Todd Rundgren Announces Release Date For Live ‘Todd’ Album
The year 2010 found Todd Rundgren revisiting his 1974 release ‘Todd,' performing the album in full for the first time ever during a short run of only six shows. Rundgren’s hometown performance in Philadelphia at the Keswick Theater was filmed and will be released on both DVD and CD on Feb. 14.
‘Todd’ took Rundgren off of the traditional path that he had established with previous releases, mixing pop ballads with experimentation with the progressive rock sounds that he would further embrace heavily in his work with Utopia.
Rundgren was joined by longtime associate Kasim Sulton on bass, Greg Hawkes of the Cars on keyboards, Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, sax player Bobby Strickland and guitarist Jesse Gress for the live recreation of the ‘Todd’ album.
The sold-out shows also featured Rundgren’s performance of his 1981 ‘Healing’ album, which will be released at a later point to be announced.
Whether future Rundgren albums will get similar live treatment is questionable. As Rundgren explained to us in an interview, the shows involve a lot of planning and a “level of production that I normally can’t afford to take out.” But he leaves the door open that after a “hiatus” from those types of shows he might entertain the idea of tackling other albums.