David Byrne discusses the chances of a Talking Heads reunion
Former Talking Heads leader David Byrne has been discussing the ongoing and repeated calls for a reunion as part of a new interview which reflects on the musician’s past success.
Byrne, who appeared on MSNBC show The Beat, was asked by host Ari Melber why some fans have struggled to accept that band won’t be reuniting on stage. “There’s a period where music really is essential to you kind of defining who you are and what your place is in the world, and you can never let go of that moment,” he replied. “But then again, you could never recreate and replace that moment either.”
Having formed in the mid-1970s to pioneer the evolution of the new wave genre, Talking Heads officially called it a day in 1991 amid unrelenting inner-band tensions. At the time, drummer Chris Frantz would claim he learned about the end of the band by reading about it a Los Angeles Times article: “As far as we’re concerned, the band never really broke up. David just decided to leave,” he famously commented.
For a period of time, Frantz and the other members of Talking Heads attempted to continue without David Byrne but, in truth, the chemistry was never replicated. For decades now a comeback has been a silent hope for fans, one which was multiplied when the group did eventually return to their original line up to play a number of songs at the ceremony of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. However, that would prove to be the final time Talking Heads would play together.
“There’s plenty of reunion tours and things like that and it’s become an exercise in nostalgia. You can never recreate that moment when people hear things like that for the first time,” Byrne recently added.
He continued: “It has to do with the moment that they heard this music in their life, where they were in their life, when this happened – more than it was us.”