"White Knight" Returns: Todd Rundgren reveals plans for next album; announces solo U.S. tour dates
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on May 22, 2018
Todd Rundgren and his old band Utopia currently are traveling across the U.S. on a reunion tour that wraps up on June 5 in Riverside, California. Meanwhile, the prolific singer/songwriter tells ABC Radio that he’s started work on a new album that will be a follow-up to his 2017 studio effort, White Knight, which featured collaborations with various well-known artists.
“I’m continuing in the vein of my most recent project…which is more or less collaborative experiments,” Todd explains. “And I’ve got a couple of tracks now I’m just wrapping up, and I’m gonna start a few more, and probably by the end of the year I may have another whole album’s worth of those.”
Among the musicians who contributed to White Knight were Daryl Hall, Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor, rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton.
As for who may be featured on the upcoming album, Todd notes, “[N]ew names pop into my head all the time about people I might like to work with, and sometimes people from the original project who couldn’t complete [their track] then will come back around and have something for me that didn’t make the original release.” He adds, “I’m having a lot of fun with [the project.]”
In other news, Rundgren has just announced a new run of summer headlining shows that will take place at venues in the Eastern and Southern U.S. The trek is mapped out from a July 25 concert in Salisbury, Massachusetts, through an August 18 gig in Clearwater, Florida.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 25, at noon ET. Visit Rundgren’s Facebook page for more information.
Here are the remaining Utopia reunion tour dates:
5/22 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
5/24 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
5/26 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/27 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
5/29 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/30 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
6/1 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
6/2 — Portland, OR, Revolution Theater
6/4 — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/5 — Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
And here are Rundgren’s summer headlining dates:
7/25 — Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
7/26 — Portland, ME, Aura
7/28 — East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum
7/29 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
7/31 — Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House Club
8/1 — Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House Club
8/3 — Albany, NY, The Egg
8/4 — Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget Atlantic City
8/8 — Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
8/10 — Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
8/11 — Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live – Biloxi
8/13 — Nashville, TN, City Winery – Nashville
8/18 — Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
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