Saturday, December 1, 2012

ROLLING STONE: Todd Rundgren Brings His 'Personal Burning Man' to Louisiana
Todd Rundgren Brings His 'Personal Burning Man' to Louisiana

Toddstock will move from the musician's home in Hawaii to Nottoway Plantation
By Alex Rawls

December 1, 2012 9:47 AM ET

In 2008, Todd Rundgren celebrated his 60th birthday with Toddstock 6.0, a week-long gathering of the Rundgren faithful at his home in Hawaii. In 2013, Toddstock II v6.5 will take place on the mainland at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana. "Normally, I would have waited until a birthday with a zero in it," Rundgren says. "The first of these gatherings was when I turned 50. Then we decided to do another when I turned 60 and that turned out to be a much bigger event. Now that I'm 65, a lot of the fans have decided that either they or I might not make it to 70."

Toddstock in Hawaii wasn't the music festival the name might suggest. While Rundgren did debut tracks from his Arena album, he sees the event more as "my own personal Burning Man" – one that attracted 250 Rundgren fans to become a creative community, with nights spent hanging around his personal tiki bar. A home brewer brought three or four of his brews for the occasion, and people with craft skills started group projects. "What we're hoping for is that people will have even more creative ideas about what they would like to do and bring the stuff that they need in order to execute that," he says. "I hope they'll use their imaginations."

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Moving the event to Louisiana will make attendees' more outlandish ideas possible. "It's prohibitive to transport a kissing booth to Kauai, but if they have the opportunity to drive to the location, they can think more imaginatively about the sort of set up they'd like," Rundgren says.

He chose Nottoway Plantation for Toddstock II, which will take place June 17th - 25th, because in addition to the plantation house, it has grounds for camping and room for improvised creativity. "The plantation offered to plow down a corn field to accommodate the campers," he says. Rundgren plans to include a musical component as well, but since he will release a new album in April, his performance at Toddstock II won’t be the world premiere that his performance of Arena was.

Although Rundgren is known for being technologically forward, Toddstock was very much about the natural beauty of his home in Kauai, and this time he hopes the proximity to the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge and New Orleans will shape the experience as well. "When you come to a place like Kauai, you don't go for a high tech world," he says. It's about the environment, and that's one reason we picked the plantation. It's more than simply a place to set up tents. It's more about taking advantage of the environment you're in rather than an artificial environment that could be anywhere."

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ringo Starr All Starrs To Play Their Own Hits In Australia

Ringo Starr All Starrs To Play Their Own Hits In Australia

by Paul Cashmere (@PaulCashmere) on December 1, 2012
The setlist for the Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band Australian tour will not only be The Beatles and Ringo solo hits but also the hits of the various members of his All Starr Band.

Ringo Starr All Starr Band
Ringo Starr All Starr Band Photograph by Rob Shanahan June 13, 2012.
Ringo’s All Star Band features members of Toto, Santana and Mr Mister as well as Todd Rundgren and they all perform each other’s hits in the Ringo set.
Songs performed this year by the All-Starr Band include Todd Rundgren’s ‘I Saw The Light’, Toto’s ‘Hold The Line’, Mr Mister’s ‘Broken Wings and Santana’s ‘Black Magic Woman’.
Ringo also performs his Beatles songs such as ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘Matchbox’, ‘Boys’ and ‘Act Naturally’ as well as his solo hits ‘It Don’t Come Easy’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘I’m The Greatest’.
‘The tour this summer was just GREAT – I love playing with this band and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again,” Ringo said. “I am looking forward to revisiting Japan with the All Starrs and of course New Zealand and Australia. Peace & Love!”
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will tour Australia for the first time ever in February 2013. The last time Ringo performed in Australia was with The Beatles in 1964.
Tickets are available from Lennard Promotions.
Dates are:
February 11, Brisbane, Convention Centre
February 13 and 14, Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
February 16 and 17, Melbourne, Festival Hall

February 19, Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
February 21, Perth, Challenge Stadium

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Video: Another Life - Todd Rundgren & Metropole Orkest, Paradiso 2012

Published on Nov 27, 2012 by
Turn it LOUD with your headphone cranked up. Sound © NTR.
Another Life - Todd Rundgren & Metropole Orkest conducted by Steve Sidwell, song arrangement by Tom Trapp. Mathilde Santing, Wouter Penris & Mariske Hekkenberg - vocals. Paradiso Amsterdam, november 11 2012
Another Life composed by Todd Rundgren & Ralph Schuckett. From the album Todd Rundgren's Utopia Another Live, released october 1975.

Nobody would have ever though that this song would be performed.
To be honest... poor sound of the vocals at our spot, so I did an audio hijack from the live NTR broadcast. TR&MO made possible by Co de Kloet.

Well, I could be wrong
But I swear that I knew you
In another life

And I could be dreaming but I swear
That I knew you in another life

Something happened just the other night;
I had a vision in the middle of a daydream
In a place I'd never been before
I couldn't tell if I was still awake or sleeping

I saw so many things I barely recognized
I thought that I was lost but then I saw you
I could be wrong, but I swear
That I knew you in another life
And I could be dreaming, but I swear
That I knew you in another life

Certain things affect me certain ways
And this isn't just the first time
That it's crossed my mind

Something happens and the crystal clears
And you begin to recognize all of the little signs
I wish that I could place every little gesture
But it really doesn't matter 'cause we'll never know

Monday, November 26, 2012

new cd release date announced

Todd will release his new studio CD on April 9, 2013. His tour in support of the release will begin in April and continue throughout 2013. More details will be announced early next year.  

link to TODDSTOCK 2

Accommodations Include:
  • 6 nights in a deluxe room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 two-hour Happy Hours (one each night) with Open Bar
  • All Tax and gratuity


  • Per Person Double Occupancy $1,399.00
  • Per Person Single Occupancy $1,699.00
  • Per Person Tent Accommodations $ 799.00
  • All taxes and gratuities are included

Call for reservations: 225-545-2730

Reservation Policies:

Deposit: A $500.00 non-refundable deposit due at time of the reservation
Balance due: No later than 90 days prior to the event start date of June 17, 2013

Cancellation: All deposits & payments are non-refundable, unless event is cancelled by artist.


Toddstore says ... "Next June 17-22, renowned multi-faceted artist Todd Rundgren will celebrate his 65th birthday (June 22) with family, friends and fans at Toddstock II v6.5, held at the historic Nottoway Plantation & Resort in White Castle, Louisiana. Nottoway, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion, is situated on a stunning plantation estate nestled between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana."