I just saw 'Here Lies Love' for the first time last night. Despite having grown to love the album, I hesitated to see the show. I think I feared the "immersive" experience. I should have trusted David Byrne--I enjoyed the show immensely. I thought the performances, staging, music were all wonderful. It was also a thrill to find myself dancing next to...David Byrne!...for a good part of the evening. He was taking copious notes as well as line-dancing like a maniac. It was really thrilling--well, just to be near him, honestly, but also--to see his reaction to the performances. His presence certainly seemed to energize those of us standing near him. I'd be interested to know if/how the show has changed since the previous run. I'm also curious to hear if people know if Byrne is a regular attendee. When we walked out of the theater, there was a bike locked up out front that just had to be his. I couldn't bring myself to take his picture, but I snapped a fan photo of his wheels...
Fair question, ClydeB. If I analyze my "certainty", it is based on several things: 1. There was something about the bike's front-and-center-ness--directly opposite the main entry to the theater that caught my eye; 2. D.B. famously--or, "famously" to other urban bikers--rides his bike everywhere. (His 'Bicycle Diaries' is one of my favorite books--I can't recommend it highly enough); 3. The bike had an Umberto Dei saddle--a relatively unusual, Italian, leather seat that suggests a bike aficionado of substantial means; 4. I wanted it to be his bike. Granted, No. 4 was, doubtless, a pretty big influence on my thought process, but it was strongly supported by Nos. 2 & 3 and, to a lesser degree, No. 1. When I got home I asked the Google, which provided multiple images of him on a bike identical to the bike in question--down to the cool, rectangular basket, which doesn't show up so well in my photo.
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