DAVID BYRNE ADDS TWO NYC DATES TO WORLD TOUR:
FOREST HILLS STADIUM ON SEPTEMBER 15
KINGS THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 17
Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday, March 9 at 10am EST at davidbyrne.com.
AMERICAN UTOPIA OUT THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 9
ON TODOMUNDO/NONESUCH RECORDS
Byrne to Appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Release Day
David Byrne has added two New York City dates to the extensive world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia, out this Friday, March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records; he will also be interviewed and will perform on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert . For the first time since August 1983, during the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense tour, Byrne will play Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, on September 15. He has also added a show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on September 17.
Byrne will be performing songs from American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A twelve-piece band joins Byrne on stage for a choreographed, “untethered” concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the ones that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Tune-Yards will open the shows in New York.
The album has already received tremendous critical acclaim. Mojo said, “Byrne filters grace, wonder and apocalyptic portent through his fractured worldview. He remains a fine guide through life’s disruptions and disturbances,” and Stereogum noted "American Utopia is an album full of pulsating beats and rich textures. You could also say that about any Talking Heads record, but the new album isn’t a throwback; it feels like it could only exist right now."
Last week, NPR Music’s First Listen began streaming the record in full, saying in its review: "If a brain in a jar could observe the world, make sense of it and churn it into a batch of songs, it would make the album American Utopia." Read the full piece and stream the album here.
The artwork and merch for the tour was designed by New York City artist Stephen Powers. Powers, aka ESPO, is known for creating graffiti, signage, and large-scale public art. He has also created a special set of prints inspired by American Utopia available for a limited time exclusively in the Nonesuch Store: a two-print set, each a three-color screen print, 12"x12" on 335 gsm Coventry Rag, packaged in a hand-stamped LP sleeve (actual LP not included). Each print is a hand-pulled screen print made in Brooklyn at ESPO's Art World. Orders for these hand-made prints will only be taken till Thursday, March 8, at 5pm ET, and include a download of the album available on release day.
David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-American musician and artist perhaps best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1974 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo projects on record, and worked in a variety of media, including film, photography, opera, and Internet-based projects. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards for his achievements.
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