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Read the article: TR quote of the day...
Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Well six and two is eight
Eight and two is ten
When Marsh he trick you one time
He sure gonna do it again
Todd Rundgren: Todd Rundgren's Johnson
Sweet Home Chicago
Gimme another!

Read the article: TR-ibute
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:45 AM PDT

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.


Read the article: Remember Me
Updated: Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:09 PM PST

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.



Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:27 PM PST

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?" More info.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:56 PM PST

SXSW in Austin, TX announces appearance by Todd at the 2018 music festival.


Read the article: Todd Trading Network
Updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:07 AM PDT

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.


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:32 PM PDT



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:40 PM PDT

Songwriting: Interview: Todd Rundgren


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 9:40 AM PDT

Todd's new CD will be called "White Knight" and will be available May 12, 2017. It is said to be a "game changer."

Reviews



Read the article: CD News
Updated: Friday, August 5, 2016 9:32 AM PDT

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.



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:05 AM PDT

The Arizona Republic:Hello It's Him: Todd Rundgren reflects on the difference between his pop hits and the art that followed


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:47 AM PST

Rockcellar Magazine:Todd Rundgren on: Touring, Songwriting, Utopia and David Bowie (Q&A) by Ken Sharp


Read the article: Online CD Ordering info
Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:53 AM PST

The TR Connection's new Amazon Todd Rundgren Products section has a pretty comprehensive listing of all Todd Rundgren-related product available from Amazon.com. It is organized by category to make finding the exact item you want a lot easier.


Read the article: Watching Rock and Roll Die
Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:24 AM PST

Carson Van Osten (Born September 24, 1946. Bass guitarist for Nazz.) died December 22, 2015.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2:38 PM PDT

BAM South:Todd Rundgren Heading To Jackson


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2015 6:21 AM PDT

The UNION: Progressive rock pioneer Todd Rundgren comes to Grass Valley


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:31 AM PDT

LIVEDESIGN: Todd Rundgren Goes Global with Robe


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, June 12, 2015 12:10 PM PDT

The Portland Mercury: A Wizard, a True Star - Todd Rundgren Proves He Still Matters


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015 1:33 PM PDT

The Oregonian: Rundgren on Rundgren: Todd talks his 'wild and crazy' rock career


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, June 4, 2015 8:24 AM PDT

Paste: Todd Rundgren and Dam-Funk on Their Joint Tour


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015 2:31 PM PDT

Billboard: Todd Rundgren Predicted Music Streaming 37 Years Ago


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015 2:27 PM PDT

Las Vegas Magazine: EXPERIMENTAL MUSICIAN TODD RUNDGREN BRINGS A HEALTHY DOSE OF ATMOSPHERE TO LAS VEGAS


Read the article: Where Are The Words?
Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

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.

TR Solo

Utopia

The Nazz

The New Cars

Other Projects



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015 11:32 AM PDT

MOJO: Todd Rundgren: “I Could Have Been A Casualty Like Syd Barrett”


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:04 PM PDT

Pitchfork: Review of Global and Runddans


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Critic's Pick: Todd Rundgren, 'Global'


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:39 PM PDT

We let one of our dads interview Todd Rundgren


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Monday, May 4, 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Todd Rundgren has a message: Get involved, help save our planet


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:22 PM PDT

Nobody Beats the Wiz: Todd Rundgren on Norwegian Space Disco, Taylor Swift, and 40 Years of Musical Exploration


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015 3:25 PM PDT

Todd Rundgren, Rhiannon Giddens, Andrew W.K. light up Grand Rapids in VERY different ways: Reviews, photos


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015 3:24 PM PDT

Rundgren going ‘Global’ for Tuesday night show at the Town Ballroom


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Friday, April 24, 2015 2:34 PM PDT

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!


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:57 AM PDT

New CDs for 2015

Todd's new album, Global is out now and coming May 5 is his collaboration with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen called Runddans. It's set for a May 5 release via Smalltown Supersound. The album is one 39-minute track that's broken down into 12 different parts.

Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:37 AM PDT

Park City News: Todd Rundgren will launch his new tour in Park City


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 3:21 PM PDT

Billboard: Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to 'Ride,' From Todd Rundgren's 25th Album, 'Global'


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 9:15 AM PDT

Rock Cellar: Todd Rundgren: On a ‘Global’ Mission to Save Planet Earth (Interview)


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Monday, April 6, 2015 10:30 AM PDT

Glide Magazine: Todd Rundgren Goes Global


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:37 PM PDT

A new interview by Carl Wiser (Songfacts)


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 8:20 AM PDT

Star Apps: Todd Rundgren

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.



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:07 AM PST

From Ultimate Classic Rock: Exclusive: Todd Rundgren On His New Foundation and the Beatles’ Influence


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 8:44 AM PST

Todd will be interviewed on "Saturday Cafe" hosted by Laura Smith, on New York's WABC radio, 770 AM, this Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 7pm EST.

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.



Read the article: Shining Still
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:58 AM PST

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!



Read the article: Videos
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:41 AM PST

Australian TR fan Jason Stuart Kamasz originally created this four part documentary called TODD and posted it on September 9, 2013.



Read the article: Todd's Awards and Recognitions
Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:00 PM PST

Todd Rundgren to Receive the Les Paul Award at 29th Annual TEC Awards

Legendary musician, groundbreaking record producer and electronic music revolutionary Todd Rundgren will be honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production and will be presented Friday, Jan. 24 at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2014 NAMM Show held in Anaheim, CA.

The entire TEC Awards show will be web cast live on the NAMM site, NAMM.org. It runs from 7pm - 9pm PST.



Read the article: Shining Still
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:24 PM PDT

Todd Rundgren Initiates New Philanthropic Foundation

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.

Website: www.spiritofharmony.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SpiritOfHarmonyFoundation
Youth Orchestra of Lower 9th Ward performs "Bang The Drum All Day" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwWlWWaLc5s



Read the article: Videos
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:52 AM PDT

WATCH: Members of The Hooters Cover Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light”

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/10/16/watch-members-hooters-cover-todd-rundgrens-saw-light/


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:09 AM PDT

Tomorrow (May 12, Mother's Day) is the webcast for Todd's Official STATE Visit live from the Paramount Theater in Huntington, (Long Island,) New York. Even if you can't watch it live, the webcast will be available ON DEMAND until September 15. This is a great deal for only $19.95.

Visit http://www.toddwebcast.com to sign up, and check out the new video trailer at http://ksstudio.com/State_trailer.html, to get a taste of the show.



Read the article: The Todd Rundgren Museum
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2013 10:32 AM PDT

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. webmaster@toddrundgrenmuseum.com



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:31 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren to launch new release at Bearsville Almanac Weekly


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:29 AM PDT

Rundgren is back at Bearsville, this time for 2 shows - Timothy Malcolm Times Herald-Record


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:24 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock - Ann Gibbons Daily Freeman


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 9:17 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren: 'Every once in a while I took a trip and never came back' - Paul Lester "The Guardian"


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:03 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren - State Kevin Wierzbicki (anti-music)


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:02 AM PDT

Rundgren, Todd: State (Special Edition) Pete Pardo (Sea of Tranquility)


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:00 AM PDT

Music Review: Todd Rundgren – State (Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red, CD) by Howard Whitman (Technology Tell)


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:27 AM PDT

Ping Me (Anthony McGarrigle)


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:37 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday April 17th, 2013 at 8:30 P.M PDT / 11:30 P.M EDT.

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.



Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 9:11 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren – State, a review by Paul Gleason (Electric Mohawk)


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:15 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren’s Current ‘State’ of Mind (Interview) Wizard/Star Talks About Songwriting, Producing and His New Album & Tour, by Paul Gleason, Rock Cellar Magazine


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:07 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren talks new album, State, track-by-track, by Joe Bosso, musicradar.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:57 AM PDT

Subconscious Creativity - An Interview with Todd Rundgren by Jeb Wright.


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:35 AM PDT

Review of "State" by Nick DeRiso.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:30 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren on His Frustration With the Music Industry: 'I'm Not a One-Hit Wonder As Some Suggest', an interview by Chris Epting.


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:14 AM PST

A completely new "Best of Todd Rundgren" songbook has been produced by Cherry Lane and is being distributed by Hal Leonard. It's available at The Todd Store or from Amazon. This is not a re-publication of a similar songbook, but new, more accurate arrangements, approved by TR himself.


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:55 AM PST

Fidelity (Sean M. Hall)


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:54 AM PST

Feel It (Sean M. Hall)


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:20 PM PST

New Studio Album for 2013

Todd will release his new studio CD "State" on April 9, 2013. His tour in support of the release will begin in May and continue throughout 2013. The CD is available for pre-order now at toddstore.com.
Cherry Red Records’ frontline label Esoteric Antenna is proud to announce that the legendary TODD RUNDGREN has signed to the label for a worldwide deal for the release of his next studio album.

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.”



Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013 7:04 AM PST

Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album "State" on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red on Monday, April 8, 2013. It's his 24th solo studio album.

Tracklisting:

1. Imagination
2. Serious
3. In My Mouth
4. Ping Me
5. Angry Bird
6. Smoke
7. Collide-A-Scope
8. Something From Nothing
9. Party Liquor
10. Sir Reality

The accompanying tour "Official State Visit" follows beginning in May



Read the article: Utopian News
Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:24 AM PST

Kasim's 1982 solo debut has been re-released with new liner notes by Paul Myers and track annotations by Kasim. It's available from the Amazon UK site for only £8. View the info sheet by clicking on the image at the right.


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:08 PM PST

Alone (Sean M. Hall)


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:07 PM PST

Where Does The World Go To Hide? (Sean M. Hall)


Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:06 PM PST

I Just Wanna Touch You (Sean M. Hall)


Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:14 AM PST



Todd's special one-hour episode of Live From Daryl's House (which actually was shot at Todd's house on Kauai) airs this Thursday, January 10, 2013, in prime time on Palladia (and continues to be repeated thereafter). Here's the link --- http://www.palladia.tv/shows.php


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012 8:47 AM PST

Toddstock II

Toddstock II V6.5 has been announced! The festivities are June 17-22, 2013 at Nottoway Plantation & Resort, near New Orleans, Louisiana. Check http://toddstock2v65.com for details.

Rooms are also available at the nearby Best Western. Book through Jennifer@nottoway.com


Read the article: Collectibles
Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:40 AM PST

Due to popular demand, Rock Music Memorabilia has decided to produce another 1976 -1979 Knebworth Todd Rundgren commemorative set but still restricting it to a limited edition of 200.

The set can be viewed on
http://www.rockmusicmemorabilia.com/productdetails.php?catid=1&pid=45.

Anyone wanting further info can contact them at info@rockmusicmemorabilia.com




Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 7:07 AM PDT

Rock star excites teachers, if not students - The Columbus Dispatch


Read the article: Utopian News
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2012 12:02 PM PDT

Jesse is interviewed for the Artist Connection podcast.


Read the article: Biographical Information
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:10 PM PDT

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

Read the article: Play This Game
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:00 PM PDT

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!


Read the article: Fan Gatherings
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:04 AM PDT

ToddFest/West

The fifteenth incarnation of ToddFest/West, TF/W 2012, will be on Saturday, July 28, 2011 in Campbell, California. Throughout the day, we will be posting updates, photos and perhaps some audio to the ToddFestWest.com web site as well as to the ToddFest/West Facebook Page. Be sure to check in to keep on top of the action. You can also send us e-mail during the Fest to tfw2012@ToddFestWest.com

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 past fests, and hear what's coming up in the future.


Read the article: Utopia Grokware
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:52 PM PDT

New Flowfazer!

After 22 years, Flowfazer is once again available, this time as an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. To get your copy (for only $0.99) check out http://grokware.com/app/Flowfazer.html.



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:08 AM PST

Still a Wizard, a True Star: A Conversation With Todd Rundgren (Lost in translation: the late Craig Boogie Coinman?)


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 8:50 AM PST

Todd Rundgren: Always Ahead of the Curve


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:09 AM PST

The next set of Edsel re-releases is set for February 27, 2012. Amazon.com will have them available in March, 2012.

ArtistTitleCatalog NumberFormatAmazon Release Date
Todd RundgrenBack To The BarsEDSD 21252 CDMarch 6, 2012
Todd RundgrenHermit of Mink Hollow + Healing + The Ever Popular Tortured Artist EffectEDSD 21262 CDMarch 6, 2012
Todd Rundgren's UtopiaTodd Rundgren's Utopia + Another LiveEDSD 21272 CDMarch 6, 2012
UtopiaAdventures in Utopia + Deface the Music + Swing To The RightEDSD 21292 CDMarch 6, 2012
Roger Powell + M.Frog (Jean-Yves Labat)Air Pocket + M. FrogEDSS 10641 CDMarch 6, 2012
Felix CavaliereFelix Cavaliere + DestinyEDSS 10651 CDMarch 13, 2012


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:55 AM PST

TODD RUNDGREN Something/Anything 40th anniversary

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”

http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/todd-rundgren-something-anything-pt1



Read the article: CD News
Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:14 AM PST

Shout Factory Preps Release of Rundgren’s Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75

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.




Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 9:43 AM PST

ANNOUNCING RINGO STARR & HIS 13th ALL STARR BAND

Featuring Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette

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.”



Read the article: Album by Album
Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011 8:34 AM PST

The IndividualistTR-i(1995)


Read the article: I wish I was that lucky guy
Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011 2:17 PM PST

Dear Santa Rundgren,

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

Tony Usberghi



Read the article: I'm looking for someone
Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 7:23 AM PST

Steve Jacobs looking for Elizabeth Cousins and Mike Kauffman

I am looking for Elizabeth Cousins from NYC. We were penpals and attended a TR show at The Ritz 1985. Also looking for Mike Kauffman from Liverpool, England, traded tapes with him. Hope to get in touch and say hi again. contact me : wss761@yahoo.com


Read the article: Utopian News
Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 6:08 AM PST

Mark "Moogy" Klingman has passed away

This sad news was posted on November 16, 2011:
Last night, Moogy Klingman, longtime friend and Utopian passed away after a difficult battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. RIP Moogy.


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:14 AM PST

PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE

TODD RUNDGREN:
“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: esotericarts@btconnect.com
A Cherry Red Records label
Power Road Studios, 114 Power Road, Chiswick, London W4 5PY



Read the article: The Social
Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:13 AM PST

The Todd Rundgren Connection


Read the article: Videos
Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 6:52 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren's Utopia appearance in Peekskill, NY on November 18, 2011, will also be made available as a webcast from Nevessa Productions. To purchase the webcast, visit www.UtopiaShow.com. It will be viewable for 30 days afterward.


Read the article: Videos
Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 6:43 AM PDT

The Live "Todd" portion of the concert at the Keswick Theatre in 2010 is being released by S'More Entertainment/RockBeat Records on DVD and CD on February 14, 2012, with additional material (on DVD) from the Roy Firestone interview. The "Healing" portion of the concert will be released on an as-yet-unannounced later date.

For additional info, see Todd Rundgren's Live Performance of Classic album 'Todd' Coming On DVD and CD



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:08 AM PDT

Examiner.com (St. Petersburg, FL): Exclusive Interview: TODD RUNDGREN talks UTOPIA reunion with Examiner Ray Shasho


Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:07 AM PDT

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.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:12 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren's UK tour starts in Manchester on October

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

For review tickets and photos passes, please contact:
Peter Noble and Will Taylor at Noble PR Consultancy
Tel: 0207 272 7772, peter@noblepr.co.uk, will@noblepr.co.uk



Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:28 PM PDT

Tour dates announced for Todd Rundgren's Utopia in November 2011 - http://TRConnection.com/tour/t2011.


Read the article: Play This Game
Updated: Monday, September 19, 2011 8:38 AM PDT

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.


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 6:32 AM PDT

A Wizard, A True Star: Edsel Rolls Out Todd Rundgren Catalogue Overhaul outlines the upcoming reissue of much of Todd's back catalog in the UK with bonus tracks. New liner notes are written by Paul Myers.


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 7:12 AM PDT

Todd will be the special guest on Dinner Specials with May Pang and Cynthia Neilson- Live on September 12, beginning at 12 Noon EDT.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011 6:23 AM PDT

A pair of articles in The Morning Call: Todd Rundgren brings greatest hits show to Zoellner and Bethlehem native is guitarist for long-time idol Rundgren - feature story about Jesse Gress.


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:27 AM PDT

Don't miss Todd Rundgren interviewed on the Radcliffe & Maconie Show on September 22, 2011 at 2:30pm GMT. Todd will be talking about his upcoming Manchester Ritz concert on October 1st. Listen online and on-demand via BBC iPlayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0100rp6.


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 2:30 PM PDT

New Episode of The Loft’s Playin’ Records with Mike

http://www.siriusxm.com/theloft

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
Program Director
The Loft
Sirius XM Satellite Radio


Read the article: Last Dollar On Earth
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:11 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren praised by Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh at the Grammy Museum


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Friday, July 8, 2011 7:24 AM PDT

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 Live Broadcast at the Coach House



Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:35 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren confirms intimate UK concerts in October

For immediate release, London, England

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

For interview opportunities and ticket information, please contact:
Peter Noble and Will Taylor at Noble PR Consultancy
Tel: 0207 272 7772, peter@noblepr.co.uk, will@noblepr.co.uk



Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:26 AM PDT

Todd will be sitting in with the band on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:22 AM PDT

Todd reportedly among the "many more" to appear at the Propect Park Bandshell.

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.



Read the article: Fan Gatherings
Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 9:47 AM PDT

The First Annual Ohio Toddnic (Todd Fan Picnic)

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!

For more details please message Jack or me on our Facebook accounts or via email at - Jack -> jrfiocca@roadrunner.com or Ted -> chazmoon@rocketmail.com

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



Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:37 AM PDT

Todd is scheduled to appear on The Park Avenue Diet Show on WOR Talk Radio 710 AM on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 10:30 PM EDT. The show repeats Monday, May 2 at 11:00 PM (EDT). You can stream the show from the above link.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:09 AM PDT

Resurrection of the Renaissance Man: Todd Rundgren Returns by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron, former rock critic for the Chicago Sun Times.


Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:16 AM PDT

Todd on American Idol

Todd will be appearing in a producer role on American Idol on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Check your local listings for time and channel of this Fox network show. Keep an eye out for Todd in the audience on the April 6, 2011 show as well.


Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2011 3:06 PM PDT

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.



Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:47 AM PDT

A young successful band known as The Mummers have recently released a 6 track EP known as "Mink Hollow Road". The Single track is "Fade Away" by our very own Todd so this does smack of some Todd influence. It is getting quite a bit of air play on the BBC national radio stations. Their web site is http://www.themummers.co.uk/.


Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2011 2:29 PM PDT

Todd and Daryl Hall once again team up for a Live from Daryl's House, but this time it's Live From Todd's House in Hawaii. Check out the story at Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren reunite for live televised show and the webcast on http://www.lfdh.com/ (making its debut on March 14, 2011.)


Read the article: Videos
Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:12 AM PST

In Search of Todd Rundgren's 26-Foot Pyramid [VIDEO] includes an interview with the new owner and Todd himself.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:53 AM PST

THE 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.

TICKETS

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.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR WEBCAST TICKET

This webcast is produced by Nevessa Production Woodstock. If you have further questions please contact us at events@nevessa.com

ENJOY THE SHOW!



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:07 AM PST

Rock 'n' roll dreams get real - a front-page feature article in Today's Sacramento Bee.


Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:42 PM PST

From Aol News: Todd Rundgren's Utopia Reunites to Support Musician With Cancer


Read the article: I'm In The Clique
Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:41 AM PST

Todd Rundgren's Musical Survival Camp

June 20-24, 2011
Update

The frost is on the pumpkin and the fodder's in the shock. We're nearing year's end and our thoughts naturally turn to one thing: what are we going to do next summer? Well, here's a suggestion: join me for TR's Musical Survival Camp!

From June 20 - 24, 2011 we will retreat to the beautiful Catskill Mountains and fill our days and nights with discussions, demonstrations and presentations by our expert staff, as well as entertainments and diversions of the kind you've come to expect (especially if you've been to Toddstock!).

Camp is open to anyone with an interest in the modern world of music. No musical skill is necessary, but whatever sensibility you bring is sure to be enlightened after rubbing elbows with the staff and other campers. And if you still have not found that perfect gift for that certain someone, a trip to the mountains for a musical immersion could make you Santa of the Year.

If this sounds like a great way to kick off the summer (and it is!), check out the details here: http://www.toddstore.com/trsurvivalcamp . Space is limited so start planning now.

See you in camp!

TR

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 contact

RundgrenSurvivalCamp@fullmooncentral.com
Amy Carpenter
Full Moon Resort
(845) 532-7505
www.fullmoonresort.com


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Friday, January 7, 2011 12:04 PM PST

More details regarding Todd Fantasy Camp public concerts. Please note clarification on cover charges per evening event. All of these are in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Driving time estimates are shown for each location, based on my own personal experience. Public Transit is not likely to be a viable option.

For maps, see Todd Rundgren 2011 Tour.

myRecordFantasy with Todd Rundgren

January 17-19, 2011
The Track Shack
1745 Markston Road
Sacramento, CA
About 10-15 minutes from Downtown Sacramento

Evening Jam #1

(Monday 1/17, 2011, 8 pm - limited space, arrive early)
$10 cover charge
Pearl on the River
1379 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833-9735
(916) 567-3275
About 10 minutes from Downtown Sacramento

Midday lunch and 2-3 song acoustic set

(Tuesday 1/18, 2011, 1 pm)
Bella Bru Cafe
5038 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael, CA.
916-485-2883
About 20-25 minutes from Downtown Sacramento

Evening Jam #2

(Tuesday 1/18, 2011, 8 pm)
$10 cover charge
Tex Wasabi
2243 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825-3301
(916) 927-8399
About 10-15 minutes from Downtown Sacramento

Finale Concert

Todd Rundgren and Friends (with David Johansen, Mickey Thomas, Brent Bourgeois, and TBD)
(Wednesday 1/19, 2011, 8 pm)
$10 cover charge
Strikes
5681 Lonetree Blvd
Rocklin, CA 95765
(916) 632-8200
Tickets: Kerry @ (916) 580-6540
About 30-40 minutes from Downtown Sacramento

Also, all evening events will be broadcast live over the internet.

There are a few packages for this:

http://www.todocast.tv/gigatone/deluxe/

Finale Concert only: $19.99

http://www.todocast.tv/gigatone/final/


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:50 PM PST

Todd makes a rare concert appearance in Sacramento, CA (you know I'll be there) when he plays "Pearl on the River Patio Jam" on Monday, January 17, 2011. Details at their site. Tickets will go on sale after January 3, 2011. It's in conjunction with the MyRecordFantasy Camp and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 7:28 AM PST

Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Yes, you read that right. Todd Rundgren's Utopia featuring the original 1974 lineup for Rundgren, Klingman, Siegler, Schuckett and Ellman (sorry, no Frog). Plus a special appearance by Kasim Sulton. All at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on January 29, 2011. The show is already sold out, but a second show is scheduled (tickets not yet on sale) for Sunday, January 30, 2011.


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Friday, December 24, 2010 10:32 AM PST

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



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:59 AM PST

A new radio interview preceding Todd's Las Vegas show.


Read the article: CD News
Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:36 AM PST

More press from the Fantasy Camp: Todd Rundgren and Fans Get in Studio for myRecordFantasy.

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.



Read the article: Album by Album
Updated: Saturday, November 27, 2010 12:17 PM PST

For Lack of Honest WorkTodd Rundgren(2010)


Read the article: Believe It When You See It
Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010 5:32 AM PDT

Todd a Professor?

The RundgrenRadio folks have passed along this announcement:
Important announcement for serious Todd fans! Todd's solo concert/lecture/recital at Indiana University will be streamed live with audio and video action! The recital takes place at 8pm ET this Sunday aka Halloween night. We were told this would likely NOT be archived so you might want to watch it live if you can. The good news is a copy of it will be kept in their library and one would assume we will eventually get our hands on it. Here are the details.

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."

Additional articles:



Read the article: Okay I’ll Admit It, I’ve Got a “Man-crush” on Todd Rundgren
Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:16 AM PDT

Okay I’ll Admit It,
I’ve Got a “Man-crush” on Todd Rundgren

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.

1. Todd as the Unintentional Role Model

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.

2. Todd the Lyricist – Inspiring & at Times Irreverent

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.



Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010 7:52 PM PDT

This has newly mixed audio and additional footage from the Roy Firestone interview added. Plus, watching has been extended until November 15. If you haven't ordered it already, order it now!

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.



Read the article: Interviews and Other Articles
Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010 1:01 PM PDT

Summary of Australia/New Zealand media coverage


Read the article: The Social
Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:52 PM PDT

Toddfan Street Team


Read the article: The Social
Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:50 PM PDT

Simone Tyan's Todd Rundgren Page and Sidewalk Cafe


Read the article: Album by Album
Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:49 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren's JohnsonTodd Rundgren(2010)


Read the article: Videos
Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:27 PM PDT

The ToddStock movie is now available, order from ToddStore.com. You can see the TRAILER at http://vimeo.com/14138465 or in iTunes Movie Trailers.

You can order the full-size movie poster from Groupie Gear, $20, with FREE shipping.




Read the article: Believe It When You See It
Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:21 AM PDT

Rundgren shares his guitar tricks with Kiwi musicians The Dominion Post


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:37 AM PDT

Pre-press and reviews from Todd/Healing tour



Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
Updated: Friday, September 17, 2010 10:23 PM PDT

Fan Mott Leonino was interviewed for a Cuyahoga Falls, OH newspaper. The newspaper article is http://www.fallsnewspress.com/news/article/4888827 and Mott's original full-length interview questionnaire is below.

1. How did you meet Todd Rundgren?

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.

How did you get involved with his costuming?

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!

2. What do you like about his music?

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!

3. What is your impression of him personally?

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)

4. You mentioned other people you have had the chance to meet and work with, including George Clinton and the octopus cape. Could you expand on these?

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 .

5. How did you become interested in this field (art for your head), and how long have you had this business?

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!

6. You told me your sister is a musician, who still performs in the area.

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!

7. To clarify, you currently live in Austin, correct?

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!

8. You still visit this area; what, besides family, brings you back to visit?

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!



Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010 4:25 PM PDT



Read the article: Believe It When You See It
Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:02 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren makes food stop in Spring Lake


Read the article: Book News
Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:19 AM PDT

Paul Myers - A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio

Paul Myers' comprehensive book of Todd in the studio A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. It's due out October 1, 2010. Paul is blogging parts of the book during the month of September. See his blog The Pulmyears Music Blog.



Read the article: Birthday Carol
Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:58 AM PDT

ToddStock Celebrated Todd's 60th

Well, not exactly news. But I needed a place to document the event. Here's the original announcement from April 30, 2008:

Celebrate Todd's 60th!

So, you want to celebrate Todd's 60th in a big way? Then celebrate it with Todd. See THE DETAILS [Ed. note: "THE DETAILS" now courtesy The Internet Archives' Wayback Machine.]
Missed it? See Steve Skinner's Aspen Daily News articles filed from the event:


Read the article: Utopia Calendar
Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:28 AM PDT

Full-Size Calendar for TR Current Events



Read the article: myRecordFantasy with Todd Rundgren
Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:02 AM PDT

Register online at www.myRecordFantasy.com
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Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:25 AM PDT

Todd revealed on Rundgren Radio that he will be producing the next Donny Osmond album in 2011.


Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
Updated: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 11:12 AM PDT

DiffyRent writes:
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


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:02 PM PDT

A Kasim Sulton solo gig is set for Sat. Oct. 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 PM at the Gateway Creamery, Joplin, Mo. to benefit the Animal Adoption and Resource Center there. Tickets will be available from the shelter's website joplinhumane.org or by contacting organizer Mark Woodin at 417 624 1069. Tickets are limited to 250 and are $25 advance.



Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Monday, July 12, 2010 7:23 AM PDT

Guys...

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.


Cheers,

Chris Carter
Breakfast w/the Beatles
Sirius 25/XM 59 & 95.5 KLOS-FM



Read the article: CD News
Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:09 AM PDT

http://www.ccmusic.com/item.cfm?itemid=MIW101061
Title: For Lack Of Honest Work
Artist: Todd Rundgren
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!



Read the article: Play This Game
Updated: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:36 AM PDT

www.toddfan.com is a new site created by Perry Morrelli


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 11:12 AM PDT

According to several sources, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Todd is the featured guest, joining the band Cream of the Crop, during an event called "Chef Jam 2010: Cleveland Food Rocks." It's set for Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 7 PM at the Rock Hall. Tickets are $50 and are available through TicketMaster.


Read the article: Videos
Updated: Monday, April 26, 2010 9:27 PM PDT

Roger Linder has written a review of the "soon-to-be-released" DVD of ToddStock: All Excess.



Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:36 AM PDT

Todd did a radio interview with Joe Elvis - Nashville Radio station WNRQ - on April 14, 2010.
Here's the link. http://www.1059therock.com/pages/personality_joeelvis.html


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2010 2:29 PM PDT


Picture credit - Jean Lannen

Announcing The Todd Rundgren's Johnson Webcast April 11, 2010 8PM EDT

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.

Click here to purchase your webcast ticket.

The webcast is produced by Nevessa Production Woodstock. If you have further questions please contact us at events@nevessa.com.

Enjoy the show!

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Read the article: CD News
Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:07 AM PDT

"Todd Rundgren's Short Johnson" three-song sampler is available as an MP3 download from Amazon.com and iTunes.


Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010 9:41 AM PST

AWATS British and Dutch Press




Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Monday, February 1, 2010 6:37 AM PST

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/.



Read the article: Book News
Updated: Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:37 PM PST

Second Installment of Todd Rundgren Biography To Be Published

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:
www.goldtrespub.gemm.com
www.ant-bee.com

Press Inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
glassonyonpr@cs.com
A review is at Musoscribe.com



Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Todd Rundgren to launch 'Wizard' USB concert stick

For immediate release, London, England -

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.

For further information please contact:
Peter Noble and Will Taylor at Noble PR Consultancy Ltd.
Tel. 0207 272 7772, peter@noblepr.co.uk, will@noblepr.co.uk.



Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6:36 AM PST

"The Record Producers: Todd Rundgren" on BBC 6 Music

For immediate release, London, England -

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



Read the article: Biographical Information
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:14 AM PST

All Music Guide for The New Cars


Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Friday, January 8, 2010 9:12 AM PST

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!

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio - January 2010

www.getreadytorockradio.com

Hello and Happy New Year!

Have you checked out our radio channel?

We broadcast every day with a mix of continuous music sequences and feature programmes.

We are available in the radio section (iTunes, [under Classic Rock]), via the Reciva and Pure software that powers many wi-fi radio sets, or via the pop-up player at our dedicated website.

All music is hand-picked by specialists and you'll always hear a healthy blend of the new, less familiar, and classic rock tracks.

This month TODD RUNDGREN is our featured artist, when we add more of his music to our playlists.

This Sunday (10 January, 20:00 GMT) Stuart Hamilton profiles Todd Rundgren's music followed by a new interview with the man himself (21:00)

Todd talks about his forthcoming London show and his recent career...

More information: http://www.getreadytorockradio.com/todd_rundgren.htm

Other weekend highlights include Tony Charles (Sunday 15:00), Joe Matera (Sunday 18:00) and Peter Muir (Sunday 19:00) with their choice of classic rock, melodic guitar-based rock and progressive.

More information: http://www.getreadytorockradio.com

This is your radio station, so do get in touch with your requests, suggestions, and comments.

And starting soon, our quest to find "Ten for 10", ten bands we'll support through the year and with a chance to vote for your own favourite.

With best wishes

The Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Team

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available, please email for further information


Best of 2009: http://www.getreadytorock.com/best_of_2009.htm
Latest newsletter: http://www.getreadytorock.com/news/dec09.htm
RSS feed: http://www.getreadytorock.com/news/grtr1.xml
Radio channel: http://www.getreadytorockradio.com


Read the article: Believe It When You See It
Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:06 AM PST

Publicity for the London AWATS premiere in FACT Magazine


Read the article: I'm looking for someone
Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:47 AM PDT

Mark Bagley Looking for Jungle Jim Kontaxis

Anybody seen my old friend Jim Kontaxis from Queensland Australia? We met in California for the last Utopia Concert in 94 and he visited me in Virginia but I have lost track of him lately. mark_bagley@rocketmail.com


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2009 8:22 AM PDT

Rundgren Radio has announced that "A Wizard, A True Star" will be performed live in California at four locations in December 2009.


Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 3:09 PM PDT

Todd Rundgren wll be interviewed by Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals on BBC 6 Music Radio on Sunday 18th October 2009 from 2pm until 3:30pm (UK time). Listen online via the following link - http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/huey_morgan/.


Read the article: Believe It When You See It
Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:16 AM PDT

Todd's September 7, 2009 visit to Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reportedly set a record for the number of fans gathered for a meet and greet. The event is blogged for posterity.


Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:44 AM PDT



TR Live From Daryl's House, September 15 - http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/ - begins its one month airing online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jonathan Wolfson – jonathan@wolfsonent.com, (818) 615-0499

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 Res

Lo-Res



Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 7:23 AM PDT

A special exhibit will be debuting at Cleveland's Rock & Rock Hall of Fame on September fourth featuring items contributed by Todd and collected by Michele. Michele describes it as thus:
Hi All,

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,
Michele
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.



Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Friday, August 28, 2009 6:35 AM PDT

AWATS PPV Packages

For those who are unable to travel to any of the AWATS shows, tickets for the two AWATS PPV packages are available at:


Read the article: The Social
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2009 6:55 AM PDT

Rundgren Radio (Doug)


Read the article: The Social
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2009 6:52 AM PDT

ToddFest/West


Read the article: The Social
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2009 6:51 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren Connection


Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
Updated: Friday, May 29, 2009 9:56 AM PDT

Todd Rundgren's British Premiere of A Wizard, A True Star

For immediate release / London, England -

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.

For interview opportunities, please contact Peter Noble and Will Taylor at Noble PR Consultancy Ltd. 0207 272 7772, peter@noblepr.co.uk, will@noblepr.co.uk.



Read the article: Utopian News
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:11 AM PDT

Larry Tagg - Larry Tagg (Nearly Human, the Individualist tour, Bourgeois Tagg) has a new web site focusing on his Civil War writings.


Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:39 AM PDT

An interview with Todd will be featured on Sunday, May 10 on "The Lost 45s with Barry Scott". A preview clip is available online now.


Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:32 AM PDT

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.
[Update] TR indicated during a Rundgren Radio interview on May 5, 2009 that this was not intentional.

Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
Updated: Friday, May 1, 2009 10:16 AM PDT

Paul Myers reviews 'Cause I Sez So for Crawdaddy.


Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:18 PM PDT

Fair Hearing Music Review Site has a New York Dolls interview and a review of the new CD.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:14 AM PDT

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.


Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Sunday, April 5, 2009 1:07 PM PDT

Todd is scheduled to be a speaker for the DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series. He's to speak on April 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM (Note corrected time]. Admission is free. For additional information (and a great overview article on Todd's career) see the announcement and for a follow-up article.


Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:30 AM PDT

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, peter@noblepr.co.uk
Noble PR Consultancy, 1 Mercers Mews, London, England, N19 4PL



Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:04 AM PDT

As has been highly-reported in the online press, Todd is a participant in the 2009 Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, held in Hollywood, CA from April 29-May 3. For additional details, see http://www.rockcamp.com/. It's not for the casual fan, as it does cost thousands of dollars to attend.


Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Friday, March 13, 2009 6:36 AM PDT

Todd did a radio interview yesterday for a station in Alabama. WLRH-FM's Bob Labbe, the host, will begin using the interview on his weekly show beginning tonight 3/13. You can hear it at:

Reelin' In The Years
9p-1a central Time
www.wlrh.org


Read the article: Utopian News
Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:00 AM PDT

Sources

iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=307689350&s=143441
CD Baby - http://cdbaby.com/cd/rogerpowell3
Mindawn - http://www.mindawn.com/albums/5440

Roger Powell releases Solo Piano Blue Note Ridge

Tuesday March 03, 2009

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).

Contact:
Gary Tanin
Daystorm Music

email : daystormusic@garytanin.com
website : http://www.fossilpoets.com
MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/fossilpoets



Win the Bunny Ears!
Updated: Sunday, March 1, 2009 11:15 AM PST

The TR Connection is helping a fellow TR fan to raise funds as outlined below. Visit the information page at http://TRConnection.com/Bunny_ears.

Please refer any questions to Abby's address below.
Help save lives and you could win the shirt off Todd's back!!!!

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...

  • 1 chance for a $10 donation
  • 3 chances for each $25 donation
Donate as much as you'd like - there is no limit!!! For every $100 donated, you will earn 12 chances to win.

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 - toddbunnyears@gmail.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.

Abby



Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
Updated: Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:29 AM PST

Todd's appearance on November 15, 2008 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, was featured in the radio program "In Concert Beyond" on Radio 6. The show will aired from 2200-2400 on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. The text of the Dutch memo (translated by Google Translate) follows:
Press Release BEYOND IN CONCERT, Wednesday February 25, 2009.

22.00-24.00

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.

The program:

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
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/

Thanks for voyt23 on the GroknRollUtopia list for the link to the stream.



Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
Updated: Monday, January 26, 2009 7:04 AM PST

FRICKE'S PICKS

By David Fricke
(Thanks to Weavil for the transcript)

(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.



Read the article: Looking For Our Own Paths To Immortality
Updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:58 PM PST

James T. Flynn


Read the article: Arena press
Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2009 8:49 AM PST

TR is featured on CNN.com in Revelations from Todd Rundgren


Read the article: Arena press
Updated: Monday, January 5, 2009 9:42 AM PST

Mojo - February 2009



Read the article: Television Appearances
Updated: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 1:11 PM PST

Todd appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on December 22, 2008.

  • Todd's HDNet live concert special ran beginning January 11, 2009.

  • Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, December 1, 2008 8:15 AM PST

    Perthshire Advertiser



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:14 AM PST

    Daily Record (Scotland)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:12 AM PST

    The Word (Dec. 2008)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:08 AM PST

    New Musical Express



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:04 AM PST

    Manchester Evening News (Nov. 8, 2008)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Friday, November 21, 2008 7:39 AM PST

    Guitarist Magazine - December '08



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:13 AM PST

    Eindhovens Dagblad

    (Dutch)


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 17, 2008 6:59 AM PST

    Norwich Evening News



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Friday, November 14, 2008 6:49 AM PST

    Edinburgh Evening News



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:57 AM PST

    Today's comic from Flight Deck


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 8:44 AM PST

    The Herald (Scotland)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 8:39 AM PST

    Metro



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 10, 2008 7:30 AM PST

    Independent on Sunday



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:07 AM PST

    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/



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 7:29 AM PST

    Huddersfield Examiner



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, November 3, 2008 7:55 AM PST

    Sunday Mail



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:19 PM PDT

    The List (Scotland)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, October 27, 2008 12:25 PM PDT

    Fireworks (UK)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, October 27, 2008 7:26 AM PDT

    The Herald (Scotland)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, October 20, 2008 7:00 AM PDT

    Scotland on Sunday



    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:39 AM PDT



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:25 AM PDT

    Classic Rock (November)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:18 AM PDT

    Classic Rock Society



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:59 AM PDT

    Strike (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:57 AM PDT

    Mercenary (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:56 AM PDT

    Afraid (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:55 AM PDT

    Gun (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 13, 2008 9:48 AM PDT

    I Think You Know (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
    Updated: Friday, October 10, 2008 9:26 AM PDT

    A Todd Rundgren special will air on internet ready station Getreadytorock Sunday 12 October 20.00 GMT, repeated Sunday 26 October 20.00 GMT, featuring a few tracks off the new album, as well as a host of oldies.


    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Thursday, October 2, 2008 1:22 PM PDT



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, October 2, 2008 6:50 AM PDT

    Sunday Express (Scotland)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 10:57 AM PDT

    Dorset Echo (26th September 08)



    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 10:05 AM PDT

    Apparently some of the fans are having trouble finding the ARENA CD at their local stores. HiFi Records says:
    "It should be available at all major retailers except Target. Definitely at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc. Todd's fans can be a great help if they can tell us the names of stores which don't have it (specific street address)."
    Please pass the word. They can let Lynn Robnett at Eric Gardner's office know if their store (except Target) doesn't have it.


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 8:14 AM PDT

    Guitar Noize - Todd Rundgren is back with big riffs!


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 7:29 AM PDT

    Manchester Evening News (24th September 08)



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, September 29, 2008 10:07 AM PDT

    Bristol Evening Post

    Sunday Express

    Independent on Sunday



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 6:55 AM PDT

    Guitarist Magazine - October '08



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:40 PM PDT

    UK Radio Promo Single for Strike



    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:48 AM PDT

    Rock Sellout - Todd Rundgren: Arena


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:21 AM PDT

    Power Play



    Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
    Updated: Monday, September 22, 2008 9:49 AM PDT

    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 -

    http://cleardaynebraska.blogspot.com/2008/09/bruce-dickinson-plays-todd-rundgrens.html

    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



    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Monday, September 22, 2008 7:22 AM PDT

    Rundgren Radio


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:30 PM PDT

    http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=23765

    Todd Rundgren returns to Madison
    Bob Koch on Wednesday 09/17/2008 1:09 pm


    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Monday, September 15, 2008 8:52 AM PDT

    Retroblog's Arena CD giveaway


    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Monday, September 15, 2008 8:47 AM PDT

    Here Comes The Flood Arena review


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Monday, September 15, 2008 7:27 AM PDT

    Classic Rock - October 08



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:55 AM PDT

    The Word

    The Scotsman

    Metro

    Guitar and Bass



    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 6:45 AM PDT

    Here Comes The Flood Tour photo


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Monday, September 8, 2008 9:52 AM PDT

    "Arena" is now available on Amazon.com


    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Saturday, September 6, 2008 8:31 AM PDT

    Burning Wood - by Sal Nunziato


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Saturday, September 6, 2008 8:27 AM PDT

    The Spark of Life (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Friday, September 5, 2008 1:34 PM PDT

    The Beat



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:49 AM PDT

    Cooking Vinyl - Promo CD

    Guardian

    Mirror

    Mojo

    Q

    Record Collector

    Uncut



    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 7:31 AM PDT

    Classic Rock - September 2008



    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:53 AM PDT

    ArenaTodd Rundgren(2008)


    Read the article: The Social
    Updated: Monday, August 18, 2008 11:48 AM PDT

    Todd Rundgren Arena - by ma4utopia


    Read the article: Arena press
    Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:44 AM PDT

    Todd Rundgren signs new deal with Cooking Vinyl...

    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: peter@noblepr.co.uk



    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Saturday, August 2, 2008 8:00 AM PDT

    Blissland Gallery


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:39 AM PDT

    The Ikon (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Monday, July 21, 2008 3:25 PM PDT

    Lino Terlati's Special Interest


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:36 PM PDT

    Mad (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Toddlehead
    Updated: Sunday, July 6, 2008 2:11 PM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: TRitter
    Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 10:21 AM PDT

    The TR Connection has joined the Twitter Revolution! What's Twitter? It's an Instant Message-like update service that allows you to follow other folks and their activities/thoughts. TRC's Twitter will keep you up-to-date on site changes and important breaking TR news. Follow it now!


    Celebrate Todd's 60th!
    Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:00 PM PDT

    So, you want to celebrate Todd's 60th in a big way? Then celebrate it with Todd. See THE DETAILS


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:08 AM PDT

    Attention Musicians!

    Past response to requests for new music has been very good, but there are no new songs available. I'd like to feature a new song every Monday, so if you'd like your original music featured, please send it in.
    The TR Connection Music ToddCast is a podcast feed featuring original music by TR fans. Visit The TR Connection Music ToddCast to check it out and subscribe.

    If you have some original music and would like it distributed on the Music ToddCast, please send it as an mp3 (or a link to an mp3) to music-podcast@TRConnection.com. In the subject line include "Music ToddCast" (exactly as capitalized) to ensure that it gets past my spam filters.

    You can now also listen to the Continuous Music ToddCast Stream using any streaming audio player (iTunes and RealPlayer are two that are known to work) by using the following stream address: http://TRConnection.com:8000/TRCmusic


    Read the article: Last Dollar On Earth
    Updated: Monday, December 24, 2007 9:29 AM PST

    Todd's store for Tour Merchandise and other goodies is open for business.

    Buy TR Merchandise



    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:36 AM PST

    A review of Liars Live DVD by Boomer Media


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 7:31 AM PST

    Brent Bourgeois - Nearly Human, Bourgeois Tagg - A new Interview by retroDan


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Friday, November 9, 2007 7:07 AM PST

    Somewhere/Anywhere?Todd Rundgren(1998 - Japan)


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:43 PM PDT

    Gary Tanin writes:

    Dear Friend;

    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!

    Just click on this link: http://vividimagesdesign.com/fossil/

    Webmaster,
    Fossil Poets
    MySpace : http://myspace.com/fossilpoets


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2007 6:04 PM PDT

    Up Against ItTodd Rundgren(1997)


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2007 6:41 PM PDT

    An online interview with Michele debuted September 26, 2007.


    Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
    Updated: Monday, August 20, 2007 10:40 AM PDT


    Starting August 29, Doug is producing a new online talk radio show focused on Todd.

    Host Channel: Todd Rundgren Talk Radio
    Dial In Number: (646) 716-9262
    Host URL: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/runt

    This show is for Todd Rundgren fans. A good bit of the broadcasts will feature special guests that have some type of connection with Todd and fans will be able to call in and ask questions.



    Read the article: TR-ibute
    Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 7:55 AM PDT

    40 Years of Todd Rolling Stone Tribute Ad

    by Bill Bricker

    The 40 Years of Todd project has gone farther in 3 months than it took 10 months to accomplish during the last campaign. If you have already contributed, THANK YOU!

    In case anyone needs a reminder, every contributor of $5 or more will have their name listed in Rolling Stone Magazine's November special 40th Anniversary Issue. So far, 167 fans have given over $2500 toward this tribute to Todd.

    The hard truth is it will take 10 times that number to reach the goal of a full page ad. And in June the contribution flow tapered off drastically. In order to give things a boost, I am making the following offer.

    JUNE SPECIAL OFFER

    For every donation of $25 or more received by June 30, 2007, I will ship not one, but two commemorative shirts. The first batch just arrived and I am quite thrilled with the way they turned out.

    Remember to include your shipping address and shirt size preference in the comments when you donate via www.paypal.com to todd40@toddata.com

    Thanks,

    Bill Bricker

    www.toddata.com

    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,

    Bill

    TODD40
    3445 Seminole Tr, Ste 275
    Charlottesville, VA 22911

    Toddata and 40 Years of Todd have no official affiliation with Todd Rundgren or Rolling Stone Magazine.

    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Monday, June 18, 2007 12:45 PM PDT

    New to Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies is the "New Cars Showroom" Check it out!


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Monday, June 11, 2007 1:34 PM PDT

    Michael Pluznick - Michael Pluznick Nearly Human


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Monday, June 11, 2007 1:30 PM PDT

    Doug Legacy - Doug Legacy A Capella 11 voice choir


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2007 11:37 AM PDT

    Only Human (Rob Farrish)


    Read the article: Todd on Dr. Demento
    Updated: Monday, June 4, 2007 8:29 AM PDT

    Dr. Demento Archive links updated and corrected


    Read the article: TR external services
    Updated: Friday, May 18, 2007 8:41 AM PDT

    Wolfgang's Vault offers concerts through their web site. TR's appearance at the Bottom Line in 1978 is available.


    Read the article: And The Music Plays Forever
    Updated: Sunday, May 13, 2007 8:30 AM PDT

    Chuck Williamson's site has been rediscovered


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:29 AM PDT

    "New" music this summer

    According to a press release from Digital Music Group, Inc., they have acquired the rights to Todd's archive material and plan to release some this summer:
    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.


    Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
    Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:13 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Friday, February 2, 2007 7:16 AM PST

    OblivionUtopia(1983)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 11:05 AM PST

    Chain Letter (Steven Britt)


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 7:53 AM PST

    any todd fans in prescott az. jfk jkshowlow@live.com


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Monday, November 27, 2006 11:02 AM PST

    The Harry Smith Project Is Now In Stores

    Todd Rundgren appears on the Harry Smith Project: Anthology American of Revisited 2-CD/2-DVD box set and the Harry Smith Project Live DVD, available separately. Both releases, in stores now, feature highlights from a series of Harry Smith tribute concerts staged in London, New York and Los Angeles by Hal Willner in 1999 and 2001.


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:56 AM PDT

    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.

    iTunes
    Amazon
    Cantaloupe site


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:53 AM PDT

    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.
    Thanks,
    Linda Brandt



    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 6:54 AM PDT

    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 http://www.disciplineglobalmobile.com/shop/


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:17 AM PDT

    It's been around for a while, but not linked here before. From Rehearsals.com, three videos of the New Cars at work.



    Read the article: ♫ My Name is Music ♫
    Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:13 PM PDT

    ♫ 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 music-podcast@trconnection.com.

    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!



    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:49 AM PDT

    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".


    Read the article: There's no one at the backstage door
    Updated: Friday, August 18, 2006 7:16 PM PDT

    Steven Tuttle - Ector Colliseum


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2006 8:37 AM PDT

    From May/Jun '06 Being There - "Getting to Know: Todd Rundgren" a very nice overview of Todd's discography.


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 9:21 AM PDT

    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."



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 21, 2006 9:02 AM PDT

    Time Heals (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 21, 2006 9:01 AM PDT

    Pretending to Care (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Watching Rock and Roll Die
    Updated: Saturday, June 3, 2006 4:22 AM PDT

    Vince Welnick died Friday, June 2, 2006

    San Jose Mercury News



    Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
    Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 7:26 AM PDT

    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)!


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Friday, May 19, 2006 6:42 PM PDT

    Articles, Reviews and Interviews




    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, May 5, 2006 9:32 AM PDT

    International Feel (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: Haiku Review of Todd Rundgren's solo albums
    Updated: Friday, May 5, 2006 6:59 AM PDT

    John Glossenger
    Copyright @2006

    Runt
    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
    
    Something/Anything?
    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
    
    Todd
    Worlds of tomorrow
    On two LPs worth of tunes
    Only one pop song
    
    Numerous song styles
    Multi-colored recording
    That matches his hair
    
    Initiation
    Todd goes synth crazy
    Another challenging set
    For his diehard fans
    
    Faithful
    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
    
    Healing
    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
    
    A Cappella
    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
    
    Nearly Human
    Ten soulful pop songs
    Live studio recording
    Beauty in the world
    
    2nd Wind
    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
    
    The Individualist
    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
    
    Liars
    Simply outstanding
    Concept album about truth
    His best since Hermit
    


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Friday, May 5, 2006 6:55 AM PDT

    John Glossenger has provided this innovative Haiku Review of Todd Rundgren's solo albums.


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, May 5, 2006 6:29 AM PDT

    When The Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd. (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, May 5, 2006 6:27 AM PDT

    Parole (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, April 28, 2006 9:24 AM PDT

    Boat on the Charles (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Speaking Engagements
    Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:10 PM PDT

    Todd testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee

    "Parity, Platforms, and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in the Digital Radio Revolution "

    Testimony of Todd Rundgren

    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).

    A stream of the session is available at rtsp://video.c-span.org/15days/e042606_music.rm (load into RealPlayer)
    Streaming video of committee session.
    RealPlayer plugin required to view. (Note: misspelling in the video title originates at the source)


    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.




    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:32 AM PDT



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Monday, April 3, 2006 11:50 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:37 AM PST

    Swing To The Right What's more important when the cows comes in What's more important when the count comes in Roger Linder


    Read the article: Todd Trading Network
    Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:48 PM PST

    Jeff'weavil'Gauss toddlist 3/22/2006 TR RARITIES on CDr + photo gallery (many updates to TRading page including new (recent) photos and shows)


    Read the article: New Cars Press Conference
    Updated: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:11 AM PST

    by The TRC Scouts

    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.


    The New Cars emerges on the stage and they start off with a kick-ass version of:
    • Just What I Needed
    • Let's Go
    • Candy-O
    • Not Tonight
    • Let The Good Times Roll
    Thank You Good Night!!! Todd screams. (Even though it was 11:30 in the morning).... Todd then says 'hey let's all go to breakfast!'

    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!



    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Friday, March 17, 2006 9:56 AM PST

    Report for New Cars Press Conference

    Photos
    Full Report

    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....

    • The New Cars are Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar), Elliot Easton (guitars, vocals), Greg Hawkes (keyboards), Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals), Prairie Prince (drums).
    • North American tour dates start on May 12.
    • You can expect to hear The Cars big hits, new music by the New Cars, as well as some of Todd Rundgren's music.
    • Advance tickets (I'm told no code is needed) are on sale now, general ticket sales go on sale on Saturday, March 18.
    • If you purchase tickets through VH1classic.com or Ticketmaster.com you'll receive a email code for a free 10 song download of New Cars and Blondie songs.
    • Ticket purchases through Ticketmaser will also include a one year Easy Rider membership with the New Cars' official fan club. This will allow access to New Cars website, email update and message board, along with options to buy VIP packages and other perks.
    • You can join the New Cars fan club without purchasing tickets at www.thenewcars.com


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Friday, March 17, 2006 9:19 AM PST

    New Cars/Blondie promo E-card

    The new e-card includes streaming of a live version of "Let the Good Times Roll" and the new single "Not Tonight."

    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.


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 10:25 AM PST

    New Cars Web Site

    http://www.thenewcars.com/

    A featured article in Billboard is also online.


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Monday, March 6, 2006 8:52 AM PST

    Deaconlight

    Deaconlight.com features an article: New Cars 2006 Model to Hit the Road in May with Todd Rundgren Behind the Wheel

    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 8:57 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2006 6:48 AM PST

    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


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 2:12 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 2:00 PM PST

    Just One Victory Eyes and Visine, if ya know what I mean Eyes that have seen, will know what I mean Dave Kohrumel


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:22 AM PST

    Bag Lady (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 7:45 AM PST

    Forget All About It (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Monday, February 20, 2006 2:23 PM PST

    You Don't Have To Camp Around You're ABOUT to try it You're ALLOWED to try it Lydia


    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2006 10:14 PM PST

    But Not Tonight

    Tipster Steve reports that the complete single "But Not Tonight" and some commentary by Elliot Easton can be found in "The Rock and Roll Geek Show" podcast (http://rockandrollgeek.podshow.com/) Episode #141. It was recorded at a Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. Look for it about the middle of the show.

    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:32 AM PST

    New Cars teaser video

    Click here to watch the teaser!

    Read the article: Drive - News on the New Cars
    Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:31 AM PST

    Contest

    According to tipster Howard, the liveDaily web site is reporting that the New Cars (actually a "mystery band") are giving away a Sirius radio (must register to win) and will be revealing on March 14 who the mystery band is. Go to the liveDaily web site for more info.

    One Concert Date Announced?

    According to the Konocti Harbor (Kelseyville, CA) web site, a May 27 concert is scheduled (tickets on sale March 18) and a March 14 National Tour Announcement will take place.

    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, February 17, 2006 10:25 AM PST

    Back Of Your Mind (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, February 17, 2006 10:21 AM PST

    See What You Can Be (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, February 17, 2006 10:19 AM PST

    Open My Eyes (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, February 10, 2006 10:15 AM PST

    Hang On Paul (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2006 10:45 AM PST

    Who's That Man? (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2006 10:41 AM PST

    Long Flowing Robe (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2006 10:40 AM PST

    Bleeding (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2006 10:38 AM PST

    Letters Don't Count (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Friday, February 3, 2006 8:38 AM PST

    I Can't Stop Running My kids are burning I can't stop running Magnus Haengsle


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2006 12:52 PM PST

    The Ballad (Denny & Jean) (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2006 6:36 AM PST

    Wailing Wall (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2006 7:55 PM PST

    Hope I'm Around (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2006 3:40 PM PST

    Chain Letter (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Last Dollar On Earth
    Updated: Sunday, January 1, 2006 12:00 AM PST

    If you've got the last dollar on earth, why not spend it here? Here's a few folks seeking that last dollar. You might end up with some rare treasure!
    If you've got TR-related stuff to sell, you can advertise it here for free. Just drop a line to LastDollar@TRConnection.com.


    Read the article: Todd Trading Network
    Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 7:37 AM PST

    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!



    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Monday, November 28, 2005 10:22 AM PST

    Get Ready To Rock reviews Todd's new Best of Live album and Liars Live DVD.


    Read the article: Utopian Letters to Awizard
    Updated: Saturday, November 19, 2005 7:31 PM PST

    Another note from Moogy:

    Friends, Toddheads, Utopians! I come to praise Todd, not to bury him!

    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!"

    Utopian Salutations,

    Moogy Klingman
    www.moogymusic.com


    Read the article: Utopian Letters to Awizard
    Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2005 7:31 PM PST

    I hope this doesn't escalate into a "Melody Maker" incident, but here's

    Moogy's response to Todd's recent letter

    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?

    Utopian Salutations,

    Moogy Klingman
    www.moogymusic.com



    Read the article: Utopian Letters to Awizard
    Updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:00 PM PST

    Todd's message on the "New Cars"

    For the screamers:

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, or rather 'car is out of the garage', I should address the issues I would have dealt with had someone given me a heads up before we went public.

    There is a new cadre of 'fan' who has taken to constant second guessing of my motives and decisions. Their responses are usually Cassandraesque, rife with predictions of career death and loss of core audience. If results are not to their satisfaction, they threaten... what? To actively campaign against playing my music on the radio?

    Here are the facts. I don't know what kind of job you have, but I imagine that if you want to keep it you have to adapt to changes in your job description and to changes in the job market itself. And I don't know if you've heard, but musicians have notoriously brief careers. You can't do the job well on a part time basis, so you had better make a living at it. And if you want to keep the job, you better take advantage of whatever opportunities you have to work.

    You would have thought that 2004 was a big year for me careerwise, and in many ways it was. But the effort to bring the tour to the widest audience was not a profitable venture and I am still paying it off today. You would have thought that 2005 has been a nearly disasterous followup, and in some ways it has. But I erased the debts of last year, got caught up on my taxes and even vacationed for a couple weeks. Oh yeah, and I supported my family.

    So now an opportunity has arisen for me to pay my bills, play to a larger audience, work with musicians I know and like, and ideally have some fun for a year. The catch is, a lot of people have been counting on something else. Let's make this clear: the possibility of a Utopia reunion of any kind has always been extremely remote. We disbanded for specific reasons that a previous reunion attempt only exacerbated. Despite whatever enjoyment we got from playing the music for our fans, the reformation left a sour taste. It would be ludicrous to Spinal Tap our way through a tour so fans could be satisfied that we simply showed up on the same stage. That's a redefinition of Utopia I can't personally handle. No 'magic date' is so magical that it can transform such an ingrained relationship. It's not happening and we'll all have to live with it.

    The rest of the equation is obvious. I can take out a band of my own and slide inexorably into debt, or I can go out solo and take my chances. Except that's no choice. Most of my recent material doesn't translate to the accoustic guitar (let alone piano), so the act has become stale to the point that I won't accept any more gig offers for solo shows.

    So you see, if someone gives you an opportunity to make a good living for a year without violating your musical ethics (or HAVING to play Beatle songs), and throws in the ability to retain your own identity and perform your own material and possibly create new fans, well, what choice do you have, really? The schedule even gives me plenty of time to record a new solo project, so what's the problem? If my working musician's decision offends you, start calling the DJs and beg them to stop playing all that TR music that's in such heavy rotation.

    Otherwise, me and Kas and Prairie and Elliot and Greg will be playing parts of the country we'd never get to otherwise, and hope to see you all there when we do.

    TR



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2005 8:26 AM PST

    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!!"


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2005 7:38 AM PST

    'Todd Rundgren Liars Live'

    Filmed During The Critically Acclaimed 2004 Tour Released on DVD in the UK/Europe: January 30, 2006

    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.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Monday, November 7, 2005 2:54 PM PST

    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."


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 7:09 AM PST

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    By clicking on the link, you will vote for the TRConnection ToddCast at Podcast Alley. A simple e-mail verification process validates your vote.

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    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Friday, October 14, 2005 7:58 AM PDT

    Worldwide Epiphany Pearl White And Tiffany Worldwide Epiphany Audrey (daughter of E.J. Haas)


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Friday, October 14, 2005 7:01 AM PDT

    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).



    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:36 PM PDT

    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."


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:32 AM PDT

    Liars LIVE is now available at Amazon.com for pre-order. Release date is set for November 29, 2005.


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:23 AM PDT

    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:

    http://cdbaby.com/cd/willpowers

    Thanks and remember - Where there's Will, there's a way!


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:49 AM PDT

    Adam Curry played the TR Connection ToddCast promo on his Daily Source Code podcast on October 11, 2005.


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:17 AM PDT

    Coming Monday, October 17, 2005....
    'Tis the season to be spooky! If you like those classic Midnight Monster Chiller Horror Movies, you're gonna LOVE this! EJ proudly presents the ToddCast Halloween Special, a Macabre Masterpiece of Toddish Terror, LIVE (sort of) from Toddsylvania!



    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Saturday, October 8, 2005 11:22 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2005 12:54 PM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:00 AM PDT

    A recent interview with John Ferenzik is on Mizar 5.


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:25 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:08 AM PDT

    It's Not That Easy (Austin Shields)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:03 AM PDT

    When I Pray (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:20 AM PDT

    Lin also has a number of tabs at his own site.


    Read the article: Collectibles
    Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 1:35 PM PDT

    The TR, Utopia and Nazz sections.


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Monday, September 12, 2005 8:13 AM PDT

    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.

    Aloha, Stewart Moser


    Read the article: Todd Rundgren TRibute Cookbook project
    Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2005 7:02 AM PDT

    "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!


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:20 AM PDT

    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 sequence.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Friday, August 12, 2005 11:25 AM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Friday, August 12, 2005 11:24 AM PDT

    Scott writes:

    Todd is in Guitar Player magazine in a ad for Babicz guitars. The Sept. 05 issue. Page 162 i believe.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Friday, August 12, 2005 11:23 AM PDT

    Jeff writes:

    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:

    http://www.rickspringfield.com/tday/tday_le.html



    Read the article: Watching Rock and Roll Die
    Updated: Sunday, July 3, 2005 8:47 AM PDT

    As many already know, Luther Vandross died on July 1, 2005. Luther toured briefly with Utopia as a background singer in 1975.


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:34 AM PDT

    Influenza (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2005 7:02 PM PDT

    2005

    w/ Joe Jackson and Ethel

    w/ Hall and Oates

    • US Leg (August 23 - September 2, 2005)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:04 PM PDT

    Shine (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The ToddCast
    Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 12:53 PM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, June 20, 2005 8:29 AM PDT

    I Don't Want To Tie You Down (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2005 7:55 AM PDT

    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!



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2005 9:17 PM PDT

    Baby Let's Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2005 6:43 AM PDT

    From: Kari Pearson
    Subject: Roxy shows 1978 and 1979
    Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 02:17:05 -0700
    
    I 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!

    Kari
    wrenella@hotmail.com


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, May 6, 2005 11:57 AM PDT

    Hawking (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Monday, May 2, 2005 7:45 AM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Television Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 1:45 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2005 7:22 AM PDT

    US and UK Press on the 2005 tour:



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, April 18, 2005 8:11 AM PDT

    Liars



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, April 18, 2005 7:12 AM PDT

    The Waiting Game (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2005 4:41 PM PDT

    Change Myself (Brian Canfield)


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:58 AM PDT

    Chris Epting writes: Secret Sound Elvis Passed Here
    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





    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Friday, April 8, 2005 6:11 PM PDT

    Fill 'er up with Ethel

    Delecorte Theatre in Central Park, New York City on August 24, 2004 Ethel (strings), Joe Jackson (piano), and Todd Rundgren (guitar). Photograph courtesy of (c) Steven J. Sherman

    Critically acclaimed classical string quartet, ETHEL, are special guests of Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren on a massive full-scale 2005 US and European Tour. The European tour starts on May 30th at the Portsmouth Guildhall (UK) and will also include concerts in Bristol, York, Gateshead, London, Leicester, Edinburgh and Liverpool. In June Ethel the tour will continue with shows in Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

    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."


    Read the article: Watching Rock and Roll Die
    Updated: Friday, April 8, 2005 9:56 AM PDT

    Phillip Ballou, background vocalist on Another Live, died March 19, 2005 http://www.davidlasley.com/PhillipBallou.html


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Monday, April 4, 2005 8:46 AM PDT

    TR waxes lyrical to 'Get Ready To Rock' about the forthcoming US and European Tour
    http://www.getreadytorock.com/rock_stars/todd_rundgren.htm


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Sunday, March 13, 2005 9:15 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: CD News
    Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2005 6:55 AM PST

    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?)

    The Hollywood Reporter


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, February 4, 2005 10:22 AM PST

    Liars on Vinyl

    Liars was also released on vinyl, for those who prefer LPs over CD.:

    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Friday, January 21, 2005 9:36 AM PST

    From: paul stringer stringpr2000@yahoo.com
    Subject: Janine From NJ

    Janine,

    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



    Read the article: Television Appearances
    Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 2:13 PM PST

    The IMDB has a comprehensive listing of Todd's TV and film appearances.


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 2:03 PM PST

    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 ccolsonjr@comcast.net 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.


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:11 PM PST

    Greg Hamby - nandghamby@snet.net

    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!


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Monday, January 3, 2005 1:43 PM PST

    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. waltonowalker@hotmail.com.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2005 6:57 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 12:24 PM PST

    Liars make several End-of-year lists



    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Sunday, December 5, 2004 8:16 AM PST

    Me and Todd" is Jeff'weavil'Gauss' contribution to TR fandom, and highlights photos of fans with Todd.


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 2:42 PM PST

    Dave Stainton has taken part in the National Novel Writing Month competition during November 2004 which basically set the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. He completed his novel on 29th November, and it's entitled "The Lucky Guy", which as you will guess was suggested by Todd's song of the nearly same name. The main character is also a big Toddhead and he managed to cram as many references in as he could. The novel has been blogged and available at www.the-lucky-guy.blogspot.com.



    Read the article: Todd Rundgren TRibute Cookbook project
    Updated: Friday, November 26, 2004 6:26 PM PST


    http://www.cafepress.com/trcookbook

    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:


    [1] the Typeface was chosen to be easy on the eyes,
    [2] the Font size was chosen to be easily readable by the average person at a reasonable distance, in my case nearly feet,
    [3] The paper is a heavier-duty paper that promises to stand up to the natural wear-and-tear that a cookbook inevitably suffers,
    [4] The text is not packed tightly on the page, which further enhances readability and also allows personal notations to be added easily,
    [5] 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
    [6] 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

    http://www.geocities.com/wendys_world@sbcglobal.net/GTLGTB.htm


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2004 10:25 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, November 6, 2004 5:09 PM PST

    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 Page 1, Page 2. Special thanks to Darnelle Corbett for the article.


    Read the article: Todd Trading Network
    Updated: Friday, November 5, 2004 7:35 AM PST

    Mike Birch Mike Birch's CD Trading Page 11/05/2004 TR, Utopia and others


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Friday, November 5, 2004 7:26 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2004 7:17 AM PDT

    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."


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Friday, October 15, 2004 7:13 AM PDT

    Jason Thompson's PopMatters review of "Liars"


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 9:49 AM PDT

    Press coverage from the Portland Tribune.


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 8:29 AM PDT

    What starts out to be a review of Bjork's newest, really turns into a laud for Todd's A Cappella.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 5:41 PM PDT

  • The 2004 Liars tour 2nd leg is still being booked, and a lot of changes to some scheduled dates are being made. The show for Waterfest in Oshkosh, the Colorado shows and the Tucson show have been cancelled because of venue limitations. Potentially, more shows will be added on the West Coast. The 2nd leg now begins in El Cajon, CA on 9/10. The complete schedule, with as much up-to-date info as possible, can be found at "Liars" - 2004
    The Band:
    Kasim Sulton - bass
    Jesse Gress - guitar
    John Ferenzik - keyboards
    Prairie Prince - drums

  • Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 2:20 PM PDT

    A 5.1 DVD-Audio mix of "Liars" is out. Todd did the mix in April, 2004. One source is DVD4Music in the UK.

    Reviews: http://trconnection.com/todd/review/dvd/liars


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2004 9:34 AM PDT

    An extremely detailed and informative technology article about the production that goes into the Liar's tour.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Monday, July 19, 2004 9:47 AM PDT

    Scanned concert reviews from the UK - Financial Times, The Observer 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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, July 16, 2004 7:40 AM PDT

    Latest coverage from the UK



    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2004 7:35 AM PDT

    [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.


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Monday, July 12, 2004 10:30 AM PDT

    Utopia Live in Boston 1982 (released in the US July 27, 2004) is reviewed.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 2004 8:14 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 2004 8:05 AM PDT

    Major feature with pictures in "Classic Rock" Cover Table of Contents Page 1 2 3 4 5 6


    Read the article: Todd's Awards and Recognitions
    Updated: Thursday, July 8, 2004 10:57 AM PDT

    KPRI Authentic Rock Lifetime Achievement Award

    Todd received the KPRI Authentic Rock Lifetime Achievement Award on November 15, 2003 in San Diego. He was the award's first-ever recipient.

    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2004 8:12 AM PDT

    More scans from the UK:

    • Todd is interviewed by FIREWORKS magazine. Page 1 2 3
    • Birmingham Evening Mail newspaper. It's a preview of TR's forthcoming concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in the UK on Wednesday July 14th, 2004.
    • Todd Rundgren is included on page three of the Times Newspaper's "Click It" Technology computer supplement. Page 1 2 3.
    • This feature/interview is a preview for the Birmingham concert on Wednesday July 17th at the prestigious Birmingham Symphony Hall.
    • Todd Rundgren was interviewed for the Lancashire Evening Post in England on June 25.
    • Here's a full page ad for TR's London gig that was just published in this week's Time Out magazine.
    • Here's a Todd competition and concert ad in this week's Venue Magazine (Bristol).
    • Todd on the front cover of "What's On in London" magazine (article)
    • Ken Kessler on Rundgren in this month's "Hi-Fi News" magazine (cover)


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 10:12 AM PDT

    Classic Rock magazine ran a spectacular 8 page deluxe A-Z feauture on Todd in their August 2004 issue. To order the magazine online: http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, June 11, 2004 11:10 AM PDT

    More news from the UK:

    'Computer Music' magazine in the UK just published a 2-page interview with TR. Cover Page 1 Page 2

    Three of Todd's US gigs have just been reviewed by Paul Lester in the new July 2004 edition of UNCUT.

    The magazine hit UK newsstands June 3rd. Reviews Uncut Recommmends

    From June 3 "Bristol Evening Post", an interview with Keith Clark. Page 1 Page 2

    See also http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1235548,00.html

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2004 8:51 AM PDT

    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 :) .


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:06 PM PDT

    More scans



    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, May 22, 2004 5:57 PM PDT

    In Todd We Trust Again from The Scotsman


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, May 21, 2004 9:26 PM PDT

    Todd was interviewed on the Richard Allinson Show on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday April 20, 2004. You can listen to a stream of it here


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, May 21, 2004 1:06 PM PDT

    The Australian Financial review gives Liars Ten Stars in its CD review.


    Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
    Updated: Saturday, May 15, 2004 9:38 AM PDT

    From: Frank Delle

    WMMO in Orlando (www.wmmo.com) has played Truth.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:49 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: TR-related info
    Updated: Saturday, May 8, 2004 7:31 AM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Friday, May 7, 2004 1:40 PM PDT

    Todd was in the Studio LIVE for the 2PM Broadcast on May 7, 2004. For a limited time, the show will be online at http://wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/episodes/05072004


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2004 12:38 PM PDT

    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!



    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2004 9:13 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, May 1, 2004 7:00 AM PDT

    Guitar June 2004 - Cover, Page 1, 2, 3
    Q - June 2004 - Album review


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2004 9:10 PM PDT

    The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, April 28, had Todd and the band as the musical guest. They performed "Soul Brother." Download or Stream it or View it.

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 6:52 AM PDT

    Washington Post (Free registraton required)


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2004 6:58 PM PDT

    Daily Tar Heel Rundgren sees the light on LP ****


    Read the article: I Heard It At The Coffee Shop and on the Radio
    Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:04 PM PDT

    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

    liars,

    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
    truth/sweet/happyanniversary

    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:

    living/godsaid/liar

    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

    TRaffic

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    the entire show seemed as thematic, congruent, and cohesive as todd's new masterpiece,

    liars

    unfortunately, they/we do not have sTReaming internet (yet)

    http://www.wort-fm.org/

    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


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2004 8:46 AM PDT

    Sound-on-Sound May 2004 - Cover Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2004 7:19 AM PDT

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review With 'Liars,' Rundgren returns to his old honest sound
    Philadelphia Inquirier "Ever the maverick"


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2004 7:16 AM PDT

    Mojo May 2004 Interview/article and "Liars" review
    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
    Independent 4/3
    Daily Telegraph
    The Independent On Sunday


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:02 PM PDT

    David Kulczyk, who interviewed Todd about "Liars" also did this August 2001 interview with Kasim.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:19 AM PDT

    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).


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Monday, April 12, 2004 7:10 AM PDT

    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."


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2004 1:49 PM PDT

    Friday April 9, 2004
    Daily Express
    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."


    Sunday April 11, 2004
    The Sunday Times
    Rock Critic: Mark Edwards

    "As with Bowie's career arc, so Todd Rundgren's latest album suggests that songwriters who get a bit lost in their late thirties and forties (often getting sidetracked by shiny new technology and ultimately uninteresting interactive projects) can find a new relevance when they hit their fifties. Liars is Rundgren's best album for a long while. It's not perfect. The high-energy opening track is dreary, and his prog-rock tendencies, acceptable on the melodic Stood Up, turn Mammon into portentous sludge. Yet when he veers into drum'n'bass (with a subtlety that eluded Bowie on Earthling), the album picks up. When he returns to his soul-boy stylings on Flaw, Afterlife and, especially, Past, he gets pretty damn close to his sublime early 1970s heyday."

    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2004 9:23 AM PDT

    Michele's comedy tour is about to get underway. For the latest on her tour dates, see http://www.michelerundgren.com/tour.htm.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2004 8:45 AM PDT

    Chicago Sun-Times - Hello, it's Todd, with first new disc in 10 years

    Live Daily - Todd Rundgren mounts tech-savvy tour to support 'Liars'

    All Music Guide - review

    Uncut - Q & A

    Maximum Ink - Interview (now complete)

    The Music Index Review of Liars and interview.

    Get Ready to Rock ***** review and alternate site for previous interview

    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

    MusciOMH.com: http://www.musicomh.com/albums2/todd-rundgren.htm

    The Observer: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/10bestcds/story/0,12102,1171259,00.html

    HMV UK: http://www2.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1&sku=165576

    Live Daily: http://www.livedaily.com/news/6232.html


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2004 7:45 PM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Monday, April 5, 2004 12:19 PM PDT

    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

    The BBC is also running their own contest.

    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2004 7:33 AM PST

    These scans of reviews from the Times, Independent they are a bit large to help with online reading.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2004 7:17 AM PST

    'Passing the Acid Test' - Gavin Martin hails the return of rock's maverick maestro


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Friday, April 2, 2004 7:26 AM PST

    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!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/walker/


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2004 12:28 PM PST

    VH1: http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/rundgren_todd/artist.jhtml


    Read the article: Differences between Japanese and US/UK releases of "Liars"
    Updated: Monday, March 29, 2004 9:53 AM PST

    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:

    TitleJapanUS
    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.
    So...bottom line from this Todd fan's perspective: The US version flows beautifully and if you're listening to it all the way through or you can only afford one version, it's the way to go. BUT...the crossfades and sometimes bizarre indexing choices mar some of the intros and endings ("Stood Up," "Soul Brother," "Liar," etc.) and so if you want to hear clean versions of individual songs to make a mix tape or whatever, you pretty much have to get the Japanese version as well (I have not heard the European version and so don't know if it's the separate song or joined track edition. Maybe a Euro fan can let us know. Hopefully it's not a THIRD presentation!).

    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...


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Monday, March 29, 2004 8:56 AM PST

    The lyrics are now up for all of "Liars."


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:14 PM PST

    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


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 11:29 AM PST

    LiarsTodd Rundgren(2004)


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Saturday, February 28, 2004 9:59 AM PST

    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.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/buva



    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Friday, February 27, 2004 7:25 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Liars!
    Updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:46 AM PST

    JapanUS/UK
    Todd's new CD "Liars" is set for a US release on Sanctuary on April 6, 2004. The UK release will be a day earlier, Monday, April 5. A Japanese release was 3/17/2004. Two tracks, "Happy Anniversary" and "Soul Brother" debuted on Michele Rundgren's radio show on February 13. Didn't hear them? Sorry, must have been Friday the 13th at work.
    An insider writes:
    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.

    TODD RUNDGREN
    "Liars" (CDA)
    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.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2004 8:00 AM PST

    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."


    Read the article: Todd Trading Network
    Updated: Saturday, January 10, 2004 8:27 AM PST

    Claus Poulsen 1/10/2004 I have:
    "El tiempo cura" italian time heals single,
    "Wolfman Jack" single and
    "I saw the light" picture disc single

    I want:
    "Nearly human tour" cd
    or "Utopia live at the royal oak 1981" dvd
    Guldbergsgade 12, t. tv, DK 2200 KBH N, Denmark


    Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
    Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2003 7:54 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 7:03 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Friday, November 28, 2003 3:16 PM PST

    Joseph Ugalde writes:

    The current issue of RS list their Top 500 Albums of all time. S/A comes in at 173.

    Take a look: http://www.rollingstone.com/features/coverstory/featuregen.asp?pid=2184


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, November 13, 2003 9:00 AM PST

    Todd Bootleg Series - KSAN 95FM Live '79 Utopia(2002)


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Thursday, November 6, 2003 7:09 PM PST

    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/.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Thursday, November 6, 2003 7:24 AM PST

    jmhouse write:

    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.



    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Monday, October 27, 2003 8:03 AM PST

    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


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2003 10:34 AM PDT

    Bob Michael writes:

    Mandy Moore has a cover of Can We Still Be Friends on her new CD Coverage (which is all covers).


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Monday, October 13, 2003 8:57 AM PDT

    Kelley Arnold:

    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!



    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Friday, September 26, 2003 7:14 AM PDT

    TODD RUNDGREN ! is a portion of ACTIVE HEALING ! by Les Eames.


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2003 5:42 PM PDT

    Second WindTodd Rundgren(1991)


    Read the article: Watching Rock and Roll Die
    Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2003 5:46 PM PDT

    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.")

    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Monday, August 25, 2003 7:07 PM PDT

    It could'a been yours. The Sacramento Bee reports the sale of a house in Folsom, CA at 340 Rundgren Way - $320,000.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2003 9:46 PM PDT

    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."


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2003 9:26 PM PDT

    Todd is featured in a section of "Ragged Glories: City Lights, Country Funk, American Music" by Barney Hoskins. Published in the UK in August, 2003, it's been reviewed by The Observer.



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Friday, August 8, 2003 11:06 AM PDT

    A "testimonial" from Todd is to be found in a new Spinners retrospective CD box set.


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Friday, July 18, 2003 10:06 AM PDT

    Stewkey's Live Radio Interview on Saturday, July 26th!

    For those of you in the New York City area, WFMU-FM DJ Bob Brainen, a long-time friend and fan of The Nazz, will interview Stewkey on his weekly show. Stewkey will talk about his work with Todd Rundgren and Nazz, his current band "Nazz Returns" and their new live show, as well as their "kick-off" concert on August 1, 2003 (at "A's Rock 'N Sports Club", 260 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield, New Jersey starting at 9:30 PM). Tune in to 91.1 on the dial in the New York tri-state area to hear Stewkey on Saturday, July 26, 2003 between 7:00 and 9:00 PM.

    The radio station's promo:

    WFMU Radio
    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



    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:03 AM PDT

    Jeff'weavil'Gauss notes:

    LiveDaily article about bootleg series and Todd's touring activities.


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Saturday, July 5, 2003 9:03 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Saturday, July 5, 2003 9:03 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Friday, June 27, 2003

    Hiroshi Kawauchi's Japanese Fan Club "One World" has a new URL.


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2003 12:18 PM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:30 AM PDT

    Todd Bootleg Series - Nearly Human Tour Japan '90 Todd Rundgren(2003)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:38 AM PDT

    No World OrderTR-i(1992)


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Monday, June 23, 2003 11:48 AM PDT

    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


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:04 PM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2003 12:30 PM PDT

    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).


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Sunday, June 8, 2003 6:49 PM PDT

    The Onion A.V. Club
    http://avclub.com/content/node/22523

    ...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


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Saturday, June 7, 2003 8:45 AM PDT

    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


    Read the article: Believe It When You See It
    Updated: Saturday, June 7, 2003 8:38 AM PDT

    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 .


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Monday, June 2, 2003 9:18 PM PDT

    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


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 3:13 PM PDT

    Kasim sings lead and plays bass on two tracks on the new CD from Pushing Red Buttons available from TRBazaar.com.


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Sunday, May 11, 2003 7:31 PM PDT

    theLogBook.com jumps into Todd's back catalog and reviews A Capella and The Very Best of Todd Rundgren.


    Read the article: I'm looking for someone
    Updated: Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:46 PM PDT

    Edward Rudy:

    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?


    Read the article: If I Listen to the Radio, I'll Hear About the Latest Things
    Updated: Friday, May 2, 2003 8:06 AM PDT

    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. Tune in!


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 9:26 AM PDT

    John Craig (DiffyRent)
    4/22/2003 SunCasino-2003.jpg
    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.


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Friday, April 18, 2003 6:36 AM PDT

    Vonda Shepard covers "Can We Still Be Friends" on "Ally McBeal: For Once In My Life" out on Epic in 2001.


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Friday, April 11, 2003 8:56 AM PDT

    A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren

    Update 4/11/2003 - The most recent issue of MOJO (A rock mag in the UK) has a review of the book

    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 -

    • Multiple volumes are anticipated, two maybe three
    • The cover is a Lynn Goldsmith picture of Todd in the infamous peacock outfit from the Midnight Special
    • Billy now has almost every player from the Utopia bands participating
    • Volume one will cover Todd's early career up to the pre-Kasim Utopia era
    • U.K. Industry mag Mojo will likely run a promo about the time of the S/A? 30th anniversary
    This is shaping up to be a superb document which will outdistance most all other bios in depth due to the number of people involved and the volume of material used. A book of this depth will probably only come along once in our lifetime.



    Read the article: Videos
    Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2003 7:11 AM PDT

    Jeff'weavil'Gauss has written a review on the DVD transfer of "Cyberia".


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2003 7:09 AM PDT

    War Babies - Hall and Oates


    Read the article: TR external services
    Updated: Friday, April 4, 2003 10:38 AM PST

    Todd Rundgren's Sounds of the Studio, a part of Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies, has a number of WAV files and other media as well.


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Friday, April 4, 2003 10:24 AM PST

    Todd Rundgren's Hot Toddies is heavy on the flash, graphics, animations, video clips, wav sounds etc.


    Read the article: I've Looked High and Low
    Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2003 9:44 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:40 AM PST

    Todd is listed as having a "Musical Cameo" in the film (now available on video) Elvira's Haunted Hills. Has anybody seen it?


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 10:24 AM PST

    Chrome Oxide - Music Collectors pages - Nazz


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2003 10:24 PM PST

    bardam
    1/30/2003 Available as BMP (larger) trwp.bmp
    or JPG (smaller downlaod) trwp.jpg


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 6:53 AM PST

    John Craig (Diffy Rent)

    1/29/2003 Available as BMP (larger) artisticwallpaper2.bmp and albums.bmp
    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.


    Read the article: A Face to a Name
    Updated: Monday, January 27, 2003 12:00 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
    Updated: Friday, January 24, 2003 7:15 PM PST

    TR-completionists and power pop fans alike may want to check out The Deal. They've recently released "Goodbye September", their debut album (of songs recorded in the '80s), on Not Lame. Todd contributes a guitar solo to "5:45."


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2002 8:10 AM PST

  • The 2003 solo tour wound up in November on the West Coast - Miscellaneous Dates - 2003

  • Read the article: General Information
    Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2002 1:07 PM PST

    ToddRundgren-GroknRollUtopia is for admirers, supporters, aficionados, devotees and even fanatical fans of Todd Rundgren. Talk about Todd's musical contributions, his bands, cohorts and colleagues.


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Thursday, November 28, 2002 8:02 AM PST

    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


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Thursday, November 28, 2002 8:00 AM PST

    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)


    Read the article: Todd Trading Network
    Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2002 9:09 AM PDT

    Henry Thompson henry.thompson@volvat.no 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!!!!

    Henry Thompson

    Haakon Tveter's vei 10 B 0682 Oslo Norway
    00 47 22 27 27 27
    Thank you.


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2002 10:24 AM PDT

    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)


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2002 6:52 AM PDT

  • Miscellaneous Solo Dates

    Reviews and pictures posted frequently during the course of the 2002 Abbey Road & Hall and Oates tours and solo shows.

  • Read the article: TRivia
    Updated: Monday, September 30, 2002 9:55 AM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 2:52 PM PDT

    From: Rick M.

    Raging Slab does an impressive job with "Little Red Lights" on their latest cd. Here's the link.

    http://www.ragingslab.com/content-tracklisting.html



    Read the article: Utopia Calendar
    Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2002 5:40 PM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Covers of Todd's Material
    Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2002 5:32 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2002 7:32 AM PDT

    Phil Parr
    9/19/2002 ToddPaper1024x768.jpg and TRi800x600.jpg
    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.


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2002 7:30 AM PDT

    Todd Wallpaper

    Phil Parr has submitted the first of what I hope will be many of Todd-inspired desktop wallpaper files for your PC.

    If you'd like to contribute to this new section, please send your wallpaper files to .


    Read the article: No World Order
    Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2002 7:12 AM PDT

    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"


    Read the article: TR-related info
    Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2002 7:09 AM PDT

    From Hardygirl66:

    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?

    HardyGirl's SHAUNSHINE Site: http://shaunshine.homestead.com/Shaunshine.html

    The petition can be found at http://pub31.bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=2588583687

    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Monday, July 22, 2002 5:38 PM PDT

    Willie's now working for USA Network in New York City (Manhattan) and lives in New Jersey. His web site is WillieWilcox.com


    Read the article: Looking For Our Own Paths To Immortality
    Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2002 8:49 AM PDT

    Jeff Bruno


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Monday, April 22, 2002 1:12 PM PDT

    John Glossenger


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:19 PM PST

    Fair Warning (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:18 PM PST

    Initiation (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:17 PM PST

    Eastern Intrigue (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:16 PM PST

    La La Means I Love You (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:15 PM PST

    Ooh Baby Baby (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:14 PM PST

    I'm So Proud (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:13 PM PST

    Does Anybody Love You? (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:12 PM PST

    Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:11 PM PST

    Never Neverland (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: An Elpee's Worth Of Productions
    Updated: Saturday, January 26, 2002

    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.


    Read the article: General Information
    Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:20 PM PST

  • The Todd Rundgren Connection Forums. The Forums is an area where TR fans can discuss any relevant topic in the Todd Rundgren universe. A free user account is required to read and post.

    Visit The Forums and register today!


  • Read the article: PatroNet
    Updated: Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:35 AM PST

    Todd's new song Afterlife is now available for download on the Listening Station and in the Sty for Patronet members.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Friday, December 28, 2001 6:15 AM PST

    Many know of connections with David Bowie and Tin Machine, but did you know about their pre-Runt foray with Tony and the Tigers?


    Read the article: TR-ibute
    Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2001 9:41 AM PST

    Rick is a drummer trying to get a Todd tribute band together in NYC. Interested? Contact him at melara@un.org.


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Friday, December 7, 2001 8:28 AM PST

    An interview with Todd Rundgren is featured in the new book "Behind The Muse: Pop and Rock's Greatest Songwriters Talk About Their Work and Inspiration" by Bill DeMain. In addition to the interview with Todd, conducted in 1997, the book features interviews with over 40 successful and respected songwriters (including Smokey Robinson, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Andy Partridge, Suzanne Vega, and others). More details on the book, and ordering information, can be found at the website of the publisher, Tiny Ripple Books (www.tinyripple.com). The book can also be ordered through the amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (bn.com) websites.



    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 6:26 AM PST

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 9 - Oblivion Tour Utopia(2001)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 6:25 AM PST

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 8 - Another Side of Roxy Todd Rundgren(2001)


    Read the article: And The Music Plays Forever
    Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2001 3:09 PM PDT

    Mike Strickland's FREE Todd Rundgren MIDI's


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Friday, August 3, 2001 11:02 AM PDT

    Bebe Buell's new tell-all book, Rebel Heart : An American Rock 'N' Roll Journey, includes quite a bit about her relationship with Todd. It's available at Amazon.com



    Read the article: General Information
    Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 10:34 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Friday, July 20, 2001 8:28 PM PDT

    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



    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2001 11:23 AM PDT

    Paradise Gained / Rack Job 2 - The Interactive CD-R

    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

    Hi everyone,

    First i want to say thank you all so much, this has been an amazing journey for me. And i want to also thank LIN SPRAGUE for the hundredth time for his help...

    I have only a handfull of the numbered limited edition of 100 cd-r's of paradise gained / rackjob2 left

    If anyone whats to place an order for the remaining few i will hold them for 10 days on a first come first serve basis.. anyone that has already emailed me and has not sent in their money has to get me payment within 10 days from today or i will be forced to give them to some one else. anyone that has ordered one from overseas will have alittle more time..

    Because demand for them have been out of this world i will have a second pressing of them... but here is the catch..... NO JEWEL CASE... NOT NUMBERED... NO LABEL.. NO FRILLS...all the content will be the same but no packaging at all. same price.

    I will still donate some of the profits to Deborah Heart and Lung hospital in New Jersey. i have already sent them a check for over $600.



    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Friday, June 29, 2001 6:45 PM PDT

  • Miscellaneous Solo Dates
  • A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles
    Reviews and pictures posted frequently during the course of the tour.

  • Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Friday, June 29, 2001 6:42 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2001 4:15 PM PDT

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 1 - Live in NYC '78 Todd Rundgren(1999 - Japan)


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2001 11:54 AM PDT

    A new Kasim interview is available from Highwire Daze.


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Monday, May 21, 2001 3:20 PM PDT

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 7 - A Cappella Tour Todd Rundgren(2001)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Friday, May 18, 2001 11:21 AM PDT

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 6 - Deface The Music Tour Utopia(2001)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 12:44 PM PDT

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 4 - Demos and Lost Albums Todd Rundgren(2001)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 12:25 PM PDT

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 5 - Oops! Wrong Planet Tour Utopia(2001)


    Read the article: Television Appearances
    Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:31 AM PDT

    Todd has a couple of appearances in VH1's Behind the Music - 1972. Behind the Music is regularly rerun, watch for a repeat.


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2001 2:32 PM PDT

    Call It What You Will I believe this guy is falling on my head I believe the sky is falling on my head Jeremy Frey


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Monday, April 9, 2001 12:30 PM PDT

    Anthony Mortimore offers up "todd rundgren-music*alch^e^my-intr@ctive~rock^genuis>"


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2001 3:29 PM PDT

    Kasim's New official site, KasimSulton.com, is now open.


    Read the article: Rare Runt
    Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2001 3:19 PM PDT

    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?


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Friday, March 30, 2001 1:16 PM PST

    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 grnsinger@aol.com for ordering info.


    Read the article: Looking For Our Own Paths To Immortality
    Updated: Monday, March 26, 2001 12:03 AM PST

    T R Black


    Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
    Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 3:35 PM PST

    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)


    Read the article: I've Been Trying To Get A Message Through The Air To You
    Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2001 10:29 AM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Television Appearances
    Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2001 9:52 AM PST

    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).


    Read the article: TRivia
    Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2001 8:12 PM PST

    Try your hand at some TRivia and Toddally Terrific TR-ivia


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2001 11:48 AM PST

    Former Utopia drummer Kevin Ellman now has his own web site, www.kevinellman.com


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Monday, January 29, 2001 3:21 PM PST

    Reconstructed Todd Rundgren(2000)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Monday, January 1, 2001 11:31 PM PST

    Live (King Biscuit Flower Hour) Todd Rundgren(2000)


    Read the article: Looking For Our Own Paths To Immortality
    Updated: Friday, December 15, 2000 3:54 PM PST

    John Powhida


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Friday, December 15, 2000 3:42 PM PST

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 2 - Live in Tokyo '79 Todd Rundgren(1999 - Japan)


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 1:41 PM PDT

    Trey Sabatelli toured with Todd as part of the Power Trio Tour in 2000. Trey is also a member of the Tubes.


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 11:25 AM PDT

    Tianne's art work


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Saturday, August 26, 2000 8:22 AM PDT

    Parody Lyrics from ToddFest/West 2000



    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Monday, August 21, 2000 11:37 PM PDT

    RED ALERT FOR SEVENTIES FANS

    A new book called "Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s" (St. Martin's, NY, 2000) covers everything from pop to rock to punk to funk, including individual chapters on artists like Steely Dan, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello and Fleetwood Mac. Foreword by Joe Jackson. Written by Don & Jeff Breithaupt, the book is a followup to 1996's "Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early '70s", which received rave reviews: "Deftly chronicles the sounds of the seventies" (New York Post); "Put it in the eight-track and have a blast!" (Oakland Press); "Full of witty observations" (Louisville Courier-Journal); "An indispensable guide" (Toronto Sun). "Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s" is available through major online retailers like amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and chapters.ca, as well as through your local bookseller. N.B. 5 Todd ref's in index!


    Read the article: TODData
    Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2000 10:05 AM PDT

    Bill Bricker is currently working on a project to bring TODData online. http://www.toddata.com/.


    Read the article: PatroNet
    Updated: Monday, July 31, 2000 6:07 PM PDT

    (The following was adapted from pre-launch press materials from PatroNet)

    PatroNet.com has launched Todd Rundgren's revolutionary new software, The Interocitor, for the delivery of creative content, way beyond just downloading music. This on-line service allows Todd to establish a relationship with his fans in a way that will bring artist and patron closer than ever before possible. For only $40.00 a year you can have access to Todd like you have always wanted but never could before.

    The Interocitor is a multiple channel, 3D environment that will include:

    1. No longer wait two years for a new CD, get the music as soon as Todd records it. Hear the new CD "One Long Year", also available see several new flash animation that accompany a few songs.
    2. Live and taped concert web casts. Footage from the current "Power Trio" tour, see Kasim fall and break his leg on stage. Stop into the Tiki Room's cocktail lounge before watching a show from "With A Twist" tour. Order a tropical refreshment from our friendly bartender served in a Tiki God cup. Check out the Mai Tai Museum while there.
    3. Games based on Todd and Utopia's music. Help Todd climb to the top of the pyramid to save Singring from eternal imprisonment in the glass guitar while Roger, Kasim and Willie try to stop him. Or play a game of "Concentration" using sound bites from all of Todd's solo albums.
    4. The House Of Fashion, archiving the many colorful stage costumes Todd has worn throughout his career. Photos spanning Todd's career and life. Fans will have the ability to submit and have their photos of Todd hung in the gallery as well.
    5. The Castle of Mystery where you can get your deepest and darkest questions answered. Find out if you can levitate Todd.
    6. Live chats with Todd. Receive post cards and e-mail from Todd himself. (in 1999 he sent out the "Twelve E-mails Of Christmas")
    7. Surprises on every wall, you will just have to explore and experiment.
    (not all the content listed will be available right at the launch)

    Check out what all the excitement is about at www.patronet.com.

    Join Todd! Come Closer!! Peer over his shoulder!!!



    Read the article: PatroNet
    Updated: Friday, July 21, 2000 2:59 PM PDT

    Todd's TR-i.com site is all new, with some cool Flash animation.

    Download the Interocitor (PPC Mac and Windows versions) at Patronet.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2000 11:29 AM PDT

  • Power Trio Tour kicked off May 24 in Santa Cruz, CA.

  • Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Saturday, July 1, 2000 9:06 PM PDT

    Kaz breaks foot, is this far behind? by David Weesner


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2000 11:33 PM PDT

    A number of photos from The Power Trio Tour 2000.


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 11:56 PM PDT

    One Long YearTodd Rundgren(2000)


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 11:35 PM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Thursday, June 15, 2000 10:09 AM PDT

    A review of sorts on why "No World Order" is a failure.


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Friday, June 2, 2000 3:21 PM PDT

    The New America - Bad Religion


    Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Friday, May 26, 2000 3:54 PM PDT

    Got a beef with your ISP? In Todd there's a champion! by David Yaun


    Read the article: General Information
    Updated: Friday, May 26, 2000 3:00 PM PDT

    IndividuaList is another post-awizard list discussing Todd and other topics. To subscribe, send an e-mail to individualist-subscribe@egroups.com


    Read the article: A Ticket to Paradise
    Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2000 12:33 PM PDT

    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.




    Read the article: Online CD Ordering info
    Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2000 9:30 AM PDT

    TR BAZAAR.COM is dedicated to carrying the most complete selection of Todd Rundgren CDs and videos.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Monday, May 15, 2000 11:00 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Monday, May 15, 2000 10:46 AM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Friday, May 12, 2000 9:00 AM PDT

    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."


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 8:47 AM PDT

    Lyle Workman (Nearly Human and 2nd Wind as well as Bourgeois Tagg) has a new web site as well as a new CD Tabula Rose.


    Read the article: Utopian News
    Updated: Tuesday, May 9, 2000 9:21 PM PDT

    John Ferenzik (the Individualist, With A Twist) John's got his own site now at http://www.ferenzik.com and a great new CD - "House of Boris."


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Monday, May 8, 2000 8:46 AM PDT

    Two Todd tunes are prominently featured in the movie "The Virgin Suicides": "A Dream Goes On Forever" and "Hello It's Me."


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Friday, April 28, 2000 9:00 AM PDT

    Todd appeared on "Politically Incorrect" on Tuesday, April 25, 2000. A transcript is available.


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2000 10:46 AM PDT

    New pictures are being added all the time.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Monday, April 10, 2000 11:22 AM PDT

    Bootleg Newton has some live material online


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Monday, February 28, 2000 11:51 AM PST

    Todd Archive Series Vol. 3 - Live in Chicago '91 Todd Rundgren(1999 - Japan)


    Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Thursday, January 6, 2000 1:47 PM PST

    Top Ten Encounters - Minus Todd by Jim Boda


    Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Saturday, January 1, 2000 1:47 PM PST

    Top Ten Encounters by Jim Boda


    Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 11:30 AM PST

    The TRUTH about The 12 Days of Christmas by Bill Bricker


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Sunday, December 5, 1999 9:47 PM PST

    And a new take on the 1974 Todd poster by yours truly.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Friday, December 3, 1999

    Lion Keezer's 7th Heaven in '97 site for the 1996-1997 New Year's celebration.

    1995

    And here are a few pictures from Kurt Scheinpflug of the Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Detroit and San Francisco shows. Mike Eiseman has "enhanced" a photo from the Fillmore.

    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!

    1994

    TR appeared at Woodstock '94. Here's a selection of related articles and pictures

    1980

    • Todd Rundgren, Ian Hunter and Friends (John Anderson Presidential Campaign support)


    Read the article: The Hollywood Reporter
    Updated: Monday, November 8, 1999

    Rundgren plays it straight with Cleopatra deal


    Read the article: Collectibles
    Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 1999 3:31 PM PDT

    MusicStack


    Read the article: TRivia
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 5:09 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Collectibles
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 3:30 PM PDT

    Ebay.com Auction Search:


    Read the article: Todd's Awards and Recognitions
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 2:21 PM PDT

    BMI Film and Television Award

    Todd was presented a 1995 BMI Film Music Award for the scoring of the film Dumb and Dumber. Also, Todd's a "Million-Air" with over a million airings of I Saw The Light and Love Is The Answer and three million airings of Hello It's Me.

    Read the article: TR-related info
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 1:24 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: "The Individualist"
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 12:00 PM PDT

    "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".

    1. Tables Will Turn
    2. If Not Now, When
    3. Family Values
    4. The Ultimate Crime
    5. Espresso (All Jacked Up)
    6. The Individualist
    7. Cast The First Stone
    8. Beloved Infidel
    9. Temporary Sanity
    10. Woman's World

    Take a look at Brett Bayne's initial "Individualist" comments. Eric Arnum has written a review of TR's CD+ demo from the Macintosh New York Music Festival session held on July 20, 1995.


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 1999 11:00 AM PDT

    Parody Lyrics from ToddFest/West '99

    • Appliance by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Real Fan by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Love With A Condom, Man by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Todd 'n' Ringo by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Chunky Guy by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Kurt by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug
    • Just One.. Hickey by Ron Hromoko, John Heslin and Kurt Scheinpflug


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, August 26, 1999 11:40 AM PDT

    Real Man (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: What Are The Words?
    Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 10:37 AM PDT

    You Left Me Sore But yet I know no Dr. Otis could cure what you gave to me But yet I know no doctor or nurse could cure what you gave to me Audrey (at 8 years old; daughter of E.J. Haas)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 2:01 PM PDT

    One More Day (No Word) (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 2:00 PM PDT

    Breathless (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 12:57 PM PDT

    Torch Song (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 11:39 AM PDT

    You Left Me Sore (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 11:38 AM PDT

    Sweeter Memories (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: PatroNet
    Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 9:00 AM PDT

    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".


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 10:12 AM PDT

    I Saw The Light (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 9:27 AM PDT

    Saving Grace (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 9:26 AM PDT

    Song Of The Viking (Trace Reed)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, July 12, 1999 11:42 AM PDT

    Saving Grace (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:37 AM PDT

    The Verb "To Love" (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:36 AM PDT

    I Think You Know (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:35 AM PDT

    An Elpee's Worth Of Tunes (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:34 AM PDT

    Zen Archer (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:33 AM PDT

    Just Another Onionhead (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:32 AM PDT

    You Don't Have To Camp Around (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, July 9, 1999 10:31 AM PDT

    Song Of The Viking (Victor Levi)


    Read the article: There's A New Picture On The Wall
    Updated: Thursday, July 8, 1999 10:36 AM PDT

    Autographs


    Read the article: Rare Runt
    Updated: Friday, June 25, 1999 3:49 PM PDT

    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.



    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Tuesday, June 15, 1999 12:44 PM PDT

    Half Twisted (June 1999)


    Read the article: One World QuickTime video
    Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 1999 12:00 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Great TR Web Sites of the Past
    Updated: Friday, May 7, 1999 10:23 AM PDT

    Kenny Stevenson's "Todd IS Godd" site has now been resurrected. It's a snapshot as of August, 1997.


    Read the article: With A Twist...
    Updated: Friday, May 7, 1999 8:13 AM PDT

    CNN _ Rundgren catches the bossa nova beat - Feb 2,1998


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Friday, March 19, 1999 2:00 PM PST

    Todd appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" on March 17, 1999. A transcript is available.


    Read the article: TR external services
    Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 1999 3:20 PM PST

    Launch has a good resource on Todd as well as Nazz and Utopia.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Thursday, February 25, 1999 12:32 PM PST

    Ringo's All-Starrs (February/March)


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Thursday, February 25, 1999 12:31 PM PST

    Todd's New Year's Eve show was in Hawaii.

    1998



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, February 15, 1999 10:52 AM PST

    I Saw The Light (Lin Sprague)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, February 15, 1999 10:51 AM PST

    Sons of 1984 (Lin Sprague)


    Read the article: John Lennon's letter to Todd
    Updated: Monday, February 8, 1999 12:00 PM PST

    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.

    Rundgren: all or nothing

    by Ailan Jones
    Melody Maker 11/73

    "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.

    Dreams

    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.

    Mind

    "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.

    Smash

    "The thing was, I was really trying to smash away the preconceptions about my records."

    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."

    Follow

    There were a few tracks on "Something" which indicated the direction that Todd would follow on "Wizard" but it seems unlikely that anyone was wholly prepared for the stance that he took on that album.

    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?

    Exist

    "I believe in a pleasant reality. There are things that exist in this world that are desirable, but they are separated by a lot of undesirable things. Like, there are islands of truth in a sea of falsehood...

    "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.

    Face

    "They can't stand by their convictions in the face of adversity. The leaders who people remember and revere - anybody who made an effect on the human mine - was someone whose instrument was the human mind. People who have made an effect on the body - once the body died, the effect was gone. I can't name you one American general or soldier who is a household word.

    "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.


    John Lennon's letter to Todd

    AN OPENED LETTUCE TO SODD RUNTLESTUNTLE. (from dr. winston o'boogie)

    Couldn't resist adding a few "islands of truth" of my own, in answer to Turd Runtgreen's howl of hate (pain.)

    Dear Todd,

    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,

    J. L.

    30th Sept. 1974



    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Monday, February 8, 1999 11:21 AM PST

    The Handsome Devils - Hello People


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Monday, February 8, 1999 10:38 AM PST

    Brad Page


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Friday, February 5, 1999 5:18 PM PST

    John Heslin


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Friday, February 5, 1999 1:23 PM PST

    New York Dolls


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Friday, February 5, 1999 12:25 PM PST

    We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad


    Read the article: The International Todd Rundgren Fan Database
    Updated: Thursday, February 4, 1999 8:37 AM PST

    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 information.


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Monday, February 1, 1999 4:00 PM PST

    Brad Page and his band Ten Story Love have a new Todd-influenced CD


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Thursday, January 28, 1999 3:50 PM PST

    Halfnelson


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, January 28, 1999 1:30 PM PST

    The Best of Todd Rundgren "Go ahead.Ignore me."Todd Rundgren(1999 - UK)


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 1999 9:00 AM PST

    Badfinger - Straight Up


    Read the article: You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]
    Updated: Monday, January 25, 1999 6:53 PM PST

    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 would be!


    Read the article: Utopian System Beeps
    Updated: Monday, January 25, 1999 10:00 AM PST

    New sounds have been added recently.


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 3:34 PM PST

    NAZZ "RETROSPECTIVE FORESIGHT" LP


    Read the article: TR/Utopia/Nazz Reviews and Magazine articles
    Updated: Saturday, January 16, 1999 12:00 PM PST

    Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews covers most of the Nazz/TR/Utopia releases.


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Friday, January 8, 1999 9:22 AM PST

    Lin Sprague's Todd Rundgren Related Stuff


    Read the article: Album by Album II
    Updated: Friday, January 1, 1999 12:00 AM PST

    For 1999, a new "Album by Album" review project has been developed. I was reluctant to begin a review project again covering the same ground when it hit me that there was a mountain of work that has not been adequately examined in this forum.

    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

    /todd/prod.pl

    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.



    Read the article: Sounds Of The Studio
    Updated: Thursday, December 31, 1998 10:00 AM PST

    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).


    Read the article: Book News
    Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 12:44 PM PST

    Beatles Undercover

    Kristofer Engelhardt has recently published "Beatles Undercover" which includes a chapter on Todd. It's available at a discount from Amazon.com.


    Read the article: There Goes My Inspiration
    Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 1998 9:00 AM PST

    Jeffrey Bergman


    Read the article: selpmas sdrawkcaB
    Updated: Friday, December 4, 1998 5:12 PM PST

    "Singring" guitar solo


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Tuesday, December 1, 1998 4:54 PM PST

    December 1, 1998 - Todd was on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show".


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Monday, November 16, 1998 4:00 PM PST

    Todd appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" on Friday November 6, 1998.


    Read the article: And The Music Plays Forever
    Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 1998 6:31 PM PST

    Lysistrata (Scott Goodhart)


    Read the article: Speaking Engagements
    Updated: Tuesday, November 3, 1998 9:30 AM PST

    October 29, 1998 - Todd made a presentation at "New Minds Fall Series Conference" (San Francisco). Here's a report from Wired News.


    International Feel
    Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 1998 9:44 AM PST

    This is becoming quite the international page. As of October 27, 1998 we've had accesses from the following 89 countries:

    Argentina (ar), Aruba (aw), Australia (au), Austria (at), Bahamas (bs), Bahrain (bh), Belarus (by), Belgium (be), Bermuda (bm), Bolivia (bo), Bosnia-Herzegovina (ba), Brazil (br), Bulgaria (bg), Canada (ca), Chile (cl), China (cn), Colombia (co), Costa Rica (cr), Croatia (hr), Cyprus (cy), Czech Republic (cz), Denmark (dk), Dominican Republic (do), Ecuador (ec), Egypt (eg), Estonia (ee), Finland (fi), France (fr), Georgia (ge), Germany (de), Great Britain (UK) (gb), Greece (gr), Guam (US) (gu), Guatemala (gt), Guyana (gy), Hong Kong (hk), Hungary (hu), Iceland (is), India (in), Indonesia (id), Iran (ir), Ireland (ie), Israel (il), Italy (it), Japan (jp), Korea (South) (kr), Kuwait (kw), Latvia (lv), Liechtenstein (li), Lithuania (lt), Luxembourg (lu), Macau (mo), Macedonia (former Yugo.) (mk), Malaysia (my), Malta (mt), Mexico (mx), Moldova (md), Morocco (ma), Netherlands (nl), New Zealand (nz), Norway (no), Pakistan (pk), Peru (pe), Philippines (ph), Poland (pl), Portugal (pt), Romania (ro), Russian Federation (ru), Saudi Arabia (sa), Singapore (sg), Slovakia (Slovak Rep) (sk), Slovenia (si), South Africa (za), Soviet Union (su), Spain (es), Sweden (se), Switzerland (ch), Taiwan (tw), Thailand (th), Trinidad & Tobago (tt), Turkey (tr), Ukraine (ua), United Arab Emirates (ae), United Kingdom (uk), United States (us), Uruguay (uy), Venezuela (ve), Yugoslavia (yu), and Zimbabwe (zw).

    And to carry on that International Feel, here's a Todd Bio in Spanish provided by Inaki Prieto.


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Monday, October 26, 1998 4:00 PM PST

    Photos by Hiroshi Kawauchi


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 26, 1998 11:03 AM PST

    Chain Letter (Rob Whyte)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:11 AM PDT

    Take The Hand (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:10 AM PDT

    Only One Winner (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:09 AM PDT

    Hello It's Me (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:08 AM PDT

    A Dream Goes On Forever (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:07 AM PDT

    Hello It's Me (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:06 AM PDT

    It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:05 AM PDT

    Cold Morning Light (Rob Whyte)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:04 AM PDT

    Couldn't I Just Tell You (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:03 AM PDT

    Be Nice To Me (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:02 AM PDT

    We Gotta Get You A Woman (Andrew Rogers (incomplete))


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:01 AM PDT

    Believe In Me (Andrew Rogers)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:00 AM PDT

    Devil's Bite (Andrew Rogers (incomplete))


    Read the article: Online CD Ordering info
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 10:00 AM PDT

    Silver Moon Music is well-known for TR-related imports.


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Monday, October 19, 1998 9:00 AM PDT

    Wailing Wall (Rob Whyte)


    Read the article: Album by Album
    Updated: Thursday, October 15, 1998 4:30 PM PDT

    A CappellaTodd Rundgren(1985)
    TriviaUtopia(1986)


    Read the article: Recent and Upcoming Appearances
    Updated: Monday, October 12, 1998 2:00 PM PDT

    Friday November 20, 1998 - Todd appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" as a member of Paul's band.


    Read the article: Speaking Engagements
    Updated: Monday, October 12, 1998 2:00 PM PDT

    November 2, 1998 - "Webnoize Conference" (Los Angeles)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Friday, October 2, 1998 9:30 AM PDT

    Parody Lyrics from ToddFest/West '98



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, October 1, 1998 11:32 AM PDT

    Marlene (Lin Sprague)


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Thursday, October 1, 1998 11:31 AM PDT

    Bang The Drum All Day (Arranged for Ukelele) (Lin Sprague)


    Read the article: Biographical Information
    Updated: Thursday, September 17, 1998 1:00 PM PDT

    Now available is TR's "official" bio



    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 1998 10:00 PM PDT

    Photos by John Heslin


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Friday, September 11, 1998 9:30 AM PDT

    Sausalito Art Fair - 9/5/1998


    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Sunday, August 23, 1998 7:00 PM PDT

    Gonna Cry Today (Lin Sprague)


    Read the article: No World Order
    Updated: Thursday, August 6, 1998 9:00 AM PDT

    Warren also recently discovered that this same fix does not work in Windows 98.


    Read the article: And The Music Plays Forever
    Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 1998

    Feet Don't Fail Me Now (Scott Goodhart)


    Read the article: Tour Reviews/Set Lists
    Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 1998 10:00 AM PDT

    Set list and review by Mike.


    Read the article: Play This Game
    Updated: Monday, May 18, 1998 5:23 PM PDT

    Veronika Cummings has fired up The Utopia Website which promises great things to come.


    New Nazz Book to be written
    Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 1998

    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.

    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.

    Please send any inquiries directly to the author.

    Read the article: Utopia Grokware
    Updated: Monday, March 9, 1998 12:00 PM PST

    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.


    Read the article: Mystical Messages in Todd's Songs
    Updated: Sunday, August 31, 1997 12:00 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Metaphysical Interpretations of Todd's Songs
    Updated: Wednesday, August 27, 1997 2:31 PM PDT

    Kate Erickson and David Jodrey have written some wonderful interpretations of Todd's lyrics. Here's a few of them for you to enjoy:

    Kate's

    David's



    Read the article: The Whole Universe Is A Giant Guitar
    Updated: Saturday, August 2, 1997 12:00 PM PDT

    Parody Lyrics from ToddFest/West '97



    Read the article: I'm In The Clique
    Updated: Friday, January 24, 1997 12:00 PM PST

    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..."

    • Thom Williams' 1975 experience is immortalized on his "Hey Todd" page.
    • New Year's Eve 1995-1996, Chicago, TR. It all comes together courtesy of Lion Keezer.
    • Just another Farewell Concert? Not so, according to moko and the gang.
    • Another New Year's Eve in Chicago (1996-1997), again courtesy of Lion Keezer.


    Read the article: Warner Brothers "Loss Leaders" That Feature Todd Rundgren
    Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 1996 12:18 PM PST

    by Tim Stanton (loistim@erols.com)

    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 Bearsville Records, another independent label distributed by the Supergroup. As is Todd's habit, he gives us two albums' worth on one disc. Side Two, playing 27:40, has some of his most trenchant ventures into the beyond, including "Boogies (Hamburger Hell)" on which the sharp-eared may discern the actual ingredients of the world's fastest hamburgers. Side One is totally unexpected, perhaps even for Todd: six of the most famous progressive rock songs of the 1960s, originally 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 conditions. OTHER NOTES: The cover art is a wonderful caricature of all the album's artists on stage. Todd is drawn wearing a red jumpsuit and an ankh, and holding, but not playing, a guitar.


    Read the article: The Voice of the Spirit In The Night
    Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 1996 12:00 PM PDT

    Jeff Maziarek has contributed his article "The Voice of the Spirit In The Night," previously published in the Utopia Times.


    Read the article: The Difference
    Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 1996 12:00 PM PDT

    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.


    Read the article: Confused?
    Updated: Friday, January 26, 1996 10:00 PM PST

    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".


    Read the article: TR/Utopia Favorites
    Updated: Friday, October 20, 1995 10:00 PM PDT

    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!


    Read the article: Birthday Carol
    Updated: Sunday, July 2, 1995 1:57 AM PDT

    Todd's Birthday Greeting to the TR Connection - 1995

    Date: 02 Jul 95 04:57:30 EDT
    From: TR-i
    To: The TR Connection Birthday Well-Wishers
    Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Todd!

    Hi Everybody!

    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.

    Love,

    TR-i



    Read the article: Rare Runt
    Updated: Thursday, June 2, 1994 12:00 PM PDT

    Runt - The Difference Comparison
    Blue Label Differences from normal release
    Side A
    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
    Side B
    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 tunes
    "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