BY JON CRONIN
Forest Hills Stadium announced this week that it has added two rock legends to its summer lineup: Robert Plant, former lead singer of Led Zeppelin, and David Byrne, former lead singer of the Talking Heads.
Plant will perform at the outdoor concert venue on June 13 along with the Sensational Space Shifter and special guest singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow. Plant is touring to promote his new album, Carry Fire. Forest Hills Stadium has announced that anyone purchasing tickets online will receive a CD or digital copy of the new album. The venue will email instructions on how to redeem the offer after the ticket purchase is made.
The show will be part of the last leg of Plant’s tour. North Carolina’s The News & Observer wrote that Plant and the Space Shifter’s performance was a “100-minute set [that] ranged from jam-heavy blues-rock along the lines of late-period Bob Dylan to intercontinental world-beat space-rock with a little of everything.”
Tickets will be available for purchase starting on March 10 at 10 a.m.
To add to the stadium’s list of rock-legend performances, David Byrne will play songs from his new album, American Utopia, which is hitting stores and will be available for download on March 9, during his performance on Sept. 15. This will be the first time that Byrne has played the stadium since the Talking Heads performed there during the “Stop Making Sense” tour of 1983.
Byrne will perform classics from his time with the Talking Heads as well as songs from his four solo albums. Byrne will be accompanied by a 12-piece band in what is being referred to as an “untethered” concert. Byrne noted that the tour will be “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the ones that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense.’” Tune-Yards will open the shows in New York.
Mojo magazine noted that Byrne’s new album “filters grace, wonder and apocalyptic portent through his fractured worldview. He remains a fine guide through life’s disruptions and disturbances.”
The music news website Stereogum called American Utopia “an album full of pulsating beats and rich textures. You could also say that about any Talking Heads record, but the new album isn’t a throwback—it feels like it could only exist right now.”
“If a brain in a jar could observe the world, make sense of it and churn it into a batch of songs, it would make the album American Utopia,” wrote NPR Music’s First Listen podcast last week.
Byrne has also added a show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Sept. 17. Tickets for both shows go on sale on March 9 at 10 a.m. at davidbyrne.com.
Forest Hills Stadium is located just steps from the E, M, F and R subway stations at Forest Hills-71st Avenue as well as the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station. David Byrne is the seventh announcement of the stadium’s 2018 season. Additional events will be announced soon.