Why Todd Rundgren Is Skipping His Own Rock Hall of Fame Induction

by Kati Michelle

Todd Rundgren’s fruitful career is still blossoming long after writing his smash hit “Hello It’s Me” back in his teens. The multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter actually just reached a new career milestone putting him on the same level as Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, and the Foo Fighters.

At least, that’s one perspective. From Todd’s own perspective though, the illustrious music industry honor is bogus. Here’s why Todd Rundgren says he’ll be skipping his own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction.

Todd Rundgren Says It’s Not a Contest

In a quick video interview, Todd Rundgren broke down how he really feels about his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. While it marks one of the biggest days of some other musician’s lives, Rundgren wants to distance himself from it altogether. He thinks “Hall of Fame” honors should be reserved for retired sports players. No more, no less. He doesn’t really see the benefit of something like that for active musicians.

Essentially, he thinks the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame creates unnecessary competition within the music industry. And as a musician, he doesn’t value pitting himself against anyone else just trying to create their art.

He also questions the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s authenticity. He claims, for example, that all of their fan-based competitions lack transparency. Although fans may work relentlessly to try to boost their favorite artists, Rundgren thinks it’s ultimately futile because something else goes on behind closed doors. In other words, it’s fixed.

For all those reasons listed above, Todd Rundgren would much rather “Bang the Drum All Day” with fans at one of his shows. You can catch him in Cincinnati on the night of the induction performing at The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center instead.

What Keeps Him Going

In another recent interview, Todd Rundgren was asked the following: “After all of these decades, why do you still tour and make music?” Here’s how Rundgren answered that question.

“I think it keeps me healthy. I don’t do anything like the kind of physical work that I do when I’m on the road. When I’m at home, geez, if I would go out maybe and chop down bamboo for two hours, it might be comparable to what I have to do on stage, but I think the reason why I still have the stamina to do it, the reason why my voice still holds out, is because I never stopped doing it.”

Rundgren then went on to talk about his favorite venues. Apparently, those with historic charm and character hold a special place in his heart.

“There’s just a lot of fond memories of like the Fox Theatres … (because they were) not simply great sounding places and great places for an audience to go to, but (had) a lot of architectural history as well…So…the theaters represent the kind of like a golden age in touring — for me anyway.”