Todd Rundgren to headline Thursday at Canalside - VIDEO
blog by Steve Wilger • August 12, 2013 @ 11:06am
Kicking off the final three installments of Buffalo’s Thursday at Canalside concert series, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren will take the stage alongside opening acts Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and This is Fiction.
This week’s free event, sponsored by M&T Bank, begins at 5 p.m.
Beginning his musical career with a brief stint in psychedelic rock band Nazz in the ‘60s, Rundgren emerged as a solo artist with debut albums “Runt” in 1970 followed by “The Ballad of Todd Rundgren” in 1971.
The third album in this series, “Something/Anything?”, would earn the recognition as Rundgren’s best-selling record, reaching No. 29 on the Billboard charts and No. 173 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all-time. The double-album spawned the singer’s trademark hit singles, “I Saw the Light” and “Hello It’s Me.”
“This has the feel of a pop masterpiece,” wrote Robert Christgau in his review of “Something/Anything?” “The many good songs span styles and subjects in a virtuoso display that runs from the evanescent ‘I Saw the Light’ to a true tale of high-school grossouts called ‘Piss Aaron.’”
Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Rundgren continued to release a string of albums both as a solo artist and as front-man of a progressive rock band, Utopia, which formed in 1972. But alongside these projects, he found work as producer and engineer of such landmark albums as Meat Loaf’s “Bat out of Hell,” Badfinger’s “Straight Up” and the self-titled debut from the New York Dolls among others.
In April of this year, Rundgren released his latest 24th studio album, “State.” With the exception of guest vocals by singer Rachel Haden on the song “Something from Nothing,” he wrote, performed, and produced the record entirely on his own.
In an interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, Rundgren elaborated on the writing and recording process of “State.”
“In a record like this, the biggest problem you have is repeating yourself – going back and rewriting a song you already wrote; the whole process of that terrifies me. So I’m trying in some way to dig deeper and deeper into my subconscious for source material”
Rundgren’s album, “State” is available now from Esoteric Antenna.