Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
From the early days of his music career, Todd Rundgren has been a cult rock figure. But for a brief time in mid-‘70s it appeared he would break into the mainstream with the gold album "Something/Anything?" The two-album set which features the classic tracks "Hello it's Me" and "I Saw the Light," celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. One longtime fan wants to make sure the milestone is recognized with a fan-funded advertisement in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Bill Bricker's inspiration comes out of the pages of Todd's storied career. Rundgren's fifth album, aptly named “Todd,” included a poster featuring names from fans who sent in a postcard from his previous record. In similar fashion, the 40 Years of Something/Anything? Tribute in Rolling Stone will include the names of all contributors.
This is Bricker's fourth Todd Rundgren-related Rolling Stone Magazine project. In 1992 the fans celebrated twenty years of "Something/Anything?" In 2004, he raised enough funds to place a quarter page ad in Issue #695 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the "Todd" album. And five years ago, 875 fans placed a half page for the fortieth anniversary of Rundgren's recording career coinciding with the lifespan of Rolling Stone 1967-2007.
Now to bring focus to 40 Years of "Something/Anything?," Bricker recently hosted a gathering of over 300 fans before Rundgren's two-night stand at the historic Cleveland Agora. Everyone had the opportunity to bid on 1,000 square feet of vinyl images of Todd and his Utopia bandmates adorning the club. Eight foot tall replicas of “Something/Anything?” and “Back to the Bars” albums were erected, and fans watched a taped Utopia concert from 1978. Across the four-day weekend, contributions doubled from the existing 15% to 30% of a full page ad.
“The final size of the ad is completely up to the fans,” Bricker said. “We will run a full page for every thousand names collected.” The tribute will run in one of the last two issues of the year. The deadline for inclusion in the ad is October 31.
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