Posted in music | pictures on September 26, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt

St. Vincent/David Byrne @ Beacon Theater - 9/25/12
David Byrne and St. Vincent
David Byrne and St. Vincent

If you've been reading this site at all in the past week or so, you know that David Byrne & St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) recently kicked off their tour together in support of their collaborative album, Love This Giant. We've already posted pics of David and Annie at POP Montreal, where David also performed at the Pop vs Jock halftime show (the tour hit Chicago last week too), and surely you've been keeping up with Kelly Pratt's tour diary of his experiences on the road with David, Annie and co. That tour finally came to NYC last night (9/25) for the first of two Beacon Theater shows, and first of three NYC shows overall this week.

Their tour continues, hitting Beacon Theater again tonight (9/26) and Williamsburg Park on Sunday (9/29). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.

At Beacon, David and Annie were backed by their eight-piece horn section (Kelly Pratt included), and in addition to playing material off of Love This Giant, they spliced in songs from their respective solo careers, and included a few Talking Heads cuts as well. One of the Talking Heads songs they played was "Burning Down the House," which you can watch a video of from last night's show, along with more pictures from the show, below.

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David Byrne and St. Vincent

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David Byrne & St. Vincent - "Burning Down the House" at Beacon Theater - 9/25/12

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Comments (46)

Any openers? What time did they take the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:00 AM

no openers - started around 8:10 - 8:15ish

didn't finish till after 10 or so

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:01 AM

Thanks!! 9:01!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:06 AM

Is this show worth going for even if we saw Mr. Byrne at Radio City couple years ago?

What's the setlist like?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:07 AM

this show was not worth going to. st vincent seemed to be more prominently featured than mr byrne himself.

i give david's radio city show a 12 out of 10 and this one a mere 6 out of 10.

st vincent live is just a snoozefest.

the brass line was a nice addition

only a few stand out songs. not worth the price of admission or dedicating an evening to attending.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:11 AM

set list is very similar (if not the same) as this:

1. "Who"
2. "Weekend in the Dust"
3. "Save Me From What I Want" (St. Vincent song)
4. "Strange Overtones" (David Byrne & Brian Eno song)
5. "I am an Ape"
6. "Marrow" (St. Vincent song)
7. "This Must Be The Place" (Talking Heads song)
8. "The Forest Awakes"
9. "Optimist"
10. "Like Humans Do" (David Byrne song)
11. "Lightning"
12. "Lazarus"
13. "Cheerleader" (St. Vincent song)
14. "Lazy" (David Byrne & X-Press 2 song)
15. "I Should Watch TV"
16. "Northern Lights" (St. Vincent song)
17. " The One Who Broke Your Heart"
18. "Outside of Space and Time"
Encore
19. "Cruel" (St. Vincent song)
20. "Burning Down the House" (Talking Heads song)
Second Encore
21. "The Party" (St. Vincent song)
22. "Road to Nowhere" (Talking Heads song)

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:11 AM

mmm, so very leggy

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:19 AM

Thanks 9:11. Yea looking at that setlist, I don't think I'll go unless I find a really cheap ticket outside the venue which tends to happen at Beacon shows....

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:26 AM

Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:49 AM

Thought it was an amazing show. Not a fan of St. Vincent or their collaboration album, but thought the songs made for great performances last night. Songs from his solo project (Strange Overtones, Like Humans Do) plus the TH hits made for a great night of music.

The only "snoozefest" songs I would say were 2-3 of hers which lasted all of 3-4 minutes each.

Go.

Posted by Bill | September 26, 2012 9:58 AM

Went with my daughter. We loved it. One of the best concerts we've been to. It was much better than I thought it would be. The crowd seemed really into it too. Excellent band, very tight. The choreography was cool - sort of like a stoned marching band. I only wish Annie did a bit more soloing on guitar - she plays really interesting lines.

Posted by scham53 | September 26, 2012 10:00 AM

WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:09 AM

Not a great or amazing show by any means and I actually like the new album which seems to not be what most people think. Also have to laugh heavy at the guy above saying it was one of the best concerts he has ever been to. Who the hell is reading this blog now? Has it become that mainstream that we get diluted opinions from dad rock and bros?

In any case, for the discerning concertgoer who sees lots of live music, this show was just ok. If you can get a cheap ticket outside and yes there were plenty being sold go for it. Byrne at Prospect Park a few years ago was probably the best of the recent shows he has done. And yes that was better than Radio City.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:19 AM

you have to love david byrne AND st. vincent to enjoy this show. if people are coming into the show thinking this is a david byrne show they will get pissed. i felt the live show was stronger than the album just because of the great horns section though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:30 AM

So, 10:19, because you're a regular live music goer, that makes your opinion better than anyone else.

right

Posted by Pixelterror | September 26, 2012 10:31 AM

Great show, shit crowd. It seemed like most of the people there were going expecting to hear 3 hours of Talking Heads material, and frankly the standout songs tended to be the St. Vincent stuff.

(Also seriously WTF people, like 3 of you stood up for "Lazy." That song is tits. Dance, you fuckers.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:33 AM

were people dancing? Or was it typical seated Beacon show?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:35 AM

Yes, Pixelterror, right. It is and you suck. Now go away

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:39 AM

10:39 is Tina Weymouth

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:47 AM

10:19 - "Has [this blog] become so mainstream that..." Are you serious? Take off your porkpie hat and chunky glasses, asshole.

I'm a discerning concert goer and dad (oohh..evil) and have seen DB & TH live since '77. I didn't go into this hoping it would be a celebration of his previous material - and as a result, found it to be a highly entertaining and enjoyable show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:10 AM

HAND strumming a Gibson SG???!? SO not metal.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:18 AM

I caught this show last night & was over-all very happy. I'm a long-time David Byrne fan - and yes, Prospect Park in 2009 was awesome [I also loved him at Town Hall with Gilberto Gil, circa 2004].
I have to admit, I really came just to see him with the 8-piece horn section on "Burning Down the House" and "Road to Nowhere" was worth the price of admission all by itself.
I'd never heard anything before from St Vincent and arrived open-minded. She's got great vocal and guitar chops with shades of Adrian Belew influences. Yes, her songs are a bit angular with the usual moody mod female singer/songwriter angst and anger. Still, she's got an originality that's rare these days. And she's hot - so what's not to like?
Plus, you had the sense that Byrne was providing her bona fides ,pushing her to the forefront while he backed her up. Indeed, her leads had a "solo" quality to them, while Byrne's always felt like duets or ensemble performances.
That said, their new material is just OK, with the exception of "Ape" and "Space and Time," which are in-line with Byrne's post-Heads work. And while St Vincent's "Cruel" was really impressive, and she had her share of fans in-attendance, the audience only went crazy for the Talking Heads numbers.
If you like David Byrne at all, go see the show: the horn section rocks, and it's good to get exposed to new talent some time. And St Vincent is nothing if not talented.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:27 AM

"Take off your porkpie hat and chunky glasses, asshole."

Keep trying dad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:30 AM

@11:10: don't bother. You aren't going to win over anyone who writes, "I actually like the new album which seems to not be what most people think" and doesn't know how "mainstream" (ooohhh.... bad word!) BV is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:53 PM

I thought the show was pretty good. Incredibly talented band. Some funny things though: St. V tottered around in her heels all night, looked like a wind up toy. The staging was interesting, but was a little too theatrical. Some amazing moments, but not as all around satisfying at DB's show at Radio City a while back.

I could see this being adapted for Broadway as "Indie Rock, The Musical!"

tag line: "A mysterious, washed up white haired man shows a beautiful young girl the meaning of Buzz... and love?"

Posted by grumpus | September 26, 2012 1:46 PM

I went last night.. I liked the joining of the two but it should have been billed as St Vincent .. guest appearance David Byrne.. it started 8:30ish and ended 10ish.. DB walking around the stage with the band.. lending back-up vocals to SV was not entertaining.. SV by herself can be seen as a definite talent .. but.. DB had the only standing/dancing response from the audience when he played old solo or TH songs.. something I thought really funny.. they were selling cheesey t-shirts for $25 and cd's for more than you would pay in a retail store..

Posted by dan | September 26, 2012 2:01 PM

ASS KAT WANT DEOP SMACK FUCK U VIET ANM

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:03 PM

Are they still playing the pre-recorded message before the show where David Byrne says that they welcome photos, audio recording and video recording, as long as you don't block other audience members?
Thx.

Posted by nyctaper | September 26, 2012 2:06 PM

nyctaper - yes.

Please tape this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:35 PM

10:19 + 10:39 = asshole

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:48 PM

Oh, mebbe I'll go tonight. Annie is amazing and though their album is barely so-so, this looks like it would be kinda fun. What were scalps going for at ~8:30?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:52 PM

This was a great show. I appreciate all the analysis in the comment section so far--people are talking about the music here and not just posting inane stuff. Love hearing older folks' opinions on shows I've never seen, too. These are two musicians separated by decades in age, but both are committed to their craft and brilliant. Yep, to me the ticket was worth every penny.

And yes, they played that recording about photography, yet as soon as I took one photo I was told that professional cameras weren't allowed! Glowing screens for crappy resolution were OK (although the crowd to its credit did not hold these devices up much), but good quality verboten. Hmm.

Posted by anon | September 26, 2012 4:21 PM

Great show, but you have to like both artists. SV was definitely more front-and-center as a performer, but if you look at the show as a whole (lighting, choreography) this was DB's show, too.

They played some of my favorite solo songs, though the show was understandably focused on their collaborative album. It made me like that album more.

You have to like both of them and their new album if you are really going to enjoy this concert (especially after plunking down a good chunk of change).

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 4:37 PM

David Byrne-Out is finished.
He is some quirky old man now who thinks he is so "avante-garde". The minute talking heads ended was also the moment of his relevancy ending.
We all have different opinions, and if you like this new "adult alternative" wank-a-thon music, that's fine with me, but I think this new album sucks and everything he has done after talking heads has also sucked.
It's nothing but bland crackers with no flavor.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:01 PM

..................................................saint vincent

Posted by | September 26, 2012 11:39 PM

I think i understand why some people are saying the show was amazing even though it was far from it. Those same people saying that are also pointing out that the crowd only lit up when Byrne played TH songs. Well there is your answer. These people have not been to too many shows so something like this would wow them. Has to be that because as anyone who has seen David Byrne solo over the years knows that this is nothing new and does not need to be pointed out. At every one of his shows the crowd is somewhat listless and polite and only come alive when he does those songs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:42 PM

..................................................saint vincent

Posted by | September 26, 2012 11:52 PM

I like that what David Byrne wore the second night was the exact inverse of the first: white pants/shirt with black jacket. Other than that highly intelligent observation, it was a fun concert, not the best ever, but good fun and their collaborative album is definitely better live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 7:32 AM

Saw the Tuesday show. Am an old time TH fan. Caught them at the Paradise in Boston in 1978. Never heard St Vincent before the concert. She was the star for me. Particularly liked her grungy lead guitar. But the horn section was also spectacular! Made me think of New Orleans, Memphis, James Brown, Philip Glass, Charles Ives and Kurt Weil. The TH stuff sounded like pleasant easier listening interludes. St Vincent and the horns rocked beyond the usual box. Loved it!

Posted by ruksis | September 27, 2012 9:18 AM

David Byrne is not an aging rocker, he is an experienced musician with a liberal mind and shrewd observations. St.Vincent is not a run of the mill pop fem with a mediocre talent, she is a brave experimentalist with guitar shredding skills that teen-age boys dream of possessing and a vocal palette that ranges from nearly operatic arpeggios to raw guttural screaming [check out Krokodil at Coachella]. This album is a tribute to both of their abilities to orchestrate and arrange music.While their show may not be to everyone's taste or expectations it cannot be denied that they wanted to please and surprise while remaining true to their self imposed challenge to do something unexpected and out of the comfort zone. Not everyone has this courage and too few musicians at present want to risk anything to create art that doesn't necessarily appeal to the masses in fear of a loss of revenue. There is nothing mediocre or pedantic about them so don't bother trying write them off as something you can fit in your little boxes. Theater always requires participation from its audiences and that means receptivity and imagination.

Posted by nanobelle | September 30, 2012 9:02 AM

^ i don't like "theatre" in my rock and roll.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:22 AM

Man, how sheltered do you have to be where you think stuff like this is the height of being "brave" and "risky" and "experimental"

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 10:47 AM

9:02 got a boner from using "pedantic" in a sentence

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 12:29 AM

Unfortunately, it's always this bad. Worst part is that the loser has conversations with himself. See above.

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Posted by Faviola | March 5, 2013 3:52 PM

I love the white suit.

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