David Byrne Announces First Solo Tour Since 2009 December 13, 2017 16:07

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has announced a small amount of shows on the American East Coast and South America, as well as European festivals including Inmusic in Croatia and Roskilde, Denmark. While it's a rather brief tour, he's describing his new stage setup as "the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense." Byrne is said to be testing out new material from his recently completed solo album, while mixing in the Talking Heads classics as well. See below for a complete list of dates! 

David Byrne Tour Dates:

March 3: Red Bank, NJ, USA – Count Basie Theatre
March 4: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA – F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Art
March 6: Buffalo, NY, USA – Center For The Arts
March 7: Hershey, PA, USA – Hershey Theatre
March 9: Waterbury, CT, USA – Palace Theater
March 10: Kingston, NY, USA – Ulster Performing Arts Center
March 16: Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza Chile
March 18 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza Argentina
June 25: Zagreb, Croatia – Inmusic Festival
July 06: Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

Watch David Byrne perform "Once In A Lifetime" at Austin City Limits (2007) here:

Talking Heads Tribute 'HeartByrne' Is Coming To Birmingham's WorkPlay March 21, 2017 10:06

Photo by George Trent Grogan: Mountain Trout Photography

Renowned Talking Heads tribute act HeartByrne has revealed plans for its Birmingham debut on Saturday, May 6th at WorkPlay.  Hailing from Austin, Texas, this band consists of great friends that share a great reverence for the work of Talking Heads and David Byrne in particular.  Many will recognize guitarist Josh Pearson from the nationally touring Phish tribute, A Live One, who just recently played to a packed house at nearby Zydeco.  Make sure to RSVP to the official Facebook event page in order to stay in tune with all of the latest updates for the show.  Head over to the band's official website for to learn more about this one of a kind tribute, and see below for additional tour dates and footage of the band performing "Once In A Lifetime." 

HeartByrne captivates audiences with their high-energy homage to Talking Heads' seminal concert film 'Stop Making Sense'.  What began as a ‘hoot night', has now evolved into a powerhouse national touring act, with an uncompromising stage show made up of some of Austin, TX's most talented musicians.

HeartByrne 2017 Tour Dates:
May 3rd: Three Links - Dallas, TX
May 4th: The Farm - Eureka Springs, AR
May 5th: Martin's - Jackson, MS
May 6th: WorkPlay - Birmingham, AL
May 7th: House of Blues Parish Room - New Orleans, LA

Watch HeartByrne perform "Once In A Lifetime" in Austin, TX on 02.15.13 here:

Watch Widespread Panic Bust Out Talking Heads' "Swamp" at Wanee April 19, 2016 07:50

Widespread Panic's Spring Tour continued in powerful fashion this past weekend, as the Georgia-bred rockers took to The Peach Stage at Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, FL.   Panic came out swinging for the fences on Friday night, with a scorching set that featured a "Chilly Water" opener and a three song encore which included ZZ Top's "Waitin' on the Bus" > "Jesus Just Left Chicago" (featuring Warren Haynes on guitar and Danny Louis on keyboards) and an emphatic "Bowlegged Woman" to close out the night.

Saturday night's effort would be no different, as the band came out firing with a "Disco" opener.  Any set featuring the likes of "Old Neighborhood", "Bears Gone Fishin'", "Rebirtha", "Ride Me High", "Tie Your Shoes", and "Machine" > "Barstools and Dreamers" is one which has our attention.  As if Friday night's three song encore wasn't enough, Saturday night's encore would begin with a major bust out cover of Talking Heads' "Swamp", followed by "Honky Red" and Vic Chesnutt's "Protein Drink" > "Sewing Machine".  This would make for the first cover of "Swamp" since October 17th, 2014 in Grand Prairie, TX (105 shows).

Widespread Panic's Spring Tour continues tonight at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA.  The band will then makes stops in Chattanooga (Memorial Auditorium) and Charleston (N.Charleston Coliseum) before a double bill with Tedeschi Trucks Band in Birmingham (BJCC Legacy Arena) on Saturday night.

Watch Widespread Panic cover Talking Heads' "Swamp" at Wanee here:

Video by sanderjoems

04/16/2016 Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak, FL

0: Disco, Holden Oversoul > Solid Rock, Up All Night, One Arm Steve, Old Neighborhood > Bear's Gone Fishin' > Climb To Safety, Aunt Avis > Rebirtha > Tail Dragger > Ride Me High > Tie Your Shoes > Drums > Machine > Barstools And Dreamers

E:  Swamp, Honky Red, Protein Drink > Sewing Machine

[Last 'Swamp' - 10/17/2014. 105 shows]

04/15/2016 Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak, FL

0: Chilly Water, Rock, Dyin' Man, Tall Boy > Shut Up And Drive, Heroes, Give, Greta > Jam > Driving Song > Papa's Home > Driving Song > Gimme > Sell Sell, Surprise Valley > Drums > Surprise Valley > Blackout Blues, Ain't Life Grand

E: Waitin' For The Bus* > Jesus Just Left Chicago*, Bowlegged Woman

* with Danny Louis on keyboards, Warren Haynes on guitar/vocals

[Fireworks display during 'Rock']

Throwback: Talking Heads at The Capitol Theatre (11.04.80 - Full Video) January 07, 2016 16:17

Today we look back on a killer performance from the Talking Heads, recorded live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on November 4th, 1980.  This performance boasts arguably the best Heads lineup of all time, featuring original members David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar), as well as King Crimson guitarist Adrian BelewBernie Worrell (keyboards), Busta Cherry Jones (bass), Steve Scales (percussion), and Dollette McDonald (vocals).  

This show occurred just four weeks after the release of the band's fourth studio album, Remain in Light, making much of the material performed brand new.  Many groundbreaking Talking Heads' tunes such as "Once In A Lifetime," "Crosseyed and Painless," "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," and "Houses in Motion" were in their freshest stages, having been played live very few times.  This material was a reflection of Byrne's interest in "world music," therefore the band had expanded in order to perform these more complex arrangements.

The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 in the US and at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from Remain in Light: "Once in a Lifetime" and "Houses in Motion" as well as promotional single "Crosseyed and Painless". The record was certified Gold in the US and in Canada during the 1980s.

Watch the full performance here:

Setlist: Psycho Killer, Warning Sign, Stay Hungry, Cities, I Zimbra, Drugs, Once In A Lifetime, Animals, Houses In Motion, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Crosseyed And Painless, Life During Wartime

Encore: Take Me To The River

2nd Encore: The Great Curve

Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads integrated elements of punk, art rock, funk, and dance music with avant-garde sensibilities to become a pioneering post-punk and new wave group. Fronted by the anxious stage persona of frontman Byrne, the group produced several commercial hits and a number of multimedia projects throughout its career, and often collaborated with other artists, such as musician Brian Eno and director Jonathan Demme.