ST. PETERSBURG — Todd Rundgren will take the stage Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., at The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
Tickets start at $55. Call 727-300-2000 or visit www.themahaffey.com.
On the road for his Individualist Tour, Rundgren has created a hybrid book/concert tour that follows the flow of his autobiography, “The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams and Dissertations,” released in December 2018. According to the publisher, the book features more than 200 pages of recollections, structured into bite-sized three-paragraph chapters that detail Rundgren’s encounters with members of rock royalty such as Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, the New York Dolls and Meat Loaf. Reflecting on his successful career as well as his rollercoaster personal life, Rundgren has created snippets revealing his unique perspective.
The concert will highlight both hits and “deep tracks” from his 50-year career in the music industry. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teen and quickly moved on to found and front the quintessential ’60s psychedelic group Nazz. After leaving the band, Rundgren released his first solo album, “Runt,” in 1969. He became heralded as “Rock’s New Wunderkind’ in 1972 following the release of “Something/Anything?” on which he sang every vocal line, played every instrument, and produced on his own.
In 1974, he founded Todd Rundgren’s Utopia —changed to Utopia in 1976 — and took a new approach to interactive musicianship. From being the first to nationally broadcast a live rock concert on the radio, to allowing television viewers to vote on songs in the first interactive TV concert in 1978, Rundgren has a longstanding history of groundbreaking multimedia firsts. For the first time, listeners could subscribe and support an artist directly with the launching of PatroNet in 1998, much like Patreon allows individuals to subscribe to their content creators today.
A man of many talents, Rundgren has taken to producing and writing for others as well. Production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad and Hall and Oates. He has also composed music for film and television including hit blockbuster “Dumb and Dumber,” and the shows “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and “Crime Story.”
Published by Cleopatra Records, “The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations” has been met with rave reviews from fans.