Friday, January 23, 2004

John T. Siomos dies

John T. Siomos, a drummer who performed and recorded with such artists as Todd Rundgren, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, and many other well-known recording artists has died aged 56.

Liv's dads unite at wedding

Liv Tyler told World Entertainment News Network that her "two" dads only met for the first time at her wedding last year. Apparently she made certain both Steven Tyler and Todd Rundgren were present at the wedding to Royston Langdon She said, "My mother, Todd and Steven had never been in a room together before, and Todd and Steven had never met"

Monday, January 19, 2004

Soul survivor

When was the last time you heard a really good soul album. Real R&B, not the dross that gets labelled R&B these days which neither has any hint of rhythm or blues in its content. If you look you can still find some, but it's getting harder. So Imagine my delight listening to Joss Stone's debut 'Soul Sessions'. The 16 year old from the UK is a delight as she rips into a collection of souls classics such as the Isley Brothers' "For the Love of You", the Drifters' "Some Kind of Wonderful" , Aretha Franklin's "All the King's Horses", and Bettye Swann’s“Victim of A Foolish Heart”. Also thrown in for good measure the White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl (now a Boy)," which features the Roots, which in Stone's interpretation feels right at home in the company, and confirms the song as a true classic. If you like real music, and especially if you like old Stax and Atlantic Soul, then this album should be an essential purchase. A contemporary album, containing material co-written with desmond child and Nile Rogers is due out later this year and will tell us if Joss can take that next step.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

New Album??? Another Tour

It seems at long last, a new Todd album, called "Liars" will be released in the next couple of months. To mark the release Todd will be doing a short US tour with old friends Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress, John Ferenzik and Prairie Prince as his backing band. The Tour kicks off on the 8th April at Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee. Further dates so far announced are: 10th April Chicago,House of Blues Chicago; 16&17th April Ohio Theater, Cleveland; 18th April Rosebud, Pittsburgh; 22nd April Turning Stone Casino, Verona; 23rd April, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank; 28th April, GW Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC; 30th April, American Music Theater, Lancaster; 1st May, Paramount Center For The Arts, Peekskill; 2nd May, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville; and 18th September, Cerritos Center, Cerritos


Because I have nothing better to do with my time, and partly because none of my other blogs really suit my rambling on about anything, I've set up this one. It aims to keep any reader that finds their way here up to date on what's going on with the one and only Todd Rundgren. It is also going to be where I talk about any other music that's made me sit up or throw up. So let the games begin!

Actually, can I start off with a moan. Patronet: If you have a dial up connection ,don't even bother trying to look at or access Patronet, it will hang so much, that'll it will just fuck you off. Sadly, like many others Todd only really caters for broadband users, which whilst fine in the US doesn't help some of us in Europe who still have phone companies that are very slow in upgrading their exchanges so we can get broadband access. I do have broadband, but I have just tested it out on dial up,as I was including the link and even and if you click on skip to the end, it doesn't. So if you have a dial up modem, try again when you get broadband.