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Zep

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Posted: Apr 14, 2010 - 8:03am

 steeler wrote:
I had the immense pleasure of attending Todd's Johnson Tour concert last night at the Birchmere, in Alexandria, Virginia.

See this show if you get the chance.

I have not seen Todd play guitar like that in a long, long time. It was a bit sloppy at times, but the man can still swing that ax with dexterity and vigor, coaxing out of a bevy of guitars some inspired and soaring solos. He never received the due he could have obtained as a guitar player had he not chosen to become the studio and tour magician intent upon pursuing the eclectic, song by song. There were flashes of that guitar talent on display last night before a music hall that, inexplicably, was not even 3/4 full. (Upon taking the stage, he bellowed "Welcome Sons of the Confederacy," a mischievous remark about Virginia's governor who recently put out a statement regarding the history of Confederacy and Virginia without even mentioning slavery. His quirky humor also was on display all night; easy banter)

As the name of the tour implies, it is a blues show. About 12 songs from the great blues man Robert Johnson interspersed with Todd songs that Todd referred to as his more "bluesy" songs. Among Todd songs played: Black Maria, No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator, Hamburger Hell, Tiny Demons, and I Saw The Light. Covers of RJ included Dust My Broom, Walkin' Blues, and, as the final encore, Crossroads.

His voice cannot really come close to matching the soul-piercing work of the plaintive and evocative Johnson, but it was interesting to see Todd's take on these songs even as they fell short of that high mark. Todd's adventuresome nature in terms of music has always been a hallmark.

It was his soaring guitar, though, that sent this night into the stratosphere for me.

He can still do it. Electrifying.


Hey! You're alive!
 

Shouda hit me up on TR though...

steeler

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Posted: Apr 14, 2010 - 8:00am

I had the immense pleasure of attending Todd's Johnson Tour concert last night at the Birchmere, in Alexandria, Virginia.

See this show if you get the chance.

I have not seen Todd play guitar like that in a long, long time. It was a bit sloppy at times, but the man can still swing that ax with dexterity and vigor, coaxing out of a bevy of guitars some inspired and soaring solos. He never received the due he could have obtained as a guitar player had he not chosen to become the studio and tour magician intent upon pursuing the eclectic, song by song. There were flashes of that guitar talent on display last night before a music hall that, inexplicably, was not even 3/4 full. (Upon taking the stage, he bellowed "Welcome Sons of the Confederacy," a mischievous remark about Virginia's governor who recently put out a statement regarding the history of Confederacy and Virginia without even mentioning slavery. His quirky humor also was on display all night; easy banter)

As the name of the tour implies, it is a blues show. About 12 songs from the great blues man Robert Johnson interspersed with Todd songs that Todd referred to as his more "bluesy" songs. Among Todd songs played: Black Maria, No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator, Hamburger Hell, Tiny Demons, and I Saw The Light. Covers of RJ included Dust My Broom, Walkin' Blues, and, as the final encore, Crossroads.

His voice cannot really come close to matching the soul-piercing work of the plaintive and evocative Johnson, but it was interesting to see Todd's take on these songs even as they fell short of that high mark. Todd's adventuresome nature in terms of music has always been a hallmark.

It was his soaring guitar, though, that sent this night into the stratosphere for me.

He can still do it. Electrifying.


plaice3

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Posted: Jan 12, 2010 - 6:56am

 dmax wrote:
The books are available, as a memory of the show. Really nice photos in the SF show that I was at.

here's some of the Cool Jerk that I shot from the front/side


 
Contagious, amazing energy for an incredibly ambitious show (I didn't get how ambitious until now).  The costume changes reflected in the book are astounding.  What a great way to start the day.  I enjoyed this very much!


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Posted: Jan 12, 2010 - 12:13am

The books are available, as a memory of the show. Really nice photos in the SF show that I was at.

here's some of the Cool Jerk that I shot from the front/side



plaice3

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 - 8:38pm

Really fun to see.  Thanks, dmax!

'Wait another year ... Utopia is here ...'

 
dmax wrote:
Someone else's upload. Jerky, and it didn't look like that in reality - although it'd be cool if it did...


 



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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 - 6:28pm

Someone else's upload. Jerky, and it didn't look like that in reality - although it'd be cool if it did...



katzendogs

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 - 4:04pm

 dmax wrote:


Oh, man.
That was GOOD.
Video to follow... 

 
I bet it was! I got to see him at the Akron Civic Theater in..well...Akron Ohio back in the 70's. I had (collected) all his albums. For some inexplicable reason, I traded or sold them to a friend who was moving to Florida. Never saw him again.

Waiting for video.

miamizsun

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 - 4:31am

Dan, I would love to go to something like that! I've been a Todd fan forever. (I missed him last time around, had a terminally ill family member)

I'm thinking I'll have to travel to catch a gig.

Peace

Earthquake in New York City,
the Chrysler Building fell in my yard
But when the shit hits the fan,
I think I'll have to make my way
back to Sunset Boulevard
The IRA has just hit London,
they blew up half of Scotland Yard
But when the shit hits the fan,
I guess I'll try to make my way
back to Sunset Boulevard
Cruisin' down a mountain highway,
someone's cut the brakes on my car
But when the shit hits the fan,
I know I have to get my ass
back to Sunset Boulevard



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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 - 12:10am

Todd

Oh, man.
That was GOOD.

The opening act was Todd & three others of his band playing Robert Johnson blues tunes. "The world premiere of Todd Rundgren's Johnson." It was pretty boring.

Then, the whole AWATS album start to finish, rearranged slightly so that it's framed by International Feel and ends with La Feel Internationale. Just One Victory as the encore. Costume changes, some visual effects, and a very engaged Todd. I was worried that he was tired and bored, but I never thought that once during this show. Great.

Tomorrow: he's in San Jose. GO if you can. Even my wife, only a casual Todd fan, thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Video to follow... 


plaice3

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 9:42pm

This was sooo great.  I'm a long, long-time Todd fan.  Though a little confused by his edgy persona of late, he always is exciting, touching, and so much fun.  I hope it was a spectacular show!!

 
dmax wrote:
Son was subbing for wife, but wife will now rejoin her original place alongside me!

Sorry I can't bring all of you. Instead, here's a bit of live Todd in the ToddPodd doing a portion of AWATS - International Feel...


 


Coaxial

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 1:19pm

 dmax wrote:
Son was subbing for wife, but wife will now rejoin her original place alongside me!

Sorry I can't bring all of you. Instead, here's a bit of live Todd in the ToddPodd doing a portion of AWATS - International Feel...


 
Get your electronics in order...We want to see the show too.albeit recorded.{#Good-vibes}

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 1:16pm

Son was subbing for wife, but wife will now rejoin her original place alongside me!

Sorry I can't bring all of you. Instead, here's a bit of live Todd in the ToddPodd doing a portion of AWATS - International Feel...



bokey

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 12:45pm

 dmax wrote:

My son bailed out on me last night, so I have a second row seat for the SF show TONIGHT. Starts at 730.

The seat is second row orchestra, far left (B1) at the Palace of Fine Arts. Face value $75.

If you want it, lemme know! ! !



 
Airfare included?


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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 12:45pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
front row runt! I'd love to go...

 

me too!! dayum.
Coaxial

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 12:42pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
front row runt! I'd love to go...

 
Are you not the boss of him?  Handcuff if need be, darn it he's going.{#Snooty}

ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 12:40pm

front row runt! I'd love to go...
(former member)

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 - 12:30pm

My son bailed out on me last night, so I have a second row seat for the SF show TONIGHT. Starts at 730.

The seat is second row orchestra, far left (B1) at the Palace of Fine Arts. Face value $75.

If you want it, lemme know!!!




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