David Byrne

David Byrne at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

Talking Heads founder David Byrne’s America Utopia tour has been one of the most anticipated shows of the last decade. The tour stopped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on August 25.

In unique fashion, the show lacked cables, wires or any type of stage props. Byrne and his 11-piece band all went wireless, and their stage doubled as a dance floor. Byrne opened the show sitting at a desk, holding a full-scale brain replica to sing, “Here.”  Two band members took the stage with him for "Lazy,” and later in the show the entire band joined him for the Talking Heads' hit, "I Zimba."

The show was one of the most choreographed I've ever seen. It felt less like a concert and more like a theatrical production. Byrne played a mix of solo and Talking Heads songs including “Once in A Lifetime,” “Blind,” “Burning Down the House,” “Bullet” and “Like Humans Do.” He ended the show with a cover Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.”

The American Utopia tour has a number of date remaining. The tour concludes November 25 in Australia.