David Byrne performs an emotional cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ with a huge choir
Dipping back into the Far Out Magazine vault, we’re revisiting the moment Talking Heads frontman David Byrne delivered an emotional cover of David Bowie track ‘Heroes’ while armed with a choir of strangers.
The event, a performance during the 2018 Under the Radar Festival, saw Bryne arrive as the special guest to Choir! Choir! Choir!’s concert. “I’ve sat mesmerised watching online videos of the Canadian group Choir! Choir! Choir!,” Bryne said prior to the show. “They somehow manage to get hundreds of strangers to sing beautifully together… With almost no rehearsal—how do they do it? They manage to achieve lift-off—that feeling of surrender when groups sing together—when we all become part of something larger than ourselves.”
The choir, founded by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman in 2011, is a community-led group which allows groups of strangers to come together and perform live. “There is a transcendent feeling in being subsumed and surrendering to a group,” Byrne said of the performance. “This applies to sports, military drills, dancing… and group singing. One becomes a part of something larger than oneself, and something in our makeup rewards us when that happens.
“We cling to our individuality, but we experience true ecstasy when we give it up. So, the reward experience is part of the show.”