Friday, December 4, 2015 - Whiskey Roadhouse – Horseshoe Casino - Council Bluffs, Iowa

Review by Kim Theesen (Switch to

The place was the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs in the state of Iowa. Somebody failed to remind Todd that he wasn't in Nebraska; he wasn't in Omaha. That and arguably a couple of rough endings were the only minor flaws in the evening's show. Todd mentioned something about still working out a couple of songs. Seeing how it's only the third show of the tour, all is forgiven.

The band -- Todd (guitar and vocals), Kasim Sultan (bass and vocals), Jesse Gress (guitar and vocals), John Ferenzik (keyboards and vocals) and Prairie Prince (drums) -- added a couple more songs not yet performed to this show. "Secret Society" and "One World" were at the end, along with the crowd favorite "Hello It's Me," wrapping a spirited two-hour production of nearly continuous music. A couple of breaks did take place and Todd mentioned the "coma" that many people seemed to have experienced over the past "45 years," remembering "Hello It's Me" as the last song they can recall. Todd said early on that some folks are billing this as a "greatest hits tour" which would have been over after about "20 minutes." "Bang the Drum All Day" was back in the set list after a long, long absence. Other than hearing play it on Ringo's All Starr tour, I don't think I've heard it since the mid-1990s.

The band was tight and the highlights for me included a moving "God Said" -- the only song from LIARS and "Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel" from AWATS. The full-band arrangements of "Rise" and "Soothe" from 2015's GLOBAL sounded great and transferred well from electronic recordings to real guitars. Todd's scorching guitar solo in "Black Maria" took me over the top and re-established OH as my favorite rock guitarist.

If they really do have "fifty songs" in the works, that means they'll be working in about twenty or so more by the end of the tour. I'm going to guess that something from NEARLY HUMAN, ARENA, and STATE should show up. It would be cool if he grabbed at least one tune from every solo record. If you're a Todd Rundgren fan who's been in that aforementioned coma, it's time for you to get out and experience damn near a half a century of solid pop and rock 'n' roll. Thank you, Todd, for coming to Nebraska, uh, I mean Iowa!

The Set List:

I Saw the Light
Love of the Common Man
Open My Eyes
Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel
Love Science
Can We Still Be Friends
Hammer in My Heart
Lost Horizon
Black & White
God Said
Love in Action
Bang the Drum All Day
I'm So Proud / Ooh Baby Baby
I Want You
Black Maria
Couldn't I Just Tell You
Secret Society 
One World
Hello It's Me

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