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  • June 21, 2018

    David Byrne's American Utopia tour made its way to the UK for a week of sold-out shows, all met with rave reviews, starting with the NME's declaration: "The American Utopia tour may just be the best live show of all time." "An unforgettably unique, imaginative, and kaleidoscopically entrancing spectacle of music, dance, and theatre," exclaims the Telegraph. "This was something special." "One of the most mind-blowingly meticulous and awe-inspiring productions you could ever hope to see," says the Independent. "Perfection." "Daringly ambitious and full of joy," says the Evening Standard. "Mass exposure to his glorious, life-affirming American Utopia show alone would make the world a better place," says the Scotsman. "An extraordinary, ecstatic show."

  • June 12, 2018

    David Byrne, who begins the sold-out UK leg of his American Utopia World Tour on Thursday, has announced that he will bring the tour back to the UK and to Ireland for nine shows this autumn, including concerts at the O2 Arena in London, Manchester Arena, Hydro in Glasgow, 3Arena in Dublin, and more. He has also announced that he will take the tour to Australia and New Zealand in November. Additionally, Byrne has added a second performance at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, on September 16, after the first sold out, and a night at Bass Hall in Austin in October.

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  • I was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. It was what was called a breech birth … which often means butt first … which was probably exceedingly difficult for my mother and may have been indicative of a bad attitude on my part. I was there, but I don’t remember.

    My parents had what was called a mixed marriage, which made life difficult. And there was little work in Scotland in those years. We moved to Canada on a boat, the QE2, when I was very young and after some years in Hamilton, the family moved to Baltimore, where I had my primary and secondary education. I loved art class and was asked to leave the school choir. I played guitar in a band with some friends; I think Ricky Brewster was the singer. At a high school battle of the bands, a rival band pulled the plug on us. We lost the contest.

    I wanted to be able to study both art and engineering—as I saw creativity in both areas—but that didn’t seem possible, so I went to art school in Baltimore and Rhode Island. There I encountered people with backgrounds very different than mine. Very different class, cultural, and economic backgrounds. This was all new and hard to understand at first. I made music at the same time I was at art school, but not having training, I never considered it as a career. For a while I wore old suits and had a beard—local children in Baltimore asked if I was “one of those people who didn’t ride in cars.” I hitchhiked around the U.S., stayed on a commune and busked for money … but eventually I came back East, discovered I could write songs, and with some friends we played at art school events and parties. I moved to NY with some wild art-related ideas—one was a sort of rating system for the arts influenced by the books on cybernetics and systems theory that I was reading. I reconnected with my friends and we auditioned at a local club playing our own songs. A handful of people liked us, and so we stuck to it and surprisingly soon we were playing our music all over the world. I still do this from time to time, it’s hugely enjoyable. I have been lucky to be able to do these things.

    Though music took up much of my time for many years, I eventually went back to re-engage with the visual side of things—directing some films and making picture books, art, and installations. I lived in L.A. for a while but now spend most of my time in NY. I began riding a bicycle as a way of getting around, and I wrote a book using those experiences as a way to talk about the things I saw. I made some custom bike racks for NY, for BAM, and for Stanford University. We need places to lock up.

    I then wrote a book about music, or rather the contexts that shape and affect music.

    I love working with other people. Though there are sometimes forks in the road, for the most part the convoluted path is worth it as together collaborators often end up somewhere neither expected. I wrote two musicals about powerful women—Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc. When it works, a song can express a character’s inner feelings in ways that go beyond words. Songs help us understand things in a different way. There have been collaborations with Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp, St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, and Brian Eno. Recently I conceived and presented a show that brought together ten musical acts and ten colorguard teams.

    Now I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people. I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for.

    —David Byrne

David Byrne

Tour

Mon, Jul 16
Milan
Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Mon, Jul 16
Milan
Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Tue, Jul 17
Zürich
Theater 11
Tue, Jul 17
Zürich
Theater 11
Thu, Jul 19
Ravenna
Palazzo Mauro de Andrè
Thu, Jul 19
Ravenna
Palazzo Mauro de Andrè
Fri, Jul 20
Perugia
Arena Santa Giuliana
Fri, Jul 20
Perugia
Arena Santa Giuliana
Sat, Jul 21
Trieste
Piazza Unità d'Italia
Sat, Jul 21
Trieste
Piazza Unità d'Italia
Fri, Jul 27
Camden, NJ
Camden Waterfront
Fri, Jul 27
Camden, NJ
Camden Waterfront
Sat, Jul 28
Columbia, MD
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sat, Jul 28
Columbia, MD
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sun, Jul 29
New York, NY
Randall's Island Park
Sun, Jul 29
New York, NY
Randall's Island Park
Tue, Jul 31
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Tue, Jul 31
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Wed, Aug 1
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed, Aug 1
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
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David Byrne's album American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with Brian Eno and growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald and contributors Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others.

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I was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. It was what was called a breech birth … which often means butt first … which was probably exceedingly difficult for my mother and may have been indicative of a bad attitude on my part. I was there, but I don’t remember.

My parents had what was called a mixed marriage, which made life difficult. And there was little work in Scotland in those years. We moved to Canada on a boat, the QE2, when I was very young and after some years in Hamilton, the family moved to Baltimore, where I had my primary and secondary education. I loved art class and was asked to leave the school choir. I played guitar in a band with some friends; I think Ricky Brewster was the singer. At a high school battle of the bands, a rival band pulled the plug on us. We lost the contest.

I wanted to be able to study both art and engineering—as I saw creativity in both areas—but that didn’t seem possible, so I went to art school in Baltimore and Rhode Island. There I encountered people with backgrounds very different than mine. Very different class, cultural, and economic backgrounds. This was all new and hard to understand at first. I made music at the same time I was at art school, but not having training, I never considered it as a career. For a while I wore old suits and had a beard—local children in Baltimore asked if I was “one of those people who didn’t ride in cars.” I hitchhiked around the U.S., stayed on a commune and busked for money … but eventually I came back East, discovered I could write songs, and with some friends we played at art school events and parties. I moved to NY with some wild art-related ideas—one was a sort of rating system for the arts influenced by the books on cybernetics and systems theory that I was reading. I reconnected with my friends and we auditioned at a local club playing our own songs. A handful of people liked us, and so we stuck to it and surprisingly soon we were playing our music all over the world. I still do this from time to time, it’s hugely enjoyable. I have been lucky to be able to do these things.

Though music took up much of my time for many years, I eventually went back to re-engage with the visual side of things—directing some films and making picture books, art, and installations. I lived in L.A. for a while but now spend most of my time in NY. I began riding a bicycle as a way of getting around, and I wrote a book using those experiences as a way to talk about the things I saw. I made some custom bike racks for NY, for BAM, and for Stanford University. We need places to lock up.

I then wrote a book about music, or rather the contexts that shape and affect music.

I love working with other people. Though there are sometimes forks in the road, for the most part the convoluted path is worth it as together collaborators often end up somewhere neither expected. I wrote two musicals about powerful women—Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc. When it works, a song can express a character’s inner feelings in ways that go beyond words. Songs help us understand things in a different way. There have been collaborations with Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp, St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, and Brian Eno. Recently I conceived and presented a show that brought together ten musical acts and ten colorguard teams.

Now I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people. I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for.

—David Byrne

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Tour

Mon, Jul 16
Milan
Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Mon, Jul 16
Milan
Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Tue, Jul 17
Zürich
Theater 11
Tue, Jul 17
Zürich
Theater 11
Thu, Jul 19
Ravenna
Palazzo Mauro de Andrè
Thu, Jul 19
Ravenna
Palazzo Mauro de Andrè
Fri, Jul 20
Perugia
Arena Santa Giuliana
Fri, Jul 20
Perugia
Arena Santa Giuliana
Sat, Jul 21
Trieste
Piazza Unità d'Italia
Sat, Jul 21
Trieste
Piazza Unità d'Italia
Fri, Jul 27
Camden, NJ
Camden Waterfront
Fri, Jul 27
Camden, NJ
Camden Waterfront
Sat, Jul 28
Columbia, MD
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sat, Jul 28
Columbia, MD
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sun, Jul 29
New York, NY
Randall's Island Park
Sun, Jul 29
New York, NY
Randall's Island Park
Tue, Jul 31
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Tue, Jul 31
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Wed, Aug 1
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wed, Aug 1
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
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