Todd Rundgren ‘The Individualist, A True Star’ tour kicks off at Big Night Live!

Todd Rundgren

By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England

Live Review: Todd Rundgren-Big Night Live, Boston, Massachusetts–Saturday, October 2, 2021

Todd Rundgren

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.

Todd Rundgren

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.


First Set:

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

Black Maria

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

Real Man

Love of the Common Man


Couldn’t I Just Tell You

Fair Warning

Second Set:

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

Cool Jerk

Hungry For Love

I Don’t Want to Tie You Down

Is It My Name

Just One Victory

Mike McKenney