While the Mavericks were rocking the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Todd Rundgren was getting mixed results at the sold-out Stage AE on his "Gobal" tour:
Here are two different takes on the show:
Ben Alper: "Having never heard or seen Todd Rundgren before, I went to the show with a somewhat open mind, albeit expecting to recognize some songs from a lifetime of listening to WDVE. What I got instead was an aged rocker who seemed more interested in leading an aerobics class. His backing 'band' consisted of a synth player and two female singer/dancers wearing Afro wigs. When he chose to play guitar, it had a nice full tone and he certainly evinced a level of proficiency, but unfortunately for the majority of songs I witnessed, he was all too happy to leave the guitar on its stand while he jumped around trying to excite a bewildered crowd. After 5, 6 songs, we had had enough faux-jock jams and decided to call it a night."
Dave Hartz: "It's tempting to think that Todd Rundgren just likes to mess with the folks who show up waiting to hear his greatest hits. You knew something was up from the DJ setup center stage. The crowd got treated to TR's new electronica-infused 'Global' album in its entirety with Todd flanked by two female singers/dancers and backed up by DJ DamFunK. There were no guitars other than on the 4 or 5 songs on which TR strapped on a lucite Strat for some killer guitar solos. A finale medley of reworked hits 'Can We Still Be Friends,' 'Hello It's Me' and 'I Saw the Light' probably wasn't enough to satisfy the bring-me-the-hits crowd. You have to keep an open mind. My companions kept checking their phones and being relieved that their tickets were comps while I dug the show. His voice was in great shape and his guitar chops intact, even if I would have preferred seeing him front a four-piece rock band. Makes me think back to Neil Young's 'Greendale' show at Star Lake when everyone complained they hadn't been 'warned' that it wouldn't be a greatest hits show."