He may have waited interminably long on the Rock Hall induction, but fifty years ago his third solo effort, a double album no less, put forth Todd Rundgren’s effective nomination loud and clear by spotlighting him and his Spring 1972 masterpiece “Something/ Anything?”. Todd Rundgren is my guest In the Studio.
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Todd Rundgren indulged his loyal fans with a lengthy live set touching the many high points in a five decade career, including several selections off of his brilliant third solo album Something/ Anything? . With that album’s golden anniversary being celebrated this month, what better time to share his medley of “I Saw the Light” with a later chestnut, “Love of the Common Man” from Faithful .
In the period 1970-89 covered by this classic rock interview for his Best pt 2 with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren, he made twenty-two albums in seventeen years either as a solo artist or the leader of the multi-threat Utopia. “Prolific” seems woefully inadequate to begin to describe that enormous creative output. “Most of these albums are a result of some kind of musical adventure,” Todd explains.” It’s a privilege that a lot of people don’t enjoy.”
…In part one of this classic rock interview I make the case that no one waiting in the wings of the Rock Hall has done more for rock music over the last half century, in more ways, than Todd Rundgren.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-to-be Todd Rundgren performed a concert in Connecticut in 2015 that was breathtaking in it’s career overview, from the Nazz to Utopia, and including almost five decades of brilliant solo songs such as “Can We Still Be Friends?”.
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 of the long-deserving musician, who finally […]
Todd Rundgren live “Road to Utopia/Caravan” Boston 11/79
“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 […]
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”.