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and celebrated recording artist/producer Todd Rundgren
is set to release his first full-length record of original studio
material in 4 years, entitled Arena in Ireland
on Friday 26th September.
Rundgren has been on the road in
support of the release on a 20 + U.S. city tour this summer which
kicked off with a week-long celebration in Hawaii, culminating with
the first-ever live performance of Arena in its
entirety on Todd’s birthday, June 22nd. Rundgren
will also hit the road in support of Arena this
fall in Europe and the UK where the album will be released simultaneously
to the U.S. A sneak peak of an exclusive album track ‘Mad’
is available on www.myspace.com/toddrundgrenmusic.
Arena, recorded in Todd’s
current home state of Hawaii, is yet another notable addition to
Rundgren’s remarkable career as a performer, songwriter, and
producer. The album showcases his unique songwriting style and sonically
captures the essence and energy of “arena” rock with
bombastic, guitar-driven tunes like “Mountaintop,”
“Strike” and “Mad,”
while the anthemic song “Mercenary,”
transports you to a stadium with its epic chorus, “How
Do You Like Me Now?,” resounding to every seat in
“I found myself just going out and doing
this sort of guerilla guitar quartet thing around the country (USA)
and around Canada,” said Rundgren, “So when
it came time to make a record, I thought maybe I’ll just continue
in that vein and write something that is appropriate to the guitar,
since the fans seem to be enjoying it so much."
“So when I decided to write a new album,
I knew beforehand it was going to be this kind of old-school guitar-rock
record.” Known as a man of musical innovation, Rundgren’s
latest release draws from his vast and impressive career experiences
as a performer, songwriter and producer – including notable
achievements on the cutting edge of music and technology such as:
the first live nationally broadcast stereo radio concert (by microwave),
which linked 40 cities around the country in 1978; the very first
two commercially released music videos, one of which was nominated
for the first-ever Grammy awarded for “Best Short
Form Video” in 1983; and the launch of PatroNet,
the world’s first direct artist subscription service all of
course; and of course there are the timeless hit songs, including
'Hello It's Me', 'I Saw The Light',
'Can We Still be Friends', and 'Bang The
With ground-breaking accomplishments under his belt, Rundgren’s
career boasts additional credits to the aforementioned roles he
is most well known for, including video pioneer, computer software
developer, conceptualist and, most recently, interactive artist
(re-designated TR-i). Given this incredible history and his constant
creative state-of-mind, there are undoubtedly many more imaginative
horizons for Todd Rundgren to discover.
Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly
sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art
music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer
software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist
(re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form
and content of popular music.
Born and raised in
Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to
found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60's cult group. In 1969,
he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering,
the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on
which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted
as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight,
prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'.
It was followed by
such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow A Wizard, A True Star,
and the hit singles as I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me, Can We Still Be
Friends, and Bang The Drum.
In 1974, Todd formed
Utopia, an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship,
and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout
Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and
Oblivion. Along the way, Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative
passion to create music that, for millions, defined the term "progressive
production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic
Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall and Oates. Rounding
out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the
music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's
Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was
meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the
music for a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse
and Crime Story.
His first studio CD
of all new music in more than 10 years, Liars, was released in 2004.
In 1998 Todd debuted
his new PatroNet technology which for the first time allows fans of a
musical artist to subscribe directly to the artist’s musical output
via the Internet. This caps a long history of groundbreaking early multimedia
- 1978: The first
interactive television concert, broadcast live over the Warner/QUBE
system in Columbus, Ohio (the home audience chose each song in real
time during the concert by voting via QUBE’s 2-way operating system).
- 1978: The first
live nationally broadcast stereo radio concert (by microwave), linking
40 cities around the country.
- 1979: The opening
of Utopia Video Studios, a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility.
The first project produced by Todd there is Gustav Holst’s The
Planets, commissioned by RCA SelectaVision as the first demonstration
software for their new videodisc format.
- 1980: Creation
of the first color graphics tablet, which was licensed to Apple and
released as The Utopia Graphics Tablet.
- 1981: Time Heals,
the first music video to utilize state-of-the-art compositing of live
action and computer graphics (produced and directed by Todd), becomes
the second video to be played on MTV (after Video Killed the Radio Star).
- 1982: The first
live national cablecast of a rock concert (on the USA Network), simulcast
in stereo to over 120 radio stations.
- 1982: The first
two commercially released music videos, one of which was nominated for
the first-ever Grammy awarded for “Best Short Form Video”
- 1992: The release
of “No World Order”, the world’s first interactive
record album on CD-i. Also the first commercially available music downloads
- 1994: The release
of “The Individualist”, the world’s first full-length
- 1995: The world’s
first interactive concert tour.
- 1998: Launches
PatroNet, the world’s first direct artist subscription service