Live: Todd Rundgren Official State Visit

Todd Rundgren is my all-time favourite artist, musician and talker. He bought his State show to London and Shepherds Bush Empire to a less than sell out crowd but put on a fantastic performance full of energy and theatre that belied his 65 years.

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

The set was dominated by songs from the new album State, interspersed with a few songs like Secret Society, Worldwide Epiphany and Truth Is and  some from the (re) Production album I was expecting a mainly electronic affair and it was a great surprise to see Todd play guitar, in State guise, on the opening song Imagination.

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Todd programmed the tracks and acted as DJ and singer to live accompaniment from Prairie Prince and Jesse Gresse.

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Jesse Gresse guitarist with Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Prairie Prince plays drums with Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Todd Rundgren Official State Visit London 2013 (Simon Jay Price/Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

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