Talking Heads Rejected $80m To Reunite
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According to reports, Talking Heads has rejected an $80 million reunion offer, indicating their reluctance to come back together despite persistent efforts from promoters.
Live Nation, a major concert promoter, expressed its willingness to pay the band $80 million for six to eight festival gigs and headlining slots. This offer followed a similar attempt by Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett, who aimed to reunite the legendary group at Coachella, where the band could have potentially earned up to $10 million for the two-weekend festival, as per Billboard.
Despite these lucrative proposals, Talking Heads ultimately declined both Live Nation and Coachella offers.
The band’s most recent performance took place in 2002 when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To find the last time they performed a complete concert, you need to look even earlier to 1984.
While fans were hopeful for a reconciliation among the band members, a glimmer of unity was seen in 2023 when all four members appeared publicly for the first time in 21 years. They celebrated the 40th anniversary of Stop Making Sense with a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, and Chris Frantz revealed a “cordial relationship” during this appearance. However, Byrne acknowledged that they aren’t close, stating, “We’re sort of in touch, but we don’t hang out together.” He also expressed regrets about how he left the band, admitting it wasn’t the best way, but he felt it was inevitable.