I'd like to dispell any rumours of Todd Rundgren not giving a damn on this
tour. In my humble opinion, the Beacon Theatre show as everything I'd hoped
for, more. Yes, I was at the inspiration for this show last year at the
Delacorte, and yes, it was magical. But you can't do something that's
already been done and expect it to be the same every time unless you're
watching a robot. Todd is far from that, it's one of the reasons I still
enjoy going to see him. You already know the set list, so I'd just like to
add that an acoustic version of "Play This Game" could be a welcome
addition. Having said that, I'd also like to mention that I've been
fortunate enough to live on both coasts ( San Francisco and New York) and
right in-between (Chicago), and these seem to be places where Todd knows he
has a solid (?) fan base, so I'm glad he does the "loopy" shows here, it's a
big part of his connection and rapport with the audience.
On with the review:
Ethel is a curious warm-up for this show. I liked a lot of what they played
but I don't think their musical choices were the best as stand alone pieces.
It would be nice if there were more than a couple of collaborative efforts
of all three.
Joe Jackson has made me a new fan, his vocal and musical performance was
right on. He also seemed o be having fun this time, unlike last year when
he was clearly uncomfortable.
Todd looked and sounded superb. Since he did live here ( a long time ago)
it seems that he feels at home when he comes. And if you think he's not
doing his "A" show when he's here, then maybe you are wasting your time and
money. Or maybe you never got him in the first place.
Don't miss this show! I'm going to tomorrow night's in Poughkeepsie and I
Could be, who knows....