Last December, Scott Miller and I shared an evening at the Make Out Room in San Francisco to promote our respective books. Scott’s is Music: What Happened? and mine is A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio. The event, arranged by the immensely talented life force known as Alison Faith Levy and Phoenix Books, was called Wizards And Stars. Scott and I both actively performed songs mentioned in the texts of our books, and invited several of our San Francisco musician friends to join us. Graciously, we were blessed to have the participation of Alison herself, John Moremen (of the Orange Peels, and my band-mate in The Paul & John), Chris Von Sneidern, Bye Bye Blackbirds and I Love My Label. The event was a rousing success, we sold some books, heard some spirited Todd Rundgren covers and when it was done we exited into the chilly San Francisco night bathed in a warm pre-holiday glow. Good times.
Scott and I had so much fun in fact that we vowed to do it all over again, this time taking the show south to Los Angeles. I made a few calls and Flanny at Largo immediately gave us a date. Scott and I then made a few calls to our friends in that region and a lineup was arranged. Thus we have Wizards And Stars L.A., A Musical Literary Event at Largo at The Coronet, Thursday March 24th at 8pm (doors open at 7). My old friend Dave Foley (Kids In The Hall, Newsradio) has graciously agreed to be the master of ceremonies for this unforgettable night of musical guest stars and author book signings. Largo’s Thursday night cover is $25 and tickets CAN be purchased in advance.
Quoting from a Press Release I wrote earlier:
Scott Miller (Loud Family, Game Theory) is launching Music: What Happened? (125 Books) a song-by-song critical essay and paean to some of his favorite songs from the last 53 years of popular music. Scott will tell stories and read selections as well as perform choice songs from his work.
Paul Myers (The Gravelberrys, The Paul & John) has just released A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio (Jawbone Press), which chronicles the entire production career of Todd Rundgren, with new interviews from the man himself and every one of his celebrated clients from Patti Smith, Badfinger and the New York Dolls to XTC and Meat Loaf. Invited musical artists (including Miller) will sing a selection of Rundgren songs in tribute.
While both books will be on hand for sale and signing by their respective authors, Miller and Myers will bring John Moremen down with them from San Francisco, where they will be joined by an ace cast of L.A. musical guests including DJ Bonebrake (X), Peter Gilstrap (Ben Vaughn) and a rotating backing unit lead by Rooney guitarist Taylor Locke, with Rooney’s Ned Brower and Louie Stevens, plus Chris Price (Taylor Locke and The Roughs). Subject to change, expect appearances by Mike Viola (Candy Butchers), top soundtrack composer/producer Lyle Workman , The Chapin Sisters, and a few secret surprise “Largo regular” guests.
Largo At The Coronet is located at 366 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 855-0350 Order Tickets online at http://largo.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=69290
You can also buy A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio at participating venues on Todd Rundgren’s March Todd / Healing Albums Live Tour. Hiding out and can’t be seen in public? Order my book from Amazon here!