The visuals were quite good (sorry about the blurry photos of the show), the drumhead-like screens were innovative and added to the fun. The set list was short but very satisfying. The Cars hits are fun songs, Todd's songs of course were my favorites, in particular Open My Eyes was really great, and it was a definite treat to hear I Saw The Light and especially Black Maria live. Cars song Moving In Stereo worked particularly well live, as did Kasim's excellent rendition of the bittersweet Drive. With Todd's pop sensibilities, the Cars tunes could easily have been his own, if you know what I mean, and he kind of made them his own while staying true to the originals yet he added his "Toddness" to it all and really, who else but Todd could've fit that bill so well. He seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit.
I'm pretty sure Todd broke a string right after they started I Saw The Light (I know what it's like when I've broken strings in the middle of a song live) and he immediately looked over at Elliot Easton several times smiling, unsuccessfully trying to get his attention - but then Todd started playing chord inversions with the remaining strings, and then on the double solo part, he managed a harmony that still worked very well; Todd is quite the musician. He changed guitars immediately after that song. At one point later on he laughed when he threw his guitar to a tech quite a distance and the guitar was live and when it bounced made the usual racket through the amps. And it was great to see and hear Kasim and Prairie, they did a superb job, and Elliot is quite a great guitar player - the keyboard player (I forgot his name) did a fine job too.
Generally, it was a very fun and a good show except for the muddy sound and I recommend going especially if you're a Todd fan.
However, I really didn't want to come across as an idiot fan, even though I AM, or at least kind of feel like, an idiot fan. I mean, I know this sounds stupid but as much as I wanted to gush about how great I think his work is, I've been on the other side of that myself and wanted to avoid drooling all over him or bowing down "I'm not worthy" in Wayne's world style. So I extended my hand and as we shook hands I said "thank you for doing what you do, I really appreciate all you've done" - but I'm not so sure it came across as the compliment I intended, and he was a little distracted at the same time. My wife brought an autograph sheet and he graciously signed Todd R 2006 with a larger R above.
We hung out a bit longer and although I was hesitant, my Wife was gently insistent that she take a couple of photos with me and Todd, so we approached him again and Todd was gracious about that and posed with me - photos attached.
Todd's demeanor backstage: Having never met him before, I was impressed that he was very down to earth as he chatted with various people, posed for pictures, etc. One older female fan later on seemed to kind of accost him in a way and his non verbals seemed to be indicating he was wanting to get away, which he did pretty quick. All throughout, he had no "airs" at all, and was just hanging out with the backstage crowd and fans while relaxing and unwinding after the show with a large can of beer similar to Fosters, and he was wearing a worn out T shirt with jeans and tennies. Todd comes across as a real guy, not phony and not a celebrity. No attitude except for good attitude.
Last, here's something I wanted to include but left out - my first "Todd encounter": 30 years ago when I was 17 I saw Todd at the Roxy for the Back to the Bars tour in 1978. Me and 2 friends ended up sitting at the press photographer's table, of all places, simply because we (well, I) refused to leave it after it seemed there was no other seats in the whole place. Before the show, we overheard one of the female photographers saying "Todd who?--how did I get stuck on this crappy assignment, anyway?" - we just smirked. She became "Rundgrenized" - she got swept away and had a complete transformation - and we got a great laugh when at the end of the show she turned to me, grabbed my forearms and said "DO YOU HAVE TICKETS FOR THE NEXT SHOW??"
Anyway, right after that, Todd et al were exiting the stage and walking right by where we were: I suddenly said "Hey Todd" and he looked at me - realizing I had just captured his attention at the spur of the moment I had nothing to say so I waved and said "HI!!" - he waved back and said "HI!!" mirroring the same goofy teenage way I had said it... well, to my friends I was an instant celebrity - "HOLY CRAP - TODD RUNDGREN JUST SAID "HELLO IT'S ME" TO YOU!!!"
Funny how 30 years later, I still couldn't come up with anything more meaningful to say than what he's probably heard 8 billion times from loyal loving (gushing) fans...