Friday, October 24, 2008

Byrne, Baby, Byrne!

David Byrne's concert in Ann Arbor tonight was a good blend of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He artfully blended music from his solo work, Talking Heads catalogue, and new and existing Brian Eno collaborations into a well-paced, two-hour show at the Michigan Theater. Three generations of fans ended up enjoying a rousing dance party as only Byrne can throw it.

Byrne, dressed in all white and with a full head of silver hair, worked well with a new cast of musicians and dancers to put everyone through the paces, literally. It took five songs into the show -- with "Houses in Motion" -- for the crowd to get moving as bass player Paul Frazier finally gave everyone the hand signal to get up and dance. That moment loosened everything up and the energy was flowing from then on.

This tour is subtitled "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" but Bryne let loose with a variety of familiar Talking Heads tunes. Bryne performed two live renditions of songs from "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," replacing the public source sounds with his own vocalization. He played crowd-pleasers "Once in a Lifetime" and "Life During Wartime," in a string of crowd-pleasers. Throw in some high energy choreography and Bryne's guitar work and it was a great night of music and fun.

The only thing better on a night like this would be a reunion tour of...Sorry, I couldn't resist.
-- Rico Thomas Rico

David Byrne (center)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
24 October 2008

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