(cont)…Even before the February 1972 release of Rundgren’s third solo album “Something/Anything” , Todd was being hailed by some rock critics as a wunderkind , that rare combination of left-brain creative and right-brain analytical talents …(more)
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Normally we start out each edition of In The Studio with a musical collage made up of the most popular musical highlights from a band or musician’s career, but in Todd Rundgren‘s instance the high points from merely one of his solo albums, Something/ Anything, would run three minutes long. So now that Rundgren has […]
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.
It was once said of Todd Rundgren, the stupendously gifted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer,that his only problem was finding other musicians good enough to play with him(the same could easily be said for Prince,except Rundgren can’t dance in 4-inch stacked heels).But for a period in the late 1970s,Todd Rundgren may have had one of the greatest live bands ever…(more)
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 […]
Giving the Los Angeles Fire Marshall fits, the band of gypsies led by Alice Cooper known as the Hollywood Vampires really didn’t need that pyro performance near the end of the 58th Grammy Awards telecast, because the frontline of Alice Cooper, Grammy telecast MVP guitarist Joe Perry, and actor and legit guitarist Johnny Depp brought […]
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…(cont)after recording two unsuccessful albums -Pretties for You and Easy Action- on Frank Zappa’s Straight Records label,Alice Cooper headed for Furnier’s birthplace of Detroit in hopes of better luck.Inking a deal with Warner Brothers,they actually released two albums in1971 ,Love It to Death and Killer , with both albums becoming instant successes .On the brink of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Alice Cooper tells us how it all happened In The Studio.-Redbeard