Todd Rundgren teamed up with his recently reunited Utopia bandmates for a rare television appearance July 9 on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The legendary prog-rocker and company performed the 1982 Swing to the Right single “One World.”
Fans who missed the band's reunion on the popular ABC late-night talk show can check out a stream of Monday's performance, which was posted July 10 via Kimmel's YouTube channel. The ex-Nazz star reformed Utopia 25 years after their break up for a 2018 spring tour of North America, which wrapped up June 5 in Riverside, California, in support of the limited edition set “The Road To Utopia -The Complete Recordings 1974-82 Original Recording Masters,” released on April 20 via Friday Music.
The “Hello It's Me” hitmaker brought plenty of energy to the performance, backed by longtime Utopia members Kasim Sulton (bass), Willie Wilcox (drums) and Ralph Schuckett (keyboards). Kimmel's studio audience shows their love as Rundgren launches into the anthem rocker's opening chorus, singing, “One world/Whoa/It's our world.”
“The Road To Utopia -The Complete Recordings 1974-82 Original Recording Masters” features the original recordings of Utopia's first seven albums. The limited edition set includes 15 bonus tracks plus 2018 band commentary and is available to order here.
The multi-talented rocker will be back on the road in the U.S. this summer with his “An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren” show in continued support of his latest studio album White Knight, which dropped May 12, 2017, via Cleopatra Records. The solo romp will launch July 25 in Salisbury, Mass., at Blue Ocean Music Hall and wrap up with two-night stand Nov. 24 – Nov. 25 in Honolulu, H.I., at Blue Note Hawaii.