Wednesday, February 4, 2015

First Review of GLOBAL cd

Todd Rundgren 'Global'

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review By: Thom Jennings

Todd Rundgren’s “Global” opens with “Evrybody,” perhaps his best anthemic, feel good song since “Bang the Drum.” It sets the stage for what is easily his best effort since his 2004 release “Liars.”
“Global” is a fun album. It’s enjoyable and like “Liars” you hear elements of his entire career, and yet it does not sound dated, in fact it is so polished and so well mixed that even fans who did not like his last release “State” would be hard pressed to find fault in this album.
There are a number of standout tracks, including “Skyscraper” which combines Todd’s Philly Soul roots with electronica. The lead and background vocals are perfect, and it is a song that will likely be a crowd pleaser. There are dreamy elements, reminiscent of the “A Wizard a True Star” and “Todd” eras, “This Island Earth” is easily as good as anything that appeared on either of the aforementioned albums.
Songs like “Flesh and Blood” and “Rise” combine the best elements of “No World Order” and “State,” but it’s the fifth track “Blind” that is really special. Rundgren’s stellar vocals are supplemented with a blistering saxophone and Rundgren’s distinctly layered background vocals.
The album bears comparison to “State” in that it is not heavy on the guitar, but the real difference between to two releases is that “Global” has a lot more soul and funk elements. Vocally, it is amazing and one can only guess it’s because Todd kept up such a rigorous touring schedule that his voice is in top form. When you hear “Soothe,” a ballad that Todd fans will adore, you will know what I mean.
For those fans that are not part of the Rundgren nation, this is an album that all music lovers will enjoy, but for Todd fans who will have to wait until this album comes out in April, it will be well worth the wait, I just can’t imagine any Todd fan not loving this album.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Todd new cd / tour and David Letterman appearance

On April 7, Todd Rundgren will put out ‘Global,’ the 25th studio album of his solo career. It’s his first record since 2013’s ‘State.’
In a press release announcing the news, the 12 tracks on ‘Global’ are defined as “a contemporary fusion of styles — rock, soul and EDM — which continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius.”
A few days after the release of ‘Global,’ Rundgren will embark on a U.S. tour beginning with three nights in Park City, Utah. This includes an appearance on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ on April 27, the same day ‘Global’ comes out on 180-gram vinyl.
As of now, the tour ends in Ft. Lauderdale on May 23, but Rundgren will soon reveal more U.S. dates that will run through mid-June, as well as a tour of the U.K. and Europe beginning in early autumn. You can find the tour schedule below.

‘Global’ Track Listing
1. ‘Evrybody’
2. ‘Flesh & Blood’
3. ‘Rise’
4. ‘Holyland’
5. ‘Blind’
6. ‘Earth Mother’
7. ‘Global Nation’
8. ‘Soothe’
9. ‘Terra Firma’
10. ‘Fate’
11. ‘Skyscraper’
12. ‘This Island Earth’

Todd Rundgren 2015 U.S. Tour
4/10 — Park City, UT
4/11 — Park City, UT
4/12 — Park City, UT
4/14 — Colorado Springs, CO
4/17 — Kansas City, MO
4/18 — Little Rock, AR
4/19 — Little Rock, AR
4/21 — Milwaukee, WI
4/22 — Chicago, IL
4/23 — Grand Rapids, MI
4/25 — Pittsburgh, PA
4/26 — Northfield, OH
4/27 — ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’
4/28 — Buffalo, NY
4/29 — State College, PA
5/1 — Newton, NJ
5/2 — Stafford Springs, CT
5/3 — Boston, MA
5/5 — New York, NY
5/6 — New York, NY
5/8 — Verona, NY
5/9 — Plymouth, NH
5/10 — Norfolk, CT
5/12 — Ridgefield, CT
5/13 — New Hope, PA
5/14 — Alexandria, VA
5/16 — Wilmington, DE
5/17 — Annapolis, MD
5/20 — Atlanta, GA
5/22 — Ponte Vedre, FL
5/23 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Read More: Todd Rundgren Announces New Album, ‘Global,’ and U.S. Tour |


2015 Global Tour 
Fri-Sun Apr, 10-12, 2015
The Egyptian Theatre Sun 
328 Main St. 
Park City, UT 84060 

Tues, Apr 14, 2015
Pike's Peak Center 
190 South Cascade Avenue  
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
1 Riverboat Drive
Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah's 
North Kansas City, MO 64116 

Sun, Apr 19, 2015
The Rev Room 
300 President Clinton Avenue
River Market District  
Little Rock, AR 72201 

Tues, Apr 21, 2015
The Pabst Theater
144 East Wells St. 
Milwaukee, WI 53202 2

Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Vic Theatre 
3145 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657 

Thu, Apr 23, 2015
The Intersection 
133 Grandville SW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Stage AE - 
400 North Shore Drive 405 Neil Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 

Sun, Apr 26, 2015n
Hard Rock Live 
10777 Northfield Rd.
Northfield, OH 44067 

Tue, Apr 28, 2015
The Town Ballroom 
681 Main St. 
Buffalo, NY 14203

Wed, Apr 29, 2015
The State Theatre 
130 West College Ave. 
State College, PA 16801 

The Newton Theatre
234 Spring Street 
Newton, NJ 07860 

Sat, May 2, 2015
Stafford Palace Theatre
75 Main St.
Stafford Springs, CT 06076

Sun, May 3, 2015
The Wilbur Theatre 
246 Tremont St. 26 Harvard Court
Boston, MA 02116 Cranston, RI 02920

Tue & Wed, May 5 & 6, 2015
Highline Ballroom 
431 West 16th St. 
New York, NY 10011 

Fri, May 8, 2015
Turning Stone Resort Casino 
Showroom 5218 Patrick Rd.
Verona, NY 13478

Sat, May 9, 2015
Flying Monkey Performance Center 
39 S. Main St. 39 S. Main St.
Plymouth, NH

Sun, May 10, 2015
Infinity Music Hall 
20 Greenwoods Road West 
Norfolk, CT 06058 Norfold, CT 06058

Thu, May 14, 2015
Birchmere Music Hall 
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave 
Alexandria, VA 22305

Sun, May 17, 2015
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 
801 Chase St. 40 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Wed, May 20, 2015
Center Stage
1374 West Peachtree Street 
Atlanta, GA 30309 

Fri, May 22, 2015
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 
1050 A1A North 1800 Australian Ave S
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Sat, May 23, 2015
Culture Room 
3045 N. Federal Hwy 1800 Australian Ave S
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Unreleased version of a Tubes song

Todd on vocals: unreleased version of a tubes song