Thursday, April 15, 2010

More heavenly Rundgren in store

More heavenly Rundgren in store
Singer to reach back to '74, '81 in Civic set. B.E. Mann to celebrate with CD release party

By Malcolm X Abram
Beacon Journal music writer

Published on Thursday, Apr 15, 2010

If you're a Todd Rundgren fan you probably already know that he will be returning to Akron to perform not one, but TWO of his albums — Todd and Healing, in their entirety on Sept. 5.

Last year, Rundgren premiered his theatricalization of A Wizard, a True Star at the Akron Civic Theatre, and according to the folks, the show's promoters and the folks who helped convince Todd, fans who came from ''across the world'' to the sold-out AWATS shows enjoyed their time in Akron and Rundgren loved the Civic.

I'm guessing with two albums to perform in one night, Rundgren won't bother with ''theatricalization,'' but since they are among fan faves, I'm sure the music and the man will carry the evening. Neither album was hit-filled, but they both contain long-time set list staples.

1974's Todd has The Last Ride, Don't You Ever Learn? and the pretty ballad A Dream Goes on Forever.

The synthesizer-heavy Healing, from 1981, contains Tiny Demons, Compassion and the R&B-flavored early MTV hit Time Heals. It was a ''hit'' in part because the nascent channel's library in 1981 was pretty darned small.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing the rockin' riffs of Everybody's Going to Heaven/King Kong Reggae in concert and the three-part Healing suite, which I haven't listened to in years, but I'll be blowing the dust off the vinyl and putting on the old analog Victrola real soon.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 11 a.m. April 28 at

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