Todd Rundgren performed a stunning version of “Black Mariah”, one of my all-time TR faves (originally found “when the kid gets heavy…” on Something/ Anything? almost fifty years ago ) when he played Ridgefield CT back in 2015, and this high resolution recording captured the power and the glory. – Redbeard
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Rock Hall Snubs: Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren live “Road to Utopia/Caravan” Boston 11/79
He may have missed the cut on the 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.
“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.
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”.
we find out from my guests Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen that the band had actually interrupted recording their fourth studio album, “Dream Police” , in order to do that first Japanese tour in 1978. Several hits would eventually come from “Dream Police”, including “Voices”,”It’s the Way of the World”, and the title song, but those would have to wait while Cheap Trick scuttled all plans while they learned to surf the tsunami of success from the unexpected live album.
Love It to Death in April 1971 may have been the the third album by the band Alice Cooper, but that doesn’t change the fact that nobody bought the first two. By December of that same year, EVERYBODY had heard “I’m Eighteen” off of Love It to Death , and Alice Cooper had written and recorded a soon-to-be-classic additional full album, Killer .And it was