I didn't bother to make a song list. What I remember, in addition to the others listed above (in no particular order): "One World," "Love of the Common Man," "Cliche," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" (some brief piano challenges there), a Marvin Gaye tune, two Beatles covers, "Can We Still Be Friends," "Song of the Viking," "Young, Free & 21," "I Saw the Light," "I Don't Wanna Tie You Down" (interesting guitar version of an original keyboard song). Also a jazzed-up rendition of "Born to Synthesize," which is completely unlike the original "mystical" recitative arrangement. The surprise of the evening was a very moving version of "Influenza."
The audience was typically Todd-cool. All good folks and dedicated to their hero and his free-thinking, freewheeling philosophy and humanistic impulses. An older fellow with long gray hair and a gray beard was front and center at Todd's feet, just grooving and nodding all night long. I don't think the guy ever moved an inch. Nailing down an estimate of the crowd number is difficult. Uptown Mix is also a very social event. But the crowd near the stage was united in purpose. I would guess maybe 3,000 strong in all.
There were repeated shouts from the crowd for requests, which were generally ignored. Maybe once Todd complied. Fans wanted to hear "The Range War" from Todd's second solo LP (as a nod in the direction of country music--it being Nashville and all); "Just One Victory"; "We Gotta Get You a Woman"; "Real Man"; "Couldn't I Just Tell You"; "Hawking"; "Fidelity"; and "Love Is the Answer." He did none of these gems, though it might be pointed out that all are either piano or electric guitar songs, or simply so studio-oriented that pulling them off realistically would be beyond the powers of a one-man band. The MP3 set, including the newer "With a Twist" CD arrangements, was successful, to be sure. But in light of the fact that Todd can't play his electric guitar at these gigs, it almost makes one yearn for those clunky olden days when he did a huge music-minus 1 concert accompanied by song tracks with him filling in the guitar and vocal.
It's a kinder, gentler Todd we see here, and the scaled-back parameters of a solo tour mean an equivalent control in the kind of music that he plays. Now there's not a thing wrong with that. And the man's brilliance still shines through. At this point, call it pure aura. I guess if you asked the average Joe on the street, "Do you know who Todd Rundgren is?" he would scratch his head and stare and wonder, then say, "Hmmm....I'm not sure..." Nevertheless, it's been an amazing career, and it's a joy to see TR still making devoted crowds so happy. After the concert, Todd stopped to sign autographs and talk warmly with fans. The man is beloved--of that there is no doubt.
Next stop: St. Louis--home state of John Ashcroft!!