June 5, 2023

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Todd Rundgren’s Clearly Human virtual tour caught ‘live in Pittsburgh’

Sidelined by the pandemic, multigenre hero Todd Rundgren did what he normally does: he appeared to technological innovation to offer human relationship. And in 2021 that suggests mounting a are living stream live performance. But not a pajamas-at-residence acoustic affair no, for Rundgren the Clearly Human tour would supply all of the trimmings a person would count on from a “real” present.

For this digital tour, Rundgren has preferred to concentrate nominally on his soul/r&b album Nearly Human. Introduced in 1989 following a rather silent interval, the spiritually-leaning assortment represented a return to the entire band in the studio tactic that Rundgren experienced used so correctly on Side Four of his 1972 classic A thing/Nearly anything? On the February 21 day – specific but not restricted to a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania audience, he performed all but one of the music from the initial LP.

The band delivered the material with design and style, finesse and – when the audio referred to as for it – electric power. Rundgren took middle stage on vocals and occasional guide guitar. The concentration of the superbly-staged, multi-camera are living stream was squarely on Rundgren, although each and every of the other musicians obtained well-deserved shut-up screen time. The resplendent “Global Girls” vocal trio executed tight choreography even though giving top-flight harmony vocal assist. The two-man horn part switched to percussion when the music didn’t get in touch with for brass they, as well done some very well-rehearsed dance ways.

Todd Rundgren

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The “in person” viewers for this display staged at a Chicago black-box venue was comprised of a dozen-plus online video screens showcasing VIP ticket holders who could be found variously dancing in their dwelling rooms, nodding alongside though wearing headphones when seated at their desks, and couples fiddling with their good telephones, presumably sharing monitor captures and/or stay-tweeting the function. In one of several nods to COVID safety limitations, considerably less than 20 blessed human viewers associates took up locations concerning the video screens.