David Byrne & band
Temple Buell Theater
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 12, 2008
(set list pulled from a review of the LA Greek show, believe they were pretty much the same)
Main set: Strange Overtones / I Zimbra / One Fine Day / Help Me Somebody / Houses in Motion / My Big Nurse / My Big Hands (Fall through the Cracks) / Heaven / "Possibilities" ? (intro'd as an unreleased Byrne/Eno tune) / The River / Crosseyed and Painless / Life Is Long / Once in a Lifetime / Life During Wartime / I Feel My Stuff
First encore: Take Me to the River / The Great Curve
Second encore: Home / Burning Down the House
Third encore: Everything That Happens
The venue, like several on the tour, is a genuine "concert hall", and the folks in the "orchestra" section were up & dancing from the get-go, and on throughout the whole show. By the time the encore came along, the folks in the mezzanine (where we were) joined in the groove and had the balcony floor swaying to the beat.
Stage setup was typical theater black wooden floor and black curtain backdrops, and lights were basically for color and shading. Band was DB on guitar, plus additional folks on keys, bass, drum (& occasional guitar), percussion (& also occasional guitar), 3 backup singers (who danced on occasion) and 3 dancers (who did not sing). No other musicians involved at this particular date, so the SF folks got a real treat.
The big faves were of course the TH tunes, and also a tune from "Bush of Ghosts", which I'm not cool enough to remember the name of (DB announced it as from that release, that's why I remember the audience response). Biggest reaction went to BDTH, as one might expect. One tune was announced as never released, and I titled it as best I could above.
Show including encore was a little under 2 hours.
I had Plant/Krauss in the top spot for "show of the year", but this one has leapfrogged it, if only due to a wider cross section of musical styles (and the fact that I've always preferred a "world" groove to a "roots" one).
If you're already thinking "maybe I should see that David Byrne show", stop thinking and just get the damn tickets. You can thank me later.