Wednesday, November 24, 2010

rare poster

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im a poster collector and i came across this one recently. its a pretty rare one.!!

Cool Moogy Klingman show

Moogy Klingman Benefit Concert 1/16/11 at New Yawk's famous Bitter End venue! Band will include some great musicians including some of Utopia Mark II -- Ralph Schuckett, Kevin Ellman, & John Siegler!

Rundgren Radio announced last night something "BIG"

Doug and Mel hinted that something "BIG" Might happen in the month of May . Keep your eyes and ears open for an announcement.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rundgrenradio tonight moogy klingman

Moogy returns to RR and once again he's sending us some rare music to play!

Mark "Moogy" Klingman (born 7 September 1950, in New York City, New York, USA), was a founding member of Todd Rundgren's musical team Utopia and later became a solo recording artist and songwriter.

Klingman has released several solo albums containing songs that went on to be recorded by people like Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler,... Todd Rundgren and others. He wrote the song "Dust in the Wind" (not to be confused with the hit song of the same name by Kansas), which Todd Rundgren recorded on his Something/Anything? album and Guns N' Roses have occasionally performed live in concert. Klingman collaborated with William "Buzzy" Linhart on the authorship and composition of the selection (You Got To Have) Friends, which soon became Bette Midler's de facto theme song.

Klingman has played, recorded and/or had his songs covered by many rock legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Luther Vandross, Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Allan Woody and Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers & Gov't Mule. Klingman has also worked with great female rockers like Carly Simon, Cindy Lauper, Shawn Colvin, Irene Cara, and Thelma Houston.

Klingman also played in the "Moogy/Woody Band" with Allman Brothers alumni Allan Woody, and Warren Haynes.

Youtube of Moogy playing piano and Todd singing "Never Never Land" during the 1978 Back To The Bars tour ...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rundgren’s stint as Wells professor a boffo performance
Rundgren’s stint as Wells professor a boffo performance
By Mike Leonard 331-4368 |
November 21, 2010

Three images from rock star Todd Rundgren’s stint as a Wells Professor at Indiana University last month remain etched in my mind.

One is Rundgren conducting the Marching Hundred at the IU-Northwestern football game in a far-too-brief rendition of “Bang the Drum All Day,” a crowd favorite at arenas across the country. The good-humored Rundgren donned a drum major style of hat, and had just started to go manic, when play on the football field resumed and the song had to be cut short.

The second is a beautiful sight, really — Rundgren at center stage at magnificent Auer Hall, his arms taut and his palms open, as he put his whole body into singing the beautiful “Pretending to Care” while Christopher Young accompanied him on the spectacular “Maidee” organ.

The third image still makes me laugh. It was during a last-night-in-town jam session at the Stone Age Institute northwest of Bloomington. I’ll explain it in the words of local musician Tim O’Malley: “I never thought I’d see the day I’d be jamming out on ‘Statesboro Blues’ with Todd Rundgren using a petrified whale penis bone as a slide on my guitar neck.”

Yes, really.

The jam session that night included a variety of players ranging from guitarists O’Malley, Dave Baas, Dave England, Rundgren and the institute’s co-founder Nick Toth, to rock and roll music professors Glenn Gass and Andy Hollinden, to the aforementioned Young, who proved he can play any organ with great facility. And, no, I didn’t intend to put “whale penis bone” and “organ” in successive paragraphs — it just happened.

Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer also performed earlier in the evening, but she didn’t have anything to do with the more raucous activity described here.

Don’t get the wrong idea. Rundgren’s visit wasn’t all fun and games, and he performed admirably as a Wells professor, according to physics professor and director of the Wells Scholars Program, Tim Londergan.

“We were really very, very pleased with Todd, and it was really great,” Londergan said. “Glenn had told me that he was unusually articulate and thoughtful about his career and his experience in the music business, and he proved to be very much so.

“Here’s a guy who took off at age 18, left home as soon as he graduated from high school, and went on to have an amazing career. He’s a very smart guy,” Londergan said.

Gass nominated Rundgren to be a Wells professor after taking a sabbatical for a year in Hawaii and getting to know the musician and producer as a neighbor. Every year, Londergan gets hundreds of nominations, the list gets pared down to 50 and a committee selects the winner.

“He’s not the only one who has not had an academic pedigree,” Londergan said. “We try very hard to make sure whoever we select gives our students a legitimate educational experience.”

Rundgren had a handful of pop hits as a performer and broke new ground through the marriage of music and technology, most notably in his band Utopia. He was clearly THE top musical producer in the 1970s, putting his stamp on music from artists including The Band, the New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick and Badfinger.

In his recital at Auer Hall, he probably surprised a few people when he talked about his musical and theater influences growing up: Gilbert and Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, Bertolt Brecht and his favorite composer, Maurice Ravel.

Londergan laughed when he recalled that many of the Wells scholars had never heard of Rundgren, and after being advised to “Ask your parents,” they rushed in to say their parents said, “Take the class!”

“Glenn (Gass) will tell anyone who will listen that this is a guy who for various reasons hasn’t gotten the credit and the sort of lasting reputation he deserves,” Londergan said. “The student response was very, very positive. They all said they learned a lot about a lot — things they didn’t know they’d find fascinating, like when they all went out to Echo Park Studios and Todd showed them what you can do in a recording studio.”

I had the opportunity to talk with Rundgren on a couple of occasions, including that final night at the Stone Age Institute, and he told he that he had a ball in Bloomington. He said he’d never spent so much time on a college campus and certainly never felt a part of the college scene. Until now. And he said probably nothing was more impressive than interacting with the Wells scholars. “They’re just so damn smart and articulate!” I remember him saying.

They had similar things to say about the 62-year-old music impresario, whose vitae now includes Wells professor, Indiana University.
Todd Rundgren performs Oct. 31 in Auer Hall on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington. Mike Leonard | Herald-Times

Copyright: 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

les paul trio guitarist to unveil new guitar at TR show

Lou Pallo, the long time friend of Les Paul and leader of the infamous Les Paul trio, will perform with legendary musician Todd Rundgren on Monday, December 6, 2010 at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club at 8pm ET to unveil his first Gibson Lou Pallo Signature Les Paul model guitar. In a fitting tribute to Les Paul, who passed away in August of 2009, Pallo will perform on the very stage in which they played together for numerous years at the club. Rundgren will join Pallo for the special tribute performance and help unveil the very special new model from Gibson USA.

Singer, songwriter and producer, Todd Rundgren remains one of the music industry’s most recognized and respected musicians having produced a diverse range of music throughout his career including when he was with the band Utopia in the seventies and eighties. His best known songs include “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” Rundgren has remained very active as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians and continues to tour and record. One of his other hits, “Bang the Drum All Day,” continues to be featured in many sports arenas, commercials and movie trailers amongst other musical arrangements.

The new Gibson USA Lou Pallo Signature Les Paul guitar model features mahogany body with a cream bound maple top in black ebony finish. The neck is mahogany and the fingerboard is Rosewood with the signature inlay 12th fret/block inlays. The hardware is chrome with Tone Pro Kluson tuners and P-90 black cover electronics and Dirty Finger bridge pickups. The Gibson Lou Pallo Signature Les Paul guitar comes in a hard shell case and will be available December 3, 2010 worldwide. The MSRP is $4,699.