This November, Kiwi fans will have more 'Reasons to Be Cheerful' because Talking Heads bandleader and phenomenal artist David Byrne is about to make his NZ comeback! He will be performing in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland before playing his Australian tour happening in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The New York City-based artist will perform songs from his latest album 'American Utopia' as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads including 'Once In A Lifetime', 'Burning Down The House', 'This Must Be The Place', plus his collab with St. Vincent. A 12-piece band will join him on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he's called "the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for 'Stop Making Sense'."
"Decades into his career, David Byrne remains an unpredictable, vital artist. There aren't many who can say that." - LA Weekly
"A marvel of staging and motion that was at once utterly novel and oddly comforting, the evening proved a celebration of Byrne's music at its most rhythmic and transcendent." - Chicago Tribune
'American Utopia' was released in March 2018, David Bryne's first solo album in 14 years (following 2004's Grown Backwards). The first track from the album 'Everybody's Coming To My House' was co-written with ambient music pioneer Brian Eno. Whilst TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr (leader of the Onyx Collective), Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Mercury Prize winner Sampha also made their contributions throughout the release. Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of 'Reasons To Be Cheerful', an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures.
"I've made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people… I suspect that like me, it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for." - David Byrne
One of pop music's true visionaries, Byrne has released six solo albums, collaborated with Eno, St Vincent, Arcade Fire, Fat Boy Slim, De La Soul and more; won an Oscar; founded the Luaka Bop label; turned a ferry terminal into a musical instrument; designed bike racks and published 2012 book 'How Music Works'. Byrne is currently on the road for his UK/Europe tour, having already taken his 80-date world tour everywhere from Santiago to Tuscan, Saskatoon to Mexico City.
"A thought-provoking example of the power of live music." - forbes.com
Don't sleep on your chance to secure your tickets beacuse David Byrne would stop at nothing to play his awe-inspiring shows this November!