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Saturday, February 28, 2009

David Byrne Radio City Music Hall - 2/27/09 Set List - Byrne-ing Down The House in a Tutu

Photo from Laura Musselman
Last night I saw David Byrne perform at Radio City Music Hall. This was my sixth second time seeing him live (unless I count all the concerts we both attended and I stood next to him at or sitting at the table beside him during a dinner in Park Slope). The last show I saw him at was my first outside show were it rained on us through most of the concert. Byrne even slipped and fell during his performance at Central Park's SummerStage.

It lightly rained before tonight's show but it was indoors. The concert was sold out or at least thats what it read on the marquee outside Radio City Music Hall. We walked up to the box office through the busy crowd minutes before the show started and purchased tickets in the center orchestra for face value. Easy enough . . . right?

Byrne came out on stage and chatted with the audience as his band set up. He opened the first of his two back-to-back shows at Radio City with his hit "Strange Overtones" off his latest LP. David was accompanied by a group of youthful dancers who did synchronized dances to all of his songs throughout the show. They leaped, galloped, rolled across stage in office chairs and even did acrobatics over Byrne's head.

He played a little over two hours and lot's stuff from this new album he collaborated on with Brian Eno entitled Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and one off My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and even a Catherine Wheel tune but when he performed his Talking Head classics it really turned the beautiful but stuffy Radio City Music Hall into a non-sit down venue as every one stood from their seats and danced till the evenings close.

Fun times indeed but what would really get my panties in a pinch would be a Talking Heads reunion. Come on David, Tina, Chris and Jerry . . . can't you all be friends? Dr. Kevchino is willing to sit down and do a session with y'all.

Set List - 2/27/09 (incomplete)

Strange Overtones - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
I Zimbra (?) - Talking Heads
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody - Eno & Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Houses In Motion
My Big Nurse - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks) - David Byrne
Heaven - Talking Heads
Poor Boy - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
Life Is Long - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
The River
His Wife Refused - The Catherine Wheel
Once in a lifetime - Talking Heads
Life during wartime - Talking Heads
I Feel My Stuff - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
Byrne plays the Radio City Music Hall organ
Take me to the river - Talking Heads
Big Blue Plymouth (?) - The Catherine Wheel
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
Everything That Happens - Eno & Byrne - ETHWHT
ETHWHT = Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Hear David Byrne sing with The Dirty Projectors off Dark Was The Night: A Red Hot Compilation
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Anonymous said...

Paul Simon was there!

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