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Todd Rundgren's 'The Individualist Tour' headed to Riviera Theatre

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Mon, Mar 25th 2019 01:50 pm

The Riviera Theatre welcomes Todd Rundgren’s “The Individualist Tour” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

Cleopatra Records announced the release of a companion BOOK, “The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams and Dissertations,” by the legendary songwriter, musician, interactive artist, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee. Rundgren penned his first autobiography, reflecting on both his career as well as a rollercoaster of a personal life with pages of recollections, structured into bite-sized, single-page, three-paragraph chapters about encounters with rock royalty (Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The NY Dolls, and Meat Loaf, among others) along with numerous photos never before published.

In conjunction with the release, Rundgren will embark on a hybrid concert/book tour this spring, highlighting both hits and “deep tracks” spanning his 50-year career, which will include shows in North America, the U.K., Europe and Japan.

A limited amount of special VIP packages will also be available for purchase.

Reserved seating for the show is $49. A Riviera theatre member pre-sale kicks off at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. The public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5. Purchase tickets online at https://rivieratheatre.org/event/todd-rundren-individualist, by phone at 716-692-2413, or in person at 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front Nazz, a quintessential 1960's psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, “Runt.” It was 1972's seminal album, “Something/Anything?”, on which Rundgren played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer. The effort thrust him into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub Rundgren “Rock's New Wunderkind.”

What followed were LPs “The Hermit of Mink Hollow” and “A Wizard, a True Star,” plus hit singles “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It's Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends” and “Bang The Drum All Day.”

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