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Classic Rock OCTOBER 14, 2011 - by Matthew Wilkening
DAVID BYRNE: RIDE, RISE, ROAR
Talking Heads leader David Byrne shows he's not done writing great songs or presenting them to live audiences in bold, creative new ways on his concert film Ride, Rise, Roar.
The movie focuses on Byrne's tour in support of his critically acclaimed collaborative album with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, and finds him employing a small troupe of dancers to join the band onstage and act out the music.
Now, I know we've lost about a third of you right there with that description, but you should check this film out - the dancing never distracts from the musical performances, and quite often adds to them.
It's really just the next logical step from the Heads' highly choreographed Stop Making Sense film, which if you haven't seen it, is only one of the five best concert movies of all time. (The Last Waltz, Live At Pompeii, Sign O' The Times and... Number five changes all the time. Currently Gimme Shelter.)
With himself, the band and dancers all dressed in solid white, (at one point he boldly puts on a big puffy ballerina dress) he leads everyone through an impressively loose, lively and hard-hitting reading of the song.
The show then alternates between Talking Heads landmarks and newer solo songs, with brief interview segments in between each performance showing how the album came to be, as well as the thought process behind the dancers' involvement in the show.
Apparently, they were instructed to watch and feed off each other; if they saw one dancer do a move better than theirs, they should copy it, until everybody was doing the same thing. It's a metaphor for the advancement of society or something like that. Again, you don't have to think about it that much to fully enjoy this DVD. If you're like us, you'll probably spend half the film cursing the fact that you missed this tour.