Watch Speaking Heads reunite for the primary time in 20 years

Watch Talking Heads reunite for the first time in 20 years

Speaking Heads reunited for a Q&A on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition final night time (September 11) – try the footage beneath.

The band – comprising frontman David Byrne, bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz and guitarist Jerry Harrison – made their first public look collectively in over 20 years on the occasion.

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As introduced final month, the long-awaited reunion was staged in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Speaking Heads’ legendary live performance movie, Cease Making Sense (1984).

The band members had been joined by moderator Spike Lee (who produced and directed Byrne’s American Uptopia) for a short Q&A following the debut screening of A24’s 4K restoration of the film.

“It’s so good to be here with my bandmates tonight,” stated Frantz, in accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions. “It’s been a long time.” The publication experiences that every one 4 members sat in separate rows to look at the screening, however claimed no “tensions were on display”.

Regardless of prior hypothesis, Speaking Heads didn’t carry out acoustically or point out their tumultuous break-up. They as a substitute spoke primarily about Cease Making Sense, which Lee described as “the greatest concert film ever”.

Byrne defined: “When I was watching this just now, I was thinking, ‘This is why we come to the movie theatres’. This is different than watching it on my laptop – this is really different.”

Later, Harrison touched on “the lasting power of the film” and the way Speaking Heads had been “having so much fun onstage” whereas recording the present. “[There is] love and fun, and the audience is brought right into it,” he stated. “Every time anybody watches it, it brings back that wonderful emotion.”

Byrne at one level defined his determination to don his now-iconic outsized go well with for Cease Making Sense. “The origin of that was… we were in between tours, and I was thinking, ‘What are we gonna do next? Maybe I should rethink what we wear onstage’,” he recalled.

“I was having dinner in Japan after we finished the tour, and this designer there said, ‘Well, David. In the theatre, everything is bigger than [in] real life’. He’s referring to like gestures… you sing louder and all that.”

He added: “I’m thinking, ‘Oh, my suit should be bigger too.”

Harrison then remembered how the chosen outfit was one in all two fits that had been designed for the efficiency.

“Actually, the one that [Byrne] used… [it] was a friend of mine who made it,” he stated. “Because the second one had sort of plastic. [It] was lighter, but it didn’t move with your body the same. This one reacted with you.”

In the direction of the top of the dialog, Harrison – who had beforehand been a member of The Trendy Lovers – talked about how Speaking Heads’ music “felt new”. “When I joined the band, I went, ‘There’s nothing – nothing – going on like this’,” he stated.

“‘I don’t know how big an audience we’re going to get, but I know that we are going to be treading new ground’. And I think we did, and that’s why [the group’s music] is timeless.”

You’ll be able to watch Speaking Heads’ full Q&A on the 2023 Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition within the video above. Discover upcoming cinema screenings of Cease Making Sense right here.

The TIFF session marked the previous bandmates’ first public look collectively since their 2002 Rock ’N’ Roll Corridor Of Fame induction ceremony.

Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, David Byrne, and Tina Weymouth of the Speaking Heads pose for publicity pictures in December 1977 in Hollywood, California. CREDIT: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Final month, Harrison stated engaged on the re-release of Cease Making Sense acted as considerably of a “healing experience” for Speaking Heads.

Byrne additionally just lately defined that he regrets the best way the band break up, and confessed that he was a “little tyrant” on the time. The singer has since elaborated on the members’ present relationship, likening their break-up to a “divorce”.

“We get along OK. It’s all very cordial and whatever,” he stated. “It’s not like we’re all finest buddies. However all people’s very glad to see this movie coming again out.

“We’re all united in the fact that we really love what we did here. So that kind of helps us talk to one another and get along.”

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