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Blog37 (10/22/02 - 11/07/02)
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15.30 - Details of Kasim's last full set gig this year at The Triad Theater in New York has been added to the Gigs section of the site.
14.30 - Just a reminder that the gig that Kasim Sulton was to have played at The Hamilton Street Cafe and Stage in Bound Brook, NJ tonight has been cancelled.
18.45 - A load of new photos have been added to the Photos section of the site. For the direct links click here for Kasim in Atlantic City in September 2001, here for Kasim in Atlantic City in September 2002, here for Kasim at The Bitter End, NY in September 2002 and here for Kasim in Schenectady, NY last weekend. Many thanks to Gary "Goat" Goveia and Jennifer Salyer for allowing these photos to be shown on KasimInfo.com.
04.30 - Another online search has uncovered the music charts for Canada and the history of Kasim Sulton's single Don't Break My Heart back in 1982. Click here to view the charts but the positioning of his single each Saturday was:
13th February - #29 (new entry)
20th February - #23 (up six)
27th February - #18 (up five)
6th March - #15 (up three)
13th March - #14 (up one)
20th March - #13 (its highest position)
27th March - #24 (three positions above the Utopia new entry One World)
Subsequently One World reached #8.
The Onion (Chicago edition)
16.15 - Continuing the online search for Quid Pro Quo mentions (it was about time that it hit the search engines!), there's a nice brief review from a musician, Brian Curtis, on the Audities list. The question asked in a previous post was "Aside from being one of my all-time favorite vocalists and all-around musicians, I've always liked what little I've heard of Kasim's solo material. Can you give a brief synopsis regarding "Quid Pro Quo" when you get a chance (or have the time)? ". Click here to read the reply which, in part, says:
"Good poppy stuff, like vintage Todd in some places. He does two covers - "Where Is My Soul" from The Finn Bros. and "Remember" by Nilsson, as well as one of the originals being a co-write with Glen Burtnik. And after the last tune (I feel like I'm spoiling this, but you'd find out elsewhere anyway) is a hidden bonus track - "Love Reunion," which is the song that many Utopia fans may recall from the "home movie" that ran preceding the 1977 RA shows. You can download the opening track "Sacrifice" at either KasimSulton.com or SphereSound.com. And add to all this the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the CD will be donated to Kids Against Cancer. Kasim is indeed a good egg (and if you drop him a line via his website he may well reply personally). A solid album, particularly for folks who already appreciate Kasim's incredible voice."
11.30 - The News section of the site (for those without the time to look at all these items in the Blog) has been updated.
09.00 - Four in-store appearances at Borders have been announced for Kasim Sulton. They are:
Sunday 1st December - Cleveland Heights, OH
Wednesday 4th December - Monroeville, PA
Monday 30th December - Jacksonville, FL
Thursday 2nd January - Winter Park, FL
At each appearance Kasim will be playing live some tracks from Quid Pro Quo and then signing CDs. Cameras are welcome at all these events. (Once again a big "well done" to Laura England for coming up with the original idea of Borders appearances for Kasim.) Kasim will also be interviewed on The 4 o'clock Show on WLOX (an ABC affiliate in the Biloxi, MS area) on Thursday 19th December. The Kasim Sulton Quid Pro Quo appearances section of the site has more details of all these events.
07.45 - Posted on 9/8/02, there's a complimentary mention of Quid Pro Quo on the Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal website (it's the eighth item down). It says:
"REAL RUNDGREN FANS - Kasim Sulton and new solo album.
At long last, I am proud to announce that the brand new solo album by former UTOPIA member, Kasim Sulton, is now available from Sphere Sound Records! The 10-song CD is aptly titled "Quid Pro Quo" and it features brilliant multi-instrumental performances by Sulton laced with his inimitable vocal style. Kasim Sulton is defining what melodic rock ought to be in the 21st century with this carefully crafted gem. "Quid Pro Quo" is a limited edition pressing and it will only be available at the Sphere Sound Records website while supplies last. To add something new to your CD collection that's finally worth humming along with, click here. ...And to hear the new Kasim track, "Sacrifice," just click here. (09/08/02) "
02.30 -Kasim Sulton posted again overnight on the messageboard attached to KasimSulton.com! This time it was in a post called "And The Winners Are ..." As it will disappear at some point, Kasim's post says:
"Okay! We have the 5 winners!
First, the voice is none other than my good friend Shadoe Stevens who was more than gracious in doing this for me. He's flattered to be mistaken for such wonderful voices as Dick Clark and TR.
Some of the guesses were hilarious and I hope you had as good a time guessing as I had pulling this little stunt.
Anthony Hopkins??? BHH.
Here are the winners in order of correct posting:
Rita K - 1st Place
tjbuck - 2nd Place
Rebecca - 3rd Place
bookgirl - 4th Place
Cindi - 5th Place
All of you will be receiving a CD from me within the next 2 weeks.
The CD will have the 2 songs I promised on it, 'Surrender' and the appropriately tittled 'Good Luck'
The first track is from my Bearsville days, the second is from recording sessions for EMI. If you think you've heard either one before, let me know now!
Just a reminder ... even though only 5 people won, we're all winners here and after they've had these dusty gems for a while I'm sure we can get them to share.
This was fun!
Kasim Sulton's calendar listing in the Cleveland Free Times
(just a couple below Paul McCartney!)
20.00 - Kasim Sulton has posted for a third time on the messageboard attached to KasimSulton.com! As it will disappear at some point, Kasim's post says:
"Keep guessin' guys...
We do have ONE winner so far!
By a process of elimination that narrows it down to five possibles!
19.00 - Sphere Sound Records have another auction on E-Bay for copies of Quid Pro Quo with the highest bidder receiving a signed copy. Click here for the direct link (and a chance to see some great photos of Kasim again).
17.15 - Kasim Sulton again posted on the messageboard attached to KasimSulton.com, this time requesting that all guesses are made at that new topic. Within 40 minutes of his post, seven women had posted their guess! As it will disappear at some point, Kasim's post says:
"Post your guess below.
One guess per post OK?
16.45 - Kasim Sulton himself (under the moniker "KasimAS") posted on the messageboard attached to KasimSulton.com. As (a long way down the road) it will disappear, Kasim's post says:
Just post a note with your guess! Some of you are saying, "I think it could be ..." Maybe it's ... " " Sounds like ..."
One guess per-post ok?
Currently there have been a staggering 19 posts to this subject today with 234 views!
14.45 - There were a couple of posts about the title of Kasim Sulton's message "Si vales, bene est; ego valeo " on the KasimSulton 2 Mailing List. Laura England posted that it is a Latin saying which translates as "If you are well, it is good; I am well".
14.30 - Currently there have been eleven posts trying to guess the mytery voiceover at the beginning of Quid Pro Quo contest that Kasim set this morning in his post. Harrison Ford has already been guessed the five times (the first five correct guesses receive a prize). Other guesses are Doug Kennedy, Edward Hermann, Shadow Stevens, Scott Van Duesen, Alex Sulton and James Earl Jones.
11.00 - A rarely mentioned fact about Quid Pro Quo is that a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each album is donated to the charity Kids Against Cancer. There is a mention of this on their website. Many thanks to Frank Ciapanna for forwarding this link.
10.30 - The Meat Loaf Winter 2002 / 2003 Tour has been corrected with the fact that Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket is in Connecticut and not New York as I had it listed! Many thanks to David Killary for this correction.
10.15 - Another new new concert for the Meat Loaf Winter 2002 / 2003 Tour has been discovered on the Internet. It's on Saturday 21st December at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, TX. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 9th November. Many thanks to David M. Driskell for this info.
10.00 - There was a great post of feedback on a Todd Rundgren mailing list from someone who had just received copies of three of Kasim's albums (one was a bootleg). The post was called "Kasim admirer from Argentina". Click here to view it. The mainhighlights were:
This album one didn't impress me that much. The compositions are nice, and it
sound like a curious mixture of Utopia and 80's pop. The songs I
liked the most are "Just A Little Bit" and "Sweet Little Accident"
But I have to confess that I was so impressed by the other two CD's
that I didn't take that much time to listen to this one.
Now for the others
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW
LIVE IN CAMBRIDGE:
This is an amazing record. How can he sound so good with just a
guitar, a mike and his voice? It's really great. He sound like a
really nice guy when he talks to the public, like everybody's friend.
He is funny and entertaining. All his new songs are great. I
specially like "Sometimes Love Is A Dangerous Thing" and "The One Sure
Thing" (see below). His selection of Todd / Utopia / Beatles songs is
also great, specially his cover of "Cliche". A special mention
for "Back On The Steet". That must be one of the most difficult songs
to adapt to only voice and guitar. What Kasim does with it is amazing.
QUID PRO QUO:
This is, no doubt about it, one of the best records I have heard in a
long time. It is almost perfect. I don't think I could chose a least
good song, or for that matter, a best song. I won't chose one. I will
just say that "The One Sure Thing" and "Heaven Help The Child" are
just too beautiful, "Over For Now" incredible, and "We The People"
would undoubtedly be a Grammy candidate if sung by some famous pop
I am now a Kasim admirer from Argentina."
04.45 - There is a quarter page advertisement for Quid Pro Quo in the current edition of Goldmine magazine.
04.30 - Click here for a couple of brief reviews of Kasim's gig on Saturday. (The first review is about halfway down the page.)
04.15 - Kasim Sulton sent a message to his mailing list in which he said that over 100 people have joined the list since 15th October! He also said that he'll soon be recording his background vocals for the final tracks on Meat Loaf's new album in Nova Scotia. There's also a competition to guess the name of the person who does the voice over "Quid Pro Quo" at the beginning of the album. Click here to view the guesses / answers.
10.45 - Two new items have been added to the News section of the site.
10.30 - KasimInfo.com was down for a couple of hours this morning while "they" were doing something to the server.
Kasim Sulton at a "real" piano in Schenectady last night
04.00 - Another new concert for the Meat Loaf Winter 2002 / 2003 Tour has been discovered on the Internet (most of these concerts have been "discovered" rather than "announced"). It's on Thursday 12th December at The State Theatre in Detroit, MI. Tickets go on sale today. Many thanks to David M. Driskell for this info.
16.15 - Some photos by Gary Goveia of Kasim's gig in Montclair, NJ have been added to that page of the Kasim Sulton's appearances to promote Quid Pro Quo section of the site and to the Photos section or click here for the direct link.
16.00 - Kasim Sulton is currently listed on the Albany 2 Go website and it includes a link to a clip of Sacrifice. Click here to view it. As it will disappear after the gig, it says:
When: Saturday, November 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Van Dyck Restaurant
Click here for the link to download the 30 second clip of Sacrifice.
14.45 - According to a post on the Todd Rundgren newsgroup, Kasim will be playing some Utopia songs with Moogy Klingman and The Freak Parade at the Triad Theater, New York on 10th November.
14.30 - The Kasim Sulton Video Of The Week section of the site has been updated with an interesting comparison of two of his songs.
12.15 - Another new Meat Loaf concert has been discovered on the Internet. It's on 10th December in Poughkeepsie, NY. Click here for details.
11.45 - Kasim Sulton received a few mentions in the Preview insert of today's edition of The Albany Times-Union. It says:
"Sulton of Swing?
Best known as the bassist with Todd Rundgren's Utopia and on Meat Loaf's classic "Bat Out Of Hell", Kasim Sulton is bringing his solo acoustic tour back to The Van Dyck in Schenectady on Saturday night, in support of his brand new CD, "Quid Pro Quo" on Rochester's Sphere Sound Records. His performances (at 7pm and 9.30 pm) are his final solo shows of the year, as he heads back out on the road with Meat Loaf in mid-November."
There is also a small photo of Kasim on the opposite page and a listing in the calendar section, plus The Van Dyck also has an advert in the newspaper. (Please note that Kasim will also be playing a solo set at the Triad Theater, New York the following weekend.)
03.30 - There are a couple of pictures of Meat Loaf's set at Rocktoberfest on 19th October now online. Click here to view the one photo that contains Kasim Sulton. Many thanks to the kind person who sent me this link.
04.00 - The earlier items from this page have been moved to a new Blog page (the link is at the bottom of this page).
The second table flyer of these gigs, first seen in Montclair
Sadly it was already incorrect by the time it hit the tables
20.30 - Don't forget that there are only about 18 hours left before the end of the E-Bay auction by Sphere Sound Records of some copies of Quid Pro Quo with the highest bidder in this Dutch auction receiving an autographed copy! Click here for the direct link.
14.15 - Moogy Klingman posted to a Todd Rundgren mailing list about the gig that Kasim Sulton will be playing with him on Sunday 10th November. It included the description of Kasim as:
"Kasim Sulton was the bassist and singer with the second Utopia and did about ten albums with them, co-singing and co-writing many of the songs. Kasim sang and wrote "Set Me Free", Utopia's only top 30 hit single. For the last decade Kasim has been singing and playing with Meat Loaf, performing bass and vocal duties and even opening for him on the last couple of tours.
Kasim has a new solo album out and will be doing songs from that release as well. Let's face it, Kasim has survived close to thirty years in
the music biz and he doesn't seem a day older then when he first joined Utopia way back when."
And the term "sideman" wasn't used once!
06.00 - Ticketing details for about eight of the Meat Loaf Winter 2002 / 2003 Tour concerts have been updated. Also the dates for the Orlando and Fort Myers concerts have been changed.
03.30 - Today is one of the three days in the year where there are five items for Kasim on the This Day page - the countries mentioned are US, South Africa and Holland.
02.30 - Laura England has updated her Kasim Sulton website with her travelogue of her trip to Chicago to see Kasim last weekend. Click here if you just want to view the photos of Kasim.
02.00 - There have been some posts about Kasim Sulton's gig at The Triad Theater in New York on 10th November on the Todd Rundgren newsgroup.
Flyer for Kasim's concert in Valparaiso in February 2003
Click here for ticketing details
18.15 - The pop-up about Quid Pro Quo on the Sphere Sound Records website has changed.
18.00 - Just a couple of cosmetic updates today: The Blog photo has been placed on the same line as the writing and a Legal page has had to be added to the site (due to another website swiping about 80 of my photos!).
18.30 - As previously mentioned on KasimInfo.com, a press release about Kasim Sulton's participation in the WMGK Rock Art Show has been added to the Press section of the site. The main part regarding Kasim says:
"Kasim Sulton, who recently released a new solo album called "Quid Pro Quo" on Sphere Sound Records, contributed handwritten lyrics for Utopia's Top 30 hit "Set Me Free," (which he wrote and sang) for the gallery's "Poetry of Rock" display, an exhibit of handwritten, signed song lyrics. "I'm honored to be a part of this extremely worthwhile event," says Sulton. "To know that my contribution, along with all the other items donated by so many talented artists, will help raise money for HIV/AIDS research along with other serious and life-threatening diseases facing children is as important as it is exciting to be associated with." Additionally, Sulton will be a special guest at the Private VIP Celebrity and Press Preview of the show on November 14."
09.00 - Another photo of Kasim Sulton's gig in Chicago has been added to the Kasim Sulton's appearances to promote Quid Pro Quo section of the site.
02.00 - The set list, another review, more photos and a video clip of Kasim Sulton's gig in Chicago on Sunday have been added to the Kasim Sulton's appearances to promote Quid Pro Quo section of the site.
22.00 - Although with time it will gradually drop further down the page, currently the first item of news on the StarPages website is about Kasim Sulton and Quid Pro Quo. Kasim is two above Barry Mannilow!
02.00 - There are some new photos of Kasim Sulton on the Tommy James website. As the page takes ages to download, the new photos of Kasim are:
The KOOL concert
Looking across the stage
On the far right
Tommy's left hand man
In the distance
Extract of a review of Meat Loaf's concert in Hyde Park, London by Susan Yates that appeared in the Meat Loaf UK Fan Club Newsletter
18.00 - Two reviews and some photos of Kasim Sulton's gig in Chicago on Sunday have been added to the Kasim Sulton's appearances to promote Quid Pro Quo section of the site.
17.15 - The Tommy James gig that Kasim Sulton was to have played this Saturday in Rochester, NY has been cancelled.
16.45 - In a few weeks a new section of MP3s will be added to KasimInfo.com. They will be of some of his radio shows, live recordings etc. If anyone has anything that they would like to contribute (either already as a MP3 or something that I can convert), please e-mail SueW@KasimInfo.com. Full credit will be given for all contributions.
12.15 - There's now a review online of Kasim's show on Sunday on the Chicago CitySearch website.Click here to read it.
10.15 - Details of the concert that Kasim Sulton will be playing with Meat Loaf in Chicago on 14th December have been added to the Meat Loaf Winter 2002 / 2003 Tour section of the site. Many thanks to Janet Spahr for this info.
20.30 Sandi Daae has some photos and videos of Kasim in Chicago on her website. Click here for the photos and here for the videos.
16.00 - The earlier items from this page have been moved to a new Blog page (the link is at the bottom of this page) ready for loads of updates this week.
15.30 - There is another auction by Sphere Sound Records of Quid Pro Quo on E-Bay. There are ten copies of the album available and this time the highest bidder in this Dutch auction will receive an autographed copy! There is also a new photo on that page - it's of Kasim Sulton playing his dulcimer. Click here for the direct link.
Photo of Kasim Sulton in Erie by Jennifer Salyer
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