Todd Rundgren in the Mercury Ballroom
Considered by many to be the "Ultimate Rock Cult Hero", Todd Rundgren has maintained a legion of fans through four decades. Todd Rundgren's best-known songs are the Carole King pastiche "I Saw the Light," the ballads "Hello, It's Me", "Can We Still Be Friends," and the goofy novelty "Bang on the Drum All Day". He is undoubtedly a gifted pop songwriter, but at his core, Rundgren is a rock & roll maverick.
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'.
Once he had a taste of success with his 1972 masterwork Something/Anything?, Rundgren chose to abandon stardom and, with it, conventional pop music. He began a course through uncharted musical territory, becoming a pioneer not only in electronic music and prog rock, but in music video, computer software, and Internet music delivery as well.
During the '70s, his records were underground favorites, and his albums continued to chart until 1991, nearly 20 years after his commercial peak. In those 20 years, Rundgren may have existed largely on the fringes of pop music, but he produced a body of work that ranks as one of the most intriguing in rock & roll.
As his career wound into its third decade, Rundgren concentrated on behind-the-scenes innovations. He produced acclaimed, successful records for artists as diverse as Badfinger, Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad, the New York Dolls, and XTC.
He is now touring with his 25th studio album, Global , a typically anachronistic fusion of classic rock, soul, and contemporary dance music that was released in April of this year.
Tickets are $25.00 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.
Tickets may be purchased at mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.
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