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Todd Rundgren says his "The Individualist" book/concert tour allows him "to kill two birds with one stone" | KTIC Radio

Todd Rundgren says his "The Individualist" book/concert tour allows him "to kill two birds with one stone"

© 2018 Lynn Goldsmith; Cleopatra Books
© 2018 Lynn Goldsmith; Cleopatra Books

Wednesday in Atlanta, Todd Rundgren launched a North American trek that’s being billed as the first hybrid concert/book tour in support of his new autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations.

Explaining to ABC Radio the inspiration behind the hybrid trek, Rundgren says, “I don’t have a new record that I’m promoting…so we needed something to build a tour around, and the fact that I had the book coming out…seemed like a good way to kill two birds with one stone.”

The first part of the trek features two-show stands in 10 major cities, wrapping up with a May 12-13 engagement in San Francisco, while the second portion, which begins May 27 in Portland, Oregon, finds Todd playing individual gigs in each city he visits.

Todd points out that doing two-night stands gives him the opportunity to do book signings and media appearances in those cities. In addition, the 71-year-old says the shows are tied in with the memoir in that he’s only playing “material [that’s] contemporaneous with the book,” which covers his life until age 50.

Rundgren says the show’s broken into two parts, with the first offering “a terse little run-through of…a big chunk of my musical evolution.” The second part will start with a Q&A session in which Todd answers select questions audience members have submitted before the concert. After that, Rundgren says, “[W]e’ll play another set of music…that will be a different set every night, from a larger collection of tunes pared down to…maybe 10 or 12 [songs].” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Enhancing the concerts will be video footage featuring a variety of rare archival clips.

Here are all of Rundgren’s upcoming North American concerts:

4/11 — Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
4/13 — Washington, D.C., The State Theatre
4/14 — Washington, D.C., The State Theatre
4/16 — New York, NY, The Town Hall
4/17 — New York, NY, The Town Hall
4/19 — Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
4/20 — Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
4/23 — Chicago, IL, The Athenaeum Theatre
4/24 — Chicago, IL, The Athenaeum Theatre
4/27 — Toronto, ON, Canada, The Danforth Music Hall
4/28 — Toronto, ON, Canada, The Danforth Music Hall
5/1 — Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
5/2 — Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
5/5 — Cleveland, OH, Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
5/6 — Cleveland, OH, Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
5/9 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/10 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/12 — San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts
5/13 — San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts
5/27 — Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
5/30 — Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
6/1 — Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall
6/2 — Iowa City, IA, The Englert Theatre
6/3 — Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
6/5 — Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
6/6 — Marietta, OH, Peoples Bank Theatre
6/7 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casinos
6/9 — Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
6/11 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
6/14 — Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
6/15 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
6/17 — Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
6/18 — Richmond, VA, The National
6/21 — Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live
6/23 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas
6/24 — Austin, TX, Emo’s
6/26 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre

And here are Rundgren’s book-signing appearances.  All events start at 2 p.m. local time:

4/11 — Atlanta, GA, Barnes & Noble
4/14 — Arlington, VA, Barnes & Noble
4/20 — Boston, MA, Barnes & Noble
4/24 — Chicago, IL, Rattleback Records
4/28 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sonic Boom Records
5/2 — Philadelphia, PA, Barnes & Noble
5/6 — Cleveland, OH, Barnes & Noble
5/10 — Los Angeles, CA, Amoeba Records
5/13 — San Francisco, CA, Amoeba Records

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