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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2003, 11:49:20 PM »
Check out:

http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,76813,00.html

Liv Tyler's Rock Family Mended

It's not like it's never happened before, but here's a story with a happy ending.

Fans of rocker Todd Rundgren (and you can count me among them dating back to his great album, Something/Anything) are getting quite a little show these days. Rundgren is on tour in the South, but he's not alone. On Saturday night in Boca Raton, Fla. his opening act was none other than Royston Langdon, the fiancי of Rundgren's kind-of daughter, Liv Tyler. Langdon used to head up a group called Spacehog, but they disbanded and now, according to Rundgren's web site, Langdon is opening dates all over the place.

But wait: you're saying, Isn't Aerosmith's Steven Tyler the father of Liv? If you were playing Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy you'd be correct. But you'd also be correct to say that Rundgren was as well. For the first nine years of her life, Liv was raised by her mom, rocker/author Bebe Buell , to think that Todd was her dad. In fact, Steven Tyler's much noted drug problems were so severe that Buell and Rundgren took this path rather than involve Tyler.

Later, when Tyler found out, he stepped up to the plate. But Rundgren has hung in there, and he and Liv have managed to make a nice, extended family out of the whole affair.

Enter Langdon, whom Tyler will presumably marry. The affable British rocker from Leeds will carry on with Rundgren in Clearwater, Jacksonville and Atlanta before returning home to record his solo album. Also hanging out on the tour, I'm told, is Todd's 21-year-old lookalike son, Rex, a baseball star in the Florida Marlins farm system.

Rundgren, by the way, is not in that stupid Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having produced many hit records (Grand Funk's 'We're An American Band,' Badfinger's 'Straight Up,' Psychedelic Furs' 'Love My Way,' XTC's classic 'Skylarking') and made many classics of his own.

You see that's why it's actually not a Rock and Hall Hall of Fame, just Jann Wenner's Hall of Fame. Rundgren would have been eligible now for at least eight years. Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney have each been inducted twice.


 

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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2003, 08:57:37 AM »
Thanks for the info!

I posted it on the main page of the site - hope its ok  :D  

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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2003, 11:47:02 PM »
:D but of course...pleased to conTRibute and special to be the front-pager B)  

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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2003, 04:42:48 AM »
:wub: here's a great (and recent) shot of todd and liv in n'awlins on 1.18.03

http://trconnection.com/gallery/picture=to...nliv.jpg/newest

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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2003, 06:21:45 AM »
Hey weavil,

Thanks so much for the link.  :rolleyes:

I hope you don't mind me putting it up on the main page?

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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2003, 10:58:24 PM »
:lol: LOVE IT!!!! :P  

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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2003, 11:26:09 PM »
aww she looks so young in that picture,what a cutie-pie!  :wub:  

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2003, 10:08:28 PM »
http://trconnection.com/tour/t2003

2nd leg of the 2003 solo tour begins today!

(with royston opening some shows)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Fri 3/28 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
 
 
Sat 3/29 Dallas, TX Bronco Bowl Canyon Club
 
 
Mon 3/31 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
 
 
Tue 4/1 Kansas, MO Beaumont Club
 
 
Thu 4/3 Lexington, KY Kentucky Theatre
 
 
Fri 4/4 Ashland, KY Paramount Theatre
 
 
Sun 4/6 Newport, KY The Southgate House
 
 
Tue 4/8 Indianapolis, IN Vogue Theater
 
 
Wed 4/9 Peoria, IL Madison Theater
 
 
Fri 4/11 Chicago, IL Vic Theater Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Sat 4/12 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater Royston Landgon (Solo) to Open Show
 
Sun 4/13 Cleveland, OH Ohio Theater Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Tue 4/15 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Thu 4/17 Easton, PA State Theatre (Easton) Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Fri 4/18 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Free Show in Wolf's Den. Limited seating. Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Sat 4/19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Free Show in Wolf's Den. Limited seating. Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Mon 4/21 Amagansett, NY Stephen Talkhouse Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Wed 4/23 New York, NY Town Hall Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Thu 4/24 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Sat 4/26 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center For Science and the Arts Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
Sun 4/27 Pittsburgh, PA Rosebud Royston Langdon (Solo) To Open Show
 
 

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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2003, 01:46:24 AM »
i caught the chicago show with royston at the vic theater and it was amazing - there was an elecTRical current of pulsating energy floating around the room all night...and todd seemed aware of that.
one man in a room (close-to-sold-out show) of friends and family...as intimate as it gets. although it was a friday night, the place was relatively quiet and when people were talking it was about todd/the show/the great mix/etc for the most part. there was very little chit-chat going on as he held us in his spell  

the set list seemed to be a 'best of' the current tour selections and its pace was amazing:

4.11.03 Vic Theater
Chicago, IL

Lysistrata
Love Of The Common Man
I Don't Want To Tie You Down
Hammer In My Heart
Cliche
*****The world premier of Lunatic Fringe*****
Beloved Infidel

Piano:

It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
Song Of The Viking
Compassion
Free Male & 21
Hello It's Me

Bang On The Ukulele
Black And White
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I've Just Seen A Face
Born To Synthesize

MP3 set:
I Saw The Light
Influenza
Can We Still Be Friends
I Want You


One World

First encore:
Hawking
A Dream Goes On Forever

Second encore:
The Wheel
What's Going On



^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

the word is


AFFIRMATION


re-confirming the whats/whys/wherefores of following todd to such a fanatical degree.

utterly amazing display of vocal subtleties, emotions, dynamics, soulfulness, and tone.
i heard MANY people say they have NEVER heard our man sing so well...and i agree. during the '90 NH show at the same great venue, TR's voice was incredible and that, along with the 2nd Wind sessions, has always been the show that many of us midwesterners compare all others to...until tonight.

a new pinnacle
a new high point
absolutely gorgeous and heartfelt

as always, his guitar work was stellar and there were very few mistakes on the piano and when there were, his recoveries were amazingly smooth.


if you miss todd on this tour you are missing one of the finest 'naked' performances you could EVER see...by any artist.

amazing!

those of you that are about to see da man...be prepared as he is ON! go see todd if he's near you as it's the best solo thang he's done in years and initimately wonderful magic you don't want to miss    

 

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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2003, 09:02:50 AM »
sounds like you really had a TRemendous time  :D

thanks a lot for the report!
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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2003, 01:24:34 PM »
hey weavil ... is the song "can we still be friends" by Todd Rundgren ? cause i know that it is on the "Vanilla Sky" and the "dumb and dumber" Soundtrack

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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2003, 11:15:51 PM »
B) YEPEROOOOOOOOOOO!

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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2003, 09:58:58 AM »
B) if it smells like BS and tastes like BS then it might be....


bubblegum

or BS

who knows? but i found it funny

http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=&hl=en&...0mb-m26.aol.com


NY POST/PAGE SIX...

A DRUNKEN, half-dressed heckler tormented Winona Ryder at the Todd
Rundgren/Royston Langdon concert at Town Hall the other night. The
sticky-fingered actress was sitting with Langdon's wife, Liv Tyler, when the
woman behind her started loudly slurring, "We want Todd!" during Langdon's set.
When Ryder politely asked her to be quiet, the soused seatmate started
stripping off her clothes. Security guards finally came over to confiscate the
bottle of Bacardi rum the woman was swilling from - but not before she tried to
chug what was left in it before handing it over. Meanwhile, Tyler, who married
Langdon in a secret tropical wedding earlier this month, is getting married
again today. The "Lord of the Rings" lovely will repeat her vows before friends
and family in Soho, followed by a reception at Balthazar. Liv's dad Steven
Tyler, mom Bebe Buell, sister Mia Tyler and famous friends like David Bowie and
Stella McCartney are expected.  

 :alien:  :wub:  B)  :o  

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« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2003, 11:29:04 PM »
FINALLY  a review from the awesome chicago show which includes mentions of liv and royston

http://www.popmatters.com/music/concerts/r...dd-030411.shtml



Mention the name Todd Rundgren to a member of Generation X, and you are likely to elicit one of two responses -- "He's that guy who raised Liv Tyler." or "Oh yeah, he did that 'Bang on the Drum' song that gets played at sports events." Both of these statements are, in fact, true -- Rundgren is the former common-law husband of Bebe Buell, Ms. Tyler's mother, and his 1983 novelty hit "Bang On the Drum All Day" has been absorbed into the standard canon of comic-primal rock viscera, alongside "Wooly Bully" and "Louie Louie". Unbeknownst to many among us, however, Rundgren's career includes far more than these two footnotes to popular culture. His path has been an endlessly fascinating, sometimes puzzling arc, from his stint as lead guitarist of the late-'60s psychedelic rock band Nazz, to the winsome and tuneful hits of his early solo career, changing direction significantly with the 1973 masterwork A Wizard, A True Star, into the boggling sphere of prog-rock, up through his technological innovations in interactive music. The media and presentation of Todd Rundgren's music have drastically evolved over the years, yet, at the core, his exceptional talent as a composer remains constant. During his performance to a full house at Chicago's Vic Theatre, these simultaneous forces of change and consistency were in full evidence.

Rundgren began his nearly-three-hour set with the pro-peace anthem "Lysistrata", passionately strumming away on a Takamine acoustic guitar and rhythmically stomping his foot in an almost trancelike manner. The performance garnered an enthusiastic, hand-clapping response from the audience. He continued with several songs on the acoustic guitar, a rarity from a musician whose style runs more toward experimental electronica.

Switching back and forth between a grand piano and the guitar throughout the course of the evening, Rundgren played material from his entire career, frequently infusing the performances with the off-the-wall humor that is his trademark. Although his once-soaring tenor voice has become coarse with the passage of time, the 54-year-old rocker has weathered the aging process fairly well. His impressive dexterity on guitar has not faltered, and, if his piano-playing style has traditionally run to the chordal and rhythmic ends of the spectrum, rather than aspiring to the stratosphere of the flashy solo, that style serves as a window into a compositional approach in which harmony serves as the basis for all other musical elements -- a commonality between Rundgren and French Impressionist composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

One of the most prominent marks of Rundgren's talent is his ability and willingness to completely reinterpret his own material and the material of others, in an imaginative manner comparable in scope (but not in sound) to that of jazz arranger Gil Evans. Rundgren's re-imagined compositions were, naturally, quite eclectic; "Bang the Drum All Day" became a kitschy sendup of the Hawaiian tourism industry, complete with ukulele accompaniment; "Born to Synthesize", one of Rundgren's more angular electronic pieces, became a blues shuffle on acoustic guitar, and, at one point, incorporated the theme song from The Jetsons. The 1972 hit "I Saw the Light" was recast as a bossa nova, as Rundgren shook an avocado as if it were a maraca against a recorded backdrop. Over the course of the two-hour set, he also included earthy performances of two Marvin Gaye standards, "What's Going On" and the soulful, plaintive "I Want You". At the close of the concert, amidst the glowing camaraderie of the Rundgren-faithful, Todd walked along the front row of the theatre, shaking every outstretched hand he could. It was a gesture entirely in keeping with the entire evening, in which a musician greatly revered by many in the audience not only reminded them of his humanity, but invited them to revel in it.

Former Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon opened the show with much promise. "We're all here to listen to one of the greatest American musicians of the last thirty years, and I'm not just saying that because he's my new father-in-law," he announced to a cheering audience, acknowledging the connection to Liv Tyler. Langdon's set was an enthusiastic mix of hard-edged rock and anthemic piano ballads, displaying a pleasant ability on both instruments. The only glaring flaw in his performance was his inability to modulate the dynamics of his voice -- even in the most poignant moments of the ballads, his voice was at top volume, slightly abrasive. Nevertheless, his inherent musical ability teems with promise, and if he follows in the footsteps of the virtuosic composer who happens to be his "new father-in-law," his future is bright indeed.

— 29 April 2003
 

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« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2003, 06:29:46 AM »
:rolleyes: New TR chatroom here:

for utopian gab try this one out...

http://pub44.bravenet.com/chat/show.php/3722646530

Scott at trbazaar.com has just set up a new chatroom open 24/7 and the 'inaugaral night' is this friday, 5/2 at 7pm PST