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David Byrne: Same as he ever was



Simpsons1 David Byrne has built his career — be it playing music, composing art or parodying himself on The Simpsons — on the concept that being different is something to embrace and never to eschew.

Long ago divorced from the Talking Heads, Byrne has happily set upon a lower-profile solo career that channels more global rhythms, from the salsa-tinged style of Latin America to the Old World flavors of the Mediterranean. It's an odd journey for a man possibly best known for donning an oversized suit for the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense.

"Yeah, that's the one for my tombstone," Byrne once told a British newspaper. "Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?"

But the musician took a step back to the past this year, recording the album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today with old friend Brian Eno, the legendary British musician and producer who helped create some of Talking Heads' signature work, including 1980's Remain in Light.

Byrne brings all that eclectic baggage with him for a show Friday at the Tampa Theatre. Expect a night full of Eno-infused songs, and try not to be disappointed if Byrne leaves the big white suit at home.

-- An Evening with David Byrne: The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets are $36 to $66. Ticketmaster, (727) 898-2100 or (813) 287-8844;

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:41pm]


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