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Todd Rundgren

Born 22 June 1948.
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Todd Rundgren – Archive concert (1994)

Todd Rundgren live at the London Forum in 1994.

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Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, his career has produced a diverse range of recordings, both as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He has also been prolific as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren engineered and/or produced many notable albums for other acts, including Straight Up by Badfinger, Stage Fright by the Band, We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, New York Dolls by the New York Dolls, and Skylarking by XTC. In the 1980s and 1990s his interest in video and computers led to his "Time Heals" being the eighth video played on MTV, and "Change Myself" was animated by Rundgren on commercially available Amiga computers.

His best-known songs include "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light", which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and "Bang the Drum All Day", which is featured in many sports arenas, commercials, and movie trailers. Although lesser known, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" has had a major influence on artists in the power pop musical genre.

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    Arena 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
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  2. Review of Liars

    Liars 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    On this evidence he still has the energy, not only to keep pace with the contemporary...
  3. Review of Nearly Human Tour Japan '90

    Nearly Human Tour Japan '90 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    This is a paradigm of what a good live album should be with Rundgren and his...
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