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Todd Rundgren to play two shows with Rockford Symphony Orchestra
American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Todd Rundgren will perform two shows with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the Coronado Performing Arts Center June 1-2.
Tickets are available at http://www.coronadopac.org/events/other/rundgren.asp. The shows have been featured at www.ultimateclassicrock.com and at www.rundgrenradio.com.
According to a report by Matt Wardlaw at ultimateclassrock.com: “Rundgren will journey to the hometown of Cheap Trick, Rockford, Ill., to perform two shows with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra on June 1 and 2 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. These will be his first U.S. symphonic dates, but he did play two shows last year in the Netherlands with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.”
The Rundgren Radio website (a fan podcast) also includes information about a Rundgren Radio Family Reunion Party scheduled for May 31 at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort and Lexington Hotel, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. Visit http://www.rundgrenradio.com/orchestra.html for more about the party.
Rundgren, now 63, was hailed as a pop wunderkind following his certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren performed with the band Utopia. He also engineered and/or produced albums by other acts, including Straight Up by Badfinger, Stage Fright by The Band, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf and Skylarking by XTC.
Rundgren’s best-known songs include “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” — both in heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations. He is also known for “Bang the Drum All Day,” featured in many sports arenas (notably at Lambeau Field in Green Bay during Packers games), commercials and movie trailers. “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” has also had a major influence on artists in the power pop musical genre.
Rundgren has also been affiliated with Nazz and The New Cars, and he will be touring this summer with Ringo Starr, playing guitar for Ringo’s “All-Starr Band.”
From the March 7-13, 2012, issue