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Monday 1 September 2014

Rundgren fine with audience exits

Todd Rundgren has released a new album State

Todd Rundgren has said he doesn't mind people walking out of his live shows because they get tired of waiting for his biggest hit.

The multi-talented instrumentalist, songwriter and producer admitted he's not bitter about audience members leaving after an hour because he hasn't performed his hit Hello It's Me or demanding refunds.

"I'm not fooling anyone and I never have. I do hope they've learned their lesson and never come to another show of mine ever again, though," he said.

The 64-year-old continued: "I wish promoters would be less vague with the show they're selling. I suppose they go for what they think they can sell off my name, rather than advertising what the show actually is.

"The upshot of all this is that the audiences at my shows are survivors; a unique group of people who have been frequently tested over the years. They know they don't know what's going to happen, and they're happy about that," he added.

Todd, who has released a new album State, asked one of his sons for advice before he started the record.

"He gave me a list of things to listen to, so I spent a while checking all that out," recalled the father-of-three.

"I also asked my friends' kids what they were listening to, in case my son has his blinkers on. You never know, he might have bad taste!"

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