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Mr. Rundgren on Line 6, Sir December 7, 2007

Posted by The Typist in cryptical envelopment, Dancing Bear, New Orelans, New Orleans, NOLA, Odds&Sods, Todd Rundgren, Toulouse Street.
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An evening with Todd at the House of Blues. It was good. First, dinner with good friends in the Foundation Club, which has remarkably good food. Then the show.

The vocal audio sucked at HoB. I don’t know if it’s just too small or poorly wired or if a show that’s all mike off of amps just sounds like that. My host the long-ago soundman-roadie gave a detailed critique after, but the guitar lines were fine, and I knew the words for almost every song as well as the band.

Nice mix of the old (as far back as as Broke Down and Busted f Runt, and two songs off of Something/Anything) and the new (the No World Order-era t Christ). I’d be lying if I said I knew his new work as well as the old, but I always enjoy hearing it because the man is a master song writer and producer. He just doesn’t do much bad work.

I first saw Todd Rundgren at McAllister Auditorium for the Wizard a True Star tour, and a half-dozen shows since them. I’m now 50 old, and TR is pushing 60. I may be as likely to see George Harrison as Todd again. Who knows what the hell might happen between Now and Next Time. I’m damn glad I went. Who do you love? Mr. Aykroyd asks on the wall above the stage. I say rip the Maharashi’s picture out of that frame, and put in TR’s.

Here’s the group that played New Orleans, on one of the songs from over three decades ago delivered just as we heard it the other night.

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1. Sophmom - December 9, 2007

I’d love to see TR. Glad you had a nice time (sorry the audio wasn’t perfect). :/

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2. Doug - December 10, 2007

I was there and thought the sound was fine, but I’m not a sound expert by any means. Just a fan. Loved the show. All the guys rocked and gave us our money’s worth! Ah-eeeee!

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3. Markus - December 10, 2007

I was in the balcony, and the vocals were terribly muddy. Again, I was relying on my host the former sound guy-roadie for the critique. The instrumentation was fine. I thought it was a fine show, and I’d have stayed for a second set in the blink of an eye. It’s been too damn long since I’ve seen him, and can’t wait for him to get back.

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