He may have missed the cut on this year’s Rock Hall inductions, but thirty years ago this week In the Studio put forth Todd Rundgren’s nomination loud and clear by spotlighting him and his Spring 1972 double solo masterpiece” Something/ Anything?” in this interview as our episode #48.
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“The Very Last Time” that Todd Rundgren performed live with his ace band Utopia reportedly was over thirty years ago, so you can imagine that it is a pretty big deal for us hardcore Todd-followers that a box set and a reunion tour are both set for this year. It was once said of Todd […]
Go ahead and pick any period in the last almost fifty years of rock music and Todd Rundgren has been there, and in multiple roles too, as a solo artist, the bandleader of one of America’s finest foursomes, Utopia, and as a record producer of many successful, diverse, and acclaimed albums by Badfinger Straight Up, […]
The release of the triple-disc live career set For the Lack of Honest Work from Todd Rundgren is a joy for us TR fans , but as comprehensive and era-spanning as it is, there are still some “best of” songs that are not represented . Check out the stunning live chorus vocals here on “Only Human” in this Thanksgiving-eve 1979 Boston performance with Utopia bass/vocalist Kasim Sultan, keyboards/vocalist Roger Powell, and drummer/singer Willie Wilcox.
He celebrated a birthday over the weekend, but Todd Rundgren had one of the strongest live bands, Utopia, working in 1979 when this Boston gig was broadcast nationwide on the eve of Thanksgiving. Here’s a medley of “The Road to Utopia/ Caravan” originally found on Adventures in Utopia.
Todd Rundgren brought some polish to Grand Funk’s freight train in the studio, which also encouraged singing drummer Don Brewer to step up his game with songwriting and step up to the main vocal microphone with the #1 hit title song “We’re an American Band”.
You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick‘s live 1979 album At Budokan which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which will now travel through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there is no way to imagine what such a fluke phenomenon does […]
Detroit’s blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it turned out to be a four decade odyssey for Alice Cooper. Only in rock’n’roll can a preacher’s son named Vincent Furnier dress up in […]
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