“We’re gonna take you on a whole journey that’s not just a bunch of songs, and you’re gonna have a party,” he explained. “But you’re gonna be at a different place emotionally and intellectually or whatever by the end.”
Byrne also discussed the demise of the Talking Heads. “You’re really tight. You’re friends and making a living together. It’s really high pressure. In certain ways, it’s just never gonna last,” he told Altschul.
He also revealed the advice he’d give to himself in the early days of the band: “Don’t worry David Byrne, it’s gonna be okay. You don’t have to panic.”
Byrne also touched on immigrating to the U.S. at the age of eight from Scotland saying he felt like “an outsider.”
But music helped him become more comfortable in his own skin. “Even though I was painfully shy, I could put myself on stage and perform and do really sometimes wacky things. I had no fear on stage. And then coming off the stage, I was frozen as far as social interaction,” he said.
It wasn’t until 2012 that he’d become a citizen of the U.S., which was the result of “an unlikely run-in at the voting booth.”
“‘Cause I was busted,” he laughed. “I firmly believed that green card holders could vote in elections as long as they didn’t vote for president. And I did it! I did it for many years. See? They were right. There’s a lot of voter fraud!”
American Utopia is set to end its Broadway run in February.