Rock's original Renaissance man brings his vast array of musical styles to the stage in this raucous live concert at Maritime Hall in San Francisco, California. Producer extraordinaire, writer of such hits as "I Saw the Li... more »ght," "Hello, It's Me" and "Bang the Drum All Day," founder of the band Utopia and general music maverick, Todd Rundgren performs many of his greatest hits and a wealth of new tunes in this video capturing his live stage show. Songs: I Hate My Frickin ISP, Yer Fast, Black and White, Number 1 Lowest Common Denominator, Open My Eyes, Trapped, Love in Action, Bang the Drum All Day, Temporary Insanity, Medley: Mystified/Broke Down and Busted, Buffalo Grass, One World, The Ikon, Hammer in My Heart, World Wide Epiphany.« less
Michael J. Kazazis | Longwood, FL United States | 06/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Something new for Todd fans. First off, all Todd fans will thoroughly enjoy seeing the Power Trio in concert on DVD....with great songs like Open My Eyes, Number One Lowest Common Denominator and the Ikon....great to finally get these songs live! Not that this title was a quicky (well maybe it was), but there are several things that bothered me about it, especially when comparing it to earlier releases. There are no liner notes or anything like that. There is nothing that takes advantage of the DVD format (no special features short of an index and a way to adjust the sound)....this point is a little upsetting because of Todd's love for anything digital. The camera angles are sometimes akward....can't explain it, but with 80% shot from a crane looking down at Todd, it just seems kind of wierd. Shots of Kasim are often fuzzy. As far as the music, sometimes its amazing, sometimes its tentative. There's also no chit-chat from Todd and with a very sparse stage and Kasim often stepping back during Todd's solos, it seems empty. Please understand that these are not complaints, just comments. I love the DVD and am going to watchi it over and over and over. Would I show it to my non-Todd friends (that's what us Todd fanatics do...try to convert people), I might lean towards some of the other titles. OK, so where is the Ringo Tour and the Abbey Road tour...we're all waiting for those!"
Todd Rocks On This One!
Russ Bellinger | Bradenton, Florida USA | 07/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent show with the trio. I enjoyed this DVD alot. I really like the song selection and the playing is hot! I hardly ever miss a Todd Rundgren show. I have seen nearly every tour he has done since 1973, but I missed this one because he didn't make it this far south. So I was happy to see it appear on DVD. Always different, always interesting, always exciting and creative!!!! I rarely ever find anything worth critisizing about his work and this is no exception. Todd gives us another meaty chunk!!"
For Todd guitar fans, this one is for you!
Paul Bellocq | Slidell, LA USA | 12/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video arrived in the mail from Amazon.com 30 years after I first saw Todd on tour (Wizard/original Utopia). Granted, nothing will ever top that event, but thinking back on all of the other times that I have seen Todd through the years, I am really glad that this tour has been preserved on video for posterity. I cannot ever recall seeing him rock this hard as what is presented here! No keyboards, just guitar, bass, and drums. Tood's guitar fans will absolutely love this video! The set list is predominantly the boogie and blues influenced numbers. Songs like Public Servant from Second Wind and Determination from Hermit would also have fit very well into this long set list, to give you an idea. The only slow parts are the ukelele version of Bang The Drum, and the experimental Number One Lowest Common Denominator. As for the quality of the video, I initially did not like the very amateur feel to it, especially since it opens up with some bad sound checks from various cities. Then I realized as usual, Todd is a genius, and this video makes the viewer feel like he/she is actually in that small concert hall. This video will also serve the purpose in helping the Todd fan to decide if it is worth driving 8-12 hours to see him on his next tour (Jan. 2003). Give me the car keys!"
J. M. Greer | Hexham, Northumberland United Kingdom | 07/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I originally bought this out of loyalty and few expectations since it ties in with the very poor One Long Year release. My original feelings were confirmed with the first 2 tracks. However, once Todd gets started on his old classics, the concert and the audience warm up considerably. This has an unusual and inspired mix of tracks. The best aspect is hearing Todd performing so much guitar.
Visually, the dvd does not exploit the dvd medium. As other reviewers have commented, the camera work is not very good, especially when compared with the excellent work on the Utopia Redux video. Howeve, the dolby digital sound mix is superb and you really feel you are right there in the concert. To hs credit, Toddd also includes a 2.0 mix for people who don't have 5.1 sound and a dts mix which I can't comment on. As an extra it would have been nice to see some interviews with some of the audence after the show. When are we going to see Live in London released with a multi-angle feature? That concert was shot on digital synchronsed cameras and was made for puting on dvd"
Good show, but kinda short!
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 06/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This concert DVD only runs about 81 minutes. Better than zero minutes, of course. The concert is Todd supported by his Utopia bandmate Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals and Trey Sabatelli on drums. The lack of liner notes, insert card, or other materials clues us in that this DVD was assembled on the cheap. The only insert in the DVD case is a catalog of titles available through Image Entertainment, the distributors of this DVD. Perhaps that was the deal - Image would absorb much of the cost of producing and distributing this DVD in exchange for advertising space inside. Since Todd usually records away from the major record labels, perhaps that is the best we can get. Usually only the big corporate labels have the money for a fancy, features-packed DVD release.But be happy, Todd fans! Another Rundgren concert DVD looms on the horizon! A rare 1990 Japan concert, once available on VHS and now only recently easier to find, is scheduled for DVD release in August 2002. That one runs over 90 minutes and features a relatively large band of Todd regulars and semi-regulars backing him up. But even with skimpy extras and a lack of insert packaging, there is no such thing as a bad Todd Rundgren release!"