Todd Rundgren
American musician
Todd Rundgren
Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, his career has produced a diverse range of recordings as solo artist, and during the seventies and eighties with the band Utopia. He has also been prolific as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians.
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Our Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists That Weren't Nominated For Grammys
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In anticipation of the 2016 Grammys -- which take place on Feb. 15 -- we're taking a moment to appreciate a few artists, albums and songs that didn't earn nominations. In our opinion, everyone on this list -- including Carly Rae Jepsen and Beach House -- deserved some recognition, but hey, awards season doesn't always please everyone.  Nonetheless, the music on this list is definitely worth a listen, with or without a Grammy nod. "E•MO•TION" -- Carly Rae Jepsen This is the obvious pick among the hipster Internet demographic, sure, but it's also the only pick that truly matters, because “Emotion” was the pop album of 2015, and longtime Carly Rae Jepsen fans (and converts like me) need to keep screaming about it until the world knows the truth. The album only reached No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200, and it was only on there for one week, which is a goddamn shame two times over. Everyone needs to listen to this album. It rocks and drives, and every song on it is 10 tim ...
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Todd Rundgren: I Saw the Light
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
"Hello, it's me." Todd Rundgren can never escape that greeting and song title. Nor would he want to, I imagine. It's a signature song for him, one that was transcendent for American radio. Between that 1973 "Midnight Special" performance and the show I covered a few months back at BB King's NYC, Rundgren has traveled a long, winding road well and with grace. His bands, Nazz and Utopia with his eponymous, "Todd Rundgren" band and solo career displayed his talents as a musician but were in my opinion overshadowed by his strong artistic ability as a producer of other musicians' records. Rundgren worked with Robbie Robertson and The Band (spending a lot of time in Woodstock), Janis Joplin (on what would be taken over by another producer ultimately, to become the album "Pearl"), Jesse Winchester, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, New York Dolls, The New Cars, Hall & Oates, Badfinger, Sparks, Rick Derringer, Grand Funk Railroad, James Cotton Blues Band, Patti Smith Group ...
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Sparks Are Getting Their 'Revenge' on America
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The choice by Sparks to make the first Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, N.C., the second stop of their Revenge of Two Hands One Mouth tour was typical of their career -- simultaneously incongruous yet perfect for their eccentric musical vision. Sparks is Ron and Russell Mael, the Angelino brothers who for five decades have recorded as an exuberant pop group and art-rock conceptualists. With a new boxed-set retrospective just out -- New Music for Amnesiacs, containing four discs and a 64-page booklet -- Sparks is devoting 2013 to extensively canvassing the U.S. (and abroad). First came the earlier Two Hands One Mouth tour and now the Revenge of Two Hands One Mouth jaunt. The Maels are not using supporting players; a concert is "just" Russell singing and Ron playing electric keyboard. Revenge continues through Nov. 11. "I'd probably say it's our biggest tour," Russell, 65, says of the two, during a phone interview. "Earlier in the year we played cities not on t ...
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Stephen D. Winick: Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Clipper Ship Three Brothers, 2972 tons: The Largest Sailing Ship in the World. This hand-colored lithograph was published by Currier & Ives in 1875, and is therefore in the public domain. In the folk world, "Sea Music" or "Maritime Music" refers to the work songs and leisure music of people who make their living from the sea: sailors, fisher-folk and watermen of all kinds. There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over Europe and North America. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers from all over the world. I'll introduce you to some of this music through some prominent recordings. I'll start out with Geoff Kaufman's Sea Song Sampler. Kaufman is on the staff of Mystic Seaport, and the festival's main organizer. He's also one of the most acclaimed performers of sea music in ...
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Binky Philips: July 27, 1973: The 40th Anniversary of the Release of the Debut Album by The New York Dolls... Their Fan Club President Remembers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
July 27th marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the New York Dolls self-titled debut album on Mercury Records, produced by Todd Rundgren. For me, this is an intensely personal moment. The New York Dolls were personal friends of mine. It was the first time I ever watched pals become stars. A year or so later, KISS's Paul and Gene gave me a taste of what it was like to be high school pals with guys who became gods. I've written about the Dolls before. To mark the 40th anniversary of my one gig opening for the Dolls, on the night they got signed, I excerpted the New York Dolls chapter from my book out on Rhino Records, "My Life In The Ghost of Planets: The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was," here on Huffington Post. It's a fun read, if I say so myself, and a true witness to history. Because, folks, nothing was ever the same after the Dolls hit us between our thighs. So, instead of me yammering redux, I got in touch with my old friend, Kathy Miller, the head of the Dolls first f ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: National Flitch Day: Bacon, Devotion, and High Fidelity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Celebrating a centuries-old tradition with a reward of bacon for a regretless year and a day of marriage. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Song: Bacon Album: Acme Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Elvis Costello & The Attractions Song: High Fidelity Album: The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com William Shatner Song: It Was a Very Good Year (Edit) Album: Spaced Out-The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner Genre: Spoken Word Buy: iTunes.com Todd Rundgren Song: Pretending to Care Album: A Cappella Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Thelonious Monk Song: I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) Album: Solo Monk Genre: Jazz Buy: iTunes.com Carter Burwell Song: The Problem of Marital Fidelity Album: Kinsey (Soundtrack From the Motion Picture) Genre: Soundtrack Buy: iTunes.com Sonny Boy Williams Song: I'll Bring Home the Bacon for ...
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Todd's changing state of play
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
EVEN Todd Rundgren has difficulties keeping up with his wildly scattered and varied career.     
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Mike Ragogna: LL Cool J & Brad Paisley "Live For You," Plus A Conversation With Todd Rundgren
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
photo courtesy of 429 Records and LL Cool J, Inc. LL COOL J & BRAD PAISLEY "LIVE FOR YOU" As a respite from the deafening hullabaloo surrounding "Accidental Racist," here's a sneak peak at another brand new Brad Paisley/LL Cool J track, "Live For You." This track appears on LL Cool J's upcoming album Authentic. It's the two-time Grammy-winning recording artist's 14th studio album, which is out on April 30, 2013 on 429 Records. In addition to Brad Paisley, Authentic features a diverse and wide array of legendary and new artists that underscore the album's roots being born out of a true love of music, including Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie Van Halen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and many more. Here's said sneak peek. Ears, up an' at 'em... A Conversation with Todd Rundgren Mike Ragogna: Welcome, Todd Rundgren! Todd Rundgren: Thank you so much. It's my pleasure. MR: You have a new album calle ...
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Movie Review: 'Warm Bodies' an Awesome Zombie Valentine
Burke Patch - about 4 years
No, it's not an ode to necrophilia. It is a charming and whimsical movie that goes deeper than anyone would expect about connectedness, trust and a willingness to change.  I never thought I'd say "this zombie flick is a great date movie," but now I have. As a matter of warning, it should be rated "Z" for brain-eating zombies. Still, a large cross-section of movie lovers will enjoy it, making it a far better choice February 14th than that new Diehard (coming out that day! Wah?), for everyone from girlfriends hanging out and Twihards, to couples who don't mind a bit of edge in their flicks.  Playing at Rave Cinemas Fairfax 14 and AMC Tysons Corner 16 To all those who have heard or bought into the press about it being a wannabe Twilight clone, I say yes, the Twihards will appreciate it. But it will be even more appreciated by all of us who grew tired of Twilight's whining and negativity (however much it was dressed in sparkle), and those of us who wanted to scream at that mopey s ...
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Todd Rundgren Brings His 'Personal Burning Man' to Louisiana
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
In 2008 Todd Rundgren celebrated his 60th birthday with Toddstock 60 a week-long gathering of the Rundgren faithful at his home in Hawaii In 2013 Toddstock II v65 will take place on the mainland at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle Louisiana "Normally I would have waited until a birthday with...
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J.L. Sirisuk: The Colurs Take Us Back to Love
Huffington Post - over 4 years
(Photo courtesy of The Colurs) Listening to their self-titled EP, I am reminded of a scene from The Virgin Suicides which sees a group of sisters receiving a phone call, greeted by a gramophone record of Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me" playing from the other end of the line. Creating melodies at once catchy and charmingly nostalgic, Texas-based duo The Colurs is the project of Max Townsley and Drew Erickson, talented pop craftsmen whose EP takes you to a place of sweetly melancholic longing. Backed by The Colurs Orchestra, consisting of string and horn players, the accompanying orchestral score lends a cinematic effect reminiscent of '60s tunes and '70s cinema. In "Where We Belong," Townsley sings "She might slip on the stone and after having fallen down, reach for the rail, another sunken battleship in the end with a purple-hearted captain for the sails." The group's storytelling skills are carried by lyrics tinged with bittersweet reflections on love and numerous matte ...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 253
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Alabama Slim & Little Freddie KingBluesman, singer and guitarist Milton Frazier, aka Alabama Slim, was born at the close of the Depression in Central Alabama. Raised on the sounds of 78s, he fell in love with vintage blues in the summers spent on his grandparents' farm. Marking his tenderfooted way through the juke-joint scene, he landed in New Orleans by the '60s. Over the years Slim would form a brothership with guitarist/singer Little Freddie King. Finally in 2004, after years of finger-bleeding, Slim inked with the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Then the wrath of Katrina and her wake swept everything away, sending the bluesmen to refuge in Dallas and into the wings of Alabama Slim's five-decades-in-the-making debut along with Little Freddie King. Collaborations/shared stages include Ardie Dean, Guitar Lightnin' Lee, Linoleum Blownaparte and Andre Bouvier and The Royal Bohemians. Magic moments include films Toot Blues and Redemption Road, per ...
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Guess Who's Now A NYU Professor?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NYU just got slightly more exciting. Questlove (or ?uestlove, or Amir Thompson), drummer for The Roots (or Jimmy Fallon's house band), will soon be a professor at New York University. The class he's teaching? Well, it sounds AWESOME (and we say that as jaded chroniclers of university of classes). MTV.com has more: ?uestlove and Universal Music’s Harry Weinger are teaching a class called "Classic Albums" at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The class will take an in-depth look at how certain albums were able to stand the test of time, breaking down music, lyrics, production, business aspects, and more. What might those classic albums be? According to Billboard, "the class is expected to look at albums by Sly & The Family Stone ('Stand!, There's A Riot Goin' On'), Aretha Franklin ('Lady Soul'), Led Zeppelin ('IV), Prince ('Dirty Mind'), Michael Jackson ('Off The Wall'), and the Beastie Boys ('Paul's Boutique')." Q ...
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Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, and Others Join Friend, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in New Exhibit, Rick’s Picks: A Lifelong Affair With Guitars and Music
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Opening August 11, 2012 at the Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois: Rick’s Picks: A Lifelong Affair With Guitars & Music.Rockford, Illinois (PRWEB) July 19, 2012 The Burpee Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce the addition of Dave Grohl, Slash, famed producer Jack Douglas, Todd Rundgren and late-night sensation (and guitar collector) Conan O’Brien to Rick’s Picks: A Lifelong Affair with Guitars & Music. Each artist will provide a guitar and an interview segment for the multi-media, video-enhanced exhibit. ...
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Tonight in Music: Ray Davies, Ringo Starr, Centaurpalooza & More
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
RAY DAVIES (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) This city is really, really excited about Ray Davies' appearance. I mean, for chrissakes, Mayor Sam Adams has officially declared Sunday, July 15 to be "Ray Davies Day" in Portland (effectively keeping this city weird). In addition to performing at the Aladdin tonight, Davies will host a reception at the Hollywood Theatre preceding a matinee screening of his film Return to Waterloo, and Holocene will celebrate with a Davies-themed event of their own that will undoubtedly be off the hook. What about his music, though? Well, I'm no scholar—hell, I only graduated from high school because I had a "chill" principal—but I will say this: Ray Davies' merit and influence as a singer and songwriter are indisputably colossal; he single-handedly invented that highly literate, definitively British brand of pop music that everyone dismissed in the late '60s but is somehow all the rage now; and, lastly, he's a bastard for writing "Days," the most hea ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of July 12-18. THURSDAY 7/12 DENVER, SON ARC (Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) See My, What a Busy Week! FAULT LINES, ANIMAL EYES, TANGO ALPHA TANGO, DJ DOUG FERIOUS (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week! MONARQUES, BÉISBOL, HOUNDSTOOTH (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Monarques. FRIDAY 7/13 KZME FEST: BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, THE UPSIDEDOWN, 1776, BOO FROG, SLUTTY HEARTS, HAWKEYE, SHUT YOUR ANIMAL MOUTH, FANNO CREEK (Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) See My, What a Busy Week! OZARKS, LEISURE, PONY VILLAGE (White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Read our article on Ozarks. PEGASUS DREAM, AAN, FOREST PARK (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Pegasus Dream. COCK BLOCK: MISS SHELRAWKA, MERCEDEZ, THE PERFECT CYN, MISS VIXEN (Groove Suite, 433 NW 4th) A night devoted to raising the visibility of female electronic musicians and DJs, Cockblock has stayed true to purpose w ...
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'All-Starr' Music Lineup Slated for Jones Beach this Weekend
Bellmore Patch - almost 5 years
Long Island music lovers are in for a legendary weekend at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater as Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band are scheduled to perform Friday followed by the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour Sunday. Former Beatle Ringo Starr rose to fame as drummer for the internationally acclaimed rock quartet, but since their departure in 1970, he has made a name for himself as a solo artist and the leader of the All-Starr Band. Constantly changing, this year's All-Starr lineup consists of Ringo on drums, Steve Lukather on guitar, Richard Page on guitar and bass, Greg Rolie on keyboards, Todd Rundgren on guitar and percussions, Mark Rivera on saxophone and percussions and Greg Bisonette on drums. While playing original music of Ringo's, the All-Starr Band also gives fans a taste of rock music's past, revisiting hits like "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles, "Black Magic Woman" by Santana and "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon. F ...
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5 + 1 Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend
Avon Patch - almost 5 years
1. The Avon Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Monday at the Avon Senior Center and continues east on Detroit to the Avon Cemetery on Detroit and SR 83 with around 20 units marching. Lineup begins at 8 a.m. Past and present veterans will be asked to stand for acknowledgement and a ceremony will be held at the veteran’s memorial at the cemetery. Veteran pastor Paul Hendricks will give the opening prayer with comments from Mayor Jim Smith to follow. 2. Avon Lake will also hold its annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade with events beginning 8 a.m. The day opens with a Post 211 Memorial Service on the back patio (on Walker Road). Memorial services will also be held at the Lakeshore (Avon Lake) Cemetery at 9 a.m. and will include a tossing of the Memorial Wreath into Lake Erie. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will start in the North Drive of Avon Lake High School and end at Veterans Memorial Park on Lake Road. There will also be a ceremony held at Folger Home beginning at 10:45 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Todd Rundgren
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On April 7, 2015, Todd released his 25th solo album, Global, with a vinyl release of the album on April 27.
    More Details Hide Details He started a US tour to promote the album on April 10 and is planned to continue through June including an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 27. Rundgren's back-up band for A Wizard, a True Star (1973) evolved into the first version of Utopia, a larger prog-rock ensemble, which included multiple keyboards, synthesizers and brass and featured a character completely disguised in a silver suit, "M. Frog Labat" (Jean-Yves Labat de Rossi) on synthesizers, who also put out his own electronics/keyboards-based solo album. This incarnation premiered on Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974), which was book-ended by the 14-minute "Utopia Theme" (recorded live in concert) and the 30-minute suite "The Ikon", which occupied the whole of Side 2 of the album. Like Wizard, the album also showcased Rundgren's skills as a recording and mastering engineer, clocking in at over 30 minutes per side.
  • 2013
    In October 2013, along with his fans, Rundgren founded the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, to provide opportunities for personal development and self-expression through the support of music and music education.
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    In August 2013, Rundgren performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Akron Youth Symphony at the Akron Civic Theatre under the baton of conductor Levi Hammer.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first concert with a youth symphony orchestra. Rundgren has three sons; Rex (born 1980) and Randy (born 1985) with his long-term girlfriend Karen Darvin, and Rebop, with current wife Michele. Rex is a minor league baseball player (Infield position), who, as of 2009, plays for the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Drillers.
    In April 2013, Rundgren released his 24th solo album, State.
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  • 2012
    In November 2012, Rundgren again collaborated with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details At the Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, he was also backed by three backing vocalist, including Dutch singer Mathilde Santing with whom he sang a duet that night. This concert was released as a bonus cd with his cd State.
    Rundgren toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for the third time and for the first time in 13 years, starting in the summer of 2012, and continuing to 2015.
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    On June 1–2, 2012, he performed in two concerts accompanied by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the historic Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL.
    More Details Hide Details The concerts were Rundgren's first ever symphonic shows in North America.
  • 2011
    In March 2011, Rundgren took the Todd and Healing albums live concerts back on the road for a mini-tour and included stops in Hartford CT, Boston MA, Red Bank NJ, Toledo OH, and Columbus OH.
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    In September 2011, for the first time ever with a symphony orchestra, Rundgren performed two concerts in the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Groningen) backed by the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.
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    Both shows sold out in just three days, which may have influenced the idea for a full tour, that took place in November 2011 as "Todd Rundgren's Utopia".
    More Details Hide Details The original plan for the tour included Moogy Klingman but his health condition worsened during rehearsals and he died before the 12 concert tour was finished.
    In January 2011, a reunion of the most of the members of the 1974 Utopia personnel (Rundgren, Klingman, Schuckett, Siegler, and Ellman) was held for two nights in New York City, with proceeds to defray medical treatment for Klingman, who was battling with cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Material was drawn from the 1972–1975 catalogs of Rundgren and Todd Rundgren's Utopia.
  • 2010
    In September 2010, Rundgren performed his Todd and Healing albums live for the first time ever in Akron, OH and followed that up with five more of the album concerts in Muskegon MI, Indianapolis IN, St. Louis MO, Glenside PA, and Morristown NJ.
    More Details Hide Details A large LED display and lasers were on display throughout the shows with Rundgren and the band dressed in extravagant costumes. Rundgren brought out his SG Gibson "The Fool" replica guitar and also performed a few songs on the piano. The band consisted of Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes, Prairie Prince, Bobby Strickland, and Kasim Sulton. Led by Choir Master Dirk Hillyer, local choirs from near each venue joined the band during parts of the "Healing" album set, which added a brand new element to the music for fans, that had only heard it by listening to the album. The shows closed with the song, "Sons of 1984", which included fan participation even after the band left the stage.
    In October 2010, Rundgren was selected as the Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor at Indiana University.
    More Details Hide Details In that capacity, he taught two weeks of a four-week, one-credit hour honors seminar designed for 22 Wells Scholars (HON-H300: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren). Co-teaching the class was IU Professor of Music Glenn Gass—whose relationship with Rundgren helped make the professorship possible—and IU Distinguished Professor of Sociology Bernice Pescosolido, who was instrumental in helping to plan the course.
    Rundgren participated in the Hollywood Bowl's "Beatles Celebration" concert held July 9–11, 2010 along with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins.
    More Details Hide Details Featured guests over the three nights also included Patti Austin, Bettye LaVette, Rob Laufer and Brian Stokes Mitchell. He performed "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", outfitted in an outsized top hat, fake walrus mustache, black waistcoat, white gloves and white spats. He amped up the show's rock quotient with "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey," and took over the guitar solo in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which he preceded with a nod to Ringo Starr's 70th birthday (which had been just two nights earlier). Finally, his performance of "A Day in the Life" concluded his set.
    In October 2010, Rundgren returned for a three-date tour of Australia performing his 'Johnson' project, with concerts at The Basement, Sydney, the Great Southern Blues Festival at Bateman's Bay and the Corner Hotel in Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details The band consisted of Todd, guitarist Jesse Gress, Australian bassplayer Damien Steele Scott and Australian drummer Mick Skelton of Baby Animals. A Photographic Journal of each American show was created by rock photographer J Bloomrosen.
    In January 2010, Rundgren gave his first ever concert performance in Australia as a participant in the Rogue's Gallery show, produced by Hal Willner for the 2010 Sydney Festival.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In December 2009, Rundgren once again took the AWATS Live show on the road with four shows in California.
    More Details Hide Details Roger Powell returned to his real job in the computer/software industry and was replaced by Ralph Schuckett, who played keyboards on the studio recording of the original album. The A Wizard a True Star show has had two European dates as well; playing in London, England at the Hammersmith Apollo on February 6, 2010, and the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on February 8, 2010. Rundgren opened the London and Amsterdam shows by showcasing his new project, entitled 'Todd Rundgren's Johnson'; consisting of Rundgren, Jesse Gress (guitar), Prairie Prince (drums) and Kasim Sulton (bass) reworking Robert Johnson songs.
    In September 2009, Rundgren assembled a very limited-engagement tour with Jesse Gress, Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince, Greg Hawkes, Bobby Strickland, and Roger Powell (and his wife Michele as costume designer and back-up singer for the concerts finale'), covering his album A Wizard, A True Star (1973).
    More Details Hide Details The shows included a complete, start-to-finish rendition of the album, with multiple costume changes and theatrical props to accent the songs. The opening band for the shows was Utopia, with Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince.
    In April 2009, Rundgren discussed his career during an Ubben Lecture at Indiana's DePauw University.
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    In 2009, Rundgren produced Cause I Sez So by the New York Dolls.
    More Details Hide Details In October, in one of the last concerts at the famed Wachovia Spectrum, Rundgren and Philadelphia area musicians the Hooters and Hall & Oates headlined a concert titled "Last Call". Tickets were as low as $6.00, the deep discount reflected ticket prices in 1967, when the Spectrum first staged concerts. The year also included a lecture at DePauw University in Indiana, in which he discussed "Music, Technology and Risk-Taking". In late-October to early-November 2010, Rundgren was the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor at Indiana University. He taught a course with IU Professor Glenn Gass entitled 'The Ballad of Todd Rundgren'. In late 2005, the Boston-based band The Cars were planning to re-form despite bassist Benjamin Orr's death and lack of interest on the part of former lead singer Ric Ocasek. Rumors followed that Rundgren had joined Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes in rehearsals for a possible new Cars lineup. Initial speculation pointed to The New Cars being fleshed out with Clem Burke of Blondie and Art Alexakis of Everclear. Eventually it was revealed that The New Cars were to complete their lineup with veteran bass player and former Rundgren bandmate Kasim Sulton and studio drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes, who had played on XTC's Rundgren-produced Skylarking and who has recorded and toured with Rundgren.
  • 2004
    Rundgren toured the United States and Europe in 2004 with Joe Jackson and the string quartet Ethel, appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing their collaborative cover of the Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". (video)
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  • 2001
    In the summer of 2001, Rundgren joined artists such as Alan Parsons, the Who's John Entwistle, Heart's Ann Wilson and Ambrosia's David Pack for the tour "A Walk Down Abbey Road", in which the musicians played their own hits alongside Beatles favorites.
    More Details Hide Details They also did a short tour of Japan in the winter of 2001, and another the following year, which included Jack Bruce of Cream, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Christopher Cross and Eric Carmen. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks Rundgren created the score for the film A Face to a Name, directed by Douglas Sloan. The film depicted the many photographs of NY's missing, that were displayed on Bellevue Hospital's 'wall of prayers' following the attacks. The film was part of a special screening at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2002.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Rundgren produced the 1999 debut album for the band Splender, entitled Halfway to the Sky.
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  • 1998
    In 1998, Rundgren married Michele Gray (Michele Rundgren), who had been a dancer with The Tubes, performed with Rundgren as a backup singer on the tour for his album Nearly Human which led to a number of appearances on the David Letterman Show as one of The World's Most Dangerous Backup Singers.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    In 1986, he sang a duet with Bonnie Tyler: "Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It", released (also as a single) on Bonnie's album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.
    More Details Hide Details As the Internet gained mass acceptance in the mid-1990s Rundgren, along with longtime manager Eric Gardner and Apple digital music exec Kelli Richards, started Patronet, which offered fans (patrons) access to his works-in-progress and new unreleased tracks in exchange for a subscription fee, cutting out record labels. The songs from Rundgren's first Patronet run were later released as the album One Long Year. Since then, Rundgren has severed his connections with major record labels and continues to offer new music direct to subscribers via his website, although he also continues to record and release CDs through independent labels. (However, as of November 2007, the PatroNet.com website offers the following message: "PatroNet is undergoing a major software revision and is not accepting memberships at this time.")
    Rundgren composed music for the 1986 television series Pee-wee's Playhouse and Crime Story as well as the movies Undercover (a/k/a "Under Cover") (1987), and Dumb and Dumber (1994), plus background cues for several other television series.
    More Details Hide Details He hosted a syndicated radio show called "The Difference" in the early 1990s.
  • 1981
    His experience with computer graphics dates back to 1981, when he developed one of the first computer paint programs, dubbed the Utopia Graphics System; it ran on an Apple II with Apple's digitizer tablet.
    More Details Hide Details He is also the co-developer of the computer screensaver system Flowfazer. In the 1990s, Rundgren was an early adopter of the NewTek Video Toaster and made several videos with it. The first, for "Change Myself" from 2nd Wind, was widely distributed as a demo reel for the Toaster; he also used the system for videos from No World Order (songs "Fascist Christ" and "Property"). Later, he set up a company to produce 3D animation using the Toaster; this company's first demo, "Theology" (a look at religious architecture through the ages featuring music by former Utopia bandmate Roger Powell) also became a widely circulated item among Toaster users. Most of Rundgren's Toaster work is available on the video compilation The Desktop Collection.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Smith became an ardent champion of Rundgren's early solo work through her reviews in the rock press, and the friendship came full-circle in 1979 when Rundgren produced the final Patti Smith Group album Wave.
    More Details Hide Details His work for The Band was followed by a second album for Winchester (which was then shelved for two years) and the album Taking Care of Business by the James Cotton Blues Band. This project resulted in another fortuitous meeting for Rundgren, introducing him to Cotton's keyboard player Mark "Moogy" Klingman, who in turn introduced Rundgren to keyboard player Ralph Schuckett, and both would work extensively with Todd over the next few years.
  • 1978
    During 1978, Rundgren undertook an American tour playing at smaller venues including The Bottom Line in New York and The Roxy in Los Angeles; this resulted in the double live album Back to the Bars, which featured a mixture of material from his solo work and Utopia, performed with backing musicians including Utopia, Edgar Winter, Spencer Davis, Daryl Hall and John Oates and Stevie Nicks.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent solo releases included the album-long concept work Healing (1981) and the new wave-tinged The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982), which included a cover of The Small Faces' hit "Tin Soldier". The latter album also marked the end of Rundgren's tenure with Bearsville Records. He then signed with Warner Bros. Records, who issued his next album, A Cappella (1985), which was recorded using Rundgren's multi-tracked voice, accompanied by arrangements constructed entirely from programmed vocal samples. "Bang the Drum All Day", from The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect was a minor chart hit, which has become more prominent in subsequent years, having been adopted as an unofficial theme by several professional sports franchises, notably the Green Bay Packers, and becoming popular on radio, where it was often featured on Friday afternoons. "Bang " was also used prominently in a Carnival Cruise television advertising campaign. It is now considered one of Rundgren's most popular songs. In 1986, Rundgren scored four episodes of the popular children's television show Pee Wee's Playhouse.
  • 1976
    The 1976 album Faithful saw Rundgren marking his tenth year as a professional musician by return to the pop/rock genre, featuring one side of original songs and one side of covers of significant songs from 1966, including The Yardbirds' "Happening Ten Years Time Ago" (the B-side of that Yardbirds single gave Nazz its name) and a nearly identical recreation of The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations".
    More Details Hide Details In the latter half of the 1970s, Rundgren moved to Woodstock, where Bearsville Records established a studio under Rundgren's direction. He bought a home nearby and a property adjoining the studio was taken over as accommodation for artists who used the studio. The Woodstock complex became Rundgren's base until his eventual relocation to the Hawaiian island of Kauai in the 1990s. That move was in part prompted by a violent home invasion at Woodstock in the late 1970s, in which Rundgren and girlfriend (who was pregnant at the time) were tied up while the house was ransacked by a group of armed men. According to Rundgren's account, the men appeared to believe that he possessed a large quantity of cocaine (which he never used); although the family was unharmed, the men stole some valuable items including a custom-made Alembic bass guitar. Todd recovered it years later after Alembic staff spotted it for sale on eBay and it was returned to him, but was by then so badly damaged that it could not be restored.
  • 1972
    From 1972 to 1979, Rundgren had a longterm relationship with model Bebe Buell. During their cohabitation, sometimes they were on-and-off. In 1976, Buell became unexpectedly pregnant from her brief relationship with Steven Tyler. On July 1, 1977, Buell gave birth to future actress/model Liv Tyler.
    More Details Hide Details But Buell initially named the daughter Liv Rundgren and claimed that Todd Rundgren was the biological father to protect the child from Tyler's drug addiction. Rundgren and Buell ended their romantic relationship shortly after Liv's birth, but Rundgren put his heart and soul into the "white lie". At age eight, Liv was made aware of her real parentage, that she is in fact Steven Tyler's biological daughter. According to Tyler " Todd basically decided when I was born that I needed a father so he signed my birth certificate. He knew that there was a chance that I might not be his but…" He paid to put her through private school, and she visited him several times a year. Tyler maintains a close relationship with Rundgren. "I'm so grateful to him, I have so much love for him. You know, when he holds me it feels like Daddy. And he's very protective and strong."
    In 1972, after meeting at a recording session, Lomax sold the guitar to Rundgren for $500 with an option to buy it back, which he never took up.
    More Details Hide Details Rundgren played it extensively during the early years of Utopia before retiring the instrument for a short time in the mid to late 1970s, which in that time he had the guitar restored having a lacquer finish applied to protect the paint and replaced the talpiece and bridge to stabilize tuning, bringing the guitar back out on tour during the 1980 Deface the Music tour and using it on and off throughout the 1980s until 1993 when he permanently retired the guitar, eventually auctioning it off in 1999; he now uses a reproduction given to him in 1988 by a Japanese fan.
    By 1972, the Runt persona/band identity had been abandoned, and Rundgren's next project, the ambitious double LP Something/Anything? (1972) was credited simply to Rundgren, who wrote, played, sang, engineered, and produced everything on three of the four sides of the album.
    More Details Hide Details Something/Anything? featured the Top 20 U.S. hits "I Saw the Light" (#16; not to be confused with the Hank Williams song of the same name), and a remake of the Nazz near-hit "Hello It's Me", which reached No. 5 in the United States and is Rundgren's biggest hit. The former song featured Rundgren on all vocals and instruments. On his ensuing concert tour, his backing band was the Hello People, whose own album he later produced. The Something/Anything? period marked a significant change in Rundgren's lifestyle. Up until that time he neither drank nor took any drugs: However, he began to change his views after a visit to Philadelphia to see Randy Reed, his closest friend from his school days. Reed introduced Todd to cannabis, and he credited this with having a big effect on his songwriting for his second solo album, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. In the lead-up to his third album, Something/Anything?, he was experimenting with various mind-altering substances including cannabis, and a range of psychedelics including DMT, psilocybin mushrooms, and peyote – although he says he never (to his knowledge) took LSD. During the recording of Something/Anything?, he began using the stimulant Ritalin and he later said that it had a marked effect both on the style of his music and on his productivity:
  • 1970
    Although he had originally intended to concentrate on production rather than his own music, in 1970 Todd formed the 'band' Runt, consisting of himself, teenagers Hunt Sales on drums, and his brother Tony Sales on bass (the Sales brothers, sons of US comedian Soupy Sales, were in a short lived band called Tony and the Tigers and went on to play with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Tin Machine).
    More Details Hide Details Rundgren himself wrote, produced, sang and played guitars, keyboards and other instruments. Whether Runt is best described as a band or simply as a pseudonym for Rundgren as a solo artist is unclear—for the album Runt (1970) the group appeared to be a bona fide trio, but on their second album Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971), Hunt Sales plays only on two tracks and is replaced by N. D. Smart on the rest of the album. Furthermore, only Rundgren is pictured on the covers of both albums, and both albums have been subsequently reissued with the same titles and cover art, but bearing the artist credit "Todd Rundgren". Whether a solo project or a band, Runt had a No. 20 hit in the United States with "We Gotta Get You a Woman" in 1970, and two other Runt songs placed in the lower reaches of the Hot 100.
  • 1969
    Rundgren's unhappiness with the production on the Nazz recordings prompted him to educate himself in audio engineering and production, and after leaving the Nazz in 1969, he relocated to New York, signed with Albert Grossman and began working as a producer for other groups, as well as recording his own material, which was initially released through the Ampex Records label (a short-lived joint venture between Grossman and the Ampex company).
    More Details Hide Details He also apparently considered working as a computer programmer. Subsequently, he became one of the first artists signed to Grossman's Bearsville Records label (distributed through Warner Bros. Records). After signing with Bearsville, Rundgren worked almost constantly on production projects through the early 1970s and he rapidly became one of the most sought-after and acclaimed producer-engineers of the period. He quickly gained a high reputation for his creative approach, his no-nonsense, "can-do" approach, and for his ability to solve problems, work very rapidly and bring projects to completion on time and on budget – although he did occasionally come into conflict with some of the performers with whom he worked, due to his intense work ethic and his rather sarcastic, aloof manner in the studio. Rundgren's first project for Bearsville was a Philadelphia band called The American Dream, followed by a trip to Nashville to produce Ian and Sylvia Tyson's group Great Speckled Bird, with a backing band featuring guitarist Amos Garrett, pedal steel player Buddy Cage, pianist David Briggs and bassist Norbert Putnam and drummer N. D. Smart, with whom Rundgren worked on several later projects. During this period, Rundgren also made an abortive attempt to record with Janis Joplin and her band for Joplin's next studio album, but the sessions came to nothing and the project was eventually taken over by Paul A. Rothchild; the result was Joplin's swansong LP Pearl, which Rothchild pieced together from the incomplete session tapes, following the singer's untimely death from a heroin overdose.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    He began his career in Woody's Truck Stop, a Philadelphia-based group in the style of Paul Butterfield Blues Band. However, Rundgren and bassist Carson Van Osten left prior to Woody's Truck Stop releasing its eponymous first album to form the garage rock group Nazz in 1967 with Thom Mooney (drums) and Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (vocals and keyboards).
    More Details Hide Details The group gained minor recognition with the Rundgren-penned songs "Open My Eyes" and "Hello It's Me". (He later recorded a solo, uptempo version of "Hello It's Me"; it became one of his signature songs.) Nazz released three albums during this time – Nazz (1968), Nazz Nazz (1969), and Nazz III (1971). "Open My Eyes" gained belated recognition thanks to its inclusion in Nuggets (1972), the genre-defining anthology of American 1960s garage punk and psychedelia compiled by musician Lenny Kaye. The group's second LP was originally intended as double album (titled Fungo Bat), but instead a truncated version was released as Nazz Nazz in April 1969. Rundgren and Van Osten left the band shortly after. Under Stewkey's leadership the band continued (with new members) until 1970, and their label released a third LP Nazz III, on which most of Rundgren's vocals on the unreleased songs from the Fungo Bat sessions were replaced by Stewkey's.
  • 1948
    Born on June 22, 1948.
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