@andlaurasays David Byrne is the ultimate showman. A lone figure of rock genius, he has been an immoveable boulder in the turbulent and ever-changing waters of the music business, constantly reinventing himself, his
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~Z.T.~ Festival Crasher’s biggest commenter Matthew Kappel texted me “best set of the day?”
“David Byrne was first, second and third” I wrote back.
Coming out with his entire band decked out in white, Byrne led a masterfully choreographed show with a tight mix of Byrne solo material and Talking Heads. And what a band it was with three back-up singers. a bongo, drummer, bassist and keys player.
I was expecting 33% Talking Heads songs and was thrilled to get 45%.
Byrne was “Sharp as a knife” on “Crosseyed and Painless.”
Byrne was “Same as he ever was. Same as he ever was” on “Once in a Lifetime.”
Byrne was “Ready to roll” on “Life During Wartime.”
The dancing. My god. The dancing. Every song was choreographed with just enough room for Byrne to do his thing. The backpedal. The side to side sway with his arms at his sides. Wiggling those hips until they stopped making sense.
Byrne’s always a spectacle, but the dancers stole my attention numerous times. If you thought dancing with a lamp in Stop Making Sense was cool, you should have seen Byrne and two dancers spinning around on office chairs.
Andy and I had a meeting spot at 7:15, but at 7:13 Byrne was in full-force playing “Life During Wartime.” I left my prime spot in the third row and walked towards our spot singing “Heard about Pittsburgh P.A.” as everyone gave me the “What are you doing leaving when you know all the lyrics” looks.
“I’d love you hold you, I’d like to kiss you. I ain’t got no time for that now.”
Andy and I shared a sandwich as we soaked in the last ten minutes of Byrne, who took a bow to staggering applause.
Photos by Zack and his magic i-Phone.