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SiriusXM Presents: Todd Rundgren “The Individualist, A True Star”
Todd Rundgren announced he will embark on “The Individualist, A True Star” tour presented by SiriusXM across the United States.
The tour celebrates Todd Rundgren’s fourth studio album, “A Wizard, A True Star” (March 1973), an ambitious & experimental two-side masterpiece. Each night on the tour, he will be performing a full side of the album, plus a set of other career-spanning hits. Full details on the itinerary are below.
Produced by Live Nation and presented by SiriusXM, the tour starts in San Francisco, CA in May and hits many major markets before wrapping in Miami, FL in June. Todd will be playing back-to-back-to-back shows in San Francisco and New York plus back-to-back shows in several other markets.
In one-show and three-show markets, the selection of which side of “A Wizard, A True Star” will be performed at the odd show will be determined by a real-time audience vote, utilizing an app created by Todd which audience members will be encouraged to download via a message on the video screens greeting them upon arrival at the venue. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 10AM Local Time. Two and three-day ticket packages will be available for markets with multiple shows, along with single-day tickets.
A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR- i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60’s psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary 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 superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him ‘Rock’s New Wunderkind’. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned 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 Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (renamed and reconfigured in 1976 as Utopia), an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that initially, for millions, defined the term “progressive rock”, and subsequently, as Utopia, the term “powerpop”.
Rundgren’s myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meat Loaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out 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). He also has composed the music for the hit film Dumb and Dumber, as well as a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.
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