David Byrne @ Red Rocks 6-20 - A review
Hey Indie Nation,
I had the opportunity to see the magnificent David Byrne Saturday night at Red Rocks and, as with the two previous Byrne shows I have witnessed, he left me with nothing to complain about. This show was different though as he showcased nearly 3/4 Talking Heads songs - something I was NOT expecting. While he is out actively touring on behalf of the disc he recorded with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, he weaved in and out of of classic Heads songs effortlessly (with a crack band backing him up). He opened with 'Strange Overtones' and followed it with 'I Zimbra'..!!!!
He pulled out some other obscure tunes like 'Help Me Sombody' (another Eno collab) and 'My Big Hands'. He revisited the Eno produced Talking Heads album Remain In Light several times for 'Born Under Punches', 'Houses In Motion', 'Crosseyed and Painless', and 'Once In A Lifetime'. We were treated to 4 encores that included a quirky 'Burning Down The House' (with the band in tutu's), 'Take Me To The River', and 'Air' - now thats deep. 'Everything That Happens Will Happen Today' proved to be a perfect closer.
It would seem Mr Byrne was definitely feeding off the gorgeous backdrop (Red Rocks) as his energy was high and mood playful. The tight choreography (or maybe it was loose) was a nice addition and did not distract from the music. A nice turn to see David comfortable in his old suit as well as the new.