Though we had him pegged as a potential candidate for Bonnaroo, once it was revealed that prolific art rocker and famed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne wouldn’t be making a trek to the farm this year, despite prepping to release his first solo LP in 14 years (not counting three excellent, high-profile collaboration albums), American Utopia, on March 9, we assumed it was all but guaranteed we’d soon see a Nashville date announced. With this morning’s expansion of his upcoming world tour, Byrne did just that, adding a May 6 show at The Ryman Auditorium, where he’s frequently stopped over the years, most recently in 2012 with St. Vincent, in support of one of the aforementioned collaborations.
Described as “a choreographed concert that Byrne has called ‘the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,'” the American Utopia tour sounds very, well, David Byrne, who’s become an icon not just for his music, but for his contributions in film, photography, opera, literature, and more. The forthcoming LP itself is an extension of Byrne’s ongoing “Reasons To Be Cheerful” multimedia series, which collects stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism. Adds Byrne: “…Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking. This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses.”
Hear new single “Everybody’s Coming to My House” below, check out a full list of North American dates, and grab tickets beginning Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. CST right here. They surely won’t last.