Tuesday, February 8, 2011

just in case you live under a rock... TODD HEALING TOUR

RundgrenRadio.com Presents a Todd Rundgren 2011 Tour Featuring His Healing and Todd Albums Live in Concert in Five Different Cities
Back by popular demand, RundgrenRadio.com will be presenting five Todd Rundgren "Todd" and "Healing" albums live concerts beginning 3/25/2011. Locations include Harford CT, Boston MA, Red Bank NJ, Toledo OH, and Columbus OH. Tour information is available on SonsOf1984.com.

Todd Rundgren Performing During a "Todd" and "Healing" Albums Live Concert

You're invited to be part of what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called "a magical musical night," as legendary singer-songwriter-producer Todd Rundgren brings two of his classic albums to cities that might be within a few hours of where you call home.

Todd (released in 1974) and Healing (from 1981), were first performed together last fall in six concerts.

"These are taking place because of popular demand from Todd's loyal fans," says Doug Ford, co-organizer of the upcoming shows. "The overwhelming sentiment after people saw this in the fall was, 'That's the most incredible concert I've ever seen.' We want to make sure more people have the opportunity to enjoy this amazing night of music."

Adds co-organizer Melinda Cain, "It's highly unlikely Todd will take this tour out a third time, so this is likely - so to speak - 'The Last Ride' for the Todd/Healing shows," citing a song title from the Todd album. "If you're a fan of Todd Rundgren, you'll get rock, pop and soul; guitars, keyboards and soaring vocals - you won't be disappointed."

Marc Allan of the Indianapolis newsweekly NUVO called the Todd/Healing show "equal parts music and spectacle." A Post-Dispatch review of the St. Louis show last fall was headlined "Rundgren concert is magical." Daniel Durchholtz noted that Rundgren and his band turned "the stage into a time capsule. Psychedelic costumes as well as period lighting - vintage lasers and a primitive video screen - recalled the eras in which the music originated. More modern contrivances - wireless instruments, headset microphones - as well as rollaway carts for the drum kit and keyboards allowed Rundgren and his five-piece band to come and go as was necessary, giving the stage a constantly evolving look that added to the presentation's theatricality."

Band members Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Prairie Prince (The Tubes), Bobby Strickland, and Kasim Sulton (Utopia) join Rundgren on stage. A local choir, directed by Dirk Hillyer, will add a brand new element to the music.

"These shows are proposed and promoted by the fans," Rundgren states. "I'm lucky to have a very loyal audience. It seems like some of them will come out for just about anything. But because the album re-creation shows are a much bigger production with a bigger band and more expenses, I can't afford to do them all the time."

Todd Rundgren's music has been popular and influential since he emerged with the band, Nazz, in the late 1960s. He's produced dozens of albums for a wide array of other artists, including Cheap Trick, XTC, Patti Smith, Hall & Oates, Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad, Badfinger and The Tubes. He's scheduled to produce a new recording by Donny Osmond in 2011. He served as Wells Visiting Professor at Indiana University - Bloomington last fall, and visited DePauw University in Greencastle in April 2009 as a guest of the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series.

Rundgren's music video for "Time Heals" (from Healing) was among the first to be played on MTV. The albums he'll be performing in Toledo also include such favorites as "A Dream Goes on Forever", "Compassion", "Tiny Demons," "Don't You Ever Learn" and "The Last Ride."

Other shows are scheduled for March 25 in Hartford, CT at the Belding Theater; Boston, Massachusetts at the Berklee Performance Center (March 27); and Red Bank, New Jersey at the Count Basie Theater (March 28). For complete information including how to get tickets please visit http://SonsOf1984.com.

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