Saturday, May 23, 2009

press article: AWATS live show

Todd Rundgren to perform his album A Wizard, A True Star live for the first time ever
Musician Todd Rundgren will perform his entire “A Wizard, A True Star” album live for the first time ever on September 6th, 2009 at the Akron Civic Theatre beginning at 8pm. The concert is being presented by

Album cover of Todd Rundgren's "A Wizard, A True Star"

PRLog (Press Release) – May 22, 2009 – Musician Todd Rundgren will perform his entire "A Wizard, A True Star" album live for the first time ever on September 6th, 2009 at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio beginning at 8pm. The concert is being presented by Ticket prices start at $50 and are available at and Additional information can be found at Todd will be performing with several musicians that have not been announced yet. Todd and his band will perform other songs from his vast catalog before embarking on the full album presentation.

Over 75% of the tickets have already been sold for this theme concert and a sellout is expected by the end of May. Hundreds of fans from all over the USA will be visiting Akron to attend this "A Wizard, A True Star" gig. Some Todd Rundgren fans from 4 other countries - - - Japan, United Kingdom, Scotland, and Canada - - - will also be in attendance.

"A Wizard, A True Star" was Todd’s follow up to his most commercially successful album, “Something /Anything?” which included popular hits like “I Saw The Light” and “Hello It’s Me”. Instead of going with a similar sound Todd Rundgren went in a completely different direction with his electrical psychedelic album "A Wizard, A True Star". Rundgren chose to abandon stardom and, with it, conventional pop music. He began a course through uncharted musical territory, becoming a pioneer not only in electronic music and prog rock, but in music video, computer software, and Internet music delivery as well.

Although the album wasn’t a big hit with critics and didn’t reach near the sales as Todd’s previous album, it’s the clear cut favorite of Todd’s most avid fans and is considered a very influential album to thousands of musicians. Todd’s manager, Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment, said, “It was Todd’s 180 degree turn after 'Something/Anything?' much to the dismay of the record company and much to the dismay of radio. Back then they were hoping for a follow up of 'Something/Anything?' something in the same vein. 'A Wizard, A True Star' is actually a record that’s near and dear to Todd’s heart because it was so contrary”.

"A Wizard, A True Star" was listed in the 2006 musical reference book, “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”. In 2003, British music critic Barney Hoskyns wrote in MOJO magazine, "Rundgren’s 'A Wizard, A True Star' is simply the greatest album ever made”.

Todd Rundgren has released over 30 albums either as a solo artist or with his bands Nazz, Utopia, and The New Cars while producing acclaimed, successful records for artists as diverse as Badfinger, Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad, the New York Dolls, and XTC. Despite Todd's incredible accomplishments and influence on the music industry, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee - - - in Akron's neighboring town of Cleveland - - - has failed to induct him. Ironically, one of the reasons Ohio was chosen as the place to host this concert was because of the strong Todd fan base in Cleveland.
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Rundgren Radio is an online talk radio show for Todd Rundgren fans that airs Tuesday nights at 8:30pm Eastern time. The shows aren't all about Todd but he's the common theme among the guests as they all have some type of connection with him. Listeners can call-in to ask the guests questions during the show.

The shows are archived permanently online. Rundgren Radio has been mentioned in Guitar Player and Goldmine magazines recently and they are consistenly in the top 3 (currently #1) out of hundreds of music shows on BlogTalkRadio.

Some of the special guests they've had on their shows include ...

Kasim Sulton
Prairie Prince
Todd Rundgren
Michele Rundgren
Roger Powell
Michael Urbano
John Montagna
John Ferenzik
Tony Levin
Lyle Workman
Jesse Gress
Willie Wilcox
Andy Partridge
Dave Gregory
Larry Tagg
Godfrey Townsend
Hunt & Tony Sales
Greg Hawkes
Brent Bourgeois
Rachel Haden
Colin Moulding
Jill Sobule
Ellen Foley
David Sanborn
Rick Derringer
John Oates

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