Boo Who? (baggy) wrote,
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David Byrne

In the late 70s Talking Heads had a few albums produced by Brian Eno. Then David & Brian collaborated on their own album in 1981. 27 years later they got together again and made Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. It’s more commercial than their experimental project and I quite like it.

For this tour David has a backing band consisting of keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, 3 backing vocalists (1 guy, 2 girls) and on occasions 3 dancers (1 boy, 2 girls). Every single one them was dressed in white. A kind of band uniform and expression of a blank canvas of silence to paint music onto.

There was a fair bit of space between David and his band, but this was used as the dancers playground. The routines were contemporary and interesting to watch especially when they brought David into them like when they were doing moves in wheeled chairs at the front of the stage then all four of them slowly rotating. The interaction with the backing singers was good too as the dancers stole their microphones forcing them to sing from different places and in different directions, 2 even ended up on the floor with the microphones being held for them. Sometimes all 7 of the moveable people were involved in the choreography.

Under half the songs played were from the new album with the rest coming from the Talking Heads albums which were 30 years ago but blended in well with the new stuff.
Some songs had more of a tribal rhythm about them and some more simple and acoustic, but all were good.
The most popular ones were the well known Talking Heads tunes Once In a Lifetime, Take Me to the River and Burning Down the House which was played during the 2nd encore which for some reason had the band all in white skirts. The 3rd and final encore was the title track of his newest stuff and was a nice end to almost 2 hours of interesting music.

Songs most likely played were:
Strange Overtones
I Zimbra
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody
Houses in Motion*
My Big Nurse
My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)
Never Thought
The River
Crosseyed and Painless
Life Is Long
Once In a Lifetime
Life During Wartime
I Feel My Stuff

Take Me to the River
The Great Curve

Burning Down the House

Everything That Happens
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