Todd Rundgren - An Evening With Todd Rundgren: Live At Ridgefield DVD review

Hello, it’s him - Todd Rundgren's live DVD gets a viewing

Todd Rundgren - An Evening With Todd Rundgren: Live At Ridgefield DVD cover

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“Welcome to what I’m calling The Walking Dead Tour,” quips the man. “It’s for those of you who’ve been in a coma for the past 45 years.” This is his waspish way of telling his genteel Connecticut audience (back in December) that this is a greatest hits show. And what a set. It opens with I Saw The Light, Nazz’s Open My Eyes and Love Of The Common Man. Later, there’s a brilliant Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel and perky new-waver Love Science, culminating in Utopia’s One World by way of plenty more must-hears.

The smart Ridgefield Playhouse, the well-heeled fans and the sharp camera work all add to the safe, blue-eyed soul feel here. Rundgren’s four-piece band mainly keep clear of him as he stalks the neatly wired stage. If there’s a smack of this being another night at the office, he’s still a great performer, playing Kiddie Boy, Black Maria and a soul medley with gusto, and all 26 songs attest to his restless musical brilliance. The accompanying CD loses eight of them; the band’s bonus interviews with each other are fun. Tune in to find out Runt’s favourite book, and how he likes his Martini.

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.