Rundgren's setlist will be going the guitar heavy route and he'll be accompanied by his touring band guitarist Jesse Gress, bass player Kasim Sulton, keyboardist John Ferenzik, and guest drummer Gregg Bendian.
Ticket buyers will have the choice to sit or stand and in most cases do both if they want. "B.B King's is an intimate and unique venue and that works well for us because we consider this more of a party than a concert. We are going to cap the amount of tickets we sell below capacity to try and make sure everyone is comfortable throughout the evening. We want the event to have a private show feeling to it," Melinda Cain of RundgrenRadio.com said.
A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60s cult group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?
Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.
Just a few weeks following the NYE concert, Rundgren will be honored on January 24, 2014 with the Les Paul Award. He'll be presented with the honor at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, taking place in Anaheim, California during the 2013 NAMM Show.
The official story of the Les Paul Award states: "The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, son of Les Paul, will make the presentation on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation, sponsor of the award.
"Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to such luminaries as Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel."
Pat Travers is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career in the mid-1970s making the US charts quickly in 1979 with his hit song, Boom Boom. Kirk Hammet of Metallica has cited him as one of his favorite guitar players. Since the critically acclaimed 1976 debut album featuring his own brand of high quality seventies guitar rock and roll, Pat Travers has gone on to deliver melodic eighties rock, a blues period throughout most of the nineties, noted performances with various power trio’s during the first few years of the new Millennium, and a full blooded return to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound as he entered his fifth performing and recording decade. The Pat Travers Band consists of guitarist/vocalist/
Travers once declared on his Facebook page, "I'm a Todd Head!" and recently referred to him on there as his "hero." The two musicians performed together in 1981 when Travers was the lead guitarist for Todd during a two song performance on the television show Saturday Night Live.
B.B. King's Orlando offers a variety of the South's most delicious comfort food influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style BBQ. The incredible facility consists of different areas ranging from an outside patio, a mezzanine that looks over the main stage as well as large standing and sitting areas.