Todd Rundgren returned to Buffalo Thursday night as part of his “An Evening with Todd Rundgren” mini-tour. 2013 has been the busiest yet, with Todd releasing and touring his new album “State” and performing with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.
The set list was devoid of any material recorded in the last ten years, and featured a heavy dose of Rundgren staples from the 1970’s including “Can We Still Be Friends” “I Saw the Light” and “Love of the Common Man.” Of course, that is by design, as these free shows are meant to include tried and true material and not challenge audiences.
Even though Todd’s setlist was safe, he made the best of the opportunity to impress the large crowd. Todd’s voice was in great form and his guitar playing in songs like “Drive” and “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” showcased what a great guitarist Todd is.
Perhaps more importantly, Todd’s enthusiasm was infectious. It was clear from the moment he joked with the Buffalo crowd that he wrote the song “Buffalo Grass” for the occasion, (the first time I have seen him acknowledge the connection to the song when he played it in Buffalo) that it was going to be a great evening of music.
The night closed with “A Dream Goes on Forever” and at 65 years young, Todd seems poised to go on fulfilling his fans dreams for many years to come.
Love of the Common Man
Can We Still Be Friends
Espresso (All Jacked Up)
Love Is the Answer
I’m So Proud/Ooo Baby Baby/La La Means I Love You/I Want You
I Saw the Light
Couldn’t I Just Tell You
Hello It’s Me
A Dream Goes on Forever
We would like to thank Thom Jennings from the Caronia Media Group for allowing us to use his review