David Byrne has big plans for 2018. And he has the big suit to do so.
The former Talking Heads frontman recently announced that he’ll hit the road for a short tour in support of a new solo album that will drop in March 2018.
Only six dates are currently scheduled, spanning the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania region. The first stop: Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on March 3. It’s no surprise that the show has already sold out.
“We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. I’m excited,” Byrne said. “This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense,’ so fingers crossed.”
Directed by Jonathan Demme, “Stop Making Sense” (1984) is considered by many to be one of the most influential concert movies ever created. The film features some of the Talking Heads most engaging tunes (“Psycho Killer”, “Life During Wartime”, “Once in a Lifetime,” “Girlfriend is Better”) as well as Byrne’s business suit costume that expands to its bizarrely large size during “Girlfriend is Better.”
Musicians David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth first played as the Talking Heads in 1975 when they opened up for The Ramones at CBGB. Their mix of new wave, punk, funk and performance art aesthetic fused with a strange clean-cut look in the throes of the gritty, dirty downtown punk scene led to a critically-acclaimed and wild-popular oeuvre of music and performance.
Since they disbanded in 1991, Byrne has put out a collection of solo albums and collaborations. He’s also worked as an author, photographer and film director.
Byrnes has never rested on his laurels and prefers to look forward. “A lot of people are aware that I do different things beyond pop music, or whatever you want to call it,” said Byrne. “But, yes, there are other people I run into, and all they know are a few Talking Heads hits. There were times when that would’ve annoyed me like, ‘My life is a little bit more than that. I like those songs, too, but my life is more than something I did quite a number of years ago. It’s a little, tiny sliver of what I did.’ But that’s fine, too.”
Visit the Count Basie Theatre website for performance and information.