David Byrne was the lead singer for Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991. You probably know their biggest hit "Burning Down the House" from 1983, and maybe "Once In A Lifetime", which was featured regularly on MTV.
Harrison was a former member of Modern Lovers, the band that gave Jonathan Richman his start. Harrison also went on to become a prolific record producer as well, with such artists as Violent Femmes, Live and Fine Young Cannibals. Frantz and Weymouth also created Tom Tom Club. You have probably at least heard bits and pieces of the oft-sampled Tom Tom Club song "Genius of Love".
Before the show, there was a meet-and-greet with Mr. Byrne. A select few winning listeners were invited to a barbecue before the show, where David made an appearance, shook hands and took pictures.
Somewhere out there in the world exists (or existed) a picture of me with David. I don't have it, because I didn't bring a camera with me. Of course, cameras usually weren't allowed in concert venues back in the day (everyone carries one with them now), and I wanted, foolishly, to "follow the rules", and didn't bring one. A listener took a picture for me, but I've never seen it. One of my big radio regrets.
David was touring following the release of his album "uh-oh", his second solo effort. While it was not commercially successful, it was filled with a lot of fun songs, and it was one of my favorites from that year.
David opened for himself, playing seven or eight songs acoustically, before the band joined him. It reminded me (perhaps intentionally) of the classic Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense" It was a very cool concept that I'm surprised I haven't seen more often.
The concert was filled with tracks from the new album, along with Talking Heads material. I have a copy of the set list somewhere in my stacks of papers, but I'll be damned if I can find it. If I ever do, I'll post it here.
It was was a great day, filled with good memories. Next time David comes around, make sure you see him!
Check out my interview with David Byrne. It's short.
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