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Todd Rundgren Announces 
“The Individualist” World Tour 
Presented By SiriusXM

Tickets On Sale December 10, 2018 at 10AM Local Time
Citi Presale Begins December 04, 2018 at 10AM Local Time

Los Angeles - Current Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren will be embarking on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this spring, highlighting both his hits as well as “deep tracks” spanning his 50-year career.

Produced by Live Nation and presented by SiriusXM, the North American leg of the tour starts in Atlanta, GA and hits major markets before wrapping in San Francisco, CA. The North American dates will be preceded by dates in Europe/UK and followed by dates in Japan. Full itinerary is below.

Rundgren’s long-awaited autobiography, The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations, is being released by Cleopatra Press on December 21, documenting his life through his 50th birthday. The concert set list will mirror that time period, consisting of song selections from the inception of his musical career through 1996, with intros & stories behind the songs and Rundgren’s impressive career.

He will be playing back-to-back shows in the ten North American markets in order to be available for books signings and local TV and radio appearances on the second show day in each city. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10 at 10AM Local Time. Two-day ticket packages, along with single-day tickets, will be available in each North American market.

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Todd Rundgren – The Individualist Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 4th at 10AM local time until Sunday, December 9th at 10PM local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

FOR INTERVIEW REQUESTS CONTACT: Paul Maloney, Panacea Entertainment paul@panacea-ent.com


The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations is available now for pre-order at:
Amazon.Com: Pre-order Todd: https://www.amazon.com/Individualist-Digressions-Dreams-Dissertations/dp/0997205652

Europe: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Individualist-Digressions-Dreams-Dissertations/dp/0997205652


April 1 - Theater am Mareintor - Duisburg, Germany
April 2 - Laeiszhalle - Hamburg, Germany
April 3 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 6 - Eventim Apollo - London, UK
April 10 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA
April 11 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA
April 13 - State Theatre - Washington, DC
April 14 - State Theatre - Washington, DC
April 16 - Town Hall - New York, NY
April 17 - Town Hall - New York, NY
April 19 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
April 20 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
April 23 - Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago, IL
April 24 - Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago, IL
April 27 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
April 28 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
May 01 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
May 02 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
May 05 - Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square - Cleveland, OH
May 06 - Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square - Cleveland, OH
May 09 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
May 13 - Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
May 22 - Sumida Triphony Hall - Tokyo, Japan
May 23 - NHK Hall - Osaka, Japan


A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60's psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It's Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”

In 1974, Todd formed Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (renamed and reconfigured in 1976 as Utopia), an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that initially, for millions, defined the term "progressive rock”, and subsequently, as Utopia, the term “powerpop.”

Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meat Loaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for the hit film Dumb and Dumber, as well as series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.

In 2012 Rundgren performed his iconic 1973 album A Wizard A True Star in concert in its entirety for the first time ever, and several years later did the same with a double bill: Todd & Healing. He has toured with Ringo Starr as an erstwhile member of the All-Starr Band since 1989, and continues to perform with symphony orchestras both domestically and internationally. His latest studio album, White Knight, was released last May, and this past spring he toured North America with original Utopians Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox for the first time in 33 years. His long-awaited autobiography The Individualist, will be in stores December 21. He embarks on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this coming April/May, highlighting music across his 50-year career.

Last year on successive weekends he was awarded honorary doctorates from both the Berklee School of Music and DePauw University.

In 1998 Todd debuted his new PatroNet technology which for the first time allowed fans of a musical artist to subscribe directly to the artist’s musical output via the Internet. This caps a long history of groundbreaking early multimedia "firsts", including:

• 1978: The first interactive television concert, broadcast live over the Warner/QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio (the home audience chose each song in real time during the concert by voting via QUBE’s 2-way operating system).

• 1978: The first live nationally broadcast stereo radio rock concert (by microwave), linking 40 cities around the country.

• 1979: The opening of Utopia Video Studios, a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility. The first project produced by Todd there is Gustav Holst’s The Planets, commissioned by RCA Selecta Vision as the first demonstration software for their new videodisc format.

• 1980: Creation of the first color graphics tablet, which wa
s licensed to Apple and commercially released as The Utopia Graphics Tablet.
• 1981: “Time Heals,” the first music video to utilize state-of-the-art compositing of live action and computer graphics (produced and directed by Todd), becomes the eighth video to be played during the launch of MTV on August 1, 1981.

• 1982: The first live national cablecast of a rock concert (on the USA Network), simulcast in stereo to over 120 radio stations.

• 1982: The first two commercially released music videos, one of which was nominated for the first-ever Grammy awarded for “Best Short Form Video” in 1983.

• 1992: The first commercially available music downloads via CompuServe.

• 1993: The release of No World Order, the world’s first interactive record album on CD-i.
• 1994: The release of The Individualist, the world’s first full-length Enhanced CD.

• 1994: The world’s first interactive concert tour.

• 1998: Launches PatroNet, the world’s first direct artist subscription service -- predicts that someday "music will be sold by the pound".

• 2016: The production of the world's first full length concert shot with multiple Virtual Reality 360º cameras.



The Molly Brown House, located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street, is one of Denver’s popular tourist attractions.

“Molly” Brown – who really only went by Margaret or Maggie, is most famous for surviving the 1912 sinking of the Titanic after the ocean-liner hit an iceberg.

Tragically, the ship was advertised as “unsinkable,” on its maiden voyage, and, due to hubris, it did not have enough life jackets and boats for all the people onboard. Not even close.

It is estimated that more than 1,500 people (of the 2,224 passengers and crew) perished when the largest then-existing ship sank in the frigid waters. MollyBrown.Org Photo Gallery

Riding Coat in Parlor

Survivors were rescued by the Carpathia the next day. Most second- and third-class passengers (people of less wealth) died that fateful night between April 14th and 15th. Margaret Brown saved many passengers’ lives by helping them evacuate the Titanic.

Margaret (Molly) Brown's Bedroom

Christmas time at Molly Brown House

Stairway Stained Glass



Every year, three trees are placed in the Marble Hall - and a garland is fixed along the grand staircase.

The custom of displaying Christmas trees was introduced to Britain in the late 18th by Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, although it was a yew tree rather than a fir that was used.

The Christmas tree was popularized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 19th century.

Find out more about The Royal Family at Christmas here: 



There are things in this world that leave us feeling in ways we will never be quite able to explain.

For some, it might be the sunset over the ocean and a glass of white wine at the end of a long week. For others, the smile on a child’s face when they’re playing with a new toy or after their pet a dog for the very first time. Heck, it might even be a small piece of chocolate they’ve been craving the entire day, a hug from a loved one or a really long nap.

Some of these things are so special and beautiful that the feelings they convey can be considered universal. And this is very much what happens with music. It’s almost – some would even go as far as saying outright – impossible to find a human being who doesn’t enjoy this wonderful gift life has given us. More than enjoying, being absolutely taken by it and transported to a whole other plane of existence, where everything ceases to be the same.

There’s something about the way instruments come together to produce sounds that are able to make us dance, cry, or simply listen in complete awe. Music sticks with us throughout our entire lives, and is often present in some of the most significant moments we live through, whether it is a wedding, a party with friends or just small moments of solitude and deep reflection.

The music captures our hearts because we find meaning in it, even if this meaning tends to vary from one individual to another. And although the charts are popping with very upbeat, buoyant songs, ingrained with repetitive lyrics and high pitched voices, many still find that older music, the kind that you can find being played by new bands in Brisbane, with soft chords and mellow beats, paired with vibrant strings and lovely melodies, is the kind that touches them most.

This is the sort of music that travels through your body, all the way from your head to the tip of your toes, and fills you with such an overwhelming cluster of feelings you might find yourself shedding a tear. Older music is poetry come to life, it’s food for thought, a soundtrack for the moments that will suddenly play and replay inside of your mind while you closely listen to it. It comes to a point where it ceases to be only music and becomes something more, something intangible, something one can’t describe – only feel.

Even if you believe in listening to today’s top hits on repeat, once you give old music a try, you’ll find it very hard to let go of. All music is wonderful, and, undoubtedly, worthy of being loved. However, being in touch with the magic that this kind of songs in particular entail, is an experience very difficult to match.

It’s not just that it captures your heart, it goes deeper than that. Once you close your eyes and listen, it captures your entire being. The kind of music that is able to make you simultaneously forget about everything and, somehow, remember so much, is nothing short of an out of this world experience.


Variety: Ken Berry, a popular TV actor in the 1960s and ’70s who starred in “F-Troop,” “Mama’s Family” and “Mayberry R.F.D.,” died Saturday.

His former wife, actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence posted the news on Facebook. “F-Troop” co-star Larry Storch wrote on Facebook, “We hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain.”

Berry played Captain Parmenter on Western sitcom “F-Troop” for two years in the mid-1960s.

Berry appeared as widowed farmer Sam Jones on “The Andy Griffith Show” and transitioned into the lead as the show spun off as “Mayberry R.F.D.” He played Vinton Harper on the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff “Mama’s Family” from 1983 to 1984, which starred Vicki Lawrence, Rue McClanahan and Betty White.

“Mayberry R.F.D.” ran from 1968 to 1971, when the folksy smalltown sitcom was canceled as more contemporary shows such as “All in the Family” came on the air.

He also appeared in comedy films “Herbie Rides Again” and “The Cat From Outer Space” and made frequent guest appearances on shows including “The Golden Girls,” “Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and “CHiPs.”

Born in Moline, Ill., Berry started out as a singer and dancer. He served in the U.S. Army special services under Sergeant Leonard Nimoy, entertaining the troops and winning a slot on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Actress Jackie Joseph and Ken Berry her former husband 

Nimoy helped introduce him to studios after he left the Army, and soon Berry was under contract to Universal to appear in movie musicals. Berry worked in several musical revues, including with Abbot and Costello, and with Lucille Ball. Carol Burnett also worked with Berry, who later became a frequent guest on her show.

After brief stints on “Dr. Kildare” and George Burns-Connie Stevens sitcom “Wendy and Me,” he landed his first regular starring role on “F-Troop.”

Actor Larry Storch (Cpl Agarn)

Dear friends. We are sad to let you know our beloved Captain, Mr Ken Berry passed away tonight. We just spoke with Jackie Joseph who confirmed the devastating news. We are at a true loss for words. Ken, we hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.
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