Rocker to perform at Palace of Fine Arts

Longtime rocker Todd Rundgren performs his 1973 album “A Wizard, A True Star” in its entirety Tuesday at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Why “A Wizard, A True Star”? It’s not a bunch of very digestible pop songs; I was on a trajectory to do something different. It also represents a dividing line between my more general public listeners and the really devoted fans that have kept track of what I’ve been doing over the years.

What’s the genesis of this concert? It wasn’t my idea. About a year ago, when I was touring in Europe with my last album, there was a great deal of interest in my music, as a way to introduce it to younger, electronic artists. But word got back to the States, and fans here said, “I don’t want to go all the way to England.”

Did the show in Europe ever come off? No. We did a show in Akron, Ohio, and then seven dates in five cities. It has since ballooned to the West Coast.

How have the shows gone? Very well; the best part about them are the great expectations and the goodwill on the part of the audience.
You produce as well as write, perform and record. Which is your favorite? Doing all of them is what keeps me from becoming bored.

You have been a pioneer regarding the technological aspect of making music; has that changed much? It used to be a complicated and expensive process. Now it’s like Photoshop.

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