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Todd Rundgren Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 23



5.0 star rating Andy from Ankeny, Iowa


1st concert in 1974 - Amazing; 2nd was 1979 in a small bar - Unbelievable; 3rd was "A Capella" in 1985 - Genius; 4th was 1995 - Aging well; 5th was last night at Hoyt Sherman - A Wizard, A True Star. The only thing this 70 year old couldn't do last night was hit his high notes from the 70s and 80s … so he didn't try … instead he nailed it with his voice of today … covered some other artists songs they could only dream of sounding that good. See him if you can

5.0 star rating KD from Madison, Wisconsin


Unpredictable indeed! The one thing that was predictable though is just how amazing a musician and showman Todd Rundgren is. Very impressive show with Todd and his band in excellent vocal and instrumental form. The set-list had a very good mix of classic Todd songs along with some surprising and quirky, but well arranged and executed songs that came from left field. Some of the unpredictable tunes included "Don't Bogart That Joint" (Little Feat), "500 Miles" (The Proclaimers), "I Don't Want To Grow Up" (Mary Martin from Peter Pan?"), and "Mar-a-lago Brillo" (aka Camarillo Brillo by Frank Zappa). For those fans of Todd that might have been not as familiar with most of the music on his last few tours, the collection of his own songs he performed last night should have most surely satisfied. "I Don't Want To Tie You Down", "A Dream Goes on Forever', "Can We Still Be Friend?", and "I Saw The Light" were among those performed to perfection. All in all an awesome night of fun!

5.0 star rating Doug H. from Seattle, Washington


Wow! Been a fan of Todd and Utopia since the 70's and I was not disappointed. Amazing to me that after so many years apart the core Utopia group still sounds terrific. Great job by Gil on keyboards, he killed it! Kaz, Willie and Todd were on point all evening and provided the crowd with 2 1/2 hours of purely enjoyable rock, covering the entire Utopia catalog. Great video stage graphics to enhance the mood of the kick ass progressive rock in the first half of the show and the pop numbers played during the 2nd half. Would have liked to hear a few more Todd signature numbers, but after all, this is a Utopia show, so that is to be expected. Hoping the success of this tour leads to others, and if it does, don't miss it.

5.0 star rating Kanani from Chicago, Illinois


What a great night! We sat on the main floor middle 8 rows in and it was amazing. No sound problems there. Todd is still quite the showman at the age of almost 70. Vocals from the band were impressive, costumes amazing, music phenomenal! Love Utopia😍

5.0 star rating Peter Iliff from Los Angeles, California


Utipia at the Wktern blew me away. The giy is 70 and was shreeding guitar like a blizzard. His boice seems stronger thanever. And his stage energy was fabulius. Hthe first set was his old vintage Utipia jam rock. A lot of notes and they four of them nailed it. The second set they played the hits. Todd truly is a wizard a true star

5.0 star rating Josh from San Francisco, California


This show was so much better than I had anticipated, having seen him in San Francisco last year playing some electronic music. This show had Kasim, Wilcox, and an excellent keyboard player along with Todd in fine vocal and guitar form. The sound was really really good – and I was in the first row which sometimes gets wonky sound- Truly an excellent, well paced, lovely show. Loved it

5.0 star rating Margaret from Boston, Massachusetts


Great concert

5.0 star rating Barb from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


We were up and moving from the beginning. Band sounded great. Vintage Utopia

5.0 star rating Carol R. from Toronto, Ontario


More than hoped for. An excellent concert.

5.0 star rating Bonnie Kahn from Portland, Oregon


The first time I saw Todd was in 1974 in Seattle. I saw him in 2018 and 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Todd is a walking encyclopedia of rock and roll. He is a complete genius and plays from the heart. Watching him perform is a treat and an honor. His band is pretty amazing too!

5.0 star rating Hans from Boulder, Colorado


A totally engaging anthology with great visuals. He has a refined humility that establishes an audience connection like no others. There was great story telling, audience Q/A and he gave his band members some great solo moments. This was a diverse and enjoyable show, -- a solid 2 2/3 hours of captivating entertainment

5.0 star rating Jeff from Cincinnati, Ohio


This performer is not one of those aging rockers playing local festivals and trying to live off of a couple of old hits, but a real artist that continues to create great new music after ~50 years (White Knight) and better versions of himself. He seems to have been gifted with a 'Tony Bennett' like larynx as his voice and range holds up nicely in a more than 2.5 hour show! A loyalist since the early '70's, I continue to be amazed at his creative talents and sometimes forgetful of the large library of original music that he's created. I also had an opportunity to meet and chat with TR before the show and he's quite humble and kind, talking about his software creation (Flow Fazer) and bragging about his son Randy a former minor/major league baseball player now coaching in Northern Ohio. Hey R&R HoF: TR is YOUR loss, not his.

5.0 star rating Ben Dover MD from Denver, Colorado


first set was 90 minutes of more accessable solo work. Excellent band. GREAT TO HAVE Jesse Gress back from lung transplant!!

4.0 star rating from Jacksonville, Florida


For those who came to hear Predicable that is not what the show was about. It was unpredictable and song set good. We travelled from NC and would again. Sound engineer did ok with an old church venue. I wish the lady up front would have stopped with the song suggestions from the audience. Clearly that was why Todd didn’t play Hello it’s me. He warned her several times. What was wrong with her the title of show was unpredictable. I have seen Todd three times this year. Can’t wait to go again.

4.0 star rating David D from Phoenix, Arizona


It was a great show. The Band played excellent, so many great songs, even the sound was good at Comerica. So enjoyable to watch Todd jammin out lead guitar riffs with the best of them. He is still a great showman who can work the room. Till next Brother!

4.0 star rating Don VG from Minneapolis, Minnesota


Never saw Todd before; familiar with some of the hits but didn't get to hear my fav's. First set mostly instrumental, showcasing the prog-rock genre Rundgren pioneered. Amazed at the vocal performance; Todd still has range after all these years. 2nd set consisted of more radio-length songs vs. the jams of the first set. Displayed range with ELO's "Do Ya" to a West Side Story tune. Hoping to hear "Bang The Drum" or "Still be Friends" and you'll be disappointed, but clearly one of the guitar masters still touring today.

4.0 star rating David from Toronto, Ontario


I have been listening to his music (both Utopia & his solo work) since the 70's. Over that time, I have only managed to see him 3 times, so I was really looking forward to this show. The playing as well as the vocal work was outstanding and I wish I could have sat through the show twice. At almost 70 years of age, it's amazing Todd still has the vocal chops. The only downside to the show (at least for me was the sound). I was sitting in the 1st balcony almost dead center. Pretty much an ideal location from a mix stand point. The "front of house engineer" had a good balance of everything going. The problem was that he was driving the system a lot louder than it needed to be. That resulted in a lot of sonic detail completely getting lost in a massive assault of mid range frequencies. Anyway, this is not supposed to be a sound review. Utopia 5 out of 5 for performance and basically nailing the material. Sound, 3 out of 5. Thanks for the memories guys.

4.0 star rating Kenneth H. Williams from Los Angeles, California


Loved the songs and dialog. I’m a fan of the music and this concert didn’t disappoint. I don’t typically pay to see concerts as I work in the industry but this was worth the price of admission. Wishing Todd all the best and thanks for the music!!!

4.0 star rating Mike mikula from cincinnati


All of the best concerts I have gone to, have a common denominator - I knew nothing of the artist and their music at the time. No. 1 on that list - Todd, on the first Utopia tour. I'm still blown away. May 30 2019 in Boulder - I give it 4 stars because my wife loved it. He played most of his "hits" and "near misses", and maybe favorites of his that you wouldn't expect him to play, such as "Fair Warning". The songs I enjoyed the most were the ones I have heard the least, like "I Don't Want to Tie You Down". I bought all his records and played them heavily after seeing him the first time, and this is the third time since then. He's never measured up to the first time, but that is probably not his fault. The encore was Just One Victory. It felt great to sing along. But Kasim Sulton should be ashamed of himself for not even trying to play John Siegler's bass part in that song. C'mon, man! (I still miss John and Kevin Ellman.)

3.0 star rating Connie from Toronto, Ontario


Also a fan of all Rundgren music. Many great moments, especially the last half hour with audience participation. BUT I have to agree - something was wrong with the sound. We've been to many concerts at Massey Hall, and this one didn't stack up because of slurred sound - sorry to say.

3.0 star rating Kitty from Minneapolis, Minnesota


I am a true "Todd is God" fan. Utopia is truly utopian. Was so excited to see the show!! Which is why it was such a crushing blow to hear the HORRIBLE sound in the first set. Couldn't hear vocals, and the instruments sounded mushed together and indistinct, with the notable exception of the drums. Yikes! They were front and center, taking over the show. So disappointing, particularly from a genius who prides himself on the quality of his sound. Will always be a true fan, but this one hurt.

2.0 star rating Joe Martines from Seattle, Washington


Some good moments with Love is the Answer and One World, but overall I found it loud and boring. Sound was off and singing was not heard very well in first half; got better in the second set. I thought it was loud and heavy... He's a better singer than guitarist... Bassist's voice when singing solo was annoying...

2.0 star rating Eileen C. from Chicago, Illinois


Not happy whatsoever. How can someone that is a pretty big musical artists such as taught himself, give a concert and spend the first 30 minutes of the concert, not singing at all, only playing the guitar. Then for the next 45 minutes so, he played songs that my sister and I have never heard. Apparently they're from his new album, I guess, don't know. He also played an ELO song. Um...really? How about playing a Utopia song!!! NOT happy at all! Also, re the Chicago Theater, the seating sucked. The seating is barely on an angle, and we couldn't even see the stage in front of us, only heads. Really disappointed overall. Never again Todd, sorry.


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