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Ben
post Feb 8 2009, 01:33 AM
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Perth’s rich summer run of world-famous artists performing in our pretty city has continued brilliantly with a smooth performance at Perth Zoo by David Byrne, the zany former frontman of Talking Heads.


His Australian tour with promoter Andrew McManus has shown the meticulous professionalism of Byrne, who delivers a powerhouse performance combined with clever choreography.

The first thing hitting you at this outdoor concert was the band including Byrne all in white, including the three acrobats (two girls and a guy) who even jump over Byrne’s head while he hammers out classics including ”Once in a Lifetime” and “Burning Down the House.”

The deep lyrics of songs such as “Once in a Lifetime” – sung with such feeling by Byrne – got to the globally-chastened crowd, especially lines such as:

“Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground.”

Byrne’s eccentric movements to the sometimes-staccato beat of his music stirred a deep primal urge in the crowd, appropriately at the Zoo surrounded by sleeping primates.

When Byrne played his rousing version of “Take Me to the River” the crowd surged forward to the front and everybody happily grooved away standing up for the rest of the concert.

David Byrne is another of those rare artists whose voice can still replicate perfect CD recordings after all these years. He endeared himself to the picnic crowd at Perth Zoo by showing genuine enthusiasm for their warm welcome, so much so that he played three encores before sense prevailed and he was forced to belatedly leave to save his voice for his next Australian performances. Local promoter Robbie Williams agreed Byrne gave his best in Perth.

David Byrne plays Brisbane after Perth, then two concerts in Melbourne before heading to Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. Then it’s off to Europe for a long tour until May.

Byrne has just performed in America before coming to Perth, and the Boston Globe sums it up succinctly: “Byrne delivered a two-hour show as enigmatic and adventurous as his three decades-long career. In short, the man was the same as he ever was: brilliant.”

Short Burning Down the House video clip filmed at South Perth Zoo


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Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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