by Mike Pfeiffer
A few months ago, while others were scrambling to get tickets for Radiohead, I was buying my tickets for Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at the Fillmore Detroit. They haven’t played the US in 30 some years, and the last time I saw them I was in Jr. High School. Times may have changed, but Todd Rundgren and the Utopia crew made it feel like 1982 all over again.
Todd Rundgren and Utopia brought their best with exhilarating guitar solos, beautiful harmonies and songs that sound as good today as they did back then. Rundgren was a guitar god, Kasim Sulton sang wonderfully, Willie Wilcox pounded the drums and newcomer, Gil Assayas, added perfect keys and energy. The crowd was singing along, hugging one another by the end of the night and reaching out to Todd for hand grab. It’s great to see a band today that appreciates their audience as much as we appreciate them.