Photo by Stevo Rood
Last night at The Wiltern theatre in mid-city Los Angeles, original Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison and noted touring member Adrian Belew performed a 90-minute set in celebration of Talking Heads’ iconic 1980 album, Remain in Light. Additionally, the duo, backed by a nine-piece ensemble featuring former members of Turkuaz, and Yahuba Garcia-Torres on percussion, dusted off several of the band’s classics, including “Psycho Killer,” “Cities,” “Life During Wartime,” and “Take Me to the River,” as well as a pair of cuts from Harrison and Belew’s catalog away from the Talking Heads. Harrison and Belew first reunited to perform material from Remain In Light with Turkuaz at the 2021 Peach Music Festival.
The one-off Wiltern event began with Harrison and Belew in conversation with actor Tawny Newsome, discussing Talking Heads’ rise to fame and the group’s lasting impact on music and pop culture. “I was in Japan [on tour] with Bowie, and Talking Heads music was everywhere,“ said Belew, recalling the band’s early ‘80s ascent. “I thought, this band is going to explode. And then I was in it!”
Enjoy some choice shots captured by photographer Stevo Rood below.