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David Byrne debuted “untethered” ‘American Utopia’ tour in NJ (video, pics, setlist)

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David Byrne debuted his American Utopia tour on Saturday night (3/3) at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre. It was the first of a few warm up dates for what Byrne has described as the most ambitious stage show he’s done since Stop Making Sense. Almost a continuation of his 2012 tour with St. Vincent, it features 12 musicians (a good percentage of them on drums/percussion), playing wirelessly with no amps or anything at all on stage, plus dramatic lighting throwing shapes on a curtain around the stage. As Ron Ozer wrote on Instagram:

The band is completely wireless and moves in and out of each other in a wide open stage bounded by metal string curtains that part for sliding in and out yet reflect shadows and become various parts of the world in their use. There was a bit of politics, primarily in a plea for everyone to register to vote, a mention that Marcos (the couple he wrote a musical about with Fatboy Slim) were great friends and clients of one Paul Manafort. And a colossal burst of social protest in the final Janelle Monáe cover where the band and David shook the rafters saying the names of the many many people who have been lost in some of our most sad moments as a country recently, making sure repeatedly that their names not be forgotten.

In addition to songs from American Utopia and other solo material, David mixed plenty of Talking Heads songs into the set, including “I Zimbra,” “Slippery People,” “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), “The Great Curve,” “Born Under Punches,” and “Burning Down the House.” He also performed “I Should Watch TV” from his album with St. Vincent, “To Jam” from the BPA album he made with Norman Cook, and, as noted above, the night ended with a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.”

For this first show, David asked the audience not to take photos or video, but a lot of people did. Check out Instagram pics and video, along with the setlist, below.

David Byrne will play NYC’s Panorama festival this summer.

Byrning down the house

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Burning Down the House! #davidbyrne #countbaisie

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#davidbyrne #slipperypeople totally excellent show

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#davidbyrne #openingnite #talkingheads

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take a look at these hands!!!!!!!!! #davidbyrne #talkingheads #feelthebyrne ⭐️

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Best show ever! #davidbyrne #talkingheads

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Last one. Burning down the house #talkingheads #davidbyrne

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I COMPEL YOU to spend all of your dollars to see David Byrne.

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If you want to be surprised at David Byrne's show this year, well then skip this set list. But whatever you do, get to this unique and totally innovative staging, especially at an indoor theater where you can see all 12 of the musicians and the choreography, lighting and vast variety of instruments on display. The new songs moved from thoughtful and serious to silly and dance-inspiring, the Talking Heads (official) classics overflowed, but were reinvented in brilliant ways. The band is completely wireless and moves in and out of each other in a wide open stage bounded by metal string curtains that part for sliding in and out yet reflect shadows and become various parts of the world in their use. There was a bit of politics, primarily in a plea for everyone to register to vote, a mention that Marcos (the couple he wrote a musical about with Fatboy Slim) were great friends and clients of one Paul Manafort. And a colossal burst of social protest in the final Janelle Monáe cover where the band and David shook the rafters saying the names of the many many people who have been lost in some of our most sad moments as a country recently, making sure repeatedly that their names not be forgotten. Being at this show for the first public performance was a good move, it was unforgettable. Here Lazy I Zimbra Slippery People I Should Watch TV [David Byrne & St. Vincent] Dog’s Mind Everybody’s Coming to My House This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) Once in a Lifetime Doing the Right Thing Toe Jam The Great Curve I Dance Like This Bullet Every Day Is a Miracle Like Humans Do Blind Burning Down the House Dancing Together Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) Hell You Talmbout [Monae] @davidbyrneofficial @countbasietheatre #davidbyrne #americanutopia #livemusic

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SETLIST: David Byrne @ Count Basie Theatre 3/3/2018
Here
Lazy
I Zimbra (Talking Heads)
Slippery People (Talking Heads)
I Should Watch TV (David Byrne & St. Vincent cover)
Dog’s Mind
Everybody’s Coming to My House
This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads)
Doing the Right Thing
Toe Jam
The Great Curve (Talking Heads)
I Dance Like This
Bullet
Every Day Is a Miracle
Like Humans Do
Blind (Talking Heads)
Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)
Encore:
Dancing Together
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (Talking Heads)
Encore 2:
Hell You Talmbout (Janelle Monáe cover)

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