October 4, 2012 by Jay Minkin
Todd Rundgren will be performing two “Unpredictable” concerts at the Cleveland Agora on October 12th and 13th. Presented by RundgrenRadio.com, a special fans party will take place on October 11th highlighted by a screening of the legendary 1978 Agora 10th Anniversary Todd Rundgren concert which partially found its way onto the double Lp Back To The Bars. I have been waiting so long …. I’ve been waiting soooooo long to relive that moment of attending both shows one summer evening at the old place on East 24th Street. Now located in the former Metropolitan Theatre at 5000 Euclid Avenue since 1986, the Agora events are the perfect time to throw down the gauntlet and pronounce that Todd Rundgren should be on the ballot for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
CONCERNING THE PROCLAMATION OF TODD RUNDGREN BEING ON THE BALLOT FOR INDUCTION INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:
WHEREAS, Todd Rundgren has released over 30 albums either as a solo artist or with his bands Nazz, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, and Utopia. His recordings have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll.
WHEREAS, Todd Rundgren has been prolific as a producer and engineer on recorded work by other musicians including Straight Up by Badfinger, Stage Fright by The Band, We’re An American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf, The New York Dolls debut self-titled Lp, Wave by the Patti Smith Group, Forever Now by The Psychedelic Furs, and Skylarking by XTC.
WHEREAS, Todd Rundgren has written and recorded a list of popular songs that have charted including “Hello It’s Me”, “We Gotta Get You A Woman”, “I Saw The Light”, “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”, “A Dream Goes On Forever”, “Real Man”, “Can We Still Be Friends”, “The Very Last Time”, “Time Heals”, and “Bang The Drum All Day”.
WHEREAS, Todd Rundgren has written and recorded many timeless classics that still sound fresh today including “Love of the Common Man”, “The Verb ‘To Love’ “, “Love In Action”, “Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel”, “Black Maria”, “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference”, “All The Children Sing”, and “Just One Victory”.
WHEREAS, Todd Rundgren has long been on the cutting edge of music and video technologies that both his individual work and projects he worked on has long been considered breaking boundaries.
So it an honor and privilege that I, Jay Minkin of Minkin’s Music, do herby proclaim October 11-13, 2012 to be“Todd Rundgren Weekend”, that his body of work be noticed and accepted by the distinguished voting members of the music industry, and that his name be included on the ballot as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.