Saturday, October 30, 2010

Todd Rundgren plays band leader for the Indiana University band

Todd Rundgren plays band leader for the Indiana University band as they play his song, "Bang The Drum All Day" during the first timeout of the 4th quarter of the Hoosiers football game versus Northwestern on 10/30/2010. Video by Glenn Gass.

Video: Multi camera "spark of life"

Todd Rundgren - The Spark of Life - 2010
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Todd on tv today ..FOOTBALL

Sorry for the short notice but we just caught wind of a possible unique Todd sighting on TV today!

Todd is attending his first ever college football game today which begins at noon ET. The game is Northwestern versus Indiana University at IU and it is being televised and may be on one of your TV channels. Here's the possible sighting info ...

The band is going to play "Bang The Drum All Day" and Todd will be directing them! The estimated time is the first timeout of the 4th quarter but that is subject to change. We're working on getting someone to capture it for YouTube if the TV folks are smart enough to get Todd on camera.

Don't forget the recital tomorrow night. It's going to be super special and you are in for a few cool surprises from Professor Todd!

Photo: Ken Emerson, Johhny Winter, and Todd

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Friday, October 29, 2010

updated announcements from RRadio

Important announcement for serious Todd fans! Todd's solo concert/lecture/recital at Indiana University will be streamed live with audio and video action! The recital takes place at 8pm ET this Sunday aka Halloween night. We were told this would likely NOT be archived so you might want to watch it live if you can. The good news is a copy of it will be kept in their library and one would assume we will eventually get our hands on it. Here are the details ...
The nice folks at are loaded with cool things to buy right now including the Toddstock movie poster and RR gear! They also have a limited amount of t-shirts from the Kasim concert where he helped raised funds for an animal shelter in Joplin, MO. The holidays are sneaking up on us so this may be a good time to visit the Groupie Gear website.

Last but not least, we are working diligently on securing a venue to host a "Michele Rundgren and The Savages" concert in Las Vegas on 12/10. If you are planning on going to the Todd Rundgren concert in Vegas on 12/11 please plan to come in a day early in case we pull off this concert!

Doug & CruiserMel

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Rockstar Rundgren to lecture on ‘The Beatles Effect’

Musician and producer Todd Rundgren shares opinions on the Beatles' and others' music with a full lecture hall during “LONGHAIR: Todd Rundgren on the Beatles Effect" on Thursday in Ballantine Hall. Rundgren gave the lecture as the ninth instructor in the Wells Scholars Program and will perform Sunday in Auer Hall.

By Barb Anguiano

STORY: Rockstar Rundgren to lecture on ‘The Beatles Effect’

STORY: 1970s rock star Todd Rundgren to perform, teach at IU
“This is the closest I’ve ever sat to the front of the room,” one of the audience members at Todd Rundgren’s lecture, “LONGHAIR: Todd Rundgren on The Beatles’ Effect,” told the rockstar.

Lecturing during Professor Glenn Gass’ Music of the Beatles class, Rundgren spoke about the effects of the Beatles as pop icons, influencing the lives of the baby boom generation in everything from hair styles to religion.

“I had few goals in life. One of those was I wanted to grow my hair long,” Rundgren said.

The lecture was open to the public and the room was filled.

First-year graduate student John Vanors said he hadn’t realized how popular Rundgren was until he stepped into the lecture hall.

“I was kind of surprised at the turn out, I just kind of thought I knew who he was and that everyone had kind of forgotten who he was,” Vanors said.

Sophomore Sarah Mosier tried to sign up for lunch with Rundgren via an e-mail invitation.

“I tried to sign up that very same day, and I couldn’t because it was already full,” she said.

After the lecture, Rundgren opened up the floor for a Q&A with the audience.

Rundgren answered questions dealing with everything from touring with Ringo Starr to what he believed “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was really about.

“I still think John wrote it about LSD, and I will take that to my grave,” said Rundgren.
Rundgren’s public performance during his visit at IU will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at Auer Hall, in which he will be performing solo, something he hasn’t done in years.

“This is sort of a retrograde experience for me because I haven’t done a solo concert like this in at least five years or more than that maybe, and the reason why is because I kind of swore off this kind of presentation because of two reasons,” Rundgren said.

Rundgren’s reasons stem from his lack of having any material that is appropriate for a solo artist and a solo instrument, making his shows nostalgic because they contain songs that he wrote a long time ago.

“In my mind, this event is a combination of performance but also a little of explanation about my song-writing process and more importantly my particular harmonics and how that got developed and where it is exhibited in my music,” he said. “Less than being a straight ahead concert or recital, it’s going to be a lot of talking.”

Thursday, October 28, 2010

students rock with rundgren

Rocker Todd Rundgren never went to college -- until now. He's in Bloomington this week and next teaching an honors seminar at Indiana University.

Rundgren, known for his tunes "Hello It's Me" (1973) and "Bang the Drum All Day" (1983), is serving as the ninth Wells Scholars Professor at IU. He is co-teaching the honors seminar with popular IU rock history professor Glenn Gass, who has a home near Rundgren's in Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

Fresh from a tour that included a Sept. 11 date at Butler University, Rundgren said he considered getting himself a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches and "maybe a bow tie" for the IU teaching gig.

Instead, he is schooling students about the music business in his normal darks-heavy wardrobe, staying at a Bloomington bed-and-breakfast and popping up around campus.

Rundgren has been getting a little help from the local rock community, which in Bloomington includes John Mellencamp's longtime guitarist, Mike Wanchic.

Wanchic is lending Rundgren a guitar for his free recital called "Cluster: The Birth of the T Chord" in Auer Hall in the IU Jacobs School of Music at 8 p.m. Sunday. He also gave Rundgren and the students some studio time Wednesday at Echo Park Studios, which Wanchic co-owns with Mark Hood. Rundgren offered students a behind-the-scenes lesson on the business of recording.

Rundgren also is giving a lecture called "Longhair: Todd Rundgren on the Beatles Effect" at 7 p.m. today in Room 013 in Ballantine Hall on the IU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TV GIRL samples Todds Hello its me

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Chillwave Hipster Builds Career On Stealing Todd Rundgren Song26


Come on Pitchfork. Get the fuck outta here with that shit. They recently reviewed a song by the San Diego band TV Girl called “If You Want It” that samples totally rips off the Todd Rundgren classic “Hello It’s Me.” P-Fork wrote: “Sampling Todd Rundgren is a pretty ballsy move, but San Diego’s TV Girl manage to pull it off.” Pull off? WTF? What the heck is there to “pull off?” There isn’t one ounce of originality on this song. I mean, it’s almost as bad as critics claiming how brilliant Puff Daddy’s rip of this song was. The Todd rip aside, I do like the some of the other tracks on TV Girl’s EP which you can download for free here. I’ll give em points for being a Todd fan, though. Below, listen to the TV Girl song via P-Fork and then go and clear your head and listen to the original “Hello, It’s Me.”