Talking Heads mainstay Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew – who was briefly a member of the band in the early 1980s – have announced a North American tour for next year in celebration of ‘Remain In Light’.
The 19-date tour will commence in February and include dates in Colorado, Oklahoma, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and more. They’ll be joined on the run by Cool Cool Cool, which contains former members of the defunct Turkuaz. See full dates and venues below – tickets are on sale this Friday (November 4).
It’s not the first time Harrison and Belew have performed the album in full. They performed it together with Turkuaz in 2020, and in September of this year, performed it as part of a special event in Los Angeles.
“Remain in Light is a high point in my career,” Harrison said in a statement alongside the tour’s announcement. “Adrian and I had often discussed the magic of the 1980 tour and the sheer joy it brought to audiences.”
In his own statement, Belew described the upcoming performances as a “joyful show of Talking Heads songs you know and love performed by a hot, eleven-piece ensemble including Jerry and me”. He added: “You can’t help but dance and go home with a happy smile on your face.”
‘Remain In Light’, Talking Heads’ fourth studio album, arrived in 1980 and spawned singles such as ‘Crosseyed And Painless’ and ‘Once In A Lifetime’. The third and final of the band’s albums to be produced by Brian Eno, a number of additional musicians were brought in to contribute to the album, including Belew, who played guitar.
To promote ‘Remain In Light’, Talking Heads’ touring personnel expanded considerably, with a live band that included Belew. As such, Belew’s guitar-playing can be heard on the second half of the band’s 1982 double live album ‘The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads’.
Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew’s 2023 ‘Remain In Light’ tour dates are:
Thursday 16 – Denver CO, Ogden Theatre
Friday 17 – Boulder CO, Boulder Theater
Saturday 18 – Beaver Creek CO, Vilar Performing Arts Center
Tuesday 21 – Oklahoma City OK, Tower Theatre
Wednesday 22 – St. Louis MO, Factory
Friday 24 – Minneapolis MN, First Avenue
Saturday 25 – Chicago IL, Vic Theatre
Sunday 26 – Indianapolis IN, Egyptian Room
Monday 27 – Akron OH, Goodyear Theater
Tuesday 28 – Buffalo NY, Town Ballroom
Thursday 2 – Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
Friday 3 – Pittsburgh PA, Roxian Theatre
Saturday 4 – Baltimore MD, Rams Head Live
Sunday 5 – Sayreville NJ, Starland Ballroom
Tuesday 7 – Philadelphia PA, Keswick Theatre
Wednesday 8 – Albany NY, Empire Live
Thursday 9 – New York NY, Sony Hall
Friday 10 – Boston MA, House of Blues
Saturday 11 – New Haven CT, College Street Music Hall