By the time he recorded the eponymous Todd in 1973, Todd Rundgren had charted with such evergreen hits as â€œHello Itâ€™s Me,â€ â€œI Saw the Lightâ€ and â€œWe Gotta Get You a Woman,â€ and had also been dubbed â€œRockâ€™s Renaissance Manâ€ by Rolling Stone after releasing studio masterpieces Something/Anything? and A Wizard, A True Star. Todd was a departure; the iconoclastic artist included pop ballads alongside medleys, anthems, and prog rock. The album is universally heralded as one of Rundgrenâ€™s best, often compared to Electric Ladyland and Pet Sounds.
In 2010Â â€” 37 years after its original release â€” Rundgren performed Todd live in its entirety for the first time ever, as part a special limited six-date sold-out tour (the Healing album was also performed, which will be a subsequent stand-alone live DVD/CD release). The September 14 date at Philadelphiaâ€™s Keswick Theater, in Rundgrenâ€™s hometown, was videotaped and is being released as both a live DVD by Sâ€™More Entertainment and a live audio CD by sibling RockBeat Records. Joining him onstage were Utopiaâ€™s Kasim Sulton (bass), The Carsâ€™ Greg Hawkes (keyboards), The Tubesâ€™ Prairie Prince (drums), Guitar Player Magazineâ€™s editor Jesse Gress (guitar), Bobby Strickland (sax) and a full choir. Both the DVD and CD will hit retail on February 14, 2012.
In addition to the musical performance, multiple Emmy Award-winning television personality and sportscaster Roy Firestone, whose knowledge of Rundgrenâ€™s work is encyclopedic, was enlisted to conduct an extensive in-depth conversation with Rundgren onstage, which will also be packaged with the DVD.
From pop classic â€œA Dream Goes on Foreverâ€ to rocker â€œHeavy Metal Kids,â€ from the anthemic â€œSons of 1984â€ to the explosive Blue Eyed Soul of â€œThe Last Ride,â€ from the industry satire â€œAn Elpeeâ€™s Worth of Toonsâ€ to the Gilbert & Sullivan homage â€œThe Lord Chancellorâ€™s Nightmare Song,â€ Todd is a masterful example of Rundgrenâ€™s broad musical palette.