DAVID BYRNE – ” Live at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY ” September 15th, 2018.

Posted: December 28, 2018 in MUSIC
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The erstwhile Talking Heads frontman was behind one of the year’s most critically-acclaimed and beloved live tours, bringing a barefoot ensemble of untethered musicians onto stages across the world with a celebratory, career-spanning setlist. The tour took place on the back of what surprisingly ended up being one of the year’s more overlooked LPs in American Utopia, Byrne’s first proper solo endeavour in years. “House” was its lead single, and is filled with a classic sense of Byrnian paranoia and unease while simultaneously peppering in a sizzling horn section and head-voice, Sampha-assisted melodies. Long may the grand Byrne spectacle continue.

“The chicken thinks in mysterious ways,” David Byrne informs us on ‘Every Day Is A Miracle’, and you can’t argue with that. The Talking Heads hero turned in a record that, he claimed, was not named ironically – the 66-year-old genuinely still believes in the power of positivity, despite the onslaught of horror-show headlines. Here, he revels in wonder and astonishment at the beauty and bizarreness of the world around him, his wonky art-pop more skewed than ever. This left-field approach (some tracks sound like alternate universe show tunes) is best realised on ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’, an eccentric ode to the power of community.

Recorded on September 15th, 2018 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY.

Setlist: 0:00 Here 4:18 Lazy 9:00 I Zimbra 12:11 Slippery People 16:59 I Should Watch TV 20:17 Dog’s Mind 24:28 Everybody’s Coming to My House 28:13 This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) 33:15 Once in a Lifetime 39:00 Doing the Right Thing 43:35 Toe Jam 48:55 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) – with band intros 55:32 I Dance Like This 1:00:19 Bullet 1:03:52 Every Day Is a Miracle 1:08:48 Like Humans Do 1:12:35 Blind 1:17:54 Burning Down the House Encore 1: 1:25:28 Dancing Together 1:28:46 The Great Curve Encore 2: 1:36:30 Hell You Talmbout – with Merrill Garbus from tUnE-yArDs

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