He’s produced some the greatest records of all time over a 50 year career by artists such as The Band, The Psychedelic Furs, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, XTC, Hall & Oates, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Sparks and Janis Joplin, not forgetting Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell!). He’s also a huge influence on contemporary artists such as Tame Impala (remixing their 2012 hit Elephant) and the Lemon Twigs (featuring as a special guest on their upcoming LP Go To School), and sampled by the likes of Daft Punk, Erykah Badu, Hot Chip and The Avalanches.
Parallel to his distinguished career as record producer, he found time to make records of his own (solo and with his bands Nazz and Utopia) that sit proudly with those he produced for others. A Wizard, A True Star, Something/Anything, Healing, and Hermit Of Mink Hollow broke new barriers in fearless experimentation of rock and pop music through the ’70s and ’80s, and he remains as vital an artist as ever, having released his 27th solo LP White Knight last year. His songs such as I Saw The Light, Can We Still Be Friends, Love Is The Answer, Couldn’t I Just Tell You, Hello It’s Me and the first song ever played on MTV, Time Heals, surmount his cult status here in Australia. A true multimedia visionary, and, dare it be said, (yes, it dare be said) pop genius whose innovative songwriting sits proudly alongside the Carole Kings, Brian Wilsons and Paul McCartneys of the world.
He’s Todd Rundgren, and he’s returning to Australia for the first time in 5 years.
And to coincide with his 70th birthday and in conjunction with the tour, dedicated Australian and US fans are holding Todd-A-Roo, a special 3-day birthday celebration with the man himself, on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, from October 22nd- 24th October. Details at https://www.toddstock-2018.com/todd-a-roo
Backing Todd are Davey Lane’s Drunken Blue Roosters. Lane (solo artist, member of You Am I and collaborator of Jimmy Barnes, Crowded House, Robyn Hitchcock, The Saints, Masters’ Apprentices among others) heads the Roosters – Brett Wolfenden (drums), Tony Featherstone (keys) and Luke Hodgson (bass) – to bring Todd’s vision of mind-bending psychedelia, perfect power pop, lilting piano balladry and flat-stick rock ’n roll to the stage for 5 very special shows in intimate venues across Australia’s East. Promised is a show traversing the absolute greatest of his 5 decades in music along with songs he has never performed live on stage before.