Todd Rundgren to reunite with another Utopian for AWATS gigs on the West Coast

Todd Rundgren will be reunited with another former Utopia band member for his run of AWATS Live gigs in December. Ralph Schuckett will be one of the band's keyboardists as Roger Powell returns to his regular full-time job in the software industry.
 
 
Ralph Schuckett and Todd Rundgren
Ralph Schuckett and Todd Rundgren
 
Oct. 9, 2009 - PRLog -- Todd Rundgren will be reunited with another former Utopia band member for his run of  "A Wizard, A True Star" album live gigs on the West Coast this December.  Ralph Schuckett will be one of the keyboardists as former Utopian Roger Powell returns to his regular full-time job in the software industry.  Ralph was a member of Utopia from 1972-1975.  Ticket information for the gigs will be available soon on www.AWATSlive.com.

Ralph Schuckett (born March 2, 1948, Los Angeles, California) is an American keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/Film composer. He played with Clear Light 1966-68, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy 1968 to 1970, Jo Mama 1969-72, Carole King 1969-1972, Lou Reed 1972-73, Todd Rundgren and Utopia 1972-75, and as a studio musician in both LA and NY, on albums by Carole King (notably Tapestry), James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Four Tops, Cher, Donna Summer, Kashif, Richie Havens, Patty Smyth, Phoebe Snow, The Manhattans, Rodney Crowell, Joan Osborne, Ellen Shipley and many others. Some of Ralph's string and brass arrangements can be heard on recordings by Billy Joel, George Benson, Michael Bolton, Joan Osborne, Bette Midler, Bonnie Tyler, Graham Parker and others.

Ralph produced or co-produced the albums "Real" by Belinda Carlisle, "Tongues and Tails" by Sophie B. Hawkins (which included the world wide hit, 'Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover'), and "Rescue" by Clarence Clemons, on which he also co-produced tracks with Bruce Springsteen. He has co-written themes for TV shows, including "Kate & Allie" and "Another World". The latter became a Pop and Country hit, sung by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris.

Mr. Schuckett has composed music for hundreds of TV commercials, for products such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Federal Express among others. Since 1999, he has been the Senior Composer for 4Kids Productions, providing underscores for three Pokémon feature films, as well as Animated TV Series' including Pokémon, Kirby, Right Back At Ya, Yugioh, Cubix, Sonic X, Chaotic, Dinosaur King, Viva Pinata and many others.

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Former special guests include ...

Todd Rundgren of Utopia
Kasim Sulton of Utopia
Prairie Prince of The Tubes
Michele Rundgren
Roger Powell of Utopia
Michael Urbano of Cake
John Montagna of Alan Parsons Project
John Ferenzik
Moogy Klingman
Tony Levin
Lyle Workman
Jesse Gress
Willie Wilcox of Utopia
Andy Partridge of XTC
Dave Gregory of XTC
Larry Tagg of Bourgeois Tagg
Godfrey Townsend
Hunt & Tony Sales
Greg Hawkes of The Cars
Brent Bourgeois of Bourgeois Tagg
Rachel Haden of The Rentals
Colin Moulding of XTC
Jill Sobule
Ellen Foley
David Sanborn
Rick Derringer
John Oates of Hall & Oates
Tony Stevens of Foghat
Eliot Lewis
Bob Leinbach
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