5 Epic David Byrne Performances To Get You Hyped For His 2018 Tour

Back on tour and eccentric as ever.

By Claire Skogsberg - Mar 12, 2018
Photo by Sean Jamar
Legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is heading out on tour March 3 and releasing a new album, titled American Utopia. Here are 5 of his most epic live performances to be remembered. Back on tour and eccentric as ever.

No Talking Heads concert was complete without a copious amount of gray clothing, zany backup dancers, and David Byrne strutting around the stage, bobbing his head like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, the eccentric frontman set the tone with his quirky behavior for years to come. Even today, his influence on popular music can be seen—just last year, pop icon Selena Gomez sampled Talking Heads’ classic “Psycho Killer” for her song “Bad Liar”. But this repurposing doesn’t bother Byrne—at this stage in his career, it's all about regeneration and the pursuit of something fresh and new. That’s why you won’t hear him putting together a Talking Heads reunion anytime soon—he’s on his own journey now, and he’s got something new to say.

The legendary art-rock frontman’s resurgence into the public eye, following multiple collaborations with the ever-fabulous St. Vincent over the past few years, has been in preparation for his latest album, American Utopia. The LP hit shelves last Friday, and according to sources, his upcoming tour will feature a decade-spanning setlist.

The self-proclaimed "ambitious" tour kicks off in March, so we’ve compiled some of Byrne’s best/weirdest/most lovable live performances to get you pumped!


He’ll be hitting stages along North America, South America, and playing Coachella before the tour heads off to Europe in June! Make sure to track the icon on Bandsintown to stay in-the-know on all-things David Byrne.

1. 'Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)'


This is a classic Talking Heads moment, equipped with props, costumes, and a very young David Byrne. It’s also one of our favorite sets of all time!

2. 'Burning Down the House'


The quintessential performance from the 1984 Stop Making Sense tour - palpable energy, choreographed moves, and backup dancers that just won’t quit! Amazing.

3. 'Who'


One of many electric performances from this duo, who created the album Love This Giant together in 2012. Their voices and attitudes complement each other perfectly in this clip.

4. 'Life During Wartime'


One of the more recent clips of Byrne from a performance he did in Austin, Texas last year. One of the most poignant and important of his songs - and he still absolutely kills it!

5. 'Psycho Killer'

A rare moment from 2002, when Talking Heads performed at the inductions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. David Byrne 32116David Byrne

Upcoming David Byrne Shows:

Date Venue Location
Jul 27, 2018 XPoNential Music Festival Camden Tickets & More
Jul 28, 2018 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia Tickets & More
Jul 29, 2018 Panorama Music Festival New York Tickets & More
Jul 31, 2018 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston Tickets & More
Aug 1, 2018 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston Tickets & More
Aug 3, 2018 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto Tickets & More
Aug 4, 2018 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto Tickets & More
Aug 5, 2018 Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center Canandaigua Tickets & More
Aug 7, 2018 Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Cleveland Tickets & More
Aug 8, 2018 DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Tickets & More

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