Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A Bigger Star

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It looks like this is the year of Todd. First, the “Wizard, a True Star” released an unexpected album inspired by blues legend Robert Johnson, provocatively titled Todd Rundgren's Johnson, on the occasion of the mythic blues figure's 100th birthday—turning the sparse tunes of dark despair into howling electric blues like the sort that motored the British Invasion bands. And he also just announced a string of intimate UK dates, where he’s eschewing his futuristic tendencies and will do a greatest hits set, billed as “the greatest hits tour his fans have been waiting to see for years.”

And yes, that does mean he will return to his winsome power pop and emo-before-emo songs from Nazz and the much beloved Something/Anything.

Finally, the Grammy Museum in conjunction with American Express will be hosting an Evening With Todd Rundgren on July 18. While Rundgren is more a show, not tell kind of guy—as witnessed by his impressive track behind the scenes producing albums for Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Hall and Oates, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Meat Loaf’s mutli-platinum Bat Out of Hell—he has consented to discourse on his long career, interviewed by the Grammy Foundation’s Scott Goldman. Even better, Rundgren will perform a selection of hits and take questions from the audience. So grab a ticket and get in line to ask Rundgren whatever happened to Moogy Klingman, and what was he thinking when he consented to front the resurrection of The Cars.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. American Express presale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online by American Express card members starting Wednesday, June 22, at noon. Public on sale is Monday, July 11, at noon. American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets. All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. For more information, please call 213.765.6803 or visit the museum's website.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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