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Todd Rundgren to bring fan favorites to IP

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Singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren said "An Evening with Todd Rundgren" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the IP Casino Resort will be an evening of "fan favorites."

But that doesn't mean it's a greatest hits tour.

"There's no such thing for me," Rundgren told the Sun Herald in a recent telephone interview. "If it was a greatest hits tour, that means I would play four songs, and it would be over within about 20 minutes."

With more than 30 albums spanning 45 years, Rundgren is as prolific as he is eclectic. He said fans can expect the unexpected when it comes to his performance at the IP.

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"We're certainly not going to be avoiding anything," he said. "We are going to play a lot of the songs people might have requested, if we took requests. Plus, there will be some deep tracks you don't expect to hear and some surprises thrown in."

Before his show at the IP, Rundgren will be performing at legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans.

"I have a lot of friends in New Orleans," he said, "and I spend a lot of time there even when I'm not playing. I have some affection for the Coast."

Rundgren said he started his Spirit of Harmony Foundation on a trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The foundation supports instrument-based education.

"We were down in the 9th Ward, and we found a music program that had lost a lot of its support and their instruments during the floods" he said. "We actually have something of a little tiny root in the area."

Although Rundgren said he hasn't recorded in New Orleans, the thought has crossed his mind.

"I wish I had a large enough chunk of time to do some recording down there," he said. "I do have a lot of friends who are scions of the music scene. I've known (Dr. John) for a real long time. It's not an unfamiliar venue for me, but I've never spent as much time there as I wanted to."

Rundgeren said he's preparing to release another album later this year. He said he's also been recording some music with a well-know band.

"I've been recording some songs with The Roots," Rundgren said. "I don't' know what's going to become of it. They're great players. We're all from Philly."

When he is not recording or doing a solo tour, Rundgren performs with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band.

He said he will be back out on the road with the ex-Beatle sometime this summer.

"The Ringo tour is a greatest hits tour, you get to play three of your hit songs -- that's his criteria," he said. "If you've had three hit songs somewhere in your career, you can be an All Star. I have qualified."

The current incarnation of Starr's band is his longest-running, having stayed basically the same since 2012.

"It's almost like a second family," Rundgren said. "This is the band that he was seeking in a way."

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