Monday, October 4, 2010

Todd On Monday: Todd Rundgren & Ian Hunter, Live 1980
















According to Wikipedia, Ian Hunter toured as Todd Rundgren's guitarist for 11 East Coast shows in 1980.

Really?

I saw 7 East Coast shows in 1980 and I only remembered Ian being at one, a benefit for the Boat People at NYC's Palladium, and it wasn't as Todd's guitarist. He was just a performer, a special guest. So, I looked up that Boat People benefit, and the info I found said that Todd played a solo set.

I'M SO CONFUSED!

I did find this, with a lot of help from Frank B.


The show:

A benefit for John Anderson's presidential campaign, live at Cleveland's Agora, 10/20/80.

Here's the band:

Todd Rundgren (guitar, vocals)
Ian Hunter (guitar, piano, vocals)
Tom Mandel (keyboards)
Stephen Dees (bass)
Michael Shrieve (drums)

Special appearance by Mick Ronson.


This show oozes energy, even if the Beatles' cover is a bit misguided.

Enjoy, please. And if any of you Toddheads can clarify the touring info, please send in your cards and letters.

THE SET LIST

DO YA
BLACK & WHITE
LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN
ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS
NEEDLES & PINS
CATHY'S CLOWN
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
BLACK MARIA
ONE WORLD
BASTARD
THE LAST RIDE
ALL THE YOUNG DUDES
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT
COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU
LET'S GET ON WITH IT
JUST ONE VICTORY
CLEVELAND ROCKS

Ladies and germs, Todd The Hoople.

ZIP FILE

17 comments:

shausler said...

thanks for the show, thats the way to start a Monday!!

i believe these were the shows they did together:

Todd Rundgren & Ian Hunter - 10-19-78 Atlanta GA

10-09-80 Ontario Theater, Washington DC

10-15-80 Orpheum, Boston MA

07-30-82 Pier 84, New York NY (with Ian Hunter)

(in addition to the Agora show)

Noam Sane said...

Fantastic. Looking forward to this. Thanks once again Sal.

Anything Should Happen said...

Nice One Sal!

Steve VanWoert said...

Thank you Sal! I saw this same show October 18, 1980 at the Agora Club in Youngstown Ohio.No Mick Ronson and the Beatles cover was just as crappy.

cmealha said...

Really nice set. Good balance of Todd and Ian material works nicely. Liked this a lot! Keep 'em coming!

Eric said...

Ronson and Hunter....nasty...

Wikipedia will be undergoing a Mobetta remix soon

Dave said...

wow, thanks for this - I saw them perform together at a John Anderson benefit at the Agora Ballroom in Tampa FL

The Mighty Runt said...

oh MAN, this is so cool! what a great show, great sound quality love it. And Sal, I hear you about the new Todd box set, but I'm a freak for this stuff, I bought it the day it came out. Can't resist having it all in one place like that in high quality, and the packaging is nice too.

Long Live Todd!!

Douglas said...

Sal,
Thanks for posting this. I was at this show and it was great.

chungiemunchin said...

I saw a Todd and Ian Hunter show in Miami at The Agora there as well right around that time ('80 or '81 ).

unitybuffalo said...

Thanks for your great post! I saw Rundgren and Hunter & company play a John Anderson benefit concert in Buffalo, NY (actually a suburb of Buffalo, called Cheektowaga) on 10/22/80. It was the 1st of 2 shows that night, the final performances of the tour. This sure brought back memories...

louder said...

I was at the Tampa show at The Agora Ballroom.
John Lennon was murdered that night.
No one spoke a word on our hour long ride home.

Anonymous said...

Great post.

I was at the show
in DC October 10, 1980 at the Ontario Theater. It was a John Anderson Benefit.

Like you, I was confused.
Who would open?

The answer was that no one did.

Ian and Todd played with the same band. They would play a Rundgren or Utopia or Nazz song, then alternate with Ian's solo material or one from Mott. They alternated like that, back and forth, the entire set.

Both were on stage at the same time, playing on each others material, playing in each others band.

Yes, it was awesome.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I saw this tour at a club (I think it was Uncle Sam's) in Buffalo, but don't recall the date.

natekennerly said...

I too was at that show at the cleveland agora, there were fans from both camps, but todd pretty much owns cleveland, the first side of back to the bars was recorded at the same club, the anderson benefit was a high octane show, the boys were buzzed and having fun, and then mick ronson shows up and the place went ballistic! ah, good times!

Anonymous said...

There was also a John Anderson benefit show at the Agora Ballroom in Hallandale, Florida. (There were supposed to be two performances on the same night, but they ended up combining them as one performer--can't now remember which--was complaining of throat problems.) A special guest drummer sat in on a Rundgren song, but I was never sure who it was--possibly Willie Wilcox?

--DaBass

John Allen said...

I was the Agora Ballroom in house sound man. I still have my backstage pass signed by Todd, Ian AND Pat Travers from that night.

John Alllen, P.E.