The stupendous American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer TODD RUNDGREN has announced the world’s first multi-city virtual concert tour!
Mimicking a traditional road itinerary, the Clearly Human Tour will begin on Valentine’s Day, February 14 “in” Buffalo, NY, and wrap up March 22 “in” Seattle, WA. Single tickets are priced at $35, with an array of premium add-ons and multi-date bundles available. Full list of dates below.
Produced by NoCap, the live streaming company launched by hip-hop producer Cisco Adler with Donavon Frankenreiter in the Summer, and in arrangement with the Panacea Entertainment president Eric Gardner, Todd’s longtime manager, each show will feature Rundgren with a 10-piece expanded band, delivering key musical favorites from a 50+ year catalogue.
Rundgren also promises to perform his entire 1989 classic rock album ‘Nearly Human’, which Warner Music Group will re-release on CD and colored vinyl to mark the occasion.
No other rock musician or band has yet put together a virtual tour that is as elaborate or so technically advanced.
Fans living in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America will be able to purchase a ticket and “attend” one or more events.
The soulful songs on ‘Nearly Human’ were about loss, doubt, jealousy, and spiritual recovery, making them seem prophetic to 2020 audiences. The album also spawned “The Want of a Nail” — a single that featured soul legend Bobby Womack.
The Clearly Human Tour will have remote meet-and-greets and Todd will be available at each show, as will options to select viewing from multiple camera angles and multiple rows of video screens that will serve as a real-time “virtual audience” for each performance.
Subject to Chicago’s COVID policy regarding public gatherings in force at the time, there will be a handful of tickets available to attend in person and sit safely distanced amongst the virtual audience, with each attendee required to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event.
Explaining the concept of a virtual city tour, Rundgren told Rolling Stone, “People are trying to compensate often by doing one big show and trying to get as much audience as possible...”
“While that does unify the audience, it doesn’t give the audience that sense of special attention when you come to their town. At the same time, we have to try to figure out ways that as performers, we don’t wind up feeling like we’re doing a residence at a hotel.”
Check out the Virtual Box Office to see how the ticketing here – https://nocapshows.com/artist?name=toddrundgren
Main image: © Lynn Goldsmith
February 14: Buffalo, NY
February 16: Albany, NY
February 17: New York City, NY
February 19: Virginia Beach, VA
February 20: Pittsburgh, PA
February 22: Cleveland, OH
February 23: Detroit, MI
February 25: Indianapolis IN
February 26: Chicago, IL
February 28: Madison/Milwaukee, WI
March 1: Minneapolis, MN
March 3: Kansas City, MO
March 4: St. Louis, MO
March 6: Nashville, TN
March 7: Dallas, TX
March 9: Houston, TX
March 10: Austin, TX
March 12: Denver, CO
March 13: Salt Lake City, UT
March 15: Phoenix AZ
March 16: San Diego, CA
March 18: Los Angeles, CA
March 19: San Francisco, CA
March 21: Portland
March 22: Seattle WA