Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz discusses potential reunion
Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz has been talking up the possibility of a reunion by the band.
Over the years there has only been a reunion between the former bandmates on two occasions since their split in 1991, once at there Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993 and again in 1999 at a Tom Tom Club Show in New York City.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about his new biopic Remain In Love, drummer Frantz has revealed he hasn’t seen frontman David Byrne face-to-face in 17 years and wasn’t even invited to see Byrne’s American Utopia stage show on Broadway, which ran throughout last year.
“We communicate via email from time to time,” Frantz said of his relationship with Byrne. “The last time I saw him face-to-face was at [the restaurant] ‘inoteca on the Lower East Side in 2003. It’s been a very long time.”
The drummer then stated he would like to reunite with the band, saying: “It would be nice if it could happen because unlike many of our contemporaries, we’re all still alive.
“The last time I spoke with David it was regarding a reunion,” Frantz added. “First he said, ‘Let me think about it and I’ll get back to you.’ I said, ‘Fine.’ That was on a Friday night.
“The following Monday I got an email saying, “I’ve told you before and I’ll say it again for the last time. I will never reunite with the Talking Heads. Please don’t bring this up again.’ This was 2003. I remember it was snowing, so it was wintertime.”
Frantz went on to recall a reunion offer that reached the band a “few years back”, adding: “We got offered crazy amounts of money to do shows. Not only do the show, but also the DVD and the live recording. It was a treasure trove. Anybody in their right mind probably would have said yes.”
Discussing Byrne’s choice to play a vast number of Talking Heads songs on his solo tours, Frantz stated: “Yeah. He always says, “I don’t want to look back” when they ask him about a Talking Heads reunion. “That would be a step backwards for me.” Well. OK. [Laughs]”