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, eyewitness accounts, and from all over the weber-tubes.
Is this a tape trading blog? Can I get shows here?
No! There are 100's of sites where you can do that. Get off your butt and get a membership at Dime.
Can I add info about shows I saw?
Yes! We love to receive new info and will update the blog with changes. Please send TH concert dates, ticket stub scans, etc to our email talkingheadsconcerthistoryATgmailDOTcom
How do I read the dates lists?
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.
Is this thing ever updated?
Yup! Check back because new info is added from time to time and as we receive it. BIG THANKS to all the fans who have generously emailed with new info! Thanks for your contributions! Last update: 05/08/21
What does info in the "Recording" column mean?
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.
Hey, I have a tape I wanna play?
If you have a concert tape to add that's not already listed here, please email us and we'll get it digitally transferred. talkingheadsconcerthistoryATgmailDOTcom
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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
|[January 25, 1984]||see note||The widely circulated "Nature's Way Milwaukee" bootleg is actually the Stop Making Sense tracks from Westwood-1 radio special|
|January 28, 1984||Narara Festival||Somersby||AUS||AUD
|January 30, 1984||Sports & Entertainment Centre||Melbourne||AUS|
|January 31, 1984||Sports & Entertainment Centre||Melbourne||AUS|
|February 4, 1984||Sweetwaters North Festival||Pukekawa||NZ||AUD|
|February 6, 1984||Sweetwaters South Festival, QE2 Park||Christchurch||NZ||Tina calls the final show the worst they ever did|
|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 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...
|July 8, 1983||NBC Studios Rockefeller Center||New York||NY||USA||VID||David Letterman Show; Burning Down the House & I Zimbra were performed|
|July ?, 1983||Pier 61||New York||NY||USA||Private pre-tour run-thru performances|
|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||AUD||TH opened for The Police|
|August 5, 1983||Performing Arts Center||Saratoga Springs||NY||USA||SBD||Tapes often mis-labeled "Aug 3rd"|
|August 6, 1983||Cumberland County Civic Center||Portland||ME||USA||AUD||AUD is complete show made from two partial sources|
|August 8, 1983||Blossom Music Center||Cuyahoga Falls||OH||USA||AUD|
|August 9, 1983||Merriweather Post Pavilion||Columbia||MD||USA||AUD|
|August 11, 1983||Pine Knob Music Theater||Clarkston||MI||USA||AUD|
|August 12, 1983||Kingswood Music Theater||Maple||ON||CAN||AUD|
|August 13, 1983||Stanley Theater||Pittsburgh||PA||USA|
|August 14, 1983||Poplar Creek||Hoffman Estates||IL||USA||AUD|
|August 16, 1983||Mann Music Center||Philadelphia||PA||USA||originally scheduled for 08/20|
|August 17, 1983||Mid-Hudson Civic Center||Poughkeepsie||NY||USA||originally scheduled for 08/16, attendance: aprx 3100 tickets sold|
|August 19, 1983||Tennis Stadium||Forrest Hills||NY||USA||AUD||Three AUD's circulating (one is partial)|
|August 20, 1983||Cape Cod Coliseum||South Yarmouth||MA||USA||SBD + AUD|
|August 21, 1983||Tennis Stadium||Forrest Hills||NY||USA||AUD + VID||Four AUD's circulating, plus one video|
|August 22, 1983||Coliseum||New Haven||CT||USA||AUD|
|August 25, 1983||Civic Auditorium||Omaha||NE||USA|
|August 26, 1983||Red Rocks Ampitheater||Morrison||CO||USA||AUD||Two AUD's circulating (both partial)|
|August 28, 1983||Compton Terrace||Phoenix||AZ||USA|
|August 29, 1983||Greek Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||USA||AUD||(Posters were printed for Aug 28th)|
|August 30, 1983||Greek Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||USA||AUD + VID||VID is incomplete & songs out of order|
|September 1, 1983||Pacific Ampitheater||Costa Mesa||CA||USA||AUD||Two AUD's circulating (one circulates mis-labeled as Greek Theater LA 08/30)|
|September 2, 1983||Greek Theater||Berkeley||CA||USA||AUD||Two AUD's circulating, Reserved Seating|
|September 3, 1983||County Bowl||Santa Barbara||CA||USA|
|September 4, 1983||Greek Theater||Berkeley||CA||USA||AUD||Four AUD's circulating (one circulates mislabled as Greek 09/02) G.A. Seating|
|[September ? 1983]||Santa Cruz Fairgrounds (?)||Watsonville||CA||USA||Planned but cancelled (original Sept 4th?)|
|September 29, 1983||Hotel Ballroom||Plattsburgh||NY||USA||Band rehearsal "Pull Up the Roots"|
|September 30, 1983||Fieldhouse, SUNY||Plattsburgh||NY||USA||AUD|
|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||Two AUD's circulating, Half-house arena set-up|
|October 5, 1983||Broome County Arena||Binghamton||NY||USA||AUD|
|October 6, 1983||War Memorial||Rochester||NY||USA||AUD|
|October 8, 1983||Millett Hall, Miami University||Oxford||OH||USA|
|October 9, 1983||Alumni Arena, Univ. of Buffalo||Amherst||NY||USA||AUD||Two AUD's circulating (one is partial)|
|October 10, 1983||Smith Center, GWU||Washington||DC||USA||AUD||Two AUD's circulating|
|October 12, 1983||University Hall||Charlottesville||VA||USA|
|October 13, 1983||Carmichael Auditorium UNC||Chapel Hill||NC||USA|
|October 14, 1983||Leon County Civic Center||Tallahassee||FL||USA||AUD||F.S.U "Pow Wow". AUD is partial|
|October 15, 1983||Municipal Auditorium||Nashville||TN||USA||AUD|
|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||AUD|
|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||AUD|
|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||Two AUD's circulating, "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 7, 1983]||Aladdin Theatre||Las Vegas||NV||USA||Tickets sold, but concert was cancelled|
|December 8, 1983||Arena||Long Beach||CA||USA||AUD + VID
||Two AUD's circulating; VID, is last 25 minutes of the 1st Set|
|December ?, 1983||unknown location (Pantages?)||unknown||CA||USA||Unconfirmed pre-film rehearsal show|
|December 13, 1983||Pantages Theater||Hollywood||CA||USA||Filmed but none of this night was used|
|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 US tour (not filmed)|