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David Byrne Brings Vitality, Energy to Radio City (Vanity Fair), Colbert Report

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    David Byrne Brings Vitality, Energy to Radio City (Vanity Fair), Colbert Report

    David Byrne, fresh off two stellar performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall this past weekend, stopped by the Colbert Report last night to chat with the show's host, Stephen Colbert, and perform live in the studio.

    "You've always been sort of an innovator," Colbert suggested to his guest. "When is being on the cutting edge, being innovative and fresh and new and interesting gonna get stale? Because, wouldn't it be more surprising if David Byrne did something ordinary?"

    Byrne's reply prompted Colby to retort, "I want you to know that very few of my interviews get this deep."

    You can watch the interview and performances starting about halfway into last night's episode here on hulu.com.

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    Vanity Fair's Michael Hogan was at the first of the weekend's New York sets and reports that, even in his mid-50s, Byrne "was the most vital, energetic person in attendance at his sold-out Radio City Music Hall concert last night. But he was."

    Hogan goes on to suggest just how this might be:

    So here’s my theory on why Byrne is so youthful, and why his concert felt as contemporary and relevant as any Bowery Ballroom set by the latest blogosphere buzz band: the guy keeps up. He doesn’t sit around all day reminiscing with his fellow dessicated rock stars. He reads, he thinks, he sees art and film and music. And his creative portfolio is radically diversified. He paints, draws, blogs, directs, runs a record label, composes for film, composes for dance, designs funky bike racks, and god knows what else.

    All this amounts to what Hogan sums up as Byrne's being "tuned in." And, he is led to conclude, "If it keeps David Byrne young, just think what it can do for you."

    Read the article at vanityfair.com.

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    The US leg of Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno has come to an end, but that just means more music, dance, and everything else the performance entails for Europe, where the tour continues starting next Monday in Germany. For upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

on March 3, 2009 - 1:57pm
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David Byrne, fresh off two stellar performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall this past weekend, stopped by the Colbert Report last night to chat and perform live in the studio. "You've always been sort of an innovator," offered Stephen Colbert. "When is being on the cutting edge, being innovative and fresh and new and interesting gonna get stale? Because, wouldn't it be more surprising if David Byrne did something ordinary?" Vanity Fair reports from Radio City that it's not likely to be any time soon. Staying "tuned in" is the key to his success, and "If it keeps David Byrne young, just think what it can do for you."

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David Byrne, fresh off two stellar performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall this past weekend, stopped by the Colbert Report last night to chat with the show's host, Stephen Colbert, and perform live in the studio.

"You've always been sort of an innovator," Colbert suggested to his guest. "When is being on the cutting edge, being innovative and fresh and new and interesting gonna get stale? Because, wouldn't it be more surprising if David Byrne did something ordinary?"

Byrne's reply prompted Colby to retort, "I want you to know that very few of my interviews get this deep."

You can watch the interview and performances starting about halfway into last night's episode here on hulu.com.

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Vanity Fair's Michael Hogan was at the first of the weekend's New York sets and reports that, even in his mid-50s, Byrne "was the most vital, energetic person in attendance at his sold-out Radio City Music Hall concert last night. But he was."

Hogan goes on to suggest just how this might be:

So here’s my theory on why Byrne is so youthful, and why his concert felt as contemporary and relevant as any Bowery Ballroom set by the latest blogosphere buzz band: the guy keeps up. He doesn’t sit around all day reminiscing with his fellow dessicated rock stars. He reads, he thinks, he sees art and film and music. And his creative portfolio is radically diversified. He paints, draws, blogs, directs, runs a record label, composes for film, composes for dance, designs funky bike racks, and god knows what else.

All this amounts to what Hogan sums up as Byrne's being "tuned in." And, he is led to conclude, "If it keeps David Byrne young, just think what it can do for you."

Read the article at vanityfair.com.

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The US leg of Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno has come to an end, but that just means more music, dance, and everything else the performance entails for Europe, where the tour continues starting next Monday in Germany. For upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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