|1/28/11||MOOGY & FRIENDS HIGHLINE BALLROOM NEW YORK||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:1/28/11 AUDIENCE JIMMY IN THE SKY. BE THE PEACE. MAMA ON MARS.FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH.(YOU GOT TO HAVE) FRIENDS.OHIO.HELPLESS.LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH.GOOD LOVIN'.DUST IN THE WIND.LADY FACE.
Note:This is an audience recording at the Highline Ballroom a couple of nights before the 'Utopia Reunion' show. Though the audio is very good quality, Moogy (RIP) vocals just sound horrible....God bless him. I mean, he could still groove, I just can't word it any other way. He struggled. I do not know who the band members are, but they really are a treat and carry this performance to make it sound listenable. Strange set (a lot of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)Definetly just for the diehard. I have it here in the Archives just for posterity. It's so hard to believe that Moogy was to leave us just 10 month's later (Nov. 15).~ Warren
|1/29/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA REUNION" HIGHLINE BALLROOM NYC - FIRST NIGHT||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:DISC ONE: NEVER NEVER LAND.CRYING IN THE SUNSHINE.LADY FACE.DUST IN THE WIND.UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.ANOTHER LIFE.THE IKON. HEAVY METAL KIDS.THE WHEEL.DISC TWO: SET ME FREE. DO YA.THE LAST RIDE.FREEDOM FIGHTERS.JUST ONE VICTORY. SONS OF 1984.FRIENDS.
Note:Todd Rundgren's Utopia Reunion featuring Moogy Klingman, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler, Kevin Ellman and Todd Rundgren. A bittersweet gathering with cheers and tears and much applause, this is the first of two sold out Moogy Benefits that started "the reunion". The show starts with Moogy on stage playing solo, then Todd walks out and they perform "Never Never Land" together, and then the band arrives and they perform "Crying in the Sunshine" and "Lady Face". The performance is quite good, considering the few rehearsals and challenging material...,and the setlist is amazing. Kevin Ellman has a groove like no other. Moogy appears to be quite touched and thanks his Utopian Brothers while introducing the encores. This reunion show was extra special for Klingman, who was battling cancer. Special moments abound!~ Weavil
|1/30/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA REUNION" HIGHLINE BALLROOM NYC - SECOND NIGHT||PRO WEBCAST (ON 2/2/11)||N/A|
Track List:DISC ONE:NEVER NEVER LAND.CRYING IN THE SUNSHINE.LADY FACE.DUST IN THE WIND.UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.ANOTHER LIFE.THE IKON. HEAVY METAL KIDS.DISC TWO:THE WHEEL.SET ME FREE. DO YA.THE LAST RIDE.FREEDOM FIGHTERS.JUST ONE VICTORY. SONS OF 1984.FRIENDS.
Note:Todd Rundgren's Utopia Reunion featuring Moogy Klingman, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler, Kevin Ellman and Todd Rundgren. Ellman and Siegler, one of the best rhythm sections of all-time, kick it up a few notches and Ralph's keyboard work is amazing. All of the songs are executed better than Night 1 but Todd makes a bit of a mess in Freak Parade, resorting to reading a lyrics sheet. It seemed to wake him up a bit, and the rest of the performance is much better. It's fantastic how tight the band are after just a couple of weeks on the road. It's clearly evident just how important Moogy's playing was to the texture and groove of the Utopia sound. The Ikon is INCREDIBLE!~ Weavil
|2/1/11||JIMMY FALLON SHOW||DUB OF TV BROADCAST||N/A|
Track List:COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. I SAW THE LIGHT.
Note:Todd sits in with Fallon's fine houseband, The Roots, to perform I Saw the Light. It was great to see Todd getting some big-time TV exposure on Jimmy "Can't Buy A Laugh" Fallon. It reminded me of the old Letterman days when Todd filled in for Paul. He seemed comfortable and at ease with The Roots, for the most part. Jimmy seemed to catch him off guard during the Philly/Bearsville conversation as Todd was wearing the Cleveland shirt (again) as they kinda talked over each other. The song choices, other than the blatant hits, were surprising. Much like his times with Letterman, partial songs were played going in and out of the commercial breaks. Breathless really floored me the moment the Roots' keysman started it. Todd noodled over the top a bit. Bang The Drum All Day came in out of a commercial. Under The Ice was another unexpected gem and was played as Ice Cube was introduced-he seemed to have no clue the song included his "name". Black Maria led into a commercial...and back into the show. Can We Still Be Friends was met with a strange drum groove and very rough vocal, too much Utopia over the weekend?;) This led into, and out of, commercials. Hello It's Me(ester) was done as Leighton Meester walked onstage. I Went to the Mirror was also played, much to my surprise. This may have been the best of the bunch when seen/heard in its' entirety by those in the studio audience. Despite it's 'over-performedness' in recent years, I Saw the Light was the 'feature song', with a slightly botched middle section/guitar solo. Guitar harmonies were attempted. An Ikon-ish A Jam was also featured. Couldn't I Just tell You was also performed in its entirety but not broadcast in its entirety. ~ Weavil
|3/11||LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE (TR'S HOUSE KAUAI HIAWAII) FROM THE EPISODE 40||AUDIO DUB FROM VIDEO - WARREN||N/A|
Track List:DIDN'T I (BLOW YOUR MIND). I SAW THE LIGHT. EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. BEANIE & THE ROSE TATTOO. THE LAST RIDE. BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY.
Note:This is one of the finest web shows on the planet and the second time Todd has appeared on “Live From Daryl’s House.” I thought the first performance from Daryl's House with Todd could not be topped but this does exactly that, going above-and-beyond! Daryl Hall takes the 40th webisode of Live From Daryl's House to Kauai, Hawaii, a most magical setting, where he and old Philly pal Todd Rundgren join together live from Todd's house for a rousing seven-song set that included some gems I never would have anticipated. Seeing Daryl so gracious towards Todd and his music was very endearing and both legends bring their A-game. These performances are spectacular and the band is also incredible, but it's really all about these songs being performed live by two of music's best living vocalists. ~ Weavil
|3/30/11||'TODD/HEALING' THE STRANAHAN THEATRE TOLEDO OH||AUDIENCE (JON BABCOCK)|
Track List:DISC ONE:HOUSE.HOW ABOUT A LITTLE FANFARE.I THINK YOU KNOW.THE SPARK OF LIFE.AN ELPEE'S WORTH OF TOONS.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG.DRUNKEN BLUE ROOSTER.THE LAST RIDE.EVERYBODYS GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR.USELESS BEGGING.SIDEWALK CAFE.IZZAT LOVE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.DON'T YOU EVER LEARN.DISC TWO:CROWD.HOUSE MUSIC.HEALER.PULSE.FLESH.GOLDEN GOOSE.COMPASSION.SHINE.TINY DEMONS.HEALING PART I.HEALING PART II.HEALING PART III.TIME HEALS.ENCORE APPLAUSE.INTROS ETC.SONS OF 1984.CROWD.
Note:Per Jon Babcock: Wednesday, 7:30pm Show The Band
Todd : Guitar, Keyboards, Pianos, Songs & Stuff
Jesse Gress : Guitars, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Kasim Sulton : Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Greg Hawkes : Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Bobby Strickland : Saxomophones, Woodwinds, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Prarie Prince : Drums & Tap
plus The Hocking College Vocal Ensemble conducted by Dirk Hillyer. Enjoy it if you can! AUDIENCE RECORDING (Source 1).
Tape: dpa4061 > CS battery box (No Filter) > Korg MR-1 > DSDIFF File. Transfer: DSDIFF File > Audiogate (downsample) > Sound Studio. (edit, track & DC Offset) > xACT (fix SBE, FLAC level5).
|4/1/11||"TODD/HEALING" SOUTHERN THEATRE COLUMBUS OH||AUDIENCE JON BABCOCK||N/A|
Track List:CD ONE: HOW ABOUT A LITTLE FANFARE.I THINK YOU KNOW. AN ELPEES WORTH OF TOONS. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. DRUNKEN BLUE ROOSTER. THE LAST RIDE. EVERYBODYS GOING TO HEAVEN ~ KING KONG REGGAE. #1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. USELESS BEGGING. SIDEWALK CAFE. IZZAT LOVE. HEAVY METAL KIDS. DONT YOU EVER LEARN. CD TWO: HEALER. PULSE. FLESH. GOLDEN GOOSE. COMPASSION. SHINE. TINY DEMONS. HEALING PART I. HEALING PART II. HEALING PART III. TIME HEALS. SONS OF 1984.
Note:There are two audience recording sources 'out there' for this one. But JB's version here is incredible. Some great reviews came out of this show too! Here's mega-fan Glen Byryd's take on it: "Friday, April 1, 2011 is a day I shall long remember and cherish. The crowd that assembled in Columbus' nicely restored and wonderfully acoustic, beautiful Southern Theatre mixed and mingled pre-show like the old friends we are; brothers and sisters waiting to join together with cousins Todd, Kas, Jessie, Prairie, Greg and Bobby in this musical experience. The curtain came up in the theatre and the energy began to flow. The Todd set was great, nearly flawless and crackled with light, beauty and artistry. The Last Ride was outstanding and I am more amazed each time I see Bobby Strickland perform. His solo on TLR was so powerful and moving as was TR's lead. Heavy Metal Kids and Everybody Goes to Heaven just jammed hard! Prairie and Kas drove those songs and Todd unleashed the Guitar God on his Fool! Kasim's keyboard work and vocals were excellent and he played his K-bass as well as he's ever; with grace and style that brought joy as he rocked and thundered. The band was tight. Prairie was immaculate and precise. Greg's keyboard and synth work was stellar. Jessie is so freaking' great! Few guitarists are his equal. The Hocking College Vocal Ensemble and George Hertzel were excellent. They were enthusiastic and talented and excited to part of it all. And then there's Todd. TR seemed relaxed and happy as he performed. His voice had been used a good bit over the past few days but he was clear and full of power. His piano work was very good on Don't You Ever Listen and Drunken Blue Rooster. Lord Chancellor's and King Kong Reggae were big fun. The Last Ride was as good as I've ever experienced, moving, soulful and intense. The Healing set was just that. Todd came out and delivered his message of love and healing, reminding us that we are all children of the Great Creator worthy of Love and called to missions of being Peacemakers, Lightworkers and Healers. I was moved to tears and was filled with light and joy several times during the set and am and shall always be grateful to have been part of this. Having been in Akron, this was a wonderful closure and inspiration. Thanks to Doug and Mel and all those who made this happen and to everyone who gives themselves to love and support Todd, his work and his merry band of players. "You can be whole again, be healed again and make your body follow..." Shine you mothers!"
|6/26/11||INFINITY HALL NORFOLK CT (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:DISC 1: REAL MAN. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. BUFFALO GRASS. KIND-HEARTED WOMAN. DETERMINATION. LUCKY GUY. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS. ESPRESSO. LOVE IS THE ANSWER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. LOST HORIZON. FLAW. DISC 2: SOUL BROTHER. I'M SO PROUD/OOH BABY BABY/LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU. I WANT YOU. HAWKING. I SAW THE LIGHT. COURAGE. DRIVE. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. HELLO IT'S ME. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:Very great audience recording! If your looking for a copy of this area in the 2011 touring than this is it! Review by John Heslin: The stage is small, somewhat cramped for the players. From the audience perspective, from left to right, the set up is: Prairie, Jesse, Sultan then Ferenzik. While photos of the Bearsville Theatre from 3 nights earlier showed Prairie and Juan on risers, tonight they are at stage level. Bearsville photos also showed a video screen behind the band; no screen at Infinity. TR's mic is front and center. A mic stand - a somewhat static TR? be still my heart. It's about 8:15, the band takes the stage and as they begin to play Real Man, TR walks on. As much as I like Greg Hawkes, it is great to see Ferenzik back at the keys. His vocals are a welcome addition as well. The band then segues into Love of The Common Man, reminiscent of the 2nd Wind tour. If the great summer day and the warm architecture of the Infinity Hall hasn't put you in a good mood, these two songs surely should have done it. After those two obvious, TR's first rap begins as he explains he is suffering from a summer cold. It's surprising, as his voice is in good form. It is at this point that he praises the Infinity and then goes into a talk about promoting his Johnson CD, which is a song too early. The band informs him of this and he apologizes, blames it on the irregular regime of drugs and the band continues as planned with Buffalo Grass. Next up is the homage to Robert Johnson, one hundred years old plus dead. The song is Kindhearted Woman Blues, after which the Blues - pffft, gone. Now comes the rarity - a song TR explains is one of their least performed songs. In the liner notes to the aforementioned Obvious/Less compilation, Todd writes "Oddly enough, this song has rarely been performed live, mostly because I find it so difficult to play the jangly guitar part and sing simultaneously." Perhaps not much has changed since '95 as the lyrics are a struggle tonight. He gets off track about midway through and from that point, the song is a mix and mangle of verses until three days in the rain finishes it properly. Still a highlight (albeit diminished). Prairie takes a quick break as TR puts his butt down on the stool and they "bring the house down" with Lucky Guy. Another lyrical glitch as verse three comes before verse two tonight. It's less of a glaring glitch than Determination, likely only noticed by anal retentive fans. Prairie returns but the soft sounds continue with a beautiful rendition of Can We Still Be Friends. Things perk up considerably with Espresso. If it weren't for the wood, the stained glass, the comfortable chairs, the great acoustics and the cool air, I'd have thought I was drunk at Toad's Place waiting for a hamster smoothie. At this point, Todd mentioned they have been having trouble counting in the next song. The band teases as they play the false start to Hello It's Me from S/A but instead go right into Love Is The Answer. Another hit, well received. Next up (a song for the scandinavian tourists perhaps) the bossa nova version of It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference. At this point, we are reminded Lost Horizon is not just the bread of a big Gaye sandwich. Lost Horizon exists tonight all by its lonesome and that's a good thing. I've been coughing for four weeks now; if TR has a cold, I sure as hell can't tell. The HiM intro tease begins again, fooling many in the audience but this time, Todd give us Flaw. Never have the words "motherfucker" sounded so sweet. We have come to the Liars portion of the evening as this is followed by Soul Brother. For soul, TR gets back on his feet and he gets his groove on. A short malfunction forces a Ferenzik change of keys and they eventually, naturally, follow Soul Brother with I'm So Proud/Ooh Baby Baby/La La Means medley. At the end of this, Marvin gets his due with the bossa nova version of "I Want You." I don't recall ever hearing the next song as anything but a closer. As far as I'm concerned, it's welcome in any part of any set. The crowd is silent throughout. The band is tight. Todd's voice is strong. The backing vocals are perfect. This is a gem and a great big one. The song is Hawking. I Saw the Light fills the venue with joy. It's a light upbeat tune after the heavy beauty of Hawking. It's a crowd pleaser to be sure. Like the fly batters itself against the window, they once again try to get the countdown right. This time, the tease is so perfect it's as if I'm spinning S/A on the turntable. But, the rug gets pulled again as they play Courage. When I saw Courage on the set list, I reacted with a "meh." I was wrong. A song TR once described as uncharacteristic of the songs off of Arena, it is indeed light and gentle on the palate and it fits in perfectly with the entirety of the set list. The show is coming to a close and Drive rocks out. There was another minor switching of verses in this song, but who cares. Couldn't I Just Tell You includes a subdued TR/Kasim kick schtick and ends the set. Concerned with our need to start the work week in the morning, Todd returns to the stage after only a minute or two and introduces the orchestra. Finally, the teasing is over and with the first song of the encore, he gives the people what they want - with a twist in the middle and was that some swing at the end? Hello It's Me - it may be my favorite version EVAH. And the night at this little gem of a venue ends with the gem that is A Dream Goes On Forever. Great show. Highly recommended.
|6/28/11||BIRCHMERE MUSIC HALL ALEXANDRIA VA (GREATEST HITS)||SOUNDBOARD SOURCE/WEBCAST||N/A|
Track List:DISK 1:CROWD.REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.ESPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE (W/TWIST).LOST HORIZON.DISK 2:FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.I'M SO PROUD.HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.HELLO IT'S ME.DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
|7/2/11||‘HITS SHOW’ THE TRALF BUFFALO NY||AUDIENCE (BIGDADDYBFLO)||120:00|
Track List:REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BANTER.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN BLUES.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.BANTER.ESPRESSO.BANTER.LOVE IS THE ANSWER.IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.I'M SO PROUD / OOO BABY BABY / LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU.I WANT YOU.HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.BANTER.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.BAND INTROS.HELLO IT'S ME.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:Very good audience grab of what us Todd fanatics are calling the ‘Hits Show’ by this time. Review by our good friend Roger Steel: “The show started shortly after 8:00. Same exact set list and running order. Todd was in very good spirits which I've heard hasn't been the case in some of the other recent shows. He was having a lot of fun with the crowd, particularly over the song requests they were yelling out. Lighthearted "We're not taking requests" was uttered by Todd throughout the show. He also chided his tour itinerary, questioning why a logical next stop wouldn't be in Cleveland vs. all the way back to Oneonta, NY. I understand that the band has been struggling with their timing at the start of songs. This show was no different but it almost seemed like they were doing it on purpose. Some of the missteps were so blatant that you had a hard time believing that a band that's played together for so long could be so off. It didn't detract from the show though. It was actually kind of fun and added a human element to what was an otherwise tight performance. The show had more of a "With a Twist" feel to it than I expected. Todd sat for a good portion and played guitar on only a handful of songs. It was more laid back than we've experienced in recent Arena, Johnson and album tours but it was a good laid back though. There's a little bit of something for everyone in this show. "Determination" was a particular treat for me. "Hawking" killed as well but every song really did for that matter. The appreciative but not overly boisterous crowd couldn't get enough at the end. A fan chorus of "Todd, Todd, Todd..." was loud and proud well after the house lights came up. There was a brief glimmer of hope that we'd be graced with one more song but it just wasn't to be. Todd gave us all he had in the two hours prior so can't imagine anyone leaving there disappointed. I certainly didn't.” ~ Warren
|7/5/11||YMCA BOULTON CENTER BAY SHORE NY (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE||97:00|
Track List:DISC 1:REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.EXPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER.WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.MARVEN GAY MEDLEY.HAWKING.DISC 2:I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.HELLO IT'S ME.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:Notes to be added later~ Warren
|7/6/11||B.B. KINGS BLUES CLUB NEW YORK (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:BAND TAKES STAGE.REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ESPRESSO. LOVE IS THE ANSWER.IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.SOUL MEDLEY.HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.ENCORE APPLAUSE.BAND INTRO.HELLO IT'S ME.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.CROWD.
Note:Review by fan Peter Chalverus: "BB King's is certainly doing their part to go green by having the thermostat at an inappropriate setting for a muggy, hot summer night. Todd even commented about it affecting his "coif". They had a video system and the camera, stage right, needing a backfocusing something terrible. The op tried to roll the focus as best he could, but was struggling. The quality of the projectors was akin the old super 8 movies some of us may have watched in our basements as kids. My wife asked me why it kept going from color to black and white. There was no follow spot, so when Todd got on his horse and went to either side of the stage the lighting was poor, at best. The sound system was pretty good, but in the mix Ferenzik's keys were a bit low. We had some choice seats so I don't think it was our positioning. The set list was as listed in previous reviews. Todd still seems to be struggling with a sore throat/cold or something and his voice seemed to be straining most of the night. Particularly when he needed to hit the high notes. Although it did, in my opinion, compliment one of the greatest screams in RnR history especially on the song Drive. But Todd definitely needs to be putting more of the Royal Ginseng Honey into some hot water to try and soothe the vocal cords. Half way into Real Man I'm thinking this is going to be a long night. The schtick of counting into Hello It's Me seemed a bit forced but all did a good job with their acting abilities. Todd was able to make most of his ballads sound sweet with Hawking being a highlight for me. The other highlight of the night was when Kas joined Todd front and center for the leg kicking during Couldn't I Just Tell You. This brought back so many fond memories of some great nights going to Utopia concerts. Both Todd and Kas sported huge smiles as they did this. The other highlight was being able to bring my nephew, who is a music major, to his first Todd show. Another convert! Unfortunately these few bright spots could not overcome the trouble Todd is having with the pipes."
|7/9/11||OHIO THEATRE CLEVELAND OH (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE (JON BABCOCK)||69:00/28:00|
Track List:DISC ONE: REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.EXPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.MARVIN GAYE MEDLEY.DISC TWO:HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.HELLO IT'S ME.
Note:Awsome acoustics and sound. Another fine Cleveland audience recording by our pal Jon Babcock.
Review by Bruce Hicks: "Todd's show in Cleveland tonight was easily his best here in the last 20 years. To put it simply, Todd was "ON". Vocals (even though you could tell he was getting past a cold, he was amazing...how'd he manage for 2 hours so well?!), guitar prowess, and his unmistakable humor...he was "ON". The set list was diverse and did not disappoint. Easily the best show I've seen him do in the last 15 years. No obvious blunders (outside of those he intentionally caused, and the issues that were beyond his control...left side of stage had a power outage, Jessie's guitar failed during Love of the Common Man for a few moments, and he made a relatively effortless switch to correct the problem midway through). Except for the few morons that had to yell something at the quietest point of Hawking, I was proud to be a Clevelander at a Todd show, for a change. And ya know when Todd nails Hawking and "Medley" (plus Marvin Gaye tune), he's more than mind bending. There's only one Todd. He very much showed up in Cleveland tonight. A show of this caliber is what keeps us coming back for more (in my case, since 1977)! Thanks Todd, and band!! By the way, what was "solo" about this show? Ah, who cares.... "
|7/15/11||CANYON CLUB AGOURA HILLS CA (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:DISC ONE:REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ESPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER.IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.DISC TWO:SOUL BROTHER.I'M SO PROUD.OOH,BABY, BABY.LA,LA, MEANS I LOVE YOU.I WANT YOU. HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.BAND INTROS.HELLO IT'S ME (3 WAYS).DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:On the eve of Carmageddon, a packed house at the Canyon Club became "Rundgren Heaven" when Todd Rundgren performed a wide variety of his most popular songs. The thing about Rundgren fans is that they are completely dedicated to this multi-talented musician/ songwriter/producer/technological innovator. The audience welcomed him with ears wide open, as Rundgren treated them to hit after hit from his diverse catalog of songs with a brief nods to the blues and a healthy dose of soul. Opening the show with "Real Man," Rundgren strode maniacally across the stage back and forth reaching out to a grateful audience and ensuring that everyone in this intimate venue knew that their dear friend was back. Mixing it up with a variety of material, Rundgren's voice was strong and clear, backed up by a spot on band consisting of alumni players Kasmin Sulton (bass), Jesse Gress (guitar)Prairie Prince (drums, tucked in the corner) and John Frenzik (keyboards). Stand-out songs included Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman," "Lucky Guy" "Soul Brother" and a medley containing "Ooo Baby, Baby," which had the audience matching the angelic harmonies on stage. Rundgren paced himself well throughout the show, singing a fair number of songs seated on a stool center stage. However, it would have been nice to see him play guitar more. If you are a Todd Rundgren fan, you would not have been disappointed; if you're not a fan, this was an excellent opportunity to be converted. Seriously, I knew I must of been in heaven... because everyone I spoke to kept saying "Todd is God." ~ David Pascal of Agoura Hill Patch
|7/16/11||COACH HOUSE SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA (GREATEST HITS)||WEBCAST/SOUNDBOARD SOURCE||97:00|
Track List:REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ESPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.MEDLEY.HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.HELLO IT'S ME. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:Notes to be added later~ Warren
|7/30/11||FIELD OF HEAVEN YUZAWA-MACHI NAEBA SKI RESORT NIIGATA JAPAN (GREATEST HITS)||AUDIENCE||79:26|
Track List:DISK 1:REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND-HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS?ESPRESSO.LOVE IS THE ANSWER.IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW. DISK 2:SOUL BROTHER.I'M SO PROUD.OOH,BABY, BABY.LA,LA, MEANS I LOVE YOU.I WANT YOU. HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.BAND INTROS.HELLO IT'S ME (3 WAYS). A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:This is the best Audience recording of this tour, albeit an abbreviated setlist. The mix is excellent and comes into full focus quite quickly. This "best of the best of tour" show is executed well and Todd's voice is "on", outside of a few 'stretchy' moments, and full of extra energy and emotion at times. The band has these tunes down by now and is tight while harmonies are good to great and present...perhaps a bit too present at times. Albeit a bit sparce due to the setlist , Todd's guitar work is quite stellar, I just wish there was more of it. Prairie has a few issues early on while he gets his kit fine-tuned (but it's not too distracting) and the soundman has some issues with bottom-end feedback during Buffalo Grass but gets it under control for the rest of the show. Like many Japanese recordings, the audience is respectfully quiet, making this an excellent recording Marc Ribot and The Faces were also on the bill. This tour is quite dynamic, volume-wise, and it is captured, and executed, well on this MUST-HAVE recording. ~ Jeff 'Weavil'
|9/8/11||"TODD/HEALING" FRAUNETHAUL CENTER MUSKEGON MI||AUDIENCE||69:00/28:00|
Track List:DISC ONE:CROWD.HOW ABOUT A LITTLE FANFARE.I THINK YOU KNOW.THE SPARK OF LIFE.AN ELPEE'S WORTH OF TOONS.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG.DRUNKEN BLUE ROOSTER.DRUNKEN BLUE ROOSTER (REPRISE).THE LAST RIDE.EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN ~ KING KONG REGGAE.NUMBER 1 LCD.USELESS BEGGING.SIDEWALK CAFE.IZZAT LOVE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.DON'T YOU EVER LEARN.APPLAUSE ~ CROWD.DISC TWO:CROWD.HEALER.PULSE.FLESH.GOLDEN GOOSE. COMPASSION.SHINE.TINY DEMONS.HEALING PART I.HEALING PART II.HEALING PART III.TIME HEALS.ENCORE APPLAUSE.INTROS AND ALL.SONS OF 1984.CROWD.
Note:Notes to be added later~ Warren
|9/24/11||METROPOLE ORCHESTRA PARADISO AMSTERDAM HOLLAND||FM BROADCAST||N/A|
Track List:FLAMINGO (ORCHESTRA).PROPERTY.GOD SAID.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.PRETENDING TO CARE.HELLO IT'S ME.THE SMELL OF MONEY.WAILING WALL.IF I HAVE TO BE ALONE.I SAW THE LIGHT.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ONAMATOPIA.ONAMATOPIA (FASTER).BAG LADY.WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN.MAMMON.FACIST CHRIST.FLAMINGO (REPRISE).
Note:Broadcasted on nationwide Holland radio on New Year's Day 2012. Co de Kloet Radio show colive.radio6.nl. Thanks to Istvan for his copy~ Warren
|9/24/11||METROPOLE ORCHESTRA PARADISO AMSTERDAM HOLLAND||AUDIENCE (ISTVAN)||1:34:22|
Track List:INTRODUCTION. FLAMINGO (ORCHESTRA).PROPERTY.GOD SAID.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.PRETENDING TO CARE.HELLO IT'S ME.THE SMELL OF MONEY.WAILING WALL.IF I HAVE TO BE ALONE.I SAW THE LIGHT.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ONAMATOPIA.ONAMATOPIA (FASTER).BAG LADY.WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN.MAMMON.FACIST CHRIST.FLAMINGO (REPRISE).
Note:Wonderful audience capture by my buddy Istvan. If you were to put this neck and neck with the Co de Kloet pro FM recording, you would find it hard to decide which one was better listening pleasure.So, thanks so much to Istvan.~ Warren
Here's an excellent amature review of the show by Herman Roovers (on the TRConnection): "Oh, what a night. Once again Todd surprises his Dutch fans. After the collaboration with the New York City Quartet Ethel at the opening night of Tromp Festival at Eindhoven (15th November 2008) and at Amsterdam Carré (11 th and 12th June 2005) the Dutch fans were lucky again. You're lucky! Todd cheered at the beginning of the sold out Paradiso concert. And I'm lucky, he honestly added. And so he was, and we were! Todd with a voluminous orchestra, a tremendous gift.
Todd has some orchestral pieces on his repertoire and now we had chance to see and hear what that could mean. A full and rich sound and very formidable. Although almost every song Todd was accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra it wasn't boring or monotone. His non-orchestral songs (like Hello it's me and We gotta get you a woman) became richer and more spaciousness and the arrangements were pretty variable.
Like the Ethel gig at Eindhoven 2008 the Metropole Orchestra started the gig with the impressive Flamingo (unfortunately not segued by Zen archer like Ethel did) and then Todd entered the modified stage. The Paradiso stage had been extended specially for the gig. So less than half of the standing places were left. The other fans went to the balconies. But Todd didn't ignore them and occasionally he looked up for them and made contact. Very surprisingly the started with my favorite No world order song Property. It was a bit odd to see and hear that the orchestra's guitar player (guitar veteran Lex Bolderdijk) was doing the guitar solo, because Todd mainly concentrated on singing this evening. It was a good decision because you could see Todd needed to put all his energy in singing. It seems he had a little cold and now and then his voice/vocals drowned in the orchestral maneuvers. But maybe it was the sound mix or the fact I was standing in the front row.
God said was done very convincing by Todd and the Orchestra really added something to this Liars-song. Incredible and again the crowd went crazy. Common man was performed like the With a twist arrangement and this "lounge song" was the first breathing space for the very enthusiastic crowd. With minimal accompaniment by the orchestra Todd almost a cappella sang Pretending to care, one of the most intimate moments of the concert. The crowd concentrated waited till the last note of the Metropole Orchestra before applauding. Then the first sing a long came across. Hello it's me followed by the most orchestral songs of the evening: The smell of money and If I have to be alone. The orchestra and the arranger were at their best with these two songs and the musical options of the whole orchestras were strongly used. Todd showed his theatric side and the crowd was both cheered as impressed. Then Todd did the act with his white gloves with all the phonetics of the crazy sounds of Onomatopia written on two hand gloves. After finishing the song he simulated not to be satisfied with the tempo of the song and did it again but a bit faster! Stunning for the crowd, Todd and the orchestra. The vocals on Bag lady showed Todd's voice is becoming weaker during the last 10 years but the sentimental journey of this song compensated this. So did We got to get you a woman. It was the first time I heard this song live and sweeter memories came along.
Mammom followed by fascist Christ was the hard rock segment of the evening which showed that an orchestra really can rock and rumble. These power songs showed Todd's fanatical anger about religions. On Fascist Christ the first time this evening his picked up his guitar. He continued guitar playing during the reprise of Flamingo and after about 1 ½ hour gigging the concert was over. But the crowd yelled and begged for more and the (planned) encore showed again the skills of the orchestra and Todd. Wailing wall was great by its simplicity and lyrics and the last two songs we're again sing a longs with huge crowd participation, Can we still be friends and I saw the light (again Todd on guitar)
Todd came along without his usual musical buddies Kasim, Prairie en Jesse. The orchestra's rhythm section was doing okay and guitar player Lex Bolderdijk did a good job. After the concert he stated playing Todd's guitar parts weren't difficult or challenging and Todd was a relaxed artist working with during the four rehearsal sessions. Conductor Steve Sidwell confirmed this. It was nice working with Todd but musically not very difficult. Due to the orchestra's arranger the collaboration was prepared very well."
|9/25/11||METROPOLE ORKEST OOSTERPOORT GRONINGEN||AUDIENCE||93:00|
Track List:INTRODUCTION.FLAMINGO.PROPERTY.GOD SAID.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.PRETENDING TO CARE.HELLO IT'S ME.THE SMELL OF MONEY.ONOMATOPEA 1.ONOMATOPEA 2.BAG LADY.WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN.MAMON/FACIST CHRIST.FLAMINGO.WAILING WALL.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.I SAW THE LIGHT.ONOMATOPEA 3
Note:Decent unknown audience taping. A bit low level and apparently recorded some distance from the stage. However all these symphonic shows (this time from Oosterpoort Groningen)are a must have for true Todd collectors~ Warren
|10/5/11||JAZZ CAFÉ’ CAMDEN LONDON ENGLAND||AUDIENCE (KEVIN LEWIS)||1:58:46|
Track List:(ALL ONE TRACK):(CUTS IN) REAL MAN.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.BUFFALO GRASS.KIND HEARTED WOMAN.DETERMINATION.LUCKY GUY.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.ESPRESSO (ALL JACKED UP).LOVE IS THE ANSWER.IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.LOST HORIZON.FLAW.SOUL BROTHER.SOUL MEDLEY: I'M SO PROUD/OOH BABY BABY/LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU/I WANT YOU.HAWKING.I SAW THE LIGHT.COURAGE.DRIVE.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.HELLO IT'S ME.A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
Note:Very good recording sent to us by our new ‘ToddFriend’ in the UK, Kevin Lewis. Weird that Todd was being so very interchangeable for this period of a European leg. Changing up between a ‘Hits’ Show, a ‘With A Twist’ Set and a ‘Johnson’ Set! Todd chose to do the ‘Hits’ show for this venue. It’s no wonder that three nights later, at Ronnie Scott’s, the reviewers all said that the band seemed ‘unrehearsed’ and ‘almost confused at times’. But for this evening Superfan N.D. Michaelson seemed pretty pleased.~ Warren N.D. Michaelson Review (from the TRConnection): “What an odd choice of venue (Toddly enough) considering last time out in London (Feb 2010) it was the Hammersmith Apollo, or Odeon as those of my generation will probably still refer to it. Nevertheless it was great to see Todd and the band (the 'Liars' line-up) in such intimate surroundings. The set list was as for the Manchester show (as previously reviewed by John Hughes). What we now call a ‘Hits’ Show, covering virtually all of Todd's career with material from 'Something...' up to one from 'TR's Johnson' and, as Todd made a point of saying, the material was selected to be what we would have chosen had they taken requests, "which we don't". Now we all know he is 'AWATS' but a collective mind-reader too? Well on this evidence perhaps so. It was a very popular set of songs with the audience although I'd imagine everyone could pick out some personal favorites that were missing. Mine would include 'The last ride', 'Just one victory', 'Secret society’ and 'Truth' but relatively rarities such as 'Determination', 'Lucky Guy', 'Drive', and 'Espresso' were very welcome.
Todd and the band seemed to be in fine humor saying that they were enjoying their stay in London, had actually walked to the gig and would play there indefinitely, to which one wag replied that it would bankrupt him - not clear if he meant himself or Todd. In terms of the performance I would have to say that the louder material (which bookended the mellower, sit-down stuff) was at times both distorted and apparently causing the band monitor problems, detracting somewhat from the otherwise excellent 'Courage' in particular. I would attribute this to the smallness of the venue. Todd made references to the fact that English audiences seemed especially sensitive to how little he played guitar in this show and indeed, although I didn't count, it can't have been for more than about 6 songs which given his virtuosity and with no disrespect to Jesse Gress is a shame. Obviously then the focus was on Todd the vocalist (an area in which I believe he is very under-rated) and as he got warmed-up his voice got better and better through the course of the show. The band are great, but if you're reading this you'd expect no less...Kas and Prairie make a superb rhythm section.
Somehow Todd seems to be defying the years, looking in fine shape and giving it plenty in terms of performance. With a back catalogue of such richness you'd have to be there all night to get all of the best in (and I'm sure many would happily do so) but this was an excellent 'Best of Todd' show. He is truly in a class of his own, but you know that already. Finally if you read this Rob H, thanks for turning me on to him all those years ago.”
|10/8/11||RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB SOHO LONDON ENGLAND||AUDIENCE (KEVIN LEWIS)||1:19:56/1:33:36|
Track List:FIRST SET (‘WITH A TWIST’): I SAW THE LIGHT.INFLUENZA.CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS.IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.FIDELITY.NEVER NEVER LAND.LOVE IS THE ANSWER.ESPRESSO.LOST HORIZON.BORN TO SYNTHESIZE. I WANT YOU.HELLO IT'S ME. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER.
SECOND SET (‘JOHNSON’): DUST MY BROOM.STOP BREAKING DOWN.KIDDIE BOY.SOUL BROTHER. WALKIN' BLUES.KIND HEARTED WOMAN BLUES.BLACK MARIA.OPEN MY EYES.ALL MY LOVE IN VAIN. LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN.UNLOVED CHILDREN.I’M SO PROUD/OH BABY BABY.COURAGE.I SAW THE LIGHT.HAWKING.COULDN’T I JUST TELL YOU.BOOGIES.
Note:Another very good recording sent to us by our new ‘ToddFriend’ in the UK, Kevin Lewis. The performances? Well….as I mentioned in the above entry, why Todd decided to do this is beyond me. They were being so very interchangeable for this period of a European leg. Changing up between a ‘Hits’ Show, a ‘With A Twist’ Set and a ‘Johnson’ Set! Todd chose to do the ‘Hits’ show for one venue. And it’s no wonder that three nights later, here at Ronnie Scott’s, the reviewers all said that the band seemed ‘unrehearsed’ and ‘almost confused at times’.~ Warren
Review (on TRConnection) by Todd Fan Andy Cade on ‘With A Twist’ Set: We'd only booked the first house so when Kaz greeted the queue outside Ronnie's to film us for his 'Back Stage Pass' website and confirmed it was to be Bossa Nova set first I felt a tinge of disappointment. In fact the set was hugely enjoyable and fun. Todd's band throughout the Bossa Nova set. Todd and band played for around 80mins and they then 'flipped' the house. We had to wend our way home. He wasn't scheduled to finish 2nd set until 1am which is way past our cocoa time! It was a good night - one to remember. We stepped into the Soho night invigorated and with much to talk about on our train journey home, with some regret at not having booked both shows. My particular faves were 'Fidelity' from Nearly Human and Espresso (what a great show song that would make should anyone write a 'juke box musical' of Todd songs). Plus 'I Was Born to Synth' whose jazzy rearrangement gave the band individual solo opportunities.
Review (on TRConnection) by Todd Fan Peter Collinson on the ‘Johnson’ Set: “Like the other gigs on this European tour, the gig was billed as 'the greatest hits show that the fans have always wanted'. With promo like that, what is there not to look forward too? And to see Todd at such a prestigious, intimate venue could only be every fans dream. So we booked our tickets, train and hotel and headed off to London thinking this was going to be the show of a lifetime. As always with Ronnie Scott's there are two house sets and given that the first show is restricted by the start-time of the second, we thought the later set would be the one to see -- after all that's normally the way things work out at Ronnie Scotts. As people came out of the first house show the comments were consistently of the highest order and the set list seemed pretty much what I expected.
So what could possibly go wrong?
Only that Todd decided to change the show completely for the second house and play a Blues set. Worse still was that the band (who we all know are of the highest caliber) didn't seem to know the numbers or be able to 'feel' the Blues coherently -- often looking at each other in complete confusion when breaks and endings didn't work. I am not being unkind when I say that I have heard tighter and better blues bands down at the local pub than what I heard on Saturday night. It was not only very disappointing, but at times it was a shambles.
Halfway through the show various people in the audience started shouting for Todd to play something better known -- someone shouted for soul - so he apparently grudgingly announced they would play the I'm so Proud Soul medley -- and it briefly looked like things might pick up -- but Todd decided he'd had enough after the first two numbers in the medley and stopped the band mid-flight, once again returning to unknown blues territory.
I heard a number of shouts of 'Rubbish!' around the house and many shouts for ' Real Man' and various other 'expected' songs but Todd had decided we weren't going to get it. There were a couple of brief interludes with I saw the Light and Black Maria but even when it came to the encore we got yet another Blues number with Todd making some arrogant comment about those who hadn't made it to first base yet were never going to make it. We didn't even get Hello It's Me!
So thanks Todd for shattering a dream and wasting £500 of my hard-earned money. I waited 35 years for 'the greatest hits show the fans have always wanted' -- might have been nice if you'd actually publicized that you weren't going to play it in the second house set at Ronnies. -- and next time you want to rehearse the band, it might be better if you didn't do it with an audience. I never thought I'd be so negative about a Todd gig but this set was misplaced and well below an acceptable standard.”
|11/9/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA" CENTER STAGE ATLANTA||AUDIENCE BY WARREN||N/A|
Track List:SOUNDCHECK:IKON.ANOTHER LIFE/SOMETHING'S COMING.
DISC ONE:UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.ANOTHER LIFE.SOMETHINGS COMING.DO YA.THE SEVEN RAYS.THE WHEEL.DISC TWO:THE IKON.FREEDOM FIGHTERS. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:I was way too close to front security to relax and record this all like I wanted... or make the necessary adjustments. But I did get much of it. It's not as great as I would have liked it. But it is a good recording. I missed some of the beginning of Ikon. Atlanta loves Todd (always has) so the ambience of the recording is what's so incredible. After the meet & greet, I was front stage left, and near 'Ellenseyes05' (on YouTube) who always does a great job of fan filming. I guess what I'm trying to say is, that my audio is similiar quality phonics (or just a little better) as the 'soundtrack' of their video. My girl friend beside us, is the one who gave Todd the Roses...seen in the video. So listen to Ellenseyes05 video on YouTube. My equipment was not that bad, it's just that Ellenseyes05 was that good (looked like a pocket digital camera that could shoot video).So between the two of us (and a couple of other fan filmers), we got a pretty good document of the show. There were some missed notes, missed lyrics, and Todd seemed to struggle with some high notes (only something that you or I would notice) right away. Kasim filled in for Moogy during the Tour of this part of the country. This recording is a real keeper if I do say so myself...chuckle~ Warren
|11/10/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA" CAROLINA THEATRE DURHAM NC||AUDIENCE ('MOZ' MIKE)||120:00|
Track List:DISC ONE:UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.ANOTHER LIFE.SOMETHINGS COMING.THE SEVEN RAYS. DO YA (TWO TAKES) .THE WHEEL.DISC TWO:THE IKON.FREEDOM FIGHTERS. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Another great audience recording out of the Southeast. This one by our buddy Moz (who, from what I understand, hits all the Todd shows here within the Carolinas and Georgia areas every year!). And that's a lot of ground to cover. Thank you for this awesome record Mike.
Review by southeastern fan Jeff Boehlert: "What we got was exactly as expected - a phenomenal 2 hour set of material from "TR's Utopia" & "Another Live". Band looked and sounded great - (Moogy we missed you - your karma was in the house). The Ikon, Freak Parade, The Wheel, Seven Rays, Something's Coming, Do Ya.........and of course encoring with Just One Victory.!!!! Great job on the attire Michele/Rachel - also lended itself to many comical moments from Todd :) A great evening with great friends and another awesome Todd show."
|11/13/11||‘TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA’ THE NYCB THEATRE WESTBURY NY||AUDIENCE (JSWETCH)||107:00|
Track List:UTOPIA THEME. THE FREAK PARADE. HEAVY METAL KIDS. ANOTHER LIFE/SOMETHING'S COMING. THE SEVEN RAYS. DO YA. THE WHEEL. THE IKON (START). THE IKON. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Fusiony/prog rock Utopia Reunion marred by the illness of Moogy, who was supposed to be here, but was unable to perform and near death. (He passed away on the 16th). Given the complexity of some of this music, it was a pretty major feat to pull this off for a short tour. Sound is good for a venue the size of the theatre. The Theatre is considered a ‘half round’. They have clearly worked out most of the arrangements for this material. Kasim and Jessie are both manning keyboards throughout the show. There were a few bad notes or chords from time to time and only slight transition problems. We have a new found respect for Moogy after these shows. For those who witnessed the January concerts where they tore through this material with little more than a few hours rehearsal, it's clear that his talents were a massive piece of this band and clearly the glue that bound this particular lineup together. Kasim and Jessie are coming along nicely to fill in but Moogy's influence on this material is massive and is sorely missed. The unfortunate part in all this is that the first week of shows are where they have had to work out the kinks because of Moogy's last minute absence.
|11/13/11||TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA THE NYCB THEATRE WESTBURY NY||AUDIENCE BY JOHN SCHWETJE||57:00/48:00|
Track List:DISC ONE:UTOPIA.THE FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.ANOTHER LIFE/SOMETHING'S COMING.THE SEVEN RAYS.DO YA.DISC TWO:THE WHEEL.THE IKON (START).THE IKON.FREEDOM FIGHTERS.JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note: Excellent Audience Recording by John Schwetje. I took the liberty of some ‘area beautification by bringing highlights out front and upping the Bass a bit. Now ‘Soundboard-like’ for sure (Especially unique for a Theater of this size). Now best Audience we have from this Tour. Which was marred somewhat by the illness of Moogy Klingman, who was supposed to be on this tour, but was unable and near death. That's why Kasim is on keys(!?!?!). Very nice feeling seeing and hearing this version of Utopia again. Given the complexity of some of this music, it was a pretty major feat to pull this off for a short tour. ~ Warren
Recording Lineage: Source- Roland Edirol R-09> Audacity for splitting>cd-da extractor to WAV>TLH Wav to flac>TLH
Todd -guitar, vocals
Ralph Shuckett-keys, bg vox
John Siegler-bass, bg vox
Kasim Sultan-keys, bg vox
Jesse Gress-percussion, bg vox
|11/16/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA" BERGEN ARTS ENGLEWOOD NJ AUDIENCE SOURCE~ DAY AFTER MOOGY PASSED||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:DISC ONE:UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.ANOTHER LIFE.SOMETHINGS COMING.DO YA.THE SEVEN RAYS.THE WHEEL.DISC TWO:THE IKON.FREEDOM FIGHTERS 1. FREEDOM FIGHTERS 2.BAND INTROS.JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Notes to be added later~ Warren
|11/18/11||"TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA" PARAMOUNT CENTER FOR THE ARTS PEEKSKILL NY||SOUNDBOARD OF WARREN'S PPV TODDCAST||N/A|
Track List:DISC ONE:UTOPIA THEME.FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS.ANOTHER LIFE.SOMETHINGS COMING.DO YA.THE SEVEN RAYS.THE WHEEL.DISC TWO:THE IKON.FREEDOM FIGHTERS. BAND INTROS.JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Notes to be added later~ Warren