I've been a fan for many years, first hearing Todd in the early 70's and seeing him for the first time in Scranton in 1974 with Todd Rundgren's Utopia. I've seen him in numerous venues by himself and with Utopia. I've never been disappointed by his shows. Sure, I'd love to see more of his incredible guitar work and less screaming, but overall the shows are just purely Todd doing things his own way. Which is the best.
Who would've thought that the combination of Ethel, Joe and Todd would work? It did. When they were all on stage at the end performing, I couldn't not believe how great it all sounded. Even though you could barely hear Todd's guitar, the incredible violinists of Ethel more than made up for the missing guitar work, like the song was mad for violins. Especially on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
I was happy that my 14-year old daughter saw this show, her first of what I believe will be many. She loves Todd, especially Nazz. My wife, a casual Todd fan, was totally amazed last night at his beautiful songs and his wonderful voice. She said that he could have been so much more popular, if he wasn't such a "nut". Said in a nice "nut" way. The inference was that most people don't know how great he is. I said to her that someday, he will be appreciated. But will he ever?
Todd is probably one of the greatest muscal artists of our time - as a musician, performer, writer, producer, innovator etc. That he is not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nothing short of a crime. My brother Bob initiated a petition some time ago. All Todd fans should at least sign it. Who knows? Maybe someday. Or how about a Todd Rundgren Musical Experience in Philadelphia/Upper Darby to showcase Todd's incredible past and present contributions to the music world.
Looking forward to seeing Utopia next year. Could a reunion tour with Nazz be far behind? If Todd can pull off a tour with Ethel and Joe Jackson. Why not Nazz. Wouldn't that be incredibe - hearing Feathebedding Lover live?