By Phyllis Pollack
Todd Rundgren will appear at the Grammy Museum on the campus at AEG Live in Los Angeles on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., bringing a bit of “Utopia” to the Clive Davis Theater.
An acclaimed record producer, composer, songwriter, and recording artist, Rundgren has long been regarded as a visionary when it comes to the marriage of music and multimedia, having delved into digital downloads as early as 1997.
Rundgren initially became known as a result of his quality work with The Nazz, resulting in three albums, and his leaving the band in 1969 to pursue a solo career, recording his exqusite debut album ‘Runt.’ However, it was 1972’s double album ‘Something/Anything?,’ with its radio friendly hits “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw The Light,” which thrust him into the limelight, and gave Rundgren his “Initiation” into fame. A studio wiz, the Runt played all the instruments on the album, including keyboards and guitar on the album, and offered its vocals. The critically acclaimed work also flaunted Rundgren’s talent as an impressive producer.
Highly respected for his work behind the board, Rundgren has produced works by The Tubes, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Johnny Winter and Hall & Oates, and most famously Meat Loaf’s multi-platinum debut ‘Bat Out Of Hell.’
Glammed out with feathers, his legendary 1973 performance on ‘Midnight Special’ solidified an image of Rundgren as a solid live performer to the masses.
An editorial he penned for Billboard proved Rundgren yet again to be a musical renegade, not afraid to say what he felt about the workings of the music business. CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE BELOW THIS ADVERTISEMENT.
An evening with “The Ikon” will offer a “Healing” look at the “Real Man,” who has proven himself to be ‘A Wizard, A True Star,’ who never seems to run out of energy in need of a “2nd Wind.”
At the Grammy Museum, Rundgren, who in 1978 memorably posed as Venus De Milo in Creem Magazine, will discuss his prolific career as well as his current album, ‘Todd Rundgren’s Johnson’, a tribute to British Invasion interpretations of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s compositions. After the interview, led by Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, Rundgren will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. Rundgren’s “Faithful” following in Hollywood and Los Angeles will enjoy hearing Rundgren discussing his life on the road and the studio, as well as his short performance.
Rundgren’s compositions have ranged from tear jerkers, to beautiful ballads and “Sweeter Memories” like “The Wheel Of Karma,” to rockers, and much-needed political statements like “Jesse,” and social commentary that includes the likes of his work “God Said.”
Doors open at 7:30 pm. American Express presale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online by American Express Card members starting Wednesday, June 22, at noon. Public onsale is Monday, July 11, at noon. American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets. All proceeds benefit the Grammy Museum. For more information, please call (213.765.6803) or visit grammymuseum.org.