Todd Rundgren performs at OpenAir during residency at CU Denver

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Photo: Mike Flanagan and Todd Rundgren
Mike Flanagan and Todd Rundgren

Rock legend Todd Rundgren's career has spanned nearly 50 years. In that time he's released 24 studio albums (a 25th, titled "Global," is on its way this month), played in bands like Nazz and Utopia and produced albums for the likes of Badfinger, The Band, XTC, New York Dolls and more.

Needless to say, when he stopped into the CPR Performance Studio this week he had much to talk about with OpenAir's Mike Flanagan, who has followed his career for some time now.

Rundgren is in town as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the University of Colorado-Denver's Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department. In addition to working with CU Denver students and faculty, Rundren will perform at the King Center Concert Hall on Thursday night and host a free Q&A on Friday afternoon at the same location. More info is available via the university's website.

Rundgren spoke about working with young musicians and his lifelong passion for technology and shared some tales from his distinguished performing and producing career.

Stream the full session above, and watch video of "I Saw the Light" below.

Songs performed:

  • "I Saw the Light"
  • "Song of the Viking"
  • "Cliché"