Todd Rundgrenâ€™s concert tour revolves around his recently released autobiography, “The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams and Dissertations.” The book documents his life and career up until his 50th birthday with 200 pages worth of anecdotes, encounters and photos. The concert setlist sticks to hits and deep cuts from this time frame, which runs through 1996, and even includes a few tunes by his late-â€™60s psych band, The Nazz.
Rundgren broke into the mainstream with his 1972 double-LP “Something/Anything?” on which he played all instruments, sang all vocal parts and served as producer. That albumâ€™s hit singles â€śI Saw the Lightâ€ť and â€śHello Itâ€™s Meâ€ť both remain staples of classic rock radio.
However, Rundgren cannot be pigeon-holed into any one category. Heâ€™s constantly experimented with music genres throughout his career, and his influence is felt in many varieties of pop and rock music. Heâ€™s also produced records for Meat Loaf, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad and Hall & Oates. His 1982 smash “Bang The Drum All Day” is as ubiquitous a tune as they come, heard everywhere from commercials to movies to sports arenas. He might not play it. Allegedly, he is over that one.