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Music Legend Todd Rundgren’s Notre Dame Artist in Residence Mini-Documentary

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Music Legend Todd Rundgren’s Notre Dame Artist in Residence Mini-Documentary

Rundgren started his Spirit of Harmony Foundation a few years ago to help bring music back into schools – http://spiritofharmony.org. A few months ago he accepted an invitation from Notre Dame University to conduct a week-long Artist In Residence music program, on the condition that it highlight the Foundation.

Notre Dame just completed the following mini-documentary on his week on campus (and off campus):

The iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator released his critically acclaimed new album “White Knight” on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an impressive array of what he terms “collaborators”, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, Bettye LaVette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, and Joe Walsh.

To order: https://www.amazon.com/White-Knight-Todd-Rundgren/dp/B06XGTTDXM

Todd Rundgren is on tour throughout 2017: http://www.todd-rundgren.com/tr-tour.html

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/toddrundgren/

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TODD RUNDGREN SPANS GENERATIONS AND GENRES ON ‘WHITE KNIGHT’ OUT MAY 12 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS

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TODD RUNDGREN SPANS GENERATIONS AND GENRES ON ‘WHITE KNIGHT’ OUT MAY 12 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS

ALBUM FEATURES GUESTS ROBYN, TRENT REZNOR, DAM FUNK, DARYL HALL, DONALD FAGEN, JOE WALSH, BETTYE LAVETTE, JOE SATRIANI + MORE

Los Angeles – Todd Rundgren – the iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator – will release his newest album ‘White Knight’ on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, and others. Recently Pitchfork unveiled album track “That Could Have Been Me” featuring Robyn.

Listen here: http://bit.ly/2mLKLKk

The songs on ‘White Knight,’ all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests, range from hip-hop flecked funk and dystopian synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop. Album opener “Come” swirls with oscillating rhythms and sweeping layers of synths. More squiggling synths drive the feature with Daryl Hall, “Chance For Us,” giving way to a rich sax solo and a punchy, squelching bass line. Robyn soars on the pop anthem “That Could Have Been Me,” while Todd and Donald Fagen harmonize on the timely political jab “Tin Foil Hat.” “‘Cause the man in the tin foil hat / is sitting on the throne tonight / it kinda feels like a coup e’tat / but its gonna be great, tremendous, amazing and all that.”

“It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas. I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.” – Todd Rundgren

Says the New Yorker: “Over the course of his four-decade career, Rundgren has a been a prog-rock pioneer, a blue-eyed soul vocalist, an A-list producer, and above all, a restless presence, never willing to settle.” In addition to his own trailblazing catalog, Rundgren has produced critical landmarks and commercial smashes for artists ranging from New York Dolls, Patti Smith, and XTC, to Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ (with sales exceeding 43 million), Cheap Trick, and Hall And Oates. He has composed the music for a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story, and been at the forefront of technology in the music industry for decades, whether hosting the first interactive television concert in 1978, offering the first commercially available music downloads, or launching the first direct artist subscription service.

Todd Rundgren will tour throughout 2017 with headlining dates kicking off in late April. Tour dates below with more to be announced shortly.

TRACK LIST – Digital/CD version:
1. Come
2. Got Your Back featuring KK Watson w/Dam Funk
3. Chance For Us featuring Daryl Hall w/Bobby Strickland
4. Fiction
5. Beginning (Of The End) featuring John Boutte
6. Tin Foil Hat featuring Donald Fagen
7. Look At Me feat. Michael Holman
8. Lets Do This with Moe Berg
9. Sleep with Joe Walsh
10. That Could Have Been Me featuring Robyn
11. Deaf Ears with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
12. Naked & Afraid feat. Bettye LaVette
13. Buy My T
14. Wouldn’t You Like To Know feat. Rebop Rundgren
15. This Is Not A Drill featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton

Vinyl version:
1. Come
2. Got Your Back featuring KK Watson w/Dam Funk
3. Chance For Us featuring Daryl Hall w/Bobby Strickland
4. Fiction
5. Beginning (Of The End) featuring John Boutte
6. Tin Foil Hat featuring Donald Fagen
7. Lets Do This with Moe Berg
8. Sleep with Joe Walsh
9. That Could Have Been Me featuring Robyn
10. Deaf Ears with Trent Reznor
11. Buy My T
12. This Is Not A Drill featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton

TOUR DATES:
April 29 – St. Louis, MO – River City Casino and Hotel
May 2 – Burnsville, MN – Ames Center
May 3 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theater
May 5 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
May 8 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 10 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
May 11 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
May 13 – Kingston, NY – Ulster PAC
May 14 – East Greenwich, RI – Greenwich Odeum
May 17 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall
May 18 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 25 – Ft. Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 27 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theater
June 10 – Syracuse, NY – OCC Campus 35th Syracuse Jazz Festival

PRE-ORDER LINK: https://www.amazon.com/White-Knight-Todd-Rundgren/dp/B06XGTTDXM

For more information:
http://www.todd-rundgren.com/tr-tour.html
https://www.facebook.com/toddrundgren/

Press inquiries (Europe only): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Todd Rundgren Interview with the Huffington Post

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A Conversation with Todd Rundgren

Mike Ragogna: Todd, on your new release An Evening With Todd Rundgren Live At Ridgefield, you perform material from Nazz and Utopia in addition to your own with some surprising revisits, making the project feel like a career celebration. Is that how this felt when you were performing and recording this concert?

Todd Rundgren: Yeah, but not necessarily in those terms. In recent years, I’ve been experimenting with different musical forms and different ways to present myself. As a result, there are things that don’t get played. I’ll put it that way. One of the paradoxes of having a career in which you continue to create as opposed to resting on your laurels all the time is that fan favorites from decades ago don’t get played as often, or if they do get played, I sometimes readapt them to a style that I might be dabbling in. It reached a certain point where I felt like I had toyed with my audience for long enough and would just give them the more familiar stuff in a way that was more familiar, as opposed to just rearranging things. On any particular night, we have a list of fifty songs and I’ll pick about half of them to perform. Even though the release is a document of a particular evening, it isn’t necessarily representative of any other particular evening, it’s just the songs we decided to play that particular night. On that tour and on the recent tours that I’ve done with this show, the set list is different every night, both because we as players will get bored with it if we keep playing the same thing every night, and also I have fans who sometimes show up to more than one show, and that gives them an opportunity to hear more material than would fit into a single show.

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Huffington Post website!


Todd Rundgren – “Black & White” Video Premiere – Billboard Magazine

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Watch Todd Rundgren’s ‘Black and White’ From ‘An Evening With Todd Rundgren — Live at the Ridgefield’: Exclusive Premiere
8/18/2016 by Gary Graff

Todd Rundgren plays in a lot of configurations, from technology-aided one-man shows to romps with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. But the performance represented on the upcoming An Evening With Todd Rundgren — Live at the Ridgefield album and video — check out an exclusive premiere of the track “Black and White” below — is a payoff for the faithful fans who like their Rundgren repertoire to sound familiar.

“It’s a collection of stuff that rarely gets played in the same context,” Rundgren tells Billboard about the 18-song set (25 on video). “One of the downsides of continuing to put out new material is I tend to want to go out and present that material in a proper context, and often that context is not one that allows me to dwell in the past and play such an array of oft-requested tunes — and even if I do play some of those older tunes they might be re-adapted to suit the kind of presentation I’m doing.

“So these are certainly songs people want to hear every night, like the ol’ ‘Hello It’s Me’ and stuff like that. A lot of people still want to hear the material the way they remember it, and this was an opportunity to recharge the audience after kind of wearing them out a bit, and a chance for me to revisit some material that I perhaps hadn’t played in quite a long time, or in some cases never.”

For the rest of the article and the premiere, please visit the Billboard Magazine website!


“An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At Ridgefield” To Be Released August 26, 2016!

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“An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At Ridgefield” To Be Released August 26, 2016!

Cleopatra Records is pleased to announce “An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At Ridgefield” on August 26, 2016. Get ready for an incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza available on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Blu-ray, starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren.

A Wizard, A True Star, the title of his 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, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. He had produced more than fifty records for other artists, including Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, XTC, Grand Funk, The Band, and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell.

Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on December 15, 2015, Rundgren’s new release includes some of his best known songs including “Hello It’s Me”, “I Saw The Light” and “Bang The Drum All Day”! PLUS, hear/watch fan favorites that haven’t been performed live in decades, including unforgettable Utopia and Nazz anthems.

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The set list consists of milestone Rundgren classics taken from his rich back catalogue, including songs from the albums “Something/Anything” (1972), “A Wizard, a True Star” (1973), “Faithful” (1976), “Hermit of Mink Hollow” (1978), “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect”(1982), “A Cappella”(1985), “2nd Wind” (1991), “One Long Year” (2000), “Liars” (2004), “Global” (2015), plus key cuts from the Utopia albums “Oops! Wrong Planet” (1977), “Swing To The Right” (1982) and “POV” (1985), as well as from the first two albums by Todd’s seminal 60’s band The Nazz (1968 and 1969).

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Band Line-up:
Todd Rundgren (guitar, vocals)
John Ferenzik (keyboards, vocals)
Jesse Gress (guitar, vocals)
Prairie Prince (drums)
Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals)

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Track Listing:
1. I Saw The Light
2. Love Of The Common Man
3. Open My Eyes
4. Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
5. Black And White
6. Buffalo Grass
7. Determination
8. Lost Horizon
9. Bang The Drum All Day
10. Kiddie Boy
11. Black Maria
12. Drive
13. Secret Society
14. Love In Action
15. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
16. Can We Still Be Friends
17. Hello It’s Me
18. One World

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DVD & BLU-RAY EDITIONS
1. Intro / I Saw The Light
2. Love Of The Common Man
3. Open My Eyes
4. Remarks
5. Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
6. Black And White
7. Love Science
8. Buffalo Grass
9. Determination
10. Lost Horizon
11. Bang The Drum All Day
12. Soothe
13. Kiddie Boy
14. Black Maria
15. God Said
16. Drive
17. I’m So Proud
18. Ooh Baby Baby
19. I Want You
20. Secret Society
21. Love In Action
22. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
23. Can We Still Be Friends
24. Hello It’s Me
25. One World
26. Credits

Produced by Chris Andersen
Executive Producer: Eric Gardner
Music Produced and Mixed by Todd Rundgren
Sound Recorded by Chris Andersen and Jeff Notti
Edited by Chris Andersen
Photos courtesy of Stevo Rood

The CD/DVD package comes in a special 6-panel digipak! Also available on limited edition vinyl!

To purchase “An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At Ridgefield”:
CD/DVD: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenRidgefieldCDDVD
Vinyl: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenRidgefieldLP

Todd’s Facebook Store: http://www.facebook.com/thetoddstore
Todd’s Official Fan Site: http://www.trconnection.com
Twitter: @toddrundgren

Press inquiries (North America):
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
Tel. 828-350-8158
Email: glassonyonpr@gmail.com
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Press inquiries (UK):
Peter Noble – Noble PR Consultancy
Tel. + 44 207 272 7772
Email: peter@noblepr.co.uk
http://www.noblepr.co.uk

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com

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Todd Rundgren’s BOX O’TODD Limited Edition Live Box Set To Be Released

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Todd Rundgren’s BOX O’TODD Limited Edition Live Box Set To Be Released

Los Angeles – Purple Pyramid records will be releasing a special limited edition collector’s box titled BOX O’TODD featuring previously unreleased live in-studio recordings from the early ’70s by legendary guitarist/songwriter/producer, Todd Rundgren! All shows were originally broadcast on the radio at the time.

This unique box features both stripped down solo performances by Rundgren as well as full band recordings with The Hello People, and includes some of Todd’s most well-known songs including “Hello, It’s Me,” “I Saw The Light,” “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and many more!

In addition to three full-length CDs, the box set comes with a 20-page booklet featuring a full set of insightful liner notes by Dave Thompson and full color photos plus a signature guitar pick, 3 collectible pins, and a backstage pass!

Track List:

DISC 1 – Live From Philadelphia 1971 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WMMR-FM)
1. Banter & Soundcheck
2. Believe In Me
3. Lady On The Terrace
4. I Got My Pipe
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Rock All Over Again
7. Everybody In The Congregation
8. Broke Down & Busted
9. Tonight I Wanna Love Me A Stranger
10. Ooh Baby Baby
11. Hold Me Tight (Excerpt)
12. Before I Grow Too Old
13. Be Nice To Me
14. I’m Feelin’ Better
15. The Ballad (Denny & Jean)

DISC 2 – Ultrasonic Studios 1972 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WLIR-FM)
1. Broke Down & Busted
2. Georgia Swing
3. Outside Love
4. Piss Aaron
5. A Dream Goes On Forever
6. I Saw The Light
7. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
8. Feels So Good to Be Alive
9. Mad Red Ant Lady
10. Blaze
11. Lady On The Terrace
12. Slut

DISC 3 – Counterpart Studios Cincinnati 1973 with Utopia (originally broadcast on WKRQ-FM)
1. Intro
2. I Saw The Light
3. A Dream Goes On Forever
4. Piss Aaron
5. Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare Song
6. Hello It’s Me
7. Banter
8. Utopia Theme
9. Black Maria
10. Hungry For Love
11. The Ikon (Segments)

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenCD
Download on iTunes: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenDig

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
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glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com


Todd Rundgren At The BBC Four-Disc Collection Released By Esoteric Recordings

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Todd Rundgren At The BBC Four-Disc Collection Released By Esoteric Recordings

An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free) featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982!

London, UK – Todd Rundgren fans rejoice! Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever official release of TODD RUNDGREN AT THE BBC. This four-disc collection comprises three CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring all of the surviving radio and television broadcasts in the BBC archive transmitted on radio and television in the UK between 1972 and 1982. The set features on CD Todd’s solo 1972 BBC Radio One “In Concert” performance, recorded soon after the release of his seminal album “Something Anything”, the classic 1975 performance by Todd Rundgren and Utopia at Hammersmith Odeon, London, (including a previously unreleased track “Something’s Coming”) – on the first ever UK concert tour of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, a 1977 performance at the Oxford Polytechnic by Todd Rundgren and Utopia (promoting the “Ra” album), and a DVD featuring three different performances for the classic “Old Grey Whistle Test” series; the 1975 Todd Rundgren and Utopia session, a film of Todd Rundgren & Utopia at the Bearsville Picnic in 1977 (performing “Singring and the Glass Guitar”) and the entire recordings made for a 1982 solo Todd Rundgren Whistle Test special (including two songs not featured on the original TV broadcast).

This set is sure to delight the legions of Todd Rundgren fans and is a superb document of Todd’s continuing development as both a solo artist and with his band Utopia between 1972 and 1982.
“Todd Rundgren at the BBC” has been remastered and authored from the original BBC masters and is presented in a clamshell box with a booklet featuring a new essay.

*An extensive 4 disc clamshell boxed set featuring 3CDs & a DVD (NTSC Region Free)
*Featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio & television performances between 1972 & 1982
*With 30 previously unreleased tracks on CD & DVD including two never broadcast songs from Todd’s 1982 Old Grey Whistle Test special
*Remastered from the original BBC master tapes
*Includes illustrated booklet

CD Disc 1
Todd Rundgren:

1. I Saw the Light
2. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
3. Piss Aaron
4. Hello It’s Me
5. Be Nice to Me
6. Black Maria
BBC Radio One “In Concert”
Recorded at the Paris Theatre, London 6th July 1972
First broadcast 15th July 1972

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:

7. Real Man
8. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

CD Disc 2
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:

1. Freedom Fighters
2. Mister Triskets
3. Something’s Coming
4. The Last Ride
5. Sunset Boulevard / Le Feel Internacionale
6. Heavy Metal Kids
7. The Wheel
8. Open My Eyes
9. Sons of 1984
10. Do Ya
11. Couldn’t I Just Tell You

Recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, 9th October 1975
First broadcast on BBC Radio One on 1st January 1976

CD Disc 3
Todd Rundgren & Utopia:

1. Communion with the Sun
2. Love of the Common Man
3. Sunburst Finish
4. Jealousy
5. Windows
6. Singring and the Glass Guitar
7. Utopia Theme

Recorded at Oxford Polytechnic, 25th January 1977
for BBC Radio One

DVD Disc 4 – NTSC /Region Free

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:

1. Real Man
2. The Seven Rays

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 14th October 1975

Todd Rundgren & Utopia:

3. Bearsville Picnic
Featuring “Singring and the Glass Guitar”

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 2nd May 1978

Todd Rundgren:

4. Love of the Common Man
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Too Far Gone
7. Can We Still Be Friends
8. The Song of the Viking
9. Compassion
10. Lysistrata
11. Tiny Demons
12. Time Heals (promotional video)
13. One World
14. A Dream Goes on Forever

The Old Grey Whistle Test – 3rd June 1982

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Todd Rundgren and Utopia Live At The Electric Ballroom, Milwaukee 23rd October 1978 To Be Released On Two-CD Set By Esoteric Recordings

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Todd Rundgren and Utopia Live At The Electric Ballroom, Milwaukee 23rd October 1978 To Be Released On Two-CD Set By Esoteric Recordings

THE LATEST RELEASE IN THE TODD RUNDGREN ARCHIVE SERIES!

London, UK – Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release in the Todd Rundgren Archive series. “Live at the Electric Ballroom” was recorded in Milwaukee on the 23rd October 1978 and captures Todd Rundgren and Utopia in fine form. Recorded for an FM radio simulcast, this concert has remained in the vaults until this two-CD release which features the entire concert. Featuring such classic material as “Real Man”, “Can We Still Be Friends”, “Black Maria”, “The Seven Rays”, “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”, “Hello, It’s Me” and many more, the concert has been mastered from the original broadcast tapes.

This Esoteric Recordings release features an illustrated booklet with new essay notes.

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TWO CD SET OF TODD RUNDGREN & UTOPIA’s ENTIRE CONCERT AT THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM, MILWAUKEE IN OCTOBER 1978!

TRACK LIST

DISC ONE
1. REAL MAN
2. IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE
3. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN
4. TRAPPED
5. ABANDON CITY
6. THE VERB ‘TO LOVE’
7. THE SEVEN RAYS
8. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS
9. THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL

DISC TWO
1. YOU CRIED WOLF
2. GANGRENE
3. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER
4. BLACK MARIA
5. EASTERN INTRIGUE / INITIATION
6. COULDN’T I JUST TELL YOU
7. HELLO, IT’S ME
8. JUST ONE VICTORY

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Email: esotericarts@btconnect.com

To purchase:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4650

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com