If laughter is considered the best medicine by most – for musicians then, in contrast, music will always be their best medicine. At very least that was in the mind of Todd Rundgren and the band Utopia as they assembled on the stage of the Highline Ballroom in New York City for a two night benefit on January 29th and 30th on behalf of fellow band member Moogy Klingman (the proceeds of the reunion going toward Klingman’s treatment for cancer).
“The medicine that works best is the music,” he told AOL News recently, “and what’s happening at the end of this month is probably the best medicine the musical gods could have ordered.”
Klingman’s referring to two shows he’ll be part of Jan. 29 and 30 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The concerts will be special, as they will feature a reunited version of the revolutionary early-1970s band that helped put Klingman on the musical map: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.
Rundgren and Klingman were friends back then and together created a unique recording studio, The Secret Sound, in Klingman’s midtown Manhattan loft. There, Rundgren crafted some of his most memorable work, including the solo albums “A Wizard, a True Star” and “Todd.” He also produced albums there for other artists, including the strange-but-satisfying Hall & Oates exploration, “War Babies.”
And it was at the Secret Sound where some of Klingman’s friends, a group of tight, seasoned musicians, were brought in to play on Rundgren’s solo records. The collaborations resulted in the formation of one of the era’s most compelling progressive-rock outfits: Utopia.
The band included, among others over the years, Rundgren on guitar and vocals, Klingman and Ralph Schuckett on keyboards, John Siegler on bass and Kevin Ellman on drums.
Enjoy these video excerpts from their two night reunion (excuse the visual quality since they were taken via flip phones – yet the audio is still spot on) such as “Utopia Theme” (above) and “The Ikon”, “Just One Victory” and “Last Ride” (below):