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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

David Byrne crushes Radio City (at least once)... February 27, 2009

This is not my beautiful blog.

I had the opportunity to see jack-of-all-trades (but most notably a jack of music) David Byrne. What haven't I heard about this guy? He's a painter, a photographer, and the founder of his own internet radio station and world music label Luaka Bop (and this is the "less interesting" section of his resume). I think we can all agree we know David Byrne best from his days as frontman for the band David Byrne and the Hibyrnians. Wait,that's not right -correction: The Talking Heads. Personally, I remember being mildly creeped out by David Byrne first by his "She's Mad" in which David Byrne is CGI'd and made even more creepy than usual as he's both bashed by a giant hammer and had numerous objects broken upon him and then his big-suited self in Stop Making Sense. Musically, you can't much better than the already critically-acclaimed collaborations with Brian Eno. And I'm a critic... and I acclaim them even more!

Byrne put on a terrific show Friday night and earnestly emphasized "show" as part of the concert: Between the backup dancers, the choreographed dances he participated in himself, the light show, the color scheme, and the ridiculous encores in which both an army of tutu-d kids flooded the stage, only to be followed by a Rockettes-esque tribute dance act (there was one actual Rockette in the line), you really can't get much more for your forty bucks (cheap, right? I was up really high. In fact, if it wasn't for my lightweight spacesuit, I wouldn't have been able to groove at all). Byrne also delved into his Talking Heads catalog as you can see below. And while the crowd made collective eye-contact with one another in approval as he launched into the memorable hits, it was more important to note the recognition that songs like "Once in a Lifetime" were more than appropriate in a year like this.

Unfortunately, my pictures aren't nearly as good as others from the internet so just look at them later on better, richer blogs at your own leisure. Here is some video I took with my Canon PowerShot - while it's a little murky, that hasn't stopped me from showing every single person I've encountered since the show.


Strange Overtones
I Zimbra
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody
Houses In Motion
My Big Nurse
My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks)
Poor Boy
Life Is Long
The River
Crosseyed and Painless
Born Under Punches
Once In A Lifetime
Life During Wartime
I Feel My Stuff

Enc. 1
Take Me To The River
The Great Curve

Enc. 2
Burning Down The House

Enc. 3
Everything That Happens

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