Don VG from Minneapolis, Minnesota
TIGHT MUSICIANSHIP - WIDE RANGE
Never saw Todd before; familiar with some of the hits but didn't get to hear my fav's. First set mostly instrumental, showcasing the prog-rock genre Rundgren pioneered. Amazed at the vocal performance; Todd still has range after all these years. 2nd set consisted of more radio-length songs vs. the jams of the first set. Displayed range with ELO's "Do Ya" to a West Side Story tune. Hoping to hear "Bang The Drum" or "Still be Friends" and you'll be disappointed, but clearly one of the guitar masters still touring today.
David from Toronto, Ontario
I have been listening to his music (both Utopia & his solo work) since the 70's. Over that time, I have only managed to see him 3 times, so I was really looking forward to this show. The playing as well as the vocal work was outstanding and I wish I could have sat through the show twice. At almost 70 years of age, it's amazing Todd still has the vocal chops. The only downside to the show (at least for me was the sound). I was sitting in the 1st balcony almost dead center. Pretty much an ideal location from a mix stand point. The "front of house engineer" had a good balance of everything going. The problem was that he was driving the system a lot louder than it needed to be. That resulted in a lot of sonic detail completely getting lost in a massive assault of mid range frequencies. Anyway, this is not supposed to be a sound review. Utopia 5 out of 5 for performance and basically nailing the material. Sound, 3 out of 5. Thanks for the memories guys.
Kenneth H. Williams from Los Angeles, California
EXACTLY WHAT I EXPECTED...A GREAT SHOW
Loved the songs and dialog. I’m a fan of the music and this concert didn’t disappoint. I don’t typically pay to see concerts as I work in the industry but this was worth the price of admission. Wishing Todd all the best and thanks for the music!!!
Mike mikula from cincinnati
TODD IN BOULDER
All of the best concerts I have gone to, have a common denominator - I knew nothing of the artist and their music at the time. No. 1 on that list - Todd, on the first Utopia tour. I'm still blown away. May 30 2019 in Boulder - I give it 4 stars because my wife loved it. He played most of his "hits" and "near misses", and maybe favorites of his that you wouldn't expect him to play, such as "Fair Warning". The songs I enjoyed the most were the ones I have heard the least, like "I Don't Want to Tie You Down". I bought all his records and played them heavily after seeing him the first time, and this is the third time since then. He's never measured up to the first time, but that is probably not his fault. The encore was Just One Victory. It felt great to sing along. But Kasim Sulton should be ashamed of himself for not even trying to play John Siegler's bass part in that song. C'mon, man! (I still miss John and Kevin Ellman.)
Connie from Toronto, Ontario
Also a fan of all Rundgren music. Many great moments, especially the last half hour with audience participation. BUT I have to agree - something was wrong with the sound. We've been to many concerts at Massey Hall, and this one didn't stack up because of slurred sound - sorry to say.
Kitty from Minneapolis, Minnesota
I am a true "Todd is God" fan. Utopia is truly utopian. Was so excited to see the show!! Which is why it was such a crushing blow to hear the HORRIBLE sound in the first set. Couldn't hear vocals, and the instruments sounded mushed together and indistinct, with the notable exception of the drums. Yikes! They were front and center, taking over the show. So disappointing, particularly from a genius who prides himself on the quality of his sound. Will always be a true fan, but this one hurt.
Joe Martines from Seattle, Washington
SEATTLE MOORE THEATER
Some good moments with Love is the Answer and One World, but overall I found it loud and boring. Sound was off and singing was not heard very well in first half; got better in the second set. I thought it was loud and heavy... He's a better singer than guitarist... Bassist's voice when singing solo was annoying...
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