David Byrne Announces Ambitious 2018 Solo Tour
David Byrne will be hitting the road this winter. While he's announced just six shows, he's describing his new stage setup as "the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense."
According to Brooklyn Vegan, to which he sent a lengthy note about the nature of the tour, Byrne will be testing out some new material from his recently completed solo album. The record is his first since his 2012 collaboration with St. Vincent, and includes contributions from his old friend Brian Eno.
Here's the full text of Byrne's letter:
Some months ago I went to Clair Bothers in Manheim, PA to test out tech for some new live shows. I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile … so there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff. I’d experienced a taste of this on the tour I did with St. Vincent, where all the brass players were mobile.
With everyone mobile, I realized the stage could be completely clear. If we could have the monitors in our ears, the amps off-stage and the lights up high, then we had the possibility of a completely empty space.
The problem was that there are always a lot of people and gear around the periphery of a music show — amps, monitor mixers, stage hands looking bored, road cases, etc., which would be completely distracting—how to hide that stuff? A curtain or drape obviously, but as I might be doing outdoor venues then there arose the issue of wind and drapes or curtains. A relatively light wind can play havoc with cloth, and if you try and anchor it, you end up having made yourself a very large sail — big enough to pull down the entire rig.
In Vegas and some other places, lightweight chains have been used instead of curtains … so we looked at a sample. It seemed promising, so we tested it at scale, to see if it took light (it seemed possible that the light might go right through) and to make sure it didn’t interfere with the wireless transmissions—or the whole mobile idea would be impossible.
It worked. It takes color beautifully.
Not only does it take color, one can cast shadows on the chain.
The band and I will be testing all of this in front of a live audience during a small number of shows in the beginning of March. We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. I’m excited. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed.
Following the six dates, Byrne will play Lollapalooza in Argentina and Chile, as well as festivals in Denmark and Croatia. This will be Byrne's first solo run in nine years. Tickets for those six shows go on sale this Friday, Dec. 15.
David Byrne 2018 U.S. Tour Dates
March 3 — Red Bank, N.J. — Count Basie Theatre
March 4 — Wilkes Barre, Pa. — F.M. Kirby Center
March 6 — Buffalo, N.Y. — University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
March 7 — Hershey, Pa. — Hershey Theatre
March9 — Waterbury, Ct. — Palace Theater
March 10 — Kingston, N.Y. — UPAC (Ulster Performing Arts Center)
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