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Byrning Down The House

Last night we went to see David Byrne at the RFH.

Billed as "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno", the evening covered a wide mix of old and new music, from the familiar to the obscure. Byrne took the stage, introducing the evening as one with a varied menu of songs he'd worked on with Eno over the years, and he would be our waiter this evening. And his name was Dave.

It's easy to forget just how good a guitarist he is, but the evening served as an excellent reminder, as Byrne athletically drove his backing band - and his troupe of dancers.

I hadn't expected modern dance at a rock concert, but the three dancers that took the stage during the second song added something quite different to an already excellent musical performance. They mimed, moved, and led the musicians and singers on, working with Byrne's characteristic jerkiness to mirror and enhance.

Truly wonderful.

The audience was having a blast. If the songs from the new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, weren't as familiar as some of the older Talking Heads songs (including a most apt version of Life During Wartime), then at least their electro-gospel rhythms kept everyone on the edge of their seats. He even managed one track off My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, taking the part of the sampled voices. There was even one piece from The Catherine Wheel, though as Byrne remarked, it wasn't the original choreography...

Oh, and the white suit? It seems to fit just fine these days!

The set list:

Strange Overtones*
I Zimbra**
One Fine Day*
Help Me Somebody***
Houses In Motion****
My Big Nurse*
My Big Hands (Fall Though The Cracks)*****
Heaven **
Poor Boy*
Life Is Long*
Crosseyed and Painless****
Born Under Punches****
Once In A Lifetime****
Life During Wartime**
Feel My Stuff*

Encore I

Take Me To The River******
The Great Curve****

Encore II

Air**
Burning Down The House*******

Encore III

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today*



Key: *Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, ** Fear of Music, ***My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, ****Remain In Light, *****The Catherine Wheel, ****** More Songs About Buildings and Food, ******* Speaking In Tongues

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micheinnz
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Oh, you lucky lucky lucky lucky lucky...
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