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joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren
Joe and Todd unite for a European tour

Two legends, one stage…

By guest contributor Rin Simpson
Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren have announced their first ever joint European tour and it's coming to Bristol for one night only.

The concert at Colston Hall is one of several dates the two are playing in the UK before they head off for a whirlwind circuit of Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

US string quartet Ethel will open the evening with a 20 minute acoustic set before Joe and Todd take the stage.  Both of the singer / songwriters will perform solo sets before joining forces for a grand finale backed by Ethel.

Joe Jackson

Joe started life as a classical musician, attending the Royal Academy of Music and performing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before moving on to popular music.

Joe Jackson (c) Steven J Sherman
Joe Jackson will perform an acoustic set

In 1978, he fronted one of the classic bands of the post-punk era, simply name the Joe Jackson band.

Jackson provided vocals and keyboard, with Gary Sanford playing guitar, Graham Maby adding the the bass and Dave Houghton on the drums.

The group recorded just three albums over two years but 2003 saw a come back with a fourth album, Volume 4.

At Colston Hall fans will hear classic hits from Joe such as Sunday Papers, Different for Girls and Is she Really Going Out with Him.

Todd Rundgren

Philadelphia-born Todd started in the music business as many do, playing the guitar as a teenager.  He went on to front '60s cult group The Nazz before pursuing a solo career.

Todd Rundgren (c) Steven J Sherman
Singer / songwriter Todd Rundgren

It was his seminal offering Something/Anything? in 1972 - on which he played all the instruments, sang the vocal parts and acted as producer - that saw him take the limelight.

Followers will remember such classics as the album A Wizard, A True Star and singles like I Saw the Light, Hello It's Me and Can We Still Be Friends.

Last year Todd released his first studio CD of new music in 10 years.

Rundgren has also had marked success as a producer with projects including albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs and the legendary Meatloaf.


Ethel (c) Steven J Sherman
US string quartet Ethel

Ethel has been described as a "21st century realisation of the classical string quartet model" and features Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell.

With a mix of classical, contemporary and popular music under their belts the members of Ethel bring together a huge range of performing and recording experiences.

Ethel has collaborated with some of music's most innovative composers, including John King, Evan Ziporyn and Steve Coleman.

Their 2001-2002 season includes work with the American Composers Orchestra, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Prism Saxophone Quartet.

Joe, Todd and Ethel will be at Colston Hall on 31 May
Tickets are £21.50 and canned be booked on 0117 929 9009
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30 start

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