Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

 

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Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. Since the 1970s, he has been known for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He also produced innovative music videos, pioneered forms of multimedia, and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies, such as using the Internet as a means of music distribution in the late 1990s.[1]

A native of Upper Darby, Rundgren began his professional career in the mid 1960s, forming the psychedelic band Nazz in 1967. Two years later, he left Nazz to pursue a solo career and immediately scored his first US top 40 hit with "We Gotta Get You a Woman" (1970). His best-known songs include "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light" from Something/Anything? (1972), which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and the 1983 single "Bang the Drum All Day", which is featured in many sports arenas, commercials and movie trailers. Although lesser known, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" (1972) was influential to many artists in the power pop genre.[2] His 1973 album A Wizard, a True Star remains an influence on later generations of "bedroom" musicians.[3]

Rundgren was one of the first acts to be prominent both as an artist and as a producer.[3] His notable production credits include Badfinger's Straight Up (1971), Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band (1973), the New York Dolls' New York Dolls (1973), Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell (1977) and XTC's Skylarking (1986). Additionally, he organized the first interactive television concert in 1978, designed the first color graphics tablet in 1980, and created the first interactive album, No World Order, in 1994.[1]

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Highlights10

All Sides of the Roxy
Album
All Sides of the Roxy is an album by musical artist Todd Rundgren, released on February 23, 2018.
I Got Your Back
Album
I Got Your Back is an album by musical artist Todd Rundgren, released on November 15, 2017.
I Got Your Back
Song
I Got Your Back is a song by musical artist Todd Rundgren, released on November 15, 2017.
White Knight
 
White Knight is the 27th studio album by American singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren.

Photos - Todd Rundgren372

Popular Albums63

Album Appearances & References74

Popular Songs16

Song Appearances & References11

Musical Groups6

Musical Group References3

Minor Film Appearances & References4

TV Shows5

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Minor Play Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers27

Other Film-Related Relationships1

Other Music-Related Relationships40

Personal & Professional Relationships4

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Spotify - Albums & Singles239

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On31

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles18

Israeli keyboardist joins Todd Rundgren's Utopia reunion
  –  April 4, 2018
When Ralph Shuckett, the keys man for Utopia – the '70s and '80s progressive rock outfit led by American music great Todd Rundgren – bowed out of the band's upcoming reunion tour, one of Rundgren's sons suggested Assayas, who has been dazzling music ...
Todd Rundgren & His Utopia Bandmates Talk Reunion Tour & Penchant for Concept Albums
  –  April 3, 2018
Todd Rundgren and some friends are on the road to Utopia again ... that everybody's going to play nice -- not in the music sense, but in the personality sense. There's always been a clash of egos in the band -- you have that with any band, really, any ...
BergenPAC Presents Todd Rundgren's Utopia
  –  March 30, 2018
Todd Rundgren's Utopia formed in 1974 out of Rundgren's desire ... Frog Labat" on keyboards, John Siegler on bass, Kevin Ellman on drums, and Rundgren on guitar, the band's music ranged from extended synth experiments to four-song albums, while their ...
SXSW looks to the past and future with Todd Rundgren, Cuco and DJ Jigue
  –  March 18, 2018
Emerging acts and novel sounds and panels try to make sense of a music industry turned inside-out. So what a treat to wander into a club set from '70s rock experimentalist Todd Rundgren at the end of Thursday evening's slate of music at 1 a.m. There are ...
Rocker Todd Rundgren brings long-awaited Utopia reunion to Dallas
  –  February 20, 2018
For fans of rock star Todd Rundgren, Utopia has arrived ... As a companion to the reunion tour, Friday Music will release a 7-disc box set called The Road to Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82). A limited-edition collection, it includes the band's ...
Todd Rundgren ‘Wanted to Walk Into the Ocean’ Over Utopia Lineup Change
  –  April 4, 2018
Todd Rundgren said he “wanted to walk into the ocean” when Utopia's upcoming reunion tour ran into some problems after keyboardist Ralph Schuckett’s health issues forced him to bow out. Shuckett was forced to bow out at short notice, leaving ...
Israeli keyboardist joins Todd Rundgren's Utopia reunion
  –  April 4, 2018
It's a utopian situation for acclaimed Israeli keyboardist Gil Assayas. When Ralph Shuckett, the keys man for Utopia – the '70s and '80s progressive rock outfit led by American music great Todd Rundgren – bowed out of the band's upcoming reunion tour ...
Todd Rundgren & His Utopia Bandmates Talk Reunion Tour & Penchant for Concept Albums
  –  April 3, 2018
Todd Rundgren and some friends are on the road to Utopia again. Rundgren and longtime collaborators Kasim Sulton and John "Willie" Wilcox have just started rehearsals for their first tour as Utopia -- Rundgren's main performance vehicle from 1973-86 ...
Photos, Revelations and “Rock and Roll Legends”: Studio History Lost and Found
  –  April 2, 2018
It’s a who’s who that includes Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, Ritchie Havens, Peter Paul and Mary, Todd Rundgren, Kris Kristofferson, and Gordon Lightfoot. His job enabled him to get up close and personal with these iconic stars ...
BergenPAC Presents Todd Rundgren's Utopia
  –  March 30, 2018
SiriusXM presents Todd Rundgren's Utopia on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at (201) 227-1030. Todd Rundgren's Utopia formed in 1974 out of Rundgren's desire to explore new ...
TODD RUNDGREN – FAITHFUL
  –  March 30, 2018
Todd devotes an entire side of this album to cover versions of ’60s pop classics that “faithfully” replicate both the performance and the production of the original recordings. The other half stands as one of the finest sequences of Rundgren ...
Music scene: April 2018 concert lineup
  –  March 30, 2018
A number of concert festivals will be presented in addition to headliners such as Lorde, Night Ranger, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Foo Fighters, Kenny Chesney and Yanni. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival will run Friday through Sunday, April 6-8, at Vinoy ...
Todd Rundgren's Utopia Seeking New Keyboardist
  –  March 22, 2018
Todd Rundgren's band Utopia is reaching out to his fan base to find a new keyboardist. The band shared the news that their current keyboardist is leaving due to "unexpected health issues" and issued a lengthy statement inviting fans to apply for the gig.
SXSW looks to the past and future with Todd Rundgren, Cuco and DJ Jigue
  –  March 18, 2018
The music (and film and tech and everything else) at South by Southwest almost always looks to the future. Emerging acts and novel sounds and panels try to make sense of a music industry turned inside-out. So what a treat to wander into a club set from ...
Todd Rundgren Announces Tour Dates
  –  February 21, 2018
Todd Rundgren has announced plans to hit the road in the US later this year. The rocker will kick off the run in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania at the Penn's Peak venue. He'll stay out on the road in North American through June 5 when he'll wrap up at Riverside ...
Rocker Todd Rundgren brings long-awaited Utopia reunion to Dallas
  –  February 20, 2018
For fans of rock star Todd Rundgren, Utopia has arrived. Rundgren and his original band Utopia — consisting of members Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox, and Ralph Schuckett — are reuniting for their first North American tour in 32 years, with a date in ...
Utopia Real Estate Investment & Trsm SAE : Todd Rundgren's Utopia reunion tour coming to Peabody Opera House
  –  February 20, 2018
Feb. 20--Todd Rundgren's Utopia, reuniting for its first North American tour in thirty-two years, will be at Peabody Opera House on May 9. Show time is at 7 p.m. Get more information at peabodyoperahouse.com.
Todd Rundgren's Utopia reuniting, will play Penn's Peak near Jim Thorpe
  –  February 20, 2018
Utopia, the mid-1970s band that Todd Rundgren formed to pursue progressive rock but which stayed together for 10 albums and had the Top 30 hit “Set Me Free,” will reunite for a tour that will bring it to Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe, it was just ...

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