By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England
Live Review: Todd Rundgren-Big Night Live, Boston, Massachusetts–Saturday, October 2, 2021
On Todd Rundgren’s “The Individualist, A True Star” tour, each night he will perform a full side of his 1973 classic, A Wizard, a True Star. The first night features the first side “A Wizard”, while on the second night he performs the second side, “A True Star”. In addition, on both nights Rundgren includes many of his popular career spanning hits.
Saturday night at Boston’s Big Night Live, Todd Rundgren completed the “show so big it takes two nights”, that started on Friday.
“Can We Still Be friends”, “I Saw the Light”, and “We Gotta Get You a Woman”, all crowd favorites were interspersed within the first set which included his signature “Hello It’s Me”, a mid -tempo version of the very first song Rundgren ever wrote while he was still a member of his group Nazz.
At 73, Rundgren performs with the energy of a teenager as he dances and jumps around on stage, all the while making funny gestures he sings. Chatting it up between songs, the personable Rundgren easily makes friends with his audiences and with a setlist of 27 songs, he keeps the show moving along.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, American rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Todd Rundgren surrounds himself with an incredible band made up of, Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals), Bobby Strickland (sax, keys, vocals), Gil Assayas (keys, vocals), Jesse Gress (guitar), and Prairie Prince (drums).
After a brief intermission and a wardrobe change, they launched right into “Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel”, and “Does Anybody Love You?”, before hitting a medley of covers “I’m So Proud”, “Ooo Baby Baby”, “La-La Means I Love You”, and “Cool Jerk”.
While Rundgren changed costumes frequently through the remainder of the show, the music never stopped until he hit “Is It My Name”. After leaving the stage to a full house standing ovation, Rundgren returned saying he finished the setlist but had one more if we wanted to hear it, and as the crowd roared he ended a great night with “Just One Victory”.
“The Individualist, A True Star” tour is a unique way to fully appreciate the gamut of the Todd Rundgren experience.
I Think You Know
Open My Eyes
Hello It’s Me
We Gotta Get You A Women
I Saw The Light
It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
An Elpee’s Worth Of Tunes
Too Far Gone
A Dream Goes On Forever
The Death of Rock and Roll
Can We Still Be Friends
Love of the Common Man
Couldn’t I Just Tell You
Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
Does Anybody Love You?
I’m So Proud
Ooo Baby Baby
La-La Means I Love You
Hungry For Love
I Don’t Want to Tie You Down
Is It My Name
Just One Victory