If you live in Maui, like Todd Rundgren No, you don’t have to apologize for just chillin your way through the pandemic. However, Rundgren has done something other than that.
The multi -hyphenate veteran – has produced landmark albums for Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad and more, as well as his own fast -paced repertoire – character that works and, unless you’re not on the road, aren’t can slow down a lot in the last 19 months. He even went on “travel” earlier this year with a series of virtual concerts, shown from Chicago and targeted at specific cities.
Rundgren has also released four singles in the last year or so, planned for his next album, Space Force. That includes collaborations with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo (“Down With the Ship”), Narcy (“Espionage”) and, more recently, with Spark (“Your Fandango”), whose debut album, if the band known as Halfnelson, made by Rundgren. He’s on the road again, with tour dates in mid -November. And, after three consecutive nominations, he was selected for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, even if he is famous he will not attend the ceremony on Oct. 30 in Cleveland.
Some of his efforts, however, have raised eyebrows as Rundgren’s ongoing collaboration. Kanye West. Even if he doesn’t appear in any credits for the rapper’s chart-topping new album Donda, Rundgren confirmed he was working and continuing in the West, even if the experience was a bit frustrating.
“My contributions come from taking something fragile and raw and trying to give shape to it sometimes just adding background vocals and then not hearing for weeks what happened,” Rundgren said. consequences. “I talked to him twice; one of them never had a musical rivalry, it was just his life story in a way. I don’t know when it was considered to start, but at some point in the middle they finished it last year, but obviously it’s going on and the concept will continue to change… The record will be humming while yet happen for a while.
“That’s why I didn’t manage to get that definition. I had no idea where he was or what he thought about the music – or if he was there. There were so many other participants on the record, literally hundreds, so it was hard to separate. things. It’s hard to say if he made things happen or just reacted to things. That’s all speculation on my part. “
Rundgren also has thoughts on the album confirmation controversial collaborators: “It’s just a lot of parts about, like, stunts – like how did Marilyn Manson finish it at the last minute? I have no idea what the thinking behind that was.”
Rundgren added that “the saga goes on in some meaning or another” for his work in the West, even if there is no defined end point – or purpose. “It’s not over, and I can’t tell you exactly what my involvement is,” Rundgren said. “Just asking in the dark, that’s not for me. I have to have a direction to go or some desire to have, something like that. But just throwing things at the wall won’t work for me. I never knew what would come of all this, if anyone knew. “
Rundgren has other projects in focus, of course. His Space Force The album has already been completed and delivered for an expected release next year, and the next solo collaboration with Roots will end at the end of this month. He also started The Individualist, A True Tour, a 29-date tour where he played a side on his 1973 album A Wizard, A Real Star at each show, include the option of other career favorites.
The itinerary puts him in Cincinnati on October 30th, which is of course the night he will be admitted to Rock Hall (he will be going to Cleveland for two shows next week). Rundgren says “there are any number of reasons” he won’t go there, mainly among them his own clearly expressed feelings about Rock Hall in general, including a belief that there is no it’s from what he considers “real rock‘ n ’roll artists” and “real halls of fame, for me, for the retired and the dead.”
“I try not to pretend,” Rundgren explains, “So when I express my part about something that’s it, sort of. I’m digging a hole for myself. I never do. the reds like this activity on the carpet, where everyone struggles for attention and I feel like I like it. “
However, what pleased him about induction was that “the fans really enjoyed it. It really was about me. They liked it, and I always wanted them to know it.”
Rundgren offers a remote look at the ceremony from Cincinnati, but also feels that being on stage, anywhere, is the best way to celebrate the occasion. “If I have a gig for them, that’s what should come first,” he said. “I don’t want to hurt [the induction] for others. Some people can take this seriously, so I won’t do a campaign without my ethics. I’m willing to participate but I’m not willing to pretend it’s just different for me. I feel the same way I feel. I love that the fans are happy – and I love that I don’t have to go through this anymore. “