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David Byrne announces 80-date world tour, his “most ambitious show” since Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense

Coming in support of his forthcoming album, American Utopia

David Byrne, photo by Jody Rogac
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    David Byrne has called his forthcoming tour behind new album, American Utopia, “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for [Talking Heads’] Stop Making Sense.” Fortunately, he’ll be providing fans with plenty of opportunities to witness the concert in person, as he’s mapped out a massive 80-date world tour.

    “I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile… so there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff,” Byrne previously explained of the tour. “With everyone mobile, I realized the stage could be completely clear. If we could have the monitors in our ears, the amps off-stage and the lights up high, then we had the possibility of a completely empty space.” Byrne will be backed by a 12-piece band, according to a press release.

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    In discussing the dynamics of the stage setup, Byrne said he would be using lightweight chains to hide the non-performers and gear around the periphery of the stage. “Not only does it take color, one can cast shadows on the chain.”

    Here’s a brief glimpse of the setup, which Byrne shared when announcing the initial round of dates back in December. Update: Byrne has shared more photos and video of the stage setup in a blog entry posted to his website.

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    See the full itinerary below and check out the epic tour poster, which was designed by Steve Powers. You can grab tickets via StubhubAmerican Utopia, Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years, is out March 9th.

    David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates:
    03/03 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
    03/04 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center For the Performing Arts
    03/06 – Buffalo, NY @ Center For the Arts
    03/07 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
    03/09 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
    03/10 – Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
    03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
    03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
    03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex
    03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano
    03/23-25 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil
    04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater
    04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellón M
    04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara
    04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall
    04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
    04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts
    04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
    04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
    04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
    04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
    05/04-06 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
    05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
    05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
    05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
    05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
    05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts
    05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
    05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
    05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
    05/19 – Saskatoon, SASK @ TCU Place
    05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
    05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
    05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium
    05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
    05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
    06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater
    06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
    06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts
    06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
    06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
    06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
    06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
    06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
    06/22-23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival
    06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival
    06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier
    06/30-07/01 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole
    07/05-08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
    07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
    07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival
    07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival
    07/13-14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona
    07/17 – Zürich, CH @ Theater 11
    07/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival
    07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival
    07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita
    07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
    07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    08/01 – Shelburne, VT @ Shelburne Museum – The Green
    08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts
    08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
    08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall
    08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
    08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center
    08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
    08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
    08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater
    08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater

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    Check out the lead single to American Utopia, “Everybody’s Coming to My House”, which was co-written by Brian Eno and features Sampha.

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