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Why this blog?
The Talking Heads Concert History list started as a way to catalog tapes, then expanded to include information on concerts that were performed by the band while they were touring, between 1975 and 1984.

Where does all this concert information come from?
It was collected from ticket stubs, memorabilia on ebay, posters, old tapes, newspaper articles, concert reviews, college yearbooks, and from all over the weber-tubes.

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Each year has its own list. Dates in [brackets] are for shows that did not happen. Dates including ?question marks? refer to incomplete information; these are placed in logical parts of the list, but it's only a guess until we get better info.

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Notations refer to known concert recordings that are circulating digitally, either as FLACs or WAVs (CDRs) or MP3s. "AUD" means an audience-made recording, "SBD" means a soundboard recording made from the band's mixing board or PA system, and "FM" means a SBD feed that was broadcast over the radio. "VID" refers to videos, these are generally available on Youtube for viewing. "Multiple AUDs" refers to the fact that more than one audience member is known to have made a recording of a particular concert.

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1984


1984...and beyond. Most people think the band stopped touring in 1983 after Stop Making Sense was shot in LA. But there were actually these few early 1984 shows. Read Tina's comments here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/aug/04/musicians-worst-gigs

Date Venue City State Country Recording Comment
[January 25, 1984] see note The widely circulated "Nature's Way Milwaukee" bootleg is actually the Stop Making Sense raw-mix out-takes from Pantages 83 that were leaked
January 28, 1984 Narara Festival Somersby AUS TH headlines on this short festival tour
January 30, 1984 Sports & Entertainment Centre Melbourne AUS
January 31, 1984 Sports & Entertainment Centre Melbourne AUS
February 2,3,4, 1984 Sweetwaters North Festival Pukekawa NZ TH probably only played one of the three nights
February 6, 1984 Sweetwaters South Festival, QE2 Park Christchurch NZ Tina calls the final show the worst they ever did
Dates Beyond…
July 17, 1989 The Ritz New York NY USA VID David & Jerry joined the Tom Tom Club for the end of their concert
March 18, 2002 R&RHoF Induction Ceremony New York NY USA VID Final performance…….…………………………?

1983


1983 was the famous year in terms of TH live concerts, the year of the big suit. Most people find this tour to be the most memorable, while it also introduced 1000s of new fans to the band and their music. At the time, no one thought it would be their final big tour...

Date Venue City State Country Recording Comment
July 8, 1983 NBC Studios Rockefeller Center New York NY USA VID David Letterman Show; Burning Down the House & I Zimbra were performed
August 1, 1983 Roads Coliseum Hampton VA USA Half-house arena set-up
August 2, 1983 Civic Center Springfield MA USA AUD Half-house arena set-up
August 3, 1983 Stade Olympique Ampitheater Montreal QC CAN Festival, TH opened for the Police
August 5, 1983 Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs NY USA SBD Also a non-circulating AUD exists, many tapes labeled "Aug 3rd"
August 6, 1983 Cumberland County Civic Center Portland ME USA AUD AUD is partial (taper got busted)
August 8, 1983 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls OH USA
August 9, 1983 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD USA AUD
August 11, 1983 Pine Knob Music Theater Clarkstown MI USA AUD
August 12, 1983 Kingswood Music Theater Maple ON CAN
August 13, 1983 Stanley Theater Pittsburgh PA USA
August 14, 1983 Poplar Creek Hoffman Estates IL USA
August 16, 1983 Mann Music Center Philadelphia PA USA
August 17, 1983 Mid-Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie NY USA
August 19, 1983 Tennis Stadium Forrest Hills NY USA AUD Multiple AUDs
August 20, 1983 Cape Cod Coliseum South Yarmouth MA USA SBD
August 21, 1983 Tennis Stadium Forrest Hills NY USA AUD + VID Multiple AUDs
August 22, 1983 Coliseum New Haven CT USA
August 26, 1983 Red Rocks Ampitheater Morrison CO USA AUD AUD is partial
August 28, 1983 Compton Terrace Phoenix AZ USA
August 29, 1983 Greek Theater Los Angeles CA USA
August 30, 1983 Greek Theater Los Angeles CA USA AUD
September 1, 1983 Pacific Ampitheater Costa Mesa CA USA
September 2, 1983 Greek Theater Berkeley CA USA AUD Multiple AUDs
September 3, 1983 County Bowl Santa Barbara CA USA
September 4, 1983 Greek Theater Berkeley CA USA AUD Multiple AUDs
September 30, 1983 Fieldhouse, SUNY Plattsburgh NY USA Non-circulating AUD exists
October 1, 1983 Patrick Gym UVM Burlington VT USA AUD
October 2, 1983 Forum, UMass at Lowell Billerica MA USA AUD
October 4, 1983 Civic Center Providence RI USA AUD Multiple AUDs, Half-house arena set-up
October 5, 1983 Broome County Arena Binghamton NY USA AUD
October 6, 1983 War Memorial Rochester NY USA Non-circulating AUD exists
October 8, 1983 Millett Hall, Miami University Oxford OH USA
October 9, 1983 Alumni Arena, Univ. of Buffalo Amherst NY USA
October 10, 1983 Smith Center, GWU Washington DC USA AUD
October 12, 1983 University Hall Charlottesville VA USA
October 13, 1983 Carmichael Auditorium UNC Chapel Hill NC USA Also listed as Oct 18th
October 14, 1983 Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee FL USA F.S.U. Homecoming "Pow Wow"
October 15, 1983 Municipal Auditorium Nashville TN USA
October 16, 1983 Coliseum Charlotte NC USA
October 18, 1983 Memorial Coliseum, Univ. Kty. Lexington KY USA
October 19, 1983 Fox Theater Atlanta GA USA Listed as "Oct 12th", 19th is correct
October 21, 1983 Municipal Auditorium New Orleans LA USA AUD AUD is partial, original date Oct 29th
October 22, 1983 Sam Houston Coliseum Houston TX USA
October 24, 1983 Convention Center Arena Dallas TX USA
October 25, 1983 Lester E Palmer Auditorium Austin TX USA
November 29, 1983 Silva Hall, Hult Center Eugene OR USA AUD AUD is partial
December 1, 1983 Civic Auditorium Portland OR USA AUD
December 2, 1983 Center Arena Seattle WA USA AUD
December 3, 1983 PNE Coliseum Vancouver BC CAN AUD "Concert Bowl" half-house set-up
December 5, 1983 Pavilion at ARC, Univ. California Davis CA USA
December 6, 1983 Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA USA AUD AUD is partial
December 8, 1983 Arena Long Beach CA USA AUD Partial AUD circulates, complete better source AUD not circulating
December ?, 1983 Country Club Reseda CA USA Unconfirmed
December 13, 1983 Pantages Theater Hollywood CA USA Empty-house rehearsal show (unconfirmed)
December 14, 1983 Pantages Theater Hollywood CA USA MOVIE
December 15, 1983 Pantages Theater Hollywood CA USA MOVIE Most of the movie is from 12/15 show
December 16, 1983 Pantages Theater Hollywood CA USA AUD Final concert of tour

1982


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Date Venue City State Country Recording Comment
April 20, 1982 Shibuya Koukaido Tokyo JPN shows included Tom Tom Club mini-set from April 20 thru July 27 (not in USA)
April 22, 1982 Chiba Bunka Kaikan Chiba JPN
April 23, 1982 unknown venue Unknown JPN
April 24, 1982 Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Tokyo JPN 2PM & 630PM shows on this date
April 26, 1982 unknown venue Unknown JPN
April 27, 1982 Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Tokyo JPN
April 28, 1982 Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Tokyo JPN AUD "Heat Goes On" Bootleg
April 30, 1982 Public Welfare Annuity Hall Osaka JPN
May 1, 1982 Kaikan Daiichi Hall II Kyoto JPN
May 2, 1982 Shi Kokaido Nagoya JPN
June 30, 1982 Groenoordhallen Leiden NETH AUD Pre-tour Rehearsal concert played to an empty hall
July 1, 1982 Groenoordhallen Leiden NETH SBD
July 3, 1982 Torhout Festival Torhout BELG AUD
July 4, 1982 Werchter Festival Werchter BELG FM Partial Non-circulating complete AUD exists
July 6, 1982 Palias d'Hiver Lyon FRA Venue changed from Palais des Sports
July 7, 1982 Palais des Sports Paris FRA
July 8, 1982 Palais des Sports Paris FRA
July 9, 1982 Casino, Jazz Festival Montreaux SWI FM Shown on Swiss TV-RTS, full VID not circulating (one song on Chronology)
July 10, 1982 Palais des Sports Montpellier FRA
July 12, 1982 Wembley Arena London UK AUD + VID VID is partial, BBC Program
July 13, 1982 Wembley Arena London UK
July 16, 1982 Internationale Jazz-Tage, Freilichtbuhne Tanzbrunnen Cologne GER
July 18, 1982 Parco Caserne Rosse Bologna ITA AUD "Eyes Wide Open" Bootleg
July 20, 1982 Parco Lago Redecesio Milan ITA AUD Fans without tickets riot with police, Multiple AUDs "Chicken Chack" Bootleg
July 22, 1982 Panathinaiko Athens GRE
July 23, 1982 Internationale Jazz-Tage, Kalkbergstadion Bad Segeberg GER AUD
July 25, 1982 Sportcsarnok Budapest HUN
July 26, 1982 Hala Pionir Belgrade YUG Venue listed as Stadion Tasmajdan but show was moved to indoor venue
July 27, 1982 Dom Sportova Zagreb YUG
August 7, 1982 County Bowl Santa Barbara CA USA AUD
August 8, 1982 Greek Theater Los Angeles CA USA Non-circulating AUD exists
August 9, 1982 Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA USA AUD
August 11, 1982 Palladium Hollywood CA USA
August 12, 1982 Perkins Palace Pasadena CA USA
[August 13, 1982] Civic Theater San Diego CA USA Tickets sold, but concert was cancelled
August 13, 1982 CNE Stadium, "Police Picnic" Toronto ON CAN TH opened for The Police
August 15, 1982 Pine Knob Music Theater Clarkstown MI USA
August 16, 1982 Poplar Creek Hoffman Estates IL USA
August 17, 1982 Civic Center Des Moines IA USA
August 18, 1982 Northrop Auditorium, Univ Minn Minneapolis MN USA
August 20, 1982 Paramount Theater Staten Island NY USA
August 21, 1982 Tennis Stadium Forrest Hills NY USA AUD  AUD master recording in R&R HoF archive, also multiple AUDs
August 23, 1982 Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs NY USA Non-circulating AUD exists
August 24, 1982 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD USA AUD
August 25, 1982 Agora Ballroom West Hartford CT USA aka "Stage West"
August 27, 1982 Orpheum Theater Boston MA USA AUD Also listed as "Aug 26th"
August 28, 1982 Orpheum Theater Boston MA USA Non-circulating AUD exists
August 29, 1982 Hub Entertainment Center Hempstead NY USA aka "Calderone Concert Hall"
August 30, 1982 Mann Music Center Philadelphia PA USA
August ?, 1982 War Memorial Theater Trenton NJ USA Show in August, exact date uncertain
[September 1, 1982] Civic Auditorium San Francisco CA USA Show was announced then cancelled(?)
[September ?, 1982] Aladdin Theater Las Vegas NV USA Tickets sold, but concert was cancelled
September 3, 1982 Glen Helen Park, "US Festival" Devore CA USA AUD + VID Multiple AUDs, VID is partial
September 5, 1982 Red Rocks Morrison CO USA
September ?, 1982 Civic Auditorium(?) Omaha NE USA Unconfirmed
September 7, 1982 Fiesta Gardens Austin TX USA Originally scheduled for the Coliseum, non-cirulating AUD exists
September 8, 1982 Rockers Club Houston TX USA Surprise show, also listed as "Club 713"
September 9, 1982 Bronco Bowl Dallas TX USA
September 10, 1982 The Warehouse New Orleans LA USA AUD TH performed final Warehouse concert
September 12, 1982 Zoo Ampitheater Oklahoma City OK USA
September 13, 1982 Arena, Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale IL USA
September 14, 1982 Assembly Hall, Univ of Illinois Champaign IL USA
September 16, 1982 Memorial Gymnasium, Vanderbilt University Nashville TN USA
September 17, 1982 Fox Theater Atlanta GA USA AUD
September 18, 1982 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa FL USA
September 19, 1982 Univ. Florida Bandshell, Flavet Field Gainesville FL USA Free outdoor concert, TH played in the rain
September 21, 1982 Sunrise Musical Theater Sunrise FL USA also appears on lists as "Sept 25th", non-circulating AUD exists
September 22, 1982 University Patio, Miami University Coral Gables FL USA Free outdoor concert, last show of tour