David Byrne

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Is it my bad eye, or does he look abnormally great for his age?

squea, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

That statement just adds to my "David Byrne is a Energy Vampire" theory. Yes!

Gage-o, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Going through a 1994 edition of the Wire (what an exciting life I have), saw this - "The amazing thing about David Byrne is the contrast between how normal he was meant to be and how exotic he has become" !!!!!!!!!!!!

dave q, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He forgot the lyrics to Lazy on TOTP so though the body may be unharmed this is not the case it seems, with the mind.

Ronan, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

On windows XP one of his songs is included as a demo. I think that is saying something.

jel --, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ronan it's a bit unfair to criticise - you know those lyrics a lot better than he does after all.

Tom, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

God you'd swear I still sing along to it every time it comes on the radio or something.

Ronan, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Vampire or cyborg rock star, I'm not certain, but Bowie is definitely not human.

That's why The Hunger is so great, because you get to see what he would look like if he actually aged.

Jordan, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He's a very very odd man.

Nick Southall, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I am an idiot...telling though that I see 'David' and 'abnormally great for his age' and I think Bowie. They've probably shared occult secrets anyway.

Jordan, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i very much like his photographs. and his newer book 'the new sins'

Ron, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He does look great. His last tour was very special.

Do people still dislike him even though "Lazy" is so great? He's my very favorite.

Keiko, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He looked pretty f'n old and tired when I saw him up close at the start of the year. On stage he looked great, though.

Andrew, Friday, 26 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...
"He really keeps his finger on the pulse,” said Ms. Diaz-Tutaan, whom Mr. Byrne became interested in after hearing the CD her band, Apsci, recorded for the tiny progressive hip-hop label Quannum. “That’s really inspiring to me — that this guy who has been around for such a long time and has been one of my musical influences is keeping up with things on a more underground level. He’ll just ride his bike to a venue, go in, check out the band and ride home.”

Mr. Byrne doesn’t seem to think there’s anything particularly remarkable about it. “Sure, I go out a lot,” he said. “I’m in New York, and I’m a music fan. But sometimes I go out to these shows and I go ‘Where are my peers?,’ you know? Where are the musicians from my generation, or the generation after mine? Don’t they go out to hear music? Do they just stay home? Are they doing drugs? What’s going on?”

He laughed and shook his head. “Or maybe they’re just not interested anymore. They’re watching ‘Desperate Housewives.’ ”

From Will Hermes January 14, 2007 NY Times article "Indie Rock’s Patron Saint Inspires a New Flock" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/14/arts/music/14herm.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

I haven't liked Byrne's music in ages, and his blog writing alternates between being a tad pretentious and naive, but I like his curiousity and enthusiasm about music and art. I wonder how his upcoming Carnegie Hall Series will be?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw him riding his bike once. His photo books are amazing.

Period period period (Period period period), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 01:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Grown Backwards was really good.

caek (caek), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 01:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw him with the Talking Heads doing "Psycho Killer" on the Old Grey Whistle Test today, and my friend said, "wow, he looks really old."

The Ultimate Conclusion (lokar), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Both Grown Backwards and Look Into The Eyeball were surprisingly great...What I don't get is how the Arcade Fire sounds like Talking Heads...I mean, really?

Tyler W (tylerw), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

From Will Hermes NYT article:

“He’s just kind of pursued what he finds interesting and hasn’t been specifically chasing after an audience, and I have a lot of respect for that,” said Win Butler of the Arcade Fire. That band has performed with Mr. Byrne on various occasions, and its cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” is a blogosphere favorite. “I don’t think of him as a pop star, really. He’s like a scientist, or a professor.”

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 8:00 PM
David Byrne: Songs from Here Lies Love
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
David Byrne, Vocals and Guitar
Joan Almedilla, Vocals
Ganda Suthivarakom, Vocals
Mauro Refosco, Percussion
Graham Hawthorne, Drums
Paul Frazier, Bass
Thomas Bartlett, Keyboards

David Byrne and his band perform selections from his new multimedia song cycle written in collaboration with DJ Fatboy Slim—Here Lies Love. The songs invoke the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, and the servant who raised her.

Hmmmmmmm. Fatboy Slim, the percussionist from Forro in the Dark, and songs about Imelda Marcos.....

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Here's an excerpt from a NY Times review of the Knee Plays effort. There's also a funny commentary (and photos with lots of bearded guys)about Byrne's introduction of the performers in a separate NY Times review of the Freak Folks show he curated (Byrne does not have a beard though), and a Sia Michel review of the Marcos thing.

February 3, 2007
New York Times Music Review | 'David Byrne'
David Byrne Honors Joints That Connect the Limbs


Thursday’s concert was the retrospective segment: the music that Mr. Byrne wrote in 1984 for the entr’actes to Robert Wilson’s projected 12-hour theater project “the CIVIL warS,” which was never realized in its entirety for lack of funds. Mr. Wilson calls them “knee plays,” small segments that form the joints between a work’s larger limbs. Since all the limbs were never assembled, Mr. Byrne joined 12 knee plays together to create an album and a show that toured in the mid-1980s and was recreated, without scenic elements but with many of the original players (Les Misérables Brass Band, led by Frank London), at Zankel Hall.

Gospel oomph with a keening saxophone (Matt Darriau); the splintered, icy chords of “Winter,” morphing into a tolling like that of bells; an intended homage to the Italian film composer Nino Rota in “Admiral Perry” (“I missed by a long shot,” Mr. Byrne said), with a sleepy melody from muted trumpets supported by a bass beat. New Orleans, rather than the Talking Heads, was the musical reference point for a varied evening of fine brass playing.

This was music experimenting as theater, trying on different roles — a primal beat in “Jungle Book,” a Bulgarian folk song in “Theadora Is Dozing” — to which Mr. Byrne’s spoken texts acted now as gloss (in “The Sound of Business,” exploring the question of what it sounds like to work at given moments), now as counterpoint. But like much incidental music, the evening as an aggregate suffered from a sense of abridgement, passing quickly and offering small tastes of things you would have liked to hear more of.

One loud fan did his best to shout the event into the realm of a rock concert; the rest of the audience appeared delighted to receive whatever Mr. Byrne was willing to offer.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the friday show was pretty great.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

An excerpt from the NY Times Sia Michel review of the Marcos thing


"...Actually the work needed more imagination and analysis to lift it from flat biopic into statement-making art. (Presumably that will come later. The finished “Here Lies Love” will include dramatic scenes and historical video.) It purports to explore the relationship between Mrs. Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, her longsuffering nanny-maid. Joan Almedilla (Mrs. Marcos) and Ganda Suthivarakom (Ms. Cumpas) sweetly harmonized on many numbers, underscoring a symbiotic bond. But the lyrics didn’t delve much deeper into a potentially fascinating power dynamic.
Or maybe they did. For the first half of the show a bad sound mix meant the drums drowned out the vocals." "...an hour in, things jelled. Earlier the production felt static and cold: the songs, while pretty, struck a similar tempo and melodic range and the band members stayed far apart on the huge stage. “Please Don’t,” a catchy song about Mr. Marcos’s alleged affair with a star of dune-buggy flicks, had a punchy techno beat that bore the stamp of the British D.J. Fatboy Slim, Mr. Byrne’s musical collaborator. The euphoric “Dancing Together” added rave-style whistle sounds; “Society People” pulsated with funk. Mr. Byrne has imagined staging “Here Lies Love” in a club, to compare dance-floor ecstasy to the feeling of dictatorial bullying. (But where will he stuff the orchestra, which joined him on the string-heavy trip-hop of “Solano Avenue” and closed the show?)

He seemed aware that the libretto has a long way to go in terms of finessing his larger themes. “Well, I’ll point it out,” he said, after describing the martial-law era of the Marcos reign. “There are some common resonances today.”

So, later, when people gave the show several standing ovations, were they applauding the enticing performances, the obvious potential of “Here Lies Love” or the fact that Mr. Byrne is an immensely charming artist who loves to take anticommercial risks? Like staging a rough work at Carnegie Hall."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"But sometimes I go out to these shows and I go ‘Where are my peers?,’ you know? Where are the musicians from my generation, or the generation after mine? Don’t they go out to hear music? Do they just stay home? Are they doing drugs? What’s going on?”"

Man I already feel this way and I'm only 33. That's one thing I've noticed that I admire about the classical world that is severely lacking in the world of underground rock/indie music whatever - cross-generational integration of musicians and music fans.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I am jealous of all the cool musicians he just saw in Brazil and the places he went and the food he ate...His x-mas through January posts


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 04:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah his journal's a pretty fun read... i remember a really OTM post about the financial meltdown back in October of whatever..

still need to check out the new album w/brian eno as i really like that "strange overtones" song that's getting good radio play at one station over here..

winstonian (winston), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

the Songs Of Byrne & Eno tour is AWESOME

the strawman of the hilarious DJShadow/Jurassic5 loving university student (sic), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 08:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's good news! I'll be seeing that in March. How are the My Life in the Bush of Ghosts songs delivered in this setting, I'm v. curious to know.

willem, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 09:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

there's only one Bush Of Ghosts song sadly, but it is remarkable. he does a hesitant intro trying to explain [I saw it at the Sydney Opera House, perhaps in other venues he trusts the audience better] that they made this record, but neither of them sing on it, and they took the voices from "found sounds", and it took a year to, what you would now call, "clear" the "samples," and it was a terrible pain, erm, well but anyway -- and then takes a deep breath and ROARS in full sung melody the radio preacher's words as the band swells in behind him.

Donate your display name to Gazza (sic), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 10:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's "Help Me Somebody" I think... He sings the preacher's words!? Woah.

willem, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 10:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha, yeah, those journals ... I want to go to parties at Caetano Veloso's house, too! Take me with you, Dave!

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Jon Pareles of the NY Times makes David mad:


excerpt from Byrne's blog and Pareles' review below that. I think the review of the current tour seems fair (I haven't seen the tour but if Pareles thinks it's too cute, that's his opinion. I have mixed views on Pareles' review from way back of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts) :

C warned me that there was a not so complimentary review in the NY Times this morning, and advised me against reading it. I don’t read all the press and reviews we get, but as I do read that paper regularly, I would have inevitably stumbled upon it. Apparently the reviewer, Jon Pareles, loves the Bush Of Ghosts album and has some kind of nostalgia for those days. We all know music snobs who like to remind everyone that they heard so and so back when they were really good. This, however, is the same reviewer who leveled charges of “cultural imperialism” against Bush Of Ghosts in his Rolling Stone review back in the early 80’s. For years afterwards, almost every interviewer asked me to respond to his charge, and many press articles quoted it. It was like the joke about “When did you stop beating your wife?” — the charge was silly and ill-informed, but one was constantly put on the defensive, and even assumed to be guilty, simply by the question being raised. It was annoying, it lasted for years, and it hurt.

Given that track record, I guess 30 years from now he’ll figure out what this show was about.

I still haven’t read the review, and don’t intend to.


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

So if I want to go with David to the parties in Brazil I just can't mention Jon Pareles or cultural imperialism I guess

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 March 2009 16:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

"So, David, when did you stop robbing other cultures' musical heritage?"

tylerw, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's cool if pareles wasn't feeling the show -- i had a good time when I saw it a couple months back. thought the band was good, dancers were fun and Byrne was engaging. Who knows, I might've reacted differently if I'd seen the big band Talking Heads play those songs back in the day. But it worked for me.

tylerw, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Saw the show in Belfast last night - it was fantastic. The big surprises were only one song from Bush Of Ghosts (wouldn't have been a surprise if I'd read this thread) and Burning Down The House, which Eno wasn't involved in. We got a full five songs from Remain In Light too, which was just incredible. I loved the choreography and the showiness of it all - it is a proper show, but the band is incredibly tight and funky as well so one is not at the expense of the other. Byrne doing both rhythm and lead guitar (great versions of Adrian Belew's solos from the Remain In Light songs especially) was very impressive. It was my girlfriend's birthday too and we are both massive Talking Heads fans so pretty much a perfect night out.

Looking forward to seeing what he writes about our fair city on his blog! He mentioned on stage that he and some of the band/dancers had gone cycling and got caught in the (torrential) rain so I'm sure it was a bit of a let-down.

Chris in Belfast, Wednesday, 8 April 2009 09:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

sounds like the same show he did for free last night in prospect park. except for the final song, the new eno/byrne album songs pretty much blew compared to the peak era talking heads stuff. but the whole spectacle was so much better than i expected. dude has aged amazingly well. his dance moves and vocal hiccups could make up a master class in compelling frontman-ness

kamerad, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 12:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, a couple months later, i think the live show was waaaay better than the new album. there are 3 or 4 tracks i love on it, but a good deal of it feels a little soggy. i actually like Byrne's last few solo records better, I think. but i agree -- dude is a wonderful performer, and there is something weirdly touching about him being so comfortable and relaxed onstage these days, compared to the super uptight Talking Heads days.

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

i thought the new stuff was alright. he and the dancers were fun. but it wasn't like a super-scintillating show.

Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

i guess i wanted some harder funk

Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought about going but just couldn't bring myself to hear those new song live

da croupier, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

songs, even, allegedly

da croupier, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

he did the title track of the new one last as his third and final encore. it was the only one from that album i enjoyed. otherwise they were letdowns made interesting only by the choreography. same with "heaven," which sounds like a precursor to this latest album. but that is a minor complaint about a great free show. where i was sitting everyone was up and dancing during "i zimbra" and the biggies like "life during wartime." the crowd went nuts when our incredulity that he'd do "once in a lifetime" turned out wrong. total class act

kamerad, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 15:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

The newly arranged "Born Under Punches" with killer bassline is the highlight of the current tour for me, dissapointed that he didn't include it on the live ep (prob. due to copyright/royalties issues since all the songs are byrne/eno on that one).

willem, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 07:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is 'Born Under Punches' not being played the same way it was in the early 80s? It sounded very similar to the version on The Name Of This Band Is... anyway. Also that Rome show that's on Youtube.

Chris in Belfast, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 11:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

i thought it was great but i might have been disappointed if i had paid money for it

as we were leaving we got approached by a guy who asked, "do you know where the david brian concert is?" we were standing like 100 yards from the bandshell and we sort of motioned behind us at the incredibly loud music, as in, the concert is right there, where all the music, and lights are coming from, and he gave us a confused look and goes, "but isnt that the talking heads?" <shrug emoticon>

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

that guy woulda been disappointed anyway - Byrne didn't play "Drugs"

Paul, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:34 (nine years ago) Permalink


Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Jon Pareles of the NY Times goes after Mr. Byrne again in his review of Bonaroo:

Mr. Byrne, performing songs he wrote with Brian Eno, last year and decades ago, in musically emaciated new arrangements and surrounded by Broadwayish dancers.


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 03:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

"another old foreign culture"? I think you're over-simplifying the cultural appropriation arguments a bit

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 July 2013 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

byrne's solo work has been diminishing returns for a long time but the album with St. Vincent is really good, but mostly because of her.

akm, Monday, 29 July 2013 18:00 (five years ago) Permalink

""another old foreign culture"? I think you're over-simplifying the cultural appropriation arguments a bit"

Probably. That's partly why I want to hear more about the arguments, I havent been able to find any real detailed criticism about this matter.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 1 August 2013 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

the David Byrne record is quite good, yes.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I guess he and the guards will be doing halftime appearances at US football games next

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:14 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

First song from upcoming album

willem, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

working with OPN and Jam City has me interested at the very least

ufo, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I like Byrne, but those vocals are pretty annoying

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 12:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He was scheduled yesterday to have done a “Reasons to be Cheerful “ lecture in NYC, and his upcoming tour for his new American Utopia album is scheduled and on sale in some places

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Apparently Airhead worked on it as well, so apparently this will be the art-pop Yeezus in terms of producers

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It sounds pretty good, but I feel like the pop structure of it gets in the way of elaborating on that principal idea. It gets better after the two minute mark. I think the vocals are ok.

damosuzuki, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

compression and eq on those vocals pretty grating imo

niels, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Satellite radio played a song from his new album, a cover of Whitney Houston I Want To Dance with Somebody.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Huh. I want to say he did that live a lot in, like, 2003? Late '90s? A while ago.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink



Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He did it last time I saw him live, and that was way before 2007. Late 90s seems about right.

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

OK. Maybe it's not from the new album, although the DJ sort of made it seem that way.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

$75 to $150 to see him at tour date in my area. He apparently will have alll the musicians “mobile “ on this tour onstage— marching band percussion etc. plus special lighting http://davidbyrne.com/journal/ttt-testing-tour-tech

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'll see him at Roskilde Festival - discounted rate... will be great!

niels, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 15:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This Must Be David Byrne, great long read about his new album and other stuff at GQ.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

what's with the dramatic present/imperative in the style of DFW?

Before flying out to meet David Byrne, prepare. Over-prepare. Actually, if possible, begin preparation unknowingly, in 1989–90, around age 12, by listening to Rei Momo over and over again, in the apartment your dad rents when he and your mom first split up. Leave the CD on repeat, sit at your dad's computer building one SimCity after another, depriving them of vital infrastructural resources and watching them burn down. Form the kind of uncritical attachment to a former frontman's solo stuff that you can only really form as a late-to-the-party 12-year-old.

niels, Friday, 20 April 2018 06:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I like the new one - a little on the nose to say “the answer is one click away” tho lol

Ross, Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

surely someone here has gone to his show…saw it last night at Kings theater… an utterly unique experience.

in the 1980s, after SMS, which was my introduction, I quickly tired of his multi-media antics and disliked TH music of the time. avoided anything involving him well into living in New York, starting in 89. yet I picked up Fear and Remain in the 90s, but didn't really fuck with them until mid 00s, and for sure he was tough to miss at various shows and events in town in the 90s and 00s. and so two weeks before I move away after 29 years here, I listen to those two records and The Name of… all the time (just can't seem to get with the first two and post SMS records), and I saw him for the first time. Fucking great to see such a singular show from a major NY artist I have come to love in my waning days here.

veronica moser, Monday, 17 September 2018 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

think it was discussed in some depth in another TH thread.

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Monday, 17 September 2018 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep discussed elsewhere and earlier. one of the best shows I've ever seen.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 September 2018 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

it was indeed a massive victory lap and truly original

niels, Monday, 17 September 2018 14:08 (two months ago) Permalink

hmm…well I'm sure that people other than me found his mid 80s naif act annoying as fukk…

veronica moser, Monday, 17 September 2018 14:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I’m not sure what that means.

akm, Monday, 17 September 2018 15:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Like I’ve never found him “naive” if that’s what you mean

akm, Monday, 17 September 2018 15:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Thank you again to all who urged folks to see this tour. Fantastic show. I don't recall another performance as exciting to watch as it was to listen & groove along to.

that's not my post, Monday, 17 September 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Dude has not lost it.

He sounds as amazing as ever, jealous of anyone who saw the st Vincent tour

Ross, Monday, 17 September 2018 16:46 (two months ago) Permalink

also yes I saw this show in SF, front-row, it was astounding. I'd seen him three times before, I guess on tour for Uh-Oh, the s/t album, and Feelings....this was definitely the best of the three. A legendary tour, I'm assuming some of it was filmed? THis would rival Stop making Sense.

akm, Monday, 17 September 2018 17:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Haven't seen the current tour (but saw Byrne w/ St. Vincent; and saw Talking Heads in early 80s), just some video clips. Do you folks love the way the musicians are marching band style with no drum set on floor? the use of shadows and dancing? The mix of Talking Heads old songs and new Byrne ones?

So the presentation makes this more than just a greatest hits tour? His latest album doesn't wow me.

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 September 2018 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Shadows and dancing is a good way to sum it up. Newest Byrne does nothing for me, but I was so entranced by said shadows and dancing it didn't matter.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 September 2018 18:23 (two months ago) Permalink

He's coming at the end of September but tickets ain't cheap.

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 September 2018 18:36 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd say might be worth it! I didn't pay, but in retrospect I think I would have.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 September 2018 19:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I saw the first of three shows, and even though I knew the other two would be identical had i been free I would have considered shelling out.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 September 2018 19:09 (two months ago) Permalink

it's worth it. I paid way too much for my tickets and don't regret it.

akm, Monday, 17 September 2018 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I bought tix secondary market on saturday, show was last night. the venue is within 10 minutes walking distance of my apartment (as opposed to 1 hour on subway trip to Manhattan, such as what I will do tonight to see Wayne Kramer and the four younger dudes = MC50), beautiful recently renovated art deco theater. 2 tickets were 3x face value.

Worth every penny. "Crosseyed" "Born Under" and above all "I Zimbra," as well as many other songs. how he could afford to do this show with presumably little tour support from Nonesuch is barely fathomable. and the 11-12 musicians that do not stand around, concentrating on playing the tunes well, much less doing standard rock stances, instead doing coordinated dance routines, each completely different per song, and playijng the shit out of each, is astounding. the value that each of those musicians provide to him is priceless: i cannot imagine that he is paying them very much. He played a few solos! He said that somebody asked him if they generate samples, tiriggers: "I don't have anything against stuff like that, but every sound you hear is created by these folks."

veronica moser, Monday, 17 September 2018 19:57 (two months ago) Permalink

i think the only thing missing was Psycho Killer, really.

akm, Monday, 17 September 2018 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

xp hehe yeah I was imagining DB in the rehearsal room after finally nailing all the songs with his killer band and then he's like: all right, that's it! Now let's do it again but this time running around with your instruments doing complex dance routines!

niels, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to thread!

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:47 (two months ago) Permalink

would really love to see him on this tour but tickets here are extremely expensive unfortunately

ufo, Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:51 (two months ago) Permalink

See post from AQUABOOGIE about 777-9311

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:59 (two months ago) Permalink

haha, good one

niels, Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:28 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I am very glad I listened to you lot and went to the show in London last night - I have never seen anything like it and I don't expect to anytime soon.

Tim, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Thumbs up!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:11 (one month ago) Permalink

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