By Phyllis Pollack
Multi-talented producer, singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist Todd Rundgren will release a new studio CD on April 9. His tour in support of the release will begin in April, and will continue throughout the year. More details will be announced early next year.
Rundgren will be featured on the Thursday, January 10 episode of Daryl Hall’s Live From Daryl’s House, which debuts at 11pm EST on Palladia. The special one-hour episode was shot at Todd’s house in Kauai, Hawaii.
The episode will include a rousing seven-song set from Todd and Daryl that includes Daryl Hall and John Oates' "Beanie G and The Rose Tattoo," and a cover of the Delfonics' 1970 hit, "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," along with Todd Rundgren staple classics.
The episode will re-air multiple times. The schedule can be found at a special link on Palladia.com.
Later this year, Todd will hold his annual Toddstock, and will celebrate his 65th birthday (June 22) with family, friends and fans at Toddstock II v6.5, at the historic Nottoway Plantation & Resort in White Castle, Louisiana from June 17-22, 2013.
Toddstock II v6.5 will offer fans a chance to spend quality time with this wizard and true star, and enjoy nightly musical jam sessions while relaxing on Nottoway's vast 22 acres on the Great Mississippi River Road in the heart of Louisiana's historic plantation country. For more details on Toddstock II v6.5packages and to make reservations, check this link.
Todd fans will remember that he produced Hall and Oates' 1974 opus War Babies, which featured his band Utopia.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren fronted bands including The Nazz. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut solo album Runt.
But it was 1972's double album Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that made Rundgren an international icon.
It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It's Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”
In 1974, Todd formed Utopia.
Rundgren has produced an extensive number of albums, by artists including The Cars, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall And Oates, and one of the best selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell.