TODD RUNDGREN announces new album details and UK tour dates Print E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2013 18:40

Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album ‘STATE’ on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red on Monday 8th April.  


‘STATE’ is Rundgren’s 24th solo studio album (and that’s not including the 2 albums he recorded with his first band the Nazz, and the 9 albums he recorded with his band Utopia!). Todd’s latest musical vision is a fusion of rock, soul, r’n’b and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious.


The full tracklisting of the album is:toddrundgrenstate


1. Imagination
2. Serious
3. In My Mouth
4. Ping Me
5. Angry Bird
6. Smoke
7. Collide-A-Scope
8. Something From Nothing
9. Party Liquor
10. Sir Reality


To coincide with the release of ‘STATE’ Todd will set out on a world tour, which will touch down the UK in June. The full list of shows is:


7 EDINBURGH Picture House
11 GATESHEAD The Sage, Gateshead
12 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
13 BRISTOL O2 Academy
15 LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire


Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday 11th February from, box offices and usual agents.


Todd last visited these shores in 2011 when he played intimate shows in Manchester and London and prior to that he performed his classic ‘A Wizard A True Star’ album in its entirety in 2010.


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 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.”  It was followed by such landmark LPs as Todd, The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard A True Star.


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.


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.


Todd’s annual musical summer camp, this year celebrating his 65th birthday and dubbed Toddstock v6.5, takes place near New Orleans on June 17-22.


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