Saturday, September 11, 2010

video: fans signs and sons of 1984 encore

trailer for the sept 14 th PPV broadcast

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we will never forget 9/11


'A Wall in New York City' appeared on The Interocitor some time before 'Liars', and was never released on an album. It was described as "the soundtrack to a multimedia presentation about a spontaneous wall of letters to 9/11 victims".

The presentation, 'A Face to a Name', was a short film produced and directed by Douglas Sloan, to which Rundgren donated the music.

Friday, September 10, 2010

photo by chuck madden muskegen show

Todd Rundgren lets his fans call the shots

Todd Rundgren lets his fans call the shots
BY DANIEL DURCHHOLZ • Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:00 am | 1 Comment

..If you go: Todd Rundgren
When • 7 p.m. Friday
Where • Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street
How much • $33.45-$95.75
More info •

It's not often that an artist — especially one like Todd Rundgren, whose long career has followed a singular and sometimes quirky muse — will step aside and let his audience call the tune.

Yet that's what Rundgren did last year when a poll of his fans indicated that the album they most wanted to see him perform was the eccentric masterpiece "A Wizard, A True Star."

Rundgren obliged, staging a theatrical show spotlighting the disc that he says separated casual fans of his music from the most ardent ones.

"There are people who survived the transition to 'A Wizard, A True Star' and those who didn't," Rundgren says. "But the ones who survived it, those are the ones that have been around through all of my musical history since."

Having gotten their wish with "Wizard," Rundgren's fans went on to request he play more albums in their entirety. This time they want "Todd," a largely experimental work from 1974, as well as the synth-driven "Healing" (1981).

"Todd," originally released as a double LP, includes "A Dream Goes On Forever" and "The Last Ride," gorgeous ballads that have long been concert staples, but also some esoteric instrumental work, sonic experiments and, quite out of nowhere, a Gilbert and Sullivan tune, "Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song."

Rundgren chalks up the album's adventurousness to the fact that before recording "Todd," he'd built a studio in New York City.

"It became this sort of workshop-playpen for us," he says. "We were no longer thinking about what the cost of studio time was. We didn't pay anything except the electric bill."

By the time he made "Healing," Rundgren had moved his studio to upstate New York. The album reflects a period of spiritual and physical exhaustion, he says.

"In the old days, you could buy a ticket on Pan-Am (airlines), and as long as you kept flying in the same direction, you could stop anywhere you wanted," Rundgren says.

"I bought one of those and spent two or three months just traveling around the world, particularly in the Middle East and India and Nepal. I had just been seeking all over the place and trying to expand my understanding of spiritual issues. ("Healing") was me trying to figure out a way to reground myself."

Like the "Wizard" concerts, Rundgren's current tour will feature an expanded lineup of his band as well as costumes and more elaborate staging.

"I look at it more as if we had really gone back to the era and had the resources and the accessibility — just take the entire audience back to the era when the records were actually made, as opposed to just reproducing it."

Interview : Q104.3 NYC jim kerr show

Thursday, September 9, 2010

today in history. sons of 1984 was recorded

In 1973, Todd Rundgren recorded the voices of 1,000 fans in San Francisco for the left track of his song "Sons of 1984." He had recorded over 5,000 fans in New York for the right track.

video: akron

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dream goes on forever

dont you ever learn

photos : muskegan todd healing tour

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

video: excerpts from the akron show

excerpt from paul meyers soon to released todd book

toddstock premier

Radio Interview set for friday morning

set your alarms for 7 am friday morning and set your radio or internet feed to Q 104.3 fm NYC time Todd will have an interview with Jim Kerr
listen live with this internet player

my record fantasy dates announced

Gigatone Entertainment, a next-generation entertainment company located in Sacramento and Hollywood has announced dates for myRecordFantasy with Todd Rundgren. The event will take place January 17-19, 2011 at The Track Shack Studios in Sacramento, CA. The three-day event puts fans in the studio with Rundgren to audtion to perform on his new album. In addition to the in-studio aspects of the event, attendees will be treated to special off-site jam sessions each evening. Participants also co-star in the reality show chronicling the experience. Special surprise guests drop by throughout the three-day event which culminates in a special VIP show featuring Rundgren playing classic Todd songs along with tracks from the new album. Seating is limited for myRecordFantasy with Todd Rungren and is available on a first-come, first served basis. Pricing and information for those wanting to register for the event is located at

toddstock movie premier

thanks to michele K and ed and the others that took theses

Monday, September 6, 2010

Video: An Elpees worth of tunes

Todd Rundgren- Todd/Healer world premiere An Elpees worth of tunes
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contest for tickets Keswick show

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Article : Todd Rundgren bringing fan favorites to downtown Muskegon

Todd Rundgren bringing fan favorites to downtown Muskegon
Published: Sunday, September 05, 2010,
By Ross Boissoneau| The Muskegon Chronicle

Todd Rundgren thinks his fans may have discovered the fountain of youth — and it’s him.

The 62-year-old rocker — made famous by the singles “Hello, It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” — is bringing back music he created in the ’70s and ’80s on his current tour, which will include a stop this week at the Frauenthal.

Contributed photoTodd Rundgren's concert in Muskegon will include all the music from his 1974 album "Todd" and from 1981's "Healing."

While, like most artists, his concerts typically promote his current recording, Rundgren toured last year playing his 1973 recording “A Wizard, A True Star” (AWATS) in its entirety. This time around, the set will be comprised of all the music from the 1974 album “Todd” and from 1981’s “Healing.”

These special tours transport the audience back to a time when music was a more important part of their lives, said Rundgren from his home in Hawaii.

“Back then, there was an album-oriented audience,” he said. “People would make special listening time. They’d go to someone’s place and listen to the whole album.

“These performances are meant to take people back to that time. It’s not just nostalgia for the ’70s, it transports them back to a younger state.”

If that sounds pretentious, remember that this is an artist who has never conformed to anyone’s expectations. He followed the smash-hit album “Something/Anything” with the dense, elliptical “Wizard” and “Todd” before unveiling his prog-rock unit “Utopia.” With three synthesizer players, it sounded nothing like his popular “Hello, It’s Me,” instead inviting comparisons to Yes and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with its lengthy instrumental jams.
• What: Todd Rundgren in concert
• When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts
• Tickets: $45-$85. Available at the Frauenthal Box Office and StarTickets outlets
• Note: “ToddStock,” a film that documents Rundgren’s fan festival, will be screened 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cinema Carousel Theater in Muskegon.

“‘Something/Anything’ was typical Carole King/James Taylor singer/songwriter music of the time,” Rundgren said. “I had one high-school relationship and I realized I’d been writing about the same girl for a while. On ‘A Wizard A True Star,’ the subject matter changed to things that were more personal.”

Personal like futuristic sci-fi, esoteric religions, self-actualization, and a host of other topics far from the pop charts. Witness “Freedom Fighters,” “The Seven Rays,” or sidelong epics “The Ikon” and “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire,” a 30-minute long instrumental from 1975’s “Initiation.”

Other detours included “A Capella,” an album built exclusively on multi-tracked and electronically enhanced vocals; “No World Order,” an interactive disc where listeners can make their own mixes of songs; and “With A Twist,” a recording of past hits done bossa-nova style.

Perhaps the most unexpected development was Rundgren and longtime musical mates Prairie Prince (drums) and Kasim Sulton (bass) teaming up with Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes of the Cars, revving up the motor of that classic new-wave band as the New Cars.

Rundgren’s dedicated following ate it all up. And continue to. Witness the success of “Rundgren Radio,” an internet-based talk radio show, where the idea of these tours came up.

“Last year, listeners chose ‘A Wizard, A True Star,’” Rundgren said. “This year, it was ‘Todd’ and ‘Healing.’”

More casual fans might have suggested his best-selling “Something/Anything,” which produced the radio staples “I Saw the Light” and “Hello, It’s Me.” But Rundgren said his devoted fans typically focus on what they, and he, perceive as more interesting choices.

“On ‘Something/Anything,’ I played everything. So it’s relatively easy (to perform). ‘Todd’ and ‘Healing’ are more interesting to me to do.”

“A Wizard A True Star” and “Todd” were the first albums Rundgren did in his own studio. That gave him the impetus to try something — anything — without restraints. “We had the freedom to do things we didn’t in a more constrained environment. There was no clock. I could plug something into that black box and no one would tell me I couldn’t. I could put things together with alligator clips to see what would happen.”

Add to that the emerging synthesizer and drum machine technologies, and “Todd” became known as much for its unusual sounds — on cuts like “In and Out the Chakras We Go” and “Shaft Goes to Outer Space ” — as it was for brilliant songs like the poignant “The Last Ride.”

But forget about playing it live. Until now.

“A lot of difficult things from that time are easier now. Thank God for samplers. Now we can grab the original sounds,” Rundgren said.

Another advantage: Keyboardist Hawkes, a member of his touring unit (along with Prince, Sulton, guitarist Jesse Gress and Bobby Strickland on reeds), has a collection of vintage instruments. “Otherwise we’d have to go out and get them on Ebay,” said Rundgren.

Rundgren promises some surprises for the show. With AWATS, he was his own opening act, joined by Sulton, Prince, and keyboardist Roger Powell for several Utopia songs. Then the curtain would part, and Rundgren and the full band would emerge for a revue-style show, complete with costume changes and special lighting and effects.

Ross Boissoneau is a Chronicle correspondent.

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Live from the Golden Goose bus ride to Muskegon! Hear fan reviews of last night's show! 4pm

slide show from the Akron TODD / HEALING show

photo: large TODDACUS poster at the birthday bash

more photos from the premier of the TODD / HEALING show

photos from premier of todd/healing

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thanks to gary arnold for posting these

video :from the premier show of todd/healing

i think you know


useless begging with prarie tap dancing

intro shine

Sunday, September 5, 2010

updated of premier todd/healing show

lyrics for sons of 1984 were taped to the back of each seat and the audience was told not to tell todd. the final song began and the audience stood up holding the lyrics and sang along with todd.

my phone call updates from Pippi have been fun. Many people are saying they liked this better than the AWATS shows.

Dont miss out on this tour...

Marquee: Todd at the Akron Civic theater todd/healing tour

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chuck wiggins tribute song to toddstock..

performed at the rundgrenradio bb 3 akron by chuck wiggins
A tribute to the week we spent at the Rundgren casa in Hawaii, celebrating Todd's 60th birthday.

for our facebook friends check these pictures out

these are some pictures of the party last night to celebrate the RundgrenRadio birthday bash 3.. the table centerpieces are based around the todd and healing albums!/album.php?aid=85165&id=1262018292