Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, multimedia innovator, Rundgren has a long list of admirers — including the legendary Prince.
Rundgren’s Utopia evolved from his back up band in the mid-seventies with an ever-changing lineup and album directions until finally disbanding in 1986.
The only Canadian stop of the tour landed in Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall (soon to be closed for 2 years of renovation).
Opening with “utopian” progressive instrumentals, “Utopia Theme” and shortened version of “The Ikon”, the audience rode on Rundgren’s multi-colored jumpsuit back to the 70’s.
The first set continued from Utopia’s catalog, “Freedom Fighters”, “The Wheel”, “Back on the Street”, “Monument” and finished off with ”Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise / Communion With the Sun” & “Last of the New Wave Riders”.
A quick 20-minute intermission, and again Utopia started off with another progressive gem, “The Road to Utopia”.
Jazz-tinged “anti-Reagan, warmongers, despicable music moguls” 80’s era song, “Swing to the Right” was an appropriate song for these perplexing times.
Closing with “Love Is the Answer” and “One World”, the sight of audience members rushing the stage dancing and singing along to Rundgren was uplifting, to say the least.
Finishing off with the encore “Just One Victory”, the night truly was Utopian for all.
- Utopia Theme
- The Ikon (excerpt)
- Another Life
- Do Ya (The Move cover)
- Freedom Fighters
- The Wheel
- Back on the Street
- Something’s Coming (Leonard Bernstein cover)
- Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise / Communion With the Sun
- Last of the New Wave Riders
- The Road to Utopia
- Play This Game
- Swing to the Right
- Set Me Free
- Love in Action
- Hammer in My Heart
- Princess of the Universe
- I Will Wait
- Rock Love
- Love Is the Answer
- One World
- Just One Victory