|Photos by John V|
Todd Rundgren came to College Street Music Hall for two shows on May 29 & 30. The concerts were relocated from Daryl’s House, musician Daryl Hall’s venue in Pawling, New York due to some permit issues. I attended the Monday night gig on May 30, and as usual, Todd & his band thrilled the audience with a spectacular performance, and did not disappoint us. Billed as “An Evening With Todd Rundgren,” the set list consisted of hits, fan favorites & album cuts, all selected by Todd & the band. Rundgren’s music runs the gamut from ethereal love songs, crunchy rockers & soaring power ballads. The night kicked off with the classic “I Saw The Light,” which was followed by “Love of the Common Man,” and the all-out rocker “Open My Eyes,” a tune from Todd’s late 60s band, The Nazz. The rest of the night see-sawed between slower songs like “Soothe” and more driving numbers like the Utopia classic “Hammer in My Heart.”
The show was filled with classic songs, including the radio hit “Bang The Drum All Day,” and a few more numbers from Todd’s tenure with Utopia, including “Lysistrata,” and the audience sing along “One World.” Rundgren shows are always an event, and the audience of loyal fans appreciated every note. By the time the band reached the encore, which included “Hello It’s Me,” and “Just One Victory,” Todd had treated us to another thrilling evening of music. These two concerts were his last for now, as Todd hits the road once again with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band for a summer tour. He will return with his own band to perform a couple of more solo shows in August. If you have the chance to see him, either with Ringo or on his own, you will be treated to some fantastic music by a wonderful artist.