Sunday, September 25, 2011

Todd Rundgren & Metropole Orchestra - (24-09-2011 Amsterdam)

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Anonymous said...

Orchestral manouvres with Todd @Paradiso Amsterdam
Oh, what a night. Once again Todd surprises his Dutch fans. After the collaboration with Ethel the Dutch fans were lucky again! Todd with a voluminous orchestra, a tremendous gift.
Like the Ethel gig at Eindhoven 2008 the Metropole Orchestra started the gig with the impressive Flamingo and then Todd entered the stage. Very surprisingly the started with my favorite No world order song Property. It was a bit odd to see and hear that the orchestra’s guitar player was doing the guitar solo, because Todd mainly concentrated on singing this evening. It was a good decision because you could see Todd needed to put all his energy in singing. It seems he had a little cold and now and then his voice/vocals drowned in the orchestral maneuvers. But maybe it was the sound mix or the fact I was standing in the front row.
God said was done very convincing by Todd and the Orchestra really added something to this Liars-song. Incredible and again the crowd went crazy.
Common man was performed like the With a twist arrangement and this “lounge song” was the first breathing space for the very enthusiastic crowd. With minimal accompaniment by the orchestra Todd almost a cappella sang Pretending to care, one of the most intimate moments of the concert. The crowd concentrated waited till the last note of the Metropole Orchestra before applauding. Then the first sing a long came across. Hello it’s me followed by the most orchestral songs of the evening: The smell of money and If I have to be alone. The orchestra and the arranger were at their best with these two songs and the musical options of the whole orchestras were strongly used. Todd showed his theatric side and the crowd was both cheered as impressed.
Then Todd did the act with his white gloves with all the phonetics of the crazy sounds of Onomatopia written on two hand gloves. After finishing the song he simulated not to be satisfied with the tempo of the song and did it again but a bit faster! Stunning for the crowd, Todd and the orchestra.
The vocals on Bag lady showed Todd’s voice is becoming weaker during the last 10 years but the sentimental journey of this song compensated this. So did We got to get you a woman. It was the first time I heard this song live and sweeter memories came along.
Mammom followed by fascist Christ was the hard rock segment of the evening which showed that an orchestra really can rock and rumble. These power songs showed Todd’s fanatical anger about religions. On Fascist Christ the first time this evening his picked up his guitar. He continued guitar playing during the reprise of Flamingo and after about 1 ½ hour gigging the concert was over.
But the crowd yelled and begged for more and the (planned) encore showed again the skills of the orchestra and Todd. Wailing wall was great by its simplicity and lyrics and the last two songs we’re again sing a longs with huge crowd participation, Can we still be friends and I saw the light (again Todd on guitar)
Initiator Co de Kloet, a well respected Dutch pop journalist who produced an awesome radio documentary about Todd some 15 years ago, also joined the stage announcing the whole concert will be broadcasted on nationwide radio on New Year’s Day 2012. See details on his Co Live! Radio show on

Herman Roovers
see TR Connection for the full review

Anonymous said...

Todd at De Oosterpoort Groningen

It was the day after the night before and together with a bunch of fans who also attended the Paradiso concert we were queuing for the Oosterpoort venue. The venue unfortunately wasn’t sold out but was crowded enough for an atmospheric gig. And so it was.

De Oosterpoort is extremely suited for classical music and the sound and acoustics were great. The crowd was a bit more detached as at Paradiso. Maybe due to the fact it was a seated concert or due to their regional characters.

Compared to Paradiso there was a break after Onomatopia. After the break there was a second faster version and the crowd’s response was becoming more enthusiastic during this set. They even seduced Todd to a second encore (Onomatopia).

After the concert Michelle talked to some fans and explained Todd’s voice was better than yesterday when he had a cold.
See also my review about the Paradiso gig.

Herman Roovers