David Byrne-Man or God?

Sunday, September 28, 2008 | |

David Byrne, founder of the talking heads, legendary solo artist, and member of the rock and roll hall of fame, was denied a headlining spot at this year's Austin City Limits music festival. I don't know how these schedules get put together, so there may be a totally logical explanation why he was placed early in the evening in a one-hour time slot, but it just seemed wrong to me. His show was amazing, complete with interpretive dancers all wearing uniform white and Byrne doing his classic "wobbly" dances. The guy sounds like he's 30 years old and hasn't stopped enjoying the music. He played a ton of his latin funk inspired work, but also threw in old classics like "once in a lifetime".

I'm not sure why Manu Chao and The Mars Volta headlined that night rather than David Byrne, but he made the best of it regardless, and the fans showed up en masse.