Saturday, April 7, 2012


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Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren bookings create battle of the bands

ROCKFORD — The promoter of a concert featuring Todd Rundgren with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra is a little worried. And not just a little angry.
The BMO Harris Bank Center, less than a half-mile away, is staging a concert by a contemporary band — Cheap Trick — the same night, June 1.
Tickets for the June 1-2 Rundgren shows at the Coronado Performing Arts Center went on sale March 3. The Cheap Trick concert was announced March 26, and tickets went on sale March 31.
Doug Ford, co-owner of, a Birmingham, Ala.-based concert promotion company for Rundgren’s shows, said the two concerts will compete for the same customers.
“I am not happy with it,” he said. “What I do know is that Cheap Trick and Todd are (going after) the same market. People can only spend so much; you have to pick and choose.”
Competition or ... ?
Rundgren, known for hits including “Hello, It’s Me” and “Bang on the Drum All Day,” and hometown favorite Cheap Trick, known for hits including “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me,” played on the same bill in their heydays, and Rundgren produced Cheap Trick’s 1983 “Next Position Please” album.
But Gordon Kaye, general manager of the BMO Center, said both concerts are positioned to be successful.
“The two shows complement each other,” he said. “Now if it were The Rolling Stones and U2, those two ... would definitely compete.”
A Cheap Trick handler, whom Kaye called before booking the show, told Kaye the Rundgren show “wouldn’t affect them,” Kaye said. A Cheap Trick spokeswoman declined to comment.
Mike Dunn, chairman of the Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority that oversees the BMO Center and Davis Park and promotes downtown entertainment, deferred comment to Kaye. Dunn also is the Chicago Rockford International Airport’s director of governmental affairs and economic development. Those who buy tickets to the Cheap Trick June 1 concert get in free to the airport’s AirFest June 2 or 3.
Kaye said the timing of the Rundgren and Cheap Trick shows presented “two extra-unique opportunities. I don’t think either of us could have passed (them up).”
Besides, Kaye said, staging both shows after the afternoon’s City Market will create a positive combined effect.
“Can you imagine what downtown — with City Market, Rundgren, Cheap Trick — will be, with 9,000 (people) descending on downtown Rockford?” he said.
Cooperation is key
Still, Don Kronberg, president and owner of NiteLite Promotions in Palatine who has booked shows at the Coronado and the former MetroCentre, said the main audience for both the Rundgren and Cheap Trick shows likely would be the same: 40- to 60-year-olds.
“If you make people pick and choose, it mostly likely will be Todd” who will lose out, especially considering Cheap Trick’s hometown is Rockford, he said.
Michael Goldberg, executive director of the Coronado, agreed.
“What you have is two shows being square up against each other; two shows trying to sell to exactly the same market,” he said. “And the fact is that it was well-known” about the dates for Rundgren’s shows before Cheap Trick was scheduled to perform at the BMO Center, he said.
Ford, the Rundgren show promoter, said that as of Thursday, 540 tickets had been sold for Rundgren’s June 1 show and 742 for June 2. Ticketholders are coming from 30 U.S. states and six countries, he said. Capacity at the Coronado is about 2,300.
The number of tickets sold as of Thursday for Cheap Trick was about 1,700. Kaye said a full house for the concert at the BMO Center would be between 6,000 and 7,000 people.
Jim Snyder of Rockford has traveled to see Rundgren’s shows for years and bought 44 tickets for both of his shows at the Coronado for friends and family. He said the Rundgren and Cheap Trick shows on the same night would hurt sales for the Rundgren show and likely Cheap Trick, too.
“Cross-promotion is the only way that they can make it work,” he said.
Kaye said the BMO Center’s box office television screens are promoting Rundgren’s shows at the Coronado. And the BMO Center will send email blasts about the Rundgren shows.
Michael Schirger, an attorney and president of the Coronado Performing Arts Center board, said cooperation is key. “At this point, we had all better get busy promoting these shows and working together to make sure this is a night Rockford won’t forget,” he said.
Reach staff writer Georgette Braun at or 815-987-1331.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Donate to a great cause

My daughter Ariel Adrian is so excited to be participating in her first HOFSTRA RELAY FOR LIFE 2012! with her amazing club She's the First*{Hofstra} on April 28th!
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone would be able to donate on her behalf, or her club's behalf or on the behalf of Hofstra as a university.
Hofstra's goal this year is $100,000 & her team's goal is $1,000. Every dollar counts, and I truly am so thankful every single donation that will be given for her! :):):) THANK YOU ! ♥

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

download Rialto Theater Tuscan AZ 4/1/12 Traders Den.
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Todd Rundgren
Rialto Theater
Tucson, AZ USA

Recorded & Transferred By: R. M.
Equipment/Lineage: Audience/SP-CMC-25 mics (Croakies)>SP-SPSB-2(Battery
Boost Box)>Sony PCM-M10>CD Wave Editor(tracking)>Traders Little Helper flac level 8.
Recorder Settings: PCM-M10 at 44.1 kHz/16 bit, low mic sensitivity, manual
record, limiter on, mic power off, low cut filter off, speed control off.

01-Real Man->Love of the Common Man (10:17)
02-Todd Talks (3:26)
03-Buffalo Grass (5:08)
04-Todd Talks (1:47)
05-Kind Hearted Woman (3:14)
06-Determination (3:37)
07-Lucky Guy (3:45)
08-Can We Still Be Friends? (3:56)
09-Todd Talks (1:20)
10-Espresso (5:45)
11-Todd Talks (1:34)
12-Love Is The Answer (5:05)
13-It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (4:20)
14-Endless Prairie (5:10)
15-Lost Horizon (5:15)
16-Todd Talks (1:01)
17-Flaw (5:04)
18-Soul Brother (5:21)
19-I'm So Proud->OOh, Baby, Baby->I Want You (10:33)
20-Hawking (7:15)
21-I Saw The Light (3:32)
22-Courage (4:11)
23-Couldn't I Just Tell You (3:40)
24-Crowd~Encore Break (1:00)
25-Todd Introduces the Band Members (0:48)
26-Hello It's Me (5:05)
27-Dream Goes On Forever (4:35)
Total Time: 1:55:44

Performed By:
Todd Rundgren-Lead Vocals, Guitar & Lead Guitar
Kasim Sulton-Bass, vocals
Jesse Gress-Lead Guitar, vocals
Prairie Prince-Drums, vocals
John Ferenzik-Keyboards, vocals

Pete Townshend on working with Todd Rundgren

Video: Buffalo Grass / Kind hearted Women Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ 04/01/2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Todd and Ethel tour dates starting to be announced.

Today's Sacramento Bee mentions that Ethel and Todd Rundgren will appear at Mondavi Center in Davis, CA on November 3.

 thanks to roger L for the heads up from TR connection.

RundgrenRadio Store GRAND OPENING !!!