David Byrne Is Returning To Australasia

The American Utopia tour has been announced for the former Talking Heads frontman

David Byrne – Talking Heads bandleader, solo artist, visual artist and author – will bring his American Utopia World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in November 2018. Tickets go on sale Monday 18 June via Frontier Touring, here.

The New York City-based artist will perform songs from his acclaimed new album American Utopia as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A 12-piece band will join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Annie-B Parson also choreographed the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration tour around Love This Giant.

With his sets including a wealth of Talking Heads’ tracks such as "Once In A Lifetime", "Burning Down The House", "This Must Be The Place", (more on the recent 35th Anniversary of Speaking In Tongues  here), plus Byrne’s latest stunning new solo work, his collaboration with St Vincent and more, these shows will be unmissable.

His first solo album in 14 years (following 2004’s Grown Backwards); American Utopia was released in March 2018. The first track from the album, "Everybody's Coming To My House" was co-written with Brian Eno and contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr Leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others feature throughout the release.

“I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people,” says Byrne. “I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for.”

Tickets are on sale Monday 18 June, here.

Full Touring Band Line-Up:

David Byrne – Vocals

Chris Giarmo – Backing Vocals

Tendayi Kuumba – Backing Vocals

Karl Mansfield – Keyboard

Angie Swan – Guitar

Bobby Wooten – Bass

Mauro Refosco – Tamborim Tree, shaker

Davi Viera – Bongos

Gustavo Di Dalva – Conga

Tim Keiper - Bells / Metalwork

Aaron Johnston – Bass Drum / Snare / Hi-Hat

Daniel Freedman – Bass / Snare / Hi-Hat

Tour dates:

Tuesday 13 November - TSB Bank Arena | Wellington, NZ
Thursday 15 November - Horncastle Arena | Christchurch, NZ

Saturday 17 November - Spark Arena | Auckland, NZ

Tuesday 20 November - ICC Sydney Theatre | Sydney, NSW

Wednesday 21 November - Convention Centre | Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday 24 November - Margaret Court Arena | Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 25 November - AEC Arena | Adelaide, SA