"We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense,’ so fingers crossed."
Like many of the Buffalo contingent responsible for selling out David Byrne's March 6 engagement at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts in a matter of minutes, Byrne's statement announcing the "American Utopia World Tour" had me reaching for my thesaurus to assemble a list of superlatives worthy of my feelings for the man's music. As an artist, Byrne has pursued a singular path, one marked by unflagging adventurousness and integrity, from his watershed work with Talking Heads in the 70s and 80s through his solo career, which now includes game-changing works in three separate decades. There are not many artists of whom the same can be said.
For this tour, in support of the new album which lends the road jaunt its title – due March 9 – Byrne will be joined by a 12-piece band and, if the above statement offers anything to go by, will be engaging in the rather brilliant, often minimalist staging, choreography and lighting that have marked much of his work from the get-go.
(David Byrne; UB Center for the Arts; 7:30 p.m., March 6; Sold out)