- 07 Jan 20
David Byrne discusses his broadway show and feeling like an "outsider" in America, prior to obtaining citizenship.
In a segment for CBS Sunday Morning, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne opens up about his broadway show American Utopia, in addition to finally receiving his U.S. citizenship. Byrne was born in Scotland, emigrating to the United States at the age of eight. "I felt like a little bit of an outsider," he admits, "but I realised that the world was made up of people that were different, but we're all here."
Byrne has a 2012 run-in at the voting booth to thank for his citizenship. "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!"
Discussing the incident with Rolling Stone last November, Byrne revealed just how important voter registration is to him: in the lobby of each performance of American Utopia, there is a place where audience members can go to register to vote. The stage show itself is inherently political, boasting a highly diversified band, musings on the state of the world, and its effect on the human psyche. Byrne mixes tunes from the Talking Heads days and his own solo material, playing with the format of a normal rock concert to create a theatrical spectacle.
More importantly, his activism is working. HeadCount, the organisation partnered with American Utopia, reports that an average of six to ten people are registering to vote at every performance.
American Utopia is on broadway until February.