The first show of the tour began last night in Florida. Here are a couple reviews from some long time Todd fans:
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Todd Rundgren was so awful it was embarrassing. People were actually leaving during his “performance.” He treated his entire set like a big joke and all his comments were insincere and cynical. He made mistakes in every song he attempted and called attention to every incorrect chord and blown lyric. He could not even complete I Saw the Light. He forgot the chords to Hello It’s Me and the lyrics to It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference. He couldn’t get the settings right on his guitar and didn’t have any picks on stage. He stepped on his guitar chord twice during a song and pulled it out of the guitar, stopping in the middle of the song to secure it properly. He angrily ripped the lower E string out of his guitar during While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I mean he wasn’t even trying to give a performance. Each song got progressively worse. It was obvious he didn’t even rehearse before this performance. He had no set list and he was simply pulling songs out the air. He had to resort to songs he could actually remember and went to Beloved Infidel and Lunatic Fringe back to back, the two songs he played solo on the Liars tour all last year. Then, he played One World, which looked to be about three chords. Todd cared little about his presence and laughed off the whole evening. This was incredibly sad to see. Ironically, the one song he performed well was Pretending To Care. Rather than the headliner, he should have opened for Ehtel and Joe Jackson, who were incredbly well prepared and rehearsed, and actually wanted to perform for the audience. You would think someone who wrote and performed all these songs consistently over a 30-year period would know how to play them all the way through. I will never see him solo again. He needs the support of a band, or at least the discipline to rehearse the material at least once before attempting to go onstage before a packed house. I would much rather have seen a full night of Joe Jackson and Ethel. Todd was definitely amateur hour.
- Frank A. Delle III

it is now ‘the morning after’, and it all feels like an incredibily bad dream. to say that todd was horrendous is putting it mildly. the master of missed opportunities has struck again! it seems that many of the long time fans had high expectations for this tour, based on the stunning success (fan wise) of the Liars album and tour. Maxwell King center was beautiful, and also seemingly sold out. Ethyl started things out on a classy note, six songs in approximately 35 minutes. They were extremely professional, and seemed blown away by the very appreciative response. Much was made by all performers regarding opening night. Joe was next, and was the picture of grace and class. He referred continually to a thick song book atop the piano, and said a couple of times as he flipped through it that he had no idea what to play. But everything he did play was flawless, and dead on. 11 songs, 1 encore. Then a 20 minute intermission, with everyone so psyched to see what Todd had come up with for this show, as we all know he had at least six months (or more) to prepare. This was seemingly not the usual “pack em in and pay the rent” situation. WRONG!! It was worse than any of us could ever imagine. He came out with an unbelievable attitude, and it was all downhill from there. I can’t bring myself to list the songs here, you can find that elsewhere. Suffice it to say that it was the setlist from hell, everyone seemed stunned. Todd attempted to play some piano (of course) and after 3 tries of song of the viking he actually turned to the stagehand to ask him if he could ‘fix it’. It’ s called rehearsing. The show got so bad that some of us couldn’t even watch, we went out into the lobby to commiserate, and sneak glimpses of the monitors that were set up by the bar. After 11 or so botched songs, the whole entourage came out for Prentending to Care (right Todd) Guitar Gently Weeps, and Black Maria. The entire Todd portion of the show was a complete slap in the face, and we actually thought it was cool to go to the show knowing nothing of what was to happen. Surprise, surprise. Too late to back out of some of the future shows now. Airport runs to be made, family to visit, etc. etc. Approach this show with caution, and set expectations seriously low.
-dan in florida (no relation!!)

wow. i’ve been a Todd fan since freshman year in college and it sorta hurts when you see or hear about him giving a bad performance. it’s like someone talking crap about your dad. it’s gotten to be that personal for me. ..but the sad fact is that Todd Rundgren has been coasting for years on his solo acoustic outings. he totally phones it in. it’s like he has no self-discipline. he does great when he’s playing with a full band but when he’s out on stage alone with just an acoustic guitar or even worse on piano, it’s a cringe-fest. forgotten chords, lyrics, bum notes, broken guitar strings, guitars going out of tune, being pissed off/sarcastic, not addressing the audience etc.
it’s sad to see someone you love being so self-distructive like that. interestingly, if you look over his career, you can see signs of this every step of the way. he basically sabotaged his own success back in 1973 after his hit album “Something/Anything”. and it goes downhill from there. at every single opportunity to become big or popular, he’d do something either ridiculous or uncommercial which would bring him right back down to just “cult status”. it’s obvious he doesn’t want a successful career. the only reason he constantly tours every year is to cover the expense of living in Kauai. but the support of his fans is dangerously dwindling from the recent years of crappy performances. i’ve posted about this numerous of times in the past. i’ve personally witnessed several awe-inspiring concerts and just as many horrendous-train-wreck type shows as well. i’m sorta glad i didn’t get tickets to one of the shows on this current tour. i’d probably be real disappointed with the dude. but who knows, maybe someday real soon, he’ll wake up and see the light.

It was late last night I was feeling something wasn’t right
There was not another soul in sight, only you, only you
So we walked along, though I knew there was something wrong
And the feeling hit me oh so strong about you
Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see
‘Cause I saw the light in your eyes…
- Todd Rundgren