I have waited over twenty five years to see David Byrne, he and Talking Heads are one of the artists I never get bored of listening too. To say I was excited about seeing him would be an understatement, although I was also worried that he wouldn’t live up to my expectations.
David’s new work American Utopia is a brilliant album all on its own, never mind his incredible back catalogue of albums and collaborations. It has light and shade all over it, with lyrics which amuse and encourage in joyful chorus’ whilst tackling darkness in amongst the verses.
He promised something different on this tour… with his iconic Stop Making Sense album in the back of my mind it left me wondering where he could take this.
I would not be disappointed!
This was more than a gig, the twelve piece band were as tight as you could imagine, even as they moved around the stage in carefully choreographed movements it was simple and beautiful. There are no bells and whistles on this tour, the sound, crystal clear, the lighting was clever and creative, the staging, was bare and simple. Put all this together it created an incredible atmosphere and performance, only enhanced by the crowd who were eager to lap it up! This was all about the joy of humanity.
He mixed Talking Heads favourites amongst the new material, it made these classic songs feel like they belonged to the American Utopia concept. This was art at its best, a performance that will live long in my memory for years to come! Thank you David Byrne.