Todd Rundgren – Arena Show

Review by Joseph Shaffner (Switch to

Birchmere, Alexandria, VA 12/17/2008

Kenny Reff ( was a pal and showed up early for the Birchmere seating lottery. Ken also provided the photos attributed to my name here.

This was a great show! Todd trumped every guitar on the stage for sure. There was no evidence that they had been on a break from touring. Todd made a very smart move inviting Rachel Haden into his band. The presence of a woman (albeit, a very attractive woman) gave a great band vibe and made the beasts behave. It also allows us to see that Kasim is one hell of a guitar player. Despite the omnipresent Staten Island gum clacking, he is quite good.

This is the best Todd show I have seen in years. Todd’s guitar playing alone is worth a long trip over hill and dale. Now I am going to pray that I look that good at sixty.

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