Friends, Toddheads, Utopians! I come to praise Todd, not to bury him!
I got kind of over excited when I read no more Utopia ever from Todd. and I did say some things in the wrong way. Two things first -
First thing- I certainly do owe an apology to Kasim. He's a good guy and we've recently done shows together in the Utopian spirit. When I said that Todd and Kasim were disrespecting themselves and their fans by shelving the Utopia reunion permanently, I made a big mistake. Kasim, as he has told me on many occasions, would love to do a Utopia reunion (with or without me). It has nothing to do with Kasim because it's Todd's decision. Kasim sang and wrote Utopia's biggest hit, "Set Me Free" and he'd love to get back to that music, if only for one tour.
Kasim, please accept my apology. If we Utopians up here in the Ikon make mistakes, and we do....please forgive us. (or in this case...me)
Second thing - I think it's fine that they're doing the Cars - Unfortunately Todd seemed to be saying that they would be doing that instead of a Utopia reunion. So I, like many of his fans, was hostile to the Cars thing. The truth is Todd could still do a Utopia reunion. No matter how many rock tribute bands or Dinosaur reunion bands he plays with.
So it's not an either/or thing. And for Todd to imply that somehow that a Utopia reunion is a money loser is, I feel, wrong. I think fans would flock to the shows. And to whatever DVD/CD came out of it would probably have more than respectable short and long term sales.
When I said that Todd is disrespecting himself by permanently dumping the Utopia reunion - I only meant this - That the musical legacy Todd and the Utopians created was a rich one and one worthy of revisiting. And he should give that Utopian legacy the respect it deserves. It was his baby.
When I said "Todd should take a chill pill and cool out" - How long can he stay mad at Willie? I played with Willie for a year or two and hung out with him often. He's a mellow fellow. The last Utopia reunion was in 1990. It's been 15 years. Bury the Hatchett, Todd.
For that matter, whatever problems Todd and I had back in the day...... It was 25 years ago.
Dust in the wind, OK? .... Our problems were settled decades ago (literally). Time to bury that hatchet too. I too, would like to be part of the reunion that will now never take place, unless the fans make it happen.
Once in the early daze of Utopia when we were recording one of our 15 minute songs, I asked Todd if it shouldn't be more commercial. He said to me "It isn't about how many records we sell, it's about creating a band that will influence music and that people will long remember."
I think we Utopians and Todd especially, accomplished that.
Gentle prodding sometimes works.... so why not start a quiet revolution? Whisper, "Utopia now, Utopia now, Utopia now!"
Moogy's response to Todd's recent letter
It was announced and anticipated that there would be a Utopia tour next year and now that's permanently put off for a Cars tribute band. No wonder some TR/Utopia fans are pissed off.
Some of us believe that Utopia was a band of musically significance and influence and that it's legacy and legend spread far beyond it's record sales. To have Todd and Kasim dump a Utopia reunion so they could make a few more dollars doing essentially a Cars tribute band, seems not only to disrespect their fans, but also seems to show disrespect for themselves and their musical legacy.
It assumes that Utopia's music and legend are far less important then making a few more bucks doing a sound alike band of Cars hits.
Maybe they should work it out to do both. What if John Lennon were still alive and he and Paul had a shot at doing a Beatles reunion and say they never got paid what they were due as Beatles. Suddenly on the eve of a promised tour, someone is putting together a "Culture Club" reunion tour with just the drummer (no boy george) and Lennon and Mac decide to sing Culture Club songs under the name "Culture Club" instead cause the tour may pay a few dollars more.
That's what this feels like.
Obviously Todd and Kaz get along. So probably Todd is still mad at Willie? I spoke to Willie a few years back and he definately wanted to reform the group at least for a tour or record. So TR should take a chill pill and cool out.
And oh yes. I want in on the Utopia reunion. My keyboard chops are up and as a founding member, I'm willing to let begones be begones and let's get back to the music. And If Todd is worried about losing money working with a band that's not the Cars, I'll work cheap. I did way back then in Utopia as well.
The question is would a reunion of the Cars without the folks who sang the songs - Ocasic and Orr - be seen as a real reunion at all - or just another tribute band with Todd as the major draw? If so, might not a real reunion of a real band that did the music back then draw even more people and more respect? I think so.
So my opinion is that Todd would make more money and get back to his legacy with a Utopia tour of real Utopians rather then a tribute band doing Cars hits. Or he and Kas can do both. He's worn many hats in the past. Why not the future?