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Todd Rundgren coming to Kent Stage in November; tickets on sale Monday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 24, 2014

 

 

Some of you may opt for a different song to define Rundgren. But "Loosen Up" is my favorite Nazz song. Home of the tuna fish hoagie, indeed. Anyway, the announcement: Todd Rundgren is coming to the Kent Stage in Kent Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 2014 at 8:00 pm as part of his "Unpredictable Evening" tour.

 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential 60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969 he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut album '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 limelight prompting the media to dub him "Rock's New Wunderkind."

 

In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit in the 80s.

 

Other landmark releases followed including 'Todd', 'The Hermit Of Mink Hollow' and 'A Wizard A True Star'. Hit singles include "I Saw the Light," "Hello It's Me," "Can We Still Be Friends," and "Bang the Drum All Day."

 

Rundgren's career as a producer has included seminal albums by The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Hall And Oates and one of the best selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell'. Sealing 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), as well as the score for 'Dumb And Dumber' and a number of television series, including 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' and 'Crime Story'.

 

His latest album is "STATE." Rundgren also tours as part of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.

 

Tickets to the general public go on sale on Monday, July 28th at 1:00 pm. All seats are reserved and tickets range from $20 - $50. Tickets will be available the Kent stage Box Office Bodega or online at http://www.thekentstage.com/ 

 


 

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