David Byrne brings stellar expansive show to Shrine Auditorium

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And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And on Saturday night, you may have found yourself at the Shrine Auditorium for a glorious sold-out show from David Byrne.

David Byrne‘s live show is maybe the most unique rock show currently on tour. He has previously stated this is “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for [classic concert film] Stop Making Sense.” That wasn’t hyperbole.

Byrne and his 11-piece band danced around the stage, playing hits from his Talking Heads days as well as tunes from his latest album American Utopia that dropped earlier this year. Though people were mostly there for the classics, they paid close attention to the songs he played from his solo repertoire.

There were no backing tracks. The band and Byrne moved constantly. The percussion players had their instruments strapped around their necks like Little Drummer Boy — same as the keyboardist. If you did a side-by-side of the Stop Making Sense performance of “Once In a Lifetime” with the show at the Shrine, there’s a lot of similarities, except of course Byrne is gray now.

The main thing is the show kept the audience engaged from beginning to end. It’s perhaps the best live show you’ll see all year, so don’t miss your chance to see it when it comes around.

Photos by Tim Aarons