Friday, November 14, 2008

Todd Rundgren - Edinburgh Eve News Review

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Todd to produce next NEW YORK DOLLS Album

The New York Dolls and legendary record producer Todd Rundgren have
been reunited for the first time in 36 years. Rundgren will produce
the Dolls' new album at his studio on the island of Kauai.
Production is scheduled to start in January 2009.

This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced
the New York Dolls eponymous debut album "The New York Dolls" which
included the classic songs "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy"
and "Private World". Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls
founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain
(guitar, vocals).

"We're really excited to be working with Todd again," says David
Johansen. "We're hoping to recapture the same magic on the
forthcoming album."

The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label
through Warner Brothers. The Atco label has been specially re-
launched. The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the
label. The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a
world tour in 2009.

Click here for the full story and brand new photo of the NY Dolls
reunited with Rundgren -

Rundgren is currently touring Europe with his new album "Arena", and
will play Norwich Waterfront (Saturday November 22) and London
Kentish Town Forum (Sunday November 23).

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Classic Video : Power Trio performing the IKON

Classic Video :Utopia performs Emergency Splashdown, Something's Coming, Utopia Theme.


Concert Review : Edinburgh Dunfermlinepress
Published: Thursday, 13th November, 2008 10:15

Todd Rundgren at the Edinburgh Picture House
By Matt Meade

Edinburgh Picture House, Friday 7th November, 2008

I've never punched the air before at a gig and I never will. But I came pretty close tonight.

If rock'n'roll is about balls out belting hits, tight leather pants and an obligatory towering timbre, Todd's your man.

And for those just about to skip this review to read instead about the fleeting flavour of the month, cool your jets.

Todd's work as a solo artist also extends to producing post-punk favourites XTC's classic Skylarking album as well as pioneering multimedia CD releases long before the likes of the Super Furries and Flaming Lips.

Tonight, there's unashamed audience participation (for new release 'Strike'), exaggerated claims of inventing the blues ("We called it Fuchsia, but somewhere it got lost in translation") and swooning in the aisles over 1972 hit 'I Saw The Light'.

The appeal is in songs that appear straightforward rock, yet retain a thoughtfulness that manages to stay away from the self indulgence of 'prog'.

And this is in spite of ubiquitous power chords and often ridiculous noodling.

He may be 60, but Rundgren retains a remarkably lithe body, like a taller Iggy Pop without the steroids, to give an energetic two-hour performance.

If it wasn't for my British reserve I'd have been giving it laldy with the rest of the crowd. At least I air drummed a bit.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rundgren radio tonight / New Years Eve venue to be officially announced.

Special guests Rachel Culp and Danny O'Connor.

Danny has guaranteed us some Todd road stories .

Philly venue for NYE is now a lock ---

Painted Bride Arts Center

VIDEO : mountaintop.. Nov 07 2008 The Picture House, Edinburgh

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Monday, November 10, 2008

PHOTOS : click on link to view


Rave reviews of Todd Rundgren’s recent shows in Manchester and Edinburgh gigs:

Edinburgh Evening News – Todd Rundgren: Edinburgh Picture House review (Nov 10)

The Herald (Scotland) – Todd Rundgren: Edinburgh Picture House review (Nov 10)

The Independent on Sunday – Todd Rundgren: Why I Love Oozy Rice (Nov 9)

Manchester Evening News – Todd Rundgren: Manchester concert review (Nov 7)

Todd returns to the UK to play Norwich Waterfront (Nov 22) and London Kentish Town Forum (Nov 23)

The Herald newspaper (Scotland) – Neil Cooper reviews Todd’s Edinburgh Picture House gig (Nov 10)

Todd Rundgren, Picture House, EdinburghNEIL COOPER November 10 2008
Star rating ****
There's a 60-year-old man on stage wearing regulation rock star shades and the tightest leather trousers this side of Iggy Pop. Flanking him are three other big-haired men in sunglasses. Only bassist Rachel Haden (daughter of jazz composer Charlie), looking somewhere between Tank Girl and Tinkerbell, offers a visual counterpoint to what could be a very macho scene.

It's Todd Rundgren's voice that really stands out, though. After 40 years of practice, Rundgren's vocal cords have matured into a guttural roar from Hades. Accompanied by a blistering melange of glam-metal, as demonstrated on his new album Arena, Rundgren sounds invigorated.

Arena works even better live, as proved when it's played from start to finish as the centre-piece of Rundgren's current show, which stopped off in Edinburgh as one of only four UK dates. Rundgren remains something of a tease, however, and for the first half hour the material dates back as far as the Who-influenced 1968 B-side, Open My Eyes. This may make sense of the target T-shirt Rundgren is sporting, but it's heartening when he says we "deserve some pudding". It comes in the sticky flavours of the Carole King homage and bona fide hit, I Saw The Light, which is just dessert enough.

After that, it's time to get serious, harder and heavier. With a three-guitar line-up, the short, sharp shocks of each song bridge the tasteful side of 1970s soft rock, with AC/DC-style fist-in-the-air anthems and also something more foreboding. Not that there's any angst on show. There's a sprite-like playfulness to proceedings that even sees the band throwing sweeties out into the audience. Unlike Iggy, though, this isn't pantomime.