at the end of six feet under on hbo last night. it was found in the car of a woman who is missing ... always good to hear a todd song ... - Ruth Karch
One of my favorite and most enduring features in Utopia Times was where fans sent in the discovered mention of Todd in the
print media or on the radio or TV. Send your items to .
Sara in New York:
Mike from England, this is Sara from New York. We met last year at the Abbey Road show in Atlantic City and at Toad's Place in Connecticut. You were on a Todd vacation and I was celebrating my birthday. I guess we should have exchanged last names. I would be so pleased to spend some time to hear a little talk about what's been on your mind. Please drop me a line. Thanks, Sarajane from Chester, New York
Kasim sings lead and plays bass on two tracks on the new CD from
Pushing Red Buttons available from TRBazaar.com.
I'm looking for "Al K. Trazz," a member of a Houston,TX band called the Plastic Idols from the late 70's. I have recordings of them and I'm trying to get permission to put it out. The other band members have lost contact with him. I'm told he is a Todd Rundgren fanatic. Is there any way you could post a message that we are looking for him?
Toby Thomas of Silver Moon Music has recently debuted
Silver Moon Radio. At any one time there will be up to 65 songs in rotation,
many which will be todd-related and rare/obscure.
Toby recently placed a Gary Windo song there as well as the Joe Jackson "CWSBF" cover.
Expect to see a Billy Bragg cover of JOV soon.
In additon, tunes from the three Medicine Park releases (Grok This!, Meet Me At The Other Side and Starflower) will be showcased.
|John Craig (DiffyRent)
John sez - I just made this using the pictures from Mohegan Sun, Uncasvile, CT on 4/18/2003 by Paul Cirincione.
Paul sez - That's really cool ! It's certainly OK with me.
Vonda Shepard covers "Can We Still Be Friends" on "Ally McBeal: For Once In My Life" out on Epic in 2001.
Update 2/9/2003 - Fans who wish to submit a review can send it it . Reviews collected so far are found at A Dream Goes On Forever.
On a side note, I just finished the book yesterday, and would not hesitate to recommend it to any TR fan.
Update 1/21/2003 - The book "A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren vol. 1" is now available and shipping.
The book is approximately 500 pages with 16 page color section, and tons of photos throughout. Volume 1 chronicles TR's life from birth to 1976 (right after John Siegler quits Utopia).
Please tell the world Utopia Is Here!!!!
Update 11/3/2002 - The book now looks on target for a December release. The book changed typesetters about 2 months
ago and Calvin Shenkle, the guy who did most of Zappa's cool covers in the 70s (Grand Wazoo, Overnite Sensation - many others..)
is doing the whole thing - looks like he's almost done - this should put volume 2 close behind.
Update - Due to printer delays, the book is now scheduled for a September release. Now available for pre-order! $29.95 soft cover, $39.95 hard cover. 500 pages with a 16 page color middle photo section. Billy James has written a book on TR, which is scheduled for release though Golden Treasures Publishing in September 2002. The forward for volume 1 was written by Roger Powell.
Update 1/28/2002 -
Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies
is heavy on the flash, graphics, animations, video clips, wav sounds etc.
I get a lot of TR questions, and sometimes I don't know the answer (or complete answer). But I know the information is out there in fan land. If you have answers, please let me know, or contact the questioner directly.
If you've got questions, send mail to . They'll be posted to
TR Connection Forums along with any answers that can be found.
If you've got answers, then send to or reply directly in the forums.
Todd is listed as having a "Musical Cameo" in the film (now available on video)
Elvira's Haunted Hills. Has anybody seen it?
Available as BMP (larger)
or JPG (smaller downlaod) trwp.jpg
|John Craig (Diffy Rent)
Available as BMP (larger)
or JPG (smaller downlaod) artisticwallpaper2.jpg and albums.jpg
One is kind of like the one you already have, but a little more trippy. the other one is album covers. Thanks to Scott@TRBazaar as the source for the album scans.
Patronet subscribers may recall that Todd created a film song called "A Wall in NYC" which was available via the Interocitor's "Sty."
What they may also wonder is whatever happened to the film. I think I found it, though I don't know if anyone can obtain it.
Check out the description for A Face to a Name
which was featured 2002's Woodstock Film Festival.
for admirers, supporters, aficionados, devotees and even fanatical fans of Todd Rundgren. Talk about Todd's musical contributions, his bands, cohorts and colleagues.
|Influenza||I should trust myself...I should beware of ants...but it's like a strangers pants....that somehow I can't resist||I should beware of this, but it's like a strangers kiss.....||E.J. Haas|
|The Verb "To Love"||the meaning of the virtue love||the meaning of the verb "to love"||Audrey (at 13 years old; daughter of E.J. Haas)|
|Henry Thompsonemail@example.com||10/8/2002||I have:|
T.R. Runt album mint minus except for a broken corner on the sleeve
T.R.The Ballad of T.R. Mint minus, never played as new 2 copies
T.R. Bootleg T.R. & the Hello People Live in the studio 5/feb.-72 Mint minus
T.R. Radio Sampler Coversation with Patty Smith and songs from the Back to The Bars Album Mint minus
Roger Powell Air Pocket Mint minus
All are albums, vinyl.
I want: CD Somewhere, Anywhere The unrealised tracks 1989
CD Grok This -98
CD Live at the Forum London -95
CD Extended Versions 2001
Are 100 % serious, no fake or jokes!!!!
Haakon Tveter's vei 10 B 0682 Oslo Norway
00 47 22 27 27 27
From: Rick M.
Last night at the Moogy/Nazz show, Moogy mentioned that Guns and Roses is doing a cover of "Dust In The Wind" on their new album. Here is the link to hear the track. http://www.mygnr.com/next/next.html (i couldn't play the file so i hope it's not a mistake)
From Chris Mohammed (age 15):
I was looking at the latest re-mastered edition of Peter Gabriel's 'Security' CD (in the UK it was simply called Peter Gabriel 4.) In one of the photos on page 6 (middle photo) you can see in the background Utopia (1982) hung up. It seems as if Gabriel and his band (of that period) were fans of the album!
From: Rick M.
Raging Slab does an impressive job with "Little Red Lights" on their latest cd. Here's the link.
The calendar isn't particularly new (it's been a front page fixture for several years) but I thought it needed its own section, and I had an album name I hadn't used yet. Watch for a facelift in the near future.
From: Bryan McMahon
A rock band called from Ireland, Future Kings of Spain, have recorded "Love Of The Common Man" as a bonus track on their debut CD single. You should check it out. It rawks!!! I hear they're in a New York studio at present recording their debut album.
I created this wallpaper for use on my system using some of the photos on your site but thought others might enjoy it as well.
If you'd like to contribute to this new section, please send your wallpaper files to
Chuck Wiggins writes:
I noticed the caveats on running NWO interactive CD under newer versions of windows. Just thought I'd let you know that it seems to run fine under Windows XP. I just had to set the Properties/Compatibility setting for NWO.EXE to "Windows 95"
I am a HUGE Shaun Cassidy fan and I have a petition page to get his music (including WASP that Todd produced and wrote songs on) on CD. Would you mind putting my link up?The petition can be found at http://pub31.bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=2588583687
HardyGirl's SHAUNSHINE Site: http://shaunshine.homestead.com/Shaunshine.html
Willie's now working for USA Network in New York City
(Manhattan) and lives in New Jersey. His web site is WillieWilcox.com
Fair Warning (Victor Levi)
Initiation (Victor Levi)
Eastern Intrigue (Victor Levi)
La La Means I Love You (Victor Levi)
Ooh Baby Baby (Victor Levi)
I'm So Proud (Victor Levi)
Does Anybody Love You? (Victor Levi)
Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel (Victor Levi)
Never Neverland (Victor Levi)
From the Moondogs web site:
JANUARY 2002: The Moondogs look set to be the next band to appear on Detour Records At The BBC series. Detour Rds are also in discussions with the band to re-release their album plus all of their singles and up to 10 unreleased tracks. This would be the first official release of the album [produced by Todd Rundgren] that was originally released on Sire Records in Germany only. The band are also looking to play a show in the UK next year, possibly at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Visit The Forums and register today!
Todd's new song Afterlife is now available for download on the Listening Station and in the Sty for Patronet members.
Many know of connections with David Bowie and
Tin Machine, but did you know about
their pre-Runt foray with Tony and the Tigers?
Rick is a drummer trying to get a Todd tribute band together in
NYC. Interested? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 9 - Oblivion Tour||Utopia||(2001)|
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 8 - Another Side of Roxy||Todd Rundgren||(2001)|
Mike Strickland's FREE Todd Rundgren MIDI's
The awizard list is an announcement-only list.
Messages sent by members are not accepted for direct posting.
You may still subscribe to this low-volume list.
Please see Awizard Redux for important information.
Bryon Thompson writes:
Todd's natural sense of melody and musical originality has always been an inspiration and has influenced my own writing/arranging. Here is my instrumental guitar music site for your review: http://www.bthompson.net/cd
Todd's music has inspired several pieces of my original artwork as well: http://www.bthompson.net/fine_art/digital.html
Available now from Mike Adrian,
it's a hand-numbered limited edition (100 pieces) CD-R with 1170 different files consisting of mp3s, midis, a video of the Nazz,
a program to create Todd slide shows with supplied mp3 songs, and an HTML auto start index for use with your browser to view the CD-R as a web page.
Plus over a thousand scans from Todd's career, as far back as Woody's Truck Stop to the present.
Mike will be donating the profits to a local charity for children with heart and lung problems.
$20 plus $4 for Priority 3 day shipping in the USA for a total of $24 will cover all shipping and the CD-R.
Any overseas orders please contact Mike in advance about shipping.
This project has taken him 2 1/2 years working almost every night to complete. In addition, Lin Sprague has spent countless hours with the HTML work. For ordering information contact Mike at MA4UTOPIA@AOL.com
Robert Le Plar writes:
I am the vocalist, guitarist & songwriter in the UK based band kodeine. We have just released our debut album on Candyfloss Music. I am a massive Todd fan and I think there will be quite a few other fans out there who will enjoy what we do (bits of Todd, Bowie, Prefab sprout - melodic songs with some cool grooves etc). We have our own website at www.kodeine.co.uk and could do with all the help we can get! There are 30 sec audio clips available for the whole album amongst the usual biog, interview, pics etc.
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 1 - Live in NYC '78||Todd Rundgren||(1999 - Japan)|
A new Kasim interview is available from
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 7 - A Cappella Tour||Todd Rundgren||(2001)|
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 6 - Deface The Music Tour||Utopia||(2001)|
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 4 - Demos and Lost Albums||Todd Rundgren||(2001)|
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 5 - Oops! Wrong Planet Tour||Utopia||(2001)|
Todd has a couple of appearances in VH1's
Behind the Music - 1972.
Behind the Music is regularly rerun, watch for a repeat.
Call It What You Will
Anthony Mortimore offers up
Kasim's New official site,
KasimSulton.com, is now open.
Hank Webb offers an alternate view:
As a long time fan of Todd and his body of music, I have amassed a large collection of his material, and in many varying forms. I have had a nagging question about one piece in mind, and were wondering if you could help me clear it up. It concerns the album Runt, and the material therein. Many reference books and supposed authorities conclude that the 12 track master with the song "Hope I'm Around" erroneously on side "a" and "Say No More" etc. on side "b" is the original first pressing. I take issue with that assumption, since 11-20-70 is etched in each trail off on my copy. The copies I have, that are 10 track masters, claimed to be second pressings by many authorities, have a 6-6-70 or 6-8-70 mastering date in the dead wax. That would be a clear indication to me that the 10 track master would be the original release, as they are also very abundant. However what would be the real reason for the mix-up in the later pressings, that contain 11 or 12 tracks? I also have an 11 track copy with a June side "a" and a November side "b" (on the hybrid copy the November date is 11-23-70, and is very clearly that, with the standard June stamper on side a.) Hence "Say No More " is on it, but not "Hope I'm Around". Can you shed any light on this matter for me?
Stewkey collaborated with Otto
Capobianco to form "Crazy." Their five-song CD
features a remake of "Hello It's Me." It can be ordered for $7 + S&H. Call (215) 742-8412
or email email@example.com for ordering info.
Almost too obvious to mention: On the Something/Anything
"Hello It's Me", at 2:57, Todd seemingly stumbles over the word "I'll",
and he sings "Come....around to see you once in awhile"
This was issued as the single and became the "hit" version. (T. Storm Hunter)
The fanmail posted here is no longer being forwarded to Todd.
Subscribers to Todd's
Patronet Service (www.patronet.com) now have the
ability to message Todd directly. If you wish to share your Fan Mail to Todd with other fans,
you can through this Fan Mail page.
Todd's song "Bang The Drum All Day" was featured on the 2/28/2001
episode of "Ed" on NBC. In recent times, it has popped up on a number of TV
commercials in the US and
Canada (Toyota commercial).
Former Utopia drummer Kevin Ellman now has his own web site,
|Live (King Biscuit Flower Hour)||Todd Rundgren||(2000)|
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 2 - Live in Tokyo '79||Todd Rundgren||(1999 - Japan)|
Sabatelli toured with Todd as part of the Power Trio Tour in 2000. Trey is
also a member of the Tubes.
Bill Bricker is currently working on a project to bring TODData online.
(The following was adapted from pre-launch press materials from PatroNet)
The Interocitor is a multiple channel, 3D environment that will include:
Check out what all the excitement is about at www.patronet.com.
Join Todd! Come Closer!! Peer over his shoulder!!!
Todd's TR-i.com site is all new, with some cool Flash animation.
Download the Interocitor (PPC Mac and Windows versions) at
Kaz breaks foot, is this far behind? by David Weesner
A number of photos from
The Power Trio Tour 2000.
|One Long Year||Todd Rundgren||(2000)|
Todd appeared on CNBC's
"Power Lunch" on June 21, 2000.
In addition to performing "I Hate My Frickin' ISP" with the trio,
former Utopia drummer Kevin Ellman (now a CNBC guest financial analyst)
joined Todd and Kasim on a rendition of the Ikon (short version). Todd was
frequently mentioned throughout the two hour show, and several of the normal
commentators were listed as possible former members of Utopia. A Unique Event!
Got a beef with your ISP? In Todd there's a champion! by David Yaun
If you've got extra tickets for one of Todd's shows that you must sell or give away, or need tickets to a sold out show, drop a line to and I'll list it here.
TR BAZAAR.COM is dedicated
to carrying the most complete selection of Todd Rundgren CDs and videos.
Former Utopia bassist John Siegler came out of a group called "Air" and
has most recently been involved in musical scoring
with a co-credit on the Pokémon theme.
Former Utopia keyboardist Ralph Shuckett has had a long musical career,
beginning before his stint with Utopia (a group called Jo Mama),
and continuing as a soundtrack composer in
Pokémon: the First Movie.
Todd appeared on Craig
Kilborn's "Late Late Show" on May 2, 2000 and performed "I Hate My Frickin' ISP."
He was also sporting a new guitar. It seems that it was a Yamaha AEX502 since named "Percy."
(Nearly Human and 2nd Wind as well as Bourgeois Tagg) has a new
web site as well as a new CD Tabula Rose.
Two Todd tunes are prominently featured in the movie "The
Virgin Suicides": "A Dream Goes On Forever" and "Hello It's Me."
Todd appeared on "Politically Incorrect" on
Tuesday, April 25, 2000. A transcript is available.
are being added all the time.
Bootleg Newton has some live material online
|Todd Archive Series Vol. 3 - Live in Chicago '91||Todd Rundgren||(1999 - Japan)|
Top Ten Encounters - Minus Todd
by Jim Boda
Top Ten Encounters
by Jim Boda
The TRUTH about The 12 Days of Christmas by Bill Bricker
And a new take on the 1974
Todd poster by yours truly.
Lion Keezer's 7th Heaven in '97 site for the 1996-1997 New Year's celebration.
Scott F. Kenward submitted these photos from the July 29, 1995 concert at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.
Nancy Mearkle has a tour photo from the Cleveland show.
TR and crew made a few year-end appearances, including Chicago on New Year's Eve 1995/96. Check out the action courtesy of Lion Keezer! This is the ultimate concert review and should not be missed!
Can you answer this one?
I was born in Pennsylvania in 1948. My first band was a bar band called Woody's Truck Stop. But you probably remember me as a member of a group that I formed in Philadelphia in 1967 that was named after a Yardbirds song. After three years of limited success, I left this group for a solo career, but formed another group in 1974. I had a Top-5 hit in 1973 with a remake of a song first released in 1969 by the group I formed in Philadelphia. During the 70s, 80s, and 90s, I was a producer and engineer, and provided vocal and instrumental tracks for many famous artists.
Ebay.com Auction Search:
The UnHerd --
Larry Hoppen, co-founder of ORLEANS (and the voice of their megahits
Still the One, Dance With Me, Love Takes Time etc.) has co-produced a
CD with David Sancious (veteran of Springsteen's E-Street Band, and
more recently Sting's quartet). Together with Tony Levin (bass with
Peter Gabriel, King Crimson etc.) and drummer Terry Silverlight, they
cut 8 tunes of Larry's, plus Todd Rundgren's Pretending to Care & the
Beatles' No Reply in Woodstock, NY where all but Terry live. All
sales profits and 100% of Larry's publishing royalties are being
donated to Sunshine For HIV Kids Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit
corporation which Larry and wife/Physician Assistant Patricia started
in 1993 to help HIV-positive children and their families. The CD will
be released on national and international scales as soon as possible.
The CD is Larry's first release apart from Orleans in that band's
25-year history and has been met with universally enthusiastic praise
(from fans, newcomers, radio and press) both for the fine pop music
and the larger purpose of the project.
"the Individualist" was released in the US as an Enhanced CD.
GB Online has "HTMLized" Temporary Sanity.
You'll also find information about it in the Enhanced CD Database.
Here's the track listing (enhanced with Randy Walter's beautiful impressions extracted from "Puzzle".
Real Man (Trace Reed)
You Left Me Sore
One More Day (No Word) (Trace Reed)
Breathless (Trace Reed)
Torch Song (Trace Reed)
You Left Me Sore (Trace Reed)
Sweeter Memories (Trace Reed)
Todd's Patronet environment is called the Interocitor. For a bit of
background on the original Interocitor, from the movie "This Island Earth",
visit "The Interocitor".
I Saw The Light (Trace Reed)
Saving Grace (Trace Reed)
Song Of The Viking (Trace Reed)
Saving Grace (Victor Levi)
The Verb "To Love" (Victor Levi)
I Think You Know (Victor Levi)
An Elpee's Worth Of Tunes (Victor Levi)
Zen Archer (Victor Levi)
Just Another Onionhead (Victor Levi)
You Don't Have To Camp Around (Victor Levi)
Song Of The Viking (Victor Levi)
Steve Graham adds:
Most of the tracks marked "no difference" actually are different mixes. This is sort of referred to, I believe, in the notes on the inner sleeve of the "official" version, which say: "Remixed at Record Plants in N.Y. and L.A. and RE-REMIXED at Jack Clement Studio in Nashville".
There are several versions of the "official" pressing, some of which might possibly be bootlegs -- those are on really horrid vinyl, were not cut at "Sterling", and have the grooves spaced differently, ending farther away from the label. And there are versions on the Ampex and Bearsville/Ampex labels.
Half Twisted (June 1999)
The Utopia Redux tour version of One World was made available as a
QuickTime Movie on the Apple QuickTime 1.5 Developer's CD-ROM.
Alas, over the years my copy has disappeared (though it's found on the Utopia Redux DVD, so I'm not too broke up about it.)
I've collected a few shots sampled from the video available as GIFs and JPEGs.
Kenny Stevenson's "Todd IS Godd"
site has now been resurrected. It's a snapshot as of August, 1997.
Todd appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect"
on March 17, 1999.
A transcript is available.
Todd's New Year's Eve show was in Hawaii.
I Saw The Light (Lin Sprague)
Sons of 1984 (Lin Sprague)
This was culled from Ray Coleman's biography on John Lennon. It originally appeared as a letter to Melody Maker magazine (date unknown to me). The original 11/1973 interview with TR that provoked John Lennon's response also appeared in Melody Maker. [thanks to Bill Piekarski for corrective information and to John Heslin for a transcription of the original interview]
John Lennon's reply to an interview conducted by Melody Maker with American singer-writer Todd Rundgren in which he criticized John and the Beatles.
"John Lennon ain't no revolutionary. He's a f------- idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an a__. It just makes people feel uncomfortable.
"All he really wants to do is get attention for himself, and if revolution gets him that attention, he'll get attention through revolution. Hitting a waitress in the Troubador. What kind of revolution is that?
"He's an important figure, sure. But so was Richard Nixon. Nixon was just like another generation's John Lennon. Someone who represented all sorts of ideals, but was out for himself underneath it all."
No doubt about it, this kid is really heavy.
Todd Rundgren is fast becoming an anachronistic satellite burning through the stagnancy currently afflicting so much of rock.
In the face of the post-Woodstock Nation collapse of dreams and ideals, most rock 'n' rollers have backed themselves into creative cul-de-sacs.
Not Todd. He seems to have committed himself to a one-man campaign against all that inertia schmaltz and seems intent on blasting his way out of the hole that rock seems to be determined on burying itself in, with both barrels blazing.
No half measures: it's all or nothing with Todd. And if he goes down, he'll sure as hell go down fighting.
With his last couple of albums, "A Wizard, A True Star" and "Todd," both classics, he's taken it upon himself to attempt, in no uncertain way, to change the whole consciousness of the survivors of the Woodstock Nation.
"I guess a lot of people thought 'Something/Anything' was an overtly self-conscious effort to make the ultimate solo album, because they figured it must have taken a long time to make. But I breezed through it, man.
"It's really surprising, when you go into a session with musicians and you have something specific in mind, it can take you all day to get them to play it. And when the specificity of the material is that acute then obviously the arrangement of the material becomes more important... "
And you end up playing two thirds of it yourself. Utilizing the sounds of the instruments and not wasting your own time and the times of other musicians. But what kind of reaction did that album receive in the States?
"'Something/Anything' was like my artistic validation in the States. Everybody liked the songs so much that it really established my artistic identity. But in certain terms, it misled a lot of people.
"Because if anyone picks up one of my albums and says that's their favourite album, that might as well be the only album of mine they ever hear.
"Because I don't make records according to a style. I make records according to a need."
Would you therefore care to elucidate on the mental evolution - the need - behind "A Wizard, A True Star"?
"I had a good analogy for that album yesterday. The 'Wizard' album was a picture of the average brain at work. Now there's a distinction between the brain and the mind. Because the mind tells the brain what to think.
"And the average person's brain resembles the clutter of the 'Wizard' album. In fact, that was my brain, until I cleared it all out. That was my first stream of consciousness album.
"It's not supposed to have a concept other than a picture of the average brain at work. The subsequent albums were more like organizing the brain, so that you can bring some inspired thought through it.
"People don't usually think inspired thoughts because they're usually too preoccupied with the immediate things that clutter up their brain.
As a personal statement, it was quite a provocation, wasn't it? Not what you might call Easy Listening. More like some sort of psychic collage of erupting brain patterns.
"That was it, man. A deliberate provocation. It came out of a certain sense of being cornered stylistically. A lot of people were just presuming that I only wrote 'Hullo, It's Me' - 'I Saw The Light' type songs.
"whereas, I had originally been into a hard rock/heavy metal style. The reason I did both was that when I started the Nazz, I had this thing about being eclectic.
"Like the Beatles had no style other than being the Beatles. So the Nazz used to do, like heavy rock, and also these light, pretty ballads with complex ballads.
"And at the time that was something that people just didn't do. You were supposed to have an easily associable style.
"And that's always been part of my problem. I've always had this incongruity of style and influence.
"A lot of people still find it remarkable that I have a penchant for the conventional and pretty and the weird and abstract. That's because I don't make divisions in terms of music. I never have.
"If I hear something I like, that's it. It's mine. The thing about music is that if you're a good listener you can go window-shopping and own everything you see."
His dissatisfaction with the attitudes adopted by other contemporary figures - Lennon, for example - became obvious with "Rock and Roll Pussy" written for Lennon, and a searing indictment of rock's so-called revolutionaries.
Todd's World View, became apparent on that album. The "Todd" double album epic carried that vision even further, and here was Todd cutting himself to the bone to communicate the urgency of that vision.
He emphasized, with the last side of that album, the need to reorganize the shattered dreams of the sixties and start out all over again.
"I don't think that my attitude is unique, man. Everybody is dissatisfied with it all. But so many people are so cynical, thinking that there's nothing that can be done about it. I don't believe that.
"I don't see any point in accepting the fact that the world might blow up tomorrow, and not doing something about it. That's a selfish attitude.
"It might blow up, but there's no point sitting around worrying and waiting for it. Are you gonna stop it happening by WORRYING about it?
"The truth is there. I believe that it's my responsibility to stand by it, and not be a pussy. Not punk out when it looks unfashionable to stand by those ideals."
That is, surely, an isolated position to maintain?
"At this point, I may think that. But I know for a fact that there are a lot of people that feel the same way as I do, but they're so afraid of looking like asses.
"All it takes is for one person to risk making a fool of himself and everyone'll do it. I'm having a great time. I'm more commercially successful than I've ever been.
"My personal life is at a new high. My outlook on existence is at a new high..."
If The Revolution comes, can rock 'n' roll, as a form, contribute to, or even precipitate a confrontation?
"It can, sure. But a lot of people want to see it happening in a very obvious way. That's because they don't think well enough. I think there is a revolution happening, but the people who are so frustrated that they go out and act violently are the people who don't believe that it's gonna happen.
"There the ones who're afraid that it won't happen. Force it to happen, you know, and that is because their belief isn't basically strong enough, and because they're basically weak people.
"But Christ is a household word. So is Ghandi, Buddha, and Confucius....
"You have to understand violence to make adequate use of it. There is that degree of frustration in everybody, which can be manifested in violence. Something happens, and the people suddenly feel like being violent.
"That's because they don't understand violence. They don't understand its use, disuse or misuse. In the long run there's no such thing as good or bad.
"But there are in human terms things that are desirable and undesirable. All things have their function and violence has it's place.
Couldn't resist adding a few "islands of truth" of my own, in answer to Turd Runtgreen's howl of hate (pain.)
I like you, and some of your work, including "I Saw The Light", which is not unlike "There's A Place" (Beatles), melody wise.
1) I have never claimed to be a revolutionary. But I am allowed to sing about anything I want! Right?
2) I never hit a waitress in the Troubador, I did act like an ass, I was too drunk. So shoot me!
3) I guess we're all looking for attention Rodd, do you really think I don't know how to get it, without "revolution?" I could dye my hair green and pink for a start!
4) I don't represent anyone but my SELF. It sounds like I represented something to you, or you wouldn't be so violent towards me. (Your dad perhaps?)
5) Yes Dodd, violence comes in mysterious ways it's wonders to perform, including verbal. But you'd know that kind of mind game, wouldn't you? Of course you would.
6) So the Nazz use to do "like heavy rock" then SUDDENLY a "light pretty ballad". How original!
7) Which gets me to the Beatles, "who had no other style than being the Beatles"!! That covers a lot of style man, including your own, TO DATE.....
Yes Godd, the one thing those Beatles did was to affect PEOPLES' MINDS. Maybe you need another fix?
Somebody played me your rock and roll pussy song, but I never noticed anything. i think that the real reason you're mad at me is cause I didn't know who you were at the Rainbow (L.A.) Remember that time you came in with Wolfman Jack? When I found out later, I was cursing cause I wanted to tell you how good you were. (I'd heard you on the radio.)
Anyway, However much you hurt me darling; I'll always love you,
30th Sept. 1974
30th Sept. 1974
Just what you've always wanted, your very own way to proclaim yourself to the
world: "I am a Todd Rundgren Fan!" And you can do it by registering yourself in
"The International Todd Rundgren Fan Database." See the
Frequently Asked Questions list for additional
Brad Page and his band Ten Story Love have a new
|The Best of Todd Rundgren "Go ahead.Ignore me."||Todd Rundgren||(1999 - UK)|
Why hasn't Todd yet been featured on VH1's "Behind The
Music". Perhaps if his story was a bit more like this
"transcript" offered by David Yaun he
New sounds have been added recently.
Alroy's Record Reviews covers most of the Nazz/TR/Utopia releases.
Lin Sprague's Todd Rundgren Related Stuff
I speak of the covers, productions and side projects of Todd and and his fellow Utopians. Scott Sheppard has an incredible resource list that provides us with most of the information that we need to embark on such a quest. It's found at
Each year, beginning with 1969, is selected and a week or so taken to review any projects for that year. For years that have a bit more output, the review period will be extended to a couple of weeks.
This was a joint project of the awizard list and the alt.music.todd-rundgren newsgroup, as well as any others who wish to submit reviews. Selected reviews will be posted to the TR Connection. The main criteria for selection will be that reviews are more or less complete analyses of a work or several works, rather that a few comments. If your review is not to be made available for re-publishing, please indicate in the body of your message.
This might be a good opportunity to seek out some of these admittedly rare releases, and expose yourself to some new old sounds. Or perhaps an opportunity to replace those aging Grand Funk and Badfinger LPs with fresh CD copies. And some of the hard-to-find items may be available through Toby's Silver Moon Music, so don't give up if you can't find a particular release in the used record stores. Check with Toby!
It might also be relevant to examine outside projects in the context of Nazz/TR/Utopia releases during the same year.
As always, I'm happy to accept reviews of any TR project, be it music (official release and boots), concerts, video, whatever. Keep 'em coming to me at !
And don't despair if you miss the review period for your favorite year. I'll be accepting reviews indefinitely for the TR Connection.
Johanthan Risen also hears Todd sniff between verses
(as if he had a cold) at 0:27 on "Does Anybody Love You" (A Wizard, A True Star).
December 1, 1998 - Todd was on Comedy Central's
"The Daily Show".
Todd appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" on
Friday November 6, 1998.
Lysistrata (Scott Goodhart)
October 29, 1998 - Todd made a presentation at "New Minds Fall Series Conference" (San Francisco).
Here's a report from Wired News.
This is becoming quite the international page. As of October 27, 1998 we've had accesses from the following 89 countries:
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And to carry on that International Feel, here's a
Todd Bio in Spanish
provided by Inaki Prieto.
Photos by Hiroshi Kawauchi
Chain Letter (Rob Whyte)
Take The Hand (Andrew Rogers)
Only One Winner (Andrew Rogers)
Hello It's Me (Andrew Rogers)
A Dream Goes On Forever (Andrew Rogers)
Hello It's Me (Andrew Rogers)
It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (Andrew Rogers)
Cold Morning Light (Rob Whyte)
Couldn't I Just Tell You (Andrew Rogers)
Be Nice To Me (Andrew Rogers)
We Gotta Get You A Woman (Andrew Rogers (incomplete))
Believe In Me (Andrew Rogers)
Devil's Bite (Andrew Rogers (incomplete))
Silver Moon Music
is well-known for TR-related imports.
Wailing Wall (Rob Whyte)
|A Cappella||Todd Rundgren||(1985)|
Friday November 20, 1998 - Todd appeared on "The Late
Show with David Letterman" as a member of Paul's band.
November 2, 1998 - "Webnoize Conference" (Los Angeles)
Marlene (Lin Sprague)
Bang The Drum All Day (Arranged for Ukelele) (Lin Sprague)
Now available is TR's "official" bio
Photos by John Heslin
Sausalito Art Fair - 9/5/1998
Gonna Cry Today (Lin Sprague)
Warren also recently discovered that this same fix does not work in Windows 98.
Feet Don't Fail Me Now (Scott Goodhart)
Veronika Cummings has fired up
The Utopia Website which promises great things to come.
Distrec Distrec@aol.com writes:
Hello - I'm writing a book on the Nazz which will contain many rare photos and interviews of Todd's early career. It will contain in depth stories of his early bands including Money('65-66) and Woody's Truck Stop(66-67). An early tape of the Truck Stop has surfaced with Todd on guitar with his earliest known song "Why Is It Me" which came out as "Lemming Song" on the first Nazz LP.Please send any inquiries directly to the author.
I'm looking to borrow any rare early photos, concert posters, handbills etc for use for the book. Anyone who helps will get a free book signed by Stewkey. I'm especially looking for the Nazz / Doors poster for the June '67 show at Town Hall in Phila.
Flowfazer "Music for the Eye" was released in a demo version for Macintosh. Here's the original demo and a couple of variations that I put together. Sorry, they were only released for the Mac. If you don't have a Mac, then "Somebody make a big mistake" :). It's a standalone application which you download and run on your own machine. Use 256 color mode.
Windows 95 users should not give up hope.
A couple of TR-i Windows 95 themes have appeared. Download Kent Frazier's
here. (It's just over 3MB, you can read
about it here).
Download Mike Burell's here and read
about it here.
David Jodrey has prepared a fine article on
Mystical Messages in Todd's Songs.
He also contributed an article that he published in UT on
Todd, The Universe and Everything
David also offers his interpretation of "Last of the New Wave Riders" and a piece on
Meditation and TR.
Kate Erickson and David Jodrey have written some wonderful interpretations of Todd's lyrics. Here's a few of them for you to enjoy:
Sometimes a concert is just a concert, and sometimes it becomes an experience that transcends the normal concert experience. Here's a collection of concert anecdotes that surely will have you saying "I wish I'd been there..."
by Tim Stanton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the late 1960s Warner Brothers Records began issuing a series of promotional albums called "Loss Leaders." You may remember them, as they were advertised on album inner sleeves. They were double (and in a few cases single AND triple) albums which carried a mix of songs by artists who recorded under the various Warner labels. Therefore you could find cuts by The Grateful Dead, Randy Newman and Frank Zappa, not to mention lots of one-hit wonders. The albums sold for $2 each (postpaid!) and as a music fan with limited resources I liked them, and purchased almost all of them. The albums featured really nice liner notes on each artist - informative and cleverly written by one Barry Hansen. They also have great graphics and nice photos. As Bearsville was distributed by Warner Todd Rundgren appeared on many of the albums. I've compiled a list of the albums on whice he appeared, the cut included, and the liner notes for that song. Also, I've included some notes of my own on other aspects of the album as they relate to Rundgren. An interesting fact: of the eight songs listed here, three were written by other people - unusual as Todd doesn't record many covers. This list may not be conclusive, as I don't have all of the Loss Leaders, but I hope you find it fun and informative.
THE WHOLE BURBANK CATALOG - 1972 Warner PRO 512 Todd Rundgren - "A Long Time, a Long Way to Go" "Todd Rundgren is a musical superman," wrote Robert Wilson in King Harvest Review. He plays a million instruments, writes, produces and engineers - the last two skills having been utilized on LPs by the Band, Butterfield Blues Band, Jesse Winchester and Badfinger. Once the leader of a Philadelphia rock and roll quartet called Nazz, Rundgren piloted the combo through three albums of mixed reputation: Nazz, Nazz Nazz and Nazz III. When Nazz broke up without breaking through on any large scale, Rundgren formed Runt with bassist Tony Sales and drummer Hunt Sales. In case the last names have not yet rung bells, both are the sons of pie-man Soupy Sales. The selection included here is a part of Todd's second Bearsville album, Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (sic). Even as these words are being written` he is fast at work on a third Bearsville effort, to be released in the spring of 1972 as a double album. OTHER NOTES: This album also features a song called "Biology II" by Halfnelson, produced by Todd.
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - 1972 Warner PRO 525 Todd Rundgren - "Dust in the Wind" Continuing the orgy of self-reflection is the most mispronounced, misspelled and misunderstood artist on the block, Bearsville Records' Todd Rundgren. This song, besides being on Todd's double album, Something/Anything?, hails from "Baby Needs a Pair of Snakeskin Boots," a "pop operetta" which occupies Side 4. Whereas Herr Rundgren sings and plays all the parts on Sides 3, 2, and 1 (the latter of which contains his hit single "I Saw the Light"), Todd lets some of his friends come in and play with him on Side 4. "My original idea for this side," he says, "was a series of songs with sing-along choruses. All the songs were performed live and there were no over-dubs. The people that showed up were the people who sang and played, meaning that anyone who happened to be in the studio or in the neighborhood and didn't have anything better to do came in to play. Everybody, including me, learned the songs immediately prior to recording them, so most of it is sportaneous to a degree. Anyway, I decided it would scan better if I drafted it into a sort of operetta, that kind of thing being very popular nowadays." Musicians on "Dust" include Mark Klingman, organ; John Simon, drums; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Mike Brecker, tenor sax; Barry Rogers, trombone; Rick Derringer, guitar, and John Siegler, bass.
APPETIZERS - 1973 Warner PRO 569 Todd Rundgren - "Is It My Name?" Side Two of Appetizers, in case y'hadn't noticed, is devoted to the work of several artists who have taken rock beyond the boundaries of mere music. The dozen-and-a-half-or-so persons who, singularly and collectively, manufactured the sounds here inscribed have, each and every one, lent to the world of contemporary entertainment abundant quantities of those qualities usually categorized as Flair, Audacity, Showmanship and Flash. Todd Rundgren first arose as one-fourth of Nazz, a Middle-Atlantic group whose entrance upon the rock scene back in '68 is celebrated to this day as an outrageous example of promotional overkill. Rundgren, as a result, had to start more or less over again, which he did rather convincingly under the name of Runt (despite being taller that 87.8% of the other singer- songwriters in the Western Hemisphere). Runt's first single, "We Gotta Get You a Woman," was a big hit, after which Todd decided that he was big enough to force disc jockeys to learn how to pronounce his surname (just as it reads, RUND-gren). "I Saw the Light" followed (consider yourself a true collector if you have one of the 50,000 copies pressed on blue plastic) and now comes Todd's fourth album, with over 55 minutes of music. That amounts to over a mile of record groove, packed with somewhere around one billion undulations, each and every one born in the amazing brain of A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR - which is not only Todd himself but his fourth album on Bearsville Records, distributed by Warner Bros. OTHER NOTES: Nice run-on sentences, huh? The album has a cool photo of Todd playing the twelve-string neck of a dual-neck hollow body electric guitar.
HARD GOODS - 1974 Warner PRO 583 Todd Rundgren - "Heavy Metal Kids" TODD RUNDGREN is another artist who has a lot to say, and has fought successfully for the means to say it. "I make a living producing records, not making them," he declares, "so I can put anything I want on my records." Having shot such bullseyes as Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" as a producer, Todd devotes his own Bearsville LPs to grand experiments which invariably amount to glorious music as well. His new double-elpee, Todd, establishes him as the great versatilean of our time, ranging from ballads as exquisite as "A Dream Goes On Forever" to the brass-knuckle glint of "Heavy Metal Kids."
THE FORCE - 1975 Warner PRO 596 Todd Rundgren's Utopia - "Freedom Fighters" Secret Sound in New York is the home of Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Studio and band alike are the brainchildren of a fellow formerly known as Runt, who looms much larger that full size since making hits with "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light," not to mention his frequent production of other artists such as Grand Funk. Todd Rundgren's records, like Foghat's, are released by Bearsville Records of upstate New York, another of those smartly independent enterprises which has chosen to join THE FORCE.
ALL MEAT - 1975 Warner PRO 604 Todd Rundgren - "Eastern Intrigue" TODD RUNDGREN'S Bearsville LP Initiation contains over 68 minutes of music - the most ever presented on a single first-edition rock disc. Some 36 of these minutes are devoted to "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire," a quite overwhelming suite of instrumental pieces on which Todd creates all the sounds himself, as is his frequent custom. A variety of splendid players including Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer and Roger Powell assist him on the six vocals (sic) that complete the album.
THE WORKS - 1975 Warner PRO 610 Todd Rundgren's Utopia - "Something's Coming" From his humble origins with a band called Nazz, TODD RUNDGREN has blossomed into a prolific creator of fine music in a multitude of sizes, shapes and styles, ranging from the popular "Hello It's Me," "I Saw the Light" and "We Gotta Get You a Woman" to the 36-minute "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire" on his recent album Initiation. Another Live is the second LP to feature Todd with his touring band, UTOPIA, and as with the first the accent is on power rock. Among the new album's surprises is Rundgren's arrangement of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "Something's Coming" from West Side Story.
SUPERGROUP - 1976 Warner PRO 630
Todd Rundgren - "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"
The super-prolific Todd Rundgren strikes again with an LP called Faithful on
Records, another independent label distributed by the Supergroup. As is Todd's habit,
us two albums' worth on one disc. Side Two, playing 27:40, has some of his most
ventures into the beyond, including "Boogies (Hamburger Hell)" on which the sharp-eared
discern the actual ingredients of the world's fastest hamburgers. Side One is totally
perhaps even for Todd: six of the most famous progressive rock songs of the 1960s,
recorded by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Yardbirds,
recreated by Rundgren as the original artists might have done them under 1976 studio
OTHER NOTES: The cover art is a wonderful caricature of all the album's artists on
is drawn wearing a red jumpsuit and an ankh, and holding, but not playing, a guitar.
has contributed his
"The Voice of the Spirit In The Night,"
previously published in the Utopia Times.
For a couple of years, Todd hosted a radio show out of Philadelphia called "The Difference." A two-hour weekly, it featured a combination of classic, new and obscure artists and interviews. Todd passed the reigns on to Elise Brown, and the show ran another year until it ceased production in October, 1997.
For additional information on the show, see
"The Difference" Companion.
You'll find each program's playlist and
be able to find loads of information on each of the artists
featured on the show.
As with any artist, fans will come up with abbreviations for some of the
most common phrases used in discussion. For those who are interested in
TR jargon, see
The Unofficial TR Acronym, Abbreviation and
Insider's Reference Guide (TUTRAAIRG). It also includes a section on all of
the proposed release formats for "The Individualist".
Can you pick a single favorite selection from each TR/Utopia/Nazz release?
Check out the
TR Faves Page. Let the world know what you like!
I'm sorry my response has been so slack, but overwhelming things cause me to procrastinate. I am grateful for your rememberances and very much appreciate the encouragement. If I was a more responsible person I'd respond to everyone personally, but you know I'm not, so the universe continues on it's blissful way.
|Blue Label||Differences from normal release|
|Broke Down & Busted (121K AIFC) (363K Wave)||Short vocal intro extracted from "There Are No Words".
The rest of the song is the same.
|Believe In Me||No differences|
|We Got To Get You A Woman||No differences|
|Once Burned||Switched with "Who's That Man?"|
|Who's That Man?||Switched with "Once Burned"|
|Hope I'm Around (979K AIFC) (2.8MB Wave)||Alternate version of tune that eventually appeared on "Ballad"|
|Devil's Bite||Several different edits, more notes in guitar solo|
|I'm In The Clique||No differences|
|There Are No Words||No differences|
|Baby Let's Swing (756K AIFC) (2.2MB Wave)||Full version with additional lyrics and without addition of other medley
"The Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands"
|Say No More (671K AIFC) (2.5 MB Wave)||Not found on later versions|
|Birthday Carol||Noticably different mix|