Posted in TV | music on April 30, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Byrne

The monthlong 2014 Red Bull Music Academy starts this week here in New York City, and one of the most anticipated events is "Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor" tribute that happens at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3). It features singers David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer, and features a backing band including Sinkane, Money Mark and onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Tickets are still available to both nights.

If you were on the fence, wondering what to expect or both, David Byrne and the band dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (4/29) to perform "Fantastic Man," one of the more winning tracks from last year's essential Who is William Onyeabor? compilation. By the looks of it, this is going to be -- like the Gene Clark 'No Other' tribute -- a straight-up, "let's do it like he woulda" kind of thing. Which is good news I think and bodes well for this weekend's shows. You can watch the Tonight Show performance (and compare and contrast with the Onyeabor original) below...

You can read how it all came about over at David Byrne's website. In addition to the shows happening in NYC, the Atomic Bomb Band most of the same singers/players are performing shows next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dates and lineups are listed below...

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David Byrne & the Atomic Bomb Band - "Fantastic Man"

William Onyeabor - Fantastic Man

Atomic Bomb Band - 2014 Tour Dates
May 2 & 3 at BAM, New York City
David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Money Mark, The Lijadu Sisters & Sinkane

May 6 at The Warfield, San Francisco
David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman, Money Mark, The Lijadu Sisters & Sinkane

May 8 at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman, Money Mark, The Lijadu Sisters & Sinkane

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Comments (18)

Doesn't he have people to prevent him from doing things like wearing that ridiculous red cowboy hat on national tv.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:18 AM

the cowboy hats are part of the William Onyeabor thing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:25 AM

Seriously? William is here? This must be great. OMG can't wait.

Posted by Reputation Advocate | April 30, 2014 10:38 AM

i love the compilation and have all of onyeabor's stuff now but a clip like that makes me not want to go to the show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:38 AM

10:38 -- agreed. It better be funked out live and non of that goofy shit going on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:45 AM

"and have all of onyeabor's stuff"

Sure you do

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 11:22 AM

11:22.... possible he does, after all, I do. Was lucky enough to start collecting this music years ago before Westerners caught onto it, when the records were cheap. The above gentleman more than likely has rips and good for him. I'm happy to see this new found appreciation for Mr. Onyeabor's music.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:18 PM

Doesn't 10:18 have people to prevent him from doing things like posting that embarrassing comment? Oh wait...

Of course, anyone who knows anything about David Byrne is well aware that he has never "had people" for anything

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:18 PM

Of course he does. He's surrounded by professional people for virtually everything he does. He is represented by Maine Road Management for Music, Pace/McGill Gallery for Art, Wylie agency for Speaking Engagements, and Sacks & Co for Press. He has official people who run his website, people who run the Luaka Bop website, he has an official photographer, graphics people, wardrobe people, and a publicist.

David Byrne likes to present that he's this sort of artistic Renaissance man of the people, but the reality is that he is a well corporatized entity worth in the range of 70 million dollars.


Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:39 PM

That an artist of any renown has representation of one or another sort is too obvious to state. Anyone who knows anything about David Byrne knows that he marches (or bikes) to his own drummer, as do most artists. The statement "he is a well corporatized entity worth in the range of 70 million dollars" is somewhere between wrong by an order of magnitude and laughable.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:53 PM

Not much in the way of magnitude. Byrne is actually worth $45 million:
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-stars/david-byrne-net-worth/

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:57 PM

David Byrne was never a #1 city boy. He reached #4 once but that's as high as he got.

Current #1 city boy Jimmy Fallon sure is cute,

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 30, 2014 1:59 PM

DB is the man.
He is a genius!!!
I have seen him live three times,
Rei momo to Everything will happen to today.
Plan to see him next time comes to Boston.

Posted by Gary | April 30, 2014 3:00 PM

Ah yes: Celebrity Net Worth.. A knowing authority.

eat a bag o' dicks.

Posted by #andsheezuswas | April 30, 2014 3:34 PM

Just pray Byrne doesn't decide to bust out Burning Down the House when Dev Hynes is in earshot

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2014 12:46 AM

You guys should get on YouTube and look up clips from the London show in April with Damon Albarn. So weird & fresh & funky I can't wait for Tuesday's show in SF, it's going be FANTASTICALLY fun. Anyone doubting that probably has a beard and only picked up on Onyeabor's stuff last year when that comp came out.

Posted by Greg | May 4, 2014 12:23 AM

Pat Boone vibes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2014 2:02 PM

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