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David Byrne playing Hamer Hall, Melbourne Australia 2009
Photo by Ros O'Gorman

David Byrne Inspired By Sufjan Stevens

By Tim Cashmere
Sun, 29 May 2011 15:05:10 +1000

Former Talking Heads singer David Byrne was influenced by Chicago singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens when it came time to bringing dancers into his recent live shows.

“It’d be nice to do something unexpected that also makes it a little more of a show. I can do that one way through dancers and movement,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.

“I saw a Sufjan Stevens show where he had a few girls come out with hula-hoops for a minute. It was great, it was a great show anyway, but just that little element and I thought “That really didn’t require a lot of training, but it really added this other element and another kind of energy to the whole thing, and I thought, maybe I can take that further.”

Byrne is talking about his tour that travelled the world in support of his album ‘Everything That Happens Will Happen Today’, which was a collaborative album with his long-time musical partner, producer Brian Eno.

The tour was chronicled in the film ‘Ride, Rise, Roar’, which was released in 2010.

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