David Byrne Reviews
from Dallas, Texas
Magically delicious! 11 member band roamed and danced all over the gray curtained stage barefoot in silver-gray suits. David Byrne’s distinctive singing was perfect and powerful throughout the show. His quirky but graceful dancing and movements were hypnotic. He looks 30 but for the white mop of hair. Many newer songs, which sounded excellent, plus a few classics like Burning Down the House, which was a real rager on the stage lit red for that number. I never saw Talking Heads unfortunately but I don’t know that they could have been any better. Sound at Verizon Theatre was perfect. Opener Topaz Jones was fun, engaging guy with some really nice funk-hip songs.
Duane Smythe AKA Cornbread Red from San Francisco, California
70 year old hippie, this is one of the best concerts I can remember. The percussionist were like seeing a very hip college matching band. It was a visual journey that kept you wondering what is next. Two encores! The crowd was electrified by David and very professional group of musicians. Stayed at Phoenix, walking distance to the fantastic Bill Graham Auditorium. Eat at Brendas, best good in the City.
AJ and Leona from Santa Barbara, California
This 70 year old took his 21 year old daughter to the Santa Barbara Bowl expecting to see and hear something that would blow us away. Having seen David 4 other times including Stop Making Sense I was hoping this wouldn’t just be another “hit parade” just rolling out old tunes while filtering in new material. It wasn’t. In my 50 years of music concerts this was probably the most artistic concert I have ever attended. Like a runaway train this show never stopped. Several times my daughter and I would just shake our heads at the creative energy we were watching, and dancing too. The next morning we felt the same and found ourselves singing “Home” over and over. It is still ringing in my head. Both of us thought this wasn’t just a concert, but theatre like and we often felt we were watching a musical, INDEED ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE AND ENJOYABLE SHOWS THIS OLD HIPPY HAS EVER SEEN AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I’m still smiling by the way.
Kristin from Cincinnati, Ohio
Thank you Universe for bringing David Byrne and Co. to Cincinnati!!!! Whao! Totally new level of experience. David has always been ultra talented. Coreographed musicians, vocalists, all performers. All live instruments. I love the way that David uses his voice. His talent totally resonates with me. He is a deep thinker with levity in his expressions. Wonderful. How is 66 so young? Amazing! Wonderful! Thank you! Totally want the video of this tour. Wish I could follow you like a groupie to see Ibeyi in CA!!! Would love to have names of fallen victims of fear mongering racism on the monitors to each side of the stage. Many names we know. Some we don't. I don't want your powerful message lost on the crowd. Thanks for an amazing experience! And next time you come to Cincy, please come and get acupuncture :)
Tomasz Wlodarczyk from Toronto, Ontario
FANTASTIC ME BYRNE
Fourth time seeing Mr Byrne. Great performance. Super band. Great venue. Full of positivity creativity and simple joy.
Dee from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Welcome back. We have missed you David! Don't make us wait another 9 years to see you. One of the best concerts of the year! You don;t want to miss this concert.
Gregg from Cleveland, Ohio
EXCEPTIONAL, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ENCORE
When you saw the stage setup, you KNEW you were in for something special. The show was so unique it is hard to characterize. No amps, no drums, no keyboards on stage. All musicians were wireless, and with 2 background singers/choreography there were up to 10 people on stage at any given time. With the chain/curtain backdrop and sides, musicians appeared and disappeared depending on the song. The production and lighting in this show was fascinating. On a song like 'I should Watch TV' it was like David Byrne vs the band, and on others they were dancing with him, at times like a Marching Band. A good selection of upbeat rhythmic songs, and a mix from both American Utopia and Talking Heads. I have to agree with another reviewer, the second encore of 'Hell You Talmbout' was a disappointing end to such a great show and purely political. Some of the names called out ("say his name") seemed like an effort to make martyrs out of some people that made bad choices. Not all, but some.
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