Todd Rundgren - Boulder, Colorado - June 6, 2000

Review by Chris Zetterholm (Switch to

As I did yesterday, here's the set list first:
I Hate My Frickin' ISP
Play This Game
Love Of The Common Man
Black And White
Fix Your Gaze
#1 Lowest Common Denominator
There Goes My Inspiration
Hit Me Like A Train
Yer Fast (And I Like It)
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Bang The Drum All Day/Wimoweh (Mbube)
Secret Society
Open My Eyes
Mystified/Broke Down And Busted
Buffalo Grass
One World

First Encore: Hammer In My Heart Surf Talks

Second Encore: Worldwide Epiphany

The first thing I have to mention is that this was the Z-lady's first time to see Todd in concert. The fans in Boulder, like all other Todd fans at any other show I've ever attended, were the best! I can't say enough as to how welcome they make you family.  Todd made an appearance out the side door of the Fox Theater, and was gracious enough to sign for the early fans. That old "Z" hat I have now has a TR autograph on it. Needless to say, my wife had a great time.

I wrote in last night's review that I was disappointed not to hear "Mystified" with "Broke Down And Busted". As you can see from the set list, Todd did not disappoint. Standing up front, we asked several times for that request, and I guess Todd was either going to do it anyway, or just wanted me to shut up. I won't speculate.

Again, we had the introductions to the guitars, though this time, Todd seemed to acknowledge that the word is out about Percy, Foamy, Blackie and Eugene. He also has the John Lennon limited edition Rickenbacher, which he used on a few numbers both nights. And like last night (whether I mentioned it or not), Todd wore the small round sunglasses, but I could still see his eyes, usually closed as he jammed out a solo.

Tonight's show had a few more glitches, notably broken strings (2), from which the band recovered quite nicely. As Todd was introducing Eugene, a microphone was placed in front of the ukulele. As he accidentally touched it, the mic fell limp, and Todd suggested getting some Viagra for it. It took a few times for it to get fixed, but the crew was on it. Instead of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", I correctly put "Wimoweh (Mbube)" as the number he segues into during "Bang". I've heard Pete Seeger do this tune, and he did it with the Weavers long before the "hit" (Lion) version came out.

Kasim and Trey are such great musicians, they must make it easy for Todd to have fun with it all. And indeed we all had fun. Todd's banter about Boulder bike lanes, and how they sort of screw pedestrians just because they don't have any "conveyance," was that classic Todd wit at work. I don't think I've ever seen Todd where he didn't give some funny anecdote about the city where he was playing.  I wish I had mentioned to him that the local University's mascot is the Buffaloes, for any kind of reference to Buffalo Grass. 

I can't thank enough those Utopians that make going to a show so much fun. I gotta thank Bill and Kathi, Joe S., Rick and Cindy, Pam, Tom, Joy, Mitchell, Hugo, and (last but not least) Michael...the list is endless as well as priceless. Thanks to the several folks that stopped me for a minute to say hi -- you'll never know how much that meant to me. With the band's great performance and the wonderful fan 'family', this has been a tour to remember. I wish I could be with all my NY friends at the Westbury show -- maybe next time.  After one long year.

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