David Byrne (Also featuring) Joe Henry, Greg Cohen and Duisburg Chamber Orchestra Live at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany, August 19, 2006.
"What's with the baggy white suit?" went the tagline when Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense was the toast among indie music fans. One thing's for sure, Jonathan Demme's 1984 movie showed how much of a showman, apart from being a rocker, David Bryne can be.
This is what booomboom said: "Talking Head David Byrne opened the 2006 season of the Ruhrtriennale with a concert in a century-old steel factory in which he was accompanied by the Duisberg Philharmonic. Two thousand five hundred people filled Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle and the square in front of it to hear Byrne and the German orchestra weave "sonic tapestries of almost Wagnerian dimensions" out of classic pop hits like Psycho Killer and Road To Nowhere. Byrne, who is known for the intellectual and avant-garde sensibilities he injected into familiar pop formats with the Talking Heads, was featured in the Ruhrtriennale's "Century of Song" series, which explores the history of the pop song. In addition to Talking Heads hits, country duets with opener Joe Henry, and songs from his Imelda Marcos musical, the set list included a cover of one prominent "Italian songwriter" as well: Byrne and company performed "Un di felice," the aria from Verdi's La Traviata. Also performed were two new songs from the forthcoming musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - Here Lies Love and The Rose Of Tatlova. Soul Sister is a cover from Allan Toussaint."
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