David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar
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The songs are presented in their full length, although the video sometimes cuts between the live performance and rehearsals. If you caught the tour, you know how great it was. If you didn't catch the tour, this is the next best thing. Byrne is still in excellent voice, and he rocks that tutu!
Here's the set list:
1. Once in a Lifetime
2. Life Is Long
3. I Zimbra
4. Road To Nowhere
5. One Fine Day
6. The Great Curve
7. My Big Nurse
8. Burning Down The House
9. Houses In Motion
11. Life During Wartime
13. I Feel My Stuff
14. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
In Ride, Rise Roar, Byrne says that when he came up with the idea to use dancers as part of the show, he wasn't sure how the audience would react, but he was looking forward to finding out. Having seen three of the tour's shows at the time, I didn't fully get what the dancers were about, but thought the shows were great. As you watch RRR, Byrne, the choreographers, the dancers, and the musicians all take turns explaining how the show was conceptually put together song by song. By the end you do get a much better sense of "what this show was about".
This is a great documentary. The concert footage is at times more effective than Stop Making Sense, and the picture and sound quality are nothing short of unbelievable. Sit back, crank the volume up on your surround sound system, and let the creative force that is David Byrne launch a full on assault on your senses.
I'm a big fan of modern dance and attend a lot of performance by modern dance groups. If you are a dance fan, you'll definitely want to see this film.
The concept of the project being documented in this film is the 2008 tour that Byrne put together after his new album of David Byrne-Brian Eno songs was finished. Byrne chose three young modern dance choreographers to choreograph the songs - both old TH standards like "Burning Down The House" and "Once In A Lifetime" along with newer compositions. He then auditioned to find three young dancers (two women and a man). But it wasn't just the three dancers who are dancing in this film - pieced together from three performances in California, Virginia and Albany, NY. The three backup singers (some of who also play instruments) get dance as well. (You can see from the brief rehearsal footage included that this really was - as one puts it - "boot camp" for them.)
In one clever number the dancers, singers and Byrne (who also does some wonderful dance moves as he sings and plays) sit on moving chairs through the full number. This is contrasted with the audience who were watching in a "standing only" venue!
The rehearsal footage is seamlessly edited with the concert footage making the production even more exciting. And the "talking interview" sections are brief allowing you to watch this as a concert film on repeat viewing.Read more ›
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Just to be clear from the start: I love David Byrne's music, and the choreography, and the dancers' performances. What I hate is the way it's all been put together. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neil Gunton
This is the best piece of concert art I have ever seen. Byrne is an absolute genius! He does it ALL. KUDOSPublished 12 months ago by Cheryl Fish
David Byrne is weird. Let's get that out the gate. He marches to the beat of a drum only he hears and understands. Maturity has only slowed him down a wee bit. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Erika R.
This doesn't touch Stop Making Sense. The sound it very good but it's the old music talking music talking music talking formula completely screws up the flow - too many taking... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Floyd
If you like David Byrne (here performing the songs he is associated with Brian Eno) and you love an energetic, rollicking good concert, this is the DVD for you.Published 19 months ago by John J. Costello Jr.