Living legend David Byrne has announced the release of his new solo album, American Utopia, on March 9 2018 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records.
The Talking Heads man dropped the news at New York’s New School during a live presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing multi-platform concept series curated by Byrne of optimistic writings, photos, music, and lectures. More on all that stuff here.
Writing about the album in a statement, Bryne said:
These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.
The first track to be revealed from the album, it’s called ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’, it’s co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), Sampha, and others.
American Utopia will be accompanied by a world tour (full dates below) that will bring a choreographed concert that Byrne has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”
Current American Utopia 2018 Tour Dates (More to Come)
3/3/2018 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4/2018 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6/2018 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7/2018 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9/2018 Waterbury, Ct Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10/2018 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16/2018 Santiago, CHI Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18/2018 Buenos Aires, ARG Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/24/2018 Sao Paulo, BRA Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/7/2018 Guadalajara, MEX Sonico Festival
4/14/2018 Indio, CA Coachella
4/21/2018 Indio, CA Coachella
6/22-23/2018 Prague, Czech Republic Metronome Festival
6/25/2018 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
6/30-7/1/2018 Ewijk, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole
6/30-7/7/2018 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
7/5/2018 Gdynia, Poland Open’er Festival
7/11/2018 Oeiras, Portugal Cool Jazz Festival
7/13/2018 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14/2018 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Barcelona
7/19/2018 Ravenna, Italy Ravenna Festival
7/20/2018 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21/2018 Trieste, Italy Piazza UNita
7/27/2018 Camden ,NJ XPoNential Music Festival