After seven years, multi-talented musical genius Todd Rungren is coming back to Seattle. The concert is being held at The Crocodile and will be the last one of Todd Rundgren‘s Global Tour 2015 in the United States. The concert is being presented by RundgrenRadio.com and tickets will be available on Ticketfly.com beginning March 13, 2015.
Rundgren will also be making a stop in the Rose City when he plays on June 12 at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom. More info on that show is available at RungrenRadio.com
The 25th solo studio album of Rundgren’s career, “GLOBAL”, scheduled for release on April 7 in North America and April 6 in the rest of the world, is a stunning contemporary fusion of styles – rock, soul and EDM – which continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius. Todd’s preternatural gift of melding the bold and the accessible is the hallmark of “GLOBAL” ’s finely crafted tracks.
Todd will be embarking on what will eventually be a world tour in support of the release, beginning in the USA from April 10 – June 10, and continuing in the UK/Europe in September/October. The stage production will be unlike anything Rundgren has mounted in the past: the singer/guitarist will be joined on stage by just two female vocalists and DJ/keyboardist Dam Funk, and while Todd is keeping the details under wraps, he is promising that the show will be a “video and lighting spectacle to behold”.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential 60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut album “Runt”, but it was 1972’s seminal “Something / Anything?” (on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer) that catapulted Todd into the limelight, prompting the media to dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind.” This was followed by such landmark albums as “A Wizard, A True Star”, “Todd”, and “The Hermit Of Mink Hollow”. In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s, and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit in the 80s (as evidenced by such early MTV hits as “Set Me Free” and “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”).
As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Todd Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad of hits are “Hello It’s Me”, “I Saw the Light”, “Can We Still be Friends”, “We Gotta Get You A Woman”, “Open My Eyes”, and “Bang the Drum” (the latter a mainstay on ESPN and in television commercials).
Rundgren’s prolific producer’s discography includes such classics as “Skylarking” by XTC, “We’re an American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Wave by Patti Smith, and Meat Loaf‘s auspicious debut ‘Bat Out of Hell’ (the fifth best selling album of all time with some 42 million sales). Sealing his reputation as rock’s renaissance man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp’s 1989 Off- Broadway production of Joe Orton’s “Up Against It” (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture), as well as the score for “Dumb And Dumber” and a number of television series, including “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and “Crime Story”. He is also internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia.
Few artists have been as fearless and groundbreaking – nor possess such an expansive and exceptional body of work – as Todd Rundgren has throughout his career.
Rundgren Radio is a fan based online talk radio show for Todd Rundgren and music fans that aired weekly for 4 years from 2007-2011 and now airs occasionally for special edition shows. All Rundgren Radio shows are permanently archived and can be downloaded.
Rundgren Radio has completed over 200 online radio shows with over 100 different guests and over a million downloads. They have also presented over 30 Todd Rundgren concerts.