News: TODD RUNDGREN: New album and interview (May 2017)

The full version of this interview is broadcast as part of the 500th ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  Repeated Monday 29 May, 22:00 GMT and Friday 2 June, 22:00 GMT (5:22) Now available at Mixcloud

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren has released a new studio album – ‘White Knight’ – via Cleopatra Records on 12 May.

The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye LaVette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, and others.

The songs on ‘White Knight’ – all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests – range from hip-hop flecked funk and synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop.

Says Rundgren: “It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas. I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.”

On Sunday 28 May, David Randall chats to Rundgren for his 500th radio show “Assume The Position”.  Says David: “Todd’s more recent resurgence in the UK parallels the development of as much as the radio station.  The album ‘Liars’ in 2004 prompted me to re-evaluate Todd’s music and realise the phenomenal “back catalogue” as much as his contribution to others via production work and songwriting.”

“White Knight is probably his most accessible album in recent years and will hopefully prompt new listeners to set out on a similar voyage of discovery.”

Todd Rundgren will tour throughout 2017 including “Yestival” and later this year with the Ringo Starr All-Star Band.

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On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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