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Get ready for an unpredictable evening with Todd Rundgren at the Wilma / Missoulian

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Todd Rundgren will perform at the Wilma on Sunday, Nov. 4. To label Rundgren would be to work against him. While playing his portion in various blues-rock and English-style hybrid groups to his parts in garage rock-punk and psychedelia bands, Rundgren has somehow distanced himself from the label of genre-based artist. Though he's often thought of as a pure rock guitarist, he has flirted with everything from jazz to more pop-oriented themes.

"My dad wouldn't allow rock ‘n' roll in the house," said Todd Rundgren, a nominee of the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. "I had to listen to rock ‘n' roll quietly in the room. He would listen to contemporary classics and show tunes and that's why my first influence had nothing to do with rock ‘n' roll. That's why the biggest influence on my songwriting in the early days was Burt Bacharach. Things like the major-minor severance and the particular attitude about lyrics. I also think that my economic situation had opened me up to music that others had overlooked. I was searching the bargain bin in the record stores. Nonesuch Records would sell an album for 69 cents, like Jimmy Smith, or electronic music albums. It cost $8 for a commercial first release pop album. A lot of the music that influenced me was based on the economics that I was living under."

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