David Byrne hopes to be back on stage one year from now with his show American Utopia, the star told Late Night with Seth Meyers September 17. Check out the interview above, in which Byrne also shares how he connected with Spike Lee to film the staged concert, debuting on HBO October 17.
“There’s how long it takes the vaccine to get out there and how long for people to feel comfortable, even with masks on, sitting right next to each other,” Bryne says of when he can return. “You can’t do a Broadway theatre with 25 percent capacity.”
Byrne also revealed that he had never seen the show, despite having done it for several years. “I’m looking and going, ‘look what those other musicians are doing back there!’ I had no idea they were doing that.”
In addition, the performer talked about his We Are Not Divided project—a six-week journalistic endeavor across lines of difference—and the influence of Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense on the filming of American Utopia.