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Old 12-12-17, 09:42 PM
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David Byrne is finishing up work on his new solo album which includes collaborations with old friend Brian Eno, as well as Oneohtrix Point Never. Details for that are still to come, but David will be testing out new material, and an ambitious new stage show, on a short East Coast tour in March. Says David:

Some months ago I went to Clair Bothers in Manheim, PA to test out tech for some new live shows. I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile… so there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff. I’d experienced a taste of this on the tour I did with St. Vincent, where all the brass players were mobile.

With everyone mobile, I realized the stage could be completely clear. If we could have the monitors in our ears, the amps off-stage and the lights up high, then we had the possibility of a completely empty space.

David goes on to explain the complexities and difficulties of a show like this but says they seem to have found a solution and that this will be “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Read David’s whole note below.

Dates don’t include a show in NYC but there are shows in the nearby area, including Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre on March 3 (tickets), Wilkes-Barre, PA’s F.M Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on March 4 (tickets), Waterbury, CT’s Palace Theater on March 9 (tickets), and Kingston, NY’s Ulster PAC on March 10 (tickets). There are also shows in Buffalo, NY and Hershey, PA. Tickets for all dates of the tour go on sale Friday, December 15.

After that short tour, David will play Lollapaloozas in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. All dates are listed below.

Some months ago I went to Clair Bothers in Manheim, PA to test out tech for some new live shows. I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile… so there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff. I’d experienced a taste of this on the tour I did with St. Vincent, where all the brass players were mobile.

With everyone mobile, I realized the stage could be completely clear. If we could have the monitors in our ears, the amps off-stage and the lights up high, then we had the possibility of a completely empty space.

The problem was that there are always a lot of people and gear around the periphery of a music show—amps, monitor mixers, stage hands looking bored, road cases, etc., which would be completely distracting—how to hide that stuff? A curtain or drape obviously, but as I might be doing outdoor venues then there arose the issue of wind and drapes or curtains. A relatively light wind can play havoc with cloth, and if you try and anchor it, you end up having made yourself a very large sail—big enough to pull down the entire rig.

In Vegas and some other places, lightweight chains have been used instead of curtains… so we looked at a sample. It seemed promising, so we tested it at scale, to see if it took light (it seemed possible that the light might go right through) and to make sure it didn’t interfere with the wireless transmissions—or the whole mobile idea would be impossible.

It worked. It takes color beautifully.

Not only does it take color, one can cast shadows on the chain.

The band and I will be testing all of this in front of a live audience during a small number of shows in the beginning of March. We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. I’m excited. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed.
David Byrne – 2018 Tour Dates
MAR 3 2018 COUNT BASIE THEATRE RED BANK, NJ
MAR 4 2018 F.M. KIRBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ART WILKES-BARRE, PA
MAR 6 2018 CENTER FOR THE ARTS BUFFALO, NY
MAR 7 2018 HERSHEY THEATRE HERSHEY, PA
MAR 9 2018 PALACE THEATER WATERBURY, CT
MAR 10 2018 ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER KINGSTON, NY
MAR 16 2018 LOLLAPALOOZA CHILE SANTIAGO, CHILE
MAR 18 2018 LOLLAPALOOZA ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
JUL 6 2018 ROSKILDE FESTIVAL ROSKILDE, DENMARK
JUN 25 2018 INMUSIC FESTIVAL ZAGREB, CROATIA
I got a ticket to Red Bank. I always regret not going when he played there with St. Vincent a while back.
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Damn, first David Byrne tour in forever and he's not doing NYC? Sucks for us out in Long Island, closest show is over 2 hours away
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Damn, first David Byrne tour in forever and he's not doing NYC? Sucks for us out in Long Island, closest show is over 2 hours away
Seems like these dates are a small dry run before he takes it out to bigger venues.
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Looks like he should be penciled in for Lollapalooza in August
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American Utopia tracklist:

01 “I Dance Like This”
02 “Gasoline And Dirty Sheets”
03 “Every Day Is A Miracle”
04 “Dog’s Mind”
05 “This Is That”
06 “It’s Not Dark Up Here”
07 “Bullet”
08 “Doing The Right Thing”
09 “Everybody’s Coming To My House”
10 “Here”

American Utopia is out 3/9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records.

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Good song.
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Originally Posted by dex14 View Post
Seems like these dates are a small dry run before he takes it out to bigger venues.
the dry run just got wet

David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates:
03/03 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
03/04 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center For the Performing Arts
03/06 – Buffalo, NY @ Center For the Arts
03/07 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
03/09 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
03/10 – Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex
03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano
03/23-25 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil
04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater
04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellσn M
04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall
04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts
04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
05/04-06 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts
05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
05/19 – Saskatoon, SASK @ TCU Place
05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium
05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater
06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts
06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
06/22-23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival
06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival
06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier
06/30-07/01 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole
07/05-08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival
07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival
07/13-14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona
07/17 – Zόrich, CH @ Theater 11
07/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival
07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival
07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita
07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08/01 – Shelburne, VT @ Shelburne Museum – The Green
08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts
08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall
08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center
08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater
08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Birthday concert for me in Detroit!
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I am on the fence about the tour as it is a little pricey. I wish I knew what type of material is going to be included in the set.
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I am on the fence about the tour as it is a little pricey. I wish I knew what type of material is going to be included in the set.
For what it’s worth...

When he announced this first run, Byrne said the set list would feature new songs and Talking Heads classics. "This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed," the musician said.



https://www.rollingstone.com/music/n...a-tour-w515454
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Thanks. That does sound good. I see that a copy of the cd comes with each ticket purchase, which will save me a few bucks as I was going to buy it.

I'll have to grab a ticket.
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I am on the fence about the tour as it is a little pricey.
Is it? Here in Vegas the top seats are $109. That's a fucking BARGAIN to see a living legend up close. I've never seen him in person (though have watched Stop Making Sense probably thirty times). He's probably my daughter's favorite living musician so it's a no-brainer for me. I'm a long-time donor at the Performing Arts Center he is performing at so hopefully that will enable me to get some good seats early.
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I ended up getting a ticket. Looking forward to it. I missed him 10 or so years back when he last rolled thru as a solo act. I also missed the Byrne/Eno tour.
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Shockingly, I was able to nab a pair of tickets to the Boston show, in the 9th row for $60 each. Took a few tries, but only about 7-8 minutes total.

I saw the Heads once back with Adrian Belew on guitar, and they were AMAZING. Also saw David Byrne sit in with a band called Forro In The Dark at SXSW one year (at a hotel pool party!). That was also great. Looking forward to this one.

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I never really got into him, just know the Talking Heads hits. Where's a good place to start to see if he's something I would like to see? Ticket prices are very reasonable here.
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I never really got into him, just know the Talking Heads hits. Where's a good place to start to see if he's something I would like to see? Ticket prices are very reasonable here.


It streams for free (with ads) here : https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!conten...p-Making-Sense
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perfect, thanks!
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Got me some tickets. Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Center Orchestra, Row E - three tickets for me, the wife and especially my daughter who is really excited to see him. Don't normally let my daughter go to concerts on a school night, but will make an exception in this case.
Tickets were $134. Not cheap but not terrible either for such good seats.

BTW : Being a donor to the Smith Center didn't help me at all. They said "Sorry, there are no pre-sales for this event".
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The album is available to stream on NPR:
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/58914...merican-utopia
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I saw the tour opener last night. It was probably one of the best shows I've ever seen.
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watched a few clips on yt
looked like some real fun shit
the mobile band concept looks to be well executed

kind of disappointed I didn't buy tix
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Did anyone get an email link for the free copy of the album yet?
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I got the link and ordered mine about 3 days after purchasing my ticket. The original e-mail with the info to order the cd came from "Nonesuch Store" and my order confirmation for the cd came from "Warner Music Redemption".
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Damn, first David Byrne tour in forever and he's not doing NYC? Sucks for us out in Long Island, closest show is over 2 hours away
David Byrne plays Queens and Kings!

Forest Hills Stadium in Queens Sept. 15
Kings Theatre in Brooklyn Sept. 17

Public on sale March 9th at 10AM EST.
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If anyone was hesitating about getting tickets and your shows aren't sold out yet, you should get tickets and go.
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