David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar [Blu-ray]
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This feature-length documentary profiles David Byrne - famous lead vocalist of the former band Talking Heads, today a solo artist, event organizer and publisher. A clever combination of onstage energy and intimate testimony, the film shows him rehearsing, talking about his work and appearing in concert with his band and dance group.
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music talking music talking music talking music talking... o yeah fantastic what a screwed up film Stop Making Sense would have been if it had followed the same formula.
So the wonderful thing about this Blu-ray is that I now have a complete impression of the show - the close-ups I could only imagine, the entertaining background story, and perfect surround sound. I am very happy with the way this film proves the value and integrity of the show, and gives us an insider appreciation of the intricacies involved.
I like the comment made by the male dancer about David Byrne aggressively berating a security guard who was trying to confiscate a punter's camera - having already made it clear to the security people that punters could take as many photos as they liked. (The complete opposite of Placebo at the same venue a few years earlier, when Brian Molko spotted the red glow of a camera LED, stopped the show, brought up the house lights and demanded that security eject the poor guy with the camera).
David Byrne doesn't ever do a half-arsed job. I strongly recommend "David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar" to anyone who attended this tour - and to anyone who is a fan of his music and art.
dig this DVD (you might or you might not). With that caveat:
When I had heard David Byrne was touring in 2009 after a collaboration with Brian Eno,I knew that I shouldn't miss that opportunity.
The concert did not disappoint. The music/dance combo reminded me of Phish at Clifford Ball (Tweezer), and I was amazed at the
choreography which made the dancers appear to move randomly although there was never a "lull": the dancers always knew what to do.
The white wardrobe seemed to give a very relaxed feeling, and blended well with the funky performance (BTW, thanks David, I got to
see you do Crosseyed and Painless two full years before I finally got to see Phish's version. Apparently missing Cities and Xeyed and
Painless by a show or two during 1.0 was pretty common for me. The opening you put on that song was very cool).
Ride Rise Roar, which was shot very well, definitely gave great insight into the production of this tour. It is very reasonably priced,
demonstrates the seamless mixing of two art forms and gives a good balance between older TH/Eno songs and the newer DB/Eno songs.
The only detraction: how the heck does Strange Overtones not make it onto the DVD? I'm glad I got to see that live...
This DVD combines the Eno classic with classic Talking Heads. It's great. Here's the setlist:
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
Now about the video. I've always liked the tight stage space Byrne's DVDs tend to have. The camera stays close. The dancer's choreography is oddly sensual. That one's hard to explain. Watch and see. You're here for the music anyway.
This DVD is great.
The interviews are fine, just not what I want to watch over and over, though the songs...
Byrne assembled an amazing group of musicians and dancers to stage this tour. The bass player is remarkable in both holding down the tunes and filling-out the sound. There are some extremely pleasing tweaks on classic Talking Heads tunes, and Byrne's guitar-playing is phenomenal. Adrian Belew once called Byrne one of the greatest but least appreciated guitarists in rock.