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Steely_D

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Posted: Feb 18, 2020 - 7:22pm


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Posted: Feb 6, 2020 - 7:28am



 miamizsun wrote:

seems appropriate 
 
Sure does, so would Public Servant (I'd find it and post but not able to do so at work). "Pubic Servant, Public Slave. It's one big long slide from the cradle to the grave."

miamizsun

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Posted: Feb 4, 2020 - 4:48am


seems appropriate 
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Posted: Jan 31, 2020 - 7:08am



 Steely_D wrote:


 ColdMiser wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:


not only that but the band is phenomenal 

of course kasim sulton is super talented on the bass and vocals

and the percussion/drummer trey sabatelli (i think) just whips it with style


 
I saw the 2018 Utopia re-union tour (minus Roger Powell who had health issues) and they played The Ikon (or portions of it anyway). One of the classic prog rock songs of the 70's. Todd and Kasim were phenomenal in the show.

 

I posted down below some stuff about Gil Assyas. He talks in an interview about how he didn't realize that he was single-handedly reproducing the synth work that three people had done originally. Heh.

That was a fun reunion, and I wonder if it happened because of things like this



 
I've yet to see Kasim solo, this might be the one to catch. I think he is playing Daryl's House which I've wanted to check out and isn't to to far from Jersey.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2020 - 3:05pm



 ColdMiser wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:


not only that but the band is phenomenal 

of course kasim sulton is super talented on the bass and vocals

and the percussion/drummer trey sabatelli (i think) just whips it with style


 
I saw the 2018 Utopia re-union tour (minus Roger Powell who had health issues) and they played The Ikon (or portions of it anyway). One of the classic prog rock songs of the 70's. Todd and Kasim were phenomenal in the show.

 

I posted down below some stuff about Gil Assyas. He talks in an interview about how he didn't realize that he was single-handedly reproducing the synth work that three people had done originally. Heh.

That was a fun reunion, and I wonder if it happened because of things like this



ColdMiser

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Posted: Jan 30, 2020 - 7:10am



 miamizsun wrote:


not only that but the band is phenomenal 

of course kasim sulton is super talented on the bass and vocals

and the percussion/drummer trey sabatelli (i think) just whips it with style


 
I saw the 2018 Utopia re-union tour (minus Roger Powell who had health issues) and they played The Ikon (or portions of it anyway). One of the classic prog rock songs of the 70's. Todd and Kasim were phenomenal in the show.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2020 - 5:24am

 Steely_D wrote:
He's in fine form here

 

not only that but the band is phenomenal 

of course kasim sulton is super talented on the bass and vocals

and the percussion/drummer trey sabatelli (i think) just whips it with style


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Posted: Jan 30, 2020 - 5:06am

 ColdMiser wrote:

Don't you ever F***ing Forget!

 

the solos in that song are cosmic
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Posted: Jan 29, 2020 - 12:51pm



 kurtster wrote:

That is Bristol IIRC.  I lived in Philly from 68 to 71.  Graduated from Lower Moreland HS in Huntingdon Valley in 70.  Rundgren is one of my fond memories of Philly, but he was adapted as Cleveland's favorite son in the 70's.  He was known here simply as TR.  A fan from Nazz onward.

Remember the Bristol Stomp ?
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I remember it only in theory...too young.  I know the TR songs, but only by going backward from around 1980.

Bristol.  I lived across the Burlington-Bristol Bridge growing up and played ice hockey in Bristol.  My first high school game I played for Bishop Egan...as a 7th grader (they needed players or they had to forfeit, so my coached asked me and 2 other guys to play in the HS game after our practice one day).

No wonder you left Bristol...Hillary carried the township by 25 points in 2016!

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Posted: Jan 29, 2020 - 11:15am

 rgio wrote:
I was sitting in a bar over the weekend about 5 miles from Rundgren's hometown when "Hello it's me" came on.  It reminded me how much I missed some of his music.  As a Philly kid in the late 70's/80's, Todd and Utopia were a big part of the local music scene.
 
That is Bristol IIRC.  I lived in Philly from 68 to 71.  Graduated from Lower Moreland HS in Huntingdon Valley in 70.  Rundgren is one of my fond memories of Philly, but he was adapted as Cleveland's favorite son in the 70's.  He was known here simply as TR.  A fan from Nazz onward.

Remember the Bristol Stomp ?
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Posted: Jan 29, 2020 - 8:28am

I was sitting in a bar over the weekend about 5 miles from Rundgren's hometown when "Hello it's me" came on.  It reminded me how much I missed some of his music.  As a Philly kid in the late 70's/80's, Todd and Utopia were a big part of the local music scene.
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Posted: Jan 29, 2020 - 7:37am



 miamizsun wrote:
bit of an anti-war message from todd


 
Don't you ever F***ing Forget!

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Posted: Jan 28, 2020 - 3:04pm

bit of an anti-war message from todd


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Posted: Dec 29, 2019 - 6:24am

 Steely_D wrote:
He's in fine form here

 

{#Notworthy}
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Posted: Dec 28, 2019 - 3:48pm

He's in fine form here


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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 5:24pm



 miamizsun wrote:


 

Two old buds taking something that was happy, but now sounds like something so sad...


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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 10:09am



 miamizsun wrote:
Here we are again, the start of the end

But there's more

I only want to see if you'll give up on me

But there's always more

 
It’s no trouble at all
On the road to Utopia

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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 10:00am

 miamizsun wrote:
Here we are again, the start of the end

But there's more


I only want to see if you'll give up on me


But there's always more


 
{#Yes}

It's what keeps me keepin' on.
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Posted: Dec 26, 2019 - 9:51am

 miamizsun wrote:
Here we are again, the start of the end

But there's more


I only want to see if you'll give up on me


But there's always more
 

kurtster

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Posted: Aug 30, 2019 - 6:45pm

 Proclivities wrote:


 kurtster wrote:

Got the tickets.  Still plenty left.  I'm hoping for a special show.  We're the second stop out of the box and the Civic is one of his favorite places in his home away from home.  We're still in shake down mode being the second stop.  I asked the wife if she wanted to go see Todd.  She was good to go and I as I told her who else was going to be there, I saved Cross for last and she got real excited.  Yeah, she can still listen to Sailing over and over again.  I pulled the album out not so long ago and she knew all the words for all of the songs even after not hearing it for at least twenty years.  This should be a fun night.  We don't get a lot of good Friday or Saturday shows in this town anymore.  We're sorta the B circuit for really great shows.
 
Does the Agora Ballroom still exist?  I remember that part of Rundgren's live album from the late '70s was recorded there.  In an old interview with Devo I remember them saying how excited they were when they first got to play there - like they felt they had achieved success.  I think Chrissie Hynde said something to that effect about her first gig there as well.

 
It exists in a different location now.  The famous location you refer to burned down in the 80's IIRC.  It presently exists in what was the old WHK radio auditorium building.  It is easier to name the acts that didn't play there back in the day.  When I was driving my coffee truck aka the roach coach, I used to stop there in the alley by the stage door for a small GE job shop right across from it.  Every Wednesday from 11 am to Noon, WMMS did what was known as the Coffee Break Concert and it was broadcast live from the Agora.  More than a couple of times I almost ran over the host, Matt The Cat as he booked out the back door to get back to the studio to continue his air shift.  I had the stop there when Paul Simon was doing the movie One Trick Pony.  I wondered in the back door one day and caught him just sitting on a stool on the stage killing time and just noodling on his guitar.  Gave him a returned nod of recognition and respect and moved on to my next stop.  Just one of those casual moments on a hot summer day when everyone was moving around slowly in the heat of the day. 

Agency Recording was also in the same building and served as the uplink for the radio broadcasts.  Most of the Grand Funk albums were recorded there as well as many other acts.  I think that I have a copy of a 2 plus hour early 70's Todd concert from Cleveland Music Hall on a VHS tape recorded in HiFi audio from the broadcast.  We were proud to be included on his Back To The Bars album.  Springsteen, who broke nationally out of Cleveland did a 2 1/2 show for MMS's 10th anniversary that was broadcast world wide.  I may still have a copy of that on VHS as well.  Todd broke out nationally from Cleveland as well as David Bowie, The Tubes and we had a role in getting Floyd on the national map when DSOTM was released.  Todd was our adopted son here and he owned this town.  He was known here simply as TR.

Lot's of history made there.  That was the place when whoever happened to be in town might just show up and join the act already on the stage and join in.  The Raspberries were sorta the house band.  The legendary Swingos Hotel and what not was a couple of blocks away and it is where everybody stayed when they played Cleveland.  That was the 70's in Cleveland and it was a real fun time for music and everything else.  It was SF in the 60's, Cleveland in the 70's and then the scene moved to Seattle.

Might be time to go dig up those VHS tapes and see if they are still viable and rip them to the computer.

Here's some links.

Agora Theatre and Ballroom

Cleveland Swingos hotel: Where rockers raged and legends were made in the 1970s

This link is rather interesting regarding a whole lot of Cleveland radio and music back then.  I went way down memory lane there for awhile.

wmms coffee break concerts

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