In other Todd Rundgren/Utopia related news we sadly to announce the passing of Utopia’s original keyboard man Moogy Klingman. Moogy passed away on Tuesday 15th November from “an aggressive form of cancer”. Our thoughts are with his family and friends…
Mark “Moogy” Klingman has been a part of rock ’n’ roll history for more than four decades. As a loyal sideman to Todd Rundgren on some of his most celebrated albums, Moogy tackled a wide variety of piano, organ, and synth parts on classics like “Hello It’s Me,” “Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel,” “Utopia Theme,” and “The Ikon.” As a founding member of Utopia, he was at the forefront of progressive rock, with a style deeply rooted in funk, boogie-woogie, and jazz. He co-wrote Bette Midler’s signature song “Friends” and produced her album Songs for the New Depression, which featured her duet with Bob Dylan, “Buckets of Rain.”
Klingman has never stopped playing all over New York City, but a recent diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer has given him a new outlook on life and a supercharge of energy. In February, the original lineup of Utopia reunited for two sold-out shows at the Highline Ballroom in New York to raise funds for his treatments. Klingman was overwhelmed with emotion, playing with musicians he had not seen in 30 years. He credits music as a major part of his recovery.
Keyboard Player’ full interview HERE.