Todd Rundgren to Produce “New” New York Dolls Record

New York Dolls and Todd Rundgren
NY Dolls and Todd Rundgren
Photo: Marty Temme

News from the classic rock archives:

The New York Dolls and legendary record producer / rock star, Todd Rundgren have been reunited for the first time in 36 years. Rundgren will produce the Dolls’ new album at his studio on the island of Kauai. Production is scheduled to start in January 2009.

This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced the New York Dolls eponymous debut album “The New York Dolls” which included the classic songs “Personality Crisis”, “Trash”, “Jet Boy” and “Private World”. Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals).

“We’re really excited to be working with Todd again,” says David Johansen. ” We’re hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album.”

The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label through Warner Brothers. The Atco label has been specially re-launched. The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the label.

The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a world tour in 2009.

The New York Dolls are playing the Stone Pony on November 22, 2008 and The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on December 27, 2008 (buy tickets).

Todd Rundgren is playing a two night stand at the Blender Theater on December 26 and December 27, 2008 (buy tickets).

More Rundgren and Dolls dates after the jump.

PS Is it just me, or is David Johansen a ringer for Nardwuar The Human Serviette?

New York Dolls 2008 Tour Dates
Nov 22 2008 The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Dec 03 2008 Sala Heineken Madrid | ESP
Dec 04 2008 Sala Capitol Santiago De Concepcion | ESP
Dec 05 2008 Rockstar Live Baracaldo | ESP
Dec 06 2008 Oasis Zaragoza | ESP
Dec 20 2008 Club Nokia Los Angeles, California
Dec 27 2008 Fillmore East at Irving Plaza New York, New York

Todd Rundgren 2008 Tour Dates
Nov 13 2008 Kulturbolaget Malmo
Nov 15 2008 TROMP International Music Festival and Competition Opening Night Eindhoven
Nov 16 2008 Harmonie Bonn
Nov 18 2008 Rolling Stone Milan
Nov 20 2008 Trabendo Paris
Nov 22 2008 Waterfront Norwich
Nov 23 2008 The Forum London
Dec 17 2008 Birchmere Alexandria, Virginia
Dec 19 2008 YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Bay Shore, New York
Dec 20 2008 Infinity Hall Norfolk, Connecticut
Dec 22 2008 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Dec 23 2008 Bearsville Theater Woodstock, New York
Dec 26 2008 Blender Theater @ Gramercy New York, New York
Dec 27 2008 Blender Theater @ Gramercy New York, New York
Dec 30 2008 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, Maryland


  1. Richard Marcus says:

    The first Dolls album was a classic. If Todd can recapture the same energy that the Dolls displayed on Personality Crisis and Jet Boy, than this could be better than the original line up of Kiss reforming, or Robin Zander singing lead vocals for Led Zeppelin. Almost legendary. Can’t wait!

  2. Bob says:

    Reports from Rundgrenland, actually from Todd himself indicate this will be the best New York Dolls record ever.

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