Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Big Bam Boom!: Todd Rundgren, Daryl Hall, & The Eatontown Police Department
Friends old and new, are privy to the borderline psychotic feelings I have about Todd Rundgren and Daryl Hall. (Oates, not so much.) So, a concert featuring both Todd & Daryl is not something I could just ignore, like...say... the "Whitesnake/Tesla/Sebastian Bach/Lita Ford/Firehouse" package that will be unfolding this summer. That's right...Firehouse.
On paper, it didn't work. Let's face it. Even if you live in Atlantic City, the drive to Atlantic City is three hours. And this is where the "road" version of "Live From Daryl's House," with special guest Todd Rundgren" was taking place. I was in Queens, on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. My feeling was, I'd get to Bahrain in less time. (But, will I hear "I Saw The Light" in Bahrain?)
It was all arranged, thanks to a dear friend. And, it was going to work, until the 77 year old guy in an SUV, with a portable oxygen tank, rammed into us on Route 36. He hit us so hard, we rammed into the "just moved to Jersey" pair in front of us, who rammed into the "been here all my life" guy in front of them. This all took place about twenty minutes after arriving in the Garden State.
The double impact left us in mild shock. My friend pleaded, "But we have to see a concert! Can't we just go?" Me? I didn't know how old I was.
Officer: How old are you?
Me: 44. Uh...no. Uh...46. Uh...no.
He didn't care. I could have said 9.
Why did we get hit? SUV guy's wife, also in her seventies, had just gotten into a much more serious car wreck in Freehold, and he was on his way to get her. I guess that's a good enough reason, along with his age and the oxygen, to not be paying attention to the road and flooring it at a red light.
I know what you're thinking. "Jeez Sal, have a heart." Yeah, I know. But, what if Todd and Daryl opened with "The Last Ride?"
No one was hurt, not even the guy's wife. But it was something to think about, and I know I did, for the rest of the evening. I mean, no seat belts = no Todd show...ever again.
So yeah...the show!
The stage was set-up to look like Daryl's house, less the kitchen. The band was great, the concert was short, and the set list offered no surprises. Take a look.
But, even for just 75 minutes, which after an almost 9 hour door-to-door trip for me seemed even shorter, Daryl Hall and especially Todd Rundgren were in fine form. I've written many times before about Todd's occasional habit of phoning it in. But that night, thanks to what I'm sure was the professionalism of Daryl and his band, Rundgren played his A-game.
The boys looked happy. The harmonies soared on Todd classics like "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and "The Last Ride," as well as on H&O hits like "Kiss On My List," a song not performed on either of the two webisodes, and the still moving and gorgeous "Wait For Me."
Looking back, I am thrilled I made the journey, car wreck notwithstanding. I thank my friend for making it happen, especially now that the trunk of the car has to be tied shut, and the front license plate is sitting on the dashboard.