12 Jun 2018

Talking Heads' David Byrne to tour NZ in November

From RNZ Music, 10:18 am on 12 June 2018

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is coming to New Zealand in November to play shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

David Byrne

David Byrne Photo: supplied

David Byrne, who's had a successful career as a solo artist and has collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, Fatboy Slim, St Vincent and De La Soul is a tireless innovator who'll bring his American Utopia world tour to New Zealand in November, playing three shows.  

The New York City-based artist will perform songs from his new album American Utopia, which came out in March, as well as some Talking Heads classics and songs from his own back catalogue. He’ll be joined by a 12-piece band for the choreographed concert that he's called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for [1984's] Stop Making Sense.”

It will be Byrne’s first tour of NZ since 2009.

Related: Nick Bollinger reviews David Byrne’s American Utopia

Byrne and his band recently played Californian festival Coachella, with one review saying that the show was “as close to a Talking Heads show as you could hope for, and it was glorious.”  

RNZ’s Nick Bollinger described the experience of listening to Byrne's American Utopia as “like being greeted by an old, slightly peculiar friend.”

The album is Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years, though he’s also released collaborative albums with St Vincent, Fat Boy Slim, and Brian Eno in that time, as well as making songs with Arcade Fire, and De La Soul amongst others.

Byrne turned a ferry terminal into a musical instrument in 2008 and in 2012 he published a book called How Music Works. He also runs a record label, Luaka Bop.  

Listen: David Byrne talks to Kim Hill in 2009

Tickets are on sale from June 18. 

David Byrne - American Utopia Tour 2018

  • Tuesday 13th November - TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
  • Thursday 15th November - Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
  • Saturday 17th November - Spark Arena, Auckland
David Byrne and band

David Byrne and band Photo: supplied